December 31, 2016

EMT 12/31/16
— Open Blogger

This one is almost in the books, and it's been brutal. Who's left in your dead pool for 2016?

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1 Good Morning.

Posted by: HH at December 31, 2016 01:40 AM (DrCtv)

2 Morning links are on the ONT at #702

Posted by: Vic[/i] We Have No Party at December 31, 2016 01:41 AM (mpXpK)

3 Well good morning horde, its the last one ( till next year)

Posted by: Skip at December 31, 2016 01:42 AM (5sOEp)

4 That depends. Who we think is gonna go or who we want to just foad?

Posted by: teej at December 31, 2016 01:43 AM (gJ3Vg)

5 716 710 Obama has his goons rushing to fill all open federal vacancies before Trump takes office to get around his promised hiring freeze. Those jobs are only safe till Jan 20, are they not? What positions can be filled by Obama can be unfilled by Trump?
Got willowed, dammit.

Posted by: Puddleglum at December 31, 2016 01:44 AM (ZzZuq)

6 Mornin' HH. Hope the day finds you and yours well.

Posted by: teej at December 31, 2016 01:44 AM (gJ3Vg)

7 We bottomed out at 24.4F this morning.  I am already tired of this Winter.

Posted by: Vic[/i] We Have No Party at December 31, 2016 01:45 AM (mpXpK)

8 5  Those jobs are only safe till Jan 20, are they not? What positions can be filled by Obama can be unfilled by Trump?


Got willowed, dammit.

Posted by: Puddleglum at December 31, 2016 06:44 AM (ZzZuq)



The problem is they are now "federal workers".  According to the VA it is impossible to fire federal workers.  But that is a lie.  You just have to "work at it" and the supervisors are just too damned lazy.

Posted by: Vic[/i] We Have No Party at December 31, 2016 01:46 AM (mpXpK)

9 Thought Pjmedia artical Making sense of the Russian hacking scandal sums it up well.

Posted by: Skip at December 31, 2016 01:47 AM (5sOEp)

10 What they will have to do is have a massive RIF.  I can remember back years ago when they used to have those quite often at the Warner Robbins AFB.

Posted by: Vic[/i] We Have No Party at December 31, 2016 01:48 AM (mpXpK)

11 Thanks teej. Same to you.

Posted by: HH at December 31, 2016 01:51 AM (DrCtv)

12 Morning all.

Posted by: Flyboy at December 31, 2016 01:52 AM (L+dg+)

13 Don't forget Morons, today is your last day to pay State income tax 4th quarter payments if you want to deduct them for 2016 on your federal return.

Posted by: Vic[/i] We Have No Party at December 31, 2016 01:53 AM (mpXpK)

14 G'morning, all.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice [/i] [/s] [/b] at December 31, 2016 01:53 AM (J+eG2)

15 DAY 1,516 0 to go (20 to Inauguration Day ) Muzzies, Marxists, Maoists, Mau-Maus, MFM's, Moochelle, Mao-suits, McCain's, McConnell's, Mario's, Mahdi megatons, machiavellian Mississippi mudslingers, McAuliffe's, Maduro's, MIRV's, Mexifornians, manhandled mishes, Milwaukee mayhem, McKesson's, Mizzou malefactors, mewling mattress-myth manufacturers, marriage maimers, menacing Mozillan 'mo's, Myrmidons, Mugwumps, Monrovian microbes, malicious mosquitos, mutants, malcontents, malthusians, maniacs, malignant medical mandates, martial law, miscreants, microaggressors, minions, maladjusted masochistic multiculturalists, momzers, mamalukes, mooks, mopes, mariuoli, meeskeits, maricons, marauders, malodorous militants, menstruating mons veneri, malfunctioning Moron microsites and miscellaneous meshugas notwithstanding.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 31, 2016 01:54 AM (mbhDw)

16 I had America as founded in my dead pool. Alive . . . but not at all well.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 31, 2016 01:55 AM (mbhDw)

17 Morning, Horde.

2016 was the quintessential mixed bag here.  The first ten and a half months were hell on earth.  The last six weeks have been a little slice of heaven.

I'd never have made it without ya'.  Lang the hell outta auld syne tonight.  2017, here we come.

Posted by: creeper, lost in the Witopia web at December 31, 2016 01:55 AM (FRI8H)

18 >>>Who's left in your dead pool for 2016? I predict the NOAA will declare this the warmest December evah! And 2016 the warmest year evah!

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at December 31, 2016 01:55 AM (rH4JY)

19 Hopefully Trump will take a hard look at civil service employment regs with an aim of making it a lot easier to fire the deadweights. His history on low performers suggests he will.
 
And according to a few reports, fed employees are already in a sweat over it.
 
