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January 01, 2014



If it's the new year, it's time for the annual SyDragon warding ceremony;



I continue to think Sotomayor will be the least worst person Barry puts on the SCOTUS.
Almost certainly too much to hope she'll be Barry's Souter (as opposed to Reggie Love, Barry's suitor) but a guy can still dream.


we never meant to hold the Malabar front;


of course Pear is touting the 40 grams of chocolate ration, Robles having gotten the whole Zimmerman story wrong, failed upwards to cover this beat for the Times,


Cruela rings in the new year;



Over 100,000 fans in Michigan stadium watching the WinterClassic in snow, at 14F. Michiganders and Canadians are heroic!

Jane-Rebel Alliance1

I wonder if Sotomayer got a call last night.


Heroic but nuts:)

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Rebuttal of Cruela

If there were any factual foundation whatsoever to the numbers she spouted, it would have been Baghdad Hussein Isuzu crowing about it from atop his dung heap.


"oh waiter, there's a fact in my narrative;



The Perils of Preoccupation - Keep your Eyes on The Shiny Ball

"Behind the veil of normalcy exist the machinations of the globalists, who are working toward collapsing the U.S. economy through a mixture of Keynesian economics, the Cloward-Piven strategy and Saul Alinksy tactics through the use of the puppets they’ve groomed and placed into positions of power. Their grand objective is to create a system of global governance consisting of a single global currency and a state accepted religion, all under a single world government. They look upon the sovereignty of the United States as a speed bump on the road to their communist utopia. Sadly, too few people see through the falling confetti and past the glare of the shiny trinkets to fully comprehend the enormity of the lie."

Hillary will remove any doubt that the above statement is prescient in so many truthful ways.


the colloquoy that MarkO was involved reminded of this;



Twelve of parochial schooling triumph over leftist college years for Sonia!

Let's keep The Little Sisters and their attorneys in our prayers.


Well it is like the Lenin/Trotsky debate, their goals were the same, the means and the timetable
are different.


Meanwhile, thought I should check in on JimmyK this New Year with a new mayor and living on the plantation called New York City. How goes it - you feeling emancipated yet?


Please, everyone, go to narc's 2:21 and watch the old grainy video of Jennings and Wallace getting their proverbial petty-minded lily-livered gutless assess handed to them by the Marine colonel. You have to watch to the end.

Da Tech guy is right - the New York Times and the MSM are on the other side of America's side.

Danube on iPad

Bishop Hill (final sentence is priceless):

"With the latest rescue attempt having been postponed, prospects for the ship to escape the ice are not looking too good at present, although fortunately an air evacuation is available as a backup option. We will have to wait and see how things go. But in the meantime one can appreciate the sheer majesty of the propaganda failure that Prof Turney and his colleagues have achieved."


Here's someone who lives in NY and may be sorry.



Blogger, finally let me post,


Thanks, JIB for pointing back to Narc's link.

Utter contempt, sayeth the military man. You betcha! Asses handed right back to Jennings and Wallace - the "journalists."

Carol Herman

John Roberts is a shocking bad supreme court appointment. By missing the fact that the USA's Constitution does not allow secret courts to exist. By having no idea what "We The Peope" even means ... You can thank Roberts for what will be considered "a republican legacy."

What will sticker shock do to the middle class? Leave it to the republicans to declare victory and lose.


Perfect, narc.

I believe that the NYT had no one there at the time. At best, they found someone later who claimed to have been there. It is not a Times reporter. I wonder if he will ever answer the questions.


You should see the one I'm working on, it's a update on some of the new material, that was available, but Kirkpatrick is not naturally curious,

Beasts of England

Big stop for the Cocks.


SEC loses one in their backyard. Huskers over the Dawgs.


Even Iowa has come alive against LSU. What gives?


I think the DaTech Guy has it pegged perfectly. They are really despicable little shits and we should like the Colonel constantly hold them in contempt and remind the world how we feel.


Good to know The President of the United States has so much time on his hands that he can watch all the shows my husband, Not The President of the United States, manages to view.


