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Punters, step up.

We have ways to make you happy.

Jack is Back

Safer cheese.

jimmyk

The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? Ok movie, even if it did have the unbearable Jim Carrey. For memory loss movies, though, I liked "Memento."

We have time to finish this game.

'We are sailing in the confident expectation of a miracle'.

H/t a Spanish confidant of a papal emissary, in 1588, on the English better vessels, sailing and cannons, not to mention home court advantage.

Dave (in MA)

Alzheimer's would also relieve mice of their unpleasant memories.

Bori

Of course if this is possible it will never be used for nefarious purposes

Extraneus

Kenya rangers murder ivory poachers, report says

NAIROBI, Kenya – Corrupt Kenyan wildlife rangers are killing poachers to cover up the officers' collusion with the criminals slaughtering the country's elephants, a rights group alleges.

Seems cut and dried, but guess who's doing the poaching?

Muslims for Human Rights is one of Kenya's most respected human rights groups. They have investigated and exposed human rights abuses by Kenyan authorities against those suspected of supporting Islamic extremist violence.

...

Richard Leakey, a famed scientist and founding chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service, said he believes extrajudicial killings take place by KWS "from time to time." He noted that most poachers around Tsavo are Muslim, often of Somali origin, and that some in KWS could be anti-Somali because of attacks in Kenya by Somali militants from al-Shabab.
Ignatz

Speaking of mice, I see the small, white and bespectacled Gates gave a million bucks to some WA state gun control push.

Jack is Back

Oooh, goodie.

NBC News Prez Angers Top Talent by Saying Network was "Asleep for 15 Years".

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/nbc-news-president-angers-top-talent-saying-network-was-asleep-15-years#.U_5RX7bd26Q.twitter

I remember Turness as the Furnace back in my time in the UK.

Popcorn, please!

Dave (in MA)

They should be put to sleep.

Extraneus

POLITICO:

Poll: Romney breaks away in Iowa

The day after Mitt Romney opened the door to another possible presidential run, a new poll shows he has a huge lead among likely 2016 Iowa Republican caucus voters.

According to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday, 35 percent of likely GOP caucus voters would vote for the 2012 GOP nominee in 2016. When Romney’s name was added to the pool, no other candidate received double-digit votes.

I could support Romney again, especially if he's learned from his mistakes and takes it to the Dems as viciously as he was able to do against his Republican opponents. He's not conservative enough for my tastes, but he's smart enough to understand how badly he f'd up by treating Obama as a respectable opponent. I'd like to see if he's learned his lesson.

Threadkiller

Repeal and Replace

MarkO

Your daily DOOM™®

jimmyk

Eh, Romney's a nice guy, but I think he might need one of those mice operations to change himself into a fighter. (How's that for staying on topic?)

narciso

The Daily Beastbwas all giddy about that recent intervention by Gates, who hits all the credentialed idiot morons, despite having dropped out

lyle
Muslims for Human Rights is one of Kenya's most respected human rights groups. They have investigated and exposed human rights abuses by Kenyan authorities against those suspected of supporting Islamic extremist violence. ...

Richard Leakey, a famed scientist and founding chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service, said he believes extrajudicial killings take place by KWS "from time to time." He noted that most poachers around Tsavo are Muslim, often of Somali origin, and that some in KWS could be anti-Somali because of attacks in Kenya by Somali militants from al-Shabab.

Gonna need a flow chart, here.

Jack is Back

Mitt has a chance if Dr. Evil is now with Perry,

daddy

TM's 4th link in his post has the greatest title

Bidirectional switch of the valence associated with a hippocampal contextual memory engram,

since Julien Jayne's almost as exciting

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind


Ignatz

--especially if he's learned from his mistakes and takes it to the Dems--

Leopard; meet spots.

NK

POTUS Walker can appoint Romney OMB director or Treasury secy, I'd be happy with that. I wouldn't support Romney in the Primaries.

Extraneus

Is he still saying that? Anyway, repeal and replace isn't so bad if replace means insurance across state boundaries, tort reform, FDA approval reform, and some other free-market based things.

I'm open to Romney, but I'd turn on him in a second if he's not solid on border security, global warming, size of gov't, etc.

I'm not hopeful about that, btw, but somebody has to get the Establishment nod, and I'd take him over Jeb or Christie.

narciso

Yes that was a face palm moment, I do not want this Mittens, but they will serve it to us, anyways

Extraneus

How about Romney/Walker with Gowdy as AG (with a blank check) and Cruz on the Supreme Court?