A good place to start is the TSA. Remember when tptb swore that TSA was nevah gonna unionize, no way? That promise lasted a shorter amount of time than my current schadenboner.

Posted by: GnuBreed [/i] [/b] at December 31, 2016 01:56 AM (oZEJt)

20 I can't even joke about it. On a personal level we have lost so many. Two pets, untimely, and just now an uncle. While 2016 has also brought us some blessings, nevertheless we are bereft.

Posted by: Otis Criblecoblis at December 31, 2016 01:56 AM (0MKRD)

21 'Morning, teej.  Are you staying warm and dry?

Posted by: creeper, lost in the Witopia web at December 31, 2016 01:57 AM (FRI8H)

22 Still not tired of winning. Anybody here tired of winning yet?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice [/i] [/s] [/b] at December 31, 2016 01:57 AM (J+eG2)

23 18  I predict the NOAA will declare this the warmest December evah! And 2016 the warmest year evah!

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at December 31, 2016 06:55 AM (rH4JY)



The daily average low for this Dec as measured in my yard is 38.4F.  That's 11.2F lower than last Dec.

Posted by: Vic[/i] We Have No Party at December 31, 2016 02:00 AM (mpXpK)

24 Good Morning.

I was looking forward to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing for the inauguration, but if they only have 359 of the 360 singers up there, it's going to sound like crap.

Posted by: Bruce at December 31, 2016 02:02 AM (8ikIW)

25 2016 is ending with my Grandmother still above ground. She's 97 and has been in poor health all winter but still alive. She's a sweet woman but if you could harness stubborn into a power source, she could provide power to several cities. Those Depression era folks are a tough breed. Not too many of them left now.

Posted by: Puddleglum at December 31, 2016 02:02 AM (ZzZuq)

26 Well, my little brother will be calling for his normal Sat gab-fest shortly.  So I am going to move to my window rocker and try to drink up the rest of my bourbon before he calls and neighbor comes by.


May BBL

Posted by: Vic[/i] We Have No Party at December 31, 2016 02:04 AM (mpXpK)

27 Puddleglum, it's that stubborn streak that's keeping her alive.  Keep on goin', Grandma.  100 awaits.

Posted by: creeper, lost in the Witopia web at December 31, 2016 02:04 AM (FRI8H)

28 2016 saw the loss of a friend of mine that was only 8 years older then me. Damn heart attacks.

I still have my fingers crossed for Soros though. Especially at the end of the year when Satan is out of the special lube.

Posted by: Bruce at December 31, 2016 02:05 AM (8ikIW)

29 Too bad you're not closer, Vic. I bought a new bottle of Bailey's yesterday and I'm running a quality control check on it.  Seems a bit rich but that may just be me.  Wish you were here to help verify that.

Posted by: creeper, lost in the Witopia web at December 31, 2016 02:06 AM (FRI8H)

30 Not sure Chicago is going to make 800 dead (shot) but its going to be close....
Baltimore at 320 or so...

Posted by: Colin at December 31, 2016 02:07 AM (ogUTd)

31 The latest conspiracy theory running rampant in lib circles is that Trump is being blackmailed by Putin into saying nice things about him (Putin).
 
Hopefully they are working in aliens, Area 51, the Joos, the Rothschilds and The Illuminati into the mix, cuz no good conspiracy is worth its salt without as least two of those.

Posted by: GnuBreed [/i] [/b] at December 31, 2016 02:08 AM (oZEJt)

32 Creeper! How are you? I haven't seen you for a long time. Hope you are settling in to your new place.

Posted by: bluebell at December 31, 2016 02:10 AM (sBOL1)

33 Bluebell, I'm great.  I've got an upper respiratory infection, NBD.  They put me on steroids for it...a shot to "jump-start" the process and then pills for a week.

I'm getting ready to go out and move the world.  Don't be surprised if you feel it lurch.  It's just the Prednisone.

Posted by: creeper, lost in the Witopia web at December 31, 2016 02:15 AM (FRI8H)

34 Creeper, sorry to hear about your URI - ugh. Hope the prednisone clears it up soon. Have you been meeting people in your new town?

Posted by: bluebell at December 31, 2016 02:17 AM (sBOL1)

35 NOAA has already declared this to be the warmest year on record. Funny what you can do with made-up data.

Posted by: WAYNE at December 31, 2016 02:21 AM (hW0Uj)

36 Boy, have I ever, bluebell.  I have wonderful neighbors next door and across the back fence.  (The south lot is unimproved.)  I went to a Christmas party at the next-door's house.  Had a great time.  My neighbor lady comes over occasionally to help me make sure the Bailey's hasn't spoiled.

