You Are Not Forgotten

 

A few days back, I visited the grave of my parents.  I try to do that often.  On my way from the cemetery, I took a different route than usual, and this stone caught my eye.  “In Memory Of” generally means that the remains are not with the stone.  This is what I’ve learned.

First, the stone is wrong.  PFC Raymond K. Pence was, in fact, a member of the 515th Coastal Artillery Regiment (Anti-Aircraft).    They fought along-side the 200th, from Bataan to Corregidor, and both earned four Presidential Unit Citations for their bravery.  And, pretty much to a man, they were all captured by the Japanese.  A memorial to these two units stands at their home in New Mexico.

The remains were impossible to positively identify after the liberation of the Philippines.  Oh, they tried, but the graves were jumbled, the shallow bedrock and rainy seasons making orderly burial impossible despite the best efforts of your weakened and sick brothers-in-arms.  Just piles of bones, interred and disinterred a couple of times.  Most remain unidentified to this day.

But they lay in honor at the American Cemetery near Manila.  And there, your name is engraved on the Wall of the Missing.

How did you die, Raymond?  Was it starvation in that camp in Cabanatuan? Was it the malaria that most of your comrades contracted in your strategic withdrawal across Luzon?  Was it the dysentery that ravaged the American ranks?  Or were you executed, one of those unfortunates chosen at random by your captors, ten to be shot for every one man who attempted to gain his freedom?

And did you know that your mother, Annella, also died in 1942, or were both of you granted the mercy of not knowing the fate of the other?  I can tell you now, because the story is engraved in rock in this little corner of Ohio.

It doesn’t matter.  What matters is that you are not forgotten, and I pray that our Lord has mercy on you, and that ringing in your immortal ears are those words we all long to hear: “Well done, my good and faithful servant”.

Rest in Peace, and thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

389 Comments

  1. Moving tribute Herr

  2. […] You Are Not Forgotten […]

  3. Vmax! You ok?

  4. Nice done, Herr.

  5. This is a very moving post.

    How’m I supposed to come on and brag if you post shit like this?

    ugh

  6. Yes MJ, but I have a leak!

  7. Most excellent post, HM.

  8. Little something in my eye…

    Just found out yesterday I lost a customer; WWII vet. He served on the USS Foote. Passed away a couple weeks ago. He was a tough-talkin’ old salt, but always very kind and gentlemanly to me.

    Had myself a little cry over him. It will be a poorer world when they’re all gone.

  9. Laura – Watched my Dad and all his buds from WWII and Korea fade away. Sad. They were MEN.

  10. USS Foote
    A Destroyer man one of the Fletcher class

  11. Had myself a little cry over him. It will be a poorer world when they’re all gone.

    awwwwww, that IS sad. :(

  12. *wanders in without bothering to get caught up…..

    Hey, who’s up for a joke thread, huh???!?

  13. hahahahaha, you’re really freaking funny aren’t you?

  14. Yep, Vmax, he told me his ship had been torpedoed.

  15. These crews have meetups every once in a while, or annually. He didn’t go to the last couple ones because it was depressing how small the group got, and what condition everyone was in.

    He gave me a little leather tchotchkie imprinted with a footprint (to signify Foote) and the ship numbers, from one of their get-togethers.

  16. hahahahaha, you’re really freaking funny aren’t you?

    well…. yes. yes I am.

  17. Yep. USS Foote lost her stern:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Foote_(DD-511)

  18. Well done HM

  19. I know a Foote. His relatives settled my town in 1634. I am certain that ship was named after the same family.

  20. Hello.

    http://tinyurl.com/2dzp4fg

  21. I left my hat in Sam Clam’s Disco. . .

  22. Nice post, Herr.

    Pupster, that gif made me LOL.

  23. Beautiful post, HM, and we are the better for it. Thank you.

  24. When did PJM start talking like a fucking truck driver.

  25. PJ, don’t ever throw a small log like Michael. Hold it closer to the end.

  26. Hey Peeej, so whats the braggin aboot? You pass yo test?

  27. I thought she was GreenPeej…
    Nope she is back to PJM Scott. I have no idea.

  28. She freakin’ edited, I. think

  29. Excellent poat, Herr.

  30. You know, I thought my mom would have realized by now not to let my Dad open techno gadgets that aren’t his…

  31. OK enough sadness.

    The Greatest Generation is leaving us now, and soon we’ll be left with nothing but Frenchified Metrosexual Pussies as far as the eye can see.

    Life’s a bitch, ain’t it.

    Might as well have some laughs among the tears. Bring on the funny.

    *claps hands three times*

    *twenty midgets dressed like bellydancers stream on to the dance floor*

    *leans back and enjoys the show*

  32. Lightning update!
    This morning’s peak was 1000+ strikes per 20 min. It was a busy day but we are finally down to about 2 strikes a min now.

    Garnet is still stuck to me like glue, but I have hopes of getting a nights sleep…maybe. Well 2 a min…

    OK tomorrow?

  33. “Nobody believed she was real. Nobody ever saw her or knew anybody that ever worked directly for her, but to hear Kobayashi tell it, anybody could have worked for Peej. You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. And like that, poof. She’s gone.”

  34. Awww. Garnet’s sleeping in the big bed tonight!

  35. Watched my Dad and all his buds from WWII and Korea fade away. Sad. They were MEN.

    Yes they were. My uncle Carl was a sawed off little fucker. About 5’2″. Of course, he was also a blacksmith, and barrel-chested, so the 5’2″ measurement isn’t far from his width, either. He was a heavy equipment operator building the Burma Road. As such, he wasn’t even issued a weapon.

    One night, the Japs infiltrated their camp. He did what all unarmed men with any sense would do in such circumstances; he ran like hell and climbed a tree.

    Come dawn, a Nip soldier took the trail right past his tree. Poor lil’ Jap was all by himself. Don’t know if he wandered off to take a leak, or what, but uncle Carl dropped on him and sliced him to ribbons with a pocket knife.

    Yes. Those were men. I admit to perhaps, just maybe, crying like a fucking baby pondering this post. It reminds me of my Pop and his three brothers, all veterans of that war. Men, indeed. And all gone now.

  36. Yes MJ, but I have a leak!
    ———————
    Turns out we had a tree limb come through the roof. I guess we’re in the same boat.

  37. Very moving poat and comments. Thanks for sharing

  38. Yikes MJ!

    My leak is limited to a closet so 1 or 2 sheets of drywall a little mud and siliconizer for the roof. I will be done.

