Christmas Warm Up

Let’s begin with a real master of painting, Bob Ross. A man who lived at the right time. In today’s world he would be copied and irrelevant within weeks.

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Huh, a little back story on this guy.

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Okay, get your last minute stuff done, it’s almost Christmas. This is not a drill.

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  1. From lauraw Good question:
    what did you do in 2018 that you were proud of?

    Better question:
    what were you grateful for?

    Proud of losing 20 lbs (it was 26 but the scale has been creeping back up, or there’s a gravity storm), decluttering the huge pile of boxes in the basement, and mostly keeping up with everyone else on walks and hikes.

    Grateful for good relationships with my kids. It gets a little shouty with Rocketboy sometimes, but he’s turning into someone I can be friends with now that the majority of the parenting is done. Grateful that I’m here for another year.

  2. i’m proud of not axe murdering anyone in 2018 –
    grateful for ibid –

  3. Well, that’s new. I got an email threatening to have acid thrown in my face if I didn’t pay $1500 in bitcoin.

  4. Cory Booker announced that he’s heterosexual. Yeah, sure, Spartacus.

  5. Roamy give them my email, there’s still time for me to sharpen the axe …

  6. You could also remind them that lab safety dictates that they “do as they aughtta – add acid to waughtta”

  7. One last thought ; is the acid disfigurement thing part of the Bamster’s muzzie outreach program?

  8. Ask if it’s a strong acid or a weak one. Separate the pros from the wannabes.

  9. wakey wakey.

    I love my gift if I forgot to say it (I was kinda busy last night). I wore it around for about an hour, and my Tool friends on facebook are super jealous.

  10. In case anyone wondered, it’s Maynard’s winery (lead singer of Tool). One of my buddies went to some wine tasting and Maynard poured him his wine. Shit like this is why we’ve waited 12 years for a new album.

  11. “We will make no music before its time”

  12. Anyone think Trump will veto the continuing resolution that contains no border wall funding?

  13. Jebus, if I have AOS open at any time now, CPU is used up. He’s gotta fix that crap.

  14. I don’t have a slow computer, either. I can run mainframe programs faster than a mainframe.

  15. Also, thanks to Secret Santa. That mug is pretty cool. And I like the theme of the card, too.

  16. owning comments like oso not being able to sleep

  17. or mare talking herself out of a glass of wine

  18. or pendejo with a slam on an hours old comment

  19. or jam any other morning

  20. or car in with a troublesome customer

  21. or roamy if someone is launching something into space

  22. or jimbro if it’s his poat

  23. or hotspur if he’s bored

  24. My work computer is a lap top that they bought for me when I joined the hospital in 2007. Every now and then I’ll open a link to a script heavy site and it slows way down until I x out of it. Don’t get to AoS that often while here between actual work, the H2 and my email.

  25. That’s why I run no-script and block everything I can. Besides, ad servers are pretty much malware servers.

  26. I’m actually working today. Just had a conversation with my nurse and MA about trans people and the anatomical adjustments required to manufacture a Johnson. So many questions.

  27. I picked up a shift this morning. Chilling with coffee before I go get ready. Finishing up shopping on Amazon.

  28. Spreading Christmas cheer:

    People are assholes.

    Erin came home last night, pissed, and went straight to bed. Worked a double. Well, they were busy and I guess some women (50’s) got pissed that it was taking too long to get her table, and went OFF on Erin. Called her all sorts of names. Asked to speak to the manager.

    sigh.

    Guess I have to hunt someone down and kill them. Shame, this time of year .

  29. Let me guess the hairstyle…

  30. NeverTrumper Treacher says: To all the Trumpkins who are outraged that he betrayed you:

    What did Trump do now?

  31. People are all aflutter. Ann Coulter wrote a pretty ugly piece yesterday.

  32. Erin came home last night, pissed, and went straight to bed. Worked a double. Well, they were busy and I guess some women (50’s) got pissed that it was taking too long to get her table, and went OFF on Erin. Called her all sorts of names. Asked to speak to the manager.

    sigh.

    Guess I have to hunt someone down and kill them. Shame, this time of year .

