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December 24, 2013

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Janet

No. I just always wanted one. Whenever I see a news story about some couple trapped in their car in a lake...I always comment that we should get a Life Hammer.
I guess my husband got sick of hearing it. Hah! Here's a Life Hammer...now shut up. Hah!

Extraneus

Here's a Life Hammer...now shut up.

"Oh, thank you, Santa! Just what I always wanted!"

It's enough to warm one's heart on Christmas.

Anyone else get what they always wanted, or at least something good?

Jack, did you give your wife the car with the bow on top?

Janet

See what I mean..."Christmas Floods Strand Thousands in England"

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/12/25/Christmas-Floods-Strand-Thousands-in-England

Now my irritating, repetitive comment can be - That would be no problem for us because we have a Life Hammer.

Jane

What is a "life Hammer"?

Janet that may be the best Sultan Knish of all time.

Beasts of England

The smell of the carrots, garlic, celery and onions sweating under the herbs and roast are permeating the house.
Come on 115 degrees!

Extraneus

Aw, I'm not allowed to post another link. Typepad = The Grinch.

One more try...

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ODD_STASH_IN_CAB?SITE=TXPLA&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

In your Christmas thoughts, think of this guy who forgot the bag.

Janet

It's a tool to break your car window. If the electric system goes out (can't get the windows down) & water pressure won't let you open the car doors...you can break the window with the Life Hammer. Mine has a seatbelt cutter on it too. Deluxe!

MaryD

Hi Extraneus, I got a Spa Day at our nicest local "body shop" from my husband. Much appreciated. Our Goddaughter sent wonderful pictures of her two little boys in a double frame.

Our cats were very well gifted, and got a bag catnip labeled "Maui Madness" that was really high octane, and catnip cigars the they also enjoyed. They were passed out drunk under the tree for a little while after the festivities.

Also got lots of nice food gifts from other siblings.

Jane

The top 10 democrat quotes of 2013: Just guess what is #1.

MaryD

Thanks for the Sultan Knish, Janet. It was great.

BTW, have you seen the stories about the army banning "Merry Christmas"? Looks like getting the cards out early was the right way to go.
Best to you and yours.

Extraneus

Well let me just say this...

If you haven't heard of the ThermaPen, it's a super-accurate quick-read thermometer for cooking. (Only takes a few seconds to get the real temperature.) Costs about 90 bucks, though.

This year, we got the ThermoWorks probe, for watching the temperature of what's cooking in the oven. Alton Brown said 161F for the turkey, so I set it there and got the alarm when it hit that exact temp.

They always say to let it "rest" and that the temperature will rise after coming out of the oven, but I never was able to know exactly how much until now.

165.9 so far, and I'll be able to tell exactly when it reaches its max and starts cooling off.

This is the way to go, people.

DrJ

Gotta love a small town.

Our paper had an above-the-fold headline "Santa has smooth landing in Auburn" with a sub of "Rotund fellow continued his Christmas journey around globe." Above was a picture of Santa in the air (with reindeer) and a header of "NORAD tracks celebrity over foothills."

JIB

Janet,

LOL. Mrs. JiB gave me a life hammer based strictly on my driving and not what I wanted:)

Ex,

No car but I did get her a copper wood burning fire pit with plent of tools for roasting hot dogs, marshmallows and shrimp. I am hoping for reverse psychology and it will usher in the warmest winter we have ever had. One of the things Frederick got was a karaoke machine with Microphone. Will be spending more time outside, I guess.


Beasts of England

I'm still old school, Extraneus. Strictly analog. Letting anything rest out of the oven is a good idea, especially true for roasts.

100 degrees was my last reading. Getting close.

MaryD

Extraneus, I have a couple of instant thermometers that cost a lot less than $90 and seem to work well. What is special about the Thermapen? Cooking fool wants to know.

