February 28, 2011

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— Gabriel Malor

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Famitsu is reporting that the 3DS sold 371,326 units in its first two days. Nintendo shipped around 400k. The top selling launch game was Professor Layton (117,589).

/ http://www.famitsu.com/news/

Posted by: Serious Cat at February 28, 2011 02:06 AM (bAySe)

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 02:06 AM (M9Ie6)

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SC not eager to give Amazon promised tax break

You can’t tell this from the head line or the first part of the story but the heart of this matter is NOT a “tax break” for Amazon.  That is the typical weasel words from the communist Dem Party and their enablers in the media anytime someone has the temerity to not raise taxes and spending. This also has an impact to all the Morons because the same kind of shit is probably occurring in your State.

No, you must go 6 paragraphs into the story to find that the Legislature had passed a law which Sanford signed that assured the interpretation that a distribution center in a State did not constitute a “presence” in the State for the purposes of collecting sales taxes. No rational person would have thought that anyway, but such is the way of irrationality when discussing collection of taxes. NC is suing Amazon over this very thing.

At the heart of this issue is interpretation of the Supreme Court ruling many years ago that said States could not force out of State retailers to collect sales tax from customers they service within a State if they did not have a “brick and mortar” store in the State.  The States have fought over this ruling ever since. Far be it for anybody to tell a State they can not tax the shit out of a targeted group of people.

And as always, local merchants see this as an unfair advantage for out of State mail order firms like Amazon. Most States and in-State merchants didn’t see this as a problem as long as sales tax was down in the 3% range. With it now hitting 10% in some localities in SC it has become a BFD as Sheriff Joe would say.

This is also a test of Nikki Haley. The legislature passed a bill making common sense a law for a change and now local merchants are raising hell. Will she make an effort to kill the law or will she go with promises made to Amazon and the 1200 jobs coming with this distribution center?

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 02:07 AM (M9Ie6)

4

The enviro-whackjobs are all upset Gasland didn't win the Oscar for best documentary. The film is pure Luddite propaganda that depicts gas drilling as an environmental disaster, start to finish.

Here's a pic of the gut who produced it. Does anybody else think he bears a striking resemblance to Miss Hathaway's bird watching buddy on The Beverly Hillbillies?

Separated at birth?

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 02:13 AM (7+pP9)

5

The enviro-whackjobs are all upset

Redundant.

Also, NEED CAFFEINE.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at February 28, 2011 02:16 AM (B+qrE)

6 Kitteh in the headlines sidebar does jazz hands!

Posted by: Little Miss Spellcheck at February 28, 2011 02:20 AM (xqhoO)

7 Perusing the newspapers, both local and national, this morning I find a common denominator in ALL of them.

They ALL are solidly behind the unions and are carrying their water for them.

So don't expect to see or hear anything resembling the truth on this crap.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 02:21 AM (M9Ie6)

8 I've got a friend who is normally full-on libertarian (guns, speech, etc.) who's all snitty about Wisconsin and Gov. Walker, posting things on FB about the mysterious Koch Bros and claiming that the teachers already pay 100% of pension and health via 'deferred compensation.' (Aren't ALL non-wage benefits just 'deferred compensation??')

Can you tell he's a retired gov't type?

Posted by: nickless at February 28, 2011 02:33 AM (MMC8r)

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 02:34 AM (M9Ie6)

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They ALL are solidly behind the unions and are carrying their water for them.

The media is one of the most heavily-unionized industries still in the private sector.

Posted by: nickless at February 28, 2011 02:35 AM (MMC8r)

11 I have to give it to Walker - most Republicans would have folded by now, given the unions "only" a 10% raise, and called it a win.

Posted by: blaster at February 28, 2011 02:40 AM (Fw2Gg)

12 claiming that the teachers already pay 100% of pension and health via 'deferred compensation.'

What a load of shit that is.  If nothing else, this is forcing a lot of the "libertarian" turds to reveal themselves as clueless dumbfucks who need state assistance to walk across the street safely.

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 28, 2011 02:41 AM (kKA7V)

13 Wow, I just watched that Charlie Sheen promo - he looks ROUGH. But Amy Winehouse is still alive so maybe he's got a while before he punches out.

Posted by: blaster at February 28, 2011 02:42 AM (Fw2Gg)

14 Wow Gabe. What is the Gabriel Method or should I ask.

Posted by: Mr. Diddy Wah Diddy at February 28, 2011 02:43 AM (2Xs4B)

15

The Waco seige began 18 years ago today on February 28, 1993.  Four BATF agents were killed in the initial "raid."

Also, the first WTC attack was two days earlier, on February 26, 1993.

Posted by: Count de Monet at February 28, 2011 02:46 AM (XBM1t)

16 Is there any one TV Special more repulsive than the Oscars?

Posted by: Mr. Diddy Wah Diddy at February 28, 2011 02:49 AM (2Xs4B)

17 I've got a friend who is normally full-on libertarian (guns, speech, etc.) who's all snitty about Wisconsin and Gov. Walker, posting things on FB about the mysterious Koch Bros and claiming that the teachers already pay 100% of pension and health via 'deferred compensation.' (Aren't ALL non-wage benefits just 'deferred compensation??')

Can you tell he's a retired gov't type?

Posted by: nickless at February 28, 2011 07:33 AM (MMC8r)

He probably got that from a Forbes piece that was published a couple of days ago.  Here's a take down of that piece by National Review.

http://tinyurl.com/4gzv7qe

Mornin' 'rons!


Posted by: Tami at February 28, 2011 02:50 AM (VuLos)

Posted by: toby928 at February 28, 2011 02:50 AM (GTbGH)

19

Great--Mike Huckabee spam.

A more appropriate analogy I cannot imagine.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at February 28, 2011 02:51 AM (B+qrE)

20 16 Youre a great blogger.  Please keep it up.  I cant wait to read whats next. Spam Guy wants the AOSHQ Newsletter.

Posted by: Mr. Diddy Wah Diddy at February 28, 2011 02:51 AM (2Xs4B)

21

http://tinyurl.com/4qletec .

I blame gorebull warming.

Posted by: harleycowboy at February 28, 2011 02:58 AM (BGVHF)

22 2
Last surviving veteran of WWI dies in WV at 110

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 07:06 AM (M9Ie6)

Frank Buckles was the last surviving U.S. veteran of WWI.

Two British veterans are still alive. Rumor has it that Abe Vigoda is, too.

Posted by: ya2daup at February 28, 2011 03:02 AM (yRrAd)

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Four BAFT agents were killed in the initial "raid."

They were suppose to be there to serve a search warrant.  But they got so busy loading up trucks full of "agents" and calling the press, the BAFT left the warrant in Waco.  That's right.  They forgot the warrant.

Posted by: Case at February 28, 2011 03:02 AM (s07P2)

24 If my machine shop could declare that everyone pay taxes to support us and seize the property of any who can't or wont, how would the unions like that?

Posted by: Beto at February 28, 2011 03:04 AM (j5CHE)

25 Warrant!?  Bahhh, we don't need no stinking warrant!!!

Posted by: Case at February 28, 2011 03:08 AM (s07P2)

26 24

Four BAFT agents were killed in the initial "raid."

They were suppose to be there to serve a search warrant.  But they got so busy loading up trucks full of "agents" and calling the press, the BAFT left the warrant in Waco.  That's right.  They forgot the warrant.

Posted by: Case at February 28, 2011 08:02 AM (s07P2)

I forgot how to spell Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms as BATF.

Posted by: Count de Monet at February 28, 2011 03:09 AM (XBM1t)

27 We had a kick ass lightning and thunder storm go through here last night sometime shortly after midnight. There were a couple of close strikes -- immediate thunder after the flash -- but we didn't lose power. I interpreted that as a sign of divine favor due to the failure of Gasbag to win an Oscar.

Posted by: ya2daup at February 28, 2011 03:14 AM (yRrAd)

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He probably got that from a Forbes piece that was published a couple of days ago.  Here's a take down of that piece by National Review.

http://tinyurl.com/4gzv7qe

Mornin' 'rons!

Posted by: Tami at February 28, 2011 07:50 AM (VuLos)


The writer's gullibility believing union propaganda on a fiscal matter continues to highlight the left leaning proclivity of the media ...even a Forbes writer.

Posted by: dogfish at February 28, 2011 03:16 AM (N2yhW)

29 D-29%  R-23%

Twenty-nine percent of likely voters would blame Democrats for a government shutdown, compared to 23 percent who would hold Republicans responsible, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill.

The results are surprising because most people blamed the GOP for the last government shutdown, which occurred during President Clinton’s first term. A week before the 1995 shuttering, polls showed the public blamed Republicans by a two-to-one-margin.

Posted by: Islamic Rage Boy at February 28, 2011 03:17 AM (tvs2p)

30 I missed the show, did The Kirk's Speech win anything?

Posted by: ontherocks at February 28, 2011 03:19 AM (HBqDo)

31

Interesting Stuff at Watts Up

It seems that while we have been screaming about sell-outs on the CR budget fight they have quietly defunded everything in this admin for the AGW scam, including another big pile of money for the U.N.

Of course the Dems are screaming.



Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 03:21 AM (M9Ie6)

32 Obama to face Shariah court?

"[Obama] has promised all Muslims to be released from Guantanamo Bay. They are still languishing there even though he knows they are completely innocent," Choudary claimed.

"On top of that, he's increased the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, so he is a warmonger just as his predecessor was. And thirdly and more importantly," Choudary said, "the Muslims don't want democracy and freedom. Democracy and freedom are anathema to Islam and the Shariah."


Posted by: Islamic Rage Boy at February 28, 2011 03:21 AM (tvs2p)

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We had a kick ass lightning and thunder storm go through here last night sometime shortly after midnight. There were a couple of close strikes -- immediate thunder after the flash -- but we didn't lose power. I interpreted that as a sign of divine favor due to the failure of Gasbag to win an Oscar.

Posted by: ya2daup at February 28, 2011 08:14 AM (yRrAd)

We're getting lightning and thunder now. Live in PA?

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 03:22 AM (7+pP9)

34 I missed the show, did The Kirk's Speech win anything?

Posted by: ontherocks at February 28, 2011 08:19 AM (HBqDo)

I didn't watch either but it's almost impossible to avoid the headlines this morning.  It appears it won best picture, best actor, best director and best screenplay.

And you can make your text as small as you want if you call me darlin'. ;o)

Posted by: Tami at February 28, 2011 03:25 AM (VuLos)

35 18...go to NRO and read their posting/comments on the Forbes piece first...then go read the Forbes piece and the comments.

The writer of the Forbes piece goes from "WALKER LIED!!11!!1eleventy!!1" to admitting in his comments that "Lied" is probably not the correct word, but it's only the title and "isn't it the content that counts?"  He's more upset that Walker is "blaming" the PEU's when it took two to tango and the state of WI should hire better negotiators.  Imagine him taking that same line if the workers had a really suck deal and were stuck in poor (for the PEU's) contract? 

 I give him credit, he tries desperately to hold his turf in the face of some very well written rebuttals...he answers many of the comments himself. 

But, he never addresses the incestuous circle of money from the PEU's to the democrats and more importantly, he never acknowledges that the people of WI did hire better negotiators...last November.  


Posted by: The Hammer at February 28, 2011 03:26 AM (32ubA)

36 18

Thanks, Tami!