NK

Christie Jeb or Mitt is no contest. But it would be a very unhappy contest.. I don't think it comes to that. first of all if it is just those three, a daniels might jump in, or a real conservative would take the plurality after they split the 'establishment' votes.

narciso

According to a useful link from talk left, the information that the military was relying came from a Belgian militant activist who has been imprisoned with foley

Extraneus

I realize I'm poking the hive with a flaming stick, btw. :-)

narciso

A pointed stick, of course they have loopy on events in missouri, to make up for the sense displayed in the prevous case


Extraneus

I guess I might be the only one here who didn't know this, but regarding the whole "inversion" thing:

The purpose of an inversion has never been, and never could be, and never will be, “ooh, Canada has a 15 percent tax rate, and the U.S. has a 35 percent tax rate, so we can save 20 points of taxes on all our income by moving.” Instead the main purpose is always: “If we’re incorporated in the U.S., we’ll pay 35 percent taxes on our income in the U.S. and Canada and Mexico and Ireland and Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, but if we’re incorporated in Canada, we’ll pay 35 percent on our income in the U.S. but 15 percent in Canada and 30 percent in Mexico and 12.5 percent in Ireland and zero percent in Bermuda and zero percent in the Cayman Islands.”

The US forces US companies to pay US tax rates on foreign income, but other countries only tax their companies on their in-country income. The companies pay foreign tax rates on the income they derive in the foreign countries.

http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/193996/

SBW iPadmini

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

And a damn fine read it was, too.

Eric in Boise

I'm confused - so does a U.S. based company with income in say, Ireland owe 35 percent of that income to the U.S and 12.5 percent of that income to Ireland?

GMax

BTW total votes cast yesterday in the FLA primary:

Charlie Cheeto and other Democrat candidates

830K

Scott and other Republicans

950K

Cheeto draws more Democrat opposition votes than Scott draws Republican opposition votes ( for the primary opponents). That means that its quite likely that some Democrats will simply not vote for a turncoat Cheeto flavor or not.

No matter, this results would if mirrored in November, would lead to a 53% 47% result. Not a blowout, but a solid win.

Cheeto seems to struggle to explain his flip flops, since they are the contrails of a politicians who will say anything to try to get elected.

daddy

On Topic! (Long winded though)

Not mentioned in TM's links is that Mice have also been instrumental in recent days in helping to understand how Autism occurs in humans and if there is a possible cure. Extra synapses may cause Autism; potential cure treated on mice

Researchers at New York’s University of Columbia, said that excess synapses may be the cause for autism... they say that an excess of it is not due to higher production, but the body’s mechanism failure to cull the unwanted ones at appropriate times.

As I understand it, during early human development billions of neuronic synapses are formed in brains, which as the fetus/baby grows, get enormously culled via some sort of unknown but standard process of elimination related to disuse of those unused synapses. New data shows that in many Autistics, those synapses that would normally have been culled have not been culled, so possibly an Austistic is someone that is overloaded with neurons and synapse connections firing.

Symptoms of autism include: inability of the child to communicate verbally and non-verbally, relating themselves to the world around and inability to think and act flexibly...Excess synapses are also notoriously noted for increasing the risk of epilepsy because of the increased electrical signals crossing the brain.

The researchers’ say that they have already tried their theory on mice

What I recall from another interesting book from a few years back by some East Coast Neuroscientist The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the Brain---Terrence Deacon was that he looked at this culling process from another perspective.

He concentrated, if I recall correctly, on the neuron-synapses that were not culled. I believe his idea was that those synapses that were reinforced by use of some sort were the ones that survived, and as we learned how to see and hear and speak, our synapses were essentially wiring our own brains via this selective culling process, leaving us with synapses capable of transmitting our abilities to see and hear and speak and function.

As I recall, he then went into wild (feral) children, those who are unfortunately raised like animals or without human contact, who by the age of 7 or 8 have lost the ability to acquire language skills once they are rescued, because the process of brain synapse culling is over and done with by about age 5 or 6, so there is no longer an existing synapse system to reinforce and build connections.

Oliver Sachs I believe suggested that was also why people who were given sight at a late age by new medical technologies were often unable to make sense of what they were able to see, but conversely it explained why Helen Keller could learn to understand speech and sounds, since she initially had those synapses formed before being struck with the Scarlet fever that turned her blind, mute, and deaf.

Anyhow, hope this new research may be of use in helping Autistics.


