Top Headline Comments 12-26-12

Happy Wednesday.

Not much news out there. I see stuff about the weather, local traffic, and, well, this unfortunate item. They found a body in the firefighter shooter's home.

Posted by: Gabriel Malor at 06:52 AM



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1 Good Morning Morons. Today is Wednesday, December 26, 2012. On this day in 1865 James H. Nason received a patent for a coffee percolator. It only took a few years to get this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9WkfXshycU

Posted by: Vic at December 26, 2012 06:55 AM (53z96)

2 Oh no not first!

Posted by: wierdflunkyonatablet at December 26, 2012 06:55 AM (m/9JW)

3 WOOF!

Posted by: Killerdog at December 26, 2012 06:55 AM (Oi60j)

4 Shitty weather for a lot of you Morons.

http://is.gd/OFEvZW

The rest is late. Too much company and bourbon.

Posted by: Vic at December 26, 2012 06:56 AM (53z96)

5 British started petition demanding Morgan not be deported back.

Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 07:00 AM (2t6Gz)

6 - 5
British started petition demanding Morgan not be deported back.

Posted by: Whatev

Well then , the only solution I see is to drop him off at about the halfway point...

Posted by: AmericanDawg at December 26, 2012 07:02 AM (rBK2Z)

7 Well then , the only solution I see is to drop him off at about the halfway point...


Send him back in a rowboat built in 1791.

Posted by: fluffy at December 26, 2012 07:04 AM (z9HTb)

8 Good morning, Vic and morons!

Much sympathy for and shared misery with anyone having to work today.

I hope it's quiet and I can get through backlog, at least.





Posted by: Gem at December 26, 2012 07:04 AM (zw+pb)

9 Send him back in a rowboat built in 1791.

I'd be willing to let him have a small sailboat. Then he could be blown about by the current winds, a decent metaphor for his 'Demand A Plan' opinion.

Posted by: Retread at December 26, 2012 07:12 AM (zxitI)

10 - Send him back in a rowboat built in 1791.


Posted by: fluffy

Well that would give him the impression of a fighting chance ...
Which is both Humane and sadistic, I Like It !

Give him a cooler full of Out - Dated Churros and a copy of Newsweek and he'll be set....

Posted by: AmericanDawg at December 26, 2012 07:14 AM (rBK2Z)

11 I just read a case study of a Japanese family that got food poisoning from fried rice that was left unrefrigerated for a day before being eaten. The bacteria which caused it is very common, and the toxin it produces is not killed by reheating temperatures.
Be careful with your leftovers, morons.

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/125/4/e951

Posted by: Endeavor to Persevere at December 26, 2012 07:18 AM (zZJJp)

12 Good morning!

We are in the blizzard area. So far about an inch and a half on the ground. Pretty windy.

Local news is in full emergency weather mode. (I think they are hoping that this is like the Blizzard of '78.)

The snow doesn't bother me. I am worried about power, so keeping my fingers crossed.

Posted by: Miss Marple at December 26, 2012 07:19 AM (GoIUi)

13 6 - 5
British started petition demanding Morgan not be deported back.

Posted by: Whatev

Didn't we make it clear what we think about their opinions a couple hundred years ago? Do they need a reminder?

Posted by: Endeavor to Persevere at December 26, 2012 07:20 AM (zZJJp)

14 The blizzard hammer is supposed to drop after noon today in NE Ahia. I'm sure the climate change brainiacs have a convenient explanation for this unless Santa brought each of them a functioning cortex.

Posted by: Captain Hate (more dagny and less curious) at December 26, 2012 07:23 AM (vbi7J)

15 Anybody else think this naming of winter storms is the stupid. Maybe its just me but I'm sick of everything being the storm/fight/bowel movement of the century.

Posted by: wierdflunkyonatablet at December 26, 2012 07:25 AM (m/9JW)

16 Has Sam Donaldson sobered up yet?

Posted by: Captain Hate (more dagny and less curious) at December 26, 2012 07:27 AM (vbi7J)

17 Good morning, ‘rons and ‘ronettes. Happy Boxing Day to all our UK, Maple Leaf and Aussie Hordes. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.


I don’t know that I’ve talked about William Fox, the founder of the Fox Film Corporation (later Twentieth Century-Fox) all that much. Originally from Hungary, he was a driven, grasping, ice-cold entrepreneur whose goal was the controlling of the motion picture industry rather than the advancement of it. As I wrote in a discussion of one of his most famous stars, In Theda Bara, William Fox had found a golden goose. He then proceeded, systematically and deliberately, to kill it.


Fox despised his father as a lazy ne’er do well, and when he was in a position of power, he became “Father” writ large to his mother, siblings and children. None of the Fox women worked (women weren’t supposed to, in any event) and all of the men were on a Fox payroll. This created both fear and slavish supplication among the family; no-one knew what lack of respect or perceived over-fawning would cause the mercurial Fox to cut them off without a cent. A fascinating story about his need to dominate comes from Neal Gabler's marvelous 1988 history, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood:


‘William Fox, who also had two daughters, married them off reasonably well to men outside the industry, but he took his control to even further extremes than Mayer. "Possessive is just barely touching it," said Fox's niece, Angela Fox Dunn. "He let both girls marry, and luckily they both got pregnant shortly thereafter. According to my mother,* as soon as both girls gave birth, to boys, the two mothers and their infant sons were brought back to Fox Hall, where cottages were built on the estate for them, and the husbands were 'dismissed,' to use my mother's word. One husband was named Taussig. I never heard what happened to him. The other was an attorney in NYC named Maurice Schwartz. They way my mother told it, what happened to Schwartz was like one of those bad mystery stories. She said he came home from work one day, put his key in the front door, and found a totally empty apartment. No wife. No son. No furniture. He thought he had walked into the wrong apartment. He had a heart attack and died right there on the bare floor. . . .Then Fox raised those boys [his grandchildren] as his own sons." As a kind of coup de grace, he legally adopted them and renamed one William Fox II and the other William Fox III.’


It’s a cold day here in Massachusetts. Even colder having to sit at the desk and work. So I’m off to grab a cup of tea, if the damned cafeteria will boil some water. Hope you all have a wonderful day.


*'Mother' was Fox's youngest sister, Malvina, whose daughter reported "she loved him in an almost incestuous way. They would sit and hold hands like lovers for hours and she would stare into his eyes. . . ."

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 26, 2012 07:29 AM (zF6Iw)

18 Happy Boxing Day everyone!

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas with family and friends

Here in Sydney Down Under it's all over and done with - I'm expecting to see Easter eggs on sale in the supermarket today.....

Posted by: aussie at December 26, 2012 07:32 AM (8tH2L)

19 Hi, aussie!

First we have to have the Valentine stuff (my most hated holiday).

I dislike February because I always think we are almost to spring but the weather is always terrible. My father said the Indians called it the "Starvation Moon."

Posted by: Miss Marple at December 26, 2012 07:37 AM (GoIUi)

20 16 Captain how would you tell the difference?

Posted by: wierdflunkyonatablet at December 26, 2012 07:38 AM (m/9JW)

21 OTD in 1776 Washington crossed the Delaware last night. From @FoundersTweets there is this via Twit Longer:

Dec. 26, 1776, about 6:30 A.M.,

About 2 miles outside of town, the advance parties rejoin the main
columns and are startled by the sudden appearance of 50 armed men, but
they were American militia led by Adam Stephen. They had not known about
the plan to attack Trenton, and had assaulted a Hessian outpost earlier
in the morning. Washington panicked, fearing that the Hessians will now
be on guard because of the attack, shouts at Stephen, "You sir! You
Sir, may have ruined all my plans by having them put on their guard.”



As it turns out, when Rall received word of the first raid, he thought
that this was was the attack he had been warned about the night before,
and that there would be no further action that day. Not knowing this,
Washington makes a bold move and orders the column on to Trenton


Posted by: Retread at December 26, 2012 07:42 AM (zxitI)

22 19 Miss Marple
Hi - yes I forgot about Valentines!

Actually our next biggie is Australia Day on the 26th January so the shops will be flogging little flags, hats, thongs (what you call flip flops) etc all with the Aussie flags on them

BTW I really enjoy your posts..

Posted by: aussie at December 26, 2012 07:44 AM (8tH2L)

23 ok, i'm wiped out

Posted by: phoenixgirl, Merry 2nd day of Christmas at December 26, 2012 07:44 AM (GVxQo)

24

DAY 50

1,410 to go


Mayans, Muzzies, Marxists, Maoists, Mau-Maus, MFM's, Moochelle, McCain's, MIRV's, mutants, malcontents, maniacs, malignant medical mandates, miscreants, momzers, mamlukes, mooks, meeskeits, menstruating mons veneri and miscellaneous meshugas notwithstanding.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 07:45 AM (XkWWK)

25 Posted by: Endeavor to Persevere at December 26, 2012 07:18 AM (zZJJp)

Make sure you spray all unrefrigerated leftovers with plenty of Lysol.

Good morning, kids.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 07:47 AM (XkWWK)

26 24 JJ Sefton
Hello and a suggestion

Could you add the adjective malodorous to one of your m words - it's a great descriptive word!

Posted by: aussie at December 26, 2012 07:55 AM (8tH2L)

27 26 Posted by: aussie at December 26, 2012 07:55 AM (8tH2L)

Sure.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 07:56 AM (XkWWK)

28 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a malignant traitor.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 07:58 AM (/eBe8)

29 Too much company and bourbon.

Go on Vic, you know you want to say "but mostly bourbon."

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 07:59 AM (/eBe8)

30
Yiddish word of the day:

"Aroisgevorfen" = wasted, thrown out

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 08:03 AM (XkWWK)

31 Ah, dang it.

Here's the internetz. I'll get in the barrel.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 08:03 AM (/eBe8)

32 I said Yiddish. Not Italian!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 08:03 AM (XkWWK)

33 @1 - I can recall the percolator being used in our house, and the day the parents bought the newfangled Mr. Coffee, and then the day not long after when the Mr. Coffee burned down, destroying half the kitchen. Good times.

Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 08:05 AM (2t6Gz)

34 Re that firefighter shooter in the post, I guess we need to pass a law that prevents felons from buying guns.

Oh. Wait.