Posted by: nickless at February 28, 2011 03:26 AM (MMC8r)

37

It seems that while we have been screaming about sell-outs on the CR budget fight they have quietly defunded everything in this admin for the AGW scam, including another big pile of money for the U.N.

Of course the Dems are screaming.



Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 08:21 AM (M9Ie6)

My local newspapers have been full of pro-EPA funding editorials for the last few weeks. There's another one in today's paper.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 03:27 AM (7+pP9)

38 You never know who's next.

Posted by: Len Bias at February 28, 2011 03:28 AM (6OwZc)

39 And thirdly and more importantly," Choudary said, "the Muslims don't want democracy and freedom. Democracy and freedom are anathema to Islam and the Shariah."

Posted by: Islamic Rage Boy at February 28, 2011 08:21 AM (tvs2p)

Well, glad we cleared that up.  I've been so confused on that point.  Guess we can call off all the "coexist" rallies, now.

Posted by: Count de Monet at February 28, 2011 03:28 AM (XBM1t)

40 Everytime a politican gets on television a real-time national debt clock should be in a box beside 'em.

Posted by: Case at February 28, 2011 03:29 AM (0K+Kw)

41 We had a kick ass lightning and thunder storm go through here last night sometime shortly after midnight.

We had tornadoes.  Second time this year, already.

Posted by: nickless at February 28, 2011 03:30 AM (MMC8r)

42 orgot how to spell Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms as BATF. Posted by: Count de Monet at February 28, 2011 08:09 AM

There's now an E there too

Posted by: ma'fi mishkilla at February 28, 2011 03:30 AM (le5qc)

43 We need to put together a Celebrity Fear Factor, where instead of money, the prize is a pile of cocaine. You could get Charlie Sheena, Linday Lohan, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and Shadoe Stevens. Joe Rogan: "Oh no, Charlie. You won't be eating caribou penis. You'll be blowing a caribou." Charlie Sheen: "Let's make some magic."

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 28, 2011 03:31 AM (ypWHs)

44 There's now an E there too

Posted by: ma'fi mishkilla at February 28, 2011 08:30 AM (le5qc)

What's the E stand for?

Posted by: Count de Monet at February 28, 2011 03:32 AM (XBM1t)

45

"I am on a drug -- it's called Charlie Sheen!

I'm sure we can come up with a running gag for anything outrageous or bad using Charlie's famous line. Unfortunately my mind isn't in a snappy mood this morning for some reason. Heck I only had about six beers yesterday watching the NASCAR race. As I said, anything outrageous, bad or looks like it's headed for a train wreck. Like: 

"You know that feeling you get when you spill sulfuric acid on your balls? === it's called Charlie Sheen!"

Maybe weak but you get my drift?

 

Posted by: PoconoJoe at February 28, 2011 03:32 AM (iU7pf)

46 They forgot the warrant.

Posted by: Case at February 28, 2011 08:02 AM (s07P2)


OMG...  I didnt know that.

Posted by: Timbo at February 28, 2011 03:32 AM (ph9vn)

47 The writer's gullibility believing union propaganda on a fiscal matter continues to highlight the left leaning proclivity of the media ...even a Forbes writer.

He doesn't write for Forbes, he writes for Tax.com as he says in the comments at NRO.

Posted by: Deathknyte at February 28, 2011 03:34 AM (cHgPI)

48

Another case of morons on parade

LOL, OK all you Nebraska morons, driving around naked and drunk is no way to grow up.



Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 03:35 AM (M9Ie6)

49

What's the E stand for?

Posted by: Count de Monet at February 28, 2011 08:32 AM (XBM1t)


I dont know.. maybe Explosives?  Thats my guess.

Posted by: Timbo at February 28, 2011 03:36 AM (ph9vn)

50 So did cartoon Obama win the Oscar for best performance in an animated farce?

Posted by: Oblig. at February 28, 2011 03:37 AM (GwPRU)

51

Posted by: Tami at February 28, 2011 08:25 AM (VuLos)

They're replaying snippets of Speechacus' performance from last nite on the sports radio show I'm listening to, and it's so cringeworthy I'm getting a stiff neck.


Posted by: ontherocks at February 28, 2011 03:38 AM (HBqDo)

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What's the E stand for?

Posted by: Count de Monet at February 28, 2011 08:32 AM (XBM1t)

Everything else. Or explosives.

Posted by: Museisluse at February 28, 2011 03:39 AM (u/Nbu)

53

I dont know.. maybe Explosives?  Thats my guess.

Posted by: Timbo at February 28, 2011 08:36 AM (ph9vn)

You guessed correctly.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 03:40 AM (7+pP9)

54 The sideline article titled "Charlie Sheen will be dead in 6 months." is off by about 7 months.  I watched that promo and I'd say he's been dead for about 30 days.  Cocaine is a helluva drug. 

Posted by: The Hammer at February 28, 2011 03:40 AM (32ubA)

55 He doesn't write for Forbes, he writes for Tax.com as he says in the comments at NRO.

Posted by: Deathknyte at February 28, 2011 08:34 AM (cHgPI)


Oh look, it's spreading!

USNews.com

http://tinyurl.com/4wzhe6p

Posted by: Tami at February 28, 2011 03:41 AM (VuLos)

56 34
We're getting lightning and thunder now. Live in PA?
Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 08:22 AM (7+pP9)

New Castle County, DE

Posted by: ya2daup at February 28, 2011 03:41 AM (yRrAd)

57 You guessed correctly.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 08:40 AM (7+pP9)


YES!!!   I rule!

Posted by: Timbo at February 28, 2011 03:42 AM (ph9vn)

58

Interesting Stuff at Watts Up

It seems that while we have been screaming about sell-outs on the CR budget fight they have quietly defunded everything in this admin for the AGW scam, including another big pile of money for the U.N.

Of course the Dems are screaming.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 08:21 AM (M9Ie6)


That'll make my day if it sticks. I got 20+ inches of snow outside and an ice storm in progress, so I'm still waiting for evidence of AGW.

Posted by: ontherocks at February 28, 2011 03:43 AM (HBqDo)

59 Any word on CaliGrump?

I hope he is feeling better.

Posted by: Timbo at February 28, 2011 03:44 AM (ph9vn)

60 I'm thinking there's some new sex act naming rights involved. "The Charlie Sheen." Vomiting blood on a hooker's vagina. That's all I got so far.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 28, 2011 03:45 AM (ypWHs)

61 When is martin Sheen going to publicly "reach out" as a recovering addict to his son like he did to GWB early in his first term?

Posted by: elliot at February 28, 2011 03:46 AM (DxDmY)

62 44
We need to put together a Celebrity Fear Factor, where instead of money, the prize is a pile of cocaine. You could get Charlie Sheena, Linday Lohan, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and Shadoe Stevens.
Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 28, 2011 08:31 AM (ypWHs)

I view it as a positive sign that I do not know who two of the five "celebrities" are. There's no need to put to me some knowledge to sully my refreshing state, BTW.

Posted by: ya2daup at February 28, 2011 03:46 AM (yRrAd)

63

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 07:07 AM (M9Ie6)

I did not read the link but I get the gist of it.  If Sanford signed the deal then SC should make good on it.  Having said that here in Texas we sued Amazon for back taxes for a distrubution hub.  I believe that if Amazon can cut a deal with a state to be exempt (states do this all the time to attract business) then good for them but if they don't then they need to pay just like everyone else.  And I understand the arguement about distribution vs point of sale but but to me if it's essential to their business they are essentialy tied together.

I have owned a small business, I'm in one now and getting ready own again so I belive in keeping things fair.  What I would rather see is Amazon going to states and asking for land deals and prop. tax breaks rather than exemptions that give them an overly competitive edge.

And for the record the business that I am in is not affected by Amazon at all but I'm in a market that believes in buying local and it makes a difference.

Posted by: Roadking at February 28, 2011 03:46 AM (YzO6h)

64 Alex Jones....
Selling Y2K since 2001

Posted by: Beto at February 28, 2011 03:47 AM (j5CHE)

65

And if stupid people would get their children vaccinated, this wouldn't be a story.

Favorite comment on the story is the first one.  I have no idea what this person is blathering about (emphasis mine):

Leslie Norris:
OK I give up !!!!!!! I thought I’d heard every thing possible called a “disease”. Now Measles is a disease??? I have looked up the defination of disease on Wikipedia and it says it can be construed to be a medical condition. What I have heard in the past is that doctors can charge the patient and of course pass it on to the insurance companies to get more money. I would love to know if that is true. I am so sick of disease this and disease that. What next…Pregnancy Disease? If it is a term used to get more money, then you should be ashamed Dr. Dave Hnida for using it and misleading people.

The hell?  Are there really people out there who don't understand the difference between a contagious DISEASE and a medical CONDITION?

Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 03:47 AM (4df7R)

66 61 I'm thinking there's some new sex act naming rights involved.

"The Charlie Sheen."

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 28, 2011 08:45 AM (ypWHs)


Vomiting blood on a hooker's vagina.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 28, 2011 08:45 AM (ypWHs)

Better get busy or the vampire flicks will be all over it.

Posted by: ontherocks at February 28, 2011 03:49 AM (HBqDo)

67

Better get busy or the vampire flicks will be all over it.

Posted by: ontherocks at February 28, 2011 08:49 AM (HBqDo)

Only if the blood is "shiny."

Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 03:50 AM (4df7R)

68 They still go by just ATF on their website.  Plus, the law enforcement functions are now under DoJ, not Treasury like they were in '93.  This was part of the 2003 Homeland Security bill.  The tax and trade functions stayed under Treasury in the catchily-named Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

Posted by: Count de Monet at February 28, 2011 03:51 AM (XBM1t)

69 Fox: Webpage of the Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction defends union protests, states that it was unions that brought us "the 8 hour work week."

I can't argue with that.

Posted by: comatus at February 28, 2011 03:51 AM (W5ilH)

70 Vomiting blood on a hooker's vagina.

That's all I got so far.


Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 28, 2011 08:45 AM
(ypWHs)

That's ok....I wasn't ready for breakfast yet anyway. 

Posted by: Tami at February 28, 2011 03:52 AM (VuLos)

71 Posted by: Roadking at February 28, 2011 08:46 AM (YzO6h)

A distribution warehouse is NOT a store. That was my point. If it is not a store then it is not subject to withholding sales tax for the State. A warehouse does not sell things in State.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 03:52 AM (M9Ie6)

72

MWR.

They seriously don't know measles is a disease? I worries me that there are so many retarded people out there. We're going to see a lot more of previously eradicated diseases in the US as our borders become more porous.

I got Chicken Pox at 27 right after the birth of my first baby. I think I had a natural immunity that suffered when I didn't get to sleep at all. When I finally went into the doctor they took one look at me and pratically locked me in a closet. The doctor started laughing when he got close enough to realized it was chicken pox and not measles or something worse. They have the varicella vaccine now but chicken pox as an adult is no picnic--you feel like crap.

Posted by: dagny at February 28, 2011 03:53 AM (02DI/)

73 They have the varicella vaccine now but chicken pox as an adult is no picnic--you feel like crap.

Posted by: dagny at February 28, 2011 08:53 AM (02DI/)

That's shingles, isn't it?  From what I hear, extremely painful.

Posted by: Tami at February 28, 2011 03:54 AM (VuLos)

74

74 No, shingles is the latent chicken pox virus surfacing. I had it the for the first time and not on the nerve endings. The shingles vaccine works on the latent virus you carry after having chicken pox or the varicella vaccine.

 

It's nice to know Empire of Jeff wakes up at full speed...........