    Nah, just have Erin give that woman’s son the “You’re such a good friend” speech that she’s perfected.

  33. They’re pissed he may or may not be vacillating on the wall that he couldn’t will into existence on his own without the help of Congress or a bureaucracy that’s been driving knives into his back since before day one.

    I swear, people expected way the hell too much. I understand why, but.

  34. I said back when Trump was elected that I expected him to govern as a liberal NY Republican, and that anything conservative that we got would be gravy. As such, I’m not freaking out about some of this stuff. I don’t expect to get the full $5bn for the wall, and if criminal justice reform can help break the Dem stranglehold on the black vote, it may be worth it in the long run.

    I think Trump’s biggest problem is that he doesn’t seem to like the idea of an Imperial presidency. He wants Congress to do its job and pass legislation. They, in turn, want him to make all of the hard decisions while they sit back and criticize without taking any of the flack from voters.

  35. My shopping is done. We decided to just do stockings for each other this year since I dropped some money on a wedding ring or two. I may end up doing a gift card too, I need to look over the stuff I actually bought that I’ve hidden away in my office before that happens.

  36. If we’re going to rely on an imperial President doing what we need, we’re already beyond lost.

  37. Yeah, the problem is a corrupt Congress that doesn’t want to make any tough decisions. They want to funnel money to their supporters, enjoy the perks of DC, and then slide into a cushy lobbyist job or a fully funded retirement.

    Personally, I say kill the Congressional pension plan, and ban former elected officials from DC for five years.

  38. Ban them for life. And their family members.

  39. You don’t need to go that far.

    Just long enough that they can’t trade on their former position. Plus, if you move most of the executive agencies away from NoVA, then you kill the whole idea of DC as a hip new spot to live.

  40. I’m with you, CoAlex. Low expectations leads to big rewards. I still think he’ll get wall money. Just look how he played with Palsi and Schmuck in the Oval Office.

  41. Camille Paglia has a new book if anyone needs an idea for gift giving. Perfect for the liberal in your life.

  42. My hope is that he vetoes the bill, and then agrees to something like $3-3.5 bn which would be enough to build a good chunk of the wall, and would be a win.

  43. Well, she’s not wrong, car in.

  44. Ten years, then. Easily long enough for new players to lock out the old.

    I still prefer the solution of ditching everyone current, banning them from any form of Federal position ever, and bringing in all new blood. I don’t just mean elected. I mean appointed and hired, too. Only way to change an organization’s culture.

    Besides…it’s what they’ve been doing to us…

  45. I’d settle for a ten year ban on any new hires who have attended an Ivy League school.

  46. Sending all the TLAs to other states would go a long way toward reducing the risk of balkanizing the nation, too. If every agency is “infected” with a little bit of Oregon, Indiana, Oklahoma, etc, and the Federal apparatus can’t function, truly, without cooperation, it might make for some common culture.

  47. I ate wheat — a lot of it — and carbs for my birthday. Several days worth, sadly. I’m paying the price today. Mostly deaf on my left side, cotton in my right ear. Expired sudafed, dayquil, and a cup of coffee should make for a fun workday.

  48. Won’t work. They’ll wind up in the big cities, which are already Left-paradigm enclaves. You’d literally have to scatter them throughout rural America and have them solely work from home. Oh, and pay no more than the median income for wherever they are supposed to be.

  49. The big problem with the culture I think stems in large part from the fact that they’ve become insular. DC is seen as a cultural hotspot by a younger generation, and working there involved access to power and influence. By removing federal workers from that, you’ll discourage those who are only interested in climbing the Federal ladder.

  50. It’s still better than leaving the entirety of our Federal apparatus and all of the infrastructure that runs it within a single blast radius.

  51. That’s the other thing. There’s no reason that to put everything where a well placed nuke or bioweapon can cripple the federal government.

  52. OTOH, DC is doing its level best to make sure the rest of us won’t care if it happens.

  53. Proud of in 2018: That Scott and I are finally putting the pieces of our lives back together after a long road of awful.

    Grateful for: The family and friends who love me, the people who gave me a chance, and saw something in me I didn’t see.

