MMM 395: Carnac Menhirs

This is a megalithic site in modern France, in the Brittany region (northwest), consisting of menhirs (standing stones).  There are a number of myths about the site, but all date from much later than its estimated construction (4500-3700BC).

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As is often the case, you can see modern construction close by.

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There is significant weathering from the millennia since they were erected, but no significant carvings or stonework have been found.  The stones themselves appear to simply have been moved rather than quarried.

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Many in the local area still speak the Breton tongue, which is interesting to me as they, Saxons, and the native Irish figure strongly in my own ancestry.  As with Stonehenge, it’s entirely possible that I’m a descendant of one or some of the people who built this.

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Obviously, someone’s still mowing.

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Though it looks like they might be letting it get a little long at times.

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There are no benches or walking paths added to the site, which is nice to see.  Other than the subtle changes in local grasses, this site largely looks as it has for possibly 6000 years.

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That’s a digital rendering.  I couldn’t find too many good aerial shots of the full site, so I wanted to include this for a sense of scale.

181 Comments

  1. Now, time for coffee and paczkis.

  2. It looks like headstones.

  3. I don’t know if they’ve done ground penetrating radar/sonar to check. Didn’t see any reference to it in the documents.

  4. No paczkis here. We got some killer cannolis the other day . I’ll have one of those and call it a day. wakey wakey.

    https://tonycannoli.com/

  5. Cool pics, Leon.

    I have a comment on the old poat, but I’m not going to copy it over, mainly because I was being catty.

    Gotta go to work, and I am dreading all the frickin’ meetings that are scheduled for today. Rah.

  6. Oh man, people are calling on Chris Matthews to resign over his Burnie comments. I hope he gets angry and drunk and starts telling people to GFT.

  7. I am laughing that Bernie just lost Florida with his pro-Castro comments.

    Am I procrastinating? Yes, I am. COCK!

  8. I think he’s going to get blown out on Super Tuesday and Warren’s going to come out ahead in delegates. She’s awful but if they’re going to cheat for anyone it’ll be her.

  9. I agree with your assessment of Mooch’s outfits, Roamy. The first was horrendous the second was not flattering.

    Melania looked lovely.

  10. My guess is that the DNC will have calculated that their best chance is Hillary with a lower number of suspicious suicides nearby. Not necessarily a best chance to win, they have to know that’s too high a hill to climb, but their best chance to keep donor money coming while they do the election equivalent of failure theater.

  11. As a former Texan, I can tell you that most people outside of Austin hate the people that live in Austin.

    Did you see the rally for Bernie in Austin? HUGE.

    That’s why people outside of Austin hate the people of Austin.

  12. Bernie supporters do not get logic, suck at math and live the life you cannot live in a socialist country.

  13. I checked, Mare, there are some Dolmens (tombs) on the site, but the soil is highly acidic, great for grapes, bad for bones.

  14. Would you dump a friend over their support for Bernie Sanders?

  15. Gotcha, Leon.

    Does that mean because of the acidity no bones would be found? Or just that ancients would have used the area for other purposes?

  16. Would you dump a friend over their support for Bernie Sanders?

    No, but I’d give them hell until they got their minds right or dropped me.

  17. It’s a radical change for the country. Fundamental change as the light bringer once said. I’m out on that one.

    You start talking up Bernie to me, I’m cutting you off. Like the transgender bullshit, I will not participate in your crazy.

    So, I guess like Leon they would just avoid me.

  18. Heh, I’d have a much smaller circle of friends if I dumped them over their politics.

    Yet I’m the intolerant/racist one.

  19. All my idiot leftist friends dumped me over my support for Trump.

    I have tango acquaintances who are leftists and Bernie bots. I just shut up about politics because I like dancing.

  20. I’m intolerant of things which are bad for civilization in general and christian civilization in particular. I’m emphatically not racist. I have more in common with a Catholic Ugandan than I do with Pete Buttplug.

  21. I’m intolerant of things which are bad for civilization in general and christian civilization in particular. I’m emphatically not racist. I have more in common with a Catholic Ugandan than I do with Pete Buttplug.

    —–

    Well said. Why should I keep friends whom I think are actually trying to fundamentally change this spectacular country?

    On the other hand, I’m a loner whose close friends are all over the country, and whose family provides lots of entertainment and social interaction.

    So it’s easy for me to think, “Nope, not going to hang with that dummy.”

  22. I would be tempted to ditch most of my meatspace friends for varying reasons if I wasn’t so mortally afraid of complete isolation. Plus having zero remaining local support structure given my ongoing concerns is…not a good thing.

