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July 05, 2014


Frau Wahnsinn Über Alles

Irrelevant in Sustainable 'Cleoville: residents are strongly encouraged to replace lawns with gravel and rocks. Shunning to be followed by fines.




Due to the man-caused drought around here, more and more yards are sporting the latest in yard & garden wear - the synthetic lawn. Looks green and, well, synthetic. Can't wait to see how these yards look in a couple of years.

On another subject, Mediaite has Hilary featured, saying that ALL of her university speaking fees are donated. Pray tell! To whom does this generosity flow, you might ask? Why, to the Clinton Foundation, of course. The Bill, Hilary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!


The Condo Association takes care of the lawn. Ditto the pool cleaning. They do a damn fine job of it, too.

Frau Wahnsinn Über Alles

Arlington (TX) citizen supplies the truth:
"Federal government email from the inside" by Richard Greene. LUN

Liar, liar, undies on fire, Lois!


more and more yards are sporting the latest in yard & garden wear - the synthetic lawn.

We just let ours go brown, errr, golden. And I'm informed that we don't have a lawn. We have a "meadow."

Jack is Back

Hard to mow coquina.

Frau Wahnsinn Über Alles

cc - any more chutzpah and Hillary! will burst the seams on her already overburdened pantsuit.



doing well by doing good...



Good Morning.

Surely this must be Hell.

I have 3 channels now showing baseball.

Channel 640, the Chicago Channel.
Channel 709, the MLB Tonight Baseball Channel.
Channel 713, the local Alaskan "Mariner's Baseball" Channel.

All 3 are currently showing a Mariner's Baseball Game.
And to top it off, FOX News is running Carol Alt's Beauty tips Show for the next hour.

Can I go back to bed yet?

Miss Marple


I got up to check the site because of Carol Alt.

I am still trying to figure out how she got an entire hour on Fox.

Frau Wahnsinn Über Alles

Carol Alt?

We get to decide, don't we, Miss Marple?


Not wishing to cause animosity with Miss Marple and her weeding, I stayed mum last week about another of the glorious sites I thought wonderful at Darwin's House outside Down England, his His Weed Garden

He initially created it as an experiment in order to get an idea of how many weeds of any type survived from seed stage to reproductive maturity, having faced the predator gauntlet of snails and bugs, and drought and rain and weather. Then later on he walled it off and carefully controlled what animals were allowed in in order to see which animals might be responsible for dispersing which weed types.

Darwin's description.

'On a piece of ground 3 ft long and 2 ft wide, dug and cleared, and where there could be no choking from other plants, I marked all the seedlings of our native weeds as they came up, and out of the 357 no less than 295 were destroyed, chiefly by slugs and insects' (On the Origin of Species chapter III).

Marking the seedlings with a short piece of wire, just as Darwin did, and keeping a regular tally through the season, we've found that on average only one in six weed seedlings survive until they can reproduce. Reassuringly, the same ratio of survival that Darwin found continues at Down to this day.

At the House last week his small weed patch, and then his much larger field of weeds was recreated just 40 feet or so from his house and adjacent to the orchard.

Beautiful, right?

That's what I thought. Stood out in marvelous contrast to his Worm Field!

So my advice Miss Marple, (and JOM lawn guy's everywhere), is just go inside, sit on your butt in the TV room, turn on Carol Alt or Mariner baseball whichever, (ughh), and as you quaff your wine or beer, tell the Grandkids you're doing a "Weed Experiment" until wintertime.


"Federal government email from the inside" by Richard Greene.

I'm calling b.s. on "Mayor Greene." He doesn't seem to know what he's talking about.

She worked over at the IRS and I was at the EPA. I suppose there was the possibility that the two agencies were governed by different policies — but I seriously doubt it.

He "seriously" doubts it, but he doesn't know.

I doubt it even though her boss has told congressional investigators that there was some kind of time limit on keeping emails in the system...

Did he say there was a time limit? As far as I know, the IRS claimed that there was a size limit on employees' email "mailbox" server space, specifically 150MB during the 2009-2011 timeframe. I've read nothing about a time limit except for backups; six months, to be specific. Anything saved in the live database would still be there indefinitely. Only deleted emails would disappear after the six month "time limit."

