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  1. BrunDawg says:

    King tide is expected today along the northern Atlantic states today. King Tides are among the highest of the year. After the king tide the ocean will begin to recede. No word yet on the earth healing.

  2. Z says:

    I received the below in a conversation on another message board. Before I look up the facts and try to make an apples to apples comparison, I figured I’d come to the folks who know more about this stuff than I.

    Anyone care want to weigh in? If the numbers are accurate, then I would assume Reagan’s spending was most likely in the defense budget, and if so, it seems this person is asserting that defense spending spurred the economy, and that defense spending is akin to any other spending. Also, at first thought, I’m not sure I would handle a global recession any differently from a domestic recession. And it seems convenient that this person is comparing Obama to Reagan by citing differences in spending between Reagan and Carter.

    “There is clear empirical evidence that the economy performs better under demand side economics, and has historically performed better under Democratic administrations. To claim otherwise is like the article I read in Forbes that unfavorably compared how Obama has handled this recession with how Reagan handled a recession during his term.

    He did so by comparing the length of the recovery period, but conveniently left out the fact that the Reagan era recession was not global, and VERY conveniently that he accomplished that by BUYING his way out of the recession: The national debt rose from $900 billion to $2.8 trillion during Reagan’s tenure, with an average national budget deficit per year of $237.5 billion, as compared to an average national budget deficit per year of $56.9 billion during Carter’s tenure.”

    • R.D. Walker says:

      โ€œThere is clear empirical evidence that the crops perform better when there is rain and they have historically performed better under when there was plenty of rain. Therefore it should rain all day every day.”

      People need to stop looking at the busts and start paying attention to the booms. Busts are caused by booms which are created by easy money and low interest rates which cause investors to confuse irrational exuberance, malinvestment and inflation with real returns. They aren’t and busts follow.

      There is no real investment that isn’t preceded with savings. The quote above talks about the good dimes of the boom but they divorce it from the associated bust. They praise the boom and pretend like the bust it caused was a separate event.

      See? Rain makes the crops grow and they praise the rain and demand endless rain and then they pretend that devastating floods have nothing to do with too much rain.

  3. sortahwitte says:

    An update on the “Donny and Marie Christmas Show” we attended in OKC last evening. To get it out of the way, Donny is still a squirrel. Marie is as beautiful as ever. They have both performed in Broadway musicals in the last few years. They still have great voices. I like Marie’s best. They are funny and entertaining. I wasn’t prepared to enjoy it as much as I did. They almost sold out the arena where the OKC Thunder play. We got home at 1am. Sorry, no pictures.

  4. R.D. Walker says:

  5. Locke n Load says:

    You know what always spells Christmas to me?
    -3 still air with 30mph winds, ice covered ultra-rural Montana roads, and a driveline yoke shattering in the cold at 50mph on said ice covered roads.
    Ahhhh, nothing like 2 wreckers, 40 miles of mountain towing (hazmat load of course- explosives), a probable 2 days down at a Shop with mechanics seeing dollar signs, and me…throwing Christmas cash to the sharks. Yup, that’s xmas.
    Xmas for everyone but my family. Fuck.
    On the bright side, at least Verizon got a signal out here. Could have been worse, I might have had to walk a few miles to find a signal ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Locke n Load says:

      I think these guys working the wrecker deserve a shot or two of Crown. Either my blood has thinned or these boys are built of stronger stuff than me. 5 minutes under my truck assessing the damage and my lips near froze off.
      And for the record, that Ralph Lauren guy once made some damn fine field coats. I bought this thick skinned beauty 15 yrs ago because it was pretty. The damned thing is insulated and tough as nails. Honest to god Cowboy tough. Considering it went for $400 new, I suppose that’s to be expected but still, pleasant surprise that its held up this long.
      Ladies, when you see a man’s work coat, don’t focus on the dirt, instead appreciate the long hours of assistance its put into a mans life. This one has served me 10x over its cost. Its a man’s coat, not a petticoat. Like boots, a good coat is a great friend.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Well, damn, that ain’t visions of sugar plums.

