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October 22, 2011

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Captain Hate

Can you name a compelling reason to watch NBA games? I think it is the most over-rated of all pro sports and that includes darts.

I don't agree with this at all. Last year was the first time since 1977 (when there was an influx of ABA players) that the semi-finals featured four different teams from the previous year. That speaks to a level of parity that can give hope to the fans of any franchise; except the Clippers and even they are showing signs of hope with Blake Griffin.

The Mavs coming from nowhere to take it all last season was one of the best sports stories I've ever enjoyed.

henry

My lucky day. The winds last week knocked down a Hickory w/a 40" base. I don't have a big enough chainsaw, so it'll have to wait a week until my friends with monster saws get back from bow hunting.

Now I can get beer for the Cards victory.

Jane

Hey, what happened to my italics?

Danube of Thought

"I actually picture her as Olivia Newton John dressed in black leather, with high heels and smoking a cigarrette."

I'm gonna turn off the football game and daydream for a while...

Sue

Now I can get beer for the Cards victory.

Bwahahaha...don't bother if that is the only reason you want the beer.

centralcal

Just trying to keep some names of the girl gang on Q.T. Jane! But since you outed yourself (tee hee), yes you are a card carrying member in very high standing in this here gang!

Oh gawd, I would give anything to look like Olivia Newton John! Sorry to say that would be (Another) Barbara. So envious, AB.

Ignatz

--You know, it always bothers me when brothers feud. There have been 2 killings in our county where one brother shot the other brother.--

Fortunately my brother is a physical coward. I should have beaten the snot out of him 15 years ago. Would have saved me a world of hurt.
My lawyer, who has seen just what a psycho my brother is, actually said to me one day 'you know you could have killed this fool and been out of jail by now and saved yourself a ton of money'.
He was joking, but we both knew he kinda wasn't.

Captain Hate

Btw Cleveland cleared out the OWS deadbeats last night with a dozen arrests. I went to the library today and didn't have any trouble getting parking other than public square traffic being screwed up because of non-OWS activities. Maybe the donks are starting to become aware of what the public really thinks.

Ignatz

--I don't have a big enough chainsaw,--

Henry,

I just happen to have a Stihl MS660 lying around I was figuring on selling. Will handle up to a 42, maybe 48" bar. :)

Jane

I want to clarify something that absolutely no one cares about. I just watched my TV show and what I said to dick about his Herman Cain remark was something like "if Cain were on the left all the democrats would be calling that remark "racist". Anyway, it was lighthearted but I think got the point across.

CC I'm a proud gg-er.

AB is better looking that ONJ.

DrJ

Well, I'm back from Minneapolis, and I'm way behind in reading here.

I had the pleasure of meeting with Mark Folkestad for a brief time on Tuesday evening. I was staying on the U of M campus (I still think that is the wrong acronym for this Michigan boy), so we went to Dinkytown for dinner. Dinkytown, if you've not been there, is an old and pretty charming commercial district frequented largely by students. We chatted about this and that (no ears should have burned!) and he brought many pictures of his putative Alaska compound. It looks pretty wonderful!

The meeting itself went quite well. I had a number of requests for copies of my slides, and was invited by a ChE department to present a departmental seminar and spend the day with their faculty. I had preliminary discussions with a colleague from grad school on acquiring and commercializing a niche product he developed. And I saw many old friends, and some that I had only met by email (collaborators on upcoming proposals).

While I always enjoy Minneapolis, it is great to be back home. My PC (pussy cat) always gets miffed and rather pissy when I'm away. He forgives quickly, and I now have a hard time keeping him off my lap.

Off to figure out what FedEx of guppy heads means.

Gmax

I actually picture her as Olivia Newton John dressed in black leather, with high heels and smoking a cigarrette.