GMax

Eric

In most cases you get a credit for foreign taxes paid, dollar for dollar. But virtually no other country in the world attempts to tax earnings outside their borders.

jimmyk

I thought the foreign income only gets taxed if and when it's "repatriated" into the US, which is why multinationals don't do it. I think there was a tax amnesty of some sort ten years ago.

Jib-Jab

Thanks be to Allah. Our troops need something to offset the trauma of seeing a buddy blown to bits, then discovering the death was for nothing.

GMax

If there is any profession more arcane than taxation, its the poor saps who practice their trade in multi lateral taxation.

I think the foreign subsidiaries of US corps, don't pay US taxes, unless/until the E & P ( earnings and profits ) are repatriated into the US.

Their are also JV structures and minority interest ownerships which may lead to disparate results.

Eric in Boise

Thanks, GMax.

Some Guy

scientists can now relieve mice of the sting of their unpleasant memories.

TM,

If we remove all the unpleasant memories in mice, are they still considered members of congress?

Rick B

...especially if he's learned from his mistakes and takes it to the Dems as viciously as he was able to do against his Republican opponents."

Patience, Extraneous. Sir Goldilocks is currently involved in finishing his campaign against Obama with a quite tepid blistering series of "I told ya so's." which have yet to implicate the Red Witch in any manner, although the signal failures alluded to by Sir Goldilocks were primarily within her portfolio. I'm still waiting for Sir Goldilocks to remove at least one hand from a pocket and mention the Democrat lawfare from which he has benefited so greatly. I'm not holding my breath but I don't believe the rumors about his operatives giving counsel in Trenton, Milwaukee and now Austin for a second. Sir Goldilocks will never be caught sending stiletto armed operatives into the dark alleys inhabited by Democrat poisoners any more than he will be caught pre-purchasing Iowa caucus members.

As I said, patience, for Sir Goldilocks will never move too early or too late. In fact, he won't move much at all because he'll hire someone to bring him whatever he wants.

NK

Daddy-- wait. Autism is not caused by vaccine preservatives as Big Tits Mccarthy and Lothario RFK Jr. claimed? Shocker.

Sorry for the vulgarity, but that dumb bimbo has caused incalcuable damage with the vaccine nonsense.

NK

RickB-- a tad harsh with that.

GMax-- the Fla primary vote count is the sweetest data I've seen about 2014.

lyle

McCarthy looked better before the tit job. My 2 cents. Carry on.

DrJ

jimmyk is right. Income earned in a foreign country is taxed at by that country at that country's rate. US tax is only paid (rebating the foreign tax paid) once it is repatriated. So all multinationals hold a lot of money overseas.

That has spurred all sorts of maneuvers to avoid the tax. One of course is to invest money held overseas in overseas concerns (expansion, acquisitions and the like).

Another one is to loan the US-based company the money, often through a place like Bermuda, at favorable rates so the money can be used in the US. Google does that, for example. Since it is a loan only, the money has not been repatriated. And the interest paid is not taxable in Bermuda.

There's all sorts of creativity in avoiding the repatriation tax. But I think it should be scrapped and something reasonable put in place.

I also believe in unicorns.

lyle

Is there a Pitzger stench in here?

lyle

Anyone seen any feathers or twinkles?

Jack is Back

In my county who went for The Champ it was 6500 Gop vs. 4500 Dem for the Governor primary. Most important Scott won the Rep vote 90% against two idiots but Charlie only got 65% against Nan Rich.

GMax

How Republican is my county? This Republican.

Republican votes 18.6K
Democrat votes 3.9K

That is 17% Democrat. Most local offices here, are decided in the Republican primary. A County commissioner who thought raising the sales tax would be "helpful", was shown the door yesterday. In a rout.

Danube on iPad

Who knew that 35% of Iowa caucus voters were fnorks?

daddy

Of Mice And Mensa?

Jib-Jab

"Anyone seen any feathers or twinkles?"

They have an indefinite shelf-life, but memory must serve...

Do you remember Iraq?

lyle

Smells like putz. Anyone else get that?

lyle

Pitzger puss.

Jim Miller

Well, this Kent Sorenson story is certainly interesting.

But you may not want to share it with one of Ron Paul's fans.

Captain Hate

Any state which produces Tom Harkin should have no say in Republican politics.

henry

Daddy, our friend from Chicago sent you an email.

Cecil Turner

Who knew that 35% of Iowa caucus voters were fnorks?