Gosford Snark

"But it's not just the elves. Even economists, who should know better, go on insisting that we need to shrink Santa's route now despite high reindeer unemployment. Some continue to insist that there just is a skill mismatch in the Pole economy, so that we have no choice but to allow the diminutive Rudolph resources go unemployed. This truly is the dark age of North Pole economics."

The Krug Man.

DrJ

Ext, did you calibrate the magic thermometer? The water freezing and boiling points are the easiest to do.

Extraneus

Yes, I just tried to post that but TP didn't let me link. 212 and 32 within 3 seconds.

21_cathy_f_in_tripep@d_prison_98

I missed last night's selection of social security stories, so I'll add mine. My grandmother, who was born in 1915, had to get a social security number in 1935 when the law was first passed. She got a copy of her baptismal certificate as proof of age and identity. At which point she discovered that her first name was Gwendolyn. She was always called "Sis" by everyone, and knew her "real" name as Lorraine, but Lorraine was actually her middle name.

Whoever linked to the Social Security location tool, thanks, it was cool! It gives a different year than I remember, but I'm pretty sure that they are right not me. I remember that my brother and I got ours when we opened our first bank accounts, but I was sure in was in Fall of 1969 when we moved to LA, when I was 6 and my brother almost 9. But the tool says 1971. Given that information, I'm now changing my story -- we must have needed the bank accounts because we got checks for Christmas presents in 1970. But what I do remember quite distinctly is that we got our accounts at Home Savings and Loan, which had these totally awesome plastic piggy banks in the shape of a house (their logo house.) And I also remember that the bank employee who signed us up for our accounts signed us up for the social security numbers, too. He had a pile of cards, not quite sequential, and my brother's number is 8 below mine. If it was Jan 1971, then I was 7-going-on-8, and my brother was 10.

Obama's grandmother worked at a bank, and it seems most likely that she would have signed him up for a number, using the paperwork that would have been at the bank in that era. As for why it is a CT number, that is very, very curious -- but it could have been as simple as some bureaucrat routing a box of CT blanks to grandma's bank in HI in error. If something like that happened, you would expect that there are a bunch of people (a box full) who got CT numbers in HI at around the same time.

Extraneus

Hovering at 166.8 now, so I'll carve when it just starts going down. :-)

JIB

Ex,

You are on the medium side of the temp. Don't forget to let it sit for 15 minutes before carving. You can put a sheet of foil over it loosely to keep some residual heat in but it will carve best with rest.

Did you make a Yorkshire Pudding with it? Mine turned out very creamy and airy. Nothing like a good yorkie to soak up the gravy.

Outside with Frederick who has plugged in his Karaoeke machine and microphone to sing along with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra Christmas songs:) Help!!!

JIB

One of the reasons I have a love hate relationship with CSpan:

Q&A with @codepink's @medeabenjamin – 7pm ET on C-SPAN http://cs.pn/18PfHzO

Do you have 10 to 12 close friends who would do anytihng you ask to make you a instant radical chic celebrity then buy Media Benjamin's life story. She is the Kardashian of protest life and one of the 3 most despicable people in the genre next to Westboro and those Ukranian nudists.

Frau Weihnachten

JiB - don't complain for creating karaoke chaos. :-D

Last year, I gave our son a ThermaPen which he loves and uses often. This year he received a T shirt from Duarte's Tavern in Pescadoro, CA. Can't spoil kids, even if they are over 50!

Jane

Rush on Greta for the hour.

Frau Weihnachten

JiB - at least the Kardashians have kinda worked for their money. Medea didn't.

Living in Cleoville is difficult at times and more so at Christmas. The local demented leftist commie Methodist church has put up its nativity scene featuring Trayvon Martin--that's right, Trayvon Martin taking the place of Jesus. The newspaper had an article about the man behind what has become an annual abuse and affront to most.
LUN if you can stomach it.