      • Locke n Load says:

        Fuck no. This is the place where truckers are separated from steering wheel holding company boys. I hate breakdowns, but love the thick skin it builds.
        Still, cold air shattering a yoke? wtf? cheap ass bolts or what? I’ve driven thru -40 in NoDak at 70+mph and shattered plasticized airlines but steel?

      • Locke n Load says:

        The wreckers air lines have frozen and its making the lift mechanism crap out. They’ve been outside for almost an HOUR while I sit in here and contemplate costs. Still, they’re laughing their butts off as they work, lol. Humbling, the strength of youth is

      • Locke n Load says:

        Wanna wager what the tow ends up costing??
        Boys had to bring out their dad to fix the hydraulics, lol.
        The over/under is $1000

        • reboot says:

          Damn dood, hope you make it out of there in time to head South. Why you think I live where I do?
          Good luck, and god bless!

        • Locke n Load says:

          It’ll be 17 below tonight but I’ve been towed into a garage in Broadus, a tiny little town I think Bman knows. Elk hunters know it, we’re on the edge of a nat forest filled with trophies.
          Had a great ride with the kids who towed me. Maybe kids isn’t the word…try young veterans. Airborne, did a year in Iraq. Talked food, fucked up jumps, crazy ass cold, and sand in every crevice. Genuinely great guy, everything I love about young military volunteers. Solid.
          Gave him a few shots of Crown for the effort, lol. He charged me half the over/under. The mechanic is a trip. I’m in his garage, 100ft from his house, and its loaded like a regular franchised dealership place…but its his house, his shed, and he’s actually going to work on the truck tomorrow. Assuming the parts are in Billings I could conceivably be out of here tomorrow evening at a reasonable price. Unreal. Ended up talking to him for an hour about the basics of monetary policy, inflation, progressivism, and why Country beats the crap out of City ๐Ÿ™‚ He was an expert on the latter, but knew squat about the former. Who knows how much he absorbed, we had a good time and he learned a few things. I like the guy. Lets hope he’s a good mechanic.

          • reboot says:

            Glad you have had good luck. Just remember, you have created great stories for the next couple of weeks……..I grew up in those small of towns.
            17 below? Shiver me timbers, the 50’s would drive me insane now. As a kid we walked around in Nebraska at 30 degrees in long sleeves unless there was wind.
            Just dream about some good tex-ass chile, and send me the recipe!

            • Locke n Load says:

              Chili? Not likely. MY chili is a fiery mess of pain, only suited for folks like us that live for the taste of pepper stews. True Tex-Mex chili is far more mild. Its a chili stew that more resembles chili potroast. I’ve acutually found versions of it sold as Chile Colorado sold, in CANS, in Idaho. Now look, before my fellow Texans start calling me a heretic, let me be clear. Tx chili is NOT homogenous, ok? But true tex-mex chili DOES have a form, and its as I’ve described. Head down to San Antonio, get a Huevos Rancheros breakfast, and call me a liar. That’s traditional, cowboy style, tex mex chili. Everything else is a modern derivation. Cincinatti…yours isn’t chili. Not even in an alternate universe, sorry.

              BBQ however…well, I’ve decided to divulge it to a very few of you. Next time I make the spice mix and sauce I’ll send you visuals and instructions. Whether you can follow them might depend on your materials available.
              I guess you’ll have to wait for the BBQ sauce til the next time my kids demand my pork bbq.

              • reboot says:

                That’s all right, we know you are in a holding pattern. We haven’t forgotten about you.
                And no, I don’t like a fiery mess of pain and the resultant projectile explosive issuances from the other end.

          • Jim22 says:

            Bad luck and good luck in the same day. It started out really crappy but you met some good, honest people. Thanks offered up for them… and Crown.

            Hope you’re on the road today. Hope you get the explosives delivered before they set them off.

  6. reboot says:

    Does that mean you can tell us what it means? ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Bman says:

    Hmmmm. -23 below zero wind chill with a newly acquired 8 inches of snow here on the frozen tundra.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      It definitely got cold last night. Our snow melted over the weekend so we are a little better here. -8 wind chill.

