Inequality and Aristocracy

Look, it’s bullshit. If you view the economy as a zero sum game, then income inequality means something to you, but if you believe that you are responsible for your outcome, then you could give a rip. I realize this is probably too complicated for many people to understand because they are fed by jealousy and resentment. They want, free from labor, the fruits of yours. This needs and must be countered very quickly, and the only way that I have been able to do it is by picking out a different bogey man for the LIVs.

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It’s the government, stoopid. They have become the new aristocracy in which presumed presidents, gleefully report that they haven’t driven a car for 20 years–we’ve been paying for that. Where first ladies spend hundreds of millions of dollars of your money to take their children on vacation. Where once great institutions have been subjugated to voodoo science, and the good, honest people who work at NASA have a new mission–to fight CO2 molecules.

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The point, if I even have one, is that if we’re going to be constantly reminded that a government job is ‘service,’ then for those who choose to be in charge of it, there should be consequences not perks. If you want to be president, you should come to grips with the possibility that your kids might not get to go on spring break. Or that you won’t be able to just eat your waffle. Or that you don’t need an aide to an advisor to the attaché to the undersecretary to get your dry cleaning. It’s all just so completely unnecessary. I’m convinced that much of the bureaucracy is in place only to feed the vanity of those who presume to lead it.

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Maybe this chart will sum it up better than my rambling, gif free post.

blerg

482 Comments

  1. Well as Franklin said, “People get the government they deserve”

    http://www.kptv.com/story/25060894/police-man-tried-to-break-into-pd-office-to-get-his-skateboard-back

  2. Very true, Jenn.

  3. It’s all so very depressing.

  4. Wait a minute. That was Alex, not Ben.

  5. You did make a good point. People in this country need to realize that our elected officials see themselves as aristocrats who don’t care one bit about the people.

    People don’t believe they are responsible for their outcome at all, they believe the government exists to take care of them so they keep putting the class warfare “warriors” in office.

    Government (big government) has become a self-licking ice cream cone that only seems to exist for it’s own sake.

    Government, despite what they may say, needs income inequality to feed the machine, they have been creating and enslaving the poor and dependent since the New Deal and the poor and dependent have no clue.

  6. Thanks for the comment, whoever you are. I award you one of these:

    http://imgur.com/ajPmU,Kdg1G,lCm3k

  7. Never click random MJ links – Rule One.

    Rule Two – I know men in the ranks who will stay in the ranks. Why? I’ll tell you why – simply because they haven’t the ability to get things done.

  8. *sits next to car in, all bummed out*

    *gives MJ one of these http://tinyurl.com/pzgm37y *

  9. MJ is creepier than a warm public toilet seat.

  10. Capitalism has raised more people out of poverty than every government program ever devised.

    That’s a lot of programs.

    Yet capitalism is always to blame. We have to keep regulating it. Uh huh, sure.

  11. All the public toilet seats are heated in Washington DC. They deserve it!

  12. Laura’s co-worker sounds really “scary” – not “horror-film” scary, just “you-can’t-trust-anything-she-says” scary.

    Of course, people like that are the same ones who are able to convince people that they have cancer – or that they are capable of running a country.

    Eventually, people figure it out and all hell breaks loose; in the meantime, a doozy of a scam is perpetrated on all of those around them, and chaos reigns supreme.

    It is a mental illness, but I’m not sure there is any “cure” for it, because the ones at the center of the storm honestly don’t know how to live any other way (and perpetually see themselves as victims). The only thing those around them can do is to warn others not to be taken in.

    Unfortunately, 52% of the country didn’t listen….

  13. CT is about to make the minimum wage $10.10 per hour.

    This is good because “when more people have more money its good for the economy.”

    (that, and who gives a crap if a bunch of people lose their jobs and go on welfare)

  14. Thanks for the comment, whoever you are. I award you one of these:

    Fixt: http://is.gd/PCDKaR

  15. You did make a good point. People in this country need to realize that our elected officials see themselves as aristocrats who don’t care one bit about the people.

    People don’t believe they are responsible for their outcome at all, they believe the government exists to take care of them so they keep putting the class warfare “warriors” in office.

    Government (big government) has become a self-licking ice cream cone that only seems to exist for it’s own sake.

    Government, despite what they may say, needs income inequality to feed the machine, they have been creating and enslaving the poor and dependent since the New Deal and the poor and dependent have no clue.

    You had me at ice cream.

  16. You had me at ice cream.

    News the boys can use….

    *ducks and runs*

  17. News the boys Dryer’s can use….

    FFA

  18. *gives MJ one of these http://tinyurl.com/pzgm37y *
    ————————–
    Hey! That’s not in the rule book!

  19. You had me at ice cream.
    ——————-
    *puts Good Humor wrapper on gentleman’s sausage

    *waits

  20. Shot: http://thefederalist.com/2014/03/24/six-lies-the-leftist-media-tells-about-the-contraception-mandate-cases/

    Chaser: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/348101.php

    Good pieces by gabe on the Hobby Lobby employer mandate case

  21. MOM, DAVE’S SERVING BOILERMAKERS AGAIN!!!!!

  22. *grabs Good Humor wrapper, lays on table, bangs it with a mallet 31 times*

    I ♥ flattened ice cream sammiches squeeee!

  23. Gentleman’s sausage patty? Oh no.

  24. Ha ha I’m going to try this and report back.

  25. Eww, Cyn with an erection?

  26. I know right?!

  27. Dave, that’s some of Gabe’s better writing. Which I guess it’s why it’s at The Federalist.

    If government has such a compelling interest, why doesn’t it directly provide contraceptive coverage?

  28. Can we talk about gardening again?

  29. We already talked about that.

    *checks clipboard*

    There’s been no talk of poop today yet.

  30. I’ve always liked gardening, but I’m not sure how to get started. Should I send cARin a picture of Sean’s Penis?

  31. Heh, showed The Hunt for Red October to my nephew this weekend. He was very impressed, especially for an old movie.

  32. That flick is timeless. Your dad out of the hospital, Jay?

  33. Have you started planting, Car in? Laura did! She’s ahead of you.

  34. He is out of the hospital, but has to have oxygen. We think he’s needed it for a long time, but has learned to adapt (stopping and catching his breath, taking a lot of naps, etc.) He sounds a lot better, and he made the 10 hour trip home yesterday without an overnight stay. Said he’s feeling better too, but he’s got a way to go.

    It wasn’t fun, he was kinda confused all week. It’s hard to see that, and it made him very uncomfortable. You could tell when he felt better, because he started complaining again.

  35. This may tempt Cyn to lose the hammer and pick up the wrapper:

    http://tinyurl.com/bxxqg9l

  36. I’ve always liked gardening, but I’m not sure how to get started. Should I send cARin a picture of Sean’s Penis?

    It certainly does a lot of plowing.

  37. I always knew my dad was getting better when he started bitching about things, Jay.

    Also, my dad would be much worse while in the hospital. Confusions. Strength. I think there is just something about it. Glad to hear he’s home.

  38. I have not started planting, but then her season is at least a few weeks ahead of mine.

    I hesitated to do seeds this year, because I don’t have a TON of space that gets enough light, and I often get long spindly sprouts. But I like the milk jug thing. I’m going to run to the store today to see what seeds I can find.

  39. That’s great news, Jay. Complaining is good!

    I think that my mom is in that position now too of needing oxygen, but for her I think it’s a night thing. She has put off a sleep study for close to five years now and it makes me so crazy because I know she’d feel better when the apnea is ‘revealed’.

  40. >> If government has such a compelling interest, why doesn’t it directly provide contraceptive coverage?

    You know what’s even stupider? Hobby Lobby cover 16 types of birth control medications. Obamacare mandates 20 (it adds the abortifascients).

    Not about birth control
    Not about women’s health
    Nope. It’s about *forcing* Christians to pay for chemical abortion bombs.

    Our God is bigger than your God Hobby Lobby. So you just toe the line or else.

    That’s what this is about.

  41. This may tempt Cyn to lose the hammer and pick up the wrapper:
    http://tinyurl.com/bxxqg9l

    Shut up and take my money!!1!

  42. Yeah, dad started sleeping a lot better when he got his Darth Vader mask.

    Of course, now he doesn’t wear it all the time. Didn’t even say anything about it to the hospital, until my brother and I brought it up.

    Umm, you might want to wear that at night, so you can sleep, and have better oxygen readings.

    Ya think?

  43. Our God is bigger than your God Hobby Lobby. So you just toe the line or else.

    This.

  44. Ya think?

    *nods*

    I’m so with ya there.

  45. Ask any leftist if churches and religious institutions should be able to keep their exemption.

    What do you think they’d say?

  46. All charity should be handled by the government, says lefties. And they live by that too.

    So at least they are consistent.