I was told that anything I did with my computer or Blackberry device would result in a permanent record being created.

Yes, that is how you inspire employees not to create any pesky incriminating emails. It doesn't have to be true, and may not be exactly what he was told. (He's writing this from memory. I'd rather see the PowerPoint.)

I was specifically advised (warned) that emails were valuable means to determine what I had discussed with anyone. That included even my personal emails on my personal computer at home, if the subject matter had any connection whatsoever with my work as an employee of the United States.

Sure, sure. Why don't we have Lois Lerner's personal emails, then? Do we have Richard Windsor's?

Any notion that I could just erase something after it had been sent was conclusively dashed when the hard drive inside my desktop computer in my office crashed.

The tech guy came in, quickly removed the drive and told me he would try to fix it. I explained to him that my concern was that all my data, including email that I often searched through, was on that drive and could be lost.

He seems to think he was searching emails on his own computer, as opposed to those on the server. He doesn't seem to know that there's a difference.

His reply was to assure me that every stroke of my keyboard had been backed up multiple times in the local office and off site as well, and nothing would be lost.

Well, maybe they're logging keystrokes, but I "seriously" doubt it. What the tech means is that the emails aren't on the hard drive; they're on the server, and can easily be available to another computer, new hard drive, etc., just by pointing the new system to the live database.

If he couldn’t fix the drive he had removed, he would simply set up a new one and transfer everything that was there from the moment it failed and it would be completely restored.


I'd rather read about email systems from AliceH.


Thanks for that daddy! I have 2 acres that now look like the field of weeds. Stupid lawn mower design requires complete disassembly to change a belt, and I've only got one acre under control with the push mower. The 2 acres are now my summer tribute to Darwin! ; )


No offense, Frau!

Beasts of England

An acre with a push mower, henry? Don't they have any Mexicans up your way? I'm kidding, of course. Kinda...


this was the piece about the idiocy that trusting the Solon;s judgement breeds



I'd rather read about email systems from AliceH.

Um. Is that like saying "I'd sooner kiss a wookie"?


Has anyone who actually knows anything about enterprise email systems written a published piece about the IRS claims? I'm a rank amateur; an end user. Admittedly, I've worked since the dawn of time in places that used large email systems, but seriously. Why can't we read something from an actual expert?

Alice talked about incremental and differential backup systems. Were the daily rolling backups full backups or one of these types?

There must be hundreds of people who know the details of the IRS email system. If any of you are reading here and are in need of a ghost writer, please post an email address in this thread. If no one else offers to help you get this story out, I will gladly do so and maintain your confidentiality.


Hardly, Alice. :-)

Laura White

Oh, Henry, Darwin gets no credit for those weeds--that he was willing in the interests of natural history to study them, well, that was laudable and in the benign mold of Gilbert White of Selbourne.

But I write on other grounds: I have just learned through lucianne's agglomerating and healthy site that there exists in the known universe such a thing as the Zinn Education Project! (Howard Zinn, A People's History of America, oogh, double oogh, as Pogo would say). Can there not come into being such a thing as the Anti-Zinn Education Project ?


Beasts, yes. We have Mexicans. We also have lawn mower repair places. I could do the three acres with just the push mower, but it is a PITA and slow going once it gets too tall. At least I'm not down to my dad's old man powered reel mower! (That one cuts best, but I'm not in my 20s anymore).

Rick B

"Stupid lawn mower design requires complete disassembly to change a belt"


I'd really like to avoid any lawn tractor requiring disassembly in order to change out a drive belt. What make is it?

Frau Wahnsinn Über Alles

None taken, Ext. We're in this together, right? At least I didn't link to Barry's Ramadan antics.

...and when AliceH blinks, I take notice! heh...

Frau Sense

henry, perhaps you and a mower is not the best solution. How about this

or another model?