Frau Weihnachten

For those keeping score at home:Pescadero not Pescadoro.

narciso,

Gack, Frau, we have enough of the canonization, down here, the bath salts just leach into the reservoir,

Frau Weihnachten

This is for Clarice who has had to deal with it far more than most of us here.
LUN

Gosford Snark

What a choke. Was that an interview or a monologue? Softball questions of ridiculous aggrandizement followed by uninterrupted vituperation from the premier gasbag.

Carbon monoxide alarms can be heard in the background.

JIB

What? You're giving up your top spot to someone with 25 million listners, a private jet and nice bungalow in Palm Beach?

Come on guy. Don't be a pussy. Fight for it. You have it all to be a champ. You can do it. Don't despair and never quit.

[Secret to beating Rush: Tie his other half or his brain behind his back. It may work but in your case it's a little more risky].

narciso,

Oh I thought that was about Medea Benjamin, useful idiot to the Castro Bros, and the Tommy Boy Manque in Caracas, Isn't it striking how this kid from Cape Girardeau had Obama figured out, much faster then the solons like Will and Krauthammer, not to mention the manager of the Morning Joke menagerie.

Gosford Snark

Some used to think Greta was credible. This should remove all previous confidence.

narciso,

It does feel that way sometimes, you strive for balance, but they drive you up the wall regardless,

narciso,

Yes, unlike Gregory or Zakaria or Amanpour, the very semblance of balance;

Gosford Snark

Or Gregory, but at least there's a 'pretense'.

In it's defense, this Convention of Public Relations Shamming the Public, at least had the virtue of being explicitly craven.

JIB

Don't know much about Greta but her family is pretty interesting and not one to get into discussions at Thanksgiving.

I do know that a good meal can be had at the Old MIll Restaurant in Mattiuck on the North Fork.

The only pretense is your presence here as the JOM anti-idiot when in fact you are the only idiot.

Gosford Snark

" your presence here as the JOM anti-idiot when in fact you are the only idiot."

It's pretty much been established by both sides, that there are several suspected idiots, so that seems false on it's face.


narciso,

He may not be selfaware enough for that, JiB, how was the karaoke?

Gosford Snark

"not one to get into discussions at Thanksgiving."

Has that peaked after Greta's public persona? My hat tips to them, and my sympathies go out.

narciso,

Well the important thing is they understand each other;

Jane

I think Greta does a great interview, and quite possibly is a liberal. She doesn't let that get in the way, unlike the rest of the so called "press".

JIB

naricso,

Lots of sound effects the neighbor's dogs and cats enjoye immensely and I less so. Dean Martin sounded like a used car salesman with all the echos in the background.

Tomorrow its Donna Summer. Gawd!

narciso,

Well that seems interesting, JiB, I wouldn't attempt it,

DrJ

Oh goodie (WSJ):

Republican leaders and their corporate allies have launched an array of efforts aimed at diminishing the clout of the party's most conservative activists and promoting legislation instead of confrontation next year.

GOP House leaders are taking steps to impose discipline on wavering committee chairmen and tea-party factions. Meanwhile, major donors and advocacy groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads, are preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates for Congress in 2014's midterm elections.


And they want our money and support?

narciso,

'You ask for Miracles, Theo,' facepalm on a cracker;

narciso,

No, Dr. J, they want us to shut up, child tax credit, well that was the answer, flex time, why didn't they say so,

jimmyk on iPhone

I lost some respect for Greta when I learned that she's a Scientologist. Perhaps it shouldn't matter, but that is such a wacky cult that it's hard to set it aside.

Sue

Merry Christmas everyone.

jimmyk on iPhone

"Meanwhile, major donors and advocacy groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads, are preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates for Congress in 2014's midterm elections."

Let's remember his the next time DoT claims there's no such thing as an R establishment that exerts influence on the choice of candidates.