But I have to tell you, the legal system in Oklahoma is so arcane I have given up any attempt to understand how it works.  Happily, there is a very patient "tag agent" (sort of a county field office) who seems determined to make my cars and me legal.  She just writes down where I need to go and what papers I need to take and I do it.

Almost got my drivers license on Thursday but discovered I was at the licensing place (which was open) when I should have been at the examining place (which was not).  I did get the cars registered but in my previous name, which is what was on the Iowa title.  I now must go and re-register them, bring proof of the name change.  Moving to Oklahoma turns out to be a full-time job for a while.

Posted by: creeper, lost in the Witopia web at December 31, 2016 02:26 AM (FRI8H)

37 Vic, don't worry about whether or not the VNN gets willowed; I check the ONT and the morning thread and cmd-f to search for 'morning morons'. If people care enough, they'll find it. Those Depression era folks are a tough breed. Not too many of them left now. Posted by: Puddleglum at December 31, 2016 07:02 AM (ZzZuq) There's a fascinating Youtube channel with the late Clara, demonstrating how she learned to cook for her family during the Depression. Nothing exotic, obviously, it's just really interesting to see how she works. If I'm dicing an onion, I'll have a nice bright light and a cutting board, but Clara just cuts the thing in her hand like an apple.

Posted by: hogmartin at December 31, 2016 02:27 AM (8nWyX)

38 Depression cooking with Clara link: https://www.youtube.com/user/DepressionCooking

Posted by: hogmartin at December 31, 2016 02:29 AM (8nWyX)

39 Wow, creeper, that does sound like a spider's web. Glad you have someone that can help you navigate. Sounds like you have great neighbors too - what a boon. We are blessed with good neighbors here too and it really makes things nice. Everyone looks out for everyone else. I hope you continue to find nothing but blessings in your new space.

Posted by: bluebell at December 31, 2016 02:31 AM (sBOL1)

40 35 NOAA has already declared this to be the warmest year on record. Funny what you can do with made-up data. Posted by: WAYNE at December 31, 2016 07:21 AM (hW0Uj) It takes fake data to make fake news.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 31, 2016 02:31 AM (mbhDw)

41 28 2016 saw the loss of a friend of mine that was only 8 years older then me. Damn heart attacks. I still have my fingers crossed for Soros though. Especially at the end of the year when Satan is out of the special lube. Posted by: Bruce at December 31, 2016 07:05 AM (8ikIW) I hope his son dies of a broken heart 24 hours later.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 31, 2016 02:32 AM (mbhDw)

42 38: Thanks. I'll check it out later. Looks interesting.

Posted by: Puddleglum at December 31, 2016 02:32 AM (ZzZuq)

43 Morning creeper. Warm and dry enough. Hope the same for you. Sorry, I duck in and out when it's really slow is why the reply took so long. And I see bluebell is here. You had asked about videos of us. We're going to make a couple this year. Not big time productions. More like small town quaint. Also record a gig or two. That'll just be with one little hi-def camera and a single shotgun mic so the sound will be so-so. Might get a couple decent ones off that one. And finally, K-State won their bowl game and it's only one week till we play again. Yea!

Posted by: teej at December 31, 2016 02:33 AM (gJ3Vg)

44 I hope his son dies of a broken heart 24 hours later. Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 31, 2016 07:32 AM (mbhDw) ------------------- I shouldn't have laughed, but I did. teej, great - be sure to let us know when the videos are posted! You guys will have to be in our moron inaugural parade.

Posted by: bluebell at December 31, 2016 02:34 AM (sBOL1)

45 19 Posted by: GnuBreed at December 31, 2016 06:56 AM (oZEJt) I thought I read somewhere that the EPA was created by some sort of executive order and not through Congress, so that, at least in theory, President Trump can eradicate it with an executive order. Thoughts?

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 31, 2016 02:34 AM (mbhDw)

46 Well off to bed. Gotta work the rest of the weekend. Happy New Year. Get blind drunk for me.

Posted by: Puddleglum at December 31, 2016 02:37 AM (ZzZuq)

47 Hey J.J., have you ever gone to the NYE thing in Times Square?

Posted by: HH at December 31, 2016 02:38 AM (DrCtv)

48 At this point, I'm tempted to take myself in the pool.

...grr.  I have to change the beneficiary on my life insurance now.

Don't do like my late father did, folks, make sure you have plenty of life insurance and make sure it doesn't decay over time like some versions will!  Your family will appreciate it when the time comes.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Cylon without a basestar at December 31, 2016 02:41 AM (vyqqu)

49 @45 According to the internets, its was vomited into existence by an EO from tricky dick then "ratified" in a congressional committee for what its worth.