    Ashamed of (yeah, adding a new category): The ways I didn’t love certain people wholeheartedly enough or treat them better. I didn’t do right by everybody. I hold back a lot.

  54. That’s the other thing. There’s no reason that to put everything where a well placed nuke or bioweapon can cripple the federal government.

    Not sure if that’s a bug or a feature right now.

    OK. Proud of…finally starting to take some concrete steps to put my shambolic self back into some semblance of functioning order.

    Grateful for…people who put up with my shit long enough to start that process.

  55. Haha, more “lifelong Republicans” become democrats:

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/dec/19/kansas-republicans-dinah-sykes-stephanie-clayton-b/

    More like they switched to their natural party when it was convenient.

  56. https://tinyurl.com/y8f975wl

  57. We’re seeing a shift in political allegiances. I suspect that it may take several election cycles to fully shake out.

  58. So I ordered my upper from Palmetto State Armory and when I placed the order early last week the web site said it might take 15 days for them to build and ship the part…..got email that my stuff shipped yesterday! Yay ME!

    Can you say 10.5″ with a 1:7 twist boys n girls? I knew that you could….

  59. Several election cycles?? Wont take that long…. I give it two before the Dems change their name to “progressive something party and three before they’re full blown Chavez and attempting nationalization of industry. I think this “shift” or political reorg if you will, will be completed in four years. Then again, I could be wrong. Its happened before.

    Did you see the identification of the Antifa guy last night at HQ? Where he operates and where he “works.”

  60. I missed it, Troy. Was it in the post or the comments?

  61. I guess I’m proud that I risked leaving a decent paying job in CA for this one in OH. It pays less, and working for the government is frustrating, but I like the area more and even if it’s not where I want to ultimately settle, I can see staying here for a few more years.

    Grateful? That I have my fake internet friends right now. Money is tight, family is far away, dating prospects are slim, and so it’s easy to fall into a depressive state.

  62. Alex, I’ve mentioned this, but my sister is the evil HR lady for my credit union. If work like that would appeal to you and they have something up your alley, you could always move here and have a real life fake internet friend.

  63. Dating prospects are slim? I figured they’d be kinda beefy in OH. :)

  64. Leon, thank you for the offer, but for the moment I’m good. I want to see how things shake out during the budget process. If I can get through a couple budget cycles I should be in a better position to move to my next job. Meanwhile, I may try to sign up for online classes in preparation for another masters program (either applied statistics or math).

  65. Beefy is correct. And heavily tattooed. And single moms. And too old to have kids…

  66. I thought it was in a post. Had to do with Antifa group that was outside of Tuckers house. The guy works for Dem congress critters is the jist I got from it. Another reason to decentralize .gov. Technology makes centralization not necessary anymore and (as previously mentioned) centralization provides a singular target.

  67. Just got a call from my ops mngr….troop that has been circling the drain performance wise has got themselves terminated. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! You are PO PO PO!

  68. you could always move here and have a real life fake internet friend.

    https://tinyurl.com/y6uwmrby

  69. Taleb (who I know deserves plenty of criticism) is of the opinion that city-states are more robust than nation states, and is fairly certain that a return to them is inevitable on that basis. DC is a city-state supported by fleecing other city states for whom it does next to nothing. How long can that last?

  70. https://tinyurl.com/I-took-the-day-off-today , tomorrow too.

    Going to try the fathead pizza, chicken bacon ranch style.

  71. And for the record…John McCain and his “staff” were and are fucking traitors to our nation. Fuck him, anyone that “worked” with him, his fucking family and the fucking idiots that continued to elect that shit stain.

  72. The ways I didn’t love certain people wholeheartedly enough or treat them better. I didn’t do right by everybody. I hold back a lot.

    Looks like I can hold on to my title for another year.

    https://tinyurl.com/ych7u5wq

  73. Take a vote at my workplace, pupster. Bet I would beat you.

  74. I like to think that I’ve cultivated an image of an extremely helpful fellow who will not suffer fools. I will do everything in my power to help anyone actually trying to get the job done, and nothing for the complacent butt in a seat.