  39. I didn’t realize how bad it was. The ceiling in the living room is basically soft. Looks like I might have an opportunity to make a cathedral ceiling like the family room.

  40. **wanders through poat in a wifebeater and a pair of boxers**

  41. >>*claps hands three times*
    >>*twenty midgets dressed like bellydancers stream on to the dance floor*

    Laura, I totally pictured you as the evil queen in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ who yells ‘PIG!!!’ and someone slides her a pig that she uses as a footstool. That is awesome. If I was a evil king, I would certainly use a live pig as an ottoman.

  42. What’s a nice poat like you doing in a place like this?

  43. My Grandfather worked in a dynamite factory in England during WW1.

    Whenever a dogfight broke out they evacuated the plant.
    Of course all the employees stood around smoking and watching the dogfight.

    He showed me the scar. I cannot verify the story, but he did have the scar.

    During one of the dogfights he was hit by a stray bullet. It entered just behind his knee, and exited just above his ankle. He said he was 12. They took him to the doctor who grabbed a rifle rod soaked a patch in iodine, Grandpa said he was horrified and asked “What are you going to do with that?”

    He said make sure there is nothing in there. Grandpa said of course there is nothing in there….it came out here!

    He lost and the wound was swabbed completely.

    It hurt.

  44. Heh. Brewfan, I just noticed your ASA avatar. My brother was ASA in the early 70s. Russian linguist, Ft. Riley.

  45. What’s a nice poat like you doing in a place like this?

    Stranger things have happened. So I’ve heard.

  46. Hey Brew! How’d you like that walk off dinger in the 4-run ninth?

  47. I was a Vietnamese linguist/Voice Intercept Op. DLIWC from ’73 – ’74, Ft. Meade ’74-76 with a 4 month stop at Goodfellow AFB inbetween.

  48. Hey Brew! How’d you like that walk off dinger in the 4-run ninth?

    Stick him again!

    I was listening. I thought Marty Brenneman was gonna come.

  49. *plugs ears so he can’t hear Compos*

    LA LA LA LA LA LA

  50. Effin’ closers will break your heart every time. Good for the Reds, they’ve got a potent lineup. Its gonna be a great year. *sticks pin in Joey Votto doll*

  51. Herr, did you see this comment from teh a.m.?

    http://tinyurl.com/48fn433

  52. I just spent the last 357 hours updating the meat-up invite list and sending out some kick ass update messages.

    If anyone wants to hire me out to plan a party (non-lemon) just let me know.

    I’m fucking awesome.

  53. Brew:

    Check your email.

  54. I like it when a Moron classes up and writes a good piece. Thanks Herr, didn’t know you had it in you.

  55. Herr, did you see this comment from teh a.m.?

    Hahaha. No, I missed that. Damn. They’re in full hardon mode around you, ain’t they? I’m trying my best to put off getting a job until after turkey season……..

  56. I like it when a Moron classes up and writes a good piece. Thanks Herr, didn’t know you had it in you.

    What did I miss?

    I wanna read some Herr.

  57. Thanks Herr, didn’t know you had it in you.

    And the next thing I knew, I didn’t.

  58. I was wondering why I had so much spam in my inbox from Rosetta.

  59. Did anybody have anybody else deported today?

  60. I was wondering why I had so much spam in my inbox from Rosetta.

    I didn’t even like getting that crap and I’m the one who sent it.

  61. Jeez I’m an idiot. You wrote the post, Herr. Duh.

    brb

  62. My other family member who was in the military was TB McGuire he said he was a radioman in Germany. He was my uncle. No he was not the lightning ACE, but I was shocked when I googled TB McGuire and found a CMH recipient.

    And a cousin that was enlisted on the Big E in the 70’s

  63. Comment by Rosetta on March 31, 2011 9:04 pm

    Jeez I’m an idiot.

    Engrave it.

  64. That’s an excellent tribute, Herr. And a bit of a history lesson for my dumb ass.

    Well done my friend.

    It’s a shame that great posts like this get sullied by inane comments like mine but such is the nature of the Hostages I guess.

    Thanks for the post, Herr.

  65. Comment by Rosetta on March 31, 2011 9:04 pm

    Jeez I’m an idiot.

    Engrave it.

    Hahahahaha. Like that’s news.

    THE SUN IS HOT!! WATER IS WET!! ZOMG!!!

  66. Did anybody have anybody else deported today?

    I can finally answer a Sean question in the affirmative.

  67. Dad was Field Artillery. Uncle Bill was OSS and Uncle Harry was an infantry soldier in the Pacific.

  68. Did anybody have anybody else deported today?

    No.But I had my wife depantsed.She’s still not talking to me.

  69. Dad was Field Artillery. Uncle Bill was OSS and Uncle Harry was an infantry soldier in the Pacific.

    My Pop was Signal Corps. (From within the din, from the battle’s roar, comes the fighting yell of the Signal Corps: HELP!!!!)

    Uncle Carl was a construction contractor, so he was put on heavy equipment. Uncle Heinrich was a German translator in Europe, and uncle Mel was a crew chief on a transport. Mel lost a pilot and co-pilot during a run to drop supplies on the beach at Anzio, and though not a pilot he flew it back to N Africa and landed it despite having his leg blown to shit. Got the Distinguished Flying Cross for that.

  70. No.But I had my wife depantsed.She’s still not talking to me.

    Depantsed?

    You had someone pull her pants up?

    What’s going on here?

  71. Engrave this! Bob Dylan.

  72. Tangled up in blue with a tiny giraffe.

  73. >> nothing but Frenchified Metrosexual Pussies as far as the eye can see.

    Today I met a formet US Navy SEAL, Navy Cross recipient for action in Afghanistan. His team leader was awarded the MOH posthumously.

    I don’t think we’re all quite pussified just yet.

  74. My dad was in the 26 ID (Yankee Division) and got to Normandy on D-Day+40. He drove a truck for an artillery battery and was pulled out to be a driver in the Red Ball express. He stayed in the USAR after the war and retired a W4. He will be 87 this year. He is my hero.

  75. They’re about all gone now, sadly. What a helluva bunch of men.

    With that, I’m out. G’night all.

  76. But did you shoot tequila with him, Dave?

  77. Opening Day today. Man, it seems like just yesterday that none of the teams I care about were making the playoffs.

  78. ‘Night Herr.

  79. Who wants to talk crap about bullshit?

  80. BTW, it’s snowing like a mofo here.

    Worst. April fools joke. EVER!