Posted by: Andy at December 26, 2012 08:06 AM (OZPoa)

35 So, Trenton has always been enemy held territory?

Posted by: Invictus at December 26, 2012 08:07 AM (OQpzc)

36 Ah, coffee. That drink of life.
Well, in that it keeps me awake on the drive to work, so I can get there alive.

I got a Keurig for Christmas. Now I just have to find a decently cheap place to buy K-cups.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 08:07 AM (/eBe8)

37 Posted by: Andy at December 26, 2012 08:06 AM (OZPoa)

It's almost as if law breakers aren't concerned with the fact they're breaking the law. Maybe we could use this profound insight when writing law and when issuing punishment.

Naaa. That's simply too radical.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 08:09 AM (/eBe8)

38 From the previous thread:
Create "gun free" politicians zones

How about "Create politician-free zones"?

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Waiting for the Sun at December 26, 2012 08:09 AM (rVVCW)

39 aussie, Thank you so much for the compliment!

Well, the dogs are now upset at the wind and snow and are barking at it, hoping they can scare it away, I guess.

Posted by: Miss Marple at December 26, 2012 08:10 AM (GoIUi)

40 35 So, Trenton has always been enemy held territory?
Posted by: Invictus at December 26, 2012 08:07 AM (OQpzc)

Taking the train from NYC to Philly, I always saw that stupid sign "TRENTON MAKES, THE WORLD TAKES."

Nowadays with Krispy Kreme "THE WORLD BAKES, TRENTON INTAKES."

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 08:10 AM (XkWWK)

41 Happy Boxing Day everyone...not going out to the stores to look for deals but might do a bit of online shopping to pick over the left-overs.

Posted by: CanaDave at December 26, 2012 08:11 AM (voRpZ)

42 I've got the "some for me and some for the homies" brand of coffee maker. Apparently they didn't boyher to test if the pot would actually pour the coffee correctly.

Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 08:11 AM (2t6Gz)

43 38 How about "Create politician-free zones"?
Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Waiting for the Sun at December 26, 2012 08:09 AM (rVVCW)


Isn't that the 9th and 10th Amendments?

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 08:11 AM (XkWWK)

44 I order online from Keurig, I think you start with a 10% discount, but after a you spend a certain amount it goes up to 15% discount, I always get free shipping, plus they send discounts all the time thru e-mail. I've done the math and it'salmost always cheaper to do it this way, you can also order large boxes (80 count).

Posted by: spypeach at December 26, 2012 08:11 AM (pwTow)

45 >>Here's the internetz. I'll get in the barrel.

Ah, you missed the style guide update, didn't you?

The barrel has been upgraded to a butt of malmsey wine.

Thought "upgraded" may not be the right word...

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 08:12 AM (SUKHu)

46 ugh gretchen shut up

Posted by: phoenixgirl, Merry 2nd day of Christmas at December 26, 2012 08:12 AM (GVxQo)

47 ...and we're expecting the blizzard in eastern Canada as well.

Posted by: CanaDave at December 26, 2012 08:13 AM (voRpZ)

48 ugh gretchen shut up
Posted by: phoenixgirl, Merry 2nd day of Christmas at December 26, 2012 08:12 AM (GVxQo)
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Is she laughing at her own jokes, and the only one laughing at her own jokes today?

Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 08:14 AM (2t6Gz)

49 Posted by: spypeach at December 26, 2012 08:11 AM (pwTow)

Thanks for the info. Looking now, they seem to be having a 20%-off sale on everything for the next two days. Sweet.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 08:15 AM (/eBe8)

50 "they're solid plastic, so don't settle for imitation."

After 30+ years some things still make me laugh.

Posted by: Case at December 26, 2012 08:15 AM (VtU/3)

51 >>>>>The barrel has been upgraded to a butt of malmsey wine<<<<<

I thought the malmsey was full of Clarence?

Good Morning all.

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at December 26, 2012 08:16 AM (KAWvv)

52 "Apparently they didn't boyher to test if the pot would actually pour the coffee correctly."

My last two Mr. Coffee's did the same thing.

Posted by: lowandslow at December 26, 2012 08:16 AM (GZitp)

53 Around here the Christmas lights stay up until Epiphany (1/6).

Then it's time to decorate for Mardi Gras.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 08:17 AM (SUKHu)

54 >>I thought the malmsey was full of Clarence?

Thus the doubtfullness of it being an upgrade.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 08:18 AM (SUKHu)

55 no, she was talking about the releasing of gun permit holder names in ny...

Posted by: phoenixgirl, Merry 2nd day of Christmas at December 26, 2012 08:18 AM (GVxQo)

56 My last two Mr. Coffee's did the same thing.

Mine pours the coffee well enough but if I don't get the filter basket seated just right I wind up with coffee all over the counter instead of in the pot.

I blame the Chinese, and Bush.

Posted by: Retread at December 26, 2012 08:19 AM (zxitI)

57 mama aj

here too i'll take the decorations down on the 7th

Posted by: phoenixgirl, Merry 2nd day of Christmas at December 26, 2012 08:19 AM (GVxQo)

58 "Apparently they didn't boyher to test if the pot would actually pour the coffee correctly."

I have a nice Hamilton Beach that's one of those "stay or go" models- it can brew into a carafe or into travel mugs. Except it doesn't brew evenly into the two mugs, so if you try that you get one half-full mug and a mess, and the carafe always dribbles, so you have to pour over the sink if you don't want coffee all over the counter.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 08:20 AM (/eBe8)

59 Mr. Coffee?

I blame Joe DiMaggio.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 08:21 AM (XkWWK)

60 no, she was talking about the releasing of gun permit holder names in ny...

Which would accomplish what, exactly?

I mean, I can at least see a point to releasing names and addresses of sex offenders- I'm actually not actually okay with that until we can fix things so the 19 year old who has sex with his 16 year old girl friend is not considered a rapist, but I can see where there's some actual benefit.

But releasing the names of gun permit holders in NY? Which means the only people (other than government personnel) who can legally own handguns in the city? What good is that supposed to do?

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 08:24 AM (/eBe8)

61 From the link on the shooter
Police recovered a military-style .223-caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle with flash suppression

But before that the article has this,
who served 17 years in prison for manslaughter in the 1980 hammer slaying of his grandmother,

I guess no description of the type of hammer was available at the time they went to press

Posted by: Bruce at December 26, 2012 08:26 AM (d6+Gd)

62 Coffee makers seem to self-destruct after X number of brews these days, so you have to buy a new one every so often. Kettles too.

Posted by: CanaDave at December 26, 2012 08:27 AM (voRpZ)

63 Had an ongoing problem with an ex girlfriend over coffee. I brew it and turn the (burner?) off when its done, she wanted it left on until the coffeee was all consumed, be it noon, or 8:00PM. I can still remember the first time, her turning to me in shock asking why I turned the pot off. In hindsight I should have walked right then.

Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 08:28 AM (2t6Gz)

64 Whatev, I love our coffee maker with a carafe. Tastes much better in the afternoon than stuff that's been being warmed for hours.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 08:30 AM (SUKHu)

65 17 years for killing your grandmother with a hammer seems a bit harsh, prolly should have gotten a fine. Mandatory minimum sentencing is overrated and racist and blah blah blah...

Posted by: wierdflunkyonatablet at December 26, 2012 08:30 AM (m/9JW)

66 Am I mistaken or is Yiddish "pidgeon German?"

No offense intended. So many words seem to be German.

Posted by: Al at December 26, 2012 08:31 AM (V70Uh)

67 Also from the article:

>> Police recovered a military-style .223-caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle with flash suppression, the same make and caliber weapon used in the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26, including 20 young children, Pickering said.

>> "I could see the muzzle blasts comin' at me. ... I fired four shots at him. I thought he went down," the officer said.

But flash suppression. Unpossible!

Posted by: Andy at December 26, 2012 08:31 AM (OZPoa)

68 We almost never drink coffee in the Poppins household (though I do like a cup as a warmup before golf), so when we have guests, like yesterday, who do drink the stuff, it's an adventure. I usually pull out an old Corningware 9 cup percolator I've had since I was a boy, but somehow, over the last year, it broke. I briefly debated making "my famous coffee" in the manner Steve Martin made in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, but decided not to. Told the BIL if he wanted any coffee, bring his own damn Mr. Coffee.

So he did. He's a nice guy. In fact, for Christmas, he gave me a gift certificate offering me a day's use of his restored '57 Bel-Air. That'll come in handy on a nice summer's day, methinks.

But I do miss the Corningware pot. So I have to trawl ebay for one.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 26, 2012 08:31 AM (zF6Iw)

69 Whatev, I love our coffee maker with a carafe. Tastes much better in the afternoon than stuff that's been being warmed for hours.
Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 08:30 AM (SUKHu)
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Thats why I turn mine off.Within 20 minutes it tastes burned if it isn't shut off. Yet, it can sit all day and microwaves up like a fresh cup.

Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 08:33 AM (2t6Gz)

70 We should remind the public that Democrats want to give dudes like Spengler the vote.


Hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday. Mr Y-not has a week off - hooray! He needs it! I have only a small list of honey-do items for him. :-)

Posted by: Y-not at December 26, 2012 08:34 AM (5H6zj)

71 In the office I worked at, there were two other people beside myself that would make coffee. The one secretary would make it so weak you could read the newspaper through it. The other guy and I would make it strong and tell people if you wanted weaker, add some hot water from the water cooler/heater. Some people would still complain that it was too strong.I only drank about 2 cups in the morning, and then I was done. These were the same SOB's that could not be bothered to make another pot, plus leave a smidge of coffee in the bottom of the pot even if they poured themselves a half cup, just so they wouldn't have to make a new pot or God forbid...TURN OFF THE POT so the glass pot wouldn't end up with burnt coffee in it.

Posted by: Bruce at December 26, 2012 08:35 AM (d6+Gd)

72 Isn't Corningware like Sears Craftsman tools? If it breaks you get a new one? Worth a try.

Posted by: Retread at December 26, 2012 08:35 AM (zxitI)

73 Miss Marple uses a French press. Boil water, add coffee, stir around and let brew for a minute or two, press coffee grounds to bottom, and voila!

No electricity required! This is a bonus if we losre power, as I can light my gas stove with a match and then boil water. (I also can boil water in the fireplace but that is a pain in the neck as I first have to build a fire).

Posted by: Miss Marple at December 26, 2012 08:38 AM (GoIUi)

74 Some people in the workplace think it's their G*d given right to have free coffee.

Posted by: Case at December 26, 2012 08:38 AM (VtU/3)

75 #72 No, you are thinking of Corelle, which is made by the same company but is dinnerware, not cookware.