  23. I weird conspiracy theory I read over the weekend:

    Novel coronavirus is no more deadly than prior generations of coronavirus. The deaths in China being attributed to it are just the normal deaths from urban Chinese air pollution, but the PRC is taking advantage of the situation to do some “cleansing” and imprisoning of wreckers and looters and so forth.

  24. Also: no official results from Nevada yet. The theft may happen here.

  25. Rental shopping in this area is crazy. Trying to find anything affordable for me that isn’t in a shit location…well. In fact finding nearly anything substantially cheaper than what I have is challenging.

    Fortunately a couple of possibilities have turned up, though it’s 30 minutes from town. Gotta do what I gotta do.

  26. leon, that’s my default assumption, what I call “opportunistic oppression”.

  27. It rings my “plausible” bell, especially with the majority of the deaths thus far being older male smokers, and no children in any reports I’ve seen.

  28. On the other hand, “accidentally released incomplete bio-weapon” also rings the “plausible” bell, though slightly less so.

  29. No, the Nevada count is due to incompetent software developers and their testing. I don’t think they can even effectively cheat, since there is no confidence in their results.

    You can only cheat when people trust the evidence you provide. This time no one will believe it.

  30. COVID-19 is known to target an enzyme most often present in (a) Asians (b) men (c) smokers. So that would cover the “male smoker” part. But SARS did similarly. The problem is it’s China, so it’s impossible to tell what’s really going on.

  31. No, the Nevada count is due to incompetent software developers and their testing.

    As Charles Martin pointed out, this isn’t complex software at its core. If they are failing at it, they are either so incompetent there’s no way they’ve ever worked anywhere else, or the ‘incompetence’ is cover.

  32. I’m willing to fail spectacularly at caucus-counting software for $500k. I’ll take public blame for it personally for $2M.

  33. I think the DNC is going to put a knife in the socialists by letting Bernie lose.

    SEE, I TOLD YOU BLACK, BROWN, AND WINE MOMS!

  34. The problem for the DNC is how to let Bernie lose without dragging down-ticket candidates under with him.

  35. And that’s why I think they’ll deep-six him now, perhaps even with the “count” from Nevada. I don’t think Warren has the same casualties down-ticket.

  36. Wait, they fucked up another caucus vote tallying program?

  37. I bet they’ll do a new “rule change” disqualifying folks who aren’t actually a member of the party. Cue the drama!

  38. Doomberg news article was recommended for me this morning as I was logging into one of my many work VPNs. Apparently Miami will be “under water by the end of the century due to climate change” and we need to spend $28B to save it, RIGHT NOW. Republicans in the city council, of course, are standing in the way and making it all about money.

    I pray that by some miracle I’m alive in AD 2100 so I can visit the sunken ruins of Miami. Or not. The city is literally built on a giant slab of perforated limestone and limestone gravel. It has been using the equivalent of a giant sump pump to stop it from turning back into a swamp for a century already.

    But climate change!

  39. Wait, they fucked up another caucus vote tallying program?

    The answer WILL NOT shock you.

  40. Obviously they should have contracted with H2 Voting Solutions, Inc.

  41. CoAlex, it was the same company that did the Iowa programs.

  42. So Buttmunch will eventually be declared the winner.

    Bernie may be given some ‘heart meds’ if it becomes impossible to crush his delegate count.

  43. Whenever there’s a good conspiracy theory afoot I try to imagine how complicated it would have to be and usually end up with something like this for the Coronavirus:

    Mei Ping got pretty drunk the night before and ended up putting the sample from the lab in in the wrong cooler. He figured out his mistake but didn’t tell anyone. Now Ji Xius noodles are infected and he travels a lot for work. Bam. Epidemic.

    It’s all just random destruction, kind of like the flip side – evolution.

  44. The weird thing about the ‘moderates’ in the race is that they’re all limping along.

    It’s like a circle of suck where no one can win, which gives you Bernie.

  45. My thinking is that the disease broke out and China’s first thought was to check their bioresearch lab, which exposed a lot of safety issues. Everyone panicked and overreacted. The problem is that they don’t know where it actually came from, so they were looking in the wrong places and now it’s spread too far to stop.

  46. There are two types of moderation: ‘active’ moderation where you achieve a balance between competing interests, and ‘passive’ moderation where you’re just a pussy who doesn’t stand up for anything. The former is healthy for a society, the latter isn’t. We have too much of the latter.

