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  1. Locke n Load says:

    Damn, who DIDN’T sell cigarettes?
    Btw, the bot count thingy is gone again. Damnit.

  2. notamobster says:

    RD:

    Is putting the Survival Tips page back on the sidebar on your to do list?

  3. R.D. Walker says:

    Yes, I have to do all of that. Believe it or not, I am still working on getting the site stable and secure after the March 31 crash. We lost everything except the posts and comments.

  4. Bman says:

    Hong Kong is my favorite movie

  5. R.D. Walker says:

    The Survival Tips link is back.

  6. BaconNeggs says:

    An update on the McD. Psycho “Miss Thug”. She had prior assault arrest on another customer at the same damn McD. last year.


    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/mcdonalds-attacker-prior-bust-908732

  7. R.D. Walker says:

    Not surprisingly, Maryland is one of only 12 states that doesn’t have “shall Issue” for weapon carry permits. I am guessing this thugette would be more polite in any of the other 38 states. Or dead.

  8. Locke n Load says:

    Very interesting read from an insider in Syria. 3/4 of the way thru he mentions the lack of MB instigators. Could be he’s blind, could be he’s right. If he’s blind that blows but if he’s RIGHT…well that would mean this might be qualifiable as a trial run for iranian unrest. iranian demonstrators haven’t been capable of flipping the Revolutionary guard and the Khomeni types. In Syria they may be having more success because of the Royalty factor.

    Stratfor SitRep

  9. Bman says:

    Well I’ll be go to Hell….my idea is now reality…

  10. TN_Cat says:

    How about all the CO2 these health club members spew into the air? That is the real culprit right? Let’s just tax these people for the additional pollution that is harming the rest of us. They live too damn long anyway and consume more than there fair share of oxygen as it is. We tax tanning salons an extra 10%, let’s target these oxygen hungry, carbon spitting vermin.

    Sarc/off

  11. Bman says:

    So what phrase pisses you off more: “people need to pay their fair share” or “there ought to be a law” The fair share one makes my blood boil.

  12. TN_Cat says:

    Every single catch phrase from the left sets me off anymore Bman. But every once in a while we get some crumbs to make us smile. Like this video.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/04/26/west_tells_heckler_at_town_hall_youre_not_going_to_intimidate_me.html

  13. Bman says:

    I hear ya TN. I think someone posted that vid on here before. It is refreshing.

    Now, I have a question for you smart folks here. I know about as much as economics that can fill a thimble and still have room for my finger. Im actually better at spelling than I am at understanding economics, so that sez something. Anywho, I understand that the US went off the gold standard 40 years ago or there abouts. The moment we did that, we knew that we were just playing with monopoly money and eventually, it would be worthless. The whole goal since going off the gold standard and just print money out of thin air, was to try to make the fiat money last as long as posible. Unrestricted to spend spend spend ourselves into oblivion. Eventually, and right soon, our dollar will be worthless.

    So the FED keeps printing money and at the same time gold is going through the roof. We know that the FED has a shit load of gold somewhere under NYC. I dont know where Im going with this, but could the plan be, when the dollar dies, is to get back on the gold standard eventually? Im showing my ignorance here about this shit, but still I wonder. Wouldnt it benefit the FED with having lots of gold to eventually go back to the gold standard??

  14. Uke says:

    Draft the man.

  15. TN_Cat says:

    Bman
    LNL or RD would be best to give you the details on removing the gold standard. I can give you the simpler version.

    The Gold standard was very restricting on the government, forcing the currency to be backed by real assets. It was much easier for them to create and or remove currency from the economy if it wasn’t pegged. It was much easier to just print, or now create electronically money for our economy. The old way had to have reserves to back the dollar. It made market manipulations much easier.

    The end game? The question of our generation. I am leaning more and more to a global standard. The Euro was a test that failed, but when did that ever stop the socialists.

    LNL, RD, your turn.

  16. Bman says:

    I say we back our money with rocks.

  17. TN_Cat says:

    I say we back our currency with Puca shells on Revo Island.