It's 35% of the GOP caucus voters. Considering the GOP won 46% of the vote in 2012, that'd make it 16% fnork.

And if we nominate Romney again, we'll deserve whatever happens.

daddy

Thanks Henry.

Just an aside to say that I have received a bunch of totally unexpected generous offers from JOM friends about navigating Retirement and HealthCare, and I greatly appreciate all of them. Thanks good friends. One of these days if I get off my keister I may take somebody up on one of them, but currently I enjoy jabbering with my dog walking Tax Attorney buddy up the block who owns Bella, Fry's girlfriend.

He's single and a pretty good boy, and I recall a year or so mentioning to him that I wanted him to add me to his will. He immediately looked at me with a jaundiced eye, until I continued and told him to put in a clause that if he croaks I get his dog Bella.

Danube on iPad

"It's 35% of the GOP caucus voters." That's what I said.

For the record, I pray to God the nominee is not Romney.

Spock

Has there ever been a better time to be a mouse?
The murine and the feline are mortal enemies. Granted the mortality is almost entirely on one side of the equation. Yet they have both spawned euphemisms for the human female genitalia.

Fascinating.

Laura White

I published a paper years ago on Jaynes' Bicameral Mind book and Walker Percy's ideas about the origin of consciousness-- what was cool was that Jaynes called me, out of the blue, on a Sunday night, to tell me he liked the paper but that I was wrong to assert that he was nostalgic for the bicameral mind--all very interesting. As a young asst. prof at the time, I was quite flattered he'd taken the time to seek me out.

daddy

I recall that as the girls were growing up one of the funnest projects in Grade School was when every kid in class was given an Owl Pellet.

If you don't know, an Owl Pellet is basically the hair ball that an Owl pukes out after eating whatever he's eaten.

Owl Pellet:

They were probably provided by our local Zoo, due to having some wounded Owls.

Anyhow, since the Owls were mainly fed Mice, the kids got to pick the ball apart and identify the skeletal parts, and they tried to recreate the skeleton and name the different bone parts:

That was big fun up here, and I hope that you've all shared in the joy of diggin' thru Owl vomit for Mouse bones.

Laura White

Was looking for a t-shirt for my daughter with a raccoon on it on eBay and was shocked by how many raccoon bones (and, separately, full hides or tails) are for sale. Raccoon bones seem to be marketed for "crafts."

daddy

what was cool was that Jaynes called me, out of the blue, on a Sunday night, to tell me he liked the paper

Great Story, Laura! Wow.

SBW, are you jealous yet? I am:)

Laura,

If you're still in the field, do you know if that synapse culling theory I blabbered about up above still holds sway, and if not, can you recommend any General Science books that you think might have improved ideas?

Miss Marple

Laura,

There is plenty of weird stuff for sale on eBay. Did you know people sell "haunted dolls?"
Yes! The dolls are said to contain the souls of various and sundry people.

Then there are the Barbie re-painters, who take Barbie dolls and paint their faces and re-dress them as Cleopatra or Cher or such. (I think this is a gay thing but am not sure.)

Then there are the dolls that are called "reborn" and are made to look exactly like newborn infants There are women who buy them and carry them around like real babies!

And now you know why I avoid dealing in dolls!

Stephanie accidentally OnT?

I have a fur coat that is made of raccoon head pelts. The collar is made of raccoon bodies. It looks really cool - kinda like 300 little masked bandits.

My grandma bought it for me from Sax Fifth Ave when I graduated HS 35 years ago. It's a size 2 - a 1970s size 2. It would fit my daughter but she creeps out when she opens the closet and sees it. It would probably fall apart if I took it off the hanger anyways. Oh, well.

Eric in Boise

I hope that you've all shared in the joy of diggin' thru Owl vomit for Mouse bones.

In many ways, this is the story of Obama.

Seriously, daddy, thanks again for your always entertaining and always informative posts.

daddy

Off now with the dogs and I hope that none of you share in the joy of diggin' thru Bear vomit for daddy bones.

KayyyRoooooo.

Stephanie accidentally OnT?

Miss Marple, I've been meaning to ask you about sewing machines.

I picked one up at a vintage shop last month on a spur of the moment purchase. It's an "Eldridge B" foot pedestal, oak cabinet and machine cover (also oak) and it still works. I thought I'd use it for sewing leather and stuff that today's plastic machines just can't handle.

Any info on it would be appreciated.

Dave (in MA)
The murine and the feline are mortal enemies.
A Q-tip usually does the trick if you can get 'em to hold still.
Son did van de Graaf special effects for Star Wars.

