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  1. Uke says:

    Dedicated to those of you that are or know a Lutheran:

    Lutheran Airlines… You’re All In the Same Boat On Lutheran Air

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    Those bits about potluck and free will offerings are dead on. Sounds like the old folks here. The accent is North of here, however. Good stuff.

  3. notamobster says:

    I hate unions. That is all.

  4. jacksonsdad says:

    If this is true it’s gonna leave a mark…

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4145266,00.html

  5. DarthJay says:

    Oops – another Obama gaffe you’ll likely not hear about on the news…

    “I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar,” Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation.

    “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you,” Obama replied, according to the French interpreter.

    Bravo to Yahoo! for putting it on their homepage. If only people still used Yahoo! :)

    http://news.yahoo.com/sarkozy-told-obama-fed-israeli-pm-092347721.html

  6. R.D. Walker says:

    I was thinking about posting on that DJ. I just couldn’t decide if it was a gaffe or a purposeful leak meant to distance Sarkozy and Obama from Netanyahu as Israel gears up to attack Iran.

  7. DarthJay says:

    I dunno – we’re talking about the same guy who signed the Queen’s guestbook “2008” in 2010 and broke protocol (which you KNOW he had been informed of) on the subsequent toast.

    A deliberate mic turn-on would imply an intelligence at work.

  8. R.D. Walker says:

    True. I have long been an advocate of the “Obama is just stupid” view of the Administration.

  9. notamobster says:

    I don’t have any links or words or anything in the sidebar when I’m on the home page.

    Everything shows up when I’m on an inner page, but the front page is completely blank on the sidebar.

  10. Jim22 says:

    THE VETERAN

    He was getting old and paunchy
    And his hair was falling fast,
    And he sat around the Legion,
    Telling stories of the past.

    Of a war that he once fought in
    And the deeds that he had done,
    In his exploits with his buddies;
    They were heroes, every one.

    And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
    His tales became a joke,
    All his buddies listened quietly
    For they knew whereof he spoke.

    But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
    For old Bob has passed away,
    And the world’s a little poorer
    For a Soldier died today.

    He won’t be mourned by many,
    Just his children and his wife.
    For he lived an ordinary,
    Very quiet sort of life.

    He held a job and raised a family,
    Going quietly on his way;
    And the world won’t note his passing,
    ‘Tho a Soldier died today.

    When politicians leave this earth,
    Their bodies lie in state,
    While thousands note their passing,
    And proclaim that they were great.

    Papers tell of their life stories
    >From the time that they were young
    But the passing of a Soldier
    Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution
    To the welfare of our land,
    Someone who breaks his promise
    And cons his fellow man?

    Or the ordinary fellow
    Who in times of war and strife,
    Goes off to serve his country
    And offers up his life?

    The politician’s stipend
    And the style in which he lives,
    Are often disproportionate,
    To the service that he gives.

    While the ordinary Soldier,
    Who offered up his all,
    Is paid off with a medal
    And perhaps a pension, small.

    It is not the politicians
    With their compromise and ploys,
    Who won for us the freedom
    That our country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger,
    With your enemies at hand,
    Would you really want some cop-out,
    With his ever waffling stand?

    Or would you want a Soldier–
    His home, his country, his kin,
    Just a common Soldier,
    Who would fight until the end?

    He was just a common Soldier,
    And his ranks are growing thin,
    But his presence should remind us
    We may need his like again.

    For when countries are in conflict,
    We find the Soldier’s part
    Is to clean up all the troubles
    That the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honor
    While he’s here to hear the praise,
    Then at least let’s give him homage
    At the ending of his days.

    Perhaps just a simple headline
    In the paper that might say:
    “OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
    A SOLDIER DIED TODAY.”

  11. sortahwitte says:

    Jim. Great poem and much appreciated.

  12. Bman says:

    There is nothing like the first snow. Even though this means this is the beginning of a long, cold, dark winter, one can’t but help love the first flakes.