  18. BrunDawg says:

    An must read available at Amazon.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/1617750255/
    “Go the Fuck to Sleep” [Hardcover]
    A bedtime book for parents who live in the real world. $8.22

  19. R.D. Walker says:

    The cats nestle close to their kittens now.The lambs have laid down with the sheep. You’re cozy and warm in your bed, my dear Please go the fuck to sleep.

    Man. I have been there.

  20. Uke says:

    Broke 5 million hits. Awesome.

  21. notamobster says:

    Does anyone else find themselves concerned for the ramifications of less-than-dismal quarterly earnings reports to come out in July – as a result of the Japanese tsunami?

    If anyone who is smarter than me would care to take a whack at it, I’d appreciate it. Otherwise, I will be forced to address it.

  22. notamobster says:

    The peg doesn’t have to be gold. It could be pegged to anything. In this case they chose to peg it to the full faith and credit of the US Treasury (HA!!!).

    As for going back to it? NO.

    That is not their plan. The solution to this “problem-reaction-solution” equation will be a supranational monetary instrument (currently trialing the IMF special drawing rights).

    This supranational monetary instrument will be partially pegged to gold to make people feel warm and fuzzy, but in reality it will be yet another instrument backed by government fiat…only this time it will be supranational government.

    The same cycle of boom and bust will continue because that’s what fiat currency does.

    There will be great suffering, weeping, and gnashing of teeth before this “solution” is implimented. This suffering will be used to convince people that it’s the only solution.

    Fucking assholes.

  23. notamobster says:

    The key, as George Soros puts it, is removing “the greatest obstacle to open societies…the United States” from it’s position as global hegemon.

  24. BrunDawg says:

    The Wisconsin Grocers Association is warning stores to be on the lookout for opponents of Gov. Scott Walker who are planning to place protest stickers on some products May 1.

    Walker opponents have urged consumers to boycott companies that have donated to the governor’s campaign because of Walker’s efforts to eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public employees.

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that there’s an effort to expand the boycott nationally by placing stickers on products in grocery stores. Among the targeted products are Johnsonville brats, AngelSoft toilet paper, Sargento cheese and Coors beer.

    I’ll be buying Coors and Johnsonville brats today and on May Day.

  25. TN_Cat says:

    I hope they do this nation wide. It would save a lot of time to research those companies that support conservatives. I would buy the boycott label every time.

  26. notamobster says:

    Hell yeah! This should be truth in labelling stuff, right here.

  27. Mad Brad says:

    Glenn Beck has Allen West coming on the radio show in the next few minutes. He is calling him “the next President of the United States”. He says he is going to talk Col. West into running in 2012.

  28. Uke says:

    I would like that very much Brad. I am not convinced that Beck can do it, but West would immediately become my mind’s frontrunner if he threw his hat in the ring. By a very large margin.

  29. Mad Brad says:

    When Glenn asked if he would consider running for President he said; “Not now”. He says that he has to prove himself as an elected representative first.

    Nice. He’s got the objective on his mind, he’s just not ready to engage yet. I like it.

    I’m glad to have this video because the radio broadcast was constantly interrupted by the Emergency Broadcast System with Tornado Warnings.

  30. TN_Cat says:

    Here’s another one to prime you for Tennessee.

  31. Kenneth says:

    Glorious video:

  32. Kenneth says:

    I was wondering if anyone had any advice on a backup generator that I could hook up to my house? I live in an area with an HOA and I have a very small lot, so I’m looking for a unit that can be easily concealed.

    Propane or diesel is preferable if you have any suggestions or experience.

    • notamobster says:

      HOA? My advice would be:

      Buy a generator, and put a new house around it, that’s not in a tyrannical homeowner’s association.

      Aside from that, they really won’t do you much good unless you have your own natty gas source. They’re great for tornados, hurricanes, icestorms, etc, but if you’re thinking longterm… offgrid is best. Sustainable. Solar works great for a light or charging the radio, etc. Geothermal is good for climate control.

      If you’re looking longterm on a budget – plan for austerity.