I knew a gal whose specialty was Bylo Babies. I got a very nice little green Wedgwood tea pot from her, lo, these quarter centuries ago.

Laura White

Hi, daddy--am afraid I've moved on to other things and I was poaching outside of my field even then, but I'll ask my almost Ph.D son who does neuroscience (and who's read Jaynes) what he thinks/knows. I do know that Percy was fascinated by Helen Keller's example as it seemed to reinforce his ideas, drawn from Charles Pierce (American linguist), that human language is irreducibly triadic (Percy's Message in a Bottle lays all this out and there's a shorter and plainer to understand version in his Lost in the Cosmos).

Laura White

Also, Miss M, that's just awful about haunted dolls. Freud, wrong about so much, was right about this, that the uncanny relies on taking innocent, homey things and warping them. Oogh. Human beings can be really foul.

Danube on iPad

Right after the War my dad got my mother a fur piece that went over her shoulders and consisted of two or three stone martens--probably the most extravagant and elegant thing she had had in her life to that point. But my God, their little feet and claws were part of the piece. Just would not do today.

He got it at Best & Co. in D.C.

Stephanie accidentally OnT?

I've also got an over the shoulder pocketbook that was made out of baby alligator. The WHOLE thing. The fold over is the head (complete head) and the body, legs and tail are the body of the purse with the strap being more gator. I think my mom got it at the Okefenokee Swamp store when she was a teenager.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=real+alligator+purses&FORM=HDRSC2#view=detail&id=EAAF614CABD859BB33E3186E532B53E90E6DC340&selectedIndex=32

Really quite creepy looking and I always think of Ghostbusters and the lady's coat that comes alive when she steps in the slime when I run across it in my closet.

Miss Marple

Stephanie, I am afraid I don't know much about your sewing machine. My expertise is in smalls (china, glass, toys, some military stuff, linens, etc.) Old sweing machines like that are becoming scarce because people often remove the machines and use the cabinets as end tables or convert the wrought iron into benches.

I would try to research on line. There is probably a club for people who like old sewing machines and perhaps they could answer your questions. I checked on eBay but the only ones for sale were portable types from the 50's.

Which reminds me, I just listed a Japanese fan with he drawings of 2 generals (I think) on it. I have no idea if it is rare or a piece of Japanese kitsch. It almost looks like it was done for funerals or something. Two portraits with Japanese titles under each and a Japanese inscription (fairly long) at the top. And what looks like a drawing of a cherry blossom.

I find the oddest things in box lots. Those guys who work for the auctioneer don't know too much about some stuff, so when they pack up an estate some real treasures show up mixed in with the office supplies and Tupperware (which is ALSO collectible, by the way.)

Ignatz

--Yet they have both spawned euphemisms for the human female genitalia.--

Anyone else have to look this up?
All I came up with on the Mighty Mouse side of the equation was "mouse ears' for a diminutive one and "pantie hamster" which technically isn't really too close to a mouse.
Sorry if I gave offense but the mouse bit had me stumped.
Am I forgetting a common one?

Danube on iPad

Unexpected;

"(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. economy has grown just 1.5 percent in the 2014 fiscal year -- far slower than White House projections -- while more than $500 billion of deficit spending was added to the national debt, according to projections released Wednesday by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office."

Miss Marple

Danube,

All I know is that when I went to the grocery this week, butter was $3.49 per pound, ground beef was hovering around $6.00 per pound, and my daughter's flavored coffee creamer (ugh) was $3.49.

So butter, a pound of ground beef, and some coffee creamer was $13.00. People cannot keep paying these prices if they are on fixed or limited incomes. The GOP would be wise to start talking about this.

Stephanie accidentally OnT?

Old sweing machines like that are becoming scarce because people often remove the machines and use the cabinets as end tables or convert the wrought iron into benches.

Yep. The guy was just unloading it from his truck to move it into the store and I stopped and said to the hubs that I always wanted one. The guy said if it made it into the store it was gonna be converted to a table and sold for $100, if I wanted it before it got inside, he'd let me have it for $60 (it's a booth type store with commissions to the building owner). We moved it to my Escape immediately as I just couldn't imagine allowing that lovely piece of furniture to be trashed like that.

I think I'm gonna put it in one of the spare bedrooms and use it both as a sewing machine (rarely used but available if needed) and a nightstand on one side of my great grandma's iron bed.

I still cringe at the thought of defacing that lovely piece of history.