Wow! CCal, leave the cigs at home but next time you fly through Dallas, any chance I can see the get up? LOL

Thomas Collins

OK, go ahead, Women of JOM. Thwack me all you want. I 'fess up. The phrase "JOM Girl Gang" brought to mind the LUNed Motley Crue song! :-))

Captain Hate

Measuring the depths of Biden's stupidity: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/280986/biden-s-fourth-grade-economics-mark-steyn

Ignatz

Another gold star in the annals of nation building as Hamid Karzai says our stable, reliable new ally Afghanistan would back Pakistan if we were to end up in a war with the Pakis.

JM Hanes

Jim Miller:

"It gives us a way to think about the question systematically, a way to substitute a little bit of calculation for a lot of feelings."

I'm not so sure it wouldn't end up substituting a bit of arbitrary calculation for a lot of critical thinking. Knowing where a politician stands on a roster of conservative issues is certainly useful information, but you don't need an index to recognize that Lindsey Graham is marching to a different drummer, and you don't need to encourage the folks grousing about Scott Brown when it will take a miracle for even a putative RINO to beat Elizabeth Warren in uber-lib Massachusetts now that the Dems are paying attention.

In defense of other Republicans from the Republican wing of the Republican party, I'd like to reiterate the point that we have a RINO like Judd Gregg, not a purist like Jim DeMint, to thank for killing the CLASS Act dead as a doornail.

henry

Iggy, the key question is whether I can handle a 42" bar.

Sue, no question- the Cards can handle the Rangers.

: )

centralcal

Iggy - according to my book (Lord knows I am no authority in these matters) there are two types of BPD. The so-called "high functioning" ones (my relative) don't usually exhibit the suicidal tendencies and risky behaviors.

My relative falls into this category (thankfully). Yes, it is a female.

Surprisingly, the high functioning ones are often the most dangerous in that others (i.e., courts, the legal system) can be so charmed by them. The book I didn't order was all about this and how it plays out between couples in divorce court and custody hearings. How the non-BPD spouse or parent actually has the harder time in these cases because of the skilled blaming and manipulation of the BPD person.

Sure glad I was never married to nor divorced from one. Egads!

Old Lurker

"Oh gawd, I would give anything to look like Olivia Newton John! Sorry to say that would be (Another) Barbara. So envious, AB."

Well I like filing that image of AB away in my head too, though I must admit that has been the one I previously reserved for MayBee. Nude. In mosaic, on the bottom of her pool. Or in oil, on the wall.

Save me a drink DoT, I will come join you.

Sue

This is where bad would shine. You boys would be hearing Mae West while she typed.

Sue

Capt'n,

You have to admit DoT has a point about LeBron being 1 year older with no ring on his finger. I kind of like looking at the glass half full in this instance.

centralcal

CCal, leave the cigs at home but next time you fly through Dallas, any chance I can see the get up?

Perhaps, Gmax. However, it will have to be one of my gorgeous granddaughters in the get up. I am afraid those fashions and I parted company a few years ago and, besides, I like you, wouldn't want to scare you!

MayBee

Well I like filing that image of AB away in my head too, though I must admit that has been the one I previously reserved for MayBee. Nude. In mosaic, on the bottom of her pool. Or in oil, on the wall.

Because my nudes are for art and not titillation, my tasteful nude pool-bottom mosaic was made with neon tiles that play nicely with my color-changing LED pool lights.

Ignatz

LOL.

Laura

c-cal,
my mother is one of the high-functioning bpds according to my brother. While not a psychiatrist he is a doc that has done lots
of intake work at a mental illness facility and works ER.
Not sure how it all works but she has lots of brain chemistry issues as well, addiction, depression and anxiety. To me it seems like the chemical problems set her up for the BPD from early adolescence. At 78, we are dealing with trying to get her in assisted living. The manipulation doesn't quit, but she is having a much harder time staying ahead of all the lies and games.

Sue

OMG. The NYTs is reporting that the troop withdrawal is a result of Obama's negotiating failure. Hot Air has it.