Posted by: Kreplach at December 31, 2016 02:42 AM (+lv+r)

50 Someone who has been deported 19 times should be deported one last time to somewhere like Antarctica.

Posted by: freaked at December 31, 2016 02:43 AM (BO/km)

51 47 Hey J.J., have you ever gone to the NYE thing in Times Square? Posted by: HH at December 31, 2016 07:38 AM Once and only once. 30 years ago, New Year's Eve 1986-87. I had friends from out of town who wanted to go, so we started off with dinner in Chinatown, coffee and dessert in Little Italy and gradually made our way uptown. But as we got within 8 or 10 blocks of Times Square, it started to get VERY crowded. So we went back downtown and just found a cool jazz bar and that's where we plated ourselves until well after the ball dropped. They were actually staying at the Edison Hotel which was on 8th Avenue in the mid-40s, IIRC, so we waited out the crowds and finally got there around 4 in the morning. I have never wanted to do that for a whole host of reasons. And now that the swarthy Saharan/South Asian types are on the rampage because colonialism and white privilege, I'll stay home and watch "The Horn Blows At Midnight" and go to be early.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 31, 2016 02:44 AM (mbhDw)

52 49 @45 According to the internets, its was vomited into existence by an EO from tricky dick then "ratified" in a congressional committee for what its worth. Posted by: Kreplach at December 31, 2016 07:42 AM (+lv+r) So, in theory, it can be eradicated with a signature.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 31, 2016 02:45 AM (mbhDw)

53 "President Trump can eradicate it with an executive order. Thoughts?" Sounds good to me. Or maybe repurpose the organization as the "Executive Pussy Administration".

Posted by: freaked at December 31, 2016 02:45 AM (BO/km)

54 Someone who has been deported 19 times should be deported one last time to somewhere like Antarctica Atlantis. *Suggested edit*

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice [/i] [/s] [/b] at December 31, 2016 02:45 AM (J+eG2)

55 I'm always surprised when Keith Richards hasn't passed away.

Posted by: Hank at December 31, 2016 02:47 AM (yBK3k)

56 54 *Suggested edit* Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at December 31, 2016 07:45 AM (J+eG2) Why piss off Donovan when a ditch with quicklime would suffice.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 31, 2016 02:48 AM (mbhDw)

57 Pretty sure the EPA was formed to regulate the Clean Water Act.

Posted by: Son of mad as hell at December 31, 2016 02:49 AM (+u4Fr)

58 55 I'm always surprised when Keith Richards hasn't passed away. Posted by: Hank at December 31, 2016 07:47 AM (yBK3k) Or David Crosby.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 31, 2016 02:49 AM (mbhDw)

59 "Moron Tabernacle Choir"
I should wait until my eyes are fully open on a Saturday.

Posted by: AE at December 31, 2016 02:49 AM (+ft6G)

60 Brother Cavil, how are you doing? Have you had your father's funeral yet? I think about you every day and am still sending prayers your way. I hope you have a lot of help and support from your family.

Posted by: bluebell at December 31, 2016 02:50 AM (sBOL1)

61 45 I thought I read somewhere that the EPA was created by some sort of executive order and not through Congress, so that, at least in theory, President Trump can eradicate it with an executive order.

Thoughts?


Posted by: J.J. Sefton
 
There would still be statutory authorities, passed by Congress and signed into law. The SC has even upheld the validity of some of EPA's rules such as the Clean Air Act and carbon emissions.
Much like the TSA and many others, getting rid of an agency is gonna need help from Congress, and at a minimum the Senate Dems ain't gonna be helpful. The filibuster will once again become a popular tool in the MSM's eyes.
 
The best thing I've seen is that the basis of federal gubmint unions is an EO by JFK. Shitcan the unions, and break the Dems' biggest source of campaign moola. Even FDR thought that gubmint unions were a very bad idea.

Posted by: GnuBreed [/i] [/b] at December 31, 2016 02:51 AM (oZEJt)

62 Moron Tabernacle Choir"
I should wait until my eyes are fully open on a Saturday.
Posted by: AE


We should form a band man!!!

It would be great to have a DC Moron Meetup and throw together a few songs for the Trump inauguration.

Posted by: Bruce at December 31, 2016 02:51 AM (8ikIW)

63 'Someone who has been deported 19 times should be deported one last time to somewhere like Atlantis. ' That works too. I think there is a hole in the Earth's crust in the Antarctic that leads to Atlantis. Also, if said deported individual rapes a 13 year old his dick should be departed before deportion.

Posted by: freaked at December 31, 2016 02:51 AM (BO/km)

64 Why piss off Donovan when a ditch with quicklime would suffice. Posted by: J.J. Sefton


Lots of ditch room in the new monument that the JEF just signed in.