Posted by: dagny at February 28, 2011 03:58 AM (02DI/)

75 Shingles are very painful.  Suffered with them twice.  Not fun at all until you get the right pain medicine, then they're almost tolerable.

Don't care to relive that again, ever.

Posted by: sixpckr at February 28, 2011 03:58 AM (bKmGD)

76 74
That's shingles, isn't it?  From what I hear, extremely painful.
Posted by: Tami at February 28, 2011 08:54 AM (VuLos)

In order to get shingles, you first have to have had chicken pox. Shingles is a recurrence of the virus in later life.

It is quite painful. My sister had it about two years ago (in her mid-fifties), so my wife and I both got vaccinated for shingles in December. The vaccine is not 100% effective, but supposedly it would make an outbreak of shingles less painful than it otherwise would be.

Posted by: ya2daup at February 28, 2011 03:58 AM (yRrAd)

77 Hmm, Stuxnet = Skynet, right?  And now the DOD is creating Terminator-style robots?  Anyone know somebody named John Connor?  Cuz you might want to warn him to watch his back.

Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 03:58 AM (4df7R)

78 My father had shingles not too long ago.  I DO NOT want to ever go through that.

Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 03:59 AM (4df7R)

79 Had a little shake here last night. Funny, I lived 8 years in California and never heard a rumble, but 15 years back here and I've felt the hills rumble twice. Lived in Tornado ally in Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma for years, never saw a tornado, but since I've come back to Arkansas, I've seen several and much destruction.

Posted by: maddogg at February 28, 2011 04:01 AM (OlN4e)

80 I was married to someone who got chicken pox as an adult. The illness was pretty rough on her and I was able to see glimpses of her true form. The form under her flesh. However, like all demons, she heals quickly and is sucking the life out of another mortal in Boulder.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 28, 2011 04:01 AM (ypWHs)

81 The orcs are still restless in Wi.

Posted by: FlaviusJulius at February 28, 2011 04:01 AM (qIHlG)

82 77
It is quite painful. My sister had it about two years ago (in her mid-fifties), so my wife and I both got vaccinated for shingles in December. The vaccine is not 100% effective, but supposedly it would make an outbreak of shingles less painful than it otherwise would be.
Posted by: ya2daup at February 28, 2011 08:58 AM (yRrAd)

The shingles virus was covered and essentially free under our health plan, but only if you received it at age 60 or above. We didn't qualify agewise, so we paid practically full cost, at ~ $220 per person.

Posted by: ya2daup at February 28, 2011 04:02 AM (yRrAd)

83 I just noticed in the sidebar that Andie Sullivan has left The Atlantic and moved to the pinnacle of journalism: The Daily Beast. He will be joining Megan McCain to fill out their overweight-and-stupid-columnist quota.

So after trashing The Atlantic's credibility he moves on to a site that has no credibility. What's next for excitable Andie? Gay pron?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo (NJConservative) at February 28, 2011 04:02 AM (LH6ir)

84

The hell?  Are there really people out there who don't understand the difference between a contagious DISEASE and a medical CONDITION?

Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 08:47 AM (4df7R)

Wow. The stupid is remarkably strong on that page.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 04:02 AM (7+pP9)

85 Does anyone know why shingles seem to affect "seasoned citizens" more than relatively younger adults?  Is it simply decreased immunity due to age?

Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 04:03 AM (4df7R)

86 Posted by: dagny at February 28, 2011 08:58 AM (02DI/)

Oh!  I missed that it was your first time.

When I was pregnant with my son the doctor's office told me that my immunity to chicken pox had waned and I needed to be careful.

I had gone on a business trip to our NY branch office and after I got back, someone from there called to tell me that a person I had been dealing with while in NY came down with the Chicken pox.

I freaked!   Thankfully, nothing ever came of it.

Posted by: Tami at February 28, 2011 04:03 AM (VuLos)

87 #3

RE Amazon.  NC gives Google 100 million for a server site, but sues Amazon for sales tax.  As a results of that suit Amazon dropped ALL it's affiliate publishers in NC.  I can not use Amazon unless I move company to another state.

Smart thinking boys.

Posted by: Kemp at February 28, 2011 04:03 AM (JpFM9)

88 Sorry for quick regression to Sunday Book Post, but you want to read "Plagues and Peoples," by Wm McNeill, probably the only conservative historian of a generation.

Measles was probably the plague that destroyed Rome in the 2nd century, and it has killed 200 million people in the last 150 years. By all means, let us make jokes about it. These people deserve Charlie Sheen.

More fun if you use its old name. Rinderpest.

Posted by: comatus at February 28, 2011 04:03 AM (W5ilH)

89 Wow. The stupid is remarkably strong on that page.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 09:02 AM (7+pP9)

It's hypnotic, isn't it?  I actually thought I'd been transported to some parallel dimension where stupidity was the norm.  Then I remembered Wisconsin and realized that, in a lot of places, it is.

Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 04:04 AM (4df7R)

90 My mom had shingles a few years ago, at 58, and yes - it is something to avoid.

Posted by: Jean at February 28, 2011 04:06 AM (WkuV6)

91

They still go by just ATF on their website.  Plus, the law enforcement functions are now under DoJ, not Treasury like they were in '93.  This was part of the 2003 Homeland Security bill.  The tax and trade functions stayed under Treasury in the catchily-named Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

Posted by: Count de Monet at February 28, 2011 08:51 AM (XBM1t)

I know they still go by BATF but I thought they got additional authority over explosives (probably in the 2003 bill).

Am I wrong on that?

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 04:07 AM (7+pP9)

92 Those Libyan rebels wanna get pizzaid.

I'm a bit confused though, maybe someMoron can help me out.  We've followed the Dems' prescription for energy independence: shut down domestic production and shovel money into renewable energy boondoggles.  Why, oh why, are we now suffering high gas prices when some country half a world away disagrees on what form of government it wants?

I went to the gas station the other day and (it being Oregon) asked the guy to fill it up with solar panels.  And he acted like I was crazy.  So then I asked him to fill it up with corn.  He said he was going to call the police.

What gives?

Posted by: FUBAR at February 28, 2011 04:08 AM (McG46)

93 Measles was probably the plague that destroyed Rome in the 2nd century, and it has killed 200 million people in the last 150 years. By all means, let us make jokes about it. These people deserve Charlie Sheen.

Posted by: comatus at February 28, 2011 09:03 AM (W5ilH)

I think a lot of people believe that measles is just a stronger version of chicken pox, which is absolutely not the case.  Thanks to the miracle of vaccines we've been dulled to the death and destruction measles has wrought over the centuries.  That's why the stupid people commenting on that story left me flabbergasted.  How can anyone be THAT DUMB and survive longer than a few hours?

Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 04:08 AM (4df7R)

94 How common is shingles?

Posted by: Jean at February 28, 2011 04:08 AM (WkuV6)

95 CB'sDildo, Did The Atlantic ever have credibility? I never heard of it until Andi's AIDS dementia became such a blogworthy item.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 28, 2011 04:09 AM (ypWHs)

96 86
Does anyone know why shingles seem to affect "seasoned citizens" more than relatively younger adults?  Is it simply decreased immunity due to age?
Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 09:03 AM (4df7R)

Age-related decrease in immunity is cited as a possible cause for shingles at the Mayo Clinic Health website

Posted by: ya2daup at February 28, 2011 04:10 AM (yRrAd)

97 How common is shingles?

Posted by: Jean at February 28, 2011 09:08 AM (WkuV6)

Depends on whether you had chicken pox.  It's mostly in old people.

Posted by: FUBAR at February 28, 2011 04:10 AM (McG46)

98

Measles was probably the plague that destroyed Rome in the 2nd century, and it has killed 200 million people in the last 150 years.

There are measles and German measles. German measles are very, very nasty and frequently fatal.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 04:10 AM (7+pP9)

99 Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as "bad luck."

Bad luck, measles and rinderpest. Same old cry, through the ages - save me, doctor.

Posted by: Lazarus Galt at February 28, 2011 04:10 AM (W5ilH)

100 Is it simply decreased immunity due to age?
Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 09:03 AM (4df7R)

Combined, lots of times, with stress.

Posted by: FUBAR at February 28, 2011 04:11 AM (McG46)

101

My 10 week old baby got chicken pox right after I did which freaked me out until they told me that the less mature your nerve endings are the less painful the pox. Turns out it was a good age to get it.  I had to argue with the doctor to run a titer--they kept saying, "he didn't get a full case because he still carried your immunity". I kept telling her that I didn't have immunity, you idiot, so it was a full case. Titer said he did have full immunity.

86 Does anyone know why shingles seem to affect "seasoned citizens" more than relatively younger adults?  Is it simply decreased immunity due to age?

Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 09:03 AM (4df7R)

Actually, it's an auto-immune response that sorta gets off-line with age. It's an inflamatory response like arthritis, bursitis, siatica, allergies--an inflamation of the nerve endings.

Posted by: dagny at February 28, 2011 04:11 AM (02DI/)

102 Thank you, Y2D!

Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 04:11 AM (4df7R)

103 Smart thinking boys.

Posted by: Kemp at February 28, 2011 09:03 AM (JpFM9)

The State legislatures are incredibly stupid on these things. Here for the past 10 to 15 years they have been loading everything into sales taxes. They have already pushed the income tax and the property tax through the roof so they had to go somewhere.

The problem with sales taxes is that during any economic downturn it is hit hard and hit first. In addition, it is easy for the public to avoid it.  

So now they are all trying to sue Amazon to either force them to cough up money, or to reveal their client list. I just wish that Amazon would take them to the Supreme Court. Of course they know that the ruling would depend heavily on which side of the bed Kennedy got up on.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 04:12 AM (M9Ie6)

104 Thank you, too, dagny! 

Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 04:12 AM (4df7R)

105 Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as "bad luck."

Posted by: Lazarus Galt at February 28, 2011 09:10 AM (W5ilH)

Joooooooooooos!

Posted by: FUBAR at February 28, 2011 04:12 AM (McG46)

106 Charlie Sheen continues to be off his rocker. He is demanding a public apology and 3 million an episode.

Posted by: moi at February 28, 2011 04:13 AM (Ez4Ql)

107 107 Charlie Sheen continues to be off his rocker. He is demanding a public apology and 3 million an episode.

Posted by: moi at February 28, 2011 09:13 AM (Ez4Ql)

Saw that!  The man's hubris is breathtaking. 

Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 04:13 AM (4df7R)

108 95 How common is shingles?

Posted by: Jean at February 28, 2011 09:08 AM (WkuV6)


FUBAR is right.  Singles is a form of the Herpes virus and usually shows up in old farts that had Chicken Pox as kids.

Not that common, but I understand it is painful and there isn't much you can do about it.

Posted by: Kemp at February 28, 2011 04:14 AM (JpFM9)

109

Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as "bad luck."

AKA, Detroit.

Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 04:14 AM (4df7R)

110 I know they still go by BATF but I thought they got additional authority over explosives (probably in the 2003 bill).

Am I wrong on that?

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 09:07 AM (7+pP9)

Still doodling around their website.  Explosives added in 1972.  Arson in 1982.  And they have a children's page on their website.  Cute!!

Excerpts:

Gun Control Act passes; ATTD becomes Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Division (196

Treasury Department Order No. 120-1 tranfers to ATF powers and duties related to alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives (1972)

Posted by: Count de Monet at February 28, 2011 04:15 AM (XBM1t)

111 Sure, Ed, blame the Germans for everything.

An idea that McNeill pioneered, and is now pretty well accepted among epidemiologists, is that new plagues quickly learn to co-exist. There's no future in being a disease that kills its host.  Like certain other institutions, it quickly runs out of hosts.