  47. What do you think they’d say?
    —————
    They’d say, “WAR ON WOMEN!”

  48. Of course a brain surgeon and a bus boy should earn the same income. Everyone deserves equality in life. The doctor is no better than the person who cleans your table.

    On the other hand, this is an outstanding way to eliminate all brain surgery.

  49. I’ve always liked gardening, but I’m not sure how to get started. Should I send cARin a picture of Sean’s Penis?

    Yes, whether you garden or not.

  50. In case you haven’t notices, Gabe’s article is directly below Sandra Fluke’s at Real Clear Politics. After reading both it’s clear who’s got the better argument.

    One is feelings and one is law.

  51. If government has such a compelling interest, why doesn’t it directly provide contraceptive coverage?

    They do. Planned Kill-a-baby.

  52. Not about birth control
    Not about women’s health
    Nope. It’s about *forcing* Christians to pay for chemical abortion bombs.

    More broadly, it’s about forcing Christians to disavow their beliefs, to make being Christian as painful and as close to illegal as possible.

  53. there is a man dressed as a clown wandering around Staten Island at night. Witnesses describe him as bald, wearing a trademark blue and yellow clown suit, holding balloons and

    Now we know what happened to Rosetta.

  54. Of course a brain surgeon and a bus boy should earn the same income. Everyone deserves equality in life. The doctor is no better than the person who cleans your table.

    The sad thing is that there are people in this country who are in positions of leadership who would nod like they were doing the kumbia as you say this.

    Our internal enemies will have to be dealt with some day just as our external enemies. I hope that doesn’t make me sound ominous and shit.

  55. I hope that doesn’t make me sound ominous and shit.

    But you’re never sexier than when you sound ominous.

  56. * introduces stab-your-clown legislation *

  57. This poat is the most racist thing in the history of racism.

  58. I saw a clown at a 7-11 buying skittles and watermelon iced tea.

  59. Goddamit!

    Apartment just got hit by a golf ball.

    Sounded just like a gunshot.

    I just about shit myself.

  60. Put the driver down, Sean.

  61. BAN ASSAULT GOLF BALLS!

  62. No one needs to buy golf balls in a magazine of six.

  63. I was having flashbacks to firefights I was never even in.

  64. I had to try and deadlift next to two large black gentlemen enthusiastically discussing the merits of Islam and speaking ill-informedly about economics. Gonna be a good day.

  65. Hmm. I don’t think Leon is paid well enough.

  66. Put the driver down, Sean.

    Fine.

    *grabs wood instead*

  67. Well enough for what? To build a home gym?

    It’s coming.

  68. If the water table were low enough that houses in my area could have basements, I’d already have the home gym.

  69. I need to find the $$ for some weights. A good bar and some bumpers. I’d still go to crackfat, but I could get extra workouts at home.

    up here in Lapeer, mostly everyone is conservative. And there is NO one talking about the glories of Islam.

  70. That was honestly the first time. Most of the guys just talk about work and wives and so forth. We have a bunch of correctional officers that use the facility, they have funny stories.

  71. Interesting theory as yesterday’s Coffee and Markets podcast. The idea is Hillary! will introduce new legislation to replace Obamacare. And it’s primary feature will be to expand state Medicaid programs to include absolutely everyone. Reason is to avoid the single payer stigma, and to bribe states with federal monies. Every blue state will suck it up and because the federal bribe would be so huge and widespread (designed to cover everyone ineligible for Medicare or the VA) it will be tough for red states to reject the bait.

    Of course the result is tons of people get stuck with Medicaid quality medicine. Not a problem for the DC aristocracy and the rich who will be exempted if a politician, or if rich, wealthy enough to pay concierge doctors.

  72. If they’d just done that in ’09, they’d have got their wish and probably kept the House.

  73. Interesting theory as yesterday’s Coffee and Markets podcast. The idea is Hillary! will introduce new legislation to replace Obamacare.

    This is why I suspect that Hillary won’t be the nominee. If she gets elected she will gut Obamacare and replace it with her own plans and steal the glory. I don’t think the Obamas or their enablers will stand for that.

  74. Except the blue states already took the Medicaid bribe. The red ones (and some purple ones) didn’t.

  75. Yikes. I think we have a cat that may be on the way out.

    I’ve lost my faith in vets. The last few animals (4) have gotten way sick, and we’ve given them LOTS of money only to have them die.

    I’ve got five kids and perspective. Easy things are one thing but in this Obama-economy …

    Kids are looking for the cat now. Last night she was acting weird. This is the cat that was dumped on us.

  76. Michigan took the bribe.

  77. Jay, Ben’s idea is the bribe will be so large and cover so many people that the red states will find it hard to say no. The bribe this last time was strictly time-limited. Cankles would go for a much bigger slice this time. Either way Obamacare will be altered by the next president. Its unpopularity as its painful consequences kick in after Licorice Dick leaves will force hands in DC.

  78. You can just go to Coffee and Markets to listen to yesterday’s podcast. The salient part is in the last eight minutes so you can skip ahead.

  79. Michigan took the bribe.

    Snyder equivocated and dissembled and then lubed up.

  80. If y’all haven’t seen the footage of the BASE jumpers who leapt off 1 WTC, check it out. It’s crazy cool.

  81. it’s primary feature will be to expand state Medicaid programs to include absolutely everyone

    And just how does Cankles propose to PAY for all of this candy?

    The reason red states didn’t take the bribe is precisely because they knew that they would end up holding the bag.

    People currently on Medicaid can’t get a doctor to see them (because the gov’t doesn’t reimburse them for work done and it takes forever to get reimbursed); what about this proposed plan is going to change that?

    What’s the appeal of this new and improved plan – now even more people can’t get in to see the really crappy doctors?

  82. You fail to understand the difference between the appearance of coverage and actually being covered. Only one counts politically and in the MFM. Cankles would open Medicaid to everyone, no income limits. At last, the dream: universal availability of (putative) state coverage. No private insurers involved; it’s Medicaid. Cankles will pay for it the same way DC pays for everything. Print money. Red states wouldn’t be holding the bag in this scenario but would get, as would other states, much larger fed monies over a much longer period of time. Everyone has their price, as they say, and red states will be under pressure to fix their Obamacare messes too.

    Look, let Ben Domenech make his case over at the podcast. It’s only yesterday’s last eight minutes.

  83. Yep. A base jump from “the most secure” building in NYC.

  84. Judge Joe “Meltdown” Brown jailed for contempt in Memphis, TN

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/judge-joe-brown-jailed-contempt-court-memphis-article-1.1732553

    He was a hack jurist at best, anyway. And now he compares himself to MLK. hahahaha douchebag

  85. Were the base jumpers Mooselimbs?

  86. People jumping from WTC is gonna be a sore spot for people that remember what happened on 9/11.

  87. Given the reflexive leftism of New Yorkers I’m not so sure.

  88. Yep. A base jump from “the most secure” building in NYC.

    They got in by moving a tarp that covered a hole between two fences on the property. A. Tarp. Not the financial kind. Canvassy stuff. Omar the Tentmaker (and Sometime-Bomber) would be proud.

  89. No, the BASE jumpers were not mooselimbs. One of the guys was an ironworker who helped build the thing. They’re all from the waspy House of Whitey.

  90. They’re all from the waspy House of Whitey.

    They were not Muslims? THEN THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!

  91. STOP THE PRESSES! ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCY!!! CATASTROPHIC ANGST AHEAD!

    We NEED a place to put all of our old TVs. They’re dangerous and may leak into the food chain or something.

    http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2014/03/crts/

  92. You know how I can tell landfills of cathode ray tubes are not a real crisis? When I click on a link to wired.com, five seconds into the article I get hit with a pop-up ad for Netflix.

  93. You’re not taking this emergency seriously, GO.

  94. Anyone think Bill DiBlasio will declare 1 WTC to be an honorary mosque?

  95. It’s because of people like you that people in Africa will go without food from global warming and shit.

  96. Every time I read the word “mosque,” I imagine it’s followed by “of the red death.”

  97. The best place for old CRTs is on a pile out in the desert, facing guys with pistols, shotguns and even .22 rifles.

  98. To be fair, e-waste is a far more serious problem than hysteria over dubious global warming. But not nearly as bright with opportunities for graft, seizure of power and rent-seeking.

  99. Just wait until these electric cars start crapping out.

    It’s going to be fun watching them try to figure out what to do with all these giant batteries.

  100. It’s going to be fun watching them try to figure out what to do with all these giant batteries.

    This.

    On the other hand, if we’re honest, there are really very few of such vehicles out there. And there probably won’t be many for a very long time, given the basic physics of energy storage in batteries. The internal combustion engine will outnumber battery driven vehicles by a very large margin for a very long time.