      If you are really just seeking a good generator for emergencies, I can hook you up with good solid info – as I did all the homework (living in hurricane country and all that) and bought a good generator. email me at notamobster@ ( rhymes with “female” but with a “g”) dot com. Put “backup genset” in the subject ( I have 1200+ new emails today).

      I can hook you up. I can even do all of your KW calcs, fuel consumption, etc . . .

  33. notamobster says:

    TN: I love the TN rap music….works well for me.

    But – Kenneth killed it with the Fail video. I think I busted a blood vessel in my left eye! I quit smoking in Oct04. I haven’t coughed like that since then. GREAT VIDEO!

  34. Kenneth says:

    :D

    Found an awesome video of the Thunder Run in Baghdad, courtesy of thebrigade.

  35. R.D. Walker says:

    Couple of news items:

    Apparently some dude named Bill is marrying some chick named Kate today or something. I dunno.

    Oh, in more important news, Kirstie Alley spotted in leggings!

  36. BrunDawg says:

    Apparently Bill had no use for an ipod.

  37. BrunDawg says:

    Not really “off-topic”. Pretty much on the topic of unfathomable fuctardedness.
    http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/28/tornado-global-warming/

    Storms Kill Over 250 Americans In States Represented By Climate Pollution Deniers
    The congressional delegations of these states — Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, and Kentucky — overwhelmingly voted to reject the science that polluting the climate is dangerous. They are deliberately ignoring the warnings from scientists.

  38. sortahwitte says:

    OK, I hate to be the one to say it. I am most definately NOT a “pro” basketball fan. However, I’m told that OKC and the Memphis grizzlies are 2 of the next teams in the convulated, last til’ summer playoffs. I’m also told the first 2 games are in OKC Sun and Mon nights. You know what that means. Memphis covered up by Okies.

    I didn’t do it.

  39. notamobster says:

    Yay! Memphis covered in okies!

  40. Jim22 says:

    Don’t let Locke see this. He’d have a heart attack.

    http://jalopnik.com/#!5795359/pedobear-miata-goes-to-an-even-worse-place

  41. jacksonsdad says:

    Hey y’all… I’m workin’ on my second six-pack of Natural Light and really shouldn’t be typing a damned thing for public consumption but I just saw this….

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/04/30/tea-partier-msnbc-media-blame-all-criticism-obama-his-skin-color-are-

    I hope “RACERS” sticks but what struch a chord with me was one of the comments. Somebody had brought up the fact that Obowma is really only half-white and somebody dropped some science on the thread….

    “Quite right.

    I like Obama’s black half just fine. His black half is fun, personable and almost jovial. It’s his white european socialist/communist half I can’t stand.”
    _______________

    Perfectly stated and worthy of prolific repetition… as is “RACER”.

    I’m starting to enjoy labels.

  42. jacksonsdad says:

    ’bout done wid dat second six when I remembered something else I meant to say in the above post; IMHO his ‘black half’ is responsible for his ‘personal approval ratings’ being in the 50′s and 60′s while his ‘job approval ratings’ reside in the 30′s and 40′s.

    I like the fact that he knows how to talk shit, dribble, shoot, drive and putt. I lament the fact that he passes the buck and is so very vulnerable to the prevailing (global and domestic) political winds.

    I’m sure the hypocritical libtards will call me “RACIST” for thinking that’s a possible explanation but… you know what I will say to them?

    “YOU’RE A FUCKIN’ “RACER”. THERE IS NO OTHER EXPLANATION FOR SUCH WILLFUL GULLIBILITY.

    How many promises has he kept you RACER motherfuckers?”

  43. TN_Cat says:

    You go JD. Good to see you let loose.

  44. jacksonsdad says:

    One last drunk post. No shit y’all… it wasn’t three days ago I told my wife… “The Donald is gonna let the expletives fly”.

    I know you don’t have to be a brain surgeon to see that coming but… I still thought it was funny. I thought it was gonna be directed at the RDM for their failure to hold the CiC accountable but I neglected to consider the fact that he’s still using them to broadcast his bombs.

    Go Don-ald, Go Don-ald Go!