So, the childhood pox does not kill you, but uses you as a vector, then finds a way to hide away, survive, and prosper later in the joint life cycle. That's supposedly the deal with shingles.  It's definitely the deal with the Wisconsin teachers' unions.

Posted by: comatus at February 28, 2011 04:15 AM (W5ilH)

112 Charlie Sheen continues to be off his rocker. He is demanding a public apology and 3 million an episode.

Posted by: moi at February 28, 2011 09:13 AM (Ez4Ql)

Saw that!  The man's hubris is breathtaking. 

Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 09:13 AM (4df7R)

He just got back from vacation with his ex-wife, his girlfriend, and a porn star.  He's worth every penny.

Posted by: FUBAR at February 28, 2011 04:15 AM (McG46)

113

Former MSNBC prime-time host Keith Olbermann launched a new Web site Friday night, giving new life to his "Worst Person In the World" feature and going after FOX News.

The site is called the "FOK News Channel," a crude wordplay on the FOX News Channel, which Olbermann has frequently gone after, and a group of Olbermann's supporters who use the acronym "FOK" for "Friends of Keith."

Olbermann announced Tuesday via Twitter that the site would be forthcoming writing "proud to announce: Coming very very soon - your FokNewsChannel website."

 

And the lifetime douchebag loser award goes to Queef Olberdouche for his non-stop douchebaggery

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 28, 2011 04:16 AM (1Jaio)

114 The last day of Black History month, but there is still some partying to do!

http://tinyurl.com/4g5y6c8

Posted by: Kemp at February 28, 2011 04:16 AM (JpFM9)

115

Hmm . . . I just looked up German measles (rubella) and it's not too bad in children. It causes spontaneous abortions in about 20% of women, though.

For a chuckles here's a measles cartoon.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 04:17 AM (7+pP9)

116 Oh, and the chicken pox thing proved that the grocery store cart is disease central. Hadn't been anywhere else because I had the infant from hell.

Posted by: dagny at February 28, 2011 04:17 AM (02DI/)

117

I asked my fiftysomething entrepreneur dad whether the police unions joining the protestors in the WI state house was a sign of a coming civil war.  He said "no, they're only about six percent of the population."

Besides being a non sequitor, it occurs to me that that 6% has all the guns and the temprament to use them.  In other words, there's a lot of smart people who are fully appraised of the situation that still don't believe this will end badly.

Which makes me wonder whether it's them who's wrong on how this will go, or us?

Posted by: Truman North at February 28, 2011 04:18 AM (8ay4x)

118 103
Thank you, Y2D!
Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 09:11 AM (4df7R)

You are quite welcome. Folks, the Mayo Clinic Health website answers practically all the questions posted here concerning shingles as well as others not asked. Check it out.

Posted by: ya2daup at February 28, 2011 04:19 AM (yRrAd)

119

Olbermann announced Tuesday via Twitter that the site would be forthcoming writing "proud to announce: Coming very very soon - your FokNewsChannel website."

 

So he's been reduced-slash-elevated to the status of... a blogger?  Dude, didn't he get the memo?  You can reach more people just being on Facebook.

Posted by: Truman North at February 28, 2011 04:19 AM (8ay4x)

120 Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 28, 2011 09:09 AM (ypWHs)

Depends what you consider credible. They were a reliably liberal magazine that stayed away from rabid ranting. But Sullivan's arrival changed that.

I used to read Sullivan, back when he was sane. And those suggestions that he has AIDS dementia are not just snarky; I believe it. And many others, gay and straight believe it. There is a fair amount of evidence of his precipitous intellectual and logical decline.

It used to be sad, but now it's just cringe-worthy when it isn't laughable.


Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo (NJConservative) at February 28, 2011 04:20 AM (LH6ir)

121 118 Truman North,

This will only go as badly as the common man allows it to.  The tea party should go to madison and countermarch, let the union show who they are.

Posted by: sven10077 at February 28, 2011 04:20 AM (kq1lG)

122 President Sissypants shirking any responsibility again:

Obama looks to Europe to take principal role in Libyan crisis


Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at February 28, 2011 04:22 AM (9hSKh)

123

118 Louis Farrakan said yesterday that the riots of Libya are coming here.

Posted by: dagny at February 28, 2011 04:23 AM (02DI/)

124 Here's my thing with the police joining the union protestors.  Gov. Walker has sent out the State Police to check the WI senate dems' homes, right?  But how the hell do we know the troopers who visit those homes would actually bring the dems to the legislature even if they DID find them there?  If they're union sympathizers they could just ignore the dems' presence, or at best offer a token request.  "Will you come with me, sir?  No?  Okay."  I don't wish to impugn anyone unfairly, but the insanity of the WI public union employees makes it impossible to avoid conspiracy theories.

Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 04:23 AM (4df7R)

125 120

Olbermann announced Tuesday via Twitter that the site would be forthcoming writing "proud to announce: Coming very very soon - your FokNewsChannel website."

 

So he's been reduced-slash-elevated to the status of... a blogger?  Dude, didn't he get the memo?  You can reach more people just being on Facebook.

Posted by: Truman North at February 28, 2011 09:19 AM (8ay4x)


What a loser. Foknews?      They are so jealous that they cant compete..

Maybe if they weren't so crazy and had a new idea every once in awhile, they could compete.. but they dont.

He will fail. Anything done out of hatred.. always fails.

Posted by: Timbo at February 28, 2011 04:24 AM (ph9vn)

126
An idea that McNeill pioneered, and is now pretty well accepted among epidemiologists, is that new plagues quickly learn to co-exist. There's no future in being a disease that kills its host.  Like certain other institutions, it quickly runs out of hosts.

Yeah -- the bubonic plague didn't kill everybody, but . . .

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 04:24 AM (7+pP9)

127 "He just got back from vacation with his ex-wife, his girlfriend, and a porn star. He's worth every penny. Posted by: FUBAR" Really? I guess if you are into STDs. He got into a fight with the ex-wife and she left immediately. She's a junkie, too. So, both parents of 23 month old twins are not fit to care for them. What a winner!

Posted by: moi at February 28, 2011 04:25 AM (Ez4Ql)

128 Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at February 28, 2011 09:22 AM (9hSKh)

Ok, this is gonna make me vomit...a lot....but I agree.  Friggin' Europe doesn't take the lead role in anything.  They rely on us to do it, thereby saving their precious little coins and then bitch at us that we took the lead.  Fuck 'em.

Posted by: Tami at February 28, 2011 04:26 AM (VuLos)

129

This is all you need to know, as if you didn't already. This is the out-going General Counsel of the NEA speaking. All you need to watch is the first one minute and 20 seconds for the TRUTH. It's truly beautiful

http://tinyurl.com/ybxw3jv

Posted by: PoconoJoe at February 28, 2011 04:26 AM (iU7pf)

130

Feel like a camping holiday in Libya and Egypt?

You can enter a competition to win this great prize!

Holiday starts in beautiful Tripoli....

Posted by: Aussie at February 28, 2011 04:26 AM (9vM9t)

131 Yeah -- the bubonic plague didn't kill everybody, but . . .

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 09:24 AM (7+pP9)

...but it DID recently kill a scientist in Chicago.

Posted by: MWR at February 28, 2011 04:26 AM (4df7R)

132 So, both parents of 23 month old twins are not fit to care for them. What a winner!

Posted by: moi at February 28, 2011 09:25 AM (Ez4Ql)

I feel very sorry for his kids. 

What a shitty example for them.   What do you want to bet.. when they grow up.. their faces will be on tabloids. and not for anything good.

Posted by: Timbo at February 28, 2011 04:28 AM (ph9vn)

133 #104

Vic,
You know Amazon sued NC preemptively in Washington State and got a stay on NC's subpoenas.

Posted by: Kemp at February 28, 2011 04:30 AM (JpFM9)

134 We had a kick ass lightning and thunder storm go through here last night sometime shortly after midnight.

Posted by: ya2daup at February 28, 2011 08:14 AM (yRrAd)

I went through almost the same thing (the lightning and thunder were more irritating than kickass) in Northeast Ahia last night.  My Airedale gets extremely freaked out by that shit so neither Mrs H nor I got much sleep last night.  We got plenty of rain too and I was expecting, on top of the foot and a half of glowbull worming on the groud melting, to have a wet basement but for whatever reason that didn't happen.

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 28, 2011 04:32 AM (kKA7V)

135 "Really, is socialism so bad, look where we've gotten with capitalism"

Ok so now I"m starting to see a pattern.  I've seen that question in the comments at several blogs, in the comments after some newspaper articles and I had someone personally say that to me over the weekend.  It is followed by "don't you want everyone to share in the good wealth of the planet""   Seriously, you are made to feel like a horrible human being if you don't go along with them.

Posted by: curious at February 28, 2011 04:32 AM (p302b)

136 McLame is really tore up about the violence in Libya, not so much the violence in Arizona that his criminal negligence caused.

Posted by: FlaviusJulius at February 28, 2011 04:34 AM (qIHlG)

137 So Beck is saying Karl Rove attacked him this weekend?

Posted by: curious at February 28, 2011 04:37 AM (p302b)

138 Ok, this is gonna make me vomit...a lot....but I agree.  Friggin' Europe doesn't take the lead role in anything.  They rely on us to do it, thereby saving their precious little coins and then bitch at us that we took the lead.  Fuck 'em.

If this were a country that had never killed American citizens or financed terrorism, I would agree with you.  However, the Gadaffi regime has committed many sins against America and must be punished, even if just to restore some our "fierce" reputation throughout the world.


Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at February 28, 2011 04:37 AM (9hSKh)

139 136
"Really, is socialism so bad, look where we've gotten with capitalism"
Seriously, you are made to feel like a horrible human being if you don't go along with them.
Posted by: curious at February 28, 2011 09:32 AM (p302b)

Don't feel anything: hit back at them with the retort, "So when do you intend to forswear all of your earthly goods and take up a life of poverty? Because that's what socialism is."

Posted by: ya2daup at February 28, 2011 04:38 AM (yRrAd)

140 Singles is a form of the Herpes virus and usually shows up in old farts that had Chicken Pox as kids.

Not that common, but I understand it is painful and there isn't much you can do about it.

Posted by: Kemp at February 28, 2011 09:14 AM (JpFM9)

I got a rare small case of it when I was around 20; I had something weird on my back that was more like a raspberry in feel than bacne.  I was a bit freaked about it so I went to my family doctor and he said it was shingles and it would go away.  Unlike how it impacts oldsters it didn't hurt at all until it dried up and went away.

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 28, 2011 04:39 AM (kKA7V)

141

Not that common, but I understand it is painful and there isn't much you can do about it.

Posted by: Kemp

 

Actually, I came down with shingles about16 years ago, and you can get Acyclovir, which mitigates a lot of the symptoms (it was pretty miserable, though).  My wife and then infant son got chicken pox from my shingles outbreak.  She was prescribed acylovir to mitigate her symptoms, and she recovered pretty fast.

A female freind of mine got shingles early in her first pregnancy, and that may have been the trigger to her son being born with Muscular Dystophy.  The Herpes virous that causes this is not to be trifled with.

Posted by: Reader C.J. Burch writes.... at February 28, 2011 04:41 AM (usS2T)

142 "Charlie Sheen: 'I'm tired of pretending I'm not special'" Me, too!