An example, we were short three days short of emails, when were able to conect to the servers, we got all of them


Rick B, it's a Huskee 700 series. Same design as a bunch of others (Cub, etc) made by MTD. Search for repair vids & see the mess. This one is the transmission belt, the drive & deck belts are just as bad. What I have learned is to view repair videos before buying.


Frau, if she is included in the package... I've thought about it for the long stuff, but a DR Brush Mower would be more practical.

Frau Sense

Laura White -
Since it is still impossible to envision a Zinn-free world, I suggest we take to spitting after having to utter or write his name, just as the residents of Dog River, Saskatchewan show their hatred for the neighboring town of Wulerton by spitting after mentioning this town's name.


DR Brush Mower

henry, you may be able to rent this, or a sickle bar mower, from one of your local rent-it places.

Beasts of England

@henry: last time I cut grass was with a reel mower. We lived in a shotgun house on two 25x100 lots, and I doubt there was more than a thousand square feet of zoysia. And it did a beautiful job, indeed, but I was in my late twenties at that time, and decided to practice trickle down economics when we moved to a house with a large yard.

@Frau: kind of a scary photo you posted... ;)

Laura White

Thank you, Frau--an estimable suggestion. As a lady, I would never spit. But one can always look grave and leave the room.

Old Lurker

Henry. Try a goat.


I'm trying to figure out if there is enough "there" there in the alleged Thad Cochran racist/illegal Vote buying brouhaha to hit the big time media wise.

It would seem to me that an incident involving provable Repub illegal Voting schemes in the deep South, the playing of The Race Card, and bribed Black Dem preachers on the record, equipped with sinister E-mail evidence and willing to talk to the MSM, would all be like Manna from Heaven to Dem campaigners.

Any thoughts from you guys on if you think this thing has legs and if so, is it just being held in abeyance until a convenient time when the maximum amount of Repub damage and Dem political gain can be achieved?

I caught a radio episode of the Laura Ingraham Show shortly before the Primary and her guest was the Black head of the Dem Senate campaign in Mississippi. It was a good conversation and I have to say I really liked the guy as he was very down home and friendly, and you could tell he and Laura hit it off well. I'm glad he wasn't the guy running against Cochran/McDaniel.


OL, maybe borrow my neighbors cows.


Whats worse than 3 channels of Mariner Baseball?

3 Channels of Mariner Baseball going into the 14th Inning of a tie ball game:(

Beasts of England

You have neighbors with cows, henry? Nice. That's give you something to do a few days after it rains... ;)


Doesn't fit the narrative daddy



do we if he really went to medical school;


Captain Hate

Any thoughts from you guys on if you think this thing has legs and if so, is it just being held in abeyance until a convenient time when the maximum amount of Repub damage and Dem political gain can be achieved?

Both the GOPe and the donks hate the Tea Party. I wanted to kick my new TV Sunday when Chris Wallace lobbed two softballs to Rove and Hume about the race, as if it were just a hard fought race where nobody did anything scuzzy. Has Reince Priebus said anything about it that anybody knows? Levin said it best; if the Republicans fail to take the Senate it will be because of gutter tactics like this and not because of any Tea Party candidates.


BTW, extraneous, I agree w/ your take on mayorgreen. He strikes me as being unaware that he's ignorant of technical details and policy execution, relying instead on the narrative he constructed over the years that "explains" what his role is in compliance and how it all fits.


A well-groomed lawn of rocks, instead of grass? Why not?

Captain Hate

Aaaaaand Josh Gordon got nailed with a DWI in Raleigh today. I'll be out in the garage drinking turpentine and thinking about the upcoming NFL season.


Narratives are persistent, that Rimes piece that Tepid picked up. about inpertinent peoons
like Allen West and the Huntrness, who deign to give guidance, was on the 5th anniversary of her stepping down


When life hands you lemons weeds, make lemonade weed sandwiches!

I have 2 acres that now look like the field of weeds. Stupid lawn mower


You might consider taking advice from another famous Henry. Henry T. Ford Ate Weeds

Henry T. Ford (1863-1947) grew up on a farm in Dearborn, Michigan and was just as fascinated with agriculture as he was with automobile development. He and his good friend, George Washington Carver (an expert in agricultural science) were often seen walking through the farm fields eating weed sandwiches.