  101. Holy crap. Maybe we should have stayed with George III.

    The labour force participation rate – the proportion of adults who are either working or looking for work – started to decline in the US in 2000 and has plunged since 2008 from 66 to 63 per cent.
    The equivalent of 7.4m people are no longer part of the labour force. Yet participation in the UK has held up remarkably well despite the country’s prolonged downturn and now stands at 63.6 per cent – the first time in 36 years that it has been higher than the US rate.

    Read more at http://libertyunyielding.com/2014/03/24/u-s-labor-participation-rate-falls-uks-first-time-36-years/#E5EeAyRXVQFq4JH3.99

  102. >>>It’s going to be fun watching them try to figure out what to do with all these giant batteries.

    Yucca Mountain is available

  103. All of the hybrids have giant batteries.

  104. We could nuke Iran and turn it into a battery/TV/CFL storage facility.

  105. Maybe the giant batteries could be repurposed into powering giant purple vibrators. Let’s ask car in about this.

  106. If batteries, cathode-ray tubes, and CFLs are so deadly, we don’t even need to nuke Iran. Let’s just bomb them with all of this crap.

  107. And unlike regular car batteries, which are 100% recyclable, those fancy ones are not.

  108. Bombing someone with TV’s….WE MUST DO THIS!

  109. I was just thinking about that. Old car batteries? Neutralize the acid, easy. Remove the lead plates, recycle. Fancy lithium polymer monstrosities? Not so much.

  110. This is why I suspect that Hillary won’t be the nominee. If she gets elected she will gut Obamacare and replace it with her own plans and steal the glory. I don’t think the Obamas or their enablers will stand for that.
    ——————————-
    This, and she’s a really shitty candidate. She’ll have all of the money, data, press, and whatever she needs to win, but she’ll never overcome her voice or Bill’s penis.

    Both need work.

  111. Eyebeach warning.

    http://weaselzippers.us/180568-dancing-queen-mooch-gets-her-groove-on-in-china/

    I suppose “Everybody Wang Chung Tonight” would be racially insensitive?

    I would call her a “bucket ass,” but the bucket would have to be from some sort of heavy duty earth-moving equipment.

  112. This, and she’s a really shitty candidate. She’ll have all of the money, data, press, and whatever she needs to win, but she’ll never overcome her voice or Bill’s penis.

    Bill’s Penis is no longer a liability. If you mention it you will be lynched for waging a war on women. But she is a pluperfect incompetent as a candidate… However I’m waiting to see who can come forward to replace her as the person who will defeat the Republican in 2016. No one is seriously setting himself up yet. Puzzling.

  113. I refer to FLOTUS as The First Front-Loader.

  114. Not surprisingly, I’m ok with nuking much of the planet for a better purpose.

    Australia is high on my list just because I don’t like their accent. And most of it’s uninhabitable, anyway.

    And they make a grand total of two cars. Who makes two cars? That’s just un-American and why we should nuke them.

  115. Seriously, it’s kind of funny – in that vid, the Chinese (I so want to go all Walter Sobchak right here) look TINY next to Moochelle and her giant-sized bucket ass.

  116. *subscribes to MJ’s newsletter*

  117. Ace is sick again. I think he’s got another yeast infection or a UTI

  118. Time to punch the bread down!!!

  119. Fun fact about the Obama White House: there are two full-time farriers devoted to shoeing FLOTUS.

  120. “This, and she’s a really shitty candidate.”

    I bet she smells like play doh.

  121. Bill’s Penis is no longer a liability. If you mention it you will be lynched for waging a war on women.
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    No way. Bill’s Penis is Hillary’s life long adversary. He can’t give up now.

    Think about it. He’s only got a few years left. Do you really think Bill is going to give up pussy for a wife that he’s lied to, cheated on, and continually humiliates?

    No way, man. No way. Bill’s Penis will end Hillary before Hillary does. Otherwise no more bearded clam. He’d be watched more than Breaking Bad if she’s elected.

    Never gonna happen.

  122. There’s no way for me to rescue my Ace comment without offending someone else, so I just have to let it lie and suck up any criticism. I still like Ace, he’s just sick a lot.

  123. One thing she doesn’t smell like?

    Bill’s penis.

  124. I hope you’re right, MJ. But the pop culture and MFM will move heaven and earth to silence anyone mentioning the First Rapist’s tool. They have been dead silent on all of the horror shows in Obama’s past. From Rev. Wright to Ayers to Mooch’s sinecure at that Chicago hospital. There is a way to turn Bill Clinton into an asset, and they will find it.

  125. The fact that the Bill and Hillary! Will not live in the same house will be portrayed as: 1.The bestest first woman president ever! 2. A husband devoted to solving the world’s problems as he travels the globe, delivering speeches. They are a pioneering, unconventional couple, perfect for the 21st century!

  126. One thing I do know. Huma Abedin has a bright future in DC.

  127. She’s already got her airport:

  128. I don’t think they’ll cover for Bill. Obama is transcendent.

    Hillary is ….old.

  129. So who replaces Cankles? Corey Booker?

  130. Sean’s Penis for President!

  131. Someone should go on a nationwide search to find just one man who would sleep with Hillary.

  132. Joe Biden / Alvin Greene 2016.

  133. Someone should go on a nationwide search to find just one man who would sleep with Hillary.

    Sort of a search for the unholy Grail.

  134. Excuse me, sir. I am conducting a search for our blog, thehostages.wordpress.com. Would you sleep with Hillary?

  135. Sir, excuse me. Would you sleep with Hillary?

  136. Who could be a running mate for Sean’s Penis?

    Sean’s Nutsack?


  137. Someone should go on a nationwide search to find just one man who would sleep with Hillary.

    Chaz Bono.

  138. Edge of Tomorrow movie review – Tom Cruise doesn’t die enough.

  139. Holy crap. Maybe we should have stayed with George III.

    The UK would be so much better off if they’d just have given the colonies seats in Parliament.

  140. The Dems cleared their bench in the last few elections. A lot of their surviving governors and Senators/Reps are holding their breath and waiting to see what happens in the next election.

  141. I actually find it hard to hate Tom Cruise for extended periods of time.

  142. Same here. He makes some good movies and his annoyance is usually due to personal quirks and not due to political douchebaggery.

  143. She’s already got her airport:

    What. the. everlovingfuck.

  144. I DON’T WANT TO LIVE ON THE SAME PLANET AS THE BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON NATIONAL AIRPORT.

  145. Someone should go on a nationwide search to find just one man who would sleep with Hillary.

    Janet Reno.

  146. I actually find it hard to hate Tom Cruise for extended periods of time.

    I don’t. Scientology is Satan’s handiwork, and Scientologists are his minions. Fuck’m all. That shit is EVIL.

  147. The best moment was when Tom Cruise was on Oprah. I didn’t know whom to hate more.

  148. >> The UK would be so much better off if they’d just have given the colonies seats in Parliament.

    Barbara Tuchman asked that question in her book “The March of Folly”, why do governments act in ways that are absolutely stupefyingly contrary to their interests? England would have remained a global power had they just been a little reasonable.

    It probably didn’t help that they were fighting a half dozen major conflicts around the globe.

  149. People who are scientologists are about as stupid and gullible as they get. That so many actors are adherents is just another bullet point as to why we should nuke Hollywood. They really are to stupid to wield the power and influence they do.

  150. >>>England would have remained a global power had they just been a little reasonable.

    Too much rum and sodomy, not enough lash.

  151. ITS FUCKING SNOWING

  152. It probably didn’t help that they were fighting a half dozen major conflicts around the globe.

    If they hadn’t been, we’d have lost. I think the failure was one of misunderstanding the problem (“they’ll never fight us over this quibble”) and then arrogance (“we’ll fight this bunch of peasants in a few battles and that’ll take the fight out of them”) and never anticipated enemy alliances (“why on earth would France take any interest in this?”).

  153. Too much rum and sodomy, not enough lash.

    And scurvy, too, and rickets and the gout, and gruel. Waaay too much gruel.

  154. Snowed here today too, Pupster. Nothing stayed.

  155. I don’t believe in snow.

  156. *mumbles about mayhem*

  157. There is no such thing as snow, only light global warming.

  158. We’ve had on and off white outs all day. The roads in Detroit are icy and horrible . 40 accidents at the moment.

  159. 40 accidents at the moment.

    I think you mean “40 incidents of mayhem directly induced by global warming.”

    You anti-science racist denier.

  160. Too much rum and sodomy, not enough lash.

    *signs up for Jimbro’s news letter*

  161. >> (“why on earth would France take any interest in this?”).

    That was even dumber on their part, given the outcome of the French and Indian Wars

  162. They may have assumed that the French Aristocracy had no political capital left to spend on that sort of adventure. They’d have been right about that, but wrong to think they wouldn’t do it anyhow.