Posted by: moi at February 28, 2011 04:42 AM (Ez4Ql)

143

Here's my thing with the police joining the union protestors.  Gov. Walker has sent out the State Police to check the WI senate dems' homes, right?  But how the hell do we know the troopers who visit those homes would actually bring the dems to the legislature even if they DID find them there?  If they're union sympathizers they could just ignore the dems' presence, or at best offer a token request.  "Will you come with me, sir?  No?  Okay."  I don't wish to impugn anyone unfairly, but the insanity of the WI public union employees makes it impossible to avoid conspiracy theories.

 

This is part of my great fear about public unions. There is a great potential for a permanent break in trust between most of the public and the polce.

If I could give an example. The black community is notoriously distrustful of the police. For good reason too. For a long time they were mistreated by the police. That is not to say that I buy into the whole, blacks are still to this day overwhelmingly vicitimized by the police, however at one point in American history they clearly were. This has breed a distrust between them and the police. You can't get people to testify in black areas. You can't get people to cooperate with the police in black areas.

I worry that the Police siding with their union over their sworn oath will cause a permanent schism between them and the rest of us.

Why should i cooperate with or help the police if they don't take their oath and duty seriously?

Posted by: Ben at February 28, 2011 04:42 AM (wuv1c)

144 Jettison the thread loading suck. Stop screwing with the controls.

Posted by: FlaviusJulius at February 28, 2011 04:42 AM (qIHlG)

145 If this were a country that had never killed American citizens or financed terrorism, I would agree with you.  However, the Gadaffi regime has committed many sins against America and must be punished, even if just to restore some our "fierce" reputation throughout the world.

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at February 28, 2011 09:37 AM (9hSKh)

Problem is we no longer 'punish' our enemies.  We waste lives and treasure trying to get them to 'like' us.  


Posted by: Tami at February 28, 2011 04:43 AM (VuLos)

146 Behold my true form, and despair!

I'm going to guess the true form is "honey badger".

Posted by: Waterhouse at February 28, 2011 04:45 AM (7Nlqi)

147 And if stupid people would get their children vaccinated, this wouldn't be a story.

You know who else doesn't get vaccinations?  Illegal aliens. Guess where the spring 2006 Iowa mumps outbreak came from?  (The guy I knew who got mumps, probably from sitting in an ER waiting room for an unrelated matter, had been vaccinated as a child but his immune system was compromised by leukemia.  Let me just say if you value your testicles, you do not want to contract mumps as an adult.)

Posted by: HeatherRadish at February 28, 2011 04:46 AM (nAOMZ)

148 ou know Amazon sued NC preemptively in Washington State and got a stay on NC's subpoenas.

Posted by: Kemp at February 28, 2011 09:30 AM (JpFM9)

I knew they were fighting over it in court. I had not heard that they got a stay.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 04:47 AM (M9Ie6)

149

President Sissypants shirking any responsibility again:

this is Bosnia all over again. The mighty European Community was ready to take its place as a superpower, only to be unmasked as a weak kneed paper tiger.  We had to take care of them then and we'll have to do the same thing now. If Europe can't even handle a nation south of its border, then what can they handle? They are dead weight. We need to withdraw from as many European countries as possible and then make a public statement that Mainland Europe(with a few exceptions like Poland, Czechs, etc) is no longer under the american umbrella.  France, Spain, German, the Benelux countries, Italy, the Nordic Countries, etc  They can start paying their own way. I am sick of subsidizing their defense. I think the American public would totally support this.



Posted by: Ben at February 28, 2011 04:48 AM (wuv1c)

150

They don't make me feel like a horrible person, it makes me think they are hopelessly stupid. I'm done...DONE..apologizing for being right.

Posted by: Damn Sockpuppet at February 28, 2011 04:49 AM (YmPwQ)

151 I went through almost the same thing (the lightning and thunder were more irritating than kickass) in Northeast Ahia last night.


That thunder was house shaking wasn't it?  I ended up with two kids in my bed, and storms never frighten my kids.

The ground is so saturated some of our neighbors are stuck in their drive ways.

Posted by: momma at February 28, 2011 04:50 AM (penCf)

152 "Really, is socialism so bad, look where we've gotten with capitalism"

Curious, this is just another form of their age old chestnut "beware the excesses of capitalism". The proper retort is "not only are there no excesses, but there is no capitalism".

We haven't had capitalism in this country since before John Adams was President. And it all but disappeared in the 1930s.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 04:50 AM (M9Ie6)

153 Hey Vic, we need to have a mini-meet-up and solve the world's problems.

Posted by: The Hammer at February 28, 2011 04:50 AM (PER0T)

154 You can't get people to testify in black areas. You can't get people to cooperate with the police in black areas.

The rate of black people who fail to report for jury duty in Milwaukee County is something like twice the rate of white people who fail to report. I denounce myself for reading the article about that.

Anyway, since there's now no such crime as "trespass" in Wisconsin, I was thinking of helping myself to Chris Larson's (Fleebagger, Bay View) domicile.

Posted by: HeatherRadish at February 28, 2011 04:52 AM (nAOMZ)

155 New Zeal has some Union vids up tht you just have to see. OY.

They also have a post up about the Unions in WI and the Free Press 'journalist'/founder connections.  He isn't just reporting the news, he is forcing thugs to make news!

Posted by: momma at February 28, 2011 04:54 AM (penCf)

156 Posted by: Ben at February 28, 2011 09:48 AM (wuv1c)

Everything you write is true; when I went to France in the August 1993 there were Bosnian refugees all over the place begging.  I asked my French friend who they were and he told me the country had been inundated by them and Europe was waiting for the USA to show some leadership to resolve it.  I told him good luck with Slick in charge but he was very honest about the Euro's unwillingness to do anything about resolving a situation within their back yard.

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 28, 2011 04:55 AM (kKA7V)

157 155 HR,

now, now while your idea is in fact the only logical conclusion one can draw from the cops position something tells me that they'd tell you, "there's rules and then there's RULES!"

Posted by: sven10077 at February 28, 2011 04:55 AM (kq1lG)

158


The enviro-whackjobs are all upset Gasland didn't win the Oscar for best documentary. The film is pure Luddite propaganda that depicts gas drilling as an environmental disaster, start to finish.

I watched about 30 minutes of it. It wasn't really a documentary per se. And the narration felt like a drug induced stream of conscience.

Posted by: Ben at February 28, 2011 04:55 AM (wuv1c)

159 Don't feel anything: hit back at them with the retort, "So when do you intend to forswear all of your earthly goods and take up a life of poverty? Because that's what socialism is."

What kind of car do they drive?  How many pairs of shoes do they own?  Do they own an iPad/Phone/Pod?  Then capitalism seems to be working for them.

(Also, if they're giving up that car to go full-socialist, I could use a new one)

Posted by: HeatherRadish at February 28, 2011 04:56 AM (nAOMZ)

160 Fox trying to interview a Democrat about the union BS in WI. The commie response was we need to go after the oil companies and get rid of their subsidies and government tax breaks.

That is another one of their old "big lies". Oil companies get to write off operating expenses against total dollar income to determine profit and the Dems call it a subsidy.

Of course the Fox anchor did not challenge him to name the "subsidy".

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 04:56 AM (M9Ie6)

161 Hey Vic, we need to have a mini-meet-up and solve the world's problems.

Posted by: The Hammer at February 28, 2011 09:50 AM (PER0T)

Nah, we don't need a meet-up. We need for the public to vote me dictator for a year.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 04:57 AM (M9Ie6)

162 sven10077--yeah, I know. WTF was I thinking, trying to bring logic into it?

Posted by: HeatherRadish at February 28, 2011 04:59 AM (nAOMZ)

163

Re: Olbermann - how pathetic.

The vast majority of television and radio "fueds" are nothing more than publicity stunts started by smaller market/smaller share hosts who desperately want the larger market/larger share host to notice the fued and take the bait. That way, the larger host provides free advertising and buzz for the challenger, hopefully driving traffic his/her way.

Olbermann's Current TV gig will probably garner about 20,000 viewers to start and go down hill from there. Fox, on the other hand, could probably get 200,000 people to watch a test pattern.

The upside, AOSHQ bookie can start the "when will Keith Olbermann flame out at Current TV pool.

Posted by: Zach Greinke's Bobblehead at February 28, 2011 05:00 AM (hKyl0)

164 Why is the Daily Beast posting articles that are anti-union.  Wow. 

With the Wisconsin showdown at a fever pitch, Mark McKinnon says America doesn't need public unions anymore -- they silence voters' choice, redistribute wealth, and clog the political system.

Link goes to Road Runner, so it is safe.  It is a great article to send to all your lib-idiot friends especially because it comes from the Daily Beast.

Posted by: momma at February 28, 2011 05:01 AM (penCf)

165 I thought Oldboredeuce put his animal husbandry degree to work on my behalf?

Posted by: ManBearPig at February 28, 2011 05:02 AM (qIHlG)

166 Vic, this goes back to the fiscal illiteracy of the left. They still can't tell you who actually pays corporater taxes. Or they will never admit it.

Posted by: Damn Sockpuppet at February 28, 2011 05:02 AM (YmPwQ)

167

Link goes to Road Runner, so it is safe.  It is a great article to send to all your lib-idiot friends especially because it comes from the Daily Beast.

I'm sure its a good article but Mark McKinnon is still a douchebag

Posted by: Ben at February 28, 2011 05:02 AM (wuv1c)

168

this is Bosnia all over again

Except Wes Clark isn't around to bomb the wrong side.........

Posted by: Zach Greinke's Bobblehead at February 28, 2011 05:02 AM (hKyl0)

169 Ben, have you ever talked to a buddy who has been a cop for a while?  Fairly quickly, they divide the world into cops, sheep, and skells -- as they get older -- the sheep and skells category sort of merges.

Posted by: Jean at February 28, 2011 05:04 AM (WkuV6)

170 The Physics of Breakfast CerealWheat and rice don’t have external shells that trap steam the way corn does, so if you want to obtain popcornlike results with these grains, you have to provide the pressure cooker. When cereal companies want to make puffed wheat, puffed rice, or puffed dough, they do just that, using a process known as “gun puffing” developed by Quaker Oats researchers at the turn of the 20th century. Why is it called gun puffing? Because the process was perfected using an actual Army cannon -one that saw action in the Spanish American War- that was converted into a pressure cooker. (Corn kernels can also be gun puffed. That’s how Kellogg’s Corn Pops are made.)(YouTube link)
...

So what causes the famous Snap! Crackle! Pop! sound? The walls of the puffed Rice Krispies kernels are so thin and brittle that many of them collapse when they come into contact with milk.


(YouTube link)



Posted by: momma at February 28, 2011 05:06 AM (penCf)

171 Your true form is restaurant coupons?

Posted by: Brickmuppet at February 28, 2011 05:06 AM (EJaOX)

172 Seriously, you are made to feel like a horrible human being if you don't go along with them.

Posted by: curious at February 28, 2011 09:32 AM (p302b)

That's the first red flag for groupthink, which eliminates the thinking of the individual and replaces it with feelings. Feel guilt,feel angry feel sorry and feel intimidated on command, rinse and repeat.

Your own sweet nature is working against you in this struggle, and is why progs were so quick to try to exploit women's suffrage. The nurture reflex is a perfect set up for their scam.