  13. R.D. Walker says:

    We had our first snow today too. It is melting, however.

  14. R.D. Walker says:

  15. Jen says:

    Well, I survived the election and am now officially a city council representative. Campaigning was rough. I don’t envy anyone doing it on a larger national scale.

  16. sortahwitte says:

    Congrats Jen!

    Another sane, intelligent voice is heard in the wilderness!

  17. Kenneth says:

    Congrats!

  18. notamobster says:

    Why is this in the off topic section? This is the topic, Jen! Conservative politics, at it’s finest!

    Congratulations. The Revo’s first elected official. I’m next…

  19. notamobster says:

    RD: No translation neccessary.

  20. Locke n Load says:

    Oustanding Jen!
    Knew you could do it.

  21. notamobster says:

    Hey! What’s up braggert… ;-)

  22. Kenneth says:

    I find this happening more and more lately…

    I click on a link from the Revo, think to myself, “Boy, I think the good people at the Revo need to see this!”, suddenly remember that’s where I found the link in the first place as I go to post.

    ಠ_ಠ

  23. R.D. Walker says:

    Congratulations Jen!

  24. Bman says:

    Awesome, Jen! Make a run for the White House in 2012!;)

  25. Jim22 says:

    Good news, Jen.

    BTW, I will be traveling for a week or so and will be a bit scarce.

  26. vanagram says:

    Go Jen, Go! At least SOMETHING good happened yesterday!

  27. Bman says:

    This is interesting.
    I didn’t want to make this a post because I’m not sure of the accuracy of it. Still, it’s interesting.

  28. BrunDawg says:

    Two Chicago Tribune stories.
    Yesterday: Cable companies said Wednesday that they will offer Internet service for $9.95 per month to homes with children that are eligible for free school lunches.
    Today: The East Chicago school district is taking back more than 2,000 laptop computers that it gave to middle and high school students after dozens of the computers have been reported lost or stolen.

  29. R.D. Walker says:

    Jupiter, Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa hanging over Iowa tonight. 1600mm mirror lens. Two photos with two exposures – long for the moons, shorter for the planet – merged into one.

    Click to enlarge.

  30. Kenneth says:

    Sweet shot, RD. I live too close to the city to really see the stars, unfortunately. That’s the biggest thing I miss about living in West Texas.

  31. notamobster says:

    Amazing shots, RD! I found myself out looking at the full moon and Jupiter a couple nights ago with the 12X 40mm scope on my 30-06. Jupiter just looked like a really bright star, but the moon was spectacular.

  32. sortahwitte says:

    Nota. Is that called “shooting the moon”?

  33. notamobster says:

    An old cowboy friend of mine always says: “Shoot for the moon, if you miss and hit a star, you’re still doing pretty good.”

    Guess I shouldn’t take him literally. :-)

  34. R.D. Walker says:

    Poll: Who would you rather have read to your children?

      Ex-Porn Star Sasha Grey
      President Barack Obama

    Vote here.

  35. Van-a-gram says:

    Ok, this was news to me: Jerry Sandusky authored a book a few years back titled “Touched”. No, I am not making this up.

    http://www.amazon.com/Touched-Jerry-Sandusky-Story/dp/1582613575

  36. notamobster says:

    Tomorrow’s opening day, so I’m gonna be scarce around here for the next couple weeks.

    I’m sleeping in my new shack tonight. I have a heater, food, coffee, a rifle, ammo, and a pillow.

    All of the neccessities in life.

  37. MadBrad says:

    I just checked out the new Tree House.

    You and Magellan are geniuses!

    I know you will be having lots of fun. Good Luck!

    • notamobster says:

      I’m the brains behind the idea. Magellan just made it happen with his mastery of the wooden arts.

      Skunked on opening day. The fog limited my sight to about 15 yards, until I had an appointment to go to. Magellan took over for me, and reports more than a dozen does and at least 1 6 point, so far. I’ll be back out in the morning. I slept in the shack last night in 34 degree weather. Good times.