  163. http://i.imgur.com/Ll4G9qK.gif

    ^ This ^

  164. Does anyone want to do HHD tomorrow? I’m asking for a friend.

  165. I thought Leon did it already.

  166. Scott hates fit women. Or has never seen one.

  167. BLOG FIGHT!!1

  168. I actually dated a bodybuilder for a year or so.

  169. Does anyone want to do HHD tomorrow? I’m asking for a friend.
    ——————
    I’ll do it.

  170. I’m just a few steps away now from getting a new medical supply vendor. Fugging idiots.

    Talked to them today about them shipping me out the wrong product, again; the supervisor chick is overnighting me one box of the right product and I told her I was done with ’em. Paid off the balance we owe on the insulin pump and soon I will be giving them the finger one last time.

  171. I actually dated a bodybuilder for a year or so.
    ———————
    Is it true? Did his balls shrink?

  172. I may just let you MJ. The last one you did was not gawdfuckingawful too bad.

  173. I’ve done HHD?

    I think I may have actually damaged my hippocampus. I have no recollection of almost anything anymore.

    On the plus side, I have almost no recollection of almost anything anymore.

  174. If you like your hippocampus, you can keep your hippocampus.

  175. It might be the booze, just sayin’.

  176. But I said that last time you brought this up, and you said it couldn’t be the problem. Then you posted puppet sex gifs.

  177. Hippo College?

  178. Hippo College?

    It’s the other name for Iowa State.

  179. MJ owns Wellesley College?

  180. Get your bar degree at The Hippo Campus™ – online or at your favorite tavern!

  181. Yeah how come there’s two days of dudes and only one day of chicks?

  182. But I said that last time you brought this up, and you said it couldn’t be the problem. Then you posted puppet sex gifs.
    ————————
    It was probably the booze.

    http://is.gd/vKxUE4

  183. Wow. This storm could have hurricane force winds. It’s going to just miss us, smack Cape Cod and then kill Jimbro.

  184. …then kill Jimbro.

    That’s what you get for all those unneeded amputations.

  185. Too late to repent I’m afraid.

  186. Dave has a point.
    HHD is men doing manly stuff.
    MMM is men in women’s clothes.
    BBF is women in women’s clothes

    We need a weekly feature of women doing manly stuff. Shooting guns, riding motorcycles, operating power tools etc. They also need to be hawt, and not have cow like mammaries.

  187. It’s going to be mostly wind with 3 to 5″ of snow near Bangor. Downeast Maine, Washington County is going to get the brunt of it. Office tomorrow is gonna suck—no shows all day long.

  188. Darn. I was soooo close to qualifying for that.

  189. More great ideas from Obamacare:

    Obamacare requires millions of people to interact with the government who never would have done so before. At the point of interaction, NVRA requires them to be pushed to register to vote. Presto. Millions of people are now touched by a political touch when they just wanted to see a doctor. The politicization of health care has a GOTV component for the Democrat party.

    http://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/2014/03/25/obamacare-as-election-turnout-machine/

    Given O’Care’s disastrous roll-out and functioning so far, this may not work out as well as envisioned.

  190. Tushar also hates fit women.

  191. Too late to repent I’m afraid.

    It’s never really too late to repent, but you might not have time to confess.

  192. Dingy Harry is dinging up his image:

    the left’s crusade against the Koch brothers isn’t working very well, as one might expect with an effort to vilify two businessmen unknown to the vast majority of voters. After months (years, even) of vilification, the brothers’ negative numbers (25 percent) are actually less horrible than those of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who gets thumbs down from 35 percent, or the president who draws a negative reaction from 49 percent of voters.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2014/03/25/harry-reid-more-disliked-than-koch-brothers/

    More fun at the link, too.

  193. The hell? Was that actual content in the poat?

  194. I just finished pulling another batch of bread from the oven. My house smells sublime.

  195. The hell? Was that actual content in the poat?

    The “touched by a political touch” part?

    Yeah, I’m afraid it was. Actually, everything I linked was quoted FTAs.

  196. I think Dave has been correct in our debate about our president’s intelligence. Today he said that Russia has had influence in Ukraine for decades and that Russia is a regional power.

    *blink

    I give. He’s average at best. Maybe not so much, actually.

  197. A big man in a little job might be more annoying, but a little man in a big job is far more dangerous.

  198. He’s never struck me as a very smart man, but I’m sure that in a lot of rooms full of Democrats in Illinois, he was often the smartest one.

  199. I just assumed you couldn’t fake it for that long.

  200. He doesn’t have to fake it. He’s been enabled, lifted, praised, and surrounded with walls of people who are using him the way Seabiscuit was used by jockeys, owners, and gamblers.

  201. Seabiscuit had talent.

  202. Afternoon.

  203. Today I built four (4) of these:

    http://tinyurl.com/bm49fw2

  204. Leon, I don’t hate fit women. I just want women to look like women. A bit of muscle I am ok with. Nothing but muscle? Nope. A lady should have curves.

  205. They say he is the smartest man in any room he walks into. It is about time he stop this habit of walking into empty rooms.

  206. ^^^What Scott said^^^

  207. They say he is the smartest man in any room he walks into.

    To be fair, Joey Choo-choo, Nanzi, and Dingy Harry aren’t the brightest bulbs in the box.

  208. This is for Tushar. Nobody else click.

    http://tinyurl.com/kjpg59u

  209. Seabiscuit had talent.

    Solid point, but he could have been talentless and still won if a team were conspiring to poison all his competitors.

  210. Jewstin, be thankful I am so far away from you. I would love to personally administer a beat down to you for this

  211. The other big problem is signalling. I think the one skill Obama has actually mastered (other than T-Prompt), is signalling intelligence and thoughtfulness to shallow thinkers by means of speech patterns and references.

  212. >> I just assumed you couldn’t fake it for that long.

    Intelligence is a combination of education and experience. Obama has some learned behaviors which by experience tell him can be effective but he lacks the self-awareness and context to understand why those just as often fail him.

    He has a poor grasp of history so he has no context for how current events are shaped by them. His naivete is astonishing given his education. Plus he has no real experience beyond political agitation and activism.

    When confronted with facts and events that disturb his perception of reality he goes to ground every time and falls back on the same tired rhetoric because it’s all he knows how to do. His worshipers look at his quiet demeanor and mistake it for thought and reason when all it really is is a brain that has vapor-locked. The rhetoric doesn’t work anymore cause people are just tired of his bullshit.

  213. Dave punches above his weight.

  214. wtf?
    Is this turning into another AoSHQ?

  215. “Intelligence is a combination of education and experience. Obama has some learned behaviors which by experience tell him can be effective but he lacks the self-awareness and context to understand why those just as often fail him.

    He has a poor grasp of history so he has no context for how current events are shaped by them. His naivete is astonishing given his education. Plus he has no real experience beyond political agitation and activism.

    When confronted with facts and events that disturb his perception of reality he goes to ground every time and falls back on the same tired rhetoric because it’s all he knows how to do. His worshipers look at his quiet demeanor and mistake it for thought and reason when all it really is is a brain that has vapor-locked. The rhetoric doesn’t work anymore cause people are just tired of his bullshit.”

    He ate a dog too.

  216. Hippo College?

    It’s the other name for Iowa State.

    It’s Moo U. Get it right.

  217. Hahahahahahahahaha.

    Where’s Car in?

    I’ll have a dog face on wheat, hold the mayo. Extra dog face if you can. I don’t mind the up charge.

  218. >>>He ate a dog too.

    But Binders Full of Women!!11!!!!

  219. In my language, there is a proverb that roughly translates to: a jeweler makes hundred little strikes with his tiny jewelers hammer. A blacksmith makes one big strike with his hammer.

    Dave’s comment followed by Scott’s one utterance reminded me of that proverb.

  220. This photo says it all

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef013486a73dbf970c-500wi

  221. And why is Michelle ducking down?

  222. She is ducking because she knows her husband is an idiot and there is a 50/50 shot he’ll take out her eye.

  223. HABOOOOOOB

  224. Should we change your name to Sandy?

  225. So Tushar, Sean’s penis is a blacksmith?

  226. Soon

  227. That’s gotta be one of the worst cases of RBF ever. That must suck.

  228. I love the tapestry one, Pupster! Really nifty.

  229. WordPress is being kind of a douchebag to me. Hard to change the username, doesn’t want to follow through on a post, etc.
    Anybody else or just me?

  230. WP is being a douche

  231. Check out the ups on MJ.

  232. As I was saying…

  233. Let’s scrap the H2 and start a gardening blog.

    We’ll call it H3–The Gardening.

  234. Oh, hey LW.

  235. Check out the ups on MJ.
    ——————-
    I look good in orange. So do you.

    http://is.gd/5nFa4A

  236. Wtf is wrong with you MJ???

  237. What did I do?

  238. Hey.

  239. I know it seems ridiculous, but I have this huge balcony and nothing on it so I think I’m going to grow a few things this summer.