  81. I thought almost all the Red Ball drivers were black, Brew. You learn something new every day.

    My late grandpa was in the Navy during WWII. Worked as a mechanic and an LST driver in Europe and the Pacific.

  82. I’ve got very little to say about bullshit, I’m afraid. But I’ve got plenty of crap to say about horseshit.

  83. It’s been in the high 90s all day here, Andy. Had to run the AC for the first time this year.

  84. Nope, he was headed back because his brother was flying in. He’s also a SEAL and was recently wounded in a helicopter crash.

  85. I’ve got very little to say about bullshit, I’m afraid. But I’ve got plenty of crap to say about horseshit.

    I wonder why bullshit is always the go-to farm animal shit. Why not horseshit?

    I guess maybe bullshit has a better flow.

  86. Sean, most Red Ball Express drivers were black. Wikipedia says 75% and that is close to other accounts I’ve read.

  87. It’s been in the high 90s all day here, Andy. Had to run the AC for the first time this year.

    Are you sure that’s not because your house is on fire?

  88. Yep. His twin brother at that.

  89. You know what would be funny? If once a week Rachel Maddow would wear a really pretty dress.

    I think that would be funny.

  90. Or just cowshit.

    SEXISM!!1!eleventy!!

  91. >> I guess maybe bullshit has a better flow.

    Well if you’ve ever watched both critters poop, you’d know that’s true.

    So you don’t know shit.

  92. Are you sure that’s not because your house is on fire?

    Let me go check…

    …nope.

  93. Yeah, why is Herr posting an excellent post like that here, where we don’t deserve it.

    DOUCHES!!!

  94. Well if you’ve ever watched both critters poop, you’d know that’s true.

    So you don’t know shit.

    I don’t have enough free time to watch farm animals drop a deuce.

    Or do you make time to do that?

  95. Pigshit is the stinkiest. Just sayin.

  96. Horseshit has about 1/3 of the olfactory impact of bullshit.

  97. Uh oh…someone ran out of cake.

  98. I have had my A/C on for a month. I just bought A/C filters and grass seed today.
    April & May are the dry season here. I might need to pay $250 water bills from March to June. When the hurricane season starts.

  99. Chickenshit is already taken to mean cowardly pussy. How did that happen?

    Dave, do chickens shit when the run away?

  100. You know what would be funny? If once a week Rachel Maddow would wear a really pretty dress.

    I don’t think even MSNBC wants to put a crossdresser on in prime time.

  101. Listen to Dave. He’s pre-law FFA.

  102. Andi, check your douchemail

  103. Almost time for Archer.

    If it’s half as funny as last week …

  104. Anita got laid-off Dec third(Merry Christmas!) and has been looking since then. She was starting to get used to the idea of not working anymore. Then, I could ‘turn-on’ my retirement & SS. But NOOOO!
    Yesterday, she got a call from a contract outfit doing work at McChord AFB. She spent a couple hours on the phone, then a couple more filling out an application they e-mailed.
    The phone rang again, and she got scheduled for an interview with the inappropriately named “Washington State Department of Employment Security” (unemployment). They are having to “Staff-Up” because of increased “Client Load”. Imagine that!

    Today, she’s been a couple hours filling-out paperwork for the McChord job for a TS-Clearance. She’s never been military, so never had any kind of a clearance. Some of our friends may be surprised when the FBI shows up at the door asking questions about Anita!

    Maybe she’ll get better insurance at one of these gigs and I can get my spine fixed!
    That would rock! Then I could look for work again, too!

    So it goes…

    Great post MH!

  105. Lightning Strike update!

    Went from 40 something

    to 33 per 20 mim…

    Still better than 1/min

    what a storm!

  106. I don’t think even MSNBC wants to put a crossdresser on in prime time.

    I would watch that. If I was a bland lesbian TV pundit who normally wore shit off the petite discount rack at Mens Wearhouse, I would come in wearing a pretty dress one day for fun.

    People would be Tweeting that shit like it was Charlie Sheen not snorting blow off a dead hooker’s ass.

  107. Cross dresser in Chief.

  108. I kind of like Archer.

    It is strange but ok.

  109. Okay, that crossdresser thing was deadpan humor at its finest, what gives?

  110. >> It is strange but ok.

    *Looks around blog*

    Yeah.

  111. […] was actually a (rare) great post at H2, and I wanted to make sure you did not miss […]

  112. Most of the Red Ball truckers were indeed black, as just about every Quartermaster truck company was. These were companies that belonged to corps and army headquarters

    But when they first set up the Red Ball, they stripped about a dozen divisions of their truck companies, and even the one or two dueces assigned to each company. That’s where the white guys came from.

  113. And don’t give away any spoilers for Archer, or I’ll taze you in the nutz.

  114. That’s great news for Anita, Crispy. And you.

    Actually that’s a great jobs program. Lay enough people off so that states have to hire the unemployed to work at the employment office.

    How obvious!

    I could have had a V-8!!

  115. And don’t give away any spoilers for Archer, or I’ll taze you in the nutz.

    His brother has to kill him at the end because he accidentally killed a woman.

  116. Hahahahaha.

    http://tinyurl.com/4tfaojn

    It would be funny to convince the Palestinians the half the moon belongs to them and watch them try to send a rocket ship there to stop Israeli settlements.

  117. Archer shoots the dog at the end.

  118. I think the jews should move to the moon and make it as awesome as Israel, then let the Palestinians show the world just how much they were holding them back. Which is to say, zip.

  119. Archer shoots the dog at the end.

    Damn you! I was going to watch that.

  120. Lana & the fat chick hook up.

  121. BTW, the high today was 100.

  122. Great post, Herr – thanks for that!

    ChrisP – wonderful news for you and Anita!

    Got a call from DD#2 this evening – the starter went out on her van down at school. Thank goodness for AAA and the Internet – we were able to add DD#2 to our account, contact the Honda dealership down there, and get her car towed, all from the comfort of our living room…..
    (Actually, the towing/dealership will be taking place tomorrow, as it is after hours right now)

    And yeah, we could have had it towed to the folks that AAA recommended, but we don’t know ANYONE down there. While I’m sure the people are just fine, we feel better having it taken to the dealership in town.

  123. Oh, and Mr. TiFW said that he knows why Bammie won’t release his Birth Certificate…..

    ….it shows that he was born with both male and female genitalia…..

    (He’ll be here all week, folks – try the veal, and be sure and tip your waitress!)

  124. The bad news about the TS-Clearance is letting our sketchy friends & relatives know that the FBI might be coming to see them.
    Not so much the friends, but the relatives. Ewww.