  38. Locke n Load says:

    No.
    Just…no.
    I wish her all the best and as full a recovery as possible but NO.
    This woman has no business anywhere near a congressional seat. She simply isn’t all there.
    There is no way shae can fulfill her duties, period.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57325147-503544/gabrielle-giffords-posts-message-im-getting-better/?tag=cbsnewsLeadStoriesArea

    I DESPISE her party for even entertaining this farce.

  39. Van-a-gram says:

    L&L — I watched that interview last night and agree completely with you; she is unfit to serve. In any capacity of responsibility, ranging from the supervision of children to an elected official.

    It’s tragic and unfair that this happened to her. I only hope they are “pretending” on this go-back-congress thing only to keep her in positive spirits while she continues her PT. But under no circumstances should she be given an opportunity to vote, That doctor on 20/20 said her cognitive / reasoning / understanding skills “are intact” but she just is having difficulty with finding the words.

    Bullshit. She merely parrots what other people say or prompt her to say. Again, tragic but she should never be a congressperson again.

    In retrospect, she can’t be worse than some already there…

  40. Tn-Cat says:

    Each night before going to sleep, I try to think of something positive to give some hope for the future. Tonight’s thought gave a little chuckle so I thought I would share.

    Back in the 70’s there was a product that reminded me of Obama. It came in the best designed package, a little cool box, and was launched with absolute genius marketing. It was such a craze that everyone plopped down five bucks for one.

    What was it?

    A Pet Rock.

    After buying a pet rock, people thought to themselves “why did I just pay 5 bucks for a rock”?

    America will wake up. Some sooner than others.

    Good night.

  41. Kenneth says:

    Every pet rock should be taught to attack.

  42. KWMatthews says:

    Does someone else have more time to look into this? Busy, but found this interesting: http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2011/11/16/obama-pushing-shooters-off-public-lands

  43. DarthJay says:

    WTF?!

    http://bigjournalism.com/jjmnolte/2011/11/16/could-a-possible-occupywallstreet-connection-explain-lack-of-msms-white-house-shooting-coverage/#more-242604

    Not ONLY did I not know that someone fired shots at the White House a few days ago…but it’s looking like he was an #OWS person. I guess I shouldn’t be shocked that I didn’t hear about it.

  44. Jim22 says:

    On the first day, God created the dog and said, “Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.”

    The dog said, “That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?”

    So God saw it was good.

    On the second day, God created the monkey and said, “Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.”

    The monkey said, “Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?”

    And God, again saw it was good.

    On the third day, God created the cow and said, “You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.”

    The cow said, “That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?”

    And God agreed it was good.

    On the fourth day, God created humans and said, “Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.”

    But the human said, “Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?”

    “Okay,” said God. “You asked for it..”

    So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family.. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

    Life has now been explained to you.

    There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I’m doing it as a public service. If you are looking for me I will be on the front porch.

  45. R.D. Walker says:

    I was just about to ask what the heck happened to Jim and you returned.

  46. locke n load says:

    Bwahahahahaha!
    Perfect

  47. Jim22 says:

    Still traveling, RD, so the time I have on the web is very limited.

  48. Locke n Load says:

    hehehehe

  49. Jim22 says:

    If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq Theater of operations during the past 22 months, and a total of 2112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers.

    The firearm death rate in Washington , DC is 80.6 per 100,000 for the same period. That means you are about 25 per cent more likely to be shot and killed in the US capital which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the U..S., than you are in Iraq .

    Conclusion: The U.S. should pull out of Washington .

  50. Locke n Load says:

    bawhahahahaha!

  51. Bman says:

    Here is Hwy 2 between Minot and Williston, ND earlier this week.

    LnL? You didn’t cause this, did you???