  47. We need a judgment call: are Bernie’s supporters “Sandernistas”, or “Brosheveiks”?

  48. I’d take Broshevik. The Sandanistas were a much smaller issue and had a lower body count than the Bolsheviks.

  49. Female Coworker: “I bought a new car this weekend.”
    Me: “Cool! What kind?”
    FC: “Subaru Forester.”
    Me (Trying not to snicker): “Does it hold all your softball gear?”
    FC: “What?”
    Me: “Nevermind.”
    FC: “I new it was what I wanted when I saw the dogs in the poster for it.”
    Me: “I’m really trying to be good here and you’re making it difficult.”

  50. Does her girlfriend like it or already have one?

  51. That’s what’s funny: she’s straight and married.

  52. Does Bernie even have children, let alone Jewish grandkids?

  53. Bernie has a son, Levi, who with his wife adopted three kids from China.

  54. I’m willing to bet they’d have a tough time claiming “right of return”.

  55. I don’t KNOW it for a fact Beasdfeddsedfrgsss, he just stopped commenting and his site is defunct.

    He was a retired guy who was having health problems waayy back when I visited sweasel regularly. Fifteen or so years ago? Used to talk about f*cking with idiots at Dennys before buying some acreage in southern MO. Then he started having problems with the diabeetus and would be intermittent online. I thought I saw him pop up a couple of years ago in the comments at weasel’s. But not since.

  56. Wtf is the DNC having any issue with Bernie? All of their candidates are singing the same tune?

  57. wrong thread
    NEW TOOL DATES ANNOUNCED.

  58. He’s a crazy old commie and he won’t be as easy to control as the rest.

    Plus he’ll lose and take the down-ticket races with him.

  59. I love my forester. Moose? not so much.

  60. Hey, I just found out that there are a shitt tone of volcanoes under the one side of Antartica. The side that is warming.

    I wonder if it’s related? and I wonder why no one is talking about it?

    [narrator: she actually doesn’t wonder either of these things]

  61. he’ll lose and take the down-ticket races with him.

    This is why they have difficulty with him. They’ve spent all their time telling everyone how bad the US is, now their voters believe it, and they want communism now, just like they are taught in school.

    Welcome to the bed you shit in, democrats.

  62. volcanoes are caused by global warming

    /leftist idiot meme

  63. We still have a battle to defeat Bernie. Remember how certain it was that Hillary would be president?

  64. volcanoes are caused by global warming

    I have seen this claimed by people with degrees who really ought to lose them. CO2 -> increased volcanism. Also tossing virginsRepublicans into the volcanoes will calm them.

  65. Remember how I thought ‘no way’ will the rayciss demrats in my family, vote for a black guy who came out of Chicago?
    Well, those same people have told me they are socialists.

  66. They are really just worried about Antarctica melting because they won’t be able to hide the pyramids after it does. Or the city of Atlantis.

    Seriously, though, Antarctica has been ice-free several times during anatomically-modern human history, and somehow that history still happened.

  67. haven’t heard the ice free thing, since there is ice there that is millions of years old.

  68. You’re correct Jay, I was thinking of references to a “minimal ice” periods, the last of which was about 14000 BC, when the last major glaciation was still going strong in the rest of the world. The last time it was truly free of ice was 2.6M years ago, well before modern humans.

  69. Zero fucks for Antarctica or Bernie.

  70. So, we had a pretty ugly discussion with my daughter about Bernie yesterday.

    Oye.

    The youth are so indoctrinated. You can’t even talk to them.

  71. If we put Bernie in charge of ice in Antarctica it will be ice free by 2030.

  72. Some days I realize just how different my life is from regular people.

    Steer story:

    We usually keep one steer each year for meat. The most recent one was a little wild, so I told #1 Son to pick a different one. Nope, “He’ll settle down…..”. (Morgan Freeman voice) “Unfortunately, this was not the case.” Even after feeding him for a couple of months, the wild ass steer would try to kill you if you got too close. He absolutely was not bluffing.

    Last week we were supposed to take him to the processor. After an hour of him losing his mind, trying to kill us, and wrecking a 2″ pipe gate ( He broke it into 4 pieces), we decided to take a different tack. 1,300 pounds of crazy steer is dangerous, plus if the cattle get agitated, it can really affect the taste of the meat. Butcher said to just kill and gut him here, then bring him in this morning. So that was what we did. I’m not gonna miss feeding him.