  125. Y’know, I don’t give a fuck about the BC.

    Show me that asshole’s college transcripts.

  126. ChrisP, tell your sketchy relatives to be sure and hide their stash, and they should be fine ;-)

    *ducks and runs*

  127. Chris, if I can get through it, Anita’ll be fine.

  128. Oh crap! Do you think the FBI monitors “The Hostages™”?
    That might suck…

  129. Y’know, I don’t give a fuck about the BC.

    Show me that asshole’s college transcripts.

    Damned right.

  130. I think we’re gonna find his birth name was actually something like “Dwayne”

  131. Thanks, Leon, I hope you’re right.
    I wonder why I was able to do ‘maint & mods’ on Army helicopters, including classified radios, without any kind of clearance?
    Oh well, it probably will never happen again.

  132. Chrispy, did you open the case on the radios?

  133. You guys haven’t met Mr. TiFW – he’s a jokester.

    Throw him a bone – he’s looking for validation that his joke was funny…..
    (He told me, “Put that (his BC comment) on the blog!”; now he’s asking me if people liked it)

  134. ChrisP – You assume that nobody here is FBI? Bold.

  135. The name, Scott Brown, should also be used to describe this:

    http://tinyurl.com/3gsut4e

  136. tell him to keep his day job, TiFW.

    Being unfunny or recycling old jokes is MY schtick.

  137. Great post, HM.

  138. TiFW – Tell him I found it mildly amusing

  139. One of the ‘interesting’ questions on the clearance paperwork has changed from the past.
    “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the communist party?”
    Has become:
    Are you now, or have you ever been an officer in a terrorist organization, including a militia, other than a state militia such as the National Guard?”
    Janet N strikes once again…

  140. He’ll be here all week, folks – try the veal, and be sure and tip your waitress!

    The veal was tough, and served with instant mashed potatoes.

  141. Chief,
    Nope, nothing is beyond “The Hostages™”, even FBI. I would not be surprised. But then, we have nothing to hide. Red White & Blue patriotic Americans are all I’ve ever seen here.

  142. The gal that sent out those death threats in Wisconsin has been identified:
    http://theundergroundconservative.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/early-childhood-teacher-charged-in-death-threats/

    Her dad’s a psychiatrist…..

  143. But then, we have nothing to hide. Red White & Blue patriotic Americans are all I’ve ever seen here.

    Well, yeah, until we Lutherans take over, put you all in reeducation camps, and straighten out this mess for your own good.

  144. >> Are you now, or have you ever been an officer in a terrorist organization, including a militia, other than a state militia such as the National Guard?

    “The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age…” — 10 U.S.C., Section 311

    Nice going, Jane-O.

  145. For a guy that’s got a habit of hanging around little boys, Paulitics is OK.

    Not great, but OK.

  146. See, that’s my point. The Lutheran Milita consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age with ammunition.

  147. Starship troopers is on but Count won’t give me the rEmote DAMNIT!!!

  148. See, that’s my point. The Lutheran Milita consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age with ammunition tuna noodle casserole.

    FTFTL

  149. Remember when we were absolutely amazed that a Republican took the Kennedy MA Senate seat?

    Yeah, me neither. Because we expected him to be Barry Goldwater, except it’s friggin Massachusetts. And they don’t do Goldwater there.

  150. Michael’s version of MTV:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sfs0QLxnXI0

  151. Military history has taught us two important truths:

    (1) Do not invade Russia in the winter.

    (2) Do not underestimate Lutherans armed with tuna noodle casserole.

  152. Remember when we were absolutely amazed that a Republican took the Kennedy MA Senate seat?

    http://xrl.in/8oab

  153. >> Because we expected him to be Barry Goldwater

    What do you mean “we”?

  154. Yeah, com’on people! Mr. Brown is only slightly to the left of Dick Durbin.

  155. He’s still somewhat to the right of Ted “Watch me drive an Olds!” Kennedy.

  156. It’d be sooo much better if Martha had won.

  157. The funniest thing was that Coakley was running ads here painting Brown as the second coming of Rush Limbaugh. It was fucking hilarious.

    Well, ok, not as hilarious as thinking that Curt Schilling was a Yankee, but funny nonetheless.

  158. Right. She’d be voting my way exactly 0.00% of the time. That would be super awesome.

  159. I expected — and got — a third Maine sister, along with a filibuster to the version of Obamacare the senate had not yet passed. It was all I dared to hope for, and should have been enough. Would have been, too, if the rule of law actually mattered, and laws could not merely be deemed to have passed.

  160. 1 for 50 will not only not get you into Cooperstown, it will get you sent down to Durham.

  161. They didn’t use the bullshit “deem and pass” thing at the end of the day, did they Leon?

    IIRC, the house passed word-for-word the bill that the Senate passed on Christmas eve 2009.

    Brown would have stopped the House/Senate conference process, which is why the House couldn’t pass its own bill and flirted with “deem and pass”, etc.

  162. You remember when a Republican could sooo have beaten Tip O’Neill in MA-11?

    Yeah, you know why you can’t remember that? Cause even MCPO can’t remember that.

  163. Sorry Andy, you’re right. It was the budget that was deemed.

  164. So, is there a point, other than Obamacare, where Mr. Brown might actually support the position of his caucus?

  165. It’s like I’m taking crazy pills here…

  166. MCPO, did you read the top post at Lex’s tonight?

  167. No way. We have to purge the RINOs so we can completely own political obscurity forever.

    That’s the ticket. We’ll lose everything. But we’ll have a straight line.

    Straight lines are nice. Whigs had em for a bit.

  168. Yeah, LT. “Stinky” Knobloch had a similar experience in a Corsair II.

  169. The main problem here: no bench.

    There are 4 GOP state senators. They can caucus in a Prius. Not much better in the house.

    We have 10 congressional districts. All represented by Dems. As Marty Lamb, one of our 2010 House candidates said at the St. Paddy’s thing I went to, our next GOP congressman is going to be in Texas because we sent them a seat in the 2010 census.

    Bleak. Just fucking bleak.

  170. Dave – I’ve got very little skin in this, but Mr. Brown did run, nominally, as a Republican, didn’t he? If that is the fact, I believe my question was quite reasonable.

  171. We won’t let you down Andrew.

    going to bed. I’ll always vote for the most conservative candidate in any primary. Remember what we have to deal with in CA, MA, et.al. (hell, even friggin PA sent fucking John Murtha back to Congress, didn’t they?)