  45. Locke n Load says:

    Jim, that Miata driver better not breed. Thats the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. Considering I’ve seen TWO cars in Connecticut drive right under the trailer and get crushed as they were talking on their cell phones while merging…
    Trust me, its a messy sight. One the trailer actually ran right over the car, the other time it stopped square in the middle of the crushed roof.
    People have tried crazy stoopid shit around me but thankfully never THAT.

  46. Locke n Load says:

    That Miata driver isnt the only moron on the road…
    Ever seen this?
    http://www.snopes.com/photos/accident/tulsacrash.asp

  47. Bman says:

    Gotta love May blizzards. Im so sick of this shit

  48. R.D. Walker says:

    Something is up. Obama is about to address the nation.

  49. Bman says:

    Osama is dead?

  50. R.D. Walker says:

    That’s what they are saying.

  51. slaphappypap says:

    Drudge is up with it without a link.

  52. R.D. Walker says:

    What will we find out?

    The Hope: “Bin Laden was killed today by small arms fire during a raid in Kandahar by elements of the 133rd Infantry of the Iowa National Guard.”

    The likely reality: “The intelligence community consensus is that Bin Laden died of kidney failure on in Pakistan in 2006.”

  53. R.D. Walker says:

    Sources said bin Laden was killed by a U.S. bomb a week ago. The U.S. had been waiting for the results of a DNA test to confirm his identity.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/05/01/usama-bin-laden-dead-say-sources/#ixzz1LA01VwE4

  54. notamobster says:

    F-KING AWESOME! May he burn in the hottest ring of hell!

  55. Kenneth says:

    I’m not a birther, but I have a quick question about the birth certificate. In the released certificate, why is the green hatching in the background straight when the document itself bends as if it was bound in a file?

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/birth-certificate-long-form.pdf

    I’m not saying that this invalidates the certificate, but it does raise concerns. If you follow the cross hatching from the right side of the certificate all the way to the left side, you’ll see the hatching does not bend like the document itself does. Is there a reason for this? The only reason I can think of is if they did some kind of overlay.

    Anyone else have any input?

  56. notamobster says:

    My (uneducated) guess would be that they printed it on the green paper but the “print doc” was scanned into a machine – then laid into the electronic document which printed onto the (already green) paper.

    I do alot of document and picture editing using snagit9. If your scan/copy has an edge rolled up, there is no way to flatten the edge. You can “flatten” vectors so they become a part of the image, but it will flatten the entire input to the new file (curve and all).

    I also don’t have a cllue what I’m talking about. Someone who knows their shit:

    explain this, please…

  57. sortahwitte says:

    I can’t comment on the magic of scanners and such, but I know something about that paper. When I was a printer in the 60′s that was the premier paper for documents that were designed to be secure. It was called Hammermill Safety Bond. In the sheets I was familiar with, those marks went continually from the top of the sheet to the bottom. We bought sheets 23 inches by 35 inches and cut them down to size. The back side could be ordered with the same pattern or just left blank. On the blank side, you could still hold it to the light and see the pattern. The paper came in very light colors: blue, pink, green, etc. Any type of rubbing or erasure on the good side left a white spot. This type paper was not designed to be carbonless. If you wanted copies, we made you sets with one time carbon paper inserted.

  58. R.D. Walker says:

    I am 99.999% certain about this document.

    The original document had no tamper proof background. It was scanned.

    It was then – in 2011 – printed on an 8.5″x11″ piece of paper with the green safety background pre-printed. It is obvious because the safety pattern doesn’t bend where the certificate bends where it is bound. This also makes sense for a recorder making certified copies. They wouldn’t want it tampered with. This was mailed to Obama people via snail mail. This also makes sense as a standard operating procedure.

    Once in the hands of the White House, this 8.5″x11″ piece of paper was itself scanned into a PDF. Using standard scanning protocol, the scanner divided the document into parts that could be subject to optical character recognition (OCR) and parts that could not. They were set in separate elements in the final PDF. I tested this on my own passport and got the same effect. The fact that the birth certificate pulls parts of OCR eligible text into signatures when they overlap proves this. The signature and the background were absolutely, positively parts of the same document.