Posted by: Bruce at December 31, 2016 02:53 AM (8ikIW)

65 50 Someone who has been deported 19 times should be deported one last time to somewhere like Antarctica. Posted by: freaked at December 31, 2016 07:43 AM (BO/km) California. The penalty for failure to pay your underage rape victim at least $15/hour minimum wage is probably pretty rough though.

Posted by: hogmartin at December 31, 2016 02:54 AM (8nWyX)

66 Morning! I got nothing... Everyone have a joyous and safe happy new year!

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at December 31, 2016 02:55 AM (UpGcq)

67 Welp, 2016 is over here in Sydney. I'll leave you guys to sort things out your side of the International Date Line.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 31, 2016 02:55 AM (2yngH)

68 @52 Probably not. Sure it was created by an EO but it was given legitimacy by congress by approving in committee and by its continued funding. It could probably only be gotten rid of by congress zeroing out its budget.

Posted by: Kreplach at December 31, 2016 02:56 AM (+lv+r)

69 Also, if said deported individual rapes a 13 year old his dick should be departed before deportion. ===== Ahem! *points at nic*

Posted by: Vlad the Impaler, whittling away like mad at December 31, 2016 02:57 AM (FeQVL)

70 Good morning! Let's smile & be happy & strike fear in the hearts of killjoy leftists everywhere.

Posted by: NaCly Dog [/i] at December 31, 2016 02:58 AM (u82oZ)

71 Welp, 2016 is over here in Sydney. I'll leave you guys to sort things out your side of the International Date Line. Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 31, 2016 07:55 AM (2yngH) ---------------- Happy New Year, Pixy. Thanks for keeping this place up and running.

Posted by: bluebell at December 31, 2016 03:00 AM (sBOL1)

72 Well, since you asked Is Notorious RBG still breathing?

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at December 31, 2016 03:00 AM (PqqkK)

73 Overslept. My alarm was set for week day. Feels funny to be up so late. This will wake you & me up, & in a good way. Enjoy. http://youtu.be/TbzTcFRiEr0

Posted by: NaCly Dog [/i] at December 31, 2016 03:00 AM (u82oZ)

74 That f'n Ad Council is running ads here that say "Embrace Refugees". Ever wonder who funds that crap? From their web site: "Each of our campaigns are sponsored by a non-profit organization or federal government agency who pay for the production and distribution costs." The Federal government needs to get out of that and TAC will die. Die die die Ad Council!

Posted by: freaked at December 31, 2016 03:01 AM (BO/km)

75 We should form a band man!!! It would be great to have a DC Moron Meetup and throw together a few songs for the Trump inauguration. Posted by: Bruce at December 31, 2016 07:51 AM (8ikIW) --------------- Did you see the Don Lemon thread a few days ago? We're way ahead of you.

Posted by: bluebell at December 31, 2016 03:01 AM (sBOL1)

76 I hope you continue to find nothing but blessings in your new space.

Posted by: bluebell at December 31, 2016 07:31 AM (sBOL1)***

That's a daily occurrence, bluebell.  And not a day goes by that I don't count you among them.

Posted by: creeper, lost in the Witopia web at December 31, 2016 03:02 AM (FRI8H)

77 See you all next year. Drive carefully tonight.

Posted by: goon at December 31, 2016 03:02 AM (EaQ6/)

78 64 Lots of ditch room in the new monument that the JEF just signed in.
Posted by: Bruce
 
Another law badly in need of reform, the 1906 Antiquities Act gives the preezy waaay too much power to grab land from the states under the guise of conservation.
 
Maybe Trump can declare TFG a National Monument, and restrict the world from coming within 500 yards of him. After all, he's historic.

Posted by: GnuBreed [/i] [/b] at December 31, 2016 03:02 AM (oZEJt)

79 What positions can be filled by Obama can be unfilled by Trump? --- i can think of a few he might struggle with

Posted by: Reggie Love at December 31, 2016 03:03 AM (PqqkK)

80 At least if they are going to say "Embrace Refugees" they should also add "Get vaccinated against every conceivable disease first".

Posted by: freaked at December 31, 2016 03:05 AM (BO/km)

81 Happy New Year Pixy. And as already mentioned, thanks for keeping the HQ chugging along.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice [/i] [/s] [/b] at December 31, 2016 03:05 AM (J+eG2)

82 The daily average low for this Dec as measured in my yard is 38.4F. That's 11.2F lower than last Dec. --- BRB, adjusting the past

Posted by: Michael Mann at December 31, 2016 03:05 AM (PqqkK)

83 40 35 NOAA has already declared this to be the warmest year on record. Funny what you can do with made-up data.
Posted by: WAYNE at December 31, 2016 07:21 AM (hW0Uj)


It takes fake data to make fake news.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 31, 2016 07:31 AM (mbhDw)


Which is funny because the local rain dancer just put up a chart saying that December 2016 average temps (highs and lows) are each, 12 degrees colder than December 2015.  But what the hell, gotta save the narrative.  Regarding the narrative, if you live in Alaska, don't burn wood to keep warm.  Just layer up.  Love the EPA.