  172. DinT – Johnstown = not really Pennsylvania. More like blood-sucking parasites on our political body.

  173. see John McCain, Lindsay Graham, et. al.

    Or the Maine sisters.

  174. He ran as a “Scott Brown Republican” and an “independent voice”.

    As maddening as it is, he has to get elected by the same assholes that vote for Kerry and the 10 Dem idiots we have in Congress. He’s not going to do that by staking out the Jim DeMint position on … well … anything.

    For fuck’s sake, people around here think Lurch and Barney goddamn Frank are “mainstream”.

  175. >> see John McCain, Lindsay Graham, et. al.

    THESE are the RINO’s were looking for. How the hell can DeMint and Grahamnesty both be from SC?

    And Kyl’s a pretty damned sight more conservative than McCain, too.

  176. It helps if you think of Massachusetts as like a really big Johnstown MCPO.

  177. Is Brad gone yet? ‘Cause I don’t like coming here at night when that queerfag is cruising around.

  178. >> It helps if you think of Massachusetts as like a really big Johnstown MCPO.

    Heh. Same thought I had.

    I mean really. Who could go fill in that little oval beside John Kerry’s name and feel good about it? It boggles the mind, but they do.

    As Michael Graham (local talk radio guy) says, we have the stupidest smart people on the planet.

  179. Paulina,

    Did the proctologist have trouble getting the gerbil out again?

  180. Ok. I tried. I am NOT in the mood for studying.

    what’d I miss while I was gone?

  181. Paul gave birth to a goat.

  182. I thought it was gas.

  183. Congratulations Paulie!

  184. >> what’d I miss while I was gone?

    Wiser changed all the passwords.

  185. Did you know that goat tastes like chicken? I didn’t until now.

  186. Paul and xBrad are engaged to be married.

  187. We’re registered at Bev-Mo.

  188. I’m the groom, FTR

  189. Can I pick the wedding dress?

  190. I’m the groom, FTR

    She says the darndest things, doesn’t she?

  191. She IS cute paul.

  192. Hey Peej, where you been?

  193. PJ, you can barely pick your nose.

  194. I tried to pick my nose once. That’s why I now have one eye.

  195. Going to school and working 3 part time jobs now and killing goats instead of turtles now, apparently.

  196. I said now twice.

    I can’t pick my nose, but I can pick my friends’ noses.

  197. I was sorry to hear about the goat.

  198. I said now twice.

    There three kinds of people in this world: Those who can count, and those who can’t.

  199. Sorry, I didn’t know about that. What happened?

  200. Time to run.

    Paul, try to not get PJ pregnant.

    again.

  201. Yeah, there’s enough of my idiot spawn running around as it is.

  202. Sorry. I forgot I was on here and left a comment.

    anyhoo, I don’t know. The baby died. It was the girl too and it sucks because that was the one I was going to keep.

    Course, it would have really sucked had one of the twin boys died because we already sold them…….so yeah.

    But I’m thrilled cuz I work in my kids school district and I passed one of my computer certifications today.

    So it’s all good.

    What you been up to?

    and why isn’t sean here?

  203. Work. Heading up north for a month to work inhouse with a client. No go home, no know anybody up there. Should be fun.

  204. What?

  205. nuthin

  206. No go home, no know anybody up there. Should be fun.

    ass penny lives up north

  207. Congrats PJ. That is awesome! I figgered that was what you were gonna brag about upthread.

  208. So, as of midnight, I once again have a full time job.

    And that bastard already expects me to be on the phone with him at 9am tomorrow morning!!!! WTF??!!?!?!?

    This is sooooo gonna suck……

  209. Congrats PJ. That is awesome! I figgered that was what you were gonna brag about upthread.

    killing the goat?

  210. Why do you work at midnight wiserbud? Phone sex operator?

  211. Phone sex operator

    In reverse. He’s the guy doctors have you call if you have an erection lasting longer than four hours.

  212. “Deflator” I believe is his job title.

  213. So, as of midnight, I once again have a full time job.

    “Ten dorrah soljah boy?”

  214. grats to you too, wiser. Knock em dead.

  215. Sean made a funneh.

  216. Dang… I didn’t know Doc was still living.

  217. It’s all about death with doc, ain’t it?

    First he congratulates me on killing a goat and then he tells wiserbud to kill someone. Wow, just wow.

  218. grats to you too, wiser. Knock em dead.

    Thanks, doc. This is going to be fun. I really think this company is a great fit for me.

  219. Why do you work at midnight wiserbud? Phone sex operator?

    s’funny you mention that….

    *starts dialing….

  220. What kinda job did you actually get, wiser?

  221. *phone rings

  222. “Deflator” I believe is his job title.

    *KICK!

    if that doesn’t work, call shawn.

  223. Wow, doesn’t take long for IT pros to become jaded and ill-tempered does it?

  224. Well, if you stupid people would just remember to plug it in before you called me, we wouldn’t have this problem.

    Isn’t that right wiser? Before you have your nightly chats, don’t you ask that they already have it plugged in before you call?

  225. Wiser, do you take American Express?

  226. Um, is what plugged in?

  227. What kinda job did you actually get, wiser?

    My official title is “Director of Partner Relations”

    I’ll wait……
    ..
    .
    .
    .
    .
    Okay, you done snickering?

    Initially, my job will be managing the partner relationships between my company and the company we are about to sign an agreement with that will make them our sales arm. Basically, I will have about 65 people under me who I will be assisting during the sales process. SO I will be arranging demos, managing the contracts, assisting with the negotiations, etc. All the cool sales stuff with none of the crappy sales stuff.

    As this progresses, I will also be responsible for building new value-added partnerships to the mix and then managing those relationships as well.

    I basically created this position for myself at this company with all of the work I’ve been doing with them over the last 4 months.

  228. Um, is what plugged in?

    It. IT You don’t know what “it” is? See? this is the kinda bs I can see I’m going to have to deal with.

  229. Well, if you stupid people would just remember to plug it in before you called me, we wouldn’t have this problem.

    MOVE!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TzHbcXYwI4

  230. Wiser, do you take American Express?

    Just the Plum card.

    loser.

  231. I’m actually not sure if I know what “it” is.

    and docs, thanks for the congrats!

  232. I passed one of my computer certifications today.

    nicely done, smartypants.

  233. Wiser assisting his “sales force” to “add value” to “new partnerships”:

    http://tinyurl.com/3zwlvh2

  234. Basically, I will have about 65 people under me

    So, you’re starring in a remake of Caligula?

