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  1. Jim22 says:

    Democrats Go Door To Door…

  2. Jim22 says:


  3. R.D. Walker says:

    I finally watched the movie ‘Boyhood’. It sucker punched me right in the feelings.

    • Bman says:

      I’m watching it now as we speak. I know why it sucker punched you. I’m just over 1:00:00 in it and I get it. I’m sucker punched too. Those Obama/Biden signs brought back bad memories…

  4. C. L. says:

    Happy International Workers Day, comrades.

  5. C. L. says:

    The wife and I just got back from walking the dogs on our property. We encountered a badger at around 30 feet off the trail. We stopped and watched it for around half a minute until it ran into its’ den, the “protection” out just in case. Neither dog noticed it. Fine, fine watch dogs they are.

    • notamobster says:

      I’d ask if you got pictures, but you’re an old Savage. 🙂

      I stopped and took a picture of a dead wolverine while riding my motorcycle a few years back. I had to go drop my daughter off at work and came right back to pick it up and take it to the woods & water cops but someone had taken it.

      • C. L. says:

        Well, I do have this picture of one that refused to let me out of my tree stand a few years ago. I have the claws around here somewhere. have the claws around here somewhere.

      • Jim22 says:

        Wolverines are far fewer and harder to find than badgers. I encountered only two wolverines during my 28 years in Alaska. Never heard of a badger there.

        • notamobster says:

          Yeah, there’s only a few left in Michigan that they know of… And none here in farm country. That’s why I thought the tree pigs would want to know. 🙂

          It was a big bastard, too. I sent the pic to my brother. I doubt he still has it, but I’ll ask.

  6. R.D. Walker says:

    Hey Bman, Suzy Bogguss is going to be at the CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids next week. That’s a tiny little venue. It would be close and personal. In fact, my good friend owns that hall. Should I go? They serve PBR.

  7. sortawitte says:

    You had better go see Suzy. One of the great talents of music.

  8. C. L. says:

    I’m seeing a little tidbit here and there about a religious liberty executive order coming out soon. It has some Christian leaders nervous because of Ivanka and Jared’s more progressive influence over Trump.

  9. C. L. says:

    With this new budget bill coming out, I agree with the fizzle on the banner.

  10. fasttimes says:

    the banner picture, what is that supposed to represent again?

    it changes an awful lot now days.

  11. BrunDawg says:

    Last month Iowa, today Virginia.

    “NEW YORK (Reuters) – Aetna Inc will exit the Obamacare individual insurance market in Virginia and will not offer these plans on or off the online exchange created by the Affordable Care Act, the company said on Wednesday.
    Virginia’s Department of Insurance has a May 3 deadline for insurers to submit premium rates for 2018.
    The company said last month that it would leave Iowa. It is selling these plans in four states in 2017.”

  12. BrunDawg says:

    Happy Fifth of Four today. It sounds more festive in Spanish.

  13. Jim22 says:

    A new teacher was trying to make use of her psychology courses.

    She started her class by saying, ‘Everyone who thinks they’re stupid, stand up!’
    After a few seconds, Little Larry stood up.
    The teacher said, ‘Do you think you’re stupid, Larry?’
    ‘No, ma’am, but I didn’t like to see you standing there all by yourself!’

  14. R.D. Walker says:

    Good grief!

  15. BrunDawg says:

    Found on
    “MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A university will award Trayvon Martin a posthumous Bachelor of Science Degree in aviation five years after the black teenager was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in a central Florida neighborhood.”

    Drank, it gives you wings.

  16. Bman says:

    They might have split up or they might have capsized. They may have broke deep and took water.

  17. C. L. says:

    Remember the good old days when rock stars would sing about communism like the deep evil that it is?

    “Stuck around St. Petersburg
    When I saw it was time for a change
    Killed the Czar and his ministers
    Anastasia screamed in vain.”

    • fasttimes says:

      im not sure the Stones thought of it as evil since the song is Sympathy for the Devil, but i could be wrong.

      they also had an album call “His satanic majesty’s request”.

      could have just be a publicity ploy though.