Posted by: The Mouse that Roared at December 31, 2016 03:06 AM (7N6ox)

84 67 Posted by: Pixy Misa
 
A Pixy sighting! Hey, I saw over at Alexia that mu.nu traffic has doubled since early 2016, mostly driven by ace of course.
 
Good job on keeping the hamsters on their toes.

Posted by: GnuBreed [/i] [/b] at December 31, 2016 03:06 AM (oZEJt)

85 Happy New Year. Thanks for the great banter all 2016 hordelings. Thank God, thank God Almighty Hillary! Rodham Clinton will never be president. MSM delenda est. #...WAR

Posted by: Taqyia2Me - Deploribus Unum at December 31, 2016 03:07 AM (Ftuf+)

86 Brother Cavil, how are you doing? Have you had your father's funeral yet? I think about you every day and am still sending prayers your way. I hope you have a lot of help and support from your family.

Posted by: bluebell


Well, I'd be lying if I said it was easy.  Sadly cash flow and my own sorry income dictate I can't remain in the house I'm to inherit, and it's not in great shape--needs new paint, carpets, work on bathrooms--so I'm going to need a new place to stay, probably within a couple of weeks.  Fortunately the network of friends my dad had--and thus, by extention, I have--is amazing, and I already have some opportunities available.  Eventually when the dust clears I should have some cash, hopefully can get a better paying job now that I don't have to worry about looking after the old man, and move on with my own life.

I was wigging out for a while with the speed it's happened--lots of stuff sorted and taken out of the house already!  It's amazing watching 30 years of stuff getting cleared out--but I'm starting to settle down into the long weekend.  I'm looking forward to going back to the office so I can think about something else...

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Cylon without a basestar at December 31, 2016 03:09 AM (vyqqu)

87 Oh, and the burial is today, visitation was last night.  Afterwards I may or may not speak the words "Fuck it, let's go bowling".

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Cylon without a basestar at December 31, 2016 03:10 AM (vyqqu)

88 NOOD YEAR'S MORNING POST

Posted by: @votermom @vm at December 31, 2016 03:10 AM (Om16U)

89 Someone who has been deported 19 times should be deported one last time to somewhere like Antarctica Atlantis. --- I've long favored closing Gitmo and releasing the inmates somewhere in central Alaska. New Years sounds like the right day for that. 'Mecca is that way boys!'

Posted by: Michael Mann at December 31, 2016 03:10 AM (PqqkK)

90 Happy new year, Pixy!

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 31, 2016 03:11 AM (gTQoY)

91 I was thinking about the "joint report" on Russian hacking yesterday and this is what I believe about it: It is logically and rationally impossible that the report is true. Here's why: Wikileaks, obviously, had the emails. So logically, there had to be a link TO Wikileaks from wherever the emails originated. True so far, right? That much could have been acknowledged in the report by a simple statement such as, "it is, as yet, undetermined how the Russians transmitted the emails to Wikileaks." There is no such statement in the report. In fact, even though the report - logically, and in so many words - is describing Wikileaks, there is no mention anywhere in the report, of Wikileaks. As I said, this, on its face, does not make logical sense. The only thing clearly known is absent from the report? But the Russians hacked the emails and then magically made their way into Wikileaks hands? This was supposedly a multi-agency report, and it was done so sloppily that they left out the ONE thing that was definitely known by the entire world. Makes no sense.

Posted by: Mr Macca Bean (Aware and I WILL NOT COMPLY!) at December 31, 2016 03:12 AM (Gh3fw)

92 Remember "choosemyplate dot gov"? Can we get rid of that too?

Posted by: freaked at December 31, 2016 03:13 AM (BO/km)

93 75 We should form a band man!!! --- afraid i'm only qualified to be the Linda McCartney of the group.

Posted by: buzzsaw90 at December 31, 2016 03:14 AM (PqqkK)

94 Hugs and prayers, Brother Cavil.

Posted by: @votermom @vm at December 31, 2016 03:15 AM (Om16U)

95 Brother Cavil, just keep hanging in there and doing what you need to do. The most important job you have right now is just getting through each day, doing what needs to be done. I'm glad to hear you have some opportunities that have arisen - that's God in the details for sure. Most of all, know that you gave your all for your dad. I can't remember if you're Catholic - I think you are - but one of the readings for yesterday was Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14. Applies equally to non-Catholics, of course! I just think it was interesting that your dad's viewing was yesterday, with the perfect reading to go with it.