Posted by: Miss Marple at December 26, 2012 08:40 AM (GoIUi)

76 When the military come home after sequestration.There will be millions more military style rifles in the US. Libs and Dems are natural disasters.

Posted by: Homer Sampson at December 26, 2012 08:40 AM (HY3CJ)

77 Worked in a horse racing stable in my early 20's. The trainer wanted everyone there at 5:AM and working, and his sales pitch was that he'd provide the coffee. After the first week I was there early enough to see him making the coffee - decalf! So I quit, and he cried. Totally true story.

Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 08:40 AM (2t6Gz)

78 Morning all!

Today starts the slow slog to spring. I really do hate this time of year.

It's even worse this year having been off of work for the past month. One more doctor visit today and hopefully it will be back to work tomorrow. I'm actually looking forward to it, and truth to tell, so is my wife.. she's had enough of me being around all the time!

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at December 26, 2012 08:41 AM (UTq/I)

79 I've had good luck with De'Longhi coffee makers (and their toaster ovens too). My current one is nearing 10 years old. It has a programmable start timer on it but it sits there flashing 12:00 forlornly year after year.

I make full 12 cup pots at a time, and pour most of the excess into a thermos right after brewing while still hot. That stops it from becoming acidic.

Posted by: GnuBreed at December 26, 2012 08:41 AM (ccXZP)

80

what's this?

just heard a local news update -- details a little foggy

something about a Northeastern University student being held on $50K bail for wearing a "military ammunitions type of belt."

no gun, no ammo, just the belt, which the band drummer says he's been wearing as a fashion statement for years

Posted by: soothsayer at December 26, 2012 08:41 AM (BWzj8)

81 66 Am I mistaken or is Yiddish "pidgeon German?"

No offense intended. So many words seem to be German.
Posted by: Al at December 26, 2012 08:31 AM (V70Uh)

Yiddish is an amalgam of languages, primarily German and Hebrew, and it is written with Hebrew characters. It's origins are with the Ashkenazi Jews of Germany dating back about 1,000 years and as Jews were expelled/forcibly emigrated, the language picked up words from other areas of eastern Europe and has evolved since then. It is known as the "mama loschen" or mother tongue.

The only reason that it clings to life is the Hassidic community, where it is spoken in the home (often taught to kids before English) as well as in yeshiva, as it is the language of Talmudic scholars and students.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 08:42 AM (XkWWK)

82 Are you still employed?

Congratulations! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Posted by: The Obama Economy at December 26, 2012 08:42 AM (/ZZCn)

83 >> also can boil water in the fireplace

We have a tiny fireplace. Don't know why it's so small.

I bought hubby a popcorn maker, but I think it's going to be bumping against the top of the fireplace when he tries to use it.

I think we'd use the gas grill to boil water if the power was out for a while...

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 08:42 AM (SUKHu)

84 71 TURN OFF THE POT so the glass pot wouldn't end up with burnt coffee in it.
Posted by: Bruce at December 26, 2012 08:35 AM (d6+Gd)


"Tenth Precinct, Sergeant Yemana..."

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 08:43 AM (XkWWK)

85 Ah, I knew I forgot something - RIP Jack Klugman. I only know two Odd Couple stories, so here they are:

In the early seasons during the opening credits, you see an overhead shot ofTony Randall slouching down the street, overloaded with luggage and dropping down to rest. As he does, a passerby turns and seems to speak to him. As Randall tells it, the fellow had no idea that it was a shoot, and actually stopped to ask, "hey, buddy, are you OK?" As Randall put it, it was the one time anybody in NYC actually bothered to help someone, and it nearly ruined the take. But they decided to leave it in.

Another story - which I'll bet J.J. Sefton will find familiar - takes place during the five-yearrun of the show, when one of the writers was pitching an idea for an OC script. Nobody liked it, but the writer kept pushing. Finally, Klugman, mentioning another of producer Garry Marshall's shows,said, "Why don't you pitch it to Happy Days ?"

"Are you kidding?" the writer barked. "Who else would buy this piece of shit?"

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 26, 2012 08:43 AM (zF6Iw)

86
from what I understand it's the type of military paraphernalia one would one buy at a flea market

Posted by: soothsayer at December 26, 2012 08:44 AM (qpM85)

87 Whoops. Barrel. Glug glug glug.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 26, 2012 08:44 AM (zF6Iw)

88 Posted by: Bruce
............
Same office situation here, Bruce.

Some years ago I cut myself down to one good cup of coffee per day. So I stop at Starbucks or Caribou on my way in and ignore the office coffee drama.

On the rare occasion I do have a cup in the office, I will make a new pot and take my coffee from the first drips.. it's stronger.. then leave the weak crap left for the rest of the horde.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at December 26, 2012 08:45 AM (UTq/I)

89 39 Miss Marple
Snow - it's funny hearing I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas and all other snowy Christmas songs here Down Under during our summer



Posted by: aussie at December 26, 2012 08:45 AM (8tH2L)

90 Fitchburg State, soothsayer.

Here's the article: http://goo.gl/PiOuA

Fucking ridiculous.

Posted by: Andy at December 26, 2012 08:45 AM (OZPoa)

91 Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 26, 2012 08:43 AM (zF6Iw)

Nice! I did not know those!

RIP Jack Klugman.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 08:47 AM (XkWWK)

92 43 38 How about "Create politician-free zones"?
Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Waiting for the Sun at December 26, 2012 08:09 AM (rVVCW)


Isn't that the 9th and 10th Amendments?

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 08:11 AM (XkWWK)


Yeah, but as usual, JJ they say those were made by old white men and don't apply to the enlightened Ivies of today.

I was thinking of something with some buckshot behind it.

....or .45 ACP. Either one will suffice.

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Waiting for the Sun at December 26, 2012 08:47 AM (rVVCW)

93 >>Today starts the slow slog to spring. I really do hate this time of year.

I hear ya.

It's certainly better in Louisiana, though. 17 Mardi Gras parades, mild weather usually (though we might not see the sun very often), and colorful decorations everywhere.

But MG is Feb. 12 this year, so late Feb. might be a bit slow...drab...grey...

Glad you are well enough to go back to work!

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 08:47 AM (SUKHu)

94 Turn off the slanty letter thingy!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 08:48 AM (XkWWK)

95 36 - "I got a Keurig for Christmas. Now I just have to find a decently cheap place to buy K-cups."

Ain't no such thing. We've had one in the kitchen, and one in each of our respective workplaces for about a year now. I like a cup of tea after lunch, and these are great for instant (very) hot water for such. We are both particular about our coffee, our house standard is Peet's Major Dickiaon's Blend, and except for a couple of the Caribou offerings, we haven't found any K-cup coffees we really like.

However, get yourself one of these, and you can grind and brew your own preferred poison: http://tinyurl.com/d9mm5n5

Posted by: John the Baptist at December 26, 2012 08:48 AM (3N+aG)

96

thanks, Andy

did you already mention it?

I don't read the comments, you know, as per my contract. I merely glance.

Posted by: soothsayer at December 26, 2012 08:48 AM (Y/H0D)

97 Damnit.........make some room in the barrel

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Waiting for the Sun at December 26, 2012 08:49 AM (rVVCW)

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Waiting for the Sun at December 26, 2012 08:49 AM (rVVCW)

99 Scientist on TV talking about Hawaiian volcanos - "Holokowa volcano is moved past the hotspot, so when Kilauea talks, it doesn't listen".

The science is settled.

Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 08:49 AM (2t6Gz)

100 The barrel needs sharks with head mounted lasers.

Just because they are cool.

Posted by: GnuBreed at December 26, 2012 08:49 AM (ccXZP)

101 Today all across America, hundreds of thousands of black military-style rifles of the caliber .223, with flash avoidance hardware, pistol grips, and bayonet lugs, harmed no one.

Posted by: Byonets on my bagel at December 26, 2012 08:49 AM (qR+xF)

102 Fixed?

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Waiting for the Sun at December 26, 2012 08:50 AM (rVVCW)

103 It is time for a national conversation about hammer control.

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 08:50 AM (NIZHJ)

104 Ah, work coffee.

I remember the days of making a new pot with water from the cooler...and trying not to get caught by those who paid the bill for the cooler who would scream in horror at such a "waste".

Tasted much better without Philly water, so it was worth the chance of getting yelled at.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 08:51 AM (SUKHu)

105 A hammer once hit my thumb!!

Posted by: Bruce at December 26, 2012 08:51 AM (d6+Gd)

106 MP3, you're supposed to close the tag when you admit you forgot to close the tag.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 08:51 AM (/eBe8)

107 Well then , the only solution I see is to drop him off at about the halfway point...


Posted by: AmericanDawg at December 26, 2012 07:02 AM (rBK2Z)

Sounds like a bipartisan and moderate compromise.

Posted by: Temper Tantrum at December 26, 2012 08:52 AM (AWmfW)

108 Indirect "Odd Couple" story - Penny Marshall, sister of show producer Garry Marshall, played Oscar's secretary, Myrna Turner, during the latter part of the show. She was also married to Rob Reiner at one point, and in her later life turned to directing. When asked why she thought she could direct she said "if my asshole ex can do it, anyone can!"

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 08:52 AM (XkWWK)

109 "Apparently they didn't boyher to test if the pot would actually pour the coffee correctly."

Had the same problem, until we switched to this: http://tinyurl.com/c9nqp4w

Kinda pricey, and they tend to last only about a year to a year and a half, but it keep the coffee at a good hot temp for hours, without burning it, and doesn't spill half of the pot while pouring like Mr. Coffee's seemed designed to do.

Posted by: John the Baptist at December 26, 2012 08:53 AM (3N+aG)

110 Couldn't we just sell him to the Saudis? They could use him in their harems.

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 08:55 AM (NIZHJ)

111 We have a Cuisinart coffee maker and it does a decent job. It comes with charcoal filters for the water that need replacing every 6 months.

48 months later...

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 08:55 AM (XkWWK)

112 Couldn't we just sell him to the Saudis? They could use him in their harems.

I doubt there's enough money to pay the Saudis to take him.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 08:55 AM (/eBe8)

113 ♪ I'm dreaming of a White Cliff-mas. ♪

Posted by: The Obama Economy at December 26, 2012 08:56 AM (/ZZCn)

114 Did Boner sell out and have a good cry yet?

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 08:57 AM (NIZHJ)

115 My next coffee maker is going to be one with water hooked up. They cost about $300 when I checked. Livin large in my shanty is what I'll be doing.

Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 08:57 AM (2t6Gz)

116 I need to get that Zero Water that does a gallon at a time. I don't do coffee much. Too bitter.

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 08:58 AM (NIZHJ)

117 You all do use coffee maker cleaners every few months, right?

Search for "coffee maker cleaner" in Ace's Amazon box...

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 08:59 AM (SUKHu)

118 Isn't it hang ten day?

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 08:59 AM (NIZHJ)

119 >>I doubt there's enough money to pay the Saudis to take him.

Esp. since he started whining about how he's "facing deportation".

Oy.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 09:01 AM (SUKHu)

120 You all do use coffee maker cleaners every few months, right?


I just use white vinegar. Usually have a gallon in the house.

Posted by: Bruce at December 26, 2012 09:02 AM (d6+Gd)

121 i've gone through so many coffee makers.....before i gave up on mr. coffee i was replacing it every six months......it would leak all over the counter from the bottom....they'd replace it for free but i'd have to ship the broken unit back to them and wait for the replacement...then i went for a kitchen aide (red) because it was badass....and one morning it had an error code...looked online and it was a code that meant broken beyond repair so i bought a cuisinart.....it hasn't given me any trouble....yet....

Posted by: phoenixgirl, Merry 2nd day of Christmas at December 26, 2012 09:03 AM (GVxQo)

122 We have a Cuisinart coffee maker and it does a decent job. It comes
with charcoal filters for the water that need replacing every 6 months.




48 months later...


We have a Cuisinart as well and whoever designed the carafe did a good job because it IS possible to pour without spilling coffee all over the counter.

The coffee does taste better after a filter change, but I only know that because my wife is the one who keeps up with it.

Posted by: Vizzini at December 26, 2012 09:03 AM (O7Q1u)

123 Speaking of coffee, it's time for me to extricate myself from this lap-desk and go brew some.

Back in a few.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 09:04 AM (/eBe8)

124

growing up we used to use a percolator

you never heard a better sound in the world

Posted by: soothsayer at December 26, 2012 09:06 AM (BWzj8)

125 116 I need to get that Zero Water that does a gallon at a time. I don't do coffee much. Too bitter.
Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 08:58 AM (NIZHJ)


Milk and sugar works wonders.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 09:06 AM (XkWWK)

126 #77

Decalf? Does coffee normally have veal in it?

I may have to reconsider my distaste for the stuff.

Posted by: epobirs at December 26, 2012 09:07 AM (kcfmt)

127 124

growing up we used to use a percolator

you never heard a better sound in the world

Posted by: soothsayer at December 26, 2012 09:06 AM (BWzj


Yes! I grew up with those and the only person who could brew it properly was my dad. Harder and harder to find them as they started making them with mostly plastic parts (weird considering you brew it on the stove top), but over the years I managed to find a few on e-bay and in some outer borough house-ware stores for my mom.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 09:08 AM (XkWWK)

128 My grandparents used a percolator, and having gone through the Depression, they wouldn't throw away the grounds in the basket after making coffee. They just added another scoop of fresh grounds to the old ones until the basket was completely full.

Made some mighty bitter coffee.

Posted by: Vizzini at December 26, 2012 09:09 AM (O7Q1u)

129 >> did you already mention it?

Nope. I saw your comment and looked it up.

Nice contrast with the Gregory thing, especially if those rounds were inert.

Posted by: Andy at December 26, 2012 09:09 AM (OZPoa)

130 I'll be here all week, try the decalf.

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 09:09 AM (NIZHJ)

131 103 It is time for a national conversation about hammer control.
Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 08:50 AM (NIZHJ)


Can't touch this!

Posted by: M.C Hammer at December 26, 2012 09:10 AM (XkWWK)

132 129 Nice contrast with the Gregory thing, especially if those rounds were inert.
Posted by: Andy at December 26, 2012 09:09 AM (OZPoa)

David Gregory is inert.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 09:11 AM (XkWWK)

133
For the love of coffee, use a Jura Impressa C5.

If our house starts to burn down, the first thing we would save is this coffee maker.

Posted by: jwest at December 26, 2012 09:12 AM (ZDsRL)

134 My favorite coffee is french pressed, love it.
Had it for the first time several years ago at Ruth's Chris.
It's kind of a pain to make, but on special occasions I can get my hubby to do it for me.

Posted by: spypeach at December 26, 2012 09:14 AM (pwTow)

135 I am buying mostly Hamilton Beach lately. Though the toaster did stop staying down when I rescued some molten toast one time. I just balance a can on the lever now.

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 09:15 AM (NIZHJ)

136 Happy Boxing Day!

Well, the good news is I don't have to go to work just yet. That's because I'm sitting here waiting for AAA since my car wouldn't start.

Posted by: rickl at December 26, 2012 09:15 AM (sdi6R)

137 I like that Kona stuff but it's getting pricey.

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 09:15 AM (NIZHJ)

138 We had two coffee makers since we got married in '97.

Well, bought a cheap one at Walmart to replace the wedding present that finally broke after 11 years. It was an emergency.

Amazon tells me I bought the Cuisinart DTC-975BKN in Nov. of 2008.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 09:16 AM (SUKHu)

139 I tried a french press. The coffee wasn't hot enough for me, and no matter what I did, I had grounds in my coffee.
I just use a Mr Coffee type that has a timer. I do like to set it for early AM and have a hot cup ready to go and walk out the door.

Posted by: Bruce at December 26, 2012 09:17 AM (d6+Gd)

140 Butters at December 26, 2012 09:15 AM (NIZHJ)

A cantilevered toaster! What will they think of next?

Posted by: Vizzini at December 26, 2012 09:17 AM (O7Q1u)

141 I prefer coffee with calf, and resent decalfing the coffee. Good day sir!

Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 09:18 AM (2t6Gz)

142 Sorry about that Allen - I think I tried that once, and, as usual, Boehner'd it up. As Homer J. Simpson says, "Trying is the first step towards failing. The lesson is, never try."

Advice like that would be good on your blog. If you had one.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 26, 2012 09:19 AM (zF6Iw)

143 If our house starts to burn down, the first thing we would save is this coffee maker.

That sounds like a Lutheran joke.


Good morning, from sunny Fort Dodge, Iowa. I should have left yesterday to beat the blizzard home.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at December 26, 2012 09:22 AM (6Uliu)

144 Hey J.J. Sefton, I had a reply to you in the Sunday morning OT that I don't think you saw, but might find interesting:

http://minx.cc/?blog=86post=335913#c19881066

Just a tiny historical maybe that I find endlessly fascinating. For want of a sock, the kingdom was lost....

Posted by: Weirddave at December 26, 2012 09:22 AM (aH+zP)

145 Morning Heather.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 09:24 AM (SUKHu)

146 Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Saaaaaaa-lute!

Posted by: The Cast of HeeHaw at December 26, 2012 09:24 AM (O7Q1u)

147 Two to the barrel, and I can't even see the cause. Pleh.

In other news, I will never trust weather.com again, those fearmongering asseaters. Turns out not only could I have spent a couple extra hours with the family and still been home fine, the hard weather we did get hit around a quarter to nine instead of midnight, like it said would happen.

F*** weather.com, f*** warmunists, f*** tornado weather.

...oh, and good morning, Morons. Hope y'all had awesome Christmases!

Posted by: Brother Cavil, keeper of the Sacred Ampersands at December 26, 2012 09:24 AM (GBXon)

148 It's back!

Posted by: wierdflunkyonatablet at December 26, 2012 09:25 AM (m/9JW)

149 I prefer coffee with calf, and resent decalfing the coffee.

I knew some people liked steak for breakfast, but that may be stretching the matter...

Posted by: Brother Cavil, keeper of the Sacred Ampersands at December 26, 2012 09:26 AM (GBXon)

150 Am I think late to say Good Morning? I live in a barn and I'm cold but is good to be alive. I didn't get drunk for Christmas but I managed to eat too much which recurred at 3am anyway. Saturnalia tradition!

Just had a. quiet Christmas hanging out with the two of three grown kids who are in town. Avoided travelling to see Mom because of the four to six inch blizzard we are supposed to but didn't get. Thanks, inAccu-weather! Fortunately, we celebrate for twelve days, so we can still see her for Christmas. When for most people the holiday is already over, we play it right through Epiphany. But then, we don't put up a tree and start celebrating until Christmas Eve....

Happy Two Turtle Doves Day!

Posted by: That Merry Mindful Guy at December 26, 2012 09:27 AM (ma3QC)

151 My wife was happy, yesterday, that we got snow. She was ecstatic when it stuck. I don't think she's quite so happy today, now that she has to deal the after-affects (to whit- me here instead of at work), she's not quite so happy.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 09:27 AM (/eBe8)

152 Long microwave story:
Bought a microwave at Walmart 2 years ago and it lasted 7 months, then the digital display would just display an error. Called GE, and they sent a guy out to repair my $150 microwave. He was in the house all of five minutes and blamed it on defecting grounding in the wall plug and leaves.

A week later it dawns on me to check other outlets, and I find one with proper grounding, run an extension cord and call them back. 2nd repair guy comes in, I explain that it is grounded correctly, he verifies, gets out his book and finds out the only part that is serviceable is the glass turntable. Says sorry about your luck and leaves.

I walk into the kitchen and punch the microwave hard enough to fuck it up, and from then on it has worked perfectly.

Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 09:28 AM (2t6Gz)

153 Thanks, inAccu-weather!

Well. Glad to see I'm not the only one looking at 'meteorologists' as little better than charlatans today.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, keeper of the Sacred Ampersands at December 26, 2012 09:28 AM (GBXon)

154 If reheated rice less than 24 hours old were truly that dangerous China wouldn't need a one-child policy.

Posted by: Tears of John's Boehner at December 26, 2012 09:30 AM (BgIBZ)

155 I knew some people liked steak for breakfast, but that may be stretching the matter...

It's certainlya meaty premise.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 26, 2012 09:30 AM (zF6Iw)

156 I bought a GE Microwave from Target last year that never even worked. They took it back but argued too much. Without a return policy they are useless to me. Most of the buttons didn't work. I got a Hamilton Beach that works fine. GE is crap.