      • C. L. says:

        They did lump it in with Satan, though, and that’s good enough for me. It says even they think that’s where it belongs, whether they have sympathy for the devil or not.

  18. R.D. Walker says:

    Just for the record, there were 112 new registrations or password changes yesterday. We have many registered users who I have never heard of. In fact, about half those registered yesterday. You lurkers should really join the conversation. I would love to hear from you. 🙂

  19. fasttimes says:

    Jim’s post on Col Cooper got me thinking.

    the quote “if you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.”

    when someone says something sucks, they are implying that is sucks d**k, right? and that is a bad thing. how has the lgbtqrstuv community not picked up on that?

    and going through that thought process, it occurs to me why these grievance groups are so angry. it is freaking exhausting trying to cram everything coming at you in life through the prism of race/religion/sexual preference/bathroom choice.

    sorry for the tangent.

  20. C. L. says:

    It seems nicer around here already. There seems to be less tension.

  21. Bman says:

    How the South Korean’s fix a clogged toilet.

  22. R.D. Walker says:

  23. Jim22 says:

    Look it up.

    From Angel

  24. Jim22 says:

    Norks Explain Venezuela:

  25. C. L. says:

    Hopefully, this new Ebola outbreak will follow more typical lines to its’ end than the last one did.

  26. Jim22 says:

    A flying saucer in the mast head? I’m having a little trouble with the interpretation.

  27. Jim22 says:

    “Stupid is as stupid does.”

    From Irish

  28. Jim22 says:

    By Frank Schaeffer of the Washington Post

    “Before my son became a Marine, I never thought much about who was defending
    me. Now when I read of the war on terrorism or the coming conflict in Iraq,
    it cuts to my heart. When I see a picture of a member of our military who
    has been killed, I read his or her name very carefully Sometimes I cry.
    In 1999, when the barrel-chested Marine recruiter showed up in dress blues
    and bedazzled my son John, I did not stand in the way. John was headstrong,
    and he seemed to understand these stern, clean men with straight backs and
    flawless uniforms I did not. I live in the Volvo-driving, higher
    education-worshiping North Shore of Boston I write novels for a living. I
    have never served in the military.
    It had been hard enough sending my two older children off to Georgetown and
    New York University. John’s enlisting was unexpected, so deeply unsettling.
    I did not relish the prospect of answering the question, “So where is John
    going to college?” from the parents who were itching to tell me all about
    how their son or daughter was going to Harvard. At the private high school
    John attended, no other students were going into the military.
    “But aren’t the Marines terribly Southern?” (Says a lot about
    open-mindedness in the Northeast) asked one perplexed mother while standing
    next to me at the brunch following graduation. “What a waste, he was such a
    good student,” said another parent. One parent (a professor at a nearby and
    rather famous university) spoke up at a school meeting and suggested that
    the school should “carefully evaluate what went wrong.”
    When John graduated from three months of boot camp on Parris Island, 3000
    parents and friends were on the parade deck stands. We parents and our
    Marines not only were of many races but also were representative of many
    economic classes. Many were poor. Some arrived crammed in the backs of
    pickups, others by bus. John told me that a lot of parents could not afford
    the trip.
    We in the audience were white and Native American. We were Hispanic, Arab,
    and African American, and Asian. We were former Marines wearing the scars of
    battle, or at least baseball caps emblazoned with battles’ names. We were
    Southern whites from Nashville and skinheads from New Jersey, black kids
    from Cleveland wearing ghetto rags and white ex-cons with ham-hock forearms
    defaced by jailhouse tattoos. We would not have been mistaken for the
    educated and well-heeled parents gathered on the lawns of John’s private
    school a half-year before.
    After graduation one new Marine told John, “Before I was a Marine, if I had
    ever seen you on my block I would’ve probably killed you just because you
    were standing there.” This was a serious statement from one of John’s good
    friends, a black ex-gang member from Detroit who, as John said, “would die
    for me now, just like I’d die for him.”
    My son has connected me to my country in a way that I was too selfish and
    insular to experience before. I feel closer to the waitress at our local
    diner than to some of my oldest friends. She has two sons in the Corps.
    They are facing the same dangers as my boy. When the guy who fixes my car
    asks me how John is doing, I know he means it. His younger brother is in
    the Navy.
    Why were I and the other parents at my son’s private school so surprised by
    his choice? During World War II, the sons and daughters of the most
    powerful and educated families did their bit. If the idea of the immorality
    of the Vietnam War was the only reason those lucky enough to go to college
    dodged the draft, why did we not encourage our children to volunteer for
    military service once that war was done?
    Have we wealthy and educated Americans all become pacifists? Is the world a
    safe place? Or have we just gotten used to having somebody else defend us?
    What is the future of our democracy when the sons and daughters of the
    janitors at our elite universities are far more likely to be put in harm’s
    way than are any of the students whose dorms their parents clean?
    I feel shame because it took my son’s joining the Marine Corps to make me
    take notice of who is defending me. I feel hope because perhaps my son is
    part of a future “greatest generation.” As the storm clouds of war gather,
    at least I know that I can look the men and women in uniform in the eye. My
    son is one of them. He is the best I have to offer. John is my heart.
    Faith is not about everything turning out OK; Faith is about being OK no
    matter how things turn out.”
    Oh, how I wish so many of our younger generations could read this article.
    It makes me so sad to hear the way they talk with no respect for what their
    fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers experienced so they can live in
    freedom. Freedom has been replaced with Free-Dumb. Please pass this on .