    I’d like some tomatoes, jalepeno, bell peppers and zucchini. I want to learn how to make zucchini flowers and I can’t find them anywhere.

  240. Ha ha ha ha, awesome.

  241. >> I want to learn how to make zucchini flowers and I can’t find them anywhere.

    Try dinner and a couple bottles of wine.

  242. What do you mean, how to make them? Fritters, or stuffed?

  243. But mostly weed.

  244. Did anybody polish the patina off anybody else’s antique bronze Tiffany lamp today?

  245. A gardening blog? Are you trying to kill us?

  246. The really lightly fried ones. They’re usually battered?

    I don’t think I’ve had them stuffed.

  247. Zucchini flowers.. http://tinyurl.com/pzgm37y

  248. Hey DiT, curious what you think of the article. Seems long on hysterics, short on actual facts. Like, what the proposed bill would actually do.

    http://libertyfirstfl.org/?p=652

  249. Before and after of the Oso slide.

    http://tinyurl.com/mrtbr8x

  250. I would just make a very thin tempura batter made with club soda and a little potato starch to make it extra crunchy.

  251. I always want to eat my squash flowers but they open so early in the morning that there are always gnats already inside on the nectar before I can pick them. Guess I could rinse them but it just grosses me out. Maybe I will get up earlier in the morning this year. Perhaps.

  252. That lungha di napoli giant squash made absolutely immense flowers. Again, I just couldn’t.

  253. I’d have to read SB130 and that’s a lot of work for a bill in Florida.

  254. HE’S SEIZING

    *forces a wallet between bcoch’s teeth*

    OK, he’ll be okay

  255. Ahhh….they might as well have named it the Zimmerman Bill.

    >>>(2) The county sheriff or municipal police department shall
    issue reasonable guidelines for the operation of such programs.
    The guidelines must include, but are not limited to, prohibiting
    a neighborhood crime watch patrol participant, while on patrol,
    from confronting or attempting to apprehend a person suspected
    of improper or unlawful activity, subject, however, to those
    circumstances in which a reasonable person would be permitted,
    authorized, or expected to assist another person.

  256. >>>HE’S SEIZING
    *forces a wallet between bcoch’s teeth*
    OK, he’ll be okay

    Thanks. But did you have to use Dave’s wallet? I mean, ew.

  257. Zucchini flowers..
    ————————-
    Lauraw, I’m not advocating murder, but what good is a Rabbi Mossberg without seeing what it’s capable of doing?

  258. Yes, tempura. I’m gonna have to figure that out.

  259. Zimmerman wasn’t even ON “patrol” when all of that happened – he just observed suspicious behavior.

    I’ve been known to circle around the block, just to be sure. Haven’t ever gotten out of the car, but I did follow a guy who broke through the backyard neighbor’s fence with a TV and kept following him all around the neighborhood in my car.

    This was in the days before cell phones, so I called the cops when I lost him. Turns out someone else was following him, too. Dude had broken into a dentist’s office in the vicinity and stolen the TV (the burglar actually confronted me and told me that a buddy had given it to him – yeah, right; my buddies used to do that all the time at 7:30 a.m.)

    Picked him out of a photo line-up and everything. Dentist sent me flowers and a check – he’d heard I had a little girl in the car with me (I had been taking DD#1 somewhere); told me to buy her something nice.

    So, yeah – I “found” $20.

    Times five.

  260. Ok here’s where I might take a departure on blanket 2A rights.

    If you’re gonna carry a weapon you have a certain moral obligation not to insert yourself into a situation that can get out of hand fast. Zimmerman did not commit murder and deserved his acquittal but he did by God get himself in a situation while armed.

    Frankly I think a lot of this could be avoided with open carry, but that ain’t the law right now in FL (or TX).

    SO neighborhood watch folks. You can buddy up and go around unarmed with your cell phone, or you can carry a weapon and if the shit hits the fan prepare for legal crap. It will happen.

    I’m not saying this to cry for Trayvon, he was an asshole punk. But Zimmerman made this way worse with some bad thinking. And wrecked his own life in the process.

  261. Why do we have cops? What do they really do? I just don’t get it. In my experience with cops, they don’t investigate burglaries, they don’t enforce traffic laws, they don’t respond to calls in a timely manner. Why do we have to have neighborhood patrols and home security systems? Why do we have gang task forces, when all they do is keep notecards on tats and tagging? Waste of money IMHO

  262. Live by the gif, die by the gif.

  263. Yeah – the police took one look at that guy’s rap sheet and told me I never should have followed him.

    Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have, but I figured the dude was CARRYING A TELEVISION. It’s not like he was going to be able to attack me without dropping the darn thing.

    I also figured that if he wanted the TV badly enough to keep walking with it, knowing I was following him, he wasn’t likely to drop it to confront me.

    He didn’t have a gun showing (never would have followed him if I’d seen one), and I was in a vehicle that I knew could get me out of any situation pretty quickly if push came to shove.

  264. True.

    http://is.gd/tGyk0F

  265. It depends on your community, Oso. Our police department seems pretty professional, unobtrusive to our daily lives, and responsive when needed. City of Hartford, just minutes away? Criminally corrupt.

  266. Charlotte seems ok. A cop parks one block from my building every night. I’ve stopped to talk to him and he’s really nice.

  267. I may let my dealings with APD and NMSP color my views. The gangbanger that raped my co-worker’s little sister still hasn’t been arrested.

  268. The cops around here are pretty decent. Jacksonville has had it’s share of problems, but usually with some sort of money issue, not brutality or anything like that.

    Nassau County, where I’m at, are by and large a bunch of good ol boys. You’d think that a community that’s small like this one wouldn’t have a bunch of shit happening, but a friend, who’s a LEO, was involved in a shooting just a couple days ago.

  269. In Chicago the cops just take whatever they want from you. Especially anything illegal. Then they let you go with a warning.

  270. He left the TV behind a convenience store, and the cops recovered it. Since both I and another guy had seen him in possession of it until he abandoned it, the cops said that they pretty much had him dead to rights, and they got him in custody pretty quickly. Dentist pressed charges, and dude got locked up.

    Cops were surprised I was willing to give a statement (he told me most people don’t want to get involved), but I figured I didn’t want other criminals thinking my neighborhood was “safe” for them to ply their trade.

  271. Moving is easier.

  272. Oso,
    Out here in the county, I’ve had nothing but good experiences with out deputies. They are real nice folks.

    Well, once when, after a burg, they sent a forensics guy out without letting us know he was coming.
    Anita was home, with all the blinds shut and no cars outside.
    I was at the airport, working.
    A guy in civilian-clothes, in an unmarked white van, pulls up and knocks.
    Anita called me and says; “Someone’s here!”
    I jumped-off the ladder and hauled-ass home, slid into the driveway and jumped-out with the .45 in my hand.
    Anita had already sneaked around behind the white-van and got the drop on the guy.
    He didn’t know she was there until he heard the hammer on her .357 go back.
    He got pretty excited.

    When he started to tell us about ‘taking justice into out own hands and being punished for it’, I explained that there would be no witness and no bodies.
    They would find the car in a Safeway lot without prints and that I have access to aircraft with in-flight doors, so there would be no body found, until it washed up on the beach.
    I had him there…

  273. Ick. Never again.

  274. *makes note not to rent a white van and show up at Chrispy’s house.

  275. Scott, I agree. One of the foster kids that killed my cousin, got 10 yrs with time served. The other one is supposed to go on trial this month. She’ll be 25 when she gets out of prison. Evelyn is still dead.

  276. It can be OK, if you aren’t cheap.

  277. Sumpter PD isn’t doing anything about my 4yo fraud case that happened when I lived in Ann Arbor and the criminal lived in Detroit.

    Boo!

  278. It can be OK, if you aren’t cheap.
    ———————–
    I can honestly say that I learned the meaning of the word value, when it comes to moving. You get what you pay for.

    The jizz is free.

  279. Laura, about that cow-orker of yours that invented a brother and other people. What makes you think she is the only person you have encountered who did that?

    I mean, swarthy looking person, claims to be from India, puts on an undecipherable accent, works in NY, lives in NJ, has two kids. On what basis do you believe that? Because that person told you?

    How many things you KNOW about people could be not true at all?

  280. Hahaha Tush.

  281. Tushar = http://is.gd/TrkI7A

  282. Albuquerque is weird. We don’t have an area to avoid. What we called the “War Zone” is now called “The International Zone”. The South Valley is full of illegals. The East Mtns are full of meth heads. We have meth labs everywhere. We have gangs everywhere. My cousin thought that moving to Rio Rancho with the Anglos would protect her family. Her pot smoking son was killed over a gold chain and his car. Body burned on the mesa. My lawyer uncle still feels bad about fixing Vicente’s first pot bust.