    The importance of having a large backhoe to help with this process cannot be understated. We owe whoever invented hydraulic cylinders a huge debt. Effortlessly moving 1,200 pounds is amazing. Leon, if you ever buy equipment, bigger is better. ( Up to a certain point, of course.) The small garden tractors just won’t do much.

  73. Roger that, Pepe. There’s a reason I’m planning to stick to sheep, MAYBE a couple of pigs in a heavy fence. Still debating on small tractor vs Bobcat.

  74. Comment by MJ on February 24, 2020 12:42 pm
    Zero fucks for Antarctica or Bernie.

    ——–
    Agree.

    Comment by Car in on February 24, 2020 12:50 pm
    So, we had a pretty ugly discussion with my daughter about Bernie yesterday.

    ——–

    What was her position?

  75. I believe her position is “dating a commie asswipe while in college with other people paying her bills”. So, “uninformed”.

  76. Of course you like communism dear, someone else pays all of your bills and you’ve never worked a real job.

  77. Her position is that Trump is a crook. Orange man bad. Bernie is our savior.

  78. It’s really such a shallow understanding of politics. So she gets really mad – when we bring up facts. Just like all ill-informed liberals. See, we don’t have a disagreement over ideas – we can’t even agree on the facts.

  79. I have some horrible news. Someone ate all the cannolies.

    My day is ruined.

  80. Leon, the advantage of a Bobcat is all the attachments available. They make really nice big skid steers now that are very versatile. If you use them on pavement, tires work best, but on dirt, the tracked one’s really shine. They have some that weigh 10,000 pounds and can lift 4K. The backhoe attachments for them don’t work very well according to people around here who have used them.

  81. How much college debt does she have already? Is she aware of the three homes Bernie has – one in payment for ’16 – and how most people under the system he wants here, have zip, zero, nada?
    How does she feel about Castro?

  82. How many more of these have to happen before I’m not a kook?

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  83. How hard is she willing to work to feed/clothe all the other Bernie bros, getting high?
    Is she willing to give her newly learned medical services away for free?

  84. Apparently Metallica is pulling out of all it’s planned shows. Singer in rehab, again, I think.

  85. mare, I read that earlier. Supposedly he had a wealth of info….BUT, did he prepare a ‘kill switch’ since he suspected he had a target on his back?

  86. Hannah has zero college debt right now because she choose to go to the school that gave her an academic scholarship (not her first choice). Her capitalist parents have footed the rest of the bill.

  87. Good thing she has scholarship money for school. If that was my kid I’d promptly stop paying.

    “See, we don’t have a disagreement over ideas – we can’t even agree on the facts.”

    This is so true, Carin.

  88. Oh, you are paying. Hmmmm.

  89. How is your boyfriend going to support the family if you marry him? Is he going to be a stay-at-home husband while you toil away caring for the filthy masses for free?
    Car in, tell us again what changed your young liberal head into actual reasoning and common sense?

  90. I think the heaviest I can pull with the Tundra is 9900#, so I have to consider that when picking whatever I do eventually get. I don’t plan to/can’t really afford to swap trucks anytime soon, so I either end up with something big that I can’t take places (and use for paid work off site to help pay for the machine) or something smaller that I can potentially use for side jobs off-site.

  91. >>>Her capitalist parents have footed the rest of the bill.

    Tell her she’s got the rest of this year and then it stops. How will she respond?

    I’m not as nice as you. Our kids qualified for a two year conditional family scholarship. Had either one became a Barry or Bernie-bro, I would have ixnayed that second year….which we wound up not having to pay anyway, since both found jobs/internships to pay the rest of their way. Because of that, I’m pretty sure if I asked either one their thoughts on having to foot the bill for college snowflakes, they wouldn’t like it one bit.

  92. I have some horrible news. Someone ate all the cannolies.

    Bernie fans redistributed them.

  93. The paczkis didn’t make it to Shrove Tuesday. It’s tragic, really.

  94. Though, at the same time, both of my kids don’t want to hear any politics. I’M NOT INTERESTED STAHPP!!
    Fine, you may not be interested but it sure as hell is interested in you.

  95. ar in, tell us again what changed your young liberal head into actual reasoning and common sense?

    I gook a graduate level course on rational thought.

    er capitalist parents have footed the rest of the bill.

    Tell her she’s got the rest of this year and then it stops. How will she respond?

    well, that is sort of the deal. In so far as us paying what the scholarship didn’t cover (it covered a LOT) – well, that’s confusing because my grandfather left her some money. We invested it into the stores, so the income from the stores is partly hers and that pays for school. But she does need a wake up call. In addition, it’s not as if she’s getting a useless degree. She’s taking hard courses, and she’s killing it. She’s got a 3.9 or close to it.