I'm surprised they didn't see fit to let us know what program he was watching the night it went so wrong in Ben Ghazi.

jimmyk on iPhone

Thanks, cc, I believe there's an hour or so until the great savior DeBlasio gets sworn in. Only then will I feel safe from being stopped and frisked. And the relief from seeing those horses in Central Park sent to the glue factory rather than suffer the indignity of servitude. It's so great to have a mayor with there right priorities.

Stephanie looking forward to the BCS games

Just a reminder:

What's the good word?


Captain Hate on the iPhone

Nice special teams, Squirrelier.


Does it seem, like a corollary to Heisenberg's principle, anything observed by ESPN will inevitably go awry, there are exceptions, but there is enough evidence for a firm rule,


Thanks Narc--that Fred Friendly journalists and theMilitary forum was my favorite bit of TV (save the USA USSR hockey game) ever. Peter Jennings showed his true lightweight gutless coward colors that night. Mike Wallace was a smug self righteous anti-military bastard, but at least he was upfront about it.


Oh, and catching up on the last thread, congrats, cc.

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It's only fitting that Napoleon's DeBlasio's reign begin with Boxer headed for the knacker's yard.


Since NK is here: Chelsea 3, Southampton 0 at St. Mary's. A thing of beauty. Watched the entirety thinking "Where is NK?"


Sebelius may actually think that. he's quite obviously an incompetent nitwit.

Captain Hate on the iPhone

Jennings was quite the weasel.

Beasts of England

My ex-wife just brought me over collard greens and black-eyed peas with smoked hog jowl! Damned fine eating for the New Year!

Beasts of England

It's not the knacker's, Rick. The vet merely bought the van from the glue factory and hadn't had a chance to repaint it yet. lol


Dynamite, narciso..


Like your Doctor's decision?
Doesn't mean you can keep it.


"Putting the federal government in charge of who gets lifesaving medical treatment is an open invitation to tyranny."


Re Sebelius--edit SHE'S

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

Ted Cruz - Daryl Dixon 2016


Saints- CFC. Didn t see had work to do. Not a good December for the Saints. Too many injuries for too many games. They ll right the ship and stay up comfortably. Chelski? Can t see them winning anything in May, not with the pathetic striker options they have. Too late to change that even if abromovich pays another $80M for a new striker in january.


Another SEC win against the Big 10 or 12 or whatever.

LSU. Beat this.


""Putting the federal government in charge of who gets lifesaving medical treatment is an open invitation to tyranny.""

Funny how this has become only a recent concern.


NK, They will win it all. Possibly even the Champion's League. Jose is on track and Hazard is showing that Belgium will be a factor in the World Cup. Oscar and Willian coming in for the second half was a thing of coaching beauty.

Too much world class talent. No other BPL team has it. Its like watching an All World Team. Even the guys they seat could beat any team in the BPL.

Happy New Year.


Holy Moly. Spoke too soon re: LSU v. Iowa.

Gun cashew

Bloomingbird is a Rhinestone Cowboy.

"Bloomberg’s security detail will be comprised of former police officers that he purchased away from the NYPD with the promise of early retirement, six-figure salaries, and other perks that go along with protecting America’s most notorious anti-gun zealot."

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/31/bloomberg-leaves-office-today-protected-by-firearms/#ixzz2pBWOssYT

Jane-Rebel Alliance1

That's a hell of a link that narc posted.


Man City has significantly more talent (except for keeper)



Agree on MC but they need to work on their defending. Too many errors cost them.

Single-pay only way

Guess who?

"I believe Obamacare’s rocky start — clueless planning, a lousy website, insurance companies raising rates, and the president’s telling people they could keep their coverage when, in fact, not all could — is a result of one fatal flaw: The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go. When right-wing critics “expose” the fact that President Obama endorsed a single-payer system before 2004, they’re actually telling the truth.