JIB

Watching The Bible on History as we post. The way they make Jesus is as some reluctant rock star but with a smile on his face and a wink in hi eye. Not the way I have always imagined him.

narciso,

They seem to be following the A&E, when the advertising modelmis more like Spike TV, this will work out well,

narciso,

I was speaking of the GOP strategery, or lack there off, his portrayal seems to swing from Jeffrey Hunter and the fellow in Superstar, to
Caviezel's more intense performance, in "Passion'

Frau Frohe Weihnachten

jimmyk- if Gretchen can report as well as she can without an obvious liberal bias, more power to her. Heck, she weathered the kerfuffle when she had her eyes "done."

Frau Frohe Weihnachten

DrJ - did you catch the cat/piano video I sent your way yesterday?
Cat Für Elise LUN

DrJ

I saw it Frau. Cute. A bit too much Chopin in the Beethoven, but that's OK for the video.

boricuafudd

Janet
The bank of Hawaii did not have any branches in the US until 1989, JEF's number was obtain in 1976-77 so it is unlikely that the bank would have CT numbers as Hawaii would have excess amounts of SS numbers. Whereas CT would be needing more numbers as they run out.

Glad you enjoyed the resource.

rich@gmu

>>>Republican leaders and their corporate allies have launched an array of efforts aimed at diminishing the clout of the party's most conservative activists and promoting legislation instead of confrontation next year.<<<

That's the ticket! and probably explains the budget deal and Ryan's mushmouthed answers.

Frau Frohe Weihnachten

DrJ - I focused on the cat! Hah! And I'm a dog lady.

Janet

Janet
The bank of Hawaii did not have any branches in the US until 1989,...

You have me confused with Cathy F, boricuafudd. I was the one posting about Life Hammers...

Threadkiller

I have something similar to this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Dv0UU66CbU

FWIW "inside cam" and "outside cam" seems more obvious than the director may have thought.

21_cathy_f_in_tripep@d_prison_98

bori, not sure what you mean... In those days when you got a social security card they had the blank cards with the numbers printed on them at the banks. When you went to open a bank account for someone without a SSN, they took out the next card in the box, typed in all of your information on the top part (on, yes, a typewriter) and typed your name on the bottom part. They then separated the parts on the perforation, and they gave you your real live social security card with your permanent number pre-printed at the government printing office. Then they sent the top part of the card to the government for entry into the system.

A bank in HI could end up with a box of blank SS forms with CT numbers by the simple process of someone sending out the wrong box. Given the similarity in the CT and HI zip codes, and depending upon what process they used in the office that filled bank re-orders for blank social security cards, it could have been an easy mistake to make.

The point is that the process of organizing social security numbers by place was a process where they controlled which blank forms were sent to which place. A process clearly subject to human error. Now you fill out a form with name/address/etc and send it to the SSA and they enter it in to their computers and the computer picks the applicant a SSN according to the address and prints out a card with the name and that number on it and sends back the card. But then a clerical person took a blank form out of a box and that form already had a social security number printed on it. Then the person filled your information in on the card, and the number became yours.

This discussion of social security numbers always seems to assume the way it works now where an application comes in and a number is assigned to the applicant. But that's not how it worked before computers and instant communications. Back then, the numbers existed first, printed on the blank cards, and then the applicants were assigned to the numbers on the cards. Now it would be pretty hard for the computer to come up with a CT number for a HI applicant. But then, all that would be required for a CT number to end up in a HI applicant's hand would be for the CT blank to get sent to HI by mistake.

narciso,

I think Vizzini wrote the manual;

http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/archives/puhsing-teh-wno.html

Jane on Ipad

Wow Jimmy, I didn't know about the Scientology thing.

If the republicans move to the center on fiscal or constitutional issues, they and I , am done.

Threadkiller

Gold Mine:

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v69n2/v69n2p55.html

JimmyK, I will bet the answer to your dad's SSN is in the link.

I will also bet the answer to Obama's is not in the link.

Stephanie looking forward to the bowl games

Back from the parents house and stuffed.