  75. People here just want it done for them. They don’t want to learn, a lot of times. Or they don’t understand what they don’t know.

  76. People here just want it done for them. They don’t want to learn, a lot of times. Or they don’t understand what they don’t know.

    This is part of my criticism of de facto “Agile”. You can only succeed or fail as a group, and the hard runners end up carrying the walkers and riders. It’s not supposed to work that way, but — like communism — somehow that’s always how it turns out.

  77. I’ve got news for ya, it works that way, no matter what system you use. It’s who is held accountable, not who gets the job done.

  78. Near as I can tell, my labor supports at least 4 households. That I know of. Not talking about taxes.

  79. I believe the problem is scale. My actual company has no free riders. It’s the big prime integrators that have 100-person teams with a couple dozen real workers.

  80. mikey is baiting you car in

  81. Comment by Pupster on December 20, 2018 12:02 pm
    https://tinyurl.com/I-took-the-day-off-today , tomorrow too.

    Going to try the fathead pizza, chicken bacon ranch style.

    Oooo! Make both recipes and see which one you prefer! And let us know what you thought. Please?

    I lost a lot of weight recently and it’s growing back. Carbs, you know. I have been trying out a whole bunch of keto recipes and I think I’m ready to dive back in soon. Maybe I’ll make it a New Year’s resolution type dealio.

  82. Whataya mean “both recipes”? If you are talking about your parchment paper quiche, I read the manual and I don’t have that kind of time for vegetable pie.

    I’m doing this:

    https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/fat-head-pizza/

  83. …with chipotle ranch sauce, bacon, roasted chicken and mozzarella cheese.

  84. Pizza should have pineapple and jalepenos. Ask Oso, she’ll agree with me.

  85. I need to take more art classes, and practice drawing caricatures. I’d make a political cartoon with Trump driving a giant, gold-plated land yacht labeled “public support”, while Ryan, McConnell, Pelosi, and Schumer are crammed into a tiny Yugo, with the caption, “Don’t worry, he’ll swerve first!”

  86. I made it with mushrooms and sausage. I’m going to try a pesto sauce one next. Maybe tonight.

  87. Well, Trump called them on it. Said he wouldn’t sign it.

    There’s hope.

  88. about trans people and the anatomical adjustments required to manufacture a Johnson. So many questions.

    I fell down a medical rabbit (front?) hole once and saw the pictures/videos of said operation. Yeesh. They’re playing Frankenstein.

  89. Yeah, the problem is a corrupt Congress that doesn’t want to make any tough decisions. They want to funnel money to their supporters, enjoy the perks of DC, and then slide into a cushy lobbyist job or a fully funded retirement.

    And that is why Trump should get on television and talk directly the American people and pound that message home. “I don’t play king like obama did and congress needs to do their job…one of those jobs being to put you, the American people first ..a.k.a. border security, partly in form of ‘the wall’… and not the cartel-owned socialists of S. America of whom they pledge twice as much as what I asked for the wall.”

    Him letting those f*ckers hold up their middle fingers to us, along with allowing that POS Mueller and his merry band of hillary crooks to continue his farce to the tune of how many millions and how many destroyed lives…wtf?

    They will never like him or work with him, so effing play hardball.

  90. Pups, I meant just the crust from the paper quiche recipe. That crust has no egg and has parmesan cheese and more spices in the crust.

  91. I’m tasked with doing the shopping for Christmas food. Paula is working a partial shift and will be home for dinner. Any suggestions for a hunk of meat or recipe to make? I’ve also received requests for “snacking food”. And before any of you cretins suggest it, I’ve already said “You can make a meal outta this!” while gesturing

  92. Beanie weenies it is, then.

  93. Easy hunk of meat? Prime rib, on the PBC.

  94. Oh. Well, I used ranch and italian seasoning in the crust and on my chicken, with parmesan on top of the chicken bacon mozzarella ranch dressing. Pretty good. I’m surprised at how plyable the “dough” was out of the microwave, I was expecting a sticky mess but it worked well, two paws up.