  283. How many things you KNOW about people could be not true at all?

    I’ve been thinking about this in an even broader context. How much does the average, educated person take on faith? Like, scientific facts? Earth’s motion, the solar system, how fission works, absence of phlogiston, evolution, etc. Most of us have no direct evidence for any of that, but we believe it because someone credible told us, and the whole culture of other educated people agree.

    It never even occurs to the average person to question the rotation of Earth or that atoms both exist and can be split, but how many could or would take the time to prove that to themselves in some conclusive fashion? So they’re really taking it on faith. I’m not saying it’s misplaced, but it is faith.

  284. New Mexico sounds like Old Mexico.

  285. Scott, it is. Federales and nepotism. I just wish that in Mag 7 his name wasn’t Chris. No offense ChrisP.

  286. I would rather live with liberals.

  287. I won’t take offense either, Oso.

  288. Tushar, late last night I was turning these things over in my mind. I guess I really do walk around in the world as a naif, with this bedrock faith in the trustworthiness of (most) other people’s representations. But who can fact-check the innocuous statement of every stranger or live in a constant state of suspicious vigilance? That’s exhausting.

    At least in this situation, this person has cost me nothing, only shocked me.

    In the case of this Indian guy I know who lives in Jersey, being conned by him has been worth it just for the laughs and baby pictures.

    Whoever’s kids they really are. They’re cute.

  289. I live with liberals. Most of mi familia. (OMG is Leon’s real name Chris? Will I have to feel bad about SNL It’s Pat and its sig other Chris?)

  290. Leon,
    We can step outside in the evening and see direct evidence of the earths rotation and the planets in the solar-system.
    That atoms exist and can be split?
    Nuclear-power, atomic subs and carriers, Trinity, Fat-Man, Tsar-Bomba, and Little boy.
    It’s intuitively obvious to the casual observer…

  291. Pups, hahaha.

  292. Oso, I was indeed named for the patron saint of travelers.

    I saw him depicted in stained glass at the Detroit Cathedral when I went for the Rite of Election.

  293. The price I pay for living in a mostly weather free zone is all the weird shit that happens here.

  294. I’ve just come up against this. The guy I’m working with in Atlanta basically leads multiple lives. He’s married, but his wife lives in Milwaukee and is in her residency as a dermatologist. He visits her every weekend, but that’s not actually possible with our work schedule.

    He lives on South Beach, yet can’t make it in to the Miami office at 8am. He travels to Atlanta, and stays in a hotel an hour from the office and shows up at 9:30. He won’t eat in front of anyone. He’s confused by the most basic tasks.

    But he collects a six figure paycheck.

    OMG. I work with Obama.

  295. Dang. We have your Patron St in all of our vehicles and on our medals. I may travel with quite a few medals. And rosaries.

  296. MJ, are we playing “Guess the Ethnicity?”

  297. >>>OMG. I work with Obama.

    It’s coming from inside the house!

  298. Moron friend posted Oso links from Seattle Times. Damn. Prayers up. XB’s pic doesn’t even start to convey the magnitude.

  299. We can step outside in the evening and see direct evidence of the earths rotation and the planets in the solar-system.

    You can’t prove the stars aren’t moving all funny-like. Besides, you can prove rotation by flushing the toilet (coriolis effect). But my point is that the average person doesn’t have direct evidence for a lot of things they nonetheless believe.

  300. Laura, the way I see it, I worry about veracity only if it is going to affect me in real sense. The guy who says he likes japanese food and goes jogging with his wife? Even if he is lying, it does not hurt me. So I don’t care. The guy who says he will give me the best price on something? I will do my research and make my own decisions.

  301. But he collects a six figure paycheck.

    I’m pretty sure this guy was teaching a class at UM Eng when I went there. I dropped it when I realized he had no intention or ability to arrive before 11 for a class that started at 1030.

  302. I’m still pissed that TMI3rd didn’t get the Med School of choice. I love my cousins. At the same time, I know that they were elevated by being Hispanic and female. Hispanic surnamed trumps just Hispanic. I think all y’all should adopt the -ez. For the childrenz

  303. >>>I think all y’all should adopt the -ez. For the children

    Somehow I don’t think Cochranez is going to fly.

  304. http://imgur.com/gallery/H6Es2mw

  305. MJ, are we playing “Guess the Ethnicity?”
    ———————-
    No.

  306. Son of Cochran. Try it.

  307. I can’t say Cochran without laughing.

    SON OF COCK RING!!!!

  308. MJ, White guy? Wow. Totes flabbergasted. Is his derma wife gringa?

  309. bcock, change your name to Gallos Correras or something.

  310. Derpa wife?

  311. MJ, White guy? Wow. Totes flabbergasted. Is his derma wife gringa?
    ————————
    Actually, no. He’s AA, but that shouldn’t matter at the moment. His wife is .5 and .5. I guess. Who knows? People are full of shit.

  312. Derma. Oops. I see where I missed the comma.

  313. Oh, AA. BPT. I used to H8 having to deal with Black People Time coachings. It is real.

  314. Funny hooker post, Pups.

  315. I’m always OT for work. Brat background. Bells bells bells. In the land of mañana and BPT it gets hairy.

  316. I have a feeling that the people I work with are afraid to tell the truth.

  317. Pepe!!! Give me an Amen on the NM State Police!

  318. MJ, truth is relative in Chinatown.

  319. Ain’t that the truth?

  320. Leon,
    You can step outside, focus on the North Star, and watch the earth rotate. Perhaps use your GoPro and do a time-lapse. If you can possibly convince your self that all those thousand points of light are moving around the earth in a co-ordinated fashion, rather than accept the earths rotation(that explains the seasons, as well), you may have suffered a psychotic-break and should be considered for the position of “Senate Majority Leader”…

  321. SON OF COCK RING!!!!

    I saw Son Of Cock Ring on a double bill with Attack Of The 50 Foot Shemale.

  322. Leon,
    You can step outside, focus on the North Star, and watch the earth rotate. Perhaps use your GoPro and do a time-lapse. If you can possibly convince your self that all those thousand points of light are moving around the earth in a co-ordinated fashion, rather than accept the earths rotation(that explains the seasons, as well), you may have suffered a psychotic-break and should be considered for the position of “Senate Majority Leader”…
    ————————————————-
    Copernicus FTW!

  323. MJ, you can’t handle the truth!!! (Whoot! 2 Jack memes in one night)

  324. I prefer the toilet-flushing method. It’s more direct.

    I can’t prove the stars aren’t just lights stuck in that big black thing up there.

  325. Well, Tushar, I still have to work with this woman for a while longer. It certainly costs me nothing to do my work while she reels off yarns and engages her mental illness in my vicinity, but I am going to try to avoid it anyway as much as possible.

  326. Plus, crystal spheres.

  327. The Coriolis toilet myth is wrong too. Toilet is too small for it to show up. Weather is another matter.

    http://www.snopes.com/science/coriolis.asp

  328. And again, we’re getting far afield of my point. Ask Harry Reid if the Earth rotates. Then ask him how he knows that.

  329. The Coriolis toilet myth is wrong too. Toilet is too small for it to show up. Weather is another matter.

    Oh, well that’s easy then. Prove that the atmosphere doesn’t revolve around the Earth, dragged by the remaining mass of the universe.

  330. MJ, you can’t handle the truth!!! (Whoot! 2 Jack memes in one night)
    ——————————
    http://is.gd/iYAPnZ

  331. Lauraw!!!! Can we get some container gardening advice? Dan is all about patio gardens and I’m leery. Lowe’s had a really cute set up, but Mr Man is already talking paint buckets and blah blah blah.

  332. Man, I don’t trust the cops at all anymore. The ABQ cops just killed a guy a couple of days ago. He was acting crazy, but they got him to surrender. Once he starts walk toward them, they turn a dog loose on him. He pulls a knife, and they shoot him. While he’s laying there bleeding and not moving, they start shooting him with bean bags. WTF? Got it all on video.

  333. Ask Harry Reid if the Earth rotates.

    And he will accuse you of asking misleading questions planted by the Koch brothers.

  334. Harry Reid is “BatShit Crazy”, and has been for a number of years.

  335. MJs link is funnier when Scott does it.

  336. I will try, Oso. I’m not really very smart about gardening in places that are not within an agricultural zone or two of mine.

    What are you, zone 9?

  337. MJs link is funnier when Scott does it.
    ————————
    Fuck. It’s officially played out.

  338. Pepe, Mayor Marty capped cop shootings at 150K in settlements. Since then, open season.

  339. You guys are getting pretty philosophical. Does it really matter whether the earth rotates or the stars rotate around it? Jeez I’m just trying to make it through the day.