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 09:33 AM (NIZHJ)

157 Wow, that troll got busted fast. I was going to note that Obama doesn't read this blog....

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at December 26, 2012 09:33 AM (6Uliu)

158 Heh. I am glad to see the banhammer is operating at warp speed today.

Posted by: Miss Marple at December 26, 2012 09:34 AM (GoIUi)

159 Speaking of bad weather people, They said it would rain today, and I'm looking out the window and my rain is white and fluffy

Posted by: spypeach at December 26, 2012 09:34 AM (pwTow)

160 There was a troll?

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 09:34 AM (NIZHJ)

161 Merry Christmas , dickhead .

Posted by: awkward davies at December 26, 2012 09:34 AM (USjX1)

162 Merry Christmas , dickhead .

Posted by: awkward davies at December 26, 2012 09:34 AM (USjX1)

163 Troll made one of those "you are all murderers" posts. I won't repeat it, and the guy was nicely vaporized.

Posted by: Miss Marple at December 26, 2012 09:35 AM (GoIUi)

164 I did not hit post twice . I swear .

Posted by: awkward davies at December 26, 2012 09:35 AM (USjX1)

165 It's magic! Trolls and barrelworthy formatting failures disappear!

Posted by: Brother Cavil, keeper of the Sacred Ampersands at December 26, 2012 09:35 AM (GBXon)

166 You can say that again.

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 09:35 AM (NIZHJ)

167
I watched a special about the Great Barrier Reef over the weekend. Great photography and the like, but during the second hour of it they were talking about how there is some die off going on with the coral because if there is a water temp shift of 2 degrees it can cause them to stress and then die. They of course had to bring in AGW or CLIMATE CHANGE with and increase of CYCLONES as they are wont to do. At the start of the program, they talked about how the reef got started 10,000 years ago after the last ice age. I guess the people back then didn't bitch about a great bloody reef growing out there where there used to be nothing.

Posted by: Bruce at December 26, 2012 09:36 AM (d6+Gd)

168 I'm sure the climate change brainiacs have a convenient explanation for
this unless Santa brought each of them a functioning cortex.

All I want for Christmas is my two front lobes, my two front lobes, my two front lobes!

Posted by: christmas liberal at December 26, 2012 09:37 AM (jPVBi)

169 Damn! I go away for 15 freakin' minutes to shower and I miss a banning?!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 09:37 AM (XkWWK)

170 I was here and didn't even notice it.

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 09:38 AM (NIZHJ)

171 Heh. I am glad to see the banhammer is operating at warp speed today.

Dang it, I missed it. I feel like enmockening someone today.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 09:38 AM (/eBe8)

172 If you blinked, you missed the banning. It was that fast.

Posted by: Vizzini at December 26, 2012 09:38 AM (O7Q1u)

173 That was the quickest trollbust in history .
Very nicely done .

Posted by: awkward davies at December 26, 2012 09:38 AM (USjX1)

174 Pretty sure none of these shooters had permits, since guns aren't allowed in Chicago. http://t.co/vVrf4SwM


Mark Steyn filling in for Rush today. Happy Boxing Day to us!

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at December 26, 2012 09:39 AM (6Uliu)

175
Thank you for your confidence in my abilities.

Posted by: Troll Bustin' Banhammer at December 26, 2012 09:39 AM (ndqJC)

176 Steyn aught to start a blog or something.

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 09:40 AM (NIZHJ)

177 144 Hey J.J. Sefton, I had a reply to you in the Sunday morning OT that I don't think you saw, but might find interesting:

http://minx.cc/?blog=86post=335913#c19881066

Just a tiny historical maybe that I find endlessly fascinating. For want of a sock, the kingdom was lost....
Posted by: Weirddave at December 26, 2012 09:22 AM (aH+zP)


Thanks. Tried to cut and past the URL but it takes me to an alternate universe AOSHQ? Maybe you could paste it here?

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 09:40 AM (XkWWK)

178 We have an above the stove microwave, so when the old one needed replacing, I did not want one that would only last a few months.

Read a million reviews and settled on one that had some bad reviews...but they were mostly about burned popcorn, not explosions or other serious problems.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 09:40 AM (SUKHu)

179 176 Steyn aught to start a blog or something.
Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 09:40 AM (NIZHJ)

Does his website not have one? It is a pain if it's not the only venture you are doing.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 09:41 AM (XkWWK)

180 What's the story with that alternate universe AoSHQ?

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 09:41 AM (NIZHJ)

181 Well, the dogs have started up again. English shepherd (think Border collie) went outside and lasted 30 seconds, did a u-turn on the patio and came back in. I had to towel her off because she was covered with ice and snow after 30 seconds. Smaller dogs are barking in anger at the storm.

Guess I had better get busy.

I AM glad I got to see that rapid-fire banning! It was quite enjoyable!

I will check in later today, if we have power.

Posted by: Miss Marple at December 26, 2012 09:41 AM (GoIUi)

182 Man. Maybe Chicago should try tightening their gun control laws.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 09:41 AM (/eBe8)

183 Pretty sure none of these shooters had permits, since guns aren't allowed in Chicago. http://t.co/vVrf4SwM

As long as they did use one of those black semiautomatic flash suppressor military type rifles loaded with .223 the deadliest of all ammunition I don't really give a good spit

Posted by: Media Whores at December 26, 2012 09:42 AM (d6+Gd)

184 HA! He got vaporized again! Hilarious!

Posted by: Miss Marple at December 26, 2012 09:42 AM (GoIUi)

185 What's the story with that alternate universe AoSHQ?

For one thing, the comments work right.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, keeper of the Sacred Ampersands at December 26, 2012 09:43 AM (GBXon)

186 Morning operations call at work this morning- more than half the departments weren't on.

What I want to know is where were they partying, and is the hangover worth it?

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 09:43 AM (/eBe8)

187 142 Sorry about that Allen - I think I tried that once, and, as usual, Boehner'd it up. As Homer J. Simpson says, "Trying is the first step towards failing. The lesson is, never try."

Advice like that would be good on your blog. If you had one.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 26, 2012 09:19 AM (zF6Iw)


My maxims are:

If at first you don't succeed, give up.

Measure twice then go home.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 09:43 AM (XkWWK)

188 This is a test.

[blockquote]Please ignore this if it looks normal.[/blockquote]

This is only a test.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, keeper of the Sacred Ampersands at December 26, 2012 09:44 AM (GBXon)

189 HA! He got vaporized again! Hilarious!

Da-yum. That's fast. I didn't even see the comment. Again.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 09:44 AM (/eBe8)

190 On the bright side, I didn't bugger up the blog, just look like an idiot. SOP in other words.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, keeper of the Sacred Ampersands at December 26, 2012 09:44 AM (GBXon)

191 >>For one thing, the comments work right.

And you can post links to other blogs, including Allen's.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 09:44 AM (SUKHu)

192 Allen has a blog?

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 09:45 AM (NIZHJ)

193 And you can post links to other blogs, including Allen's.

Not that it would have done you much good the last couple of weeks.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 09:45 AM (/eBe8)

194 Our original Sharp microwave from around 1979, IIRC, was a beast. The turntable feature was a big deal at the time but the sheer endurance of the thing was its long term virtue. My mother actually managed to demonstrate the ignition point of a potato. She thought she was putting it in for four minutes and instead had it cooking for four hours. When she finally realized something was wrong (the smoke might have been a leading indicator) she stopped the microwave and opened the door to find the remnants of a potato in flames.

That was sometime in the late 80s and it kept going for another ten years.

Our current unit is a Panasonic that has been pretty solid despite further appliance assassination attempts by my mother. We chose it mainly because of its capacity and didn't notice the wattage at the time. Most food packaging instructions don't factor for anything above 1000 watts. This unit runs 1250. Most of the time it isn't a problem but sometimes we forget and do our own little mini-CERN experiments.

Posted by: epobirs at December 26, 2012 09:46 AM (kcfmt)

195 There must some kind of automated ban hammer working.

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 09:47 AM (NIZHJ)

196 italics
bold
strikethrough
underline

all four together

Back to normal.

Posted by: Al at December 26, 2012 09:47 AM (V70Uh)

197 Okay, so on the "Fiscal Cliff" stuff- assuming a deal was desirable (I still think it isn't), what is the problem (besides a few weeks of increased withholding) with passing whatever deal is passed after the New Year? We won't be filing 2013's taxes until April 2014 anyway, right?

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 09:47 AM (/eBe8)

198 Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 09:43 AM (XkWWK)


If it isn't raining, you don't need to fix the roof!


If it is raining, you can't fix the roof !

Posted by: Hrothgar at December 26, 2012 09:48 AM (Cnqmv)

199 oops.

Posted by: Al at December 26, 2012 09:48 AM (V70Uh)

200 As long as they didn't use one of those black semiautomatic flash
suppressor military type rifles loaded with .223 the deadliest of all
ammunition
are black I don't really give a good spit

FIFY.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at December 26, 2012 09:48 AM (6Uliu)

201 What's the story with that alternate universe AoSHQ?
Ace is busy trying to buy enough goatees for everyone from the Lace Wigs guy.

Posted by: andycanuck at December 26, 2012 09:48 AM (jPVBi)

202 Excellent demo, Al. But I prefer

italics&bold&strikethrough&underline&all together

Just. Because. I. Can.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, keeper of the Sacred Ampersands at December 26, 2012 09:49 AM (GBXon)

203 >>Most food packaging instructions don't factor for anything above 1000 watts. This unit runs 1250.

Thus my yelling at the people in my computer who werewriting bad reviews of microwaves because ofburnt popcorn.

Strangely enough, at 90% power, the popcorn doesn't burn.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 09:49 AM (SUKHu)

204 >>>Wha'ts the story with that alternate universe AoSHQ?

Will the guys get shirts?

Posted by: Vizzini at December 26, 2012 09:49 AM (O7Q1u)

205 You can actually use a microwave as a metal foundry, once. Saw it on youtube.

Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 09:49 AM (2t6Gz)

206 >I walk into the kitchen and punch the microwave hard enough to fuck it up, and from then on it has worked perfectly.

That's some sad repair work there, I mean the guy from GE. It's not rocket surgery, and while the voltages are dangerous they ain't nothing like color TV voltages.

Posted by: SpongeBob Saget's square dildo at December 26, 2012 09:50 AM (97nMP)

207 I see that the JEF is cutting short his vacation (sniff) as "fiscal cliff" looooommmmsssssss

Posted by: Bruce at December 26, 2012 09:50 AM (d6+Gd)

208 >>Allen has a blog?

Not in this universe, silly.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 09:50 AM (SUKHu)

209 Mornin' jackwagons.

I see we're still screwed. And I apparently missed the swinging of teh Banhammer.

Oh, and does anyone know how to get reindeer crap off the roof?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at December 26, 2012 09:51 AM (yiIja)

210 >>Will the guys get shirts?