  8. R.D. Walker says:

    Base jump fail…

    • R.D. Walker says:

      I don’t see this happening due to safety reasons but I sure wouldn’t oppose it if it were possible. It is awesome.

      Big difference: Obama has a website that doesn’t work and drones that kill you. Amazon has a website that works perfectly and drones that bring gifts.

    • reboot says:

      Problem is, you gotta wing it so you don’t loose your prize dammit! Slugs or #3 shot and full choke?

  9. Locke n Load says:

    33 below as I left Broadus around 11:30pm…
    Kid forgot to grease my new U-joints and when I caught the potentially devastating oversight, shop owner made him go shimmy under my truck, in the snow, in that frigid air. damn!
    tough folks in big sky country.
    to their credit, that shop saved me at least 2 grand.
    if your truck breaks down in eastern MT, Grants Truck Repair is the man to call.

    • reboot says:

      I would send them a nice Christmas present. Glad you are back on the road dood!

      • Locke n Load says:

        not a bad idea..
        1000 miles, 18hrs.
        time to get crafty…DOT, please look the other way for a while?

        • reboot says:

          You were there for a day or two, there was something you DIDN’T see there for sale? If they like Crown? Single barrel? You get the idea. In the small towns, all you need is a name and the postal zip code. It will get there, trust me.
          Now get home boy.

        • Locke n Load says:

          Uh, 15 below isn’t exactly walkin around weather,lol. Besides, I was fixing other crap on my truck and getting ready to scram. Made the 1000 in just about 14 hrs ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. reboot says:

    OK, I’m feeling better. Cruz likens Bammy to the diktatership that he is:
    NOW when are we going to have a congress that supports the people?
    WIPE them as clean as you can in November. God bless.

  11. BrunDawg says:

    Dare I press that power reset button?

  12. DarthJay says:

    Got this in my inbox today from Bing. Anybody want to make a video message for ol’ Joe…

  13. reboot says:
    Just what I suspected. 2 in the pink, one in the stink. LOL. I could almost get along with these fine young ladies.

  14. Jim22 says:

    Clever idea. $49.95 plus shipping here:

  15. Locke n Load says:

    what!? no festivus?

  16. Jim22 says:

    Christmas Is Coming. Make mother happy.


    Hat tip to His Wiser Angel

  17. R.D. Walker says:

  18. Jim22 says:

    Evidence of Global Warming in Montana:


    From Doug Ross

  19. RJ says:

    Colorado bakers got a decision to make, fold to the judge who ordered them to sell wedding cakes to gay couples and violate their religious beliefs, or tell the judge to fuck himself and close or sell their business.
    Of course they could try and do both still refuse to sell cakes to gays and pay the fines which would bankrupt them cause every frigging gay couple in Colorado would be there demanding cake.

    • reboot says:

      Come on, there are ways to disable that BULL. Just like the feds, you set up doors and stop gaps and you NEVER tell them why you can not fill that order on time.
      Do what the feds do.

  20. Jim22 says:

    Campaign 2016 โ€“ Never Too Soon To Start


    Excellent work by The Earl of Taint

    • Ray Davies says:

      That is not a nice picture of her ankles. You shouldn’t point out the poor lady’s physical flaws, after all, she does have a billstone around her neck.

      • reboot says:

        Wasn’t she fired also during watergate when she was young?
        Her flaw is she’s not in prison yet. Sawwy……

        • Ray Davies says:

          I think she was a clerk during the hearings. I’ll be willing to bet I threw Bill out of a couple bars in Fayettville,Ar. We went to school at teh same time and I was a bouncer at a couple of the better bars in town. Wish I had known then what I know now. I’d have thrown harder.

  21. Bman says:

    This is so cool. Some traditions are so awesome!.

  22. R.D. Walker says:

    Guys: Have you ever spent hours in a shopping mall with a woman? It can be grueling. Ladies: Have a heart!