  235. Was the cert. exam difficult? It seems like you’ve been studying pretty hard. It’s been so quiet around here. ;)

  236. So, you’re starring in a remake of Caligula?

    Somehow, I just knew that using the word “under” was gonna provide at least one of you with their recommended daily allowance of low-hanging fruit.

  237. It seems like you’ve been studying pretty hard. It’s been so quiet around here.

    hahaha, you suck!

    The degree I’m actually studying is security. I was going to do nursing, but I couldn’t even get on the stupid waiting list till this coming October, so I got over it……but anyhoo

    It actually turned out to be fairly easy. The problem was, they make you learn freaking everything about computers from the time they were born. Even if those items aren’t used anymore. Then they dont’ even test you on that crap. They give you office situations and you have to figure out how to solve the situation using your knowledge.

    I HATE USING KNOWLEDGE!!!!!!!!

    and congrats on the job wiser!!

    and how’re things with you anyways doc?

  238. you have to figure out how to solve the situation using your knowledge.

    Wow.

    You’re fucked.

  239. Wiser, have I told you lately that I love you?

  240. Wiser, have I told you lately that I love you?

    I have missed you so.

  241. I HATE USING KNOWLEDGE!!!!!!!!

    Using ignorance usually works a lot better.

  242. Have I told you there’s no one above you?

    How’s your sister, btw?

  243. Well, I was regaling the masses today with my valorous campaign to save a fat Yorkie from her previous fail c-section (done elsewhere, natch). Oh, it was riveting. I hated to leave them hanging on the edge of their seats, but a man of my talents is always in demand.

    Family’s good, work is there. SSDD. You? How are all the little garanimals?

  244. Using ignorance usually works a lot better.

    Listen to Sean. He’s pre-meditated.

  245. Oh, great. Van Morrison jokes.

    I read someone’s theory once that “Brown Eyed Girl” was actually about buttsecks.

  246. Did you guys just hear what doc said? A Yorkie had a c-section. Is this because it didn’t want to have it’s vagina stretched out? I hear that’s why some women have them.

  247. wha?

  248. How’s your sister, btw?

    *ignores

  249. Yes, I’m sure the Yorkie told doc just that. And then asked to have her anus bleached.

  250. Is this because it didn’t want to have it’s vagina stretched out?

    It’s a hell of a trade-off, considering how hard it is to get back in shape after the procedure…..

  251. *ignores

    what? she snores?

    I knew that already.

  252. And then asked to have her anus bleached.

    funny you know about that procedure

  253. Hey it musta worked, y’know that Yorkie had a nice tight vagina. Kidding, totally kidding. Everyone knows the pooper is where it’s at on toy breeds. Still kidding.

    As far as you know.

  254. I read someone’s theory once that “Brown Eyed Girl” was actually about buttsecks.

    giving or receiving?

  255. I’m pretty sure Van is the pitcher in that scenario, wiser.

  256. it’s so cute when doc says he’s kidding.

    sean knows the truth

  257. funny you know about that procedure

    he demands perfection is all aspects from his golf partners.

  258. It’s good to be the king.

  259. he demands perfection is all aspects from his golf partners.

    Why demand anything less?

    (Other than the fact that I’ve never played golf, that is.)

  260. (Other than the fact that I’ve never played golf, that is.)

    But xbrad told me you had an amazing stroke….

    perhaps I misunderstood….

  261. But xbrad told me you had an amazing stroke….

    perhaps I misunderstood….

    The bastard didn’t do anything while the left side of my body went numb and I fell down on the sidewalk.

  262. Y’know Morganholtz, thanks. goin’ out side to check some shit out. sorry I missed the whole thread.

  263. It sounds like Chumpo is learning independently.

    HE’S A NERD!!!! BEAT HIM UP!!!

  264. You’re cute when you’ve smoked too much salvia, Sean.

  265. Niche Marketing
    http://breacanyon.blogspot.com/

    AAAAAAAAAAAHHHAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
    I laughed. It’s funny because it’s true.

    Nice one ShawnMcGuilicuty.

  266. Chicken n Waffles, I finally did it.

    Next time I want some over easy eggs, bacon and hash browns with lots of butter on my Chicken n Waffles.

  267. I have yet to smoke too much salvia.

    /Naval battle

  268. AAAAAAAGHHHH!!!

    I clicked on the link – WTF?!?!?! with the colors?

  269. No Shit Mesa? I always pussed out. I had lenty of options in Los Angeles, but the time was never right. I’m envious as shit

  270. Roscoe’s out here, mesa.

  271. Fine, do they put eggs and bacon and hash browns on their chicken n waffles?

    If not — don’t care.

  272. I was left —— wanting some damn BREAKFAST!!!!

  273. Chumpy, it was good.

    Just not THAT good.

  274. (but the time was never right)

    I’m afraid of large groups of black people.

  275. Just not THAT good.

    Copy.

    m’ gonna make chi/wafls @ home and see.

  276. I’m gonna start a place called — Eggs and Bacon and Hash Browns With Butter on Chicken and Waffles.

    With Gravy.

    Millions.

  277. I’m gonna start a place called — Eggs and Bacon and Hash Browns With Butter on Chicken and Waffles.
    With Gravy.

    That’s got a real ring to it. Can I shoot your commercial.
    F’n easy peasy.

  278. I’m afraid of large groups of black people.

    Hey, they always tip at least ten per cent — sometimes.

    /that’s raaaacist

  279. Can you do it like this?

  280. Hey, they always tip at least ten per cent — sometimes.

    THAT is total Bullshit.

    Never a tip. at. all.
    I bartend.

  281. Wait I think I know where Racine is…Michigan right? Mesta, you won funny fucker.

  282. Racine the city is in Wisconsin — the street is in Chicago. Drove by there all the time.

    Southside. About two blocks from Minister Farrakhan’s place.

    Great ribs, though.

  283. Sweet. Don’t know my shot when it comes to teh Midwest. I’m lucky enough to have pushed a few bands across the country though. Made Austin, Dallas, OKC, Champaign, and Chi.

  284. I bartend.

    No, I bartend.

    In downtown Houston.

    Final Four is chasing our cheap happy hour crowd out, though.

    Kinda funny, we ran our usual 4-7 happy hour until 9 tonight — the cheap crowd showed up at nine for reverse happy hour (which we did not do, they were welcome to order of the regular menu at four to five times the price) and was PISSED.