  29. C. L. says:

    I really need to start carrying a camera with me. Today, about an hour and a half apart, I saw two bears. The first was about 20 feet away when I first saw it, then it came directly toward me to about15 feet. He looked huge; I’d say around 250 pounds. Made my 100+ pound dog look like a sheltie. Well, that’s what I thought until I saw the second one. Bear #2 was much bigger – had to be over 400 pounds, and even closer, about 20 feet away then walked to within 10 feet of me. Again, alone, so I’m guessing males both times. It was awesome, but I am glad I was in a car. Neither of the bears ran off when I stopped. Both, instead, made eye contact with me, came toward me, then stayed there with no fear at all until I slowly drove off. They must be hungry. Very dangerous in spring because of that.

    I’ll have to take special care to not complacently forget to take protection with on walks for awhile. It’s that time of year.

  30. Ben says:

    Slow day today……

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Probably be slow the rest of the week. I am going to be traveling on business through Friday.

      That and nobody really wants to talk about the news right now.

  31. Rich says:

    A new book by Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, “Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer” tells the story of the investigation, trial, and conviction of Kermit Gosnell and a number of his staff. A review of the book is here. Based on the review, I do not think I have the heart to read this book. But perhaps others are stronger than I and might do so.

  32. Rich says:

    Hafta wonder how this will go over in Londonistan?

  33. R.D. Walker says:

    I am sure this will be fine. Everybody knows Muslims in general and Saudis in particular love rambling, shoot-from-the-hip, man on the street, off the cuff commentary about their faith.

  34. Jim22 says:

    I am reading The Hunger Games. I am surprised. I’m enjoying it. I never saw the film but will have to now. The book is quite non-politically correct. I suspect the film maker changed all that.

    • C. L. says:

      I enjoyed the movie. I’m sure a lot was changed from the book (never read it) but still good.

      I did not know who Jennifer Lawrence was until after I saw the movie. With the movie as the only thing to gauge her, I was surprised to find out later that she is a raging moonbat.

  35. Sortahwitte says:

    I liked all 3 Hunger Games books. I have only seen the first movie, but I think it did a good job of staying true to the story. I will see the rest of the movies.

    I saw Guardians of the Galaxy, 2 last week. I had seen number 1, but it is not necessary before seeing 2. Snot running, hicupping, tears running, coughing funny. Also, the music is great. I went to the matinee as a senior, so the ticket was $5. Popcorn and drink were $5 each, unlimited refills on both. I may go again.