(Another) Barbara

(From my walker, wearing my Depends:)

Thank you for the kind words, young girlies. Cackle, cackle.

Mark Folkestad

I mentioned this a few days ago, but it was a delight meeting DrJ. The time was too short, but he was very busy. So far I've met three members of the JOMO tribe, plus a bonus spouse, and they are all exemplary individuals. I'm looking forward to other meetings.

Jane

I've met about 30 Mark, and the same thing is true for all of them.

Danube of Thought

"my nudes are for art and not titillation"

That's my interst too, MayBee. You gonna send me a picture?

Porchlight

DrJ,

About 1/2 mile SE of Dinkytown on SE University (toward yonder burg of St. Paul) is a little wooded hill with a little tower on top of it. The top of the tower is shaped like a witch's hat. That is a sweet pocket neighborhood called Prospect Park, where my brother and I owned a house before I moved to Austin. (It's also where my paternal grandparents lived when my dad was in college, and my parents used to take walks around the area when visiting during their engagement.) My grandmother, quite implausibly if you knew her, ran a little daycare in the basement of one of the neighborhood churches.

I miss Mpls. Glad you had a good visit and a nice time with MarkF.

Mark Folkestad

Jane, you are one I am eager to meet.

Porchlight, the sooner you can get your little family to a place we can meet, the better. I have always loved the old Prospect Park water tower. Years ago, someone planned on making condos out of it, but I have no idea if that ever went through.

Ignatz

--That's my interst too, MayBee. You gonna send me a picture?--

LOLer.

Extraneus

You think offing parents is bad?

A Nevada man faces misdemeanor charges after authorities say he carried his mother out of a church when she arrived to stop his wedding.

Imagine the screams?

DrJ

Porch,

I stayed a few hundred feet from your former house. Small world.

Porchlight

I don't know if that was before or after my time, MarkF, but per Google Maps it doesn't look like there's been any major development in the little park.

I'm glad to see the Schneider Drug is still there - it is a total old school pharmacy, painted Wedgwood blue inside, with notions and penny candy and the same plaster moldings and decorations it probably had 60-70 years ago. The guy who runs it, Tom Gupta, is a major lefty and always had political signs in the windows. Apparently he holds political salons there, something I didn't know: http://www.citypages.com/bestof/2008/award/best-pharmacy-443744/

Lefty or not, he was very kind and knowledgable when I picked up my prescriptions there. It's a gem of a place.

Jane

Who is involved with this election on November 8th that Fox keeps talking about. I don't know of anyone running for office.

Mark, Come to MA - or go on a NRO cruise. I can usually be found in one place or the other.

MayBee

ha ha ha ha ha!

Porchlight

Cool, DrJ! If it was at the Days Inn, I remember it well.

DrJ

Not the Days Inn, but the (Radisson) University Hotel. It changed hands about six weeks ago.

Porchlight

Aha, so it's now a Radisson - good to know. Incidentally, my brother, convinced the real estate market was going to crash, sold our house in 2004 for 2 1/4 times what we paid for it in 1997. One of the few times that his Krugman-like predictions of doom turned out to be accurate (though he was a tad ahead of schedule).

centralcal

Odd story, Extraneus. The son carried her out, per the story, makes no mention of any other actions against her. Yet, it says she was trying to disrupt and stop the wedding.

He was charged and she wasn't?

DrJ

Porch, it used to be a Radisson, until six weeks ago. It no longer is. The new owner is planning on all sorts of upgrades, at least according to a very reliable bartender source. :)

Pops

""I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted U.N. inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity ... But ... Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors.""
Barack Obama

Apparently, we are unaware of the information regarding Qaddafi's threat to the United States or to his neighbors.

MayBee

Pops- The threat to us from Qaddafi was he kept convincing us to give him more and more financial assistance. What other way was there to stop him?