    How dare we cater to the thousands of people coming into town so they couldn’t sit at the bar for three hours and spend a total of six bucks and tip — maybe a dollar — and then have to be kicked out an hour after closing because they need five more ice waters with six lemons and twenty sugar packets?

  285. FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKK11111!!!!!

    I’m outa beer!

  286. Kinda funny,…

    I don’t even have to talk.

  287. “Time to sober up and head to bed.”

    Crank Caller! Crank Caller!

  288. Yup.

    I guess you know.

  289. Time to sober up and head to bed.

    Is that possible?

  290. SSSSSShhhhhhhhhheeeeeessssshhhhhh!!!

    Cheep fucking bTards!

    If I had any sense i’d start robin banks w/ Geoff

  291. *steppin out*

  292. Geoff – well, you started the whole Charty Boy thing.

    Fame — is it worth it?

  293. Still about fifty per cent.

    I might be a late, late show up.

    We need to do a mid-summer, western/southern meetup.

    But, lost track of where you actually live now.

    I still need to meet a bunch of the old timers.

    I did a Hostage tour of the South a couple a years ago — fun to meet people one on one, more fun in a group. It might be fun to hit the road again and shame some folks into meeting me out in their hometowns — West of the Mississippi.

  294. Tab — I just saw the other day that they still make that stuff. I think it’s made out of baby aspirin and brown crayons.

    My grandma used to give me a Tab after I mowed her lawn. Always pretended to like it.

    Bar tabs, oth.

  295. F’n just drank a last swill and sure as shit there was a cig in it.

    Thatz a wrap.

    ch zzzzzz.

  296. http://karolyiscamps.com/

    Wow, great website. Couldn’t tell from there where it is, but everything is a drive here.

    60 miles or so is nothing.

    The fly in and out would be close by. Lemme know, would always be up to meet for a beer.

  297. It might be fun to hit the road again and shame some folks into meeting me out in their hometowns — West of the Mississippi.

    http://tinyurl.com/4yv2jmd

    This is where I spill beer.

    c’mon.

  298. Dang – I got the hiccups. Can’t go to bed until they subside. Better get a Tab and start some therapy…

    They still make Tab? Seriously?

  299. Ah, New Waverly, not far from Lake Conroe.

    Lake Conroe is awesome in the summer.

  300. Chumpy, now I can find you. No way I’m posting a link to where I work.

    Do not be surprised if George Gorn shows up one day at your fine establishment.

  301. This is where I spill beer.

    c’mon.

    Meet us somewhere in the middle (like OC) and we might go for it.

  302. Been to Oceanside — like it.

    Can I get a job?

  303. Can I get a job?

    Definitely.

  304. Yes.
    Yes.
    yes.
    and yes.

    I wish Gorn would cruz. I’m starting an art gallery n a few weeks. That shit is priceless.

  305. Sleepy time.

    Have a book to finish before I have to get up and do six fourteen hour shifts in a row.

    I love used to love my job.

  306. Uh, only five fourteen hour shifts — joy.

  307. ix fourteen hour shifts

    c’mon Mesa. Think of the glory of saying, “I just worked six fourteen hour shifts in a row”

    Oh…yeah that suxz.

  308. Well, then I get one day off.

    Three day weekends for the summer, though. And, I’m about a month from buying a big ol’ sailboat to live on.

    Want to live on the water and bartend in nice locales.

  309. I’m starting an art gallery n a few weeks.

    I hope it’s at least made up somewhat with figurative art, seeing as how most of the stuff that has come out since the Impressionists has been a bunch of bullshit.

  310. Want to live on the water and bartend in nice locales.

    Hero.

    adios.

  311. I hope it’s at least made up somewhat with figurative art, seeing as how most of the stuff that has come out since the Impressionists has been a bunch of bullshit.

    I’m thinking…Scat-art exclusively. You should send me your submission. My address:
    1600 Pennsylvania ave.
    Washington D.C. 000001

  312. *poops on canvas*

    Hey! That’s not the address for the National Endowment for the Arts!

  313. suk it morning crew.

  314. I demand a refund for my postage stamps!

  315. You’d better give me my cash, chumps. Just consider yourself lucky that I didn’t include the cost of the canvas. Or the ramen packets.

  316. Once your shit leaves your ass it’s public. Fuck off.

    Nice poast at HQ Geoff.

  317. Wakey wakey

  318. I’m referring this shit (I know–HAR!) to the Museum of Modern Art.

    Good luck, asshole. (Pun also TOTALLY meant there.)

  319. My very first ever bartending job was in a college town. We got a lot of the city’s residents versus the students. Anyway, there was an older guy who used to come in – Dick was his name – and he was a pretty happy/funny guy. Anyway, he was a bomber in WWII. I forget which position he was, I’m sure my husband remembers. His story was very similar to that movie that came out in 90s. The one with Harry Connick Jr and a bunch of other recognizable folks. Memphis Belle.

  320. Dick was his name – and he was a pretty happy/funny guy. Anyway, he was a bomber in WWII

    Bomber crews had among the worst survival rates of all US troops in WWII. Anyone who got through was lucky, but he was prolly VERY happy for a reason.

  321. I will also be responsible for building new value-added partnerships
    ———————————–
    Solutions?

  322. *pops beer*

    It’s Friday. Unemployed people don’t work on Fridays.

  323. *unbuttons pants*

  324. I thought unemployed guys drank ripple. Fred Sanford taught me that.

  325. It’s almost like you’ve got a union job, Herr.

  326. Mornin’ all.

  327. It’s almost like you’ve got a union job, Herr.

    *looks around for pre-printed sign*

  328. Good morning Andy.

  329. How’s the roof, MJ?

  330. I think value-added implies solutions.

  331. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.

  332. *walks through poat in robe and fuzzy slippers nursing coffee*

  333. *walks through poat in robe and fuzzy slippers nursing coffee*

    Lucky coffee.

  334. I think I’m skipping squats today. My back is killing me. Maybe just some really light ones.

  335. >> *walks through poat in robe and fuzzy slippers nursing coffee*

    *tackles Sohos, gives her the “scrambled egg”

  336. What’s the record for the most times someone got drunk in one day?

  337. So how many of you guys have fake facebook girlfriends?

  338. Leon done kilt it. It was the disturbing question, methinks.

  339. Herr, if you stay drunk all day, it just counts as one.

  340. Even if I pass out at 11, and then start again at 4?

  341. Fake internet girlfriend chicks dig me, because I rarely wear internet underwear, and when I do it’s usually something exotic.