  36. C. L. says:

    I have just participated in and completed a yooper spring tradition, i.e., I just gorged myself on all I could eat from a mountain of fresh fried smelt, perfectly prepared by the lovely Mrs. CL.

    The smelt always ran by the millions up the rivers in May from Lakes Michigan and Superior, and thousands of yoopers would line the banks or wade in and scoop them out by the net full. This was always aided by hundreds of campfires and cases upon cases and barrels of beer. They don’t run like that anymore, sadly. I got mine for today’s meal from an Indian who has a subsistence hunting and fishing license. Lucky Dog should be his name. I don’t know where he got the smelt, but I suspect even with the awesome license it may not have been completely “legal.”

    Mmm, mmm. I feel good. I have stuck to the weight loss goal I started in January to the tune of 30 pounds lost right now. This was, of course, a big cheating day. I still have 20 more pounds to shed, so, back to the grindstone for me.

    • Jim22 says:

      Congratulations. I wonder how close the smelt in your area are to the ones they catch in Alaska. Up there they are called ‘Hooligan’ because their real name is ‘Eulachon’.

      They are also called ‘Candlefish’ because they have so much oil they will burn. They live in salt water, though, and spawn in streams and rivers like salmon.

      • C. L. says:

        I see they do mention the Great Lakes freshwater variety in your link. What has happened here is alewives, an invasive species, has pretty much taken their place in the food chain as a food fish for the trout and salmon.

        Also, people do still catch them through the ice during winter. It’s been said that instead of spawning up the rivers and streams they have started spawning in the big water. I don’t really believe that, though.

        The spring smelt run used to be a huge thing here. People would just drop what they were doing and drive 50 miles if they had to when the word was out that they were running. It was always at night. It was exciting and fun. The last time I went smelting was the late 80s.

  37. Rich says:

    Said the pot to the kettles:

    “The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them … .”

    Spoken by an actual freeloader, i.e. Gov Moonbeam, to CA taxpayers objecting to the latest tax hikes.

  38. BrunDawg says:

    From the appropriately named ‘The College Fix’,
    The problem at the University of Michigan; “minority students felt marginalized by quiet, imposing masculine paneling found throughout the 100-year-old building”
    The fix is in.

    • Rich says:

      I can see this. After all, the paneling, or wainscoting, is a very similar word to waistcoat or vest … a horribly frightening and intimidating male thing. Poor babies. /snarc off

  39. BrunDawg says:

    A glimmer of sanity…A federal judge in Texas has dismissed a discrimination lawsuit brought by Ahmed Mohamed, the 9th grader who was arrested in 2015 for bringing a clock to school

  40. Jim22 says:

    Sunday Titter:

    [caption id="attachment_160057" align="aligncenter" width="420"] New Antifa Flag[/caption]

  41. Rich says:

    OK, this is really far of topic, but pretty cool.

    Someone (or some group of someones) took the entire “Star Wars” movie and set it to the music of the Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. And hey, if you don’t think this is cool, pass it on to your kids or other “utes” (a’la “My Cousin Vinnie”) in your life. I’m pretty sure they will both appreciate the melding – and also might discover some fine music as well, beyond: “Oh yeah Dad … Paul McCartney … wasn’t he in Wings or something?”

  42. C. L. says:

    Roger Moore has passed away.

  43. Rich says:

    Brought to you by Andrew Klaven: Sologamy … Sweet Sologamy.

    I’d say this is unbelievable. But that word truly has lost much of its meaning in these odd times.

  44. Jim22 says:

    Got this today:



    This statue currently stands outside the Iraqi palace, now home to the 4th Infantry Division. It will eventually be shipped home and put in the memorial museum in Fort Hood , Texas .

    The statue was created by an Iraqi artist named Kalat, who for years was forced by Saddam Hussein to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of Saddam that dotted Baghdad . Kalat was so grateful for the American’s liberation of his country; he melted 3 of the heads of the fallen Saddam and made the statue as a memorial to the American Soldiers and their fallen warriors. Kalat worked on this memorial night and day for several months.