Clarice

Can I join the girl gang in low heels? My back is acting up ..I used to be great at smoking, and I suppose like bike riding it's something you never forget how to do.
I understand about stalking girl, Jane and I do like the latest version of the Cain exchange even better than I liked the first.

bgates

They said yesterday the season is probably lost.

If Barry can't even manage to get a bunch of young black millionaires and a labor union more money so he can watch basketball on tv, what the hell is he good for?

Mark Folkestad

Porchlight, the condo plan wasn't a big thing. They were going to only remodel the interior of the tower and the adjoining building, yielding quirky/cool little apartments with only stairs, no elevator. You would never be able to tell from a satellite or aerial photo.

Jane, I've always wanted to join a NRO cruise. The funds have been short. Soon that will change. As to coming to Massachussetts, I might enjoy that. I haven't been there since about fifty years ago.

Mark Folkestad

That made for a good chuckle, bgates. Thanks.

Jane

Oh Clarice you are so in. Check your mail for the appropriate badge.

Gmax

Boston Globe is reporting that an AP Gfk poll just done of 1000 ADULTS shows only 37% supportive of the OWS motley crew. And to add a stunner to the mix, most of those folks are DEMOCRATS.

When does it sink in to these morons that without independents in large numbers and at least a few Republicans, they are gonna get beat like a drum in Zucotti Park?

bgates

Here's a hearty guffaw, Mark:

Every night before he goes to sleep, the president of the United States reads 10 letters from the pile of 20,000 sent to him by Americans every day. Sometimes, he writes back. He's even, on occasion, included a check.

"It's not something I should advertise, but it has happened," President Barack Obama told reporter Eli Saslow,

A check. Not cash. Something with a signature. And then the people who were so desperate for help that they wrote the White House to beg for money, whose financial problems were solved through the personal intervention of the President of the United States - they quietly cashed the checks and went on with their business. Or, maybe they tried to get the story on the local news but the hard-hearted reporter types didn't see an angle. "What, President saves family farm from bankruptcy? There's no story there!" Until finally, after years and who knows how many instances of this selflessness, we finally hear about it from none other than Captain Reticent himself.

This is quite possibly the stupidest lie I have ever heard from an adult person.

Old Lurker

"OMG. The NYTs is reporting that the troop withdrawal is a result of Obama's negotiating failure. Hot Air has it."

Sue, that's the buzz in DC too. We wanted our remaining troops to continue to answer to US law but they wanted them to be subject to Iraq law. We blinked so home they come. Bottom line: they kicked us out. The Sadr guy fronting for Iran wanted us out.

Good job, Barry and Hilary.

Mark Folkestad

You are right, bgates. I just composed myself and dabbed away the tears.

Pops

We seriously need a DO NOT TAKE DEDUCTIONS LIST. Just like the DO NOT CALL LIST.

For all the liberal millionaires in the OWScrowd, we could take them a laptop with the 'Do not accept deductions on my taxable income' screen and have them sign up.

Just see how many actually would practice what they are preaching.

Clarice

My thought exactly, bgates.
Though I admit I considered only part of it, that the recipient would hang on to the uncashed check as being more valuable than the money.

I think I'll blog this.

Threadkiller

It must be a BoA checking account. They cater to undocumented customers.

Sue

Maybe it's the checks he wrote to Auntie and Uncle?

Pops

""Every night before he goes to sleep, the president of the United States reads 10 letters from the pile of 20,000 sent to him by Americans every day""

What Obama didn't say is the 10 he reasons are all from Bundlers to his campaign and the checks he writes are on the US Treasury account.

What poor little Solyndra needs a little cash to get by...no problem.

Ohh look honey, baby boy Fisker needs a few bucks to get to Finland, here you go sweetie....

Clarice

Here, bgates.http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/10/22/is-this-the-stupidest-lie-ever-told-by-an-adult/

You know, I think SCAM should offer that dim publication Shine a lot of money for its mailing list.Right off the turnip truck readers like that don't just fall off trees. %^)

JM Hanes

Can I ride Clarice's coattails in my slipper socks? Am recovering from knee surgery, but have meds, will travel!