No, they get pants.

Pants and goatees. (shudder)

I don't like it there.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 09:51 AM (SUKHu)

211 OK, here's the repost JJ:

Yup. And I never knew until very recently that

we had a crash and almost a depression in 1920. But Calvin Coolidge

ignored his key economic adviser, a guy named Herbert Hoover, and did

nothing but lower taxes. An obscure phenomenon known as "the Roaring

20's" happened.





And 9 years later, Hoover was president.


Hmmm....



Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 23, 2012 08:19 AM (XkWWK)




Warren
G. Harding. Nothing against Cal, he's neck and neck with Reagan as the
best president in the last century*, but it was Warren G Harding who
made the decision to do nothing. Forever tainted by Teapot Dome (which
wouldn't even make the news today if Barky's minions did the same),
Harding was the man who had to clean up the majority of the messes left
by fucking Wilson.
*Here's one of my favorite historical what ifs:
What if Calvin Coolidge Jr. wore socks? CC Jr died in 1924 after playing
tennis with no socks. He developed a blister that got infected and
died. By all accounts this took a great deal of the heart out of his
father, who didn't run for reelection in 1928. He'd have won in a walk
if he had run. I'm not saying losing his son was the only reason Cal
retired, but I suspect it played a big part. With Cal as president in
1929, they would have been no intervention following the crash, no over
regulation, no activist government, hell, no Great Depression, as the
economy would have bounced right back like it did when Harding made the
same decision post WWI. No FDR, no nanny government, no nothing that's
killed this country, none of it. Sometimes I try and imagine a world
where Calvin Coolidge Jr. wore socks..
And then I cry. A lot.

Posted by: Weirddave at December 26, 2012 09:52 AM (aH+zP)

212
Oh, and does anyone know how to get reindeer crap off the roof?


Do you have small children?

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 09:52 AM (/eBe8)

213 Will the guys get shirts?
Avoid the red ones.

Posted by: andycanuck at December 26, 2012 09:52 AM (jPVBi)

214 >>>Oh, and does anyone know how to get reindeer crap off the roof?

Flamethrower.

Posted by: Volunteer Fire Department at December 26, 2012 09:52 AM (O7Q1u)

215 Pants and goatees

Small goats?

Posted by: Bruce at December 26, 2012 09:52 AM (d6+Gd)

216 What's the story with that alternate universe AoSHQ?

The guys don't get shirts and all the women have Spock-beard merkins.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 26, 2012 09:53 AM (zF6Iw)

217 >>I see that the JEF is cutting short his vacation (sniff)

Let me guess, the family is staying there?

He does not seem to like them, esp. on airplanes.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 09:53 AM (SUKHu)

218 He does not seem to like them, esp. on airplanes.

That's okay. Neither do I.

Actually, that's not fair. I have nothing against the girls except who their parents are, and it's not like they got to pick.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 09:54 AM (/eBe8)

219 Oh, and does anyone know how to get reindeer crap off the roof?

C4, it takes everything off the roof.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at December 26, 2012 09:55 AM (YEelc)

220 BTW, was the banning "blehzor" (whose nickname, surprisingly, is pronounced the same as another banned name)?

Posted by: andycanuck at December 26, 2012 09:55 AM (jPVBi)

221 @17 > Mary P
Fascinating history. Thanks for posting!

Posted by: carolina at December 26, 2012 09:56 AM (dmqAl)

222 The Chevy one.

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 09:56 AM (NIZHJ)

223 208 >>Allen has a blog?

Not in this universe, silly.
Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 09:50 AM (SUKHu)

In the alternate universe!

Posted by: Dr W. Bishop at December 26, 2012 09:56 AM (Cnqmv)

224
Let me guess, the family is staying there?



According to the AP (the bestest news source on the intertubes)

First lady Michelle Obama and the couple's two daughters are scheduled to remain in Hawaii until Jan. 6.

So, plenty of smoking of both cigs and c0cks on AF1 on the way home.

Posted by: Bruce at December 26, 2012 09:56 AM (d6+Gd)

225 : Whatev at December 26, 2012 09:28 AM
Microwave - its all in knowing where and how hard to punch. More than once in thirty-five years of working with computers, of all the delicate little things, a smack on the box has cleared things up. I call it the good old American way to fix anything! Keep the 5# rubber mallet handy!

Posted by: That Merry Mindful Guy at December 26, 2012 09:57 AM (AMsS5)

226 >>First lady Michelle Obama and the couple's two daughters are scheduled to remain in Hawaii until Jan. 6.

OMG, I wasjust joking.

He does not like them.

Guess that raises the $4M cost of their vacation.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 09:59 AM (SUKHu)

227 Good Morning rons. Sitting in a tornado warning. WTF.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 09:59 AM (3Y7RV)

228 >Actually our next biggie is Australia Day on the 26th January so the
shops will be flogging little flags, hats, thongs (what you call flip
flops)



don't look like flip flops to me (mild nsfw)

http://is.gd/LtSg6I

Posted by: Jones in CO at December 26, 2012 09:59 AM (8sCoq)

229 Guess that raises the $4M cost of their vacation.


Not to worry. He has plenty of money

Posted by: Bruce at December 26, 2012 10:00 AM (d6+Gd)

230 That Merry Mindful Guy at December 26, 2012 09:57 AM (AMsS5)

The military term I learned was "percussive maintenance".

Posted by: Blanco Basura at December 26, 2012 10:00 AM (YEelc)

231 Also in the alt. AoS universe, OSP wrote a book.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 10:00 AM (SUKHu)

232 I see PurpAv was up early/late too. I'm all for making Tesla's research public, the guy was pretty smart, especially the part where he designed some towers that created electricity for free.

And Jeremy Clarkson doesn't want Piers Morgan back. I can't blame him: it would mean more broken fingers for JC. If anyone ever deserved a good punch in the snout, it's him.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at December 26, 2012 10:01 AM (yiIja)

233 Also in the alt. AoS universe, OSP wrote a book.
Yeah. Riiight. And I bet Allen has a blog there too!

Posted by: andycanuck at December 26, 2012 10:01 AM (jPVBi)

234 @221 - you're welcome, carolina. I can't believe I've never read that book before. It was a very nice Christmas present.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 26, 2012 10:01 AM (zF6Iw)

235 Blinding Snow is what exactly?

Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 10:02 AM (NIZHJ)

236 225. A great Navy chief taught me the Navy way: "Get a bigger hammer!"

Posted by: Hrothgar at December 26, 2012 10:02 AM (Cnqmv)

237 The military term I learned was "percussive maintenance".
Posted by: Blanco Basura at December 26, 2012 10:00 AM (YEelc)

I like that, We used, Fine adjustment tool, or BFH.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 10:02 AM (3Y7RV)

238 225 - It's the old adage - hit it! Way back in the day when TV's had "vertical hold" knobs, a friends tv wouldn't hold the vertical (?), so he hit it. The result went the other way, and the tv shut down completely.

Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 10:02 AM (2t6Gz)

239 Hey, did you know I wrote a book? and Allen G has a blog?'

Hey Allen, nobody likes the overacheivers do they?

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 10:03 AM (3Y7RV)

240 >>Yeah. Riiight. And I bet Allen has a blog there too!

And Mary Poppins is a man who also wrote a book!!1!!!

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 10:04 AM (SUKHu)

241 >I guess no description of the type of hammer was available at the time they went to press


Posted by: Bruce at December 26, 2012 08:26 AM (d6+Gd)

it was one of those plastic hammers that a metal detector can't see

Posted by: Jones in CO at December 26, 2012 10:04 AM (8sCoq)

242 >>Blinding Snow is what exactly?

It'll poke your eye out?

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 10:04 AM (SUKHu)

243 > A great Navy chief taught me the Navy way: "Get a bigger hammer!"



Ah, the BFH...

Posted by: Jones in CO at December 26, 2012 10:06 AM (8sCoq)

244 And Mary Poppins is a man who also wrote a book!!1!!!
Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 10:04 AM (SUKHu)

LOL, you know it was awhile before I figured that out. I think it was after a Captain Hate-esque rant that I thought, wait a minute, that was not very feminine.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 10:06 AM (3Y7RV)

245 Three things that the anti-gun nuts will not acknowledge in the firefighter shooting.

1. Death penalty for beating his Grandmother to death with a hammer would have prevented this.

2. This felon was not allowed to own any of these weapons.

3. An off duty police officer that happened to ride by stopped the carnage with his own weapon.

Posted by: polynikes at December 26, 2012 10:07 AM (m2CN7)

246 Is it me, or does SCoaMF often find excuses to ditch Mooch in another town? Its actually the only thing I respect about him.

Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 10:08 AM (2t6Gz)

247 And Jeremy Clarkson doesn't want Piers Morgan back.

I think we can work out a compromise where we get rid of Piers and Britain doesn't have to take him back: Drop him off halfway.

We can give him a parachute, if we're feeling generous, but it won't matter much.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at December 26, 2012 10:09 AM (6Uliu)

248 Blinding Snow is what exactly?

Snow you can fap to?

Posted by: Blanco Basura at December 26, 2012 10:09 AM (YEelc)

249 Is it me, or does SCoaMF often find excuses to ditch Mooch in another town? Its actually the only thing I respect about him.
Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 10:08 AM (2t6Gz)


There is the other side of that coin, maybe she can't wait to GTF out.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 10:09 AM (3Y7RV)

250 >>LOL, you know it was awhile before I figured that out.

Heaven forbid anyone here actually click on a link, esp. one linked in a name 17 million times.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 10:10 AM (SUKHu)

251 There is the other side of that coin, maybe she can't wait to GTF out.

Makes you wonder if technological assistance was required for the kids to exist. That, or the provenance is not as advertised, IYKWIMAITYD.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, keeper of the Sacred Ampersands at December 26, 2012 10:11 AM (GBXon)

252 238 225 - It's the old adage - hit it! Way back in the day when TV's had "vertical hold" knobs, a friends tv wouldn't hold the vertical (?), so he hit it. The result went the other way, and the tv shut down completely.
Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 10:02 AM (2t6Gz)


Adds new meaning to the favorite moron expression "I'd hit it." Except if it's a TV. And I don't mean television.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 10:12 AM (XkWWK)

253 Barry ditches all of his women, - Mommy, Hillary, Rice, Grandma. It's payback.

Posted by: Fritz at December 26, 2012 10:12 AM (/ZZCn)

254 We can give him a parachute, if we're feeling generous, but it won't matter much.

I was thinking an inner tube, but I like your idea too. Perhaps we could point out why PM got fired from his last gig, loudly and often. I knew I liked JC for some reason...