There's a need to differentiate between honest feelings and those issues about which the individual has to be absolutely bloodless.

Posted by: ontherocks at February 28, 2011 05:07 AM (HBqDo)

173 Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at February 28, 2011 09:37 AM (9hSKh)

And hopefully by early 2013 we will have a president who understands this.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo (NJConservative) at February 28, 2011 05:08 AM (LH6ir)

174 Fox trying to interview a Democrat about the union BS in WI. The commie response was we need to go after the oil companies and get rid of their subsidies and government tax breaks.

Ignorant even by WI Dem standards.  Tax breaks? Wisconsin enacted a special tax on oil companies in 2007 (link is geeky).  But the problems with the budget Walker inherited (no, really!) came from unrealistic spending after that, and balancing the budget with one-time federal funds (FU, Barry).

Posted by: HeatherRadish at February 28, 2011 05:08 AM (nAOMZ)

175

I'm sure its a good article but Mark McKinnon is still a douchebag

Posted by: Ben at February 28, 2011 10:02 AM (wuv1c)


Yeah, but he is making a better case against unions than most GOP douche bags.

Here are his bullet points:

Public unions are big money
Public unions redistribute wealth (to Dems)
Public unions silence the voters' voice
Public unions are unnecessary

Posted by: momma at February 28, 2011 05:09 AM (penCf)

176 And in other depressing news....I think the sidebar item may be right. Charlie Sheen will bite the bullet in 6 months. Not that I care about Charlie (I don't wish him ill.......I just wish he shut up), but if that is true, I am going to lose my death pool. Seriously, I didn't think there was a Hollywood "star" more out of control than my girl Lindsey.

Posted by: Zach Greinke's Bobblehead at February 28, 2011 05:10 AM (hKyl0)

177 They still can't tell you who actually pays corporater taxes. Or they will never admit it.

It is as Ann Coulter said long ago. If they knew anything they wouldn't be on the left.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 05:11 AM (M9Ie6)

178 Does Andrew ride motorcycles? Cause that would be like, cool, - riding bikes with my gay conservative friends in like, leather and tattoos.

Fer sure.

Posted by: Smeggie Mac at February 28, 2011 05:12 AM (GwPRU)

179 Stallion Semen Served Up in New Zealand as New Energy Drink
"It is the protein of the stallion. It is going to be tastefully done."

The shots, which will sell for $10, are pitched as being healthy energy boosters and will be available to sample as they come or in cherry, licorice or pie flavors.

"You often hear from a female perspective that semen has an awful alkaline taste, so we thought we'd better make it more user friendly," explained horse trainer Lindsay Kerslake, whose stallions will supply the shots

"Think of it like a milkshake. ... It's all safe. We're getting the semen in the same way breeders do, using an artificial vagina and storing it in the formula they use."

Posted by: momma at February 28, 2011 05:13 AM (penCf)

180 Ignorant even by WI Dem standards.

I may be mistaken, but I believe the Dem-Commie was a federal Dem-commie and not a WI Dem-commie.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 05:13 AM (M9Ie6)

181

Behold my true form, and despair!

Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man?

Posted by: Count de Monet at February 28, 2011 05:13 AM (XBM1t)

182 @136  The best response is "Can you loan me some money?"

Posted by: A Balrog of Morgoth at February 28, 2011 05:13 AM (0IPsJ)

183 45 What's the E stand for?
--------
Model rocket motors.

Posted by: Anachronda at February 28, 2011 05:14 AM (6fER6)

184 Primary school bans footballs
A school where Steven Gerrard grew up has banned footballs from the playground, saying would-be England stars must instead use sponge balls for "health and safety" reasons.

Posted by: momma at February 28, 2011 05:15 AM (penCf)

185
Really? I guess if you are into STDs. He got into a fight with the ex-wife and she left immediately. She's a junkie, too. So, both parents of 23 month old twins are not fit to care for them. What a winner!

Posted by: moi at February 28, 2011 09:25 AM (Ez4Ql) 

Don't stereotype.  Porn stars get tested hourly.  Nothing but good wishes for the kids, but what does that have to do with Charlie's marketability.

And look.  If it's OK for Presidents, why isn't it OK for actors?


Posted by: FUBAR at February 28, 2011 05:17 AM (McG46)

186

Ben, have you ever talked to a buddy who has been a cop for a while?  Fairly quickly, they divide the world into cops, sheep, and skells -- as they get older -- the sheep and skells category sort of merges.

nope. what is a skell?

Posted by: Ben at February 28, 2011 05:19 AM (wuv1c)

187 So Beck is saying Karl Rove attacked him this weekend?

Posted by: curious at February 28, 2011 09:37 AM (p302b)

Beck's not my favorite person in the world but nothing gets me on somebody's side like having the architect of 2006 and 2008 badmouth them.  When does that fat turd ever attack the commiecrats these days?  The only value that squishy cocksucker had was how insane he made the left by his mere existence; if the left had any sense they'd have realized that the compassionate conservatism garbage was their ticket to future success.  It's so pathetic to see him try to become relevant by trashing conservatives; I hope the new head of the Repubs tells him to go fuck himself.

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 28, 2011 05:20 AM (kKA7V)

188 Sponge balls are still allowed?  Don't the hardcore imams object to the presence of any form of soccer?

Posted by: HeatherRadish at February 28, 2011 05:21 AM (nAOMZ)

189 what is a skell?

Junkies, but generalized to all waste of skins.

Posted by: toby928 at February 28, 2011 05:22 AM (GTbGH)

190 Good morning, homies! 

Last night on the ONT there was a discussion about the cost of textbooks and also of "internet" courses.  I asked my hubby this morning (who has worked in both publishing and higher ed) about them. 

He thinks the books cost issue has more to do with the nature of book adoptions for courses and it being something of an incestuous monopoly and not so much to do with federal/state funding (this is based on what he knows about university budgets which is considerable).  Paper is very expensive, as is shipping, so that's a big part of the costs of a book, but his recollection was that while a non-profit publisher's margin is about 10-15% for a book, the textbook companies even way back when (80s and 90s) had margins of over 25%.  All the effort is put into books getting adopted for courses.  The people writing the books are prominent/famous professors.  You get 6 professors as co-authors on a book -- that increases the chances the book gets adopted by big courses. 

We kicked around the idea of professors generating their own course materials, which a few do (I knew of some who made their own lab manuals, for example), but the problem there is copyright infringement.  Many (most, imho) profs would be extremely sloppy about lifting others' materials and then you'd have to have a team of university lawyers on hand to defend against copyright suits. 

No explanation for why publishers can't drop the price of e-books at this point.  Clearly it's a big rip-off.  He said he recently heard of students at his school (who virtually all go with used books) paying over $100 for a used math textbook. 

If I were to teach again, I'd probably assign reading based on texts that are available through Medline/PubMed, rather than adopting a single textbook.  Even a couple of years ago there were quite a few very well-respected biology text books available, at least in part, through the National Library of Medicine.  All for free. 

As for the on-line courses... their institution just completed a cost analysis of their on-line courses.  At present, they actually cost more than standard courses.  The reason is that there is a tremendous investment in expensive staff time to develop and administer those courses, simply because they are still not standard at most universities.  The off-set is only the savings on the use of a classroom for 3 hours a week.  I suppose you could add parking savings... but only if your students only take on-line classes, otherwise they're still coming to campus for other classes and activities so you still need the parking lots.  Also, I think most folks would still administer the exams in person -- at least I certainly would -- so you still need some sort of classroom space a few times a semester/quarter. 

So their institution charges the same, but actually at present the cost of the on-line classes is higher than the traditional classes.  That should/could change over time, but not yet. 

Posted by: Y-not at February 28, 2011 05:22 AM (pW2o8)

191 A school where Steven Gerrard grew up has banned footballs from the playground, saying would-be England stars must instead use sponge balls for "health and safety" reasons.

Posted by: momma at February 28, 2011 10:15 AM (penCf)

Once they banned education, balls were just a prop anyway.

Posted by: ontherocks at February 28, 2011 05:24 AM (HBqDo)

192 Heather, just like Doyle and the dums raising the cigarette tax by over $30 a carton. That ain't working out as planned either. When I drove to Iowa and Indiana about every day, I always bought cigs there. Now I smoke for about $18 a carton, and there is no paper trail for them to find. Screw 'em.

Posted by: bigred at February 28, 2011 05:25 AM (cX9pO)

193

When cereal companies want to make puffed wheat, puffed rice, or puffed dough, they do just that, using a process known as “gun puffing” developed by Quaker Oats researchers at the turn of the 20th century.

momma: You must be too young to remember the Quaker Oats commercials they used to run during the Sunday cartoons.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 05:28 AM (7+pP9)

194 Behold my true form, and despair!

You're really Andrew Sullivan? Surreal...

Posted by: Rocks at February 28, 2011 05:28 AM (th0op)

195 60 Any word on CaliGrump?

I hope he is feeling better.

Me, too! 

Cali, if you are reading this, my outlook on life has improved dramatically since moving out of California and to Utah.  There is something soul-sucking about living in a state that has decided to destroy itself.  Go East, young (?) man!

Posted by: Y-not at February 28, 2011 05:30 AM (pW2o8)

196 Hollywood Hypocrisy
Calling to support the public sector unions while trying to get tax credits to make movies thereby denying money to those they purport to support.



Saw a comment elsewhere that, for the first time ever, only one of this year's Oscar Best Picture nominees was made in Los Angeles.  The other nine were filmed elsewhere, due in part to cheaper labor away from the city.

GG Hollywood.

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at February 28, 2011 05:31 AM (DsqGb)

197 You must be too young to remember the Quaker Oats commercials they used to run during the Sunday cartoons.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 10:28 AM (7+pP9)

LOL, "Quaker is the oats shot from guns" to the tune of the 1812 overture.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 05:31 AM (M9Ie6)

198

Don't stereotype. Porn stars get tested hourly. Nothing but good wishes for the kids, but what does that have to do with Charlie's marketability. Posted by: FUBAR

No, they don't get tested hourly. In fact, they had another outbreak of HIV in the porn industry recently. I have read that they all have herpes and genital warts and it is seen as the cost of doing business.  The fact that he is an unrepentent junkie, manwhore, has a hell of a lot to do with his marketability. 

Posted by: moi at February 28, 2011 05:32 AM (Ez4Ql)

199

What's the E stand for?
--------
Model rocket motors.

Posted by: Anachronda at February 28, 2011 10:14 AM (6fER6)

Have they brought the E sized engine back? Last time I tried to buy some (years ago) the hobby store owner said they'd been discontinued because the presses would crack the molds.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 05:33 AM (7+pP9)

200 Fox News: 

Danish foreign ministry reports Somali pirates have seized a yacht in the Indian Ocean with seven Danes aboard, including three children.

This will not end well....

Posted by: Tami at February 28, 2011 05:33 AM (VuLos)

201 The head of one of the US’s biggest industrial groups has launched a scathing attack on Barack Obama’s attempts to repair relations with companies, dubbing him “anti-business”.
Manufacturers could shift production out of the US to Canada or Mexico as a result, warned George Buckley, chief executive and chairman of 3M.“
I judge people by their feet, not their mouth,” he told the Financial Times. “We know what his instincts are – they are Robin Hood-esque. He is anti-business.”
The Obama administration has struck a more conciliatory tone towards business since the Democratic defeat in November’s midterm elections.