    • reboot says:

      Bah, he was weak.
      Me and the girly do laps racing in the shopping cart. When it get’s too painful, I start spending BIG money. Eventually it get’s cancelled, but the trip is shortened. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • R.D. Walker says:

        Micronesia Mall, GPO or the Agana Shopping Center? None of the three are large enough to really be torturous. Or maybe the Super K-mart…

        • reboot says:

          And add both commissaries and bx/nex. I’ve done 15 minute excursions and came back and she’s moved less than 10 feet, seriously. GACK!
          I bet she could do 2 days in macy’s if I let her, and not spend 10 bucks.

  23. Jim22 says:

    โ€œWe do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro populationโ€โ€”Margaret Sanger, founder Planned Parenthood

    • RJ says:

      Daddy needs some remedial instruction in instruction.
      Head in front of shoulders, shoulders in front of hips, feet flat, knees flexed, arms extended, elbows locked.

  24. MadBrad says:

    The recently rescued Kitten has something to say. Every time she tries to highjack the keyboard, she is removed. Now I’m just going to let her get it off her chest and maybe she will leave me alone.

    Go ahead Kitten who I won’t name because you’re not mine and I already have you adopted out…

    mmmmmn zxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx34v444444444444444444444v334ys
    7’898 J*=

  25. MadBrad says:

    First of all, the fact that you know that this video exists… is unsettling. What is most unsettling is that to my knowledge you own no Cat.

    Imagine the Kitten @2:06, only fatter, very fast, quick and eager climber and is very fond of taking flight off of furniture simply for the satisfaction of flying. This has already cost me an additional $75 in veterinary care. The Kitten will be destroying my Buddy’s Christmas Tree by Saturday night though. I’m going to miss the thing actually. Nonetheless it’s going to make a little girl really happy at Christmas time.

    • Locke n Load says:

      I’ll take the oddities of my Manx over the absolute insanity of our (non-hyphenated) Basset puppy any day. ANY day. From the looks of things, that puppy has a coke habit.

      • Jim22 says:

        If Manx cats are from the Isle of Man is there an Isle of Woman? Do they have cats there?

      • R.D. Walker says:

        I am told that, in about three years, a puppy becomes a good dog. My puppy, born in March, now weighs 70 lbs. Still wild.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        Locke: Here is my eight month old crack addicted dog on Thanksgiving. Seem familiar?

        • Locke n Load says:

          Oh hell yeah RD, that looks familiar, lol. Pointless running in all directions, boundless enthusiasm, deaf to damn near any commands…hehhehe. Nutso. Ours weighs in at about 40lbs now and can bowl right over my (nearly) 4 yr old girl.
          My best idea yet to tire him out was to let 3 chickens loose in the back yard and let him chase them everywhere ๐Ÿ™‚ Damned birds eventually start headed after the Chinese chives tho, and the dog has no respect for tasty herbs and bulldozes the patch with abandon. I’m tellin ya, finding positive reinforcement training tricks when you want to strangle the poor guy is a challenge.

          • R.D. Walker says:

            I have a powerful laser pointer. At night, I can stand on my deck and make her chase the point around the property for about two miles at a dead run. Then she lays down. Hell, I could do it out the kitchen window if it is too cold.

    • Jim22 says:

      Dogs being bullied by cats:

      • RJ says:

        Funny, my wife’s big ol furball used to have everyone of the dogs on our place buffaloed untill the newest dog showed up, he just ignores the cat’s bluff and walks up and licks the cat in the face, cat hates it and waddles off.

  26. R.D. Walker says:

    What to say?

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Festivus pole made of beer cans will be on display at the Capitol in response to a nativity scene put on display last week.

    Chaz Stevens of Deerfield Beach plans to put up his display on Wednesday. It is a six-foot tall pole made of empty Pabst Blue Ribbon cans and is part of a celebration of a non-secular holiday featured on a 1997 episode of “Seinfeld.”

    A group called the Florida Nativity Scene Committee put up their depiction of Jesus’ birth last week, followed two days later by a banner from the Freedom From Religion Foundation that expresses support for the separation of government and religion.

    The Department of Management Services approved Stevens’ application to display the pole.