What we now call Obamacare was conceived at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and birthed in Massachusetts by Mitt Romney, then the governor. The president took Romneycare, a program designed to keep the private insurance industry intact, and just improved some of its provisions. In effect, the president was simply trying to put lipstick on the dog in the carrier on top of Mitt Romney’s car. And we knew it.

By 2017, we will be funneling over $100 billion annually to private insurance companies. You can be sure they’ll use some of that to try to privatize Medicare.

For many people, the “affordable” part of the Affordable Care Act risks being a cruel joke. The cheapest plan available to a 60-year-old couple making $65,000 a year in Hartford, Conn., will cost $11,800 in annual premiums. And their deductible will be $12,600. If both become seriously ill, they might have to pay almost $25,000 in a single year. (Pre-Obamacare, they could have bought insurance that was cheaper but much worse, potentially with unlimited out-of-pocket costs.)

And yet — I would be remiss if I didn’t say this — Obamacare is a godsend. My friend Donna Smith, who was forced to move into her daughter’s spare room at age 52 because health problems bankrupted her and her husband, Larry, now has cancer again. As she undergoes treatment, at least she won’t be in terror of losing coverage and becoming uninsurable. Under Obamacare, her premium has been cut in half, to $456 per month.

Let’s not take a victory lap yet, but build on what there is to get what we deserve: universal quality health care."



I disagree. Plus Chelsea has Mourhino.

Who do you think is the favorite for the world cup? Brazil? Look at Chelsea's roster.

And in the end defense wins the BPL. And who has the best defense - MC or Chelsea? Ask Liverpool and Southampton.


Thanks all, this is the follow up piece.



January 1, 45 B.C., New Year's Day was celebrated for the first time in history as the Julian calendar took effect.
Soon after becoming Roman dictator, Julius Caesar decided that the traditional Roman calendar was in dire need of reform. Introduced around the seventh century B.C., the Roman calendar attempted to follow the lunar cycle but frequently fell out of phase with the seasons and had to be corrected. In addition, the Roman body charged with overseeing the calendar, often abused its authority by adding days to extend political terms or interfere with elections.

In designing his new calendar, Caesar enlisted the aid of Sosigenes, an Alexandrian astronomer, who advised him to do away with the lunar cycle entirely and follow the solar year, as did the Egyptians. The year was calculated to be 365 and 1/4 days, and Caesar added 67 days to 45 B.C., making 46 B.C. begin on January 1, rather than in March. He also decreed that every four years a day be added to February, thus theoretically keeping his calendar from falling out of step. Shortly before his assassination in 44 B.C., he changed the name of the month Quintilis to Julius (July) after himself. Later, the month of Sextilis was renamed Augustus (August) after his successor.

Celebration of New Year's Day in January fell out of practice during the Middle Ages, and even those who strictly adhered to the Julian calendar did not observe the New Year exactly on January 1. The reason for the latter was that Caesar and Sosigenes failed to calculate the correct value for the solar year as 365.242199 days, not 365.25 days. Thus, an 11-minute-a-year error added seven days by the year 1000, and 10 days by the mid-15th century.

The Roman church became aware of this problem, and in the 1570’s Pope Gregory XIII commissioned Jesuit astronomer Christopher Clavius to come up with a new calendar. In 1582, the Gregorian calendar was implemented, omitting 10 days for that year and establishing the new rule that only one of every four centennial years should be a leap year. This is our present day calendar.

Danube on iPad

Merry Clayton (one of the gals doing the national anthem at the Rose Bowl) was the backup vocalist on Gimme Shelter. One of the great backup gigs of all time. Check it out next time you hear that song.

Beasts of England

Septem, Octo, Novem, Decem - 7, 8, 9, 10. Displaced by two via Julius.


Unfortunately, there is another anniversary, in part thanks to the New York Times, as Buckley, once put, another iteration of hope and change.

Single-pay only way

" This is our present day calendar."

Well, thanks for that. I thought there was some understanding of solar/lunar cycles that were part of the Church's infallibility.

Science seems to have a subordinate role in the workings of the Vatican.