  96. I have some horrible news. Someone ate all the cannolies.

    My day is ruined.

    Bad Moose!

    See Car in, we warned you about making bunny-flavored cannolies.

  97. How is your boyfriend going to support the family if you marry him? Is he going to be a stay-at-home husband while you toil away caring for the filthy masses for free?

    Obviously his music career will take off by then because he’s such a genius and it’s only a matter of time before the right people recognize this.

    Either that or she’s knows he’s an idiot slacker and is hoping that her magic vagina will one day transform him into respectable husband material.

  98. So, how likely is it that someone commits suicide by shooting them-self in the chest?

  99. It’s possible. Adm. Boorda did so.

  100. Yes, some coworkers were talking about how Trump is enriching his family while president. But they didn’t get into specifics. They just said that is what he is doing.

  101. So, how likely is it that someone commits suicide by shooting them-self in the chest?

    Not unheard of. Lots of people die in robberies-gone-wrong, too, like Seth Rich.

  102. Yes, some coworkers were talking about how Trump is enriching his family while president. But they didn’t get into specifics. They just said that is what he is doing.

    Hunter Biden. Tagg Romney. Alexandra Pelosi. Chubble.

  103. So let’s take a guess at something shall we?

    Let’s say the average IQ on the ‘ol blog here is 115. I think that’s a very, very conservative guess.

    That means 84% of the population has a lower IQ.

    If the ‘ol blog is closer to 130, which is two standard deviations to the right, that means you have a higher IQ than 98% of the population.

    That means in most cases you’ll have 2 conversations out of 100 where you think to yourself, ‘hey, that guy/gal/transwhatever was a pretty smart person/furry.’

    Most conversations will be Berniesque.

    Sigh

  104. Hurr durr free stuff!

    Hurr durr justice!

  105. Just so you guys know, I *never* bench without a spotter.

  106. Silly moo-moo.

    Yeah, so I had to change the roll of paper in the plotter today, it gets really testy and beeps when you open the top cover. Luckily, I was able to clear the paper jam and pull the empty roll out without resorting to hitting the power button. Once I eased the empty roll off the spindle, I realized I had no available counter top space to work with and both hands full. I was fortunate that a passing office manager was able to lend a hand and cleared some space off for me to work.

    I slid the fresh roll onto the spindle and used a fingernail to ease up one, then the other tape pieces holding the beginning of the roll secure to itself. As I gingerly put the spindle back in place, I realized I had mounted the roll backwards an had to resituate the whole deal.

    Good thing for me that the owner, who was trying to plot a drawing set, came around the corner at the very instant I realized it was backwards. “Its backwards, you need to turn it around the other way” he said helpfully. “I need to plot something now” he added as I wrestled the roll off and back on the spindle. “What’s it doing now, why is this taking so long, do I have to resend my print job?” He added helpfully as the ready to print message popped up after the plotter had checked paper alignment and cut a new edge.

    “You’re good to go now boss, just pick the ‘roll’ as paper source this time”. As he walked away muttering to himself. I could tell that we had bonded over that ornery plotter. And as I listened to the plotter heads happily spitting ink while running back and forth on fixed rails, I could just tell that all was right in the print room once again.

  107. I never bench alone, but I hardly ever bench.

    And however kinky I get, I HAVE NO INTEREST IN ‘BREATH PLAY’.

  108. I hope Hannah will be willing to treat 30 patients a day…for free.

  109. That means in most cases you’ll have 2 conversations out of 100 where you think to yourself, ‘hey, that guy/gal/transwhatever was a pretty smart person/furry.’

    Most conversations will be Berniesque.

    Not me. I’m an idiot. Makes life much more pleasant.

  110. I drink so that normal things can be entertaining.

  111. *rubs peanut butter in my hair and giggles*

  112. And however kinky I get, I HAVE NO INTEREST IN ‘BREATH PLAY’.

    More a ball-gag-and-leather-gimp-suit kinda guy?

  113. Used to (allegedly) be smaht. Not so sure any more. Long list of reasons why that likely is.

    Irritating thing is, folks keep acting like I’m at that higher level when I haven’t functioned that way in years. And it feels like all it ever did was give folks an excuse to use different standards on me.

    I’ve tried to not resent that, but…well yeah, I resent the fuck outta that.