Miss Marple

Stephanie, I agree.

Those old mechanisms have historical value. Plus those machines will run without electricity, which could one day be a valuable thing.

The WORST to me is the people who PAINT good wood furniture, like mahogany! Drives me nuts to see stuff like that.

Dave (in MA)

With even the store brand going for upwards of 4.50 for an 11oz "pound", I've started getting my coffee at the job lot.

Eric in Boise

butter was $3.49 per pound, ground beef was hovering around $6.00 per pound,

Bacon in Boise (medium-grade) is $13.99 for a two pound package.

At Wal-Mart.

Yup, no inflation at all.

GMax

Scott Rothstein a convicted Ponzi schemer is now a star of a commercial running in Fla showing him with Charlie Cheeto. If you want to see what an absolute slimeball Rothstein is, look for the American Greed series on cable. Rothstein hosed a huge number of people. Crist standing arm and arm with that guy is too precious.

hit and run

Just went and checked . . . ground beef was $5.29/lb here this week. Using it for spaghetti tomorrow night.

Eric in Boise

The WORST to me is the people who PAINT good wood furniture, like mahogany!

MM, my limited woodworking experience has shown me that solid mahogany is not only extremely scarce, but extremely expensive.

Might there not be an opportunity in such a situation for someone with some paint stripper, 000 steel wool, and a bit of time?

Stephanie accidentally OnT?

Hmmm... ground beef is $3.89 at Kroger. Smithfield bacon is on sale for $3.99 for a 12 oz package.

=====================

The WORST to me is the people who PAINT good wood furniture, like mahogany! Drives me nuts to see stuff like that.

Friends of mine sold their lovely 10K sf home down the street for $800K. The main living area had solid oak cross and beam 30 ft cathedral ceilings and is probably a 30 x 60 foot room with a solid wall of windows on one end. The purchasers came in and painted the solid oak beams and cross braces white... almost fainted when I saw it.

The solid oak cost about $50K before its defacing. Now it's not worth $5K as it might as well be fake beams. Idiots. Absolute idiots...

Miss Marple

Eric, yes there would be if you can get it cheap enough.

It takes a lot of time to strip and sand furniture that has been painted, especially since the fools usually put 2-3 coats on it.

I re-did an old piano several years ago and it was a bear to do. Plus, you can't always tell if it is mahogany if it doesn't have areas like drawers that are unpainted.

Bedtime for me.

Night, everyone.

rse

Agree with what everyone is saying about grocery store prices.

I told Red last week before she left for college that almost every staple is about 20% more than last year.

I cook from scratch most nights as it's a contrast to figuring things out. It's the individual raw ingredients that really make the inflation across the board clear.

SBW iPadmini

Yeah, daddy, and Laura, I'm way jealous on both sides of my brain.

Jane on Ipad

I have limits. Until very recently I refused to pay more than1.99 a lb for ground beef. I wait for sales and buy 10 .lbs or more and freeze it. I've traveled 30 miles to get it. Recently, within the last few months I had to go to 2.99 a lb. I'm not moving from that but I guess I won't find any for a while.

Dave, I can't believe they let that terrorist go.

Stephanie accidentally OnT?

Might there not be an opportunity in such a situation for someone with some paint stripper, 000 steel wool, and a bit of time?

Sure there is, but DIY channel and the other home improvement channels are all about uppurposing (its THE new word) 'old stuff' to hip 'new stuff' without regard to anything.

I have several pieces that I have laboriously stripped and repaired that are quite old, and I would never dream of painting them salmon or teal or even covering them in mirrors because I see them as nothing more than 'the shape is perfect for the space' like so many of the decorators today. I imagine them in Paris in the heyday of impressionism shopping for art of a certain color and size 'to fit the space' and totally missing that the painting is Monet.

Yea, they are total sophisticates.

The .5 percent :rolls eyes:

boris

"Am I forgetting a common one?"

Maybe the reference is based on Wally and the ______

Beasts of England

She's the real deal, DoT.

Another Bob

Re. henry | August 27, 2014 at 08:21 reference...

As a long-time mostly-lurker, I came to enjoy and appreciate the opinions of JOM's friend from Chicago.

Wonder if someone connected can synopsize his view of current events and what we might have to look forward to?

Ignatz

There is very little on earth that tastes as good as frying some skinless, bone in chicken breasts in butter and olive oil seasoned with some good quality Italian Seasoning and then eating that dark gooey junk on the bottom of the pan after it's done.
The chicken is pretty good too.

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

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