The originator of the Executive Order:)

Danube on iPad

"Obamacare is a godsend"

Sure it is - for Donna Smith. For the majority of Americans (including the 5.8 million who have lost coverage) it's a nightmare.

What is the best single-payer system in the world? The UK? Cuba? Venezuela? Canada?


Does anyone know what bowl game Pitzer is playing?

Danube on iPad

"I thought there was some understanding of solar/lunar cycles that were part of the Church's infallibility."

Undiluted gibberish. Incoherent rambling from an ignoramus who appears to relish being viewed with sneering contempt by his betters.

Single-pay only way

If Pitzer has a bowl game, I'm sure the Pope will miss the point spread.


Does anyone know what bowl game Pitzer is playing?

The Gut-Bucket Bowl brought to you by Depends. They are playing Psychotic State.

Single-pay only way

"contempt by his betters."

You're not including yourself I trust, but sneering is your strongest quality.

Single-pay only way

Nice attempt at humor peterpuffer.



For a supposedly educated person with a Phd you are a pretty pathetic personality without even a sense of rationality. I truly believe you need help like an alcoholic or drug abuser. Snark's are one thing but your's are juvinile and almost too knee jerk reactionary that makes you look completely foolish.

My mom would have called you a tortured soul.

Danube on iPad

They may as well be chanting "communism is the only way." No amount of patient explanation of the sheer folly in the theory, and no amount of uncontradicted empirical evidence amassed over a century, can dissuade them.

It is highly gratifying to know that they will never get either one in this country. And their ongoing unhappiness about it will continue to give me great pleasure.

Single-pay only way

"makes you look completely foolish."

thanks for your thoughtful concern. Save it for Frederick. I have a feeling he's going to need it. BTW; he's not your imaginary son, is he?.

Single-pay only way

"will continue to give me great pleasure."

Excising fly wings does wonders for the likes of yourself.

bgates, by the Grace of Jane and 63 Other People, Sage of JOM

""Putting the federal government in charge of who gets lifesaving medical treatment is an open invitation to tyranny.""

Funny how this has become only a recent concern.


But at the moment I would like to talk about another one because this threat is with us, and at the moment, more imminent.

One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project, most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it. Now, the American people, if you put it to them about socialized medicine and gave them a chance to choose, would unhesitatingly vote against it. We have an example of this. Under the Truman administration it was proposed that we have a compulsory health insurance program for all people in the United States, and, of course, the American people unhesitatingly rejected this.

So with the American people on record as not wanting socialized medicine, Congressman Ferrand introduced the Ferrand bill. This was the idea that all people of social security age, should be brought under a program of compulsory health insurance. This would not only be our senior citizens, this would be the dependents and those that are disabled, this would be young people if they are dependents of someone eligible for social security.

Now Congressman Ferrand, brought the program out on that idea out , on just for that particular group of people. But Congressman Ferrand was subscribing to this foot-in-the door philosophy, because he said, “If we can only break through and get our foot inside the door, then we can extend the program after that. Walter Ruth said, “It’s no secret that the United Automobile Workers is officially on record of backing a program of national health insurance. And by national health insurance, he meant socialized medicine for every American.

Now let us see what the socialist themselves have to say about it. They say once the Ferrand bill is passed this nation will be provided with a mechanism for socialized medicine capable of indefinite expansion in every direction until it includes the entire population. Now we can’t say we haven’t been warned.

Guess who? Guess when? (I'll give you a hint: He began his career in the same field as the anti-American communist quoted at length above, though the anti-American communist made a great deal more money - none of which, as far as anyone knows, has been used to allay the difficulties of his friend Donna Smith or anybody else.)

Single-pay only way

" He began his career in the same field as the anti-American communist quoted at length above,"

That fact, on it's own, should preclude you reading anything further.

Your pristine sequestration of convenient facts demands it.

More sagacity please.


At least Frederick isn't imaginary and would whip your ass in a nano second. Do you fence, Dana?

Single-pay only way

I've seen a pic, but that isn't proof. You are quite old to have a son of such tender years. Now my son, could take you down with Tai Kwon Do, but that is hard to arrange for someone of your limited credibility.