  114. So, MJ, how’s that BootyFudge thing working out for you?

  115. Yes, some coworkers were talking about how Trump is enriching his family while president. But they didn’t get into specifics. They just said that is what he is doing.

    well, that totally jives with Hannah saying Trump is a crook. Consensus. I don’t know what other proof YOU PEOPLE need.

  116. But she does need a wake up call.

    Make her take a class on rational thought. It’s only right that you get a return on your grandfather’s $$ investment. If her voting winds up costing you income, hardship, or the business, I’d say she done disqualifies herself from receiving any more of it.

    Or cut her off and tell her, her portion will come to her upon her 35th bday.

    Then suggest she do some volunteering at an inner city hospital clinic or E.R.. First with patients…and then in the billing department.

  117. She works at an inner city hospital ER, so she does see a lot of it. She just isn’t connecting things yet.

  118. I’m already embarrassed for bringing the H2 IQ average down. Don’t shame me that I have 3-4 conversations out of 100 wherein I think, “hey, this person isn’t a completely stupid, asshole!”

  119. Well, we know Hannah comes from good stock, hopefully time and experience will change her mind.

  120. Let’s say the average IQ on the ‘ol blog here is 115. I think that’s a very, very conservative guess.

    Pretty good considering I’m here derping that number down.

  121. *depressed over hormone surge after an 8 month nap, and the scale laughing at me*

    *thinks ‘What’s the point?’ *

    *eats another Frito*

  122. I’m hoping she comes through it. She’s not out of college yet, and I didn’t rebound until grad school. I told Pay he needs to stop having arguments with her about it.

  123. She needs to start handing her salary out to illegal immigrant patients.

    Then she’ll be doing what Bernie wants.

  124. I don’t know what would set things right, because the arguments they hold make no sense. How can you counter what you don’t understand?

  125. I like the Dave In Texas rule: point and laugh

  126. I know a guy in meatspace who is super smart (in his field) and likes to let you know about it. He used to be Catholic and took it seriously even in college. He is now a CINO – Catholic in name only. Married a Jew, in a church, with a priest and rabbi presiding. Votes democrat.

    The only topic he wants to talk to me about is my brother and what kind of state bennies he gets because a couple of his kids are on the spectrum – one who will supposedly need to be looked after the rest of ‘their’ life (‘they’ can drive, tho) and him/his wife, who have money, are doing as much as they can to get as much as they can, from the state, for xer. Not just this topic but other things, including the ‘I’m smarter than most everyone’ (even before I knew he went whole hog to the dark side) have rubbed me the wrong way when speaking to him.

    The last time we spoke, I got him literally twitching when I turned the conversation he hoped for into suggesting – in general – as long as the disabled have family (mom/dad/siblings), it is the responsibility of the family to take care of their members who cannot take care of themselves. The state only steps in when there is no family or an estate to take care of them. TWITCH. ING. I didn’t have to talk to him for the rest of the night.

  127. Ha ha ha haaa, that’s awesome beasn.

  128. You know the expression, “God only gives you what you can handle?”

    He has me nailed. Both my kids are conservative and both listen to Prager University, both are hard workers, both practice our faith, both hate freeloaders and both are 100% independent financially.

    This is wonderful for me, but of course, I see that God gave me this situation because I’m a lightweight *cough* and couldn’t handle it if my kids were goofy. So it’s kind of a win/know you’re a jackass kind of situation.

  129. The state only steps in when there is no family or an estate to take care of them.

    ——

    Well done, Beasnsnsnsnsn

  130. You know the expression, “God only gives you what you can handle?”

    And yet, not everybody does…and God being God knows in advance.

    I’ll admit that is a disconcerting thing. Free will and an omniscient God are difficult to reconcile. Toss in omnibenevolent and the questions start to get…uncomfortable.

  131. I talked to my younger sister about our situation – our brother being disabled. My dad, being a dick, made her and my other sister his legal guardian, when he/my mom are gone. He knows they are both bad with money and the older one has a history of being mean/irresponsible with this brother. I’d approve if it were just my younger sister, no matter her way with money, because she was 12 when he was born (I was 20 and away), and she loved on him like she does her own son. But noooo…

    Younger sis tells me she is not comfortable with the arrangement. She didn’t want the responsibility for starters and to have to deal with our older sister, who is pure mean, has her panicked. My older sister is still going to them for gas money. There is going to be a major battle for the spoils when the parents pass.

    He ignored me when I said I’d take him in.