Sara (Pal2Pal)

I fear I have now been fashioned into an ugly voodoo doll and pins are regularly thrust between my beady little eyes. :)

Good grief, grow up!

Pretty bad when an unknown lurker sends me an instant message to come on over and see what was being said.

But hey, don't let me keep you from your games.

pagar

"This is quite possibly the stupidest lie I have ever heard from an adult person."

Wonder if this guy ever wrote him a letter?

""No-one knows who I am," he told the magazine, before claiming: "I live here on less than a dollar a month."
Just a $12 check would have double the guy's income.

LUN

MarkO

And, Clarice, if the signature is more valuable than the face amount of the check, the check will never be negotiated and Obama will never have to pay any of them anything.

Jane

This is quite possibly the stupidest lie I have ever heard from an adult person.

Breitbart should offer 100k for proof.

Porchlight

bgates and Clarice,

What about the teller at the bank that cashed the personal check signed Barack H. Obama, made out to Joe Schmo in Greater Trenton? Think that person might have mentioned such a tidbit to their co-workers, family and friends?

Or is he sending them checks from the US Treasury?

Sue

Pretty bad when an unknown lurker sends me an instant message to come on over and see what was being said.

It's a good thing an unknown lurker notified you because otherwise you might have missed something here. What exactly was being said that someone needed to alert you?

Sara (Pal2Pal)

bgates: The check story sounds eerily familiar to one I heard last year about Reagan. I don't recall the details however.

JM Hanes

Watch out, Sara. Next thing you know, he'll be inviting you out for a coffee.

pagar

I see we have some talk about family members.
Apparently, the people who can not be identified in US terrorist training manuals because it hurts their feelings, probably don't want these them selves mentioned in criminal training manuals either. So when the youngsters plea for help all that happens is they are returned to their hells.

" They lived their lives filled with terror and fear in homemade concentration camps. It is an Islamic pattern under the sharia to utterly subjugate, oppress and control female members of devout Muslim families. A willful girl with her own dreams and aspirations is tantamount to a death sentence. And there are few avenues open to them for help."

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2011/10/multiple-honor-murder-trial-muslim-dad-gods-curse-on-them-for-generations-may-the-devil-expletive-on.html

Clarice

That was my thought Marko But I think bgates take is better than mine.

Clarice

Oooooo, jmh. I am sorry to hear that..Yes, we can hold up the orthopedically challenged part of the girl gang.

Danube of Thought

The Iraq story is worse than that. The Iraqis were willing to negotiate an acceptable status-of-forces deal privately, then wait for an appropriate time to spin the news out to the public (where there is significant opposition). But our wizards publicly demanded a response by a certain deadline, so the Iraqis had no choice but to say no.

pibill

kinda a newbie here-long time reader, lousy typist.
Have any of you ever seen a statistic showing the percentage of actual voters that vote just
the party ticket instead of voting for each individual office?

Janet

Maybe it's the checks he wrote to Auntie and Uncle?

No Sue. The fine people of Massachusetts are paying for them.

JM Hanes

I believe it's even worse than that, DoT. A couple of months ago, someone let it slip that Iraqi leadership were asking us to leave some troops in place.

Jane

I don't know the answer to your question pibill, but if you are a lousy typist you will feel completely at home here.

Jane

Yes, after I pay an exorbitant and ever increasing sum every month for my Romneycare, followed by 100% of all my medical bills because they are not covered by Romneycare, I write a check to Auntie Zetuni and her brother who is back working at the liquor store. She of course, is sitting on her ass in the apt I pay for. Neither one of them have ever sent me a thank you card.

Old Lurker

Any way you slice it, unexpectably having to vacate on sixty day's notice is not good. I guess we get to leave all our toys behind too?

And Obama wants to use his foreign policy skills as a plus for reelection?