  340. Catch the ball, Pupster!

    http://imgur.com/gallery/fdpbHIg

  341. I think we’re Zone 7.

  342. Gravity doesn’t work that way. The earth exercises far more pull on the atmosphere than anything else. If Harry Reid doesn’t understand this, it just proves he is scientifically illiterate as well as a corrupt demagogue lining his and his cronies’ pockets with other people’s money stolen at the point of a tax collector’s gun.

  343. ABQ cops shoot a lot of people.

  344. Science is mostly theory, right?

  345. Does it really matter whether the earth rotates or the stars rotate around it? Jeez I’m just trying to make it through the day.

    That’s the other thing I realized. How little a difference it actually makes in my day-to-day life.

  346. 4 out of 5 scientists agree that science is mostly science.

  347. I used to watch meteor showers in Hondo. Talk about big sky. We camped near Datil during the Pleiades in August. Pepe is being disingenuous about NM skies.

  348. ABQ cops shoot a lot of people. Not enough. I H8 NM juries.

  349. *Pepe wins the internets*

  350. Bedtime.

  351. Leon,
    Have you read “The Nine Billion Names Of GOD”, by A.C. Clarke, published in ’53?
    Just a short story.
    It made me smile.
    I could really picture myself there, as that was the type of computer work I did , once upon a time, showing newbies what data could show them…

  352. Hey, can the ISS astronauts see the stack of turtles holding up the world?

  353. Pupster has excellent table manners

  354. Zone 7? Really? What city, again?

  355. Albuquerque. Everything I’ve seen at Lowe’s and HD is Zone 7. Dan thinks we may get too much sun. I know nothing.

  356. Cool site All the planes in the air, and flight details

    http://www.flightradar24.com/34.37,-108.66/7

  357. Good night, friends.

  358. Lauraw, it’s horrible. He went from looking at cute patio planters to reading up about drilling holes in paint buckets. I’m afraid. Very afraid.

  359. >> I’m not really very smart about gardening in places that are not within an agricultural zone or two of mine.

    It’s not your fault I didn’t tell you about caliche.

  360. I lost a nice Carex grass to excessive sun. Replaced it yesterday with an asparagus fern.

  361. Pepe & Oso need to move they ass to Jal…or Eunice. I’m pretty sure there’s a Sam’s Club in one or the other of ’em.

    Maybe I’m thinkin’ bout Hobbs. Which is a gang ridden cesspool itself.

  362. I live way out in the boondocks, PG. I’m pretty much a hermit. Probably why I’m not in jail.

  363. Pepe,

    I’m pretty sure I drove by your place when I was in between Espanola and Chama? Are you near Tierra Amarillo? Or Yellow Dirt as they say in the hood. And shit.

  364. PG, nope. Sam’s is in Las Cruces and Roswell. True Story! We accept Mexico Memberships in the US. El Paso Sam’s are so full of Mexicans, that American Hispanics go North to shop on the wknds. I’ve helped people that would rather drive 4 hrs north than put up with “Mojados”. WTG Juan McLame and Johnny Boner.

  365. Nope, PG, I live outside of Magdalena. It’s about 70 miles southwest of ABQ.

  366. PG, Pepe is closer to Pie Town and Cyn.

  367. Espanola is low rider-ville, or at least it used to be. The cops didn’t even go there.

  368. Pretty much anything 50 miles inland from the wet coast all the way to the Mississippi is all one big dry blob.

  369. Missed it by that much.

    By the way: Mojado is racist. I learned that shit from taking an asswhuppin for using it in about ’71 or so. Since then I’ve gone with “chillichopper”. It’s worked out a little better for me.

  370. ‘night kids, shower time for me.

  371. xbrad, have you ever been in east TX.

    They call it the “Pine Curtain” for a reason.

    Other than that you’re kinda right.

  372. showers are likely racist.

  373. Pepe, my cousin, Donald, was an LEO in Espanola. He ended up with the Santa Fe sheriff’s dept. Now, he’s a chaplain with the NM Natl Guard. I have stories!

  374. I flew over East TX. My family drove through it back in ’73. Felt no need to revisit in the years since.

  375. PG, we can say mojado. You can’t. HS teacher called us “Pepper Bellies” and “Beaners”. Boy was she surprised when she met up with me with my family in RL. i was the whitest kid in her class. Also, the brownest.

  376. I shop in my El Paso Sam’s
    No problem there; we’re all pinche mojados down here

  377. Mexia, TX made Jasper look enlightened.

  378. “At the time of his death in 1601, the Danish astronomer, mathematician, and alchemist Tycho Brahe was the most respected scientist in the world. He had devoted his life to the intense study of the stars, observed the passage of hundreds of celestial bodies through the cosmos, coined the word nova (as in supernova), definitively disproved Aristotle’s theory of an unchanging celestial realm, and laid the groundwork for what would eventually become Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion.”

    Just sayin’…

  379. Hahaha TJ. Which location? Gateway?

  380. Showers may be racist, but baths are homophobic.

  381. I am pretty sure shaving is sexist.

  382. East Texas kinda grows on you.
    All those damn pine trees and Mosquitos are too much for me;
    I like the dry West Texas air and open spaces

  383. I know I am 18 hours late and on topic. (Who does that?) I have been reading Montesquieu, and his descriptions of the aristocracy are spot on. MJ has nailed it with this poat

  384. Wide open spaces. Too bad the Dixie Chicks went all Hanoi Jane on W in a foreign country.

  385. Yeah
    Gateway
    Cielo Vista mall’s parking lot is about 50 percent Chihuahua plates on weekends

  386. Hush, Vman. MJ is the mixologist for freakin Wiser. Don’t be giving him airs. Or pinkie flairs.

  387. I lived in Greenville TX for five years. Giant pine trees in my back yard. Reminded me of home.. early home in Alabama when I was a kid.

    Night kids.

  388. The original Dixie Cicks were much better
    One of the girls was from Dell City, out by the Guadalupe mountains

  389. Cielo Vista. I knew Aguirre’s. My familia emigrated from Chihuahua in the 1850’s. (The Chavez branch)

  390. Yep. Wow your zone is weird.

    This looks to be the hands-down best source of basic growing info for your area that I have stumbled across so far.

    http://rejonesconsulting.com/Public/Garden.html

    Some mods required for container gardening, especially with regard to managing water, and an eye to available sunlight/ shade conditions on a patio. But the timing and cultural information this guy has laid down is outstanding and generous.

  391. TX pine or Mesquite scrub…discuss.

  392. Oh, and if I were you I would definitely put in some herbs. Many herbs love your climate. Hardy rosemary, thyme, and sage for sure.

  393. Thanks, Lauraw. Dan is obsessed. I’ve created a container monster.

  394. The people most cranked about income inequality are the ones voting for the party which is erecting a revolving door aristocracy between gubmint and Wall Street. Golden Slacks, Government Motors and the discount window.

  395. I’m allergic to rosemary and sage. Gingy loves to roll in sage. I think she hates me. Dan always sides with the dogs.

  396. Oso
    I bet your family shopped at The Popular in El Paso way back when

  397. Allergic to sage? That purely blows.

  398. OMG, I have 2 bears from The Popular!

  399. GO, it does. Allergic to Juniper as well. (Worst Mexican ever) Cilantro tastes like soap.

  400. That was my wife’s family
    Her tio Sunshine passed away this weekend, at the age of 92
    He and his cousin Edwin ran it for ages
    There were 400 people at the graveside service yesterday
    Adolph Schwartz her great great uncle founded it in Juarez in the 1890’s as the Tres B’s: “Buena Bonita y Barata”

  401. Vaya con Dios, TJ.

  402. Thanks Osita
    You too

  403. TJ, when my infertility became evident, Dan would buy me bears. Hence, the osoloco. I have lots of bears. Fond memories of The Popular.

  404. Do you remember the original store downtown or just the last one in the mall?

  405. Both. My Padrinos lived in El Paso. I spent a lot of time with them.

  406. I was a Park Shark. When I would fight with my sister, I’d get sent to El Paso. I was on a swim team and I’d date local boys.

  407. Good Evening Cool Kids!

    Trip tomorrow has layovers in Vegas, Orlando and Chicago.

    The Vegas layover is very short, can’t even get a beer.

    Orlando is longer, but not sure we have any hostages there.

    If you’re flying United tomorrow make sure to check if there’s a big, blond guy in the right seat as you board.

    Promise to make the landing good, just for you.

  408. Dated a guy whose dad was BP. Western Playland for dates. And drive-ins. I don’t even remember his name.

  409. Lot of history there
    They closed the Popular in ’95
    Back around 1912 or so, Pancho Villa and President Francisco Madera were in the store at the same time
    To keep from having a gigantic shootout in the store, Adolph’s wife guided Madera out the front of the store while Adolph get Pancho and his men out the back.
    Villa and Madera were sworn enemies

  410. Hi, Phat! Not looking good for United this year. Maybe next year on a Hawaiian vacay. This year has Southwest written all over it.