    To the left of the kneeling soldier is a small Iraqi girl giving the soldier comfort as he mourns the loss of his comrade in arms.

  45. C. L. says:

    A very bad cell phone pic of the bear Mrs. CL saw today. You can at least tell it’s a bear if you zoom in. Lotta, lotta bear sightings this spring. I live near the top of the hill in the background.

  46. R.D. Walker says:

    Since we have user registration now, I guess I will test letting you wild hanyaks upload images in the comments. You will notice a new button below the comment field.

    No porn. No Rated R. You know what I am talking about. PG-13 at most. Don’t be the guy who ruins it for everybody, huh? 🙂

    • Jim22 says:

      Had to look it up. I’ve heard it all my life but never knew the meaning.

      Refers to people who do not use common sense, are insensitive to others and their environment, and are generally just stupid about what they’re doing and their impact on others
      Did you see that hanyak cut across three lanes to make the light? Or that hanyak just butt way in front of the line we’re in.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        It is good natured though. Like “you crazy kids!” “Or you wild outlaws.” The kind of thing you say to the grandkids… “You wild haynaks settle down and go to sleep!” It is definitely good natured and not offensive. Again, like calling someone a nut or something.

    • C. L. says:

      Thank you for the trust. I put more pictures here than any other hanyak I can think of, and I’ll try real hard not to abuse the privilege. In fact, this will make me get more fussy about what pics I decide to post.

  47. Rich says:

    There is a woman in Spain, a Miss Duran, who has valid legal documents claiming ownership of the sun. She plans to charge those making use of its energy. The Telegraph, via

    ” Last week Miss Duran was issued with a document that declares she is “the owner of the Sun, a star of spectral type G2, located in the centre of the solar system, at an averaged distance from Earth of around 149,600,000 kilometres” (93 million miles).

    “I know the law and backed my claim legally,” she told local media. “I did it but anyone else could have done it, it simply occurred to me first.”

    She announced that she now plans to profit from her property and wants to charge those whose benefit from its energy.

    She claims to have met representatives from Spain’s Ministry of Industry to discuss levying a fee on photovoltaic plants for converting the sun’s energy into electricity.

    “When you have a property it makes sense to make use of it. Power companies profit from the rivers which belong to everyone so I hope to take advantage of the sun.” ”

    I do hope no one takes this seriously. In the meantime, I know who to complain to, or sue, if it is too hot or too cold. Sorry Miss Duran. But with ownership comes responsibility.

  48. Rich says:

    I’m no fan of the NY Slimes. But it has an interesting piece which visually tracks the actions of the Turkish thugs who beat up those protesting President Ergodan in Washington, DC recently.

    It will be interesting to see if this reporting has any impact on whether or not any of the thugs without diplomatic immunity are held legally accountable.

  49. Jim22 says:


  50. R.D. Walker says:

  51. C. L. says:

    Manuel Noriega has passed on.

  52. Jim22 says:

    Robin Hood

  53. Rich says:

    The Jesuits, once stalwarts of the Catholic faith, have in modern times fallen low. For all intents they are but communists in clerical collars. But this is truly unspeakable.

    Perhaps Fr. Sosa might ask himself if it makes any sense that Jesus endured his Passion and an excruciating death to save humanity from a symbol.

  54. Rich says:

    Drudge really has a fine sense of humor. take these two headlines placed one after the other on The Drudge Report.

    “First robotic cop joins Dubai police”

    “Doughnut delivery by drone in Denver is a peek at the future”

    Any bets of whether or not that Dubai robocop is ordering donuts from Denver?

  55. R.D. Walker says:

    The woman just listed by Maxim as #1 on the Hot 100 posts a photo of her smoking bod on instagram along with a rant about refusing to be body shamed. See it here.

    This is a textbook definition of the term ‘humblebrag.’

    • Bman says:

      Hmmm…I don’t know. Every time I see a chick with a tattoo the first thing that pops in my mind is hepatitis. I know it’s wrong, but can’t help it.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        Not a fan of tats myself. Still, I must compliment the photographer for his quality work.