“There is nothing quite like a dish of stewed burdock, followed by a sandwich of soybean bread filled with milkweeds, to set up a man for an afternoon’s work.”

No, there is nothing quite like it:)


Daddy, I have the Field Guide to Edible plants. None of my weeds are in it (except thistle, and that is too pointy).

Ignatz Ratzkiwaski

--Due to the man-caused drought around here....--

I'd call it "man exacerbated" instead, cc. Out here in the sticks where Jerry Brown and the idiot Feds don't touch anything, springs, streams and ponds are as low as I can remember seeing them.

--Looks green and, well, synthetic. Can't wait to see how these yards look in a couple of years.--

Some friends put one in a few years back. Was over at their house about a month ago and it still looks pretty good. No weeding, no watering, no mowing, no fertilizing; not that stupid, IMO.


it's just a fleshwound;


miss Marple

Daddy, as a confirmed gardener I cannot reconcile leaving thistle and bindweed to take over my yard. Bindweed, while I was gone, had completely covered a rosebush, like a northern kudzu.

Grandson came and trimmed the yew hedges and shrubs today, doing in 2 hours what would have taken me 2 days, because he is tall enough to do it without need for a step stool.

Tomorrow I start on the back garden beds, which will take me quite a while, since there are so many.


God Bless You, Miss Marple == when you are finished with the back garden beds, I would be happy to provide you with a plane ticket to New Hampshire, cozy room and board, and all the wine you can drink. We need you up here. :-)


None of my weeds are in it (except thistle, and that is too pointy).


I am sorry that you don't care to eat thistles but since you don't, according to Scientists over at the BBC, I think if you simply yank bits out of the thistle with your bare teeth you may be able to talk a female chimpanzee into a one night stand!

And now if you'll excuse me, I think I'll go and see if I can't interest a Grizzly into grooming with me.

BTW, anyone (besides a chimpanzee) know what "Budging Up" means?

Ignatz Ratzkiwaski

Argentina's Di Maria definitely out with muscle tear in right thigh.

Ignatz Ratzkiwaski

If you eat artichoke you eat a thistle. :)

Ignatz Ratzkiwaski

Bing tells us it means "to make room for or scoot over" daddy.
From the look on that chimps face it would appear to be something of a much more intimate nature. :(


the key source for hte 2007 NIE:


So as compared to the treackly hagiography that Politico offered Hillary,there is the trashing offered to every conservative figure, past present and future, like Sylvia Jukes treatment of Clare Booth Luce

Beasts of England

That's not the signal I send for 'Flirt with me...', daddy. Mine's much more complex and usually involves beer.


The patio is done!

We still have to apply the vertical slats to the space between the deck and the new patio, but we are done with sand and tile!

Next up (after the vertical slats) is the deck extension and reorienting the stairs from the deck to the yard to deck to patio.

And the furniture is due in next week!

Hubs: TCFAB!

Me: TCFACosmo! or 10...

Rick B


Congratulations on getting completely laid. Were you able to put the Tips from Troy to good use?


The Bill, Hilary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

Reminds me of Costanza's "Human Fund."


I did some Chimp language deciphering of my own during that interminable Mariners Baseball Game. Here's a few.

This one means: "You're momma's only got 23 chromosomes!"

This one means: "Pssst, Buddy, where do you keep the good hooch?"

This one: "What difference at this point does it make?"

And this one: "Live long and prosper."




Beasts, strip beer pong? Strip pool?

The chimps would have to don some clothes first!

Went out Thursday night with some friends from HS that were in town. One of them is a tour manager for Aerosmith, who just so happened to be one of the football players that I had to decorate his locker, bake cookies, or roll his yard when I was a cheerleader (his parents used to come out and help get it really good and covered - can you imagine that today??). When I left, they were discussing whose parent's house they should invade for some strip pool. Yikes!!!!!!!


Congratulations on getting completely laid. Were you able to put the Tips from Troy to good use?