Isn't the chamber of commerce basically only as strong as the contributions businesses send them so if say, small businesses decide to ask for refunds as the chamber no longer represents their interests, then the CofC is toast.

I wanna see a refundapalooza against those fools like yesterday.

Captain Hate

I lost some respect for Greta when I learned that she's a Scientologist. Perhaps it shouldn't matter, but that is such a wacky cult that it's hard to set it aside.

It is an evil cult that doesn't deserve the title religion. Speaking of which, Frau's description of the Methodist's insanity in Cleoville just means that the Episcopalians will have to try harder.

I'm ready for a civil war in the Republican party; Rove fired the first shot before the echoes of Romney's concession speech had barely faded and Boehner's stupidity just upped the ante. The crony capitalists and their ilk hated Reagan and are opposed to anybody assuming his mantle. Let's get it on; the sooner the better.

narciso,

Yes, I don't get how people who look askance at Christianity's claims, find this particular sect,
plausible, one step up from the Flying Spaghetti monster,

They still keep selling us the New Coke, forgetting their own business model, Have you seen something as insane as the California cYA instructions,

Threadkiller

http://mobile.wnd.com/2013/12/why-couldnt-healthcare-gov-validate-obamas-identity/?cat_orig=us

narciso,

Because the site was built by gremlins on double expresso, or possibly Daleks,

Captain Hate

al-Rahn Hubbard's third rate sci-fi is barely more comprehensible than Calypso Louie's utterances minus the bow ties.

Windy Oaks 2005 Pinot Noir being served @ Chez Hate.

Threadkiller

"The Healthcare.gov website says the only information required for applying for health-care coverage on the government exchange is a Social Security Number, employer and income verification, and the policy numbers of any current health-insurance plans"

Steve

Video: Edward Snowden delivers Christmas message

http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com/2013/12/video-edward-snowden-delivers-christmas.html

DrJ

I'm ready for a civil war in the Republican party

I am too, CH.

The wine that went with this evening's leg of lamb was a 2010 Russian River Limerick Lane Zinfandel. Very good, but not great.

narciso,

'the Clone War, (I mean the civil war) has begun,

Captain Hate

Could there be a worse collection of turd games for Stern's Christmas swan song? Good riddance.

Captain Hate

narc, earlier today I watched the DVD of Finch being the substitute teacher. I don't know if CBS ever reran the episodes last season where Reese was behind bars with the three schnooks under suspicion of being "the man in the suit". Those were pretty brutal cliffhangers that featured HR turning on Fusco. I've gotta say watching the DVDs helps keep some of the characters straight from episode to episode.

rich@gmu

>>>Because the site was built by gremlins on double expresso<<<


hahahahahaha...I'm stealing this.

Santa Claus

Looks like my work here is done. Everyone tuckered out and I'm full from all those cookies.

daddy

Since I'm "in the loop" I just got e-mailed a copy of a 1 minute long campaign ad that Mead Treadwell, has cut. You guys might enjoy it. Mead is our Alaskan Lt Governor and he is running against Dem Senator Mark Begich for the US Senate.

Merry Christmas from Mead Treadwell

Worth knowing that his wife died in 2002 so he's raised those 3 kids by himself for the last 11 years. He's a Yale undergrad, Harvard MBA, and happened to have grown up in TM's Connecticut ,where he attended Newtown Elementary School.

boricuafudd

Cathy F

Now I am confused are you saying that in 1976 all you had to do was walk into a bank and obtain a SS card and number?

While the computer system was certainly primitive the SSA was automated or as close as you can get at that date in time.

Ignatz

Many Happy Returns Day to our EST citizens and goodnight.

daddy

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rse

The Chamber nationally is deeply involved in pushing the Corporatist angle of the Agenda 21 vision. So are the major metro groups that I have dealt with or attended events they have sponsored when I recognized the theme.