Posted by: bluebell at December 31, 2016 03:16 AM (sBOL1)

96 Another law badly in need of reform, the 1906 Antiquities Act gives the preezy waaay too much power to grab land from the states under the guise of conservation. Maybe Trump can declare TFG a National Monument, and restrict the world from coming within 500 yards of him. After all, he's historic. --- come on, it says antiquities. But i think he could grab the entire democratic leadership...Pelosi, Biden, Warren, the Clintons

Posted by: buzzsaw90 at December 31, 2016 03:16 AM (PqqkK)

97 afraid i'm only qualified to be the Linda McCartney of the group. Posted by: buzzsaw90 at December 31, 2016 08:14 AM (PqqkK) --------------- Better that than the Yoko Ono of the group.

Posted by: bluebell at December 31, 2016 03:16 AM (sBOL1)

98 This was supposedly a multi-agency report, and it was done so sloppily that they left out the ONE thing that was definitely known by the entire world.

Makes no sense. Posted by: Mr Macca Bean (Aware and I WILL NOT COMPLY!)


Makes perfect sense when you look at it as a political ass-covering act and pretext builder.

I will give praise and thanks to the heavens if these idiots don't try to launch a nuclear first strike before Trump gets sworn in.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Cylon without a basestar at December 31, 2016 03:17 AM (vyqqu)

99 74 That f'n Ad Council is running ads here that say "Embrace Refugees". --- i'll embrace the little ones. Free Van Rides!

Posted by: Hairy Reid at December 31, 2016 03:18 AM (PqqkK)

100 I just think it was interesting that your dad's viewing was yesterday, with the perfect reading to go with it.

Posted by: bluebell


Probably more comforting if I had any chance of children of my own, but such is life.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Cylon without a basestar at December 31, 2016 03:19 AM (vyqqu)

101 Posted by: Brother Cavil, Cylon without a basestar at December 31, 2016 08:09 AM (vyqqu) On is different scale, my mother in law died in July, leaving millions to her lawyers to run a foundation in her name. She wanted to completely disown her only child, my wife, who cared for her every day. Why is anyone's guess. Luckily, there were a few million from her father's estate that her mother had the benefit of the income over the past 30 years, but went to her at her mother's death. Sure, everyone should be thankful for 2 or 3 million, but the way this all transpired was a total blindside. Absolutely nothing was left to the grandchildren or great grandchildren, not even simple educational funds. It was an act of spite for some unknown slight that could be 80 years old. So, it's been an eventful year.

Posted by: jwest at December 31, 2016 03:19 AM (Zs4uk)

102 Whoa!  Did Pixy just flash through?

Happy New Year, Pixy.  Thanks for getting my attention, VIA.  Too often Pixy gets short shrift.  It can't be easy herding these cats but somehow Pixy manages.

Except for the IP blocked thing.  I don't suppose you could do anything about that?

Posted by: creeper, lost in the Witopia web at December 31, 2016 03:20 AM (FRI8H)

103 It was an act of spite for some unknown slight that could be 80 years old.

So, it's been an eventful year.

Posted by: jwest


Hrmph.  Confirming my belief money and family don't mix well.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Cylon without a basestar at December 31, 2016 03:22 AM (vyqqu)

104 95 Brother Cavil, just keep hanging in there and doing what you need to do. The most important job you have right now is just getting through each day, doing what needs to be done. I'm glad to hear you have some opportunities that have arisen - that's God in the details for sure. --- My folks are both pushing 80. Those days are coming. Enjoy today today. Tomorrow is never promised.

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at December 31, 2016 03:22 AM (PqqkK)

105 Happy New Year, morons! I'm hoping Notorious RBG hangs in until January 22. The couple who threw a huge NYE bash every year seem to be too sad to throw the shindig this year, so a bunch of us are meeting in a dive bar on the Upper West Side. I expect hilarity to ensue and hope everyone can get through the evening without getting hit by a cue ball or worse.

Posted by: vivi at December 31, 2016 03:22 AM (11H2y)

106 Posted by: Brother Cavil, Cylon without a basestar at December 31, 2016 08:09 AM (vyqqu)

Brother Cavil, I found myself in exactly the same position this year.  Don't know if you're still working but if you're not and wouldn't mind moving, Oklahoma has been incredibly kind to me.  I owe bluebell big-time on that one.

Posted by: creeper, lost in the Witopia web at December 31, 2016 03:23 AM (FRI8H)

107 It was an act of spite for some unknown slight that could be 80 years old. --- BRB, have to invite my parents over for dinner and ass-kissing

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at December 31, 2016 03:24 AM (PqqkK)

108 At least if they are going to say "Embrace Refugees" they should also add "Get vaccinated against every conceivable disease first".