  132. He ignored me when I said I’d take him in.

    ——–

    You’re a good person and it stinks your brother’s best interest was not the first decision for everyone.

  133. We think our dad did it for several reasons:

    1. he likes to poke people’s buttons and cause fights
    2. he feels guilty for the decision he forced on my sister when she was a teen and wants to make up for it somehow.
    3. I don’t democrat so I’m a rayciss (much to his chagrin, so is younger sister).

  134. Mare, long time ago, when my mom tried to get my dad to back off and let my brother do things for himself, she asked him, ‘When you’re dead, whoever has to care for him, is not going to appreciate having to teach a grown man things he should have learned as a boy. Don’t you care?’
    His response, ‘I’ll be dead, why should I?’

    1. Likes to push people’s buttons and start fights.

  135. My long plotter comment makes a lot more sense when I wrote it, right after Pepe said

    Some days I realize just how different my life is from regular people.

    True story.

  136. It will be interesting to see how that shit show plays out.

    On a lighter note, I have chosen to bring the birdfeeders in at night. No way can we rig an industrial raccoon-proof set-up while living here.

    My little feathered friends have been waiting for me the past couple of mornings. I do so love my cardinals.

  137. I’m not sure there is a raccoon proof set up. They climb 1/2″ poles (SHUT IT) and they climb big ol’ poles (well, tree trunks which have traction).
    It’s those creepy fingers.
    I’d say a Wonder Dog would be a good solution but coons can carry rabies.

  138. It was a dark and drizzly morning…….a mist, more like……halfway to the shepherd’s hook with my birdfeeders in hand, feet squelching in the soggy, puddled ground…KABLAM!! Freaking lighting went off and I almost pooped my drawers. Yeah, I wasn’t so careful on my way back through the swamp.

    *edited to insert missing ‘werd’, hotsquirt*

  139. It was a dark and drizzly morning…….
    A mist, more like……
    Halfway to the shepherd’s hook with my birdfeeders in hand,
    Feet squelching in the soggy, puddled ground…
    KABLAM!!
    Freaking lighting went off
    And I almost pooped my drawers.
    Yeah,
    I wasn’t so careful on my back
    Through the swamp.

    Beasn is a poet.

  140. They climb 1/2″ poles

    Mayo Pete would be dissappointed by the lack of girthiness.

  141. Hotspur?

    https://tinyurl.com/v55pjru

  142. et’s say the average IQ on the ‘ol blog here is 115. I think that’s a very, very conservative guess.
    That means 84% of the population has a lower IQ.
    ———-
    There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t learn something new here. Most of it is useful, some of it is pure shit but even that gets me giggling.

  143. Oh dear, they don’t teach Normal Distributions in doctorin’ skool?

  144. Or were you just unaware that 15 points was the std dev for IQ?

  145. IIRC, the std dev actually varies between the sexes. Men have a 20 pt swing, women have 10. 6x the male geniuses vs women, but also 6x the r-tards.

  146. Statistics class was Freshman year in college, led by Professor Ernie Bravaco, back in the days of chalk on the blackboard (which was green in color). The main thing I remember from that class was Ernie pacing back and forth across the front of the class room toward the windows, grabbing a long cord from the shades and then trailing it in his hand as he neared the middle of the room only to drop it as he exceeded its length. Repeat about 30 times. I got A’s both semesters so I’m sure the data is socked away somewhere.

    Now, can we discuss what “anatomically-modern human history” is? I did not learn that term anywhere along the line.

  147. Physics 101 and 102 was Professor Mike Horne. His thing was buying a small coffee and a bagel loaded with cream cheese from a store just off campus and spending the hour class eating and drinking them … timed exactly for one hour. When he finished his last insight he would pop the last bit of bagel in his mouth and wash it down with the last few mL’s of coffee.

  148. “Anatomically Modern Humans” goes back to the earliest fossils that are indistinguishable from modern man, about 150-200k years. Earliest known control of fire is about 100k BC, earliest animal domestication is either sheep or dogs at about 15k BC,earliest proven agriculture is ~9k BC, etc.

  149. Speaking of history, I caught an episode of The Men Who Built America.

    It’s very good.

    Oid me really enjoys history. Young me despised it.

  150. I have that whole series on DVD. Very well done, but they do get their digs in about “living wage” toward the end.

  151. I didn’t know it was a series when I watched it. No idea what episode it was but I will try to catch the others.

  152. It’s hard not gain some respect for Cornelius Vanderbilt or J.P. Morgan when you watch it. They were too nice to Edison, IMO, and not kind enough to Westinghouse.