    I do know something about this shit and all of the above is painfully obvious to me. Combine the above with all of the other information and this is case closed. Sorry guys. There is nothing to see here.

  59. Kenneth says:

    I didn’t think it invalidated the document necessarily, but I didn’t have the slightest clue why it would have that effect. Thanks to all for your answers. As always, it’s greatly appreciated.

  60. R.D. Walker says:

    Kenneth: When I first saw that the PDF separated out the elements I almost fainted! For a minute it seemed like it had to be a fake. With some research, however, I am now certain that the separate elements and the safety pattern are indicative of nothing except normal happenstance.

  61. R.D. Walker says:

    April was our second biggest month ever for comments. The biggest was November 2010 but a lot of that was election night alone.

    The comments are what make this blog a community. Thanks for all you do.

  62. Mad Brad says:

    Thank you Germ, you’re the best!

  63. Bman says:

    so how do you make a link when you want to have a two page post??

  64. R.D. Walker says:

    There is a button called “More.”

  65. Bman says:

    got it. Thanks

  66. TN_Cat says:

    Here is a fun read. Who knows if it’s fabricated or not, but it is fun to imagine the scenes. It is supposed to be an anonymous source inside the Whitehouse and all the scuttle butt that goes with it. Be sure to go back to the original and read through them all. The link is from this past week supposedly.

    http://socyberty.com/issues/white-house-insider-obama-hesitated-panetta-issued-order-to-kill-osama-bin-laden/

  67. slaphappypap says:

    So, I heard that all the 7 eleven’s in the the country were closed due to a death in the family.

    I laughed when I heard it.

  68. MadBrad says:

    NICE!

  69. TN_Cat says:

    If you have 5 minutes, this clip is worth a watch. Starts slow but stick with it. The metaphors to apply are endless.

  70. R.D. Walker says:

    Some time in the next few days, the Real Revo will log its one millionth distinct IP visit. Only took three and a half years.

  71. TN_Cat says:

    I think I’m going to be sick. Hope this is different from the “thousand year egg” I tried a few years back in China.

  72. Locke n Load says:

    I’m tempted to call Bullshit on this one, tong zi dan translates to young boys testicles in street vernacular… There is a part of china that DRINKS urine for some ailments tho.

    Sent it to my resident expert for perusal and Snopification.

    Thousand year eggs are raw tea and powdred lime “pickled” duck eggs. another version is a boiled egg soaked in tea. both versions are nasty…require at least a week marinating the latter. the former ends up like a cola colored gelatin.

  73. R.D. Walker says:

    If its true maybe Brad can whip up a batch at the campground.

  74. TN_Cat says:

    Thanks LNL, feel better now. They also call that a dinosaur egg. Was told good for energy, but after a bite, the only energy was a short burst to the bathroom. Nasty!

  75. R.D. Walker says:

    Damn. Aced out again… Thirty-seven years of me carrying a torch and nothin’!

    A husband so nice, she married him twice.

    Singer Marie Osmond remarried her first husband Stephen Craig Wednesday at a Las Vegas Mormon temple, People magazine reported.

    “I am so happy and look forward to sharing my life with Stephen, who is an amazing man as well as a great father to my children,” the singer told the mag.

    The couple’s second go-around took place over a quarter decade after they gave up on their first one.

  76. Locke n Load says:

    Maybe Marie can serve these at the wedding as an appetizer?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balut_(egg)

    wifey loves ‘em but hates it when feathers are involved. in beijing they’re sold on the street to be peeled and eaten as is.

  77. Van-a-gram says:

    Real Revo conundrum of the day:

    No one has ever explained the apocalyptic events that left only white Americans behind. Living in the sky.

    Major plot faux pas.

  78. Van-a-gram says:

    RD– if they got married a “quarter of a decade” after their first go around, wouldn’t that be 2 1/2 years?

    Methinks it’s a quarter of a CENTURY which better describes Marie Osmond in the first place….

  79. R.D. Walker says:

    Yep. But I didn’t write it.