Beasts of England

This troll reminds me of the Oregon yahoos all over the football boards for most of the season, running their mouths about how great they were, in spite of the fact that they've never made it to the big show.

Communism and socialism, like Oregon football, have never panned out.


Trolls, once exposed, mistake any exchange for a triumph when it reinforces their absence of society.


Well this gives a notion of how persistent they are in their goals.


Now the nutroots probably thought this would be a watershed election like '65, it doesn't matter that it wasn't, the Occupy faction, which filled the vaccumum left by the Tea Party's suppression

Danube on iPad

"they've never made it to the big show."

January 2011: Auburn 22, Oregon 19.

Michigan State appears to be the better team.



Maybe because Shaw has already been hired by Snyder and has his mind elsewhere?

Captain Hate

Time to start the year with some old sport quotes (and some of them are *really* old):

"Last year we couldn't win at home and we were losing on the road. My failure as a coach was that I couldn't think of anyplace else to play."
- Harry Neale, Professional Hockey Coach

"Blind people come to the ballpark just to listen to him pitch."
- Reggie Jackson commenting on Tom Seaver

"I'm working as hard as I can to get my life and my cash to run out at the same time. If I can just die after lunch Tuesday, everything will be perfect."
- Doug Sanders, Professional Golfer

"All the fat guys watch me and say to their wives, 'See, there's a fat guy doing okay. Bring me another beer.'"
- Mickey Lolich, Detroit Tigers Pitcher

"When it's third and ten, you can have the milk drinkers; I'll take the whiskey drinkers every time."
- Max McGee, Green Bay Packers Receiver

"I found out that it's not good to talk about my troubles. Eighty percent of the people who hear them don't care and the other twenty percent are glad you're having them."
- Tommy LaSorda, LA Dodgers Manager

"My knees look like they lost a knife fight with a midget."
- E.J. Holub, Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker regarding his 12 knee operations

"My theory is that if you buy an ice-cream cone and make it hit your mouth, you can learn to play tennis. If you stick it on your forehead, your chances aren't as good."
- Vic Braden, Tennis Instructor

"When they operated, I told them to add in a Koufax fastball. They did but unfortunately it was Mrs. Koufax's."
- Tommy John N.Y. Yankees, recalling his 1974 arm surgery

"I don't know. I only played there for nine years."
- Walt Garrison, Dallas Cowboys fullback when asked if Tom Landry ever smiles

"We were tipping off our plays. Whenever we broke from the huddle, three backs were laughing and one was pale as a ghost."
- John Breen, Houston Oilers

"The film looks suspiciously like the game itself."
- Bum Phillips, New Orleans Saints, after viewing a lopsided loss to the Atlanta Falcons

"When I'm on the road, my greatest ambition is to get a standing boo."
- Al Hrabosky, Major League Relief Pitcher

"I have discovered in 20 years of moving around the ball park, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats."
- Bill Veeck, Chicago White Sox Owner

"Because if it didn't work out, I didn't want to blow the whole day."
- Paul Horning, Green Bay Packers running back on why his marriage ceremony was before noon.

"I have a lifetime contract. That means I can't be fired during the third quarter if we're ahead and moving the ball."
- Lou Holtz, Arkansas Football Coach

"I won't know until my barber tells me on Monday."
- Knute Rockne, when asked why Notre Dame had lost a game

"I tell him 'Attaway to hit, George.'"
- Jim Frey, K.C. Royals manager when asked what advice he gives George Brett on hitting

"I learned a long time ago that 'minor surgery' is when they do the operation on someone else, not you."
- Bill Walton, Portland Trail Blazers

"Our biggest concern this season will be diaper rash."
- George MacIntyre, Vanderbilt Football Coach surveying the team roster that included 26 freshmen and 25 sophomores.

"The only difference between me and General Custer is that I have to watch the films on Sunday."
- Rick Venturi, Northwestern Football Coach



And the winner is -Bum Philips (natch).