  52. Locke n Load says:

    hehehe, no.
    see, thatsb just one reason I dread ND in the winter. I’ve already driven thru a blizzard in the northern canadian rockies and a whiteoout or two in idaho and utah tho…

  53. notamobster says:

    4 days… 0 deer. Like sucks. That is all.

  54. Locke n Load says:

    hmm. I think I predicted exactly this just a week or so ago. Still, the way it’s being formulated won’t work without a stronger union, meaning a “united states of europe” or some-such. Nevertheless, they’ll play this card for a while until the get forced into facing the immediate threats.

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/da6468de-136f-11e1-9562-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1eIbLov00

  55. MadBrad says:

    Now that I’ve got my calling, I feel the need to pilot 80,000 pounds of cold steel and momentum down the highways and byways of this great land. Unfortunately I have two old dogs and a cat to look after and driving a truck is not conducive to building a residential underground concrete bunker complex.

    Ain’t life a Bitch?

  56. R.D. Walker says:

    “Eleven long haired friends of Jesus in a chartreuse micro-bus.”

    :-)

  57. Locke n Load says:

    Driving a truck isn’t conducive to living ANY life Brad. Its the cruelest of sacrifices for a family man. To give everything so that the ones you love might prosper, all the while knowing full well you won’t get to participate in even a fraction of the fun.

    Btw, some trucking companies allow you to bring your dogs along. Whether you’d be able to get home often enough to build a bunker is another matter entirely

  58. Locke n Load says:

    I don’t give a damn what people say, that song is AWESOME. When I announced at my old office that they could all go to hell with the business and I was going to drive a truck…they were merciless. And this song played whenever they wanted to mock me,lol. Too bad for them I liked the song :)

  59. R.D. Walker says:

    Here is another; same genre, same era…

  60. R.D. Walker says:

    This one always makes Locke cry..

  61. MadBrad says:

    Family man… Hmmm… Don’t think so… unless mi Marta de Ciudad Juarez is still alive but I don’t think so. It seems that family life has passed me by.

  62. Locke n Load says:

    Oh, see, now you’ve done it RD. I have weeks worth of Friday night Alt Country to unload and yer askin for it. As for that last vid, a friend of mine who joined me on the road actually had that playing at his wedding reception,lol. I laughed my ass off.

  63. Locke n Load says:

    Ah hell, the wife needs resources for her Persuasive speech next week. I’ve dumped a lot on her already but something tells me you all could help out…
    her speech is on CCW :)
    some dumbass challenged her to a “CCW will increasde violence” debate, roflmao
    I’d shred the poor kid but its the little lady up there so…if you have any good statistical collections you can refer for her, send em along

  64. R.D. Walker says:

    The statistics speak for themselves.

    Fact: The results for the first 30 states that passed “shall-issue” laws for concealed carry permits are similar.

    Fact: In Texas, citizens with concealed carry permits are 14 times less likely to
    commit a crime. They are also five times less likely to commit a violent crime.

    Fact: People with concealed carry permits are:
    • 5.7 times less likely to be arrested for violent offenses than the general public
    • 13.5 times less likely to be arrested for non-violent offenses than the general
    public

    Fact: Even gun control organizations agree it is a non-problem, as in Texas – “because there haven’t been Wild West shootouts in the streets”.

    Fact: Of 14,000 CCW licensees in Oregon, only 4 (0.03%) were convicted of the
    criminal (not necessarily violent) use or possession of a firearm.

    Fact: In Florida, a state that has allowed concealed carry since late 1987, you are twice as likely to be attacked by an alligator as by a person with a concealed carry permit.

    Source

  65. Locke n Load says:

    Bwahahaha! see? I knew you could do it on the spur of the moment.
    My fav statistic so far was something I found last night.
    Since 1987 (25 years) there have been 2.1 million CCWs issued in Florida and a grand total of 168 of those issued permits committed crimes where a weapon was on their person. No mention of WHAT the crimes were, or WHY the gun was on their person, etc.
    I’ve yet to find a single homicide committed by a CCW holder.