  153. I saw the Edison episode.

  154. Again, how many of these have to happen before I’m not a kook?

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  155. First rule for staying alive?

    Don’t talk shit about HIllary.

    Mare, be sure to always use a spotter.

  156. How much dirt does Weinstein have on the Clintons?

    He’s probably next.

  157. $1.99 a pound for pork belly. Guess whats on the menu.

  158. *wonders who has the really high IQ, to make up for my 80

    One of you is really smart. Probably a lurker, enough sense not to say anything.

  159. I have only taken a test once, proxy results for standardized testing would put me in the 130s, but that was when I was young and smart.

  160. You’re not a kook, Mare, she’s got a higher body count than most of the famous “serial killers” of the last century. Higher than most mafia families, too.

  161. “I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb – and I’m not blonde either.” ~Dolly Parton

  162. “People always ask me how long it takes to do my hair. I don’t know, I’m never there.” ~ Dolly Parton

    Heh. On the one hand, I’d think if she were dressed down, you’d never recognize Dolly if you passed her in the street…..on the other hand, she has a very pretty face that would make you look twice and go..’where do I know her from?’

  163. mare, it’s the Chicago way. Nothing good comes out of or near Chicago.

  164. Clean living, right, Leon?

    https://tinyurl.com/wfv38ky

    Super cute costume.

    https://tinyurl.com/s78m8ne

  165. Pups?

    https://tinyurl.com/vr992gg

  166. I used to have a high IQ. Not so sure now….

  167. Once upon a time…
    The FAA made me take an IQ test before they would let me fly.

    When I went for my flight physical, I told the Medical Examiner that I was seeing a shrink and taking antidepressants.
    He denied me a medical cert.

    The FAA, on appeal, sent me a letter ‘Thanking me for my interest in aviation'(WTF?) but, if you think we are going to let you fly, you are crazy. (Perhaps that’s why the shrink?)

    I got a letter from the shrink assuring them that flying would be good for me, stopped taking drugs, and appealed again.

    They demanded the IQ test.

    I would bet money that they had never done that before, or since.

    I jumped through their fuckin’ hoop.
    I got a medical cert signed by the head of the FAA medical staff;
    Audie Davis.
    I saved it…

  168. I’m exhausted by Insty’s histrionics over the messican beer virus. He’s just adding to unwarranted panic.

    I wonder if he’s short-selling the market to make gains on his linkages.

  169. Trump tweeted;
    “Buy The Dip.”

  170. Looks like clean living and 0.5 g of test to me, but some guys do really fill out in their early 20s.

  171. FFS, this gal is a farking maroon. My daughter got the same degree at a 13-15k/yr state university (depending on the dorm and degree, grad being more). Taking advantage of cheaper college credits in high school, choosing a uni she can afford, scholarship money, and a job in res life got her thru with zero debt/money in the bank. And this twit wants us to pay for her dumbassery.

  172. Shameless plug for “Created Equal”

    https://www.justicethomasmovie.com/

    Mr. RFH and I went to see it tonight. It was good. Hadn’t realized that Anita Hill had some of the same lines, same delivery as Christine Blasey Ford. Horrified to see that death is pretty much the only way to remove a Senator. Biden was a blithering idiot back then, too, and Clarence Thomas didn’t hold back his opinion.

  173. Btw, the uni my daughter went to has an excellent SLP program and boasts about full employment for their students upon graduation. They prepare them well and then track them.
    Every person in daughter’s ‘group’ either had a job lined up or found one within a few weeks of graduation. Outside of a school setting, you can make decent money.

  174. Ooo, almost forgot about that, roamy. It is one I’d like to see.

  175. They included my favorite line from “My Grandfather’s Son”.

  176. I did laugh at seeing Barbara Boxer in the 1991 news clips. I still think of the mothership joke about her and Dick Cheney. I need to read that thread again.

  177. Imma walk back my comment about the gal up in the video, a smidge. She didn’t say if she actually finished grad school or just got her undergraduate degree in CD. Not much you can do with a undergrad in CD. You have to go to grad school to become a certified SLP (speech/language pathologist). It’s a six year program, counting undergrad.
    College is way too expensive for an undergrad in ‘not much you can do with’. Still doesn’t get her off the hook for not thoroughly thinking it through and wanting to force everyone else to pay her debt.

  178. Rats, the movie isn’t playing in my state.

  179. I filled out the form to request a showing here.

  180. Diane expected recurring problems.


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