Posted by: Islamic Rage Boy at February 28, 2011 05:35 AM (tvs2p)

202 Soooo from the sidebar Andi is taking his groundbreaking gynecological research to the Daily Beast and Newsweak?  Is there any better example of how journalism has debased itself by combining entertainment with news than that ignorant gash Tina Brown?

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 28, 2011 05:35 AM (kKA7V)

203 51 So did cartoon Obama win the Oscar for best performance in an animated farce?

Posted by: Oblig. at February 28, 2011 08:37 AM (GwPRU)

Best Picture went to a film about a world leader thrust into an international crisis who has problems articulating himself.

The Academy voted for George Bush.

Posted by: AmishDude at February 28, 2011 05:36 AM (T0NGe)

204 #203:

Two problems there.  One, Robin Hood stole from the government and gave to the overtaxed subjects.

Two, many people have pointed out that Obama doesn't care about "giving to the poor".  He's all about vengeance.  Well, he calls it justice, but it's really just envy and revenge.

Posted by: AmishDude at February 28, 2011 05:38 AM (T0NGe)

205
This will not end well....

Posted by: Tami at February 28, 2011 10:33 AM (VuLos)

They still have shot so long as it stays Danish and the ball's not in Obowbow's court.

Posted by: ontherocks at February 28, 2011 05:39 AM (HBqDo)

206 Shingles hurts like hell, travels down nerves & erupts @skin.  It can blind or cripple you depending on what nerves.  Anti-virals are supposed to work but it's usually not diagnosed early enough.

Posted by: Dave at February 28, 2011 05:43 AM (6OwZc)

207 Another difference between the Tea Party and the Wis. demonstrators is that the Tea Partiers wouldn't take over the capitol building and refuse to leave.

Posted by: rockhead at February 28, 2011 05:44 AM (RykTt)

208 201 Have they brought the E sized engine back? Last time I tried to buy some (years ago) the hobby store owner said they'd been discontinued because the presses would crack the molds.
-------
Don't know; I haven't gotten organized enough to fly anything since moving to California. Of course, when I do fly something, the Es are first to go...

I do, however, have a couple of Fs squirrelled away for which I've not yet built a rocket.

Posted by: Anachronda at February 28, 2011 05:45 AM (6fER6)

209 momma: You must be too young to remember the Quaker Oats commercials they used to run during the Sunday cartoons.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 28, 2011 10:28 AM (7+pP9)

I was going to bring that up. When I was a little kid it was the cereal "shot from guns". Here's another thing, I had some of those deeds. Just think, I could be sitting on a gold mine right now if I still had them. Actually, I think it even said on the deed that the property was something like 1' x 1' or something like that.

In 1955, Quaker Oats again gave away land as part of a promotion, this one tied to the Sergeant Preston of the Yukon television show in the United States. The company offered in its Puffed Wheat and Puffed Rice cereal boxes genuine deeds to land in the Klondike.[

Posted by: PoconoJoe at February 28, 2011 05:45 AM (iU7pf)

210

The Charlie Sheen:

Ejaculating on pictures of Martin Sheen. 

"AHhhhhhh... Dayem Honey Look!  I just squirted out another Charlie Sheen!

Posted by: Cornholio at February 28, 2011 05:45 AM (61knN)

211 Jayson Blair Ian Urbina lives on at the Times


Posted by: Islamic Rage Boy at February 28, 2011 05:51 AM (tvs2p)

212 We kicked around the idea of professors generating their own course materials, which a few do (I knew of some who made their own lab manuals, for example), but the problem there is copyright infringement.  Many (most, imho) profs would be extremely sloppy about lifting others' materials and then you'd have to have a team of university lawyers on hand to defend against copyright suits.


I had professors do this in grad school--"Readings for TS404, pick it up at Copyworks."  Bulk photocopying, cardstock cover, and cheap plastic spiral binding. It was still expensive because they paid a licensing fee to the copyright holders of articles and illustrations--that was at least 90% of the cost.

I don't know about math, since you could always redraw your own graphs (I redrew a lot of images for an online textile class--there's really only one way to show plain weave, lol) but any e-book about history or art is going to have to pay these fees, too, so you're never going to get a $9.95 e-textbook in those areas.

(Didn't we have this conversation before? And everyone pooh-poohed the idea that paying 37 museums a dime apiece for twenty images could actually be a major expense?)

Posted by: HeatherRadish at February 28, 2011 05:51 AM (nAOMZ)

213 Another difference between the Tea Party and the Wis. demonstrators is that the Tea Partiers wouldn't take over the capitol building and refuse to leave.

Everyone around me at the Stand With Walker rally had bathed in the past week.

Posted by: HeatherRadish at February 28, 2011 05:53 AM (nAOMZ)

Posted by: LC LaWedgie at February 28, 2011 06:00 AM (EabUn)

215 Posted by: HeatherRadish at February 28, 2011 10:51 AM

Textbooks really are a racket, but I don't think there's anything the universities can do about it except move away from using them altogether.  And I have to say that at the grad school level, they should be unnecessary (at least in science), because the students should be dealing with primary source materials (scholarly journals) at that stage anyway. 

At the undergrad level, I think they can be abandoned in many, perhaps not all, fields.  You're probably right that math may be a field that still needs textbooks.  When I was teaching (large, sophomore course; 400 students) we had a text book (that my co-instructor, the course director chose), but at the end of the day there are always going to be mistakes or outmoded ideas in a science textbook.  Science moves too fast.  So we always told students that the definitive information would be from lecture notes.  That should be their primary source. 

Nowadays I wouldn't even bother to assign a textbook.  I'd take the time to evaluate the big three textbooks out there and give the students optional background reading from those sources.  Even 5 years ago, I was using web pages as supplemental material more often than the text book (which I felt was lousy). 

Posted by: Y-not at February 28, 2011 06:07 AM (pW2o8)

216

I was going to bring that up. When I was a little kid it was the cereal "shot from guns". Here's another thing, I had some of those deeds. Just think, I could be sitting on a gold mine right now if I still had them. Actually, I think it even said on the deed that the property was something like 1' x 1' or something like that.

In 1955, Quaker Oats again gave away land as part of a promotion, this one tied to the Sergeant Preston of the Yukon television show in the United States. The company offered in its Puffed Wheat and Puffed Rice cereal boxes genuine deeds to land in the Klondike.[

Posted by: PoconoJoe at February 28, 2011 10:45 AM (iU7pf)


That would have been so cool.

Posted by: momma at February 28, 2011 06:14 AM (penCf)

217 Anyone still here? Drudge has an sfgate.com report that libtard SFO is suffering the consequences of green hysteria in the form of low water usage toilets. "...Skimping on toilet water has resulted in more sludge backing up inside the sewer pipes, said Tyrone Jue, spokesman for the city Public Utilities Commission. That has created a rotten-egg stench near AT&T Park and elsewhere, especially during the dry summer months."

Posted by: George Orwell at February 28, 2011 06:14 AM (AZGON)

218 Posted by: Oblig.

Hey. No.

Posted by: oblig. at February 28, 2011 06:14 AM (xvZW9)

219

94 How can anyone be THAT DUMB and survive longer than a few hours?

 

One of the upsides of civilization - especially western civilization - is that knowledge once learned can be passed down to future generations.  The downside is that not all members of the future generations bother to avail themselves of that knowledge.

So, those future generations eventually arrive on the scene, but have no idea how they got there or what they should do, personally, to make sure the next future generation can exist at all.

 

Posted by: Boots at February 28, 2011 06:16 AM (neKzn)

220 Cool. Alone at last.

Posted by: George Orwell at February 28, 2011 06:17 AM (AZGON)

221 Also at sfgate.com, more proof that Clownifornians in charge of major cities really do not feel the need to pinch pennies in these fat times: "Trading places: San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Paul Henderson has landed a temporary new criminal justice job inside the mayor's office - making $35,000 more than the last guy who held the post... Henderson will keep his $195,000 pay... At the same time, mayoral Deputy Chief of Staff Cristine DeBerry is moving over to the D.A.'s office to fill a newly created chief of staff position. DeBerry's pay is still being worked out, but we're told she'll receive a $35,000 to $40,000 bump over her current $144,000 a year."

Posted by: George Orwell at February 28, 2011 06:28 AM (AZGON)

222 Lindsay Lohan: Ho Bo


"...her face looked plastic and shiny her hair looked liked it was dyed with mustard and her lips were deformed."


Posted by: LC LaWedgie at February 28, 2011 06:30 AM (EabUn)

223 @224 Animatronic Lindsay Lohan?

Posted by: George Orwell at February 28, 2011 06:31 AM (AZGON)

224

That would have been so cool.

Posted by: momma at February 28, 2011 11:14 AM (penCf)

 Isn't that funny? I own a couple of square feet of land in the Yukon but I don't have the deeds anymore to prove it. And here I had dreams of building a house there.

Posted by: PoconoJoe at February 28, 2011 06:31 AM (iU7pf)

225 118

I asked my fiftysomething entrepreneur dad whether the police unions joining the protestors in the WI state house was a sign of a coming civil war.  He said "no, they're only about six percent of the population."

 

The military & national guards are not unionized.  The national guard is under the control of the governor.  It would be very bad indeed if the national guard had to be mobilized to stand off against local cops.

I seem to remember something about this from the early days of unionization in the USA - back in the late 19th century there were a lot of riots caused by union organizers (who were actually communists fomenting anarchy but I digress).  National Guard units were called out to deal with the riots.

Everything old is new again.

 

 

Posted by: Boots at February 28, 2011 06:33 AM (neKzn)

226 " Isn't that funny? I own a couple of square feet of land in the Yukon but I don't have the deeds anymore to prove it. And here I had dreams of building a house there." Of course your house must conform with the EPA regulations concerning carbon footprints, and you must file an environmental impact report with the Department of the Interior. Typical wait times for permission to build a three square foot house are seventeen years.

Posted by: George Orwell at February 28, 2011 06:35 AM (AZGON)

227

At the same time, mayoral Deputy Chief of Staff Cristine DeBerry is moving over to the D.A.'s office to fill a newly created chief of staff position. DeBerry's pay is still being worked out, but we're told she'll receive a $35,000 to $40,000 bump over her current $144,000 a year."

Which both will continue to receive while they skip out of their jobs to go to Wisconisn to show support for their union brethern. Spit.

Posted by: Zach Greinke's Bobblehead at February 28, 2011 06:36 AM (OWjjx)

228 BTW Pocono Joe, that clip of the NEA official is must-see for every voter. Unvarnished balls.

Posted by: George Orwell at February 28, 2011 06:38 AM (AZGON)

229 Of course your house must conform with the EPA regulations concerning carbon footprints, and you must file an environmental impact report with the Department of the Interior. Typical wait times for permission to build a three square foot house are seventeen years.

Posted by: George Orwell at February 28, 2011 11:35 AM (AZGON)

I guess my plans for the gold mining is a no-go too then.

Posted by: PoconoJoe at February 28, 2011 06:38 AM (iU7pf)

230 230BTW Pocono Joe, that clip of the NEA official is must-see for every voter. Unvarnished balls.

Posted by: George Orwell at February 28, 2011 11:38 AM (AZGON)

  Unvarnished balls is right. He even comes out and says it's not "for the children".

Posted by: PoconoJoe at February 28, 2011 06:40 AM (iU7pf)

231 Anyone have thoughts on Walker's best wait-em-out strategy? Physical presence to collect Congressional paychecks is a good start. Any news on other tactics?