  95. I did consider cocktail weenies in the mini crockpot

    Maybe chicken marabella or however you spell it

  96. Marbella

  97. Everybody liked the pizza, thank you for linking the recipe nice lady.

  98. cocktail weenies and meatballs in BBQ sauce is quite tasty.

  99. To my Santa:

    Possum loves the frog game, even if all she wants to do is load all the frogs into a little toy truck.

    I’m all out of coffee filters, or I’d have used the mug today. Wife loved it.

  100. “So mom, have you always been a cheating thot? Please pass the potatoes…”

  101. Go buy a roast, throw it in a pot with water/seasonings/can of beef broth….low and slow for a couple of hours…make gravy out of the juice. Slice the meat, throw it back in the pot.

  102. I like your political cartoon, alex. I’ve been thinking about picking up my pen and pencils, too. Maybe after the holidays/

  103. Pot roast is a routine thing here, we have it often. Part of it depends on what I can find at the meat counter. Prime rib sounds good too, fewer ingredients, just add heat.

  104. To anyone who cares, I’m reading this. I’ll let you know if it helps.

  105. Unintended consequences of home DNA testing kits. Hoo boy, opening multiple cans of worms all over the world

  106. My mom and dad didn’t blink when I did mine, and my sister and I look alike enough to be fraternal twins, so I wasn’t worried. If there was any bastardy, it’s back at least 1 or 2 generations.

    My aunt is olive-skinned and dark-haired, so the family used to joke that she was the mailman’s kid, but her sons all bare a strong resemblance to her legal — and obviously biological — father.

  107. For reference, the rest of the family on that side is pale and fair-haired, though the hair tends to darken with age. Until it falls out or goes white.

  108. My mom’s dad was Lebanese, her mom Irish. Mix that with a Mick off the potato boat and you’ve got me and my sibs. Only my older brother has any hint of dark hair and olive skin.

  109. Football coach Joe Harasyniak from UMaine is now a Minnesota Gopher assistant coach. At least he waited 5 days to disappoint all the recruits from warmer states who signed to play in the frozen north.

  110. The Mattis thread at the HQ is stupid. So many keyboard warriors.

  111. I’m available for the SecDef position.

    Just saying.

  112. I can do powerpoint and I love my country. I’m qualified.

  113. Bill Kristol hates Mattis leaving.

    My God, it’s been a while, but this feels like Winning again.

  114. Pineapple and jalapeño is good, green chile is better.

  115. My drug addict cousin is in ICU in El Paso. Third straight day of sedation and surgeries.

  116. Okay, Laura asked, so here goes:

    Proud of (in 2018): Made it through the horrible first year without any major meltdowns.

    Grateful for: Family and friends (both IRL and on the Interwebz) who helped me get through this year.

    Thanks to all of you for the laughs and the hugs through all of my tears this year – you guys are the best!

  117. What happened with your cousin, oso?

  118. Proud of: Listening to Sean and others and making the attempt to heal the breach with my mom. Grateful: Dan’s skin cancers have all been benign or basal.

  119. Teresa, massive infection throughout her body. My Tia has always been open about asking for Prayer, quiet about what actually is going on. She worries that family will be more judgmental than prayerful. Her 23 year old grandson died in jail with an overdose. Dan and I have been worst casing this situation.

  120. https://tinyurl.com/y89ytlsy

  121. Glad you liked the stuff Leon. I worried it was a bit too much for when Possum starts reading, but it was too perfect. The game I wanted to order for you/possum was backordered. It’s called traffic jam or something, and it’s an excellent little puzzle game. Various levels of difficulty.

  122. Everyone must be packing clocks.

  123. I only have 3 more to go but they are monsters.

  124. Your mom is in the same boat.

  125. I ordered a pair of earbuds from Amazon and they sent me five pairs. I’m trying to see if they want me to send the other four back.

    I’m a sucker.

  126. I dealt with some definitely non-essential gov’t personnel today. Useless crap.

    I need better shoes. I was on my feet a lot, and I walked over 7K steps without leaving the building, and my feet are not happy.

  127. Dudley earned Rhonda’s praise.


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