Beasts of England

Forgot about that, DoT. How about: never won the big one.

Great quotes, Captain!


Lol. Captain;



Good Rose Bowl. The Shaw coach is definitely ready for the NFL, will he give up the Stanford gig? MSU has gifted 10pts to Stanford, the pick and failing to recover a fumble in their end.

Captain Hate

Here are a few more:

"A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."
- Joe Theismann

"Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women and Irish whiskey. The other ten percent I'll probably waste."
- Tug McGraw, after asked what he will do with his salary

"I'm all for it."
- John McKay, Coach of the woeful Tampa Bay Bucs, in response to a question about his teams execution.

"No thanks, I don't drink"
- former MLB outfielder Jeff Stone when offered a shrimp cocktail


Just back from an exhausting but very satisfying day cooking and feeding the homeless in our county seat. 10 or 12 of us went to the Catholic Worker house in town and made a truckload of Hoppin' John, dirty rice, cornbread, and cabbage. Real Southern fare.

We fed somewhere north of 150 people and had some room for seconds.A lot of drug and alcohol abuse, destitute workers, and bad luck stories. There but for the grace of God in many cases.

I had forgotten how hard kitchen work can be but we done good.

We did this on the grounds of the county mall, which is quite extensive. Usually, during the week when they feed the homeless the workers in the offices call in to the cops to get them and the Catholic Worker crew evicted. From a government mall. The Health Department regularly harasses (and I mean harasses) the Catholic Worker house trying to shut them down.

This is the face of government when you're in the bottom percentile.

By the way, the State of California says you have a home if you're living in a dumpster and are ineligible for food assistance if your scrounging from dumpsters.

However, if you are of the right subgroups, you can milk the system all day long.

Danube on iPad

Some true gems in there, CH. My favorite is Neal, the hockey coach.


Bori--MC definitely can be shakey defending, (probably bc of their shambolic keeper) but fortunately for them they have the ball so much they don t have to defend very much.


God bless you, Matt

But why did you choose a true southern new year's day meal for SoCal?


TheBum Philips quote is good. But my personal favorite sports quotes weren t in there. my #2 is:

They deserve each other, one's a born liar the otheris convicted."
Billy Martin describing Reggie Jackson and Steinbrenner to reporters.



You mean this Man City?

Chelsea 2 - Man City 1.

When they beat Chelsea this year in the BPL, I'll pay attention to your pronostications.


I've said it hear before, the loving tribute Bum Philips gave his wife on the Johnny Carson Show. "Of course I take my wife with me when we go on the road. She's so ugly I don't want to have to come home to her."

Obviously a love strong enough for depreciating humor.


The trolling today is one of the two memes we ll get from the Left about the disasterous Thing that is ObummerCare. The troll meme is that ObummerCare failed because it was an insurance company created compromise and Obummer should have held out for SP. The other Meme will be a government managed insurance market is the way, but Obama is incompetent and didn t run it correctly. Obviously the Obamaniacs will push the troll s meme, and the Clintonistas will push the second meme. I am curious to see how the Legacy Media line up.


Moo U's defense is impressive.


One would have thought the year long to Bhutan and parts unknown, would have given Dana some perspective but know.

Danube on iPad

Late in the third, Stanford is simply being mauled. Surprised anyone could do that to them, but there it is.


"The Obama Administration has repeatedly defended the birth-control mandate. 'The President believes that no one, including the government and for-profit corporations, should be able to dictate those decisions for women," said Jay Carney..."
Unless, of course, those women are nuns, in which case they should shut up and do what we tell them to do, damnit!


Great lettter to Paul Ryan from a USAF CMSGT.

Totally agree. Even guys like Ryan are corrupt jerks. I wish him tota misery over this deal. Patty Murphy, of course, is a full idiot and commie. Ryan's thoughts of POTUS are dead as a doornail.

Danube on iPad

God damn these fascist morons. How have we allowed our government to come to this? To execute such arbitrary power so stupidly? Is it even remotely possible to put a halt to this insanity?


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