I never let a good idea go to waste. ;)

Beasts of England

Oh, drink your damned Cosmo and hesh-up, Steph! ;)

Ignatz Ratzkiwaski


Congratulations on getting completely laid.--

I believe that is the "showing the sole of the foot to another diagram". :)


On my third now, beasts! The slacker is still on his first beer.

I finally found some rimming sugar (don't start) in stock at Amazon to top the tasty cosmos, watermelon Ritas and Lemon Drop Martinis. It's due in on Tuesday. :)

Rick B

A proper hard surface outcome depends upon a firm grasp of layout, centering and alignment. You can't just roll out and stretch as needed, without care as to proper fit. That's why Troy in Tile gets all those referrals from the ladies in suburban Atlanta.

Ignatz Ratzkiwaski

This thread is approaching NC 17 territory.

Rick B


Knock out 30+ comments and turn the page. A thread on mowing tips just doesn't generate much excitement. The only ones I disagreed with involved using a weed whacker for edging. I don't find them particularly useful for the task.



I thought the ALL caps was appropriate.

Rick B

Is this thing broken again?


Well there's the Upton pic from earlier in the wee, or the one of the girl from the 'Blurred Lines' video, who blurs the lines in this one,

Beasts of England

I don't even know what rimming sugar is. But I'm willing to find out! ;)


Because it's Friday...

"Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose girl."

The priest asks, "Is that you, little Joey Pagano?"

"Yes, Father, it is."

"And who was the girl you were with?"

"I can't tell you, Father. I don't want to ruin her reputation."

"Well, Joey, I'm sure to find out her name sooner or later so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?"

"I cannot say."

"Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?"

"I'll never tell."

"Was it Nina Capelli?"

"I'm sorry, but I cannot name her."

"Was it Cathy Piriano?"

"My lips are sealed."

"Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?"

"Please, Father! I cannot tell you."

The priest sighs in frustration. "You're very tight lipped, and I admire that. But you've sinned and have to atone. You cannot be an altar boy now for 4 months. Now you go and behave yourself."

Joey walks back to his pew, and his friend Franco slides over and whispers, "What'd you get?"

"Four months vacation and five good leads..."

Ignatz Ratzkiwaski

Only 29 more to go.


I assue it's like the salt on the glass of the margarita



Think salted margaritas, but who wants salt on a sweet drink - so sugar....


Beasts of England

That's certainly what I would have guessed...


OH and great news...

DIL thought she might be losing her job (she's in marketing) and the company that is taking over for the dealership's marketing where she works (they've joined with several other dealerships to outsource the work) instead offered her a job in Buckhead (she was driving from Alpharetta to Union City) and a 35% raise instead. She will have to travel some, but she is ecstatic.

Frau Sense

Ext and AliceH - I ran the Greene article by my son whose BS detector is bigger than the state of TX. In my eyes he counts as an expert in theory but he has a gun-packing female friend who is a weapons expert for the AFT. Here is part of what he responded:

Seems perfectly reasonable. I wouldn't expect things to be any different than Mr. Greene describes, and I would be surprised if they are. While I'm no expert on the IRS's computer systems, almost no email system today stores "the only copies" on "the system in my office". They do store copies locally, both for faster searching, and offline use (e.g. take your laptop on the plane). Further, while we didn't go into it in depth, (my friend and AFT weapons expert) says that their internal systems would make it "impossible" to simply delete anything.

What is possible is that the email server(s) died/crashed/exploded/evaporated, and the backups turned out to be bad. It's not unheard of that after a disaster it's discovered the backups are no good. "Gee, I wondered why the backups were finishing so quickly. I was going to look into it...." But I don't know what the evidence is or what claims are being made in this instance.

Will we ever know the evidence? In any case, the "Liar, liar, undies on fire, Lois" stands. To consider Ms. Lerner honest would require a willing suspension of disbelief.

Frau Sense

Be careful, Rick. A Gary Taubes topic may replace the lawn one.

Beasts of England

That's wonderful, Steph! 35% raise - wow!

Petra Kvitova looked good today. She seemed very genuine and sweet, as well. Good stuff...