Old Lurker

And pibill, we award our very worst typists with a free iPad to make their typing even funnier to see.

Clarice

Why not suggest that to Breitbart, Jane?

Or maybe your radio station could offer a prize for the first person to show up with an authentic check--maybe a t Shirt with the stations's logo or a box of lobsters or something.

Sue

The thing that shocked me was the reporting by the NYTs. NYTs

Possibilities being discussed are for some troops to return in 2012, an option preferred by some Iraqi politicians who want to claim credit for ending what many here still call an occupation, even though legally it ended years ago.
Clarice

Should that happen, maybe O will disguise the bases as Fisker Karma dealerships or something.

Sue

And pibill, we award our very worst typists with a free iPad to make their typing even funnier to see.

H1y! No one to7ld me th3at.

Janet

O will disguise the bases as Fisker Karma dealerships or something.

Finally put those used Styrofoam columns to use.

Jack is Back!

CH,

No. My point is what do you find so damn attractive in pro basketball as a professional sport? I find zilch. To me it is so contrived I could faint if a team with a 25 point lead going into the 4th quarter actually won by 45 points instead of losing by 3.

Then you have the point shaving referees. I would rather watch steroid pumped clean up hitters go yard every other at bat then watch Dwight Howard on tippy toes slam dunk with an icy-hot sleeve on his elbow.

Now, hockey? You bet, I can watch pro hockey all day.

Sue

I don't see how Obama could send troops back into Iraq during an election year. But then, I didn't see how Obama could bomb Libya without Congressional approval so what do I know?

centralcal

Breitbart should offer 100k for proof.

Jane, that is an excellent idea. As Sue would say - dadgummit - I was hoping bgates would put his talents to really good use and write a letter to get us JOMers some of that Obama cash.

We could have used it to throw a JOM meet-up party.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Watch out, Sara. Next thing you know, he'll be inviting you out for a coffee.

Do I even want to know what this refers to?

Danube of Thought

Also,pibill, beginning at 5:00 p.m. PDT we gradually relax our typing standards even further.

I see no way whatsoever that Obama will send troops back in 2012. It would cost him any chance at re-election, and he'd much rather see an all-out Iraqi civil war (which he would blame on Bush) than hurt his electoral chances.

centralcal

Oh, and to all bonafide girl gang members - whether in low, medium or high heels, I am a wuss at getting on any motor bikes. Well, I might hitch a ride with Janet on her little pfft pfft, since she assured us it doesn't go vroom vroom.

Sue

I am anxiously watching the clouds roll in. There is a 30% chance of rain tonight. If it rains out game 3, me and my real gang are going 4 wheeling. C-cal, you would love it. We don't go fast, we just go into the backwoods.

Jack is Back!

DoT,

He'd blame Bush for Uganda if he could.

centralcal

Four wheels instead of two! I like the sound of that. I actually hope you do get some rain - you all need it pretty badly don't you?

Sue

A sign seen at The Ballpark: Hey Cliff, I have an extra ticket for the World Series, facebook me. Good price.

Cliff is referring to Cliff Lee, for those non-baseball fans.

MayBee

Maybe late Nov 2012

Sue

Yes, we desparately need rain (we as in NE and E Texas), more so than they untin Arlington. They got some when we didn't a few weeks ago. But it could wait until after the game to start raining.

MayBee

Cliff is referring to Cliff Lee, for those non-baseball fans.

Ahhh.
Who's Cliff Lee?

Extraneus

Could Obama really convince anyone, even the dumbest sycophant, that an Iraqi civil war was anyone's fault but his own?

Although, now that I think of it, he's surely looking over his shoulder these days. Perhaps it's time for Hillary to take the fall for this snafu.

Gmax

Sue I am only a few short miles north of the ballpark and where I sit and type I am looking out on blue skies.

I say Beltre hits two of the yard tonight, and Murphy adds another one.

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