Posted by: George Orwell at February 28, 2011 06:41 AM (AZGON)

232 Animatronic Lindsay Lohan?

Posted by: George Orwell at February 28, 2011 11:31 AM (AZGON)


It's that Charlie sheen.

Posted by: LC LaWedgie at February 28, 2011 06:41 AM (EabUn)

233 The NEA president retiring reveals how certain he is of their power. He doesn't even make a token effort to provide a gig leaf. But he does maintain the fiction that teachers "give" their union dues instead of being mandated by law to forfeit them.

Posted by: George Orwell at February 28, 2011 06:44 AM (AZGON)

234 Oops, that's "fig" leaf, not gig. But that could be amusing too.

Posted by: George Orwell at February 28, 2011 06:45 AM (AZGON)

235 That HoBo ad was the most funnytastic thing Kimmel has ever done! It was topical, well-written, the music was perfect, the guest stars were terrific, and BUNK!  Thanks, Jimmy K!

Posted by: Bender Bending Rodriguez at February 28, 2011 06:51 AM (dDHVv)

236 The main thing I took away from the Oscars was what a <a href="http://tinyurl.com/4qotja4">huge-headed, tiny-bodied oddity Josh Brolin is</a>.  He looks like a bad photoshop.  I guess when Babs Streisand is your mom, genetic defects are bound to happen, but holy crap...


Posted by: Bender Bending Rodriguez at February 28, 2011 06:58 AM (dDHVv)

237 HTML fail.  Apologies.

Posted by: Bender Bending Rodriguez at February 28, 2011 06:59 AM (dDHVv)

238 Posted by: Bender Bending Rodriguez at February 28, 2011 11:58 AM (dDHVv)


Sharp pants.

 BTW, in order to post a link, you have to type/paste the title into the comments, then highlight the text, then click on the little "link" button.  I've heard that if you're using certain browsers, the buttons don't show up.  If not, use Firefox.

Posted by: LC LaWedgie at February 28, 2011 07:09 AM (EabUn)

239 I'm kinda glad the cops didn't chuck out the protesters.  That's exactly what they want.

Posted by: blue star at February 28, 2011 07:22 AM (gpWL9)

240 Pending Home Sales Fall Faster than Expected

"We should not expect the recovery to be in a straight upward path - it will zig-zag at times," said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun.

Posted by: boned at February 28, 2011 07:25 AM (GTbGH)

241 '"We should not expect the recovery to be in a straight upward path - it will zig-zag at times," said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun.' If a NAR spokestard/economist said that, it means housing is flat for a decade.

Posted by: George Orwell at February 28, 2011 07:36 AM (AZGON)

242 Posted by: blue star at February 28, 2011 12:22 PM (gpWL9)

I'm kinda hoping for some Wisconsin National Guard action. About 500 guardsmen swinging rifle butts would make my day.


Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo (NJConservative) at February 28, 2011 07:38 AM (LH6ir)

243 wow, go to a meeting and come back to find k daffy is "handing out cash" and "Obama Supports Easing Health Law Mandates for States"

Posted by: curious at February 28, 2011 07:43 AM (p302b)

244

WASHINGTON – In a concession over his divisive health care overhaul, President Barack Obama offered Monday to let unhappy states design alternative plans as long as they fulfill the goals of his landmark law.

Addressing the nation's governors, Obama also challenged state chiefs who have sought to balance their budgets through weakening unions and curbing employees' benefits, telling them that they should not demonize workers.

"I don't think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or their rights are infringed upon. We need to attract the best and the brightest to public service," the president said.

 

Do what you want on health care as long as it's my plan. And the best and brightest are really on display in Madison. What a tool our little Barry is

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 28, 2011 07:56 AM (1Jaio)

245 Well it looks like Feb is going to prove the Old Farmer's Almanac correct once again. They predicted overall the month of Feb for our region would be slightly warmer than normal. The average mean temp for Feb here is 2° above average mean temps. The highs have been higher, but the lows have been lower so it offset them somewhat.

What is funny is that it is about 10° higher than the averages for last Feb. So for this Winter's season we had Dec and Jan very much colder than average, and much colder than even last Winter, while it has warmed up slightly for Feb.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 07:58 AM (M9Ie6)

246 242 Pending Home Sales Fall Faster than Expected

We'll be trying to re-enter the market this summer. Very interesting times.  We have a good sense for where some well-paying jobs (mostly in engineering) are going to be coming into our county, but it's still a very confusing market out there. 

Posted by: Y-not at February 28, 2011 08:04 AM (pW2o8)

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 08:06 AM (M9Ie6)

248

WASHINGTON – In a concession over his divisive health care overhaul, President Barack Obama offered Monday to let unhappy states design alternative plans as long as they fulfill the goals of his landmark law.

It would be similar to sending your kids to private school. Sure, states can opt out but the state's citizens will still be required to pay the taxes that will fund Obamacare for those states that don't opt out.

Posted by: Ghost of Lee Atwater at February 28, 2011 08:08 AM (JxMoP)

249 @249
I don't understand why Mitt is clinging to that albatross.  If he's not going to do a detailed analysis of how it hurt Massachusetts (which is basically his only way to walk-back from that thing) and just act like it was good for his state, then he needs to not run.  It's a tremendous waste of money to have people support him in the primaries when he'll never get the nomination. 

Posted by: Y-not at February 28, 2011 08:10 AM (pW2o8)

250

hahahahahha

Obama Says Mitt Romney Should "Be Proud" on RomneyCare

And that, dear Mittens, is why you should have run away from this thing as quickly as you could instead of trying to hide behind states' rights. You have created your own Achilles Heel from one of the seminal issues that galvanized public opposition to Obama and the Democrats.

Posted by: Ghost of Lee Atwater at February 28, 2011 08:11 AM (JxMoP)

251 looks like our reaction to the oscars was mimicked by the rest of the world.   The only people who really were interested were the people in oscar pools and those people could monitor the situation through technology, they didn't have to watch.

Posted by: curious at February 28, 2011 08:19 AM (p302b)

252

I don't understand why Mitt is clinging to that albatross. 

I can think of three possibilities.

1. He actually believes that it was a great idea but that it has been abused/destroyed by the liberals in the Mass statehouse. If this is the case, then he's hopeless because he apparently can't see that the same thing will happen anytime and anywhere the government takes over a private industry.

2. He's taking the conventional political wisdom that you never ever admit a mistake, because according to this thinking admitting mistakes damages your credibility in the future. In other words, people in the future will me more likely to think, "Hey, he originally thought that was a great idea but then admitted he was wrong, why should I put my trust in him on this current issue? Maybe he's wrong again."

3. He thinks that the average American will begin to look favorably upon Obamacare before the next election and he wants them to know that he came up with the idea first. Problem with this is that the issue is a killer in the primary system, but as long as he does well in the first few and then takes Florida he's in like Flynn.

Posted by: Ghost of Lee Atwater at February 28, 2011 08:22 AM (JxMoP)

253 Generally speaking, this anticelebrity bias is justifiable. Sean Penn is an idiot, Madonna a dope, Christina Aguilera a nitwit. Lady Gaga never says anything that isn’t stupid, obvious or self-serving, and Martin Sheen should have spent less time protesting in the streets and more time in the home parenting. As for Bono, who definitely seems like a sincere, well-meaning sort, exactly how much wisdom can one impute to a man who wrote the music for the Spider-Man musical?
But in Mr. Bieber’s case, the animosity and condescension are not justified. Mr. Bieber, after all, was the first person—not the first celebrity, but the first person—to warn that Ireland’s economy would implode because of a bloated real-estate market. More recently, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, he was way ahead of the curve when he suggested that cash-strapped states like Illinois and California should simply threaten to default on their debt if it was the only way to get unions to come to the negotiating table.
“Trash the muni market and you’ll see unions fold like a cheap accordion,” he says. “Just look at the yield curve.”

Posted by: Islamic Rage Boy at February 28, 2011 08:25 AM (tvs2p)

254 Those Somali pirates are thinking, "What a bunch of pricks! We'd be having a beer with Obama if the Americans had caught us..."

Posted by: t-bird at February 28, 2011 08:26 AM (FcR7P)

255 It doesn't matter what he really thinks. That issue right there is his "seat at the Pelosi couch". Newt is going to announce within the next week, after that the flood gates will open because the first debate is in May.

But EyeofNewt and Romnulous the Shape-Shifter may as well save some money and not even bother.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2011 08:28 AM (M9Ie6)

256 Last night, while listening to batchelor on and off and monitoring the academy awards and doing a bunch of other stuff, I realized that the word had gone out to pump the ex chinese ambassador.  And so, he and the guest pumped him up.  Saying that he would appeal to moderates and independents since he had worked for BO.  Now I read somewhere that BO considered him a potential threat so that is why he gave him the ambassadorship.  But, I"m thinking, if he's the candidate, then that means he was hand picked by BO.  If the guy does decide to run, it will help sarah palin as he quit his job unexpectedly too.  And, he can't really justify his decision as well as palin can justify hers.

last night I heard some guy on a radio talk show discussing the earth and why "drill baby drill" is causing all the earthquakes and weather irregularities.  If that is the tac that BO is going to take, then what is going to happen is that, if they can convince the American people that this is indeed the truth, then the American people will not support palin as they will run from her "drill baby drill" ideas.


Posted by: curious at February 28, 2011 08:53 AM (p302b)

257

202 It would be a good time for the Danes to remember who they are descended from...if things go wrong (which will likely be the case).

 

 

Posted by: unknown jane at February 28, 2011 09:01 AM (5/yRG)

258 That poor girl! That picture of her mom giving her an ugly bowl cut is almost too much to bear.

Hasn't anyone in that benighted place heard of layering?

Posted by: Stylist at February 28, 2011 10:00 AM (kaalw)

259 Have you seen what WI Rep. Michelle "You're f***ing dead Litjens" looks like?!

Hatchi mama!

http://wisbuildblog.org/ wp-content/uploads/2010/12/ Michelle-Litjens.jpg

Posted by: brian at February 28, 2011 10:23 AM (FKXeO)

260 Have they brought the E sized engine back?

Probably too late to reply but last time I flew, and I don't know remember many years ago that was, they had fixed the problems with the E's.  We did a demo for the 4H club and put E's in kits made for B or C.  We told the kids they could have anything they found, none were found.

I quit the hobby when the ATF got involved.  I can't justify maintaining a Low Explosives Users Permit.

Posted by: Bieber must die, for Cthulhu at February 28, 2011 11:37 AM (F/4zf)

261

ArthurK, you wrote in the side bar Headlines the following:

Low Flow Toilets Save 20 Million Gallons of Water in San Francisco!
In other news, SF will use 8.5 Million Gallons of Bleach to fix plumbing clogged by Low Flow Toilets. [ArthurK]

* * * * * *

In the linked article, it says the following:

That translates into 8.5 million pounds of bleach either being poured down city drains or into the drinking water supply every year.


  * * * * * * *   It looks like you confused gallons with pounds.  I don't know how much a gallon of bleach weighs, but a gallon of water weighs about 8,35 pounsds.   If we assume bleach and water are roughly equivalent in weight, it means that about 1 million gallons of bleach were used, not 8.5 million.   Loose shit Arthur.  Loose shit.   So I guess the question is this:  Does saving twenty gallons of water justify pumping one gallon of bleach into the sewage system?   Fuck it, why not?  They will probably be running a "Toilett to Tap" recycled water program in SF pretty soon, so you probably want as much bleach in that system as possible.

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