Watters' World - Clueless Americans don't have any idea of basic US History



We had our fireworks tonite. I was told that they are rated 2nd in the country, after Boston. I certainly have no clue how that is judged. So you will have to trust me on that.


Outrage du jour:




I believe in my gut we are going to get fairly close to the bottom of this.I doubt we will get as far as Obama because his illegality knows no bounds, but we will get closer.


One of my HS friends posted on FB today that his house caught fire due to fireworks last night and is a total loss. Didn't say whether it involved a "hold my beer' scenario that he did or his neighbors did or whether it was from the fireworks in downtown Duluth, Ga a few blocks away. 5,000 sf home.... poof. Looks like it started on the roof.

Frau Sense

From your lips, Jane...


Boston news stations are reporting that an armed, unidentified man claims to have left bombs in multiple locations on the Harvard University campus.

According to WCVB, an unidentified male called Harvard police and said that he had left bombs in multiple buildings, which were immediately evacuated. The man has not been found, though a “suspicious package” was located on Prescott Street.



Sorry to hear that Stephanie,



Looks like the incident in Boston may be a case of swatting. Appears to be over.


This is inappropriate...


Facepalm like a 2014 Brazil WC logo...



Re:Mississippi and the possible shenanighans, there is one reason that the MSM will avoid the story. IMO, this is a loser for both parties, it proves a GOP talking point about voter fraud and how it can determine an election.

It also paints AA voters in a bad light, no only are there able to be misled with false or discriminatory information but there votes are cheaply bought.

Though the accusations are against the GOP, they were brought to light by their AA co-conspirators so they are harder to explain away if the conversation turns to the illegality of the act committed.


Bori. We as Conservatives, need to understand, that the MFM, does not purposely shit on Conservatives or TEA PARTY types.
The MFM cannot fathom nor relate to the POSSIBILITY that WE have a legitimate frame of reference or VIEWPOINT. We are WRONG and CAVE PEEPS, they are RIGHT and kind and they CARE about all things DECENT. They knee jerk. WE ARE HATERS. So say THEY!


No disagreement from me, but referring especifically about Misssissippi, it is a double edge sword for the MFM, to reported will raise questions about AA's voting proclivities that it might not want raised.

As this is GOPe on TP they seem to let things go unreported and not raise the specter of voting fraud by AA's and other minorities.

Dave (in MA)
Aaaaaand Josh Gordon got nailed with a DWI in Raleigh today. I'll be out in the garage drinking turpentine and thinking about the upcoming NFL season.
Get back to me when he murders between 1-3 people.

Bori, Mississippi, is the perfect example of THE ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICAN. I "get it". The fugger, doesn't want to have his, less than PRINCIPLED ugly ass TOSSED. My Congressman is F James Sensenbrenner. He is fairly Conservative and once held sway in a Judiciary Committee Chairmanship. Mr Sensenbrenner is not a bad man. WHAT HAS HE ACCOMPLISHED??? 36 years of COMFY!!! MMMMMM, YES, COMFY, HAPPY, RETIREMENT, IMPORTANCE, MMMMMM COMFY.
We need better. Little Weeping, Johnny Cougar Boehner Mellencamp SUCKS. Obama is the criminal. Boehner likes being part of the COUNTRY CLUB SET.
We are in a world of hurt. Does it seem to you that WEEPING JOHNNY BOEHNER or F JAMES SENSENBRENNER, realize, understand or SHARE our CONCERNS???


Narciso's link on "If I were Ted Cruz..." the only position missing is press spokesperson which of course should go to Gus :-)


up early--couldn;t sleep ; a combination of early sunrise and lots of Stag's Leap Artemis '06 last night.

anyway, Clarice's Pieces is up, and it's a good one. we head home early today so as to beat the rush off the Cape. despite the heavy rains Friday we managed to have a nice 4th weekend.

Did anyone happen to hear Col. Allen West reading the Declaration of Independence while subbing for Sean Hannity on Thursday? He did a fantastic job of tying key phrases DOI to issues today.

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