  66. Bman says:

    Holiday Warning!
    Please take care of yourself.

    A recent joint study conducted by the Department of Health and the Department of Motor Vehicles indicates that 23% of traffic accidents are alcohol related.

    This means that the remaining 77% are caused by assholes that drink bottled water, Starbucks coffee, pop, juice, energy drinks, and shit like that.

    Therefore, beware of those who do not drink alcohol. They cause three times as many accidents.

    Heed my warning. I worry about all Revoista’s safety.

  67. MadBrad says:

    I was just on the Laura Ingraham Show!

    HELL YEAH!

  68. Bman says:

    Cool Brad! Not one-upping you or anything but I have been on the Savage Nation (Savage was gone so it was Rick Roberts filling in for him. I played Devils advocate and he got pissed of and called me un-American.)and Lars Larson. I used to listen to Larson’s local show when I lived in Oregon.

    What did you say? Fill us in…

  69. MadBrad says:

    I explained why I cannot support Mitt Romney.

    As for Michael Savage, I love the guy. I too would be tempted play Devils Advocate and see how quick I could get him to go off. I want to get on with Mark Levin.

  70. Locke n Load says:

    Mark only asks two things of you.
    Be smart and on topic.
    He’ll let you run with the comment if he likes it.

  71. D2A says:

    Problem with the website.

    Anytime I access this website (within the past 10 days) from my iPhone or iPad, each device freezes and I am unable to visit any other sites. I have to restart the device, then I am good to go. This has happened consistently only when I go here.

    I do not know if anyone else has had this problem on an iPhone or iPad; however, the problem does not occur with other devices, such as Macbook Pro or laptop PC (those devices accept Flash, and the iPhone and iPad does not – possible problem). However, this in only a new problem with the site, on these devices, in the past several days.

  72. Kenneth says:

    I use the site from my iPhone most of the time and have never had that problem. However, it’s been fussy about loading lately, but I haven’t downloaded iOS 5 yet…

    To take a shot at fixing try the following:

    – ensure all other programs are closed, not just suspended (i don’t know about you, but I’ve met many people that thought hitting the home button closes the program, but it actually only suspends it)

    – install the latest update

    – clear your cache in safari

    If you have no luck after that, I would take it to the genius bar or flash the device and reinstall.

  73. D2A says:

    Thanks for the tips.

    Come to think of it. This has only been a problem since I updated both the iPhone and iPad to iOS 5.

    Kenneth, let us know if this is a problem for you once you update.

  74. Kenneth says:

    Will do.

  75. R.D. Walker says:

    Locke? Is that you?

  76. Bman says:

    Holy crap! Let’s get a collection going so we can bail Locke out of jail.

  77. Locke n Load says:

    http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/mf-global-trustee-estimates-shortfall-could-be-more-than-1-2-billion/?ref=business

    This is really an amazing story, Anne B was right to scream bloody murder when it went down.
    I’ll parse the barnhart letter in full for you as soon as I get an hour free but I can’t right now, just too crunched for time trying to get things squared b4 I run home.
    Hopefully tomorrow. There’s a lot of background info you need to know to understand WTF has actually occurred but Anne was right, Corzine actually stole up to 1.2 billion. Unfuckinreal.

  78. notamobster says:

    That redneck whitehouse show piece locked me up… but, I live in the sticks on a line of sight internet connection.

    Too many videos.

  79. Locke n Load says:

    Holy crap, that flatbed driver was GOOD. He kept both loads of a tandem secured while weaving and turning on super tight radii? Wow.
    Dude should probably back off the coffee though

  80. R.D. Walker says:

    I reduced the number of posts per page from 25 to 18. See if that helps.

  81. D2A says:

    Perfect :)

    No problems.

  82. Kenneth says:

    Well that answers that! Upgraded to iOS 5 and couldn’t replicate, but I think I did so after the change. Even so, my load times are now much faster as well.