  411. RL friend was born in EP. Her family was German and they fled to SA during the revolution. Salcido on the maternal side. Like me. Fast Forward to WWII. Grammer was on the draft board in SA. Whoa Nelly! She had to leave town and no longer participate in local politics. Grammer hated FDR and Pancho Villa. Loved Tom Selleck

  412. Many herbs love your climate. Hardy rosemary, thyme, and sage for sure.

    Those are weeds, not herbs.

  413. Liz’s Tia Ann tells the story better
    From the Popular’s Wiki page:

    “Schwartz’s granddaughter Ann Goodman Schaechner, tells a story about Pancho Villa and Francisco Madero, opposing military leaders in the Mexican Revolution, visiting The Popular at the same time, “One was on the basement and the first floor and the other was on the second or third floor. A clerk recognized the foes and ran back and forth between floors attending the two men so that they would not bump into each other. Thanks to the observant employee, the two men never saw each other, and the store kept both good customers.”

    Part of Liz’s family sold arms to Pancho Villa while the other branch sold guns to Madero
    When Villa went bad and started killing Americans, they followed General Pershings advise and stopped all that.

  414. Schwartz? Any relation to Bob? Our former DA?

  415. My grammo used to make the pilgrimage to Christo Rey every year. Then the bandits became too crazy.

  416. We always say “El Popular!”

  417. No
    They’re scattered all over, even tons in Israel but not ALQ

  418. Good. I didn’t like Bob Schwartz.

  419. When Echeverria devalued the peso in 1974, downtown El Paso imploded, including “El Popular”

    80 percent of their customers were from Mexico

  420. The fact that I’m talking about bandits in 2014, really helps explain the dichotomy between NM and the rest of the US.

  421. WalMart had a regular store in EP. They built a super center in the parking lot. They were supposed to close the regular store when the new store opened and implode it. It was insane. Took forever to implode the old store because of the crazy sales.

  422. Why?
    “Bandits” are a good Mexican term
    How else could you describe many of the denizens of that nasty colonia?

  423. Sometimes I feel weird about my close connection to criminals and bandits. Dan sings “Bendito” as “Bandito” He’s rayciss.

  424. Oso
    You don’t strike me as a bandit
    Now those doxies, on the other hand..

  425. G’night Oso
    Have to drive up to Las Cruces early tomorrow morning to go to the bank

  426. Culture wars come into play with certain family funerals. Dan worked with a family member from the Torreon case. He made the connection with a current co-worker. Bing/Google it.

  427. Safe travels to LC. Try not to OD on the methane.

  428. So my dogs have GI issues and we had to resort to specialty food. We went to the doggie spa to buy their food. Save $5 by buying 2 bags. 85$ after 2 bags/ Dan was like “Hey guys, next time:Ol’Roy”

  429. touche!
    I love the smell of feedlots in the morning

  430. Hahaha My cousin, Dr Ana, has a beautiful home outside of Roswell. It was built around her hubby’s gun safe. The dairy smell is strong in this one. (Italian guy married a Messican. Opened a restaurant in Artesia. Green chile chicken alfredo is the bomb)

  431. >>If you’re flying United tomorrow make sure to check if there’s a big, blond guy in the right seat as you board.

    Ha, Phat, I’ve been doing a fair amount of United flights out of John Wayne. I’ll make sure to look.

  432. I can’t wait for the cockpit Moron meet up.

  433. When I was 12 and Dan was 11, we were on opposite sides of the street for Lincoln County Days and we never knew.

  434. Cyn was talking about ice cream. I’m weak for green chile cheeseburgers. Dan wanted me to run errands with him this AM. Played the cheeseburger card. Too early. I had to settle for breakfast burritos.

  435. Guy I worked with got drunk and acted inappropriately. All over the news. Exposed himself. Yadda yadda yadda. Braves fan. No penetration. White neighborhood. Maria’s sister: Nothing to see here. Move along. Messicans.

  436. Braves fan? Then he wouldn’t have minded the ol’ tomahawk chop on his exposed particles, right?

  437. Hahaha I’m still in shock. Nice guy. Dan is being his usual self.

  438. When it comes to perverts, you never know. Same with thieves. I’m pretty jaded.

  439. G’night. Trying to get some snuggle time.

  440. G’night oso — sorry, I stepped away and didn’t do our usual chat.

  441. There are a few video shows that show Messicans having sexy times with pinatas. If you people really loved me, you would spare me the pinata sexy time dialogue that Dan subjects me too. Evil. You people are evil squared

  442. I took a ride on a derp-the-chute
    That girl I sat beside was awful cute
    And after while she was holdin’ hands with me

  443. you people?

  444. Snow hasn’t arrived yet. The TV news has been in panic mode for the last day. There may be no bread or milk left in Maine for all I know.

  445. Hey! The pinata was asking for it!

  446. Also:

  447. I don’t think Chris understood my point at all. I’m not arguing geocentrism, I’m not arguing that fission is a myth. I’m familiar with Tycho Brahe’s work, I named a cat after him for Heaven’s sake. I was throwing back the arguments that would have been thrown back at the time or could be thrown back even now by the witless.

    My point was about how much most people — even the very well-educated — take on faith. Take 0bama or O’Reilly back in time to before the time of Copernicus, Brahe, and Kepler. He knows that the Earth moves, but could he convince the natives? There are plenty of people who believe these things because they’ve been told to, and for no better reason. That was my point.

  448. I probably just wasn’t being clear about that. I don’t need to be instructed, my point was that the foundation of most people’s mental model of the universe is built on sand.

  449. wakey wakey

  450. 5 degrees here.

  451. 28.

  452. 13F High of 32 expected at ~5pm.

  453. Also:

    Heh. The Unforgiven Pinata.

  454. He knows that the Earth moves, but could he convince the natives? There are plenty of people who believe these things because they’ve been told to, and for no better reason. That was my point.

    I hear ya, leon. Been watching some Universe shows with Mike Rowe narrating them (better than Cosmos, IMHO), and those show what Copernicus and others went through with the church. Real people, not cartoons, Seth McFarland. They went along with their “confession”, but continued with their work. They couldn’t get their message out, but they still believed in it.

    What a horrible way to live your life.

  455. 21 here. Supposed to hit the 50s.

  456. They couldn’t get their message out, but they still believed in it.

    What a horrible way to live your life.

    Kind of like conservatism.

  457. It’s worth noting that Galileo was actually wrong about a number of things. He believed comets were an optical illusion, for instance, and refused to believe that planetary orbits were elliptical. He also thought that the Sun was the center of the universe, not just the solar system.

  458. Morning, children.

  459. Nice and easy, Phat.

  460. I’m sure that many of the scientific theories we believe today are wrong, Leon/Markos/Chris.

  461. The new Cosmos show is one big piece of AA pseudoscience leftwing crap
    Fuckers can’t even be trusted with astronomy…

  462. Promise to make the landing good, just for you.

    “Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. The first officer and I are both in the throes of a flashback and will now attempt to land at O’Hare as if it’s under fire. Please fasten your seat belts.”

  463. This is a long read, but basically sums up the intent of my post:

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117086/inside-east-wing-who-shrank-michelle-obama

    “All of this led to a culture of harsh internal judgment. Invitations to meetings with the first lady, in her office above the Jackie Kennedy Garden, became a vital status symbol, a way for staffers to measure their worth. “Every meeting was like an identity crisis, whether you got invited or not,” one former East Winger told me. Casual face-time with Mrs. Obama was coveted as a badge of insiderdom. “Everyone sort of stands at attention in a different way, or they try to make the joke, or they try to be the one noticed, or they try to get the smile,” says a former employee. “And that’s in part a yearning for acknowledgment that you’re part of this, something bigger, and that she knows who you are.” Another former employee put it more bluntly: “They don’t want to work for her; they want to be friends with her.””

    WTF?

  464. I’m sure that many of the scientific theories we believe today are wrong, Leon/Markos/Chris.

    Dark Matter is a scam.

  465. So is String Theory. Moreso, really. Whole departments doing mental masturbation and getting grant money.

  466. Sheldon, I think someone sneezed in your cereal.

  467. New post up.

  468. We don’t make the best stealth fighters anymore.

    xbrad, what say you?

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/24/the-planet-s-best-stealth-fighter-isn-t-made-in-america.html

  469. Speaking of Iowa, this actually made the news in deep blue Iowa:

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/dem-rep-apologizes-for-using-the-word-farmer-as-insult-against-gop-senator/

    (I’m not gonna be first on HHD)


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