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at December 26, 2012 10:12 AM (yiIja)

255 Makes you wonder if technological assistance was required for the kids to exist.

In the first campaign, Mooch made a lot of cryptic remarks in speeches about "huge debts" they incurred--they were making a shit-ton of money and renting an apartment--and I've always assumed it was IVF.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at December 26, 2012 10:13 AM (6Uliu)

256 >>Is it me, or does SCoaMF often find excuses to ditch Mooch in another town?

Yeh, when he did that for his birthday one year, I started noticing.

Eesh.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 10:13 AM (SUKHu)

257 Things to do to Piers Morgan:
We could offer Piers Morgan his own (short lived) reality show on living in the backwoods of Alaska, gun free.

Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 10:13 AM (2t6Gz)

258 Heaven forbid anyone here actually click on a link, esp. one linked in a name 17 million times.

I'm not a link clicker, I know that's wierd but it takes alot to get me to click on things I'm not familiar with. I have alreay had to toss one computer destroyed by viruses.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 10:13 AM (3Y7RV)

259 Inner tubes weren't invented in 1791 so it should be a wooden long boat instead.

Posted by: andycanuck at December 26, 2012 10:14 AM (jPVBi)

260 Posted by: Weirddave at December 26, 2012 09:52 AM (aH+zP)

Intervention is bad unless its not. Lack of intervention after the crash was one of the main mistakes made by Hoover. That is not according to me but according to Milton Freidman.

The Fed was tasked with the responsibility to stabilize the banks. By listening to his Treasury secretary who advised not to let the Fedintervene, Hoover allowed the Bank runs which led to a huge mess that we could not recover from. After the runs, they attempted to fix it by applying incorrect intervention which I assume you refer to.

Posted by: polynikes at December 26, 2012 10:15 AM (m2CN7)

261 256 Heck, one of the debates was on his anniversary. There's *no* way Romney would have *made* him debate then if he'd objected.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at December 26, 2012 10:15 AM (wbeNt)

262 211 Posted by: Weirddave at December 26, 2012 09:52 AM (aH+zP)

Dave! Wow! That is an amazing story. A fucking blister took us to where we are today.

It reminds me in a weird way of a great old BBC TV series called "Connections" with James Burke. Very much worth a look (on Netflix).

But that is incredible. Had Coolidge remained president, it might have "aborted" the progressive movement right there, or at least delayed it by at least 50-75 years.

Now you've got me crying. Time machine and antibiotics, stat.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 10:16 AM (XkWWK)

263 Things to do to Piers Morgan:

Send his ass to Canada. Let the Icebacks deal with this fucktard.

Posted by: Fritz at December 26, 2012 10:16 AM (/ZZCn)

264 Screw you, Fritz!!11!! What did we ever do to you? :^(

Posted by: andycanuck at December 26, 2012 10:17 AM (jPVBi)

265 257 Posted by: Whatev at December 26, 2012 10:13 AM (2t6Gz)


Meh. How to live in Labor Camp #9 in North Korea.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 10:17 AM (XkWWK)

266 235 Blinding Snow is what exactly?
Posted by: Butters at December 26, 2012 10:02 AM (NIZHJ)


Freebasing off your eyeballs.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 10:19 AM (XkWWK)

267 Meh. How to live in Labor Camp #9 in North Korea.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 10:17 AM (XkWWK)

Establish your dominance before starvation saps your strength.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 10:19 AM (3Y7RV)

268 Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon -

Sorry for the long delay, but here's a (virtual) laurel and hearty handshake for the publication of your book. That is quite an accomplishment and some seriously hard work! Now, what is the topic of you *next* book going to be about?

Posted by: John the Baptist at December 26, 2012 10:19 AM (3N+aG)

269 It reminds me in a weird way of a great old BBC TV series called "Connections" with James Burke. Very much worth a look (on Netflix).

That was a great series. In one episode, Mr. Burke showed what a broadsword could do to a side of beef. You didn't want to be on the sharp end...

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at December 26, 2012 10:21 AM (yiIja)

270 Blinding Snow is what exactly?

Your eyes! The goggles, they do nothing!

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 26, 2012 10:21 AM (zF6Iw)

271 >>>Screw you, Fritz!!11!! What did we ever do to you? :^(

Well, you inflicted Celine Dion on us for one.

Posted by: Vizzini at December 26, 2012 10:22 AM (O7Q1u)

272 Posted by: John the Baptist at December 26, 2012 10:19 AM (3N+aG)

6 chapters in. The current book leads right into it. Although I am struggling with not rewriting the first one. Reintroducing charactors in a more compressed way so the new one can stand on it's own.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 10:23 AM (3Y7RV)

273 LOL, you know it was awhile before I figured that out. I think it was after a Captain Hate-esque rant that I thought, wait a minute, that was not very feminine.
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 10:06 AM (3Y7RV)


Which is funny, OSP, since AtC was ranting like a trouper long before I started posting regularly. I guess her snarls of"I'll shove coal so far down your stocking, you'll be coughing up diamonds!" have a lyrical, feminine touch that can't be replicated.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 26, 2012 10:23 AM (zF6Iw)

274 271 >>>Screw you, Fritz!!11!! What did we ever do to you? :^(

Well, you inflicted Celine Dion on us for one.
Posted by: Vizzini at December 26, 2012 10:22 AM (O7Q1u)


Say what you want about Canada, but they drill for oil and have Steven Harper as PM.

We have the direct descendant of Calvin Coolidge Jr.s pus-laden blister.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 10:23 AM (XkWWK)

275 Well, you inflicted Celine Dion on us for one.
Posted by: Vizzini at December 26, 2012 10:22 AM (O7Q1u)

KABLAM!!! Bringing the heat.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 10:24 AM (3Y7RV)

276 "percussive maintenance" - Blanco Basura at December 26, 2012 10:00 AM

Heh. I'll try to remember that one.

Mrs says: That's what you put on the invoice.

Posted by: That Merry Mindful Guy at December 26, 2012 10:24 AM (13IVx)

277
>>>Screw you, Fritz!!11!! What did we ever do to you? :^(

How about Justin Bieber for starters, smartypants.

Posted by: Fritz at December 26, 2012 10:24 AM (/ZZCn)

278 206 - Its never the voltage that gets ya, its the current. The reaction to getting the voltage however.... Use to repair video game monitors, back when they were the thing. Ya haven't lived until you've taken 35 KV to the forearm while holding a 150 pound collection of unburnished sheet metal cuts in a crowded room.

Posted by: BoGart at December 26, 2012 10:24 AM (Ugngr)

279 But at least she's pretty to look at. Still, we did give you the Frumster so maybe you've got a point.

Posted by: andycanuck at December 26, 2012 10:24 AM (jPVBi)

280 And Mary Poppins is a man who also wrote a book!!1!!!

Thanks again for the purchase, Mama - every little bit goes to the Bushmills fund!

Hope you enjoy the book. How was Christmas out your way?

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 26, 2012 10:25 AM (zF6Iw)

281 The obvious anwser here is that we should ban refrigerators. Oh, and evil convicted murderers who should not be roaming the streets in the first place.

Posted by: James A. at December 26, 2012 10:25 AM (8eoVW)

282 Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 10:23 AM (3Y7RV)

Outstanding, I really was just picking at you! Most writers I know need some decompression time between books, though the ones that actually make a living off of it never do.

Fiction is hard, I've never been able to put down any that was worth reading, other than some short stories. I admire the lot of y'all that can do this!

Posted by: John the Baptist at December 26, 2012 10:25 AM (3N+aG)

283 269 Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at December 26, 2012 10:21 AM (yiIja)

I loved it because it presented history and invention as a series of somewhat random accidents and mishaps as opposed to some orderly, intentional process.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 26, 2012 10:25 AM (XkWWK)

284 Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 26, 2012 10:23 AM (zF6Iw)

True, but AlextheChick says chick. I just never met a man that wrote so well and wrote such great stories whith such flare.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 10:26 AM (3Y7RV)

285 Re. #279 Celine Dion, that is, not Justin Bieber just to be clear.

Posted by: andycanuck at December 26, 2012 10:26 AM (jPVBi)

286 My belated congrats to OSP on your first literary foray.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at December 26, 2012 10:26 AM (yiIja)

287 My belated congrats to OSP on your first literary foray.
Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at December 26, 2012 10:26 AM (yiIja)

Thank you, I WANT FEEDBACK!!

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 10:27 AM (3Y7RV)

288 Hey Allen, nobody likes the overacheivers do they?

Overachievers? You may be overachieving; I'm only barely achieving.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 10:28 AM (/eBe8)

289 The obvious anwser here is that we should ban refrigerators. Oh, and
evil convicted murderers who should not be roaming the streets in the
first place.
----

Zactly.

WTF was this guy doing OUT of prison in the first place.

Posted by: fixerupper at December 26, 2012 10:29 AM (nELVU)

290 Actually, I think folks need to be more specific about the laws the Piers Morgan broke that would render him deportable. Foremost, we have to ask why he was even permitted to enter the United States and work anyways. He does not have a skill or work in an occupation that is exempted by Congress that would qualify him for a work visa. He's taking a job than an American citizen can do. It's a clear violation of federal law. Also, according to Title 8, United States Code, he is inadmissable in general: "An alien whose entry or proposed activities in the United States the Secretary of State has reasonable ground to believe would have potentially serious adverse foreign policy consequences for the United States is inadmissible." BTW: Subversion of the supreme law of the land --the Constitutional rights of the citizenry-- has been grounds to remove previously admitted aliens. Morgan also violated the Sedition Act of 1918 by making "disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language" about the United States government, its flag, or its armed forces or that caused others to view the American government or its institutions with contempt. The Constitution is as an American institution as can be had.

Posted by: Manolo at December 26, 2012 10:31 AM (PttbO)

291 Overachievers? You may be overachieving; I'm only barely achieving.
Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 10:28 AM (/eBe

You are modest, I read your blog.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 10:31 AM (3Y7RV)

292
My grandson must have played with the thermostat last night. We woke to a 63 degree home this morning.

Posted by: Ohio Dan at December 26, 2012 10:32 AM (JKNDp)

293 I loved it because it presented history and invention as a series of somewhat random accidents and mishaps as opposed to some orderly, intentional process.