So that announcement is essentially saying the Reps want 2014 candidates that do not take the US Constitution seriously and come into office with flexibility. Just imagine how much worse such candidates will be just 6 months into drinking the DC water that political power is now all.

anonamom

Stephanie, if you are correct about the Chamber of Commerce's membership--and I think you are--they will be in for major cancellations if the four or five small business people I've had contact with lately are typical of their members.

Raging Tea Party types, if not active members.


How could you not be? Working as hard as they all do, constantly dealing with regulations, and now, losing your health care to be forced into more than you need, or worse, to get into an exchange?

His is hardly to the City on the Hill.

Well, it was all about allegiance from the gitgo, and I told you so.

miss Marple

Greetings from Rome, which is amazing and well worth the trip. We have seen the colosseum and the forum and St. Peter's. Great food, friendly people, and as far as I can determine there is a total absence of Obama on all Italian television, which is a huge plus.

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas, and many thanks to TM for this little outpost on the internet.

NKonIPad

On the LIRR heading into the office to close a year end deal and start a new one. No rest for wicked lawyers. I ve made this trip well more than 100 times in an earlier phase of my life, college to parents house, out to chase a gal who became my wife, visits to her parents before kids. The trip isn t as quaint as it was 25-40 years ago, but the rolling stock is far more comfortable and wifi access is a huge plus. Only incident at my inlawsfor family christmas was one ofmy border collies taking a dump in their basement. Heneeds a doggy shrink, he suffers from anxiety these days when his routine is upset.

Jack is Back!

Happy Boxing Day or St. Stephen's Day if you're Irish.

Miss Marple, enjoy Rome to the fullest and don't forget to buy a Pater Noster and get it blessed:)

NKonIPad

Happy Boxing Day to family JiB and any other Anglophiles out there. My favorite Christmas music this year is an "English Christmas" cd I purchased at Hampton. Court last month. All Premiership teams play today, so a full schedule to follow the scores from at work.

NKonIPad

I have no idea how this will evolve, but my eternal optimism makes me hopeful that the business classes and families of Egypt and Turkey are rejecting the MB and islamism. And in the Bearded Spock universe we live in the POTUS frets because his political and ideological allies he MB are under pressure and forced out of power.

Extraneus

25 wacky Joe Biden moments from 2013

Threadkiller

http://mobile.wnd.com/2013/12/obamacares-gay-redistribution-agenda/

rse

For Rick's anecdotal economic collection, I was planning to buy ornaments half price for tomorrow's gift exchange at my parents with sister and sil. First time I ever knew of NM opening early, especially at 8. I was out the door in 5 minutes and am back. First time ever the holiday stuff is 50% off there instead of 40%. They want it gone. Also doing heavy discounting through noon and then slightly less.

On the CoC thing, there is a sign up now near Perimeter Mall/Hammond intersection directing people to the physical location of the Sandy Springs CoC. With all the CIDs now, it sure looks like they want small business to come in and pay homage. Or be on the menu.

henry

rse,

I get "invites" from the Milwaukee CoC... they don't understand when I tell them I am not in Milwaukee, want nothing to do with them, and hang up. You are on the menu whether or not you join the CoC.

narciso,

Yes, Captain, I don't think they aired that one two many times, we see Finch is violating the first lesson of Common Core, teaching the students actual knowledge, while on his assignment,

narciso,

I see how they are going all 'Peoples Front of Judea' same sponsors, different name.


http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2013/12/26/how-karl-rove-went-from-gop-mastermind-to-the-rights-punching-bag/#comments

narciso,

Yes, Alan, but you do have your blindspot,


http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/25/alan-dershowitz-glenn-greenwald-never-met-a-terrorist-he-didnt-like/

Extraneus

NYT worried about Christie?

Stories Add Up as Bully Image Trails Christie

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

Bully image??? I'm no Christie fan, but it's pretty rich that a bully image is considered a bad thing in these days of GLAAD, Sharpton, Rahm Emanuel, Mikey Weinstein,...

Old Lurker

Our team could use more bullies.

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