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  1. R.D. Walker says:

    I already miss Wikipedia. I support the protection of intellectual property rights but government should never be in a position to control