IIRC, he made the "connection" between a loom and a modern computer. It was not direct by any means. It's too bad there aren't geeky programs like that anymore. Of course, I'm not counting shows like How It's Made, which is a personal favorite of mine. It takes me back to the good ole days when I had one of those "job" thingys.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at December 26, 2012 10:33 AM (yiIja)

294 My grandson must have played with the thermostat last night. We woke to a 63 degree home this morning.
Posted by: Ohio Dan at December 26, 2012 10:32 AM (JKNDp)

Touching the Thermostat was a gauranteed ass whipping in my house when I was a kid.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 10:33 AM (3Y7RV)

295 You are modest, I read your blog.

Well thank you. I really feel like I fell off the horse the last couple of weeks, and it's hard to get going again.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 10:33 AM (/eBe8)

296 WTF was this guy doing OUT of prison in the first place.
Government doing what it does best.

Posted by: andycanuck at December 26, 2012 10:34 AM (jPVBi)

297 >> a lyrical, feminine touch

Yeh, some of us just ooze that femininity crap.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 10:34 AM (SUKHu)

298 Yeh, some of us just ooze that femininity crap.
Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 10:34 AM (SUKHu)

Celebrate it, it's very attractive.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 10:35 AM (3Y7RV)

299 IIRC, he made the "connection" between a loom and a modern computer. It was not direct by any means.

Punch cards...

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at December 26, 2012 10:35 AM (6Uliu)

300 >>How was Christmas out your way?

Very nice, thank you. Just disappointed that the snow missed us last night by a few miles.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 10:36 AM (SUKHu)

301 Yes, the Jacquard loom used punch cards. The entire series is available for free on YouTube. (See the sock link.) I loved those series as a teen although more from a history perspective than a science one.

Posted by: andycanuck at December 26, 2012 10:37 AM (jPVBi)

302 Allen has a horse blog?

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 10:37 AM (SUKHu)

303 Doh! Heather beat me to it.

Posted by: andycanuck at December 26, 2012 10:37 AM (jPVBi)

304 Allen has a horse blog?
Of course. Of course.

Posted by: andycanuck at December 26, 2012 10:38 AM (jPVBi)

305 Thank you, I WANT FEEDBACK!!

I liked the First Few Pages on the Amazon link, OSP, FWIW.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at December 26, 2012 10:39 AM (yiIja)

306 "IIRC, he made the "connection" between a loom and a modern computer."

Sorta related and apropos of exactly nothing - I taught high school history for many years, had to take off for a week once for jury duty, and the sub that took over ignored my lesson plans and spent the entire week pontificating about what he considered the most crucial and important development in all of human history - the flying shuttle for mechanical looms.

Posted by: John the Baptist at December 26, 2012 10:39 AM (3N+aG)

307 Allen has a horse blog?

I think I'd have to have a horse first.

Which is only a problem because of lack of space and funds. If those weren't considerations, I'd have a horse already.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 10:39 AM (/eBe8)

308 Allen's horse blog uses punch cards.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 10:40 AM (SUKHu)

309 Present and accounted for.

Posted by: sTevo at December 26, 2012 10:40 AM (rgC5O)

310 Allen should flog his horse blog.

Posted by: Vizzini at December 26, 2012 10:40 AM (O7Q1u)

311 I'm beating the horse blog jokes to death.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 26, 2012 10:41 AM (SUKHu)

312 OSP, How did you establish your pen name and to you pronounce July with one or two syllables?

Posted by: sTevo at December 26, 2012 10:42 AM (rgC5O)

313 Thanks for the link, andycanuck. Next time I hop in the Wayback Machine, that'll be fun.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at December 26, 2012 10:42 AM (yiIja)

314 spent the entire week pontificating about what he considered the most
crucial and important development in all of human history - the flying
shuttle for mechanical looms.


Ah. So his entire qualifications for teaching history was having completed Jr. High. Got it.

Actually, the flying shuttle was fairly important. Of course, so were the cotton gin, the mechanical sewing machine, the still, the wheel, the blade, metallurgy, gun powder, writing, and few million other things I could mention.

Personally, I'm a fan of harnessed electricity. Also indoor plumbing.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 10:42 AM (/eBe8)

315 All you morons and 'ettes out there writing books. I'm feeling soooooo inadequate right now.

Posted by: antisocialist at December 26, 2012 10:43 AM (Ahxbg)

316 Trigger used to guest blog at Allen's all the time or so I've heard.

Posted by: andycanuck at December 26, 2012 10:43 AM (jPVBi)

317 I'm beating the horse blog jokes to death.

Yep. Riding them into the ground...

Posted by: Vizzini at December 26, 2012 10:43 AM (O7Q1u)

318 Why are my ears burning all of a sudden?

Posted by: senator kerry at December 26, 2012 10:44 AM (jPVBi)

319 Trigger used to guest blog at Allen's all the time or so I've heard.

Nope. He was a dirty Democrat.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at December 26, 2012 10:44 AM (/eBe8)

320 Mine too, John.

Posted by: sarah jessica parker at December 26, 2012 10:45 AM (jPVBi)

321 Neigh! Neigh!

Posted by: zombie trigger at December 26, 2012 10:45 AM (jPVBi)

322 Trigger used to guest blog at Allen's all the time or so I've heard.

I heard that really made Silver jealous.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at December 26, 2012 10:46 AM (yiIja)

323 Okay. New thread.

Posted by: andycanuck at December 26, 2012 10:46 AM (jPVBi)

324 "Ah. So his entire qualifications for teaching history was having completed Jr. High. Got it."

I not sure that loon actually graduated. He told my dept. chair that he was going to "just take over" my classes if I was gone another week. Ah, no.

My personal choice for Most Important Invention Evar would be disposable toilet paper. A brilliant history prof at a convention once upon a time did a "humorous" presentation on this very topic that had more grounding, hard factually support and supportable links than most other papers I've heard presented. You can make a great case that this is the prime reason the Western world has move past the 12th century, and the Don't Eat With The Left Hand muslim world has not.

Posted by: John the Baptist at December 26, 2012 10:49 AM (3N+aG)

325 I liked the First Few Pages on the Amazon link, OSP, FWIW.
Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at December 26, 2012 10:39 AM (yiIja)

You know the whole book thing was a complete accident. I got board when I was unemployed and started writing the stories from my family. Then I thought, Hey, through some fiction in here and it could be intresting. Then I quit. One day I was chatting with the lady at the ABC store and she said her dad was a writer and she used to go over his stuff for him, then she offered to read it. So I printed out the stuff I had already written and gave it to her. A week later I stopped back in and she asked me if I had any more, it was way better than anything her father wrote. It was weird, but I had this sudden need to please her, she was like a muse. Not an attractive woman by any means but I was bored and I had time so I went nuts. It was so exciting to see her expression when I would bring her more.
Add to that the support of the rons when I would talk about it. Then one day it was done. I gave it to a few rons and a few friends to read and then got a professional editor that wrote me a beautiful letter telling me to get started on the next one. It has been one of the most bizzare experiances of my life.
My wife won't read it. She knows what's real and what isn't, it disturbs her.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 10:50 AM (3Y7RV)

326 Punch cards and a program to create the woven pattern in the cloth. Might be "Holiday Inn" or a ten-color rendition of The Last Supper.

Speaking of algorithms, I got a cool prize in my cracker last night, the "Mystical Automatic Calculator." It's six cards, each with about six rows of numbers, maybe seventy-two different numbers on each card. Pick a card, pick any number off the card. I show you each card in turn, and ask you if your number is on it. After getting your answers, I tell you your number. Works every time.

I just sum the upper left-hand numbers in my head from each card where you answer yes. The sum is your number. Struck me as an interesting puzzle to try to design.

Posted by: Enby at December 26, 2012 10:51 AM (ptlfZ)

327 Polynikes, I need links or I need you to expand upon what you're saying before I can comment further.

I know J.J, pretty scary, no? Now let's discuss the Whites winning in Russia in 1917......

Posted by: Weirddave at December 26, 2012 10:56 AM (aH+zP)

328 True, but AlextheChick says chick. I just never met a man that wrote so well and wrote such great stories whith such flare.

Awww. . .(slaps OSP on the shoulder) Cut the mush, ya bastich. But thanks.
Feedback?

I did a quick scan on Amazon. As I say, it's not my style. But towards the end, and especially your hook for book 2. . .wow. I went ahead and ordered. The rest of you morons should, too.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at December 26, 2012 10:57 AM (zF6Iw)

329 The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned.

The highest-ranking official caught up in the scandal, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, has not “resigned” from government service, as officials said last week. He is just switching desks. And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back.

The four were made out to be sacrificial lambs in the wake of a scathing report issued last week that found that the US compound in Benghazi, Libya, was left vulnerable to attack because of “grossly inadequate” security.

State Department leaders “didn’t come clean about Benghazi and now they’re not coming clean about these staff changes,” a source close to the situation told The Post., adding, the “public would be outraged over this.”

Posted by: Hiliary Clinton at December 26, 2012 11:04 AM (e8kgV)

330 I keep mentioning to people that all this is playing out like a Matt Bracken novel... written a decade ago. I urge you to read the excerpts, maybe even get it on Amazon. You decide if a conspiracy is afoot:

http://www.enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/excerpt1.htm

Spooky...

Posted by: whitestone at December 26, 2012 11:08 AM (Nf/P4)

331 We live off the grid (we provide our own electrical power via solar panels and backup genny), and had to say goodbye to our Mr. Coffee (high-teens amp draw just keeping coffee warm, fer chrissakes!). We've been using a french press for over a dozen years now, and it is the best.

Of course, it helps that we mix Starbuck's verona/sumatra with maxwell house dark roast to make our own blend. Stout stuff; if it had opposable thumbs, you'd call it Mr. Coffee, Sir. If you dared speak in its presence at all.

Posted by: jwpaine (@PirateBallerina) at December 26, 2012 11:27 AM (VcDCJ)

332 OSP, How did you establish your pen name and to you pronounce July with one or two syllables?
Posted by: sTevo at December 26, 2012 10:42 AM (rgC5O)

Jack was the nic my dad gave me and July is the month I was born.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, aka Jack July author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. at December 26, 2012 11:30 AM (3Y7RV)

333 Over at Jawa Report, a post on the four people "fired" for the involvement with Bengazi. It's a Christmas Miracle, they have their job back!

Most transparent admin EVAH!

/can I count the ways I hate these people?

Posted by: shibumi at December 26, 2012 11:42 AM (z63Tr)

334 test

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