Got my (5) shots for Uganda and Kenya yesterday.  With all the band-aids I am a sergeant on the left arm and a corporal on the right.  She asked which arm I wanted to have sore this morning, so I picked the left.

Posted by: AE at December 31, 2016 03:25 AM (+ft6G)

109 Brother Cavil, I found myself in exactly the same position this year. Don't know if you're still working but if you're not and wouldn't mind moving, Oklahoma has been incredibly kind to me. I owe bluebell big-time on that one.
Posted by: creeper, lost in the Witopia web


I'm still working, but I'm not making much and I'm in poor shape to interview for anything else.  It's a bad situation I'd wish I'd made better by taking dad up on his offer to help...too late now.  Just wanted to wait for things to quiet down but...not to be.

Learn from me folks, don't wait for the perfect time, move when  you can.

Anyway, who knows, I've had a hankering to move on.  I may yet.  But I need to get things stabilized first.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Cylon without a basestar at December 31, 2016 03:26 AM (vyqqu)

110 BRB, have to invite my parents over for dinner and ass-kissing Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at December 31, 2016 08:24 AM (PqqkK) For over a decade, my wife would get up at 4:30 am, 6 days a week, in order to have enough time to go the gym and then be at her mother's house to help her get ready for the day.

Posted by: jwest at December 31, 2016 03:27 AM (Zs4uk)

111 Saturday Morning Dump is UP!

Posted by: Bruce at December 31, 2016 03:27 AM (8ikIW)

112 Posted by: jwest at December 31, 2016 08:19 AM (Zs4uk)

Your wife should sue the estate.  There are laws governing minimum inheritance for spouses and children.

Found myself in the same position but I'd have had to sue the kids.  That was the one thing I couldn't do.  But there are no other kids here, so it's not an issue.

Lawyer.  Now.

Posted by: creeper, lost in the Witopia web at December 31, 2016 03:27 AM (FRI8H)

113 Found myself in the same position but I'd have had to sue the kids. That was the one thing I couldn't do. But there are no other kids here, so it's not an issue. Lawyer. Now. Posted by: creeper, lost in the Witopia web at December 31, 2016 08:27 AM (FRI8H) This was air-tight, put together by lawyers who plotted for years. If any protest is made, she loses the few million she got. They thought of everything.

Posted by: jwest at December 31, 2016 03:30 AM (Zs4uk)

114 I got Anthony Weiner for 2017 dead pool, anyone else ?

Posted by: CarlinNH at December 31, 2016 03:35 AM (o4sgs)

115 Jwest - sorry to learn about that. Some moms get very demanding and petulant in old age. Sometimes it's because they are afraid, which is understandable. I think, though, some women with entitlement/narcissist issues get really crazily demanding and they get really angry or spiteful.

Posted by: vivi at December 31, 2016 03:40 AM (11H2y)

116 Jwest - wow, that is really....diabolical. I'm so sorry. I hope your wife will be able to move on from this. I suppose the local newspaper, which will undoubtedly cover the news of this new foundation from a local donor, will want to interview her daughter. Perhaps a lawyer can help craft an appropriate response for your wife.

Posted by: vivi at December 31, 2016 03:45 AM (11H2y)

117 I don't want my dead parents' money. All I ever wanted was their respect. I certainly earned it; definitely never got it. They only love me when I do what they want me to do. When I was younger, they held that money over my head. I grew up with no emotional ties to them and went my own way. I have my own money now. They can keep their money; I wouldn't take a dime.

Posted by: StAwO at December 31, 2016 03:50 AM (sPwat)

118 Posted by: creeper, lost in the Witopia web at December 31, 2016 07:15 AM (FRI8H)

Just went through that regimen.  Hope it works out for you.  I've done it before but this time it made me really racy.  I either got a lot done or spent a lot of time about all the things to be done, and not being able to focus on one completion. 

I also ended up at an alternative church service, World without Walls.  I'm Roman Catholic and was trying to decide which Parish midnight mass to attend.  That aside, feel better.  And glad to hear your 2016 ending on a good note with the move.

Posted by: gracepc at December 31, 2016 03:55 AM (OU4q6)

119 41 28 2016 saw the loss of a friend of mine that was only 8 years older then me. Damn heart attacks. I still have my fingers crossed for Soros though. Especially at the end of the year when Satan is out of the special lube. Posted by: Bruce at December 31, 2016 07:05 AM (8ikIW) I hope his son dies of a broken heart 24 hours later. Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 31, 2016 07:32 AM (mbhDw) It's probably too much to hope that that crew have hearts.

Posted by: rickl at December 31, 2016 04:30 AM (sdi6R)

120 Cavil, I'm so sorry to hear of your father's death. Will be praying for him and you both.

Posted by: Sal at December 31, 2016 07:37 AM (hA4a+)

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