  342. Oh, and I’ll have you know, Roamy, that not only is that blanket “used”, it’s our absolute favorite. She spit up on it just moments ago.

  343. Odd: Local news saying a plane landed at Dayton Airport with five sick passengers aboard. Medics sent.

  344. Off to work.

  345. Ok, did mega job in laundry room, and started cleaning out all the basement closets.

    Project to resume after home school.

    NO ONE MESS WITH MY PILES.

  346. How’s the roof, MJ?
    ———————————
    Here’s the deal: the tree limb went through the roof like a spear. It was sticking out at a 45 degree angle, and obviously let in a bunch of water. The water then followed the seems of the drywall, and soaked the insulation. My guess is we’re going to need a section of the roof replaced and the ceiling in the living room. Other than that, no big deal.

  347. Ugh!

  348. *yawn*

  349. I would categorize it as semi-DOOM!

    In all honesty it could have been a lot worse. No big deal. When life gives you lemons, assume they’ve been used for a lemon party and give them to a neighbor.

  350. Unemployment 8.8.

    Gas 4.00

    Summer of recovery is right around the corner.

  351. Nice link in the sidebar at Ace’s, Andy. Truly frightening.

    *ponders a career in government contracting*

  352. Good morning.

    Very slow morning for a Friday here at the store.

    *looks at a few snowflakes still falling against bleak colorless landscape*

    They must all be at home fellating a gun barrel.

  353. That 8.8 is kind of BS at this point. I guess the calculation has been wrong all along, but still. If you take all of the people that are not looking for work anymore and have been transferred to the ‘assistance’ category, my guess is that it would be much higher.

  354. >> They must all be at home fellating a gun barrel.

    Hey, it’s opening day of baseball season. That means warm (-ish) weather is only a month and a half away!

  355. This is the one I use, MJ: http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts

  356. Thanks Herr.

    Glad to see Monty thought that was as DOOM!-worthy as I did.

  357. Hey, it’s opening day of baseball season.

    That was yesterday. Redlegs!

  358. Oh, yes. There is fudging in that stat.

    It’s anemic. And once gas goes up higher – we’re going to see that double dip.

  359. Today if you’re a Cubs fan.

  360. Excellent poat, Herr. You’re a good man.

  361. Today if you’re a Cubs fan.

    They must all be at home fellating a gun barrel.

  362. Thanks, HS. It was just so interesting to see the stone. One of those things that begs you to learn more.

  363. It’s anemic. And once gas goes up higher – we’re going to see that double dip.
    ————————-
    Agreed. It’s such a huge headwind for companies that they will have to do something about it by passing along cost to the consumer or laying people off. We’ll see toward the end of Q3 (June).

  364. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA3OnIYW5u4

  365. Mornin’ all.

  366. >> Thanks, HS. It was just so interesting to see the stone. One of those things that begs you to learn more.

    I know exactly that feeling. At Mrs. Andy’s grandfather’s funeral (USN, Pearl Harbor survivor) at Ft. Sam Houston, there was a headstone right next to where we parked the car that “BATAAN” just leapt off at me.

    Field of heroes.

  367. Lovely link at Ace’s, Andy.

    Now it is certainly true that many states have not typically been home to traditional manufacturing operations. Iowa and Nebraska are farm states, for example. But in those states, there are at least five times more government workers than farmers.

    The libs here blame that statistic on corporate farms. Lots of farmers doing pretty well here, thank you ethanol!

  368. Today if you’re a Cubs fan.
    They must all be at home fellating a gun barrel.

    Nah, those are the Cardinal fans.

  369. If a farmer’s growing corn for ethanol, it’s tempting to classify him in the “government worker” category anyway.

  370. The daily dose of doom over at the HQ has become tiresome, IMHO.

  371. Good morning, Revvy.

  372. I’m not going to apologize for the farmers raising corn. It’s not their fault the government is artificially inflating the market for that product. If they stopped making ethanol, they’d move on to different crops, whatever made them the most money. Farmers are some of the bigger risk takers out there, and they are a self sufficient bunch.

  373. Agree J’Ames. I didn’t mean that as a dig at the farmer, who’s just responding to the market manipulation from the gummint.

    *Checks company’s wind farm production stats*

    *Looks in mirror*

  374. Keep in mind that the rural areas where farmers live are some of the reddest areas in the country. Blue staters keep throwing that out there, talking about handouts. They are paying farmers NOT to grow things, usually.

  375. Heh, there’s a lot of windmills in Iowa, too, Andy. Do any business out this way, by chance?

  376. Michigan teacher union -letter from it’s president regarding vote for a strike.

    The commie propaganda is deep.

  377. Nah, those are the Cardinal fans.
    ————
    Awesomeness.

  378. NSFW!!!

    Rosetta version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CQIObNzHfU

  379. Nope. Just New England, Hawaii and the Rockies (selling into California).

  380. Speaking of ethanol and tying yourself in knots, here’s an example of how fucked we are: http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/03/29/on-ethanol-conservatives-should-stand-with-tom-coburn/

  381. The legislation being considered on a daily basis at the Capitol (emergency managers, step freezes, mandatory privatization, mandatory health insurance payments, budget cuts, etc.) are outright attacks on our students

    Let me be clear on what this vote means. It authorizes MEA to engage in significant activities — up to and including a work stoppage

    Yeah, because what could be better for the students than a good old strike? “Take the day off, kids, while your teachers throw a temper tantrum.”

  382. HS, from my WSJ sidebar link at the HQ

    Where are the productivity gains in government? Consider a core function of state and local governments: schools. Over the period 1970-2005, school spending per pupil, adjusted for inflation, doubled, while standardized achievement test scores were flat. Over roughly that same time period, public-school employment doubled per student, according to a study by researchers at the University of Washington. That is what economists call negative productivity.

    But education is an industry where we measure performance backwards: We gauge school performance not by outputs, but by inputs. If quality falls, we say we didn’t pay teachers enough or we need smaller class sizes or newer schools. If education had undergone the same productivity revolution that manufacturing has, we would have half as many educators, smaller school budgets, and higher graduation rates and test scores.

    Egg-zactly!

  383. what’s a “noreaster”? It that like something for Easter?

  384. It’s a bitch that drops 3 inches of Gore-effect snow on your yard for April Fools.

    Next question.

  385. I hope those fucking teachers do try a strike. They’re going to garner a lot of support from parents who have jobs and will have to make other arrangements to have their kids babysat during the day.

    Way to win the future, teachers.

  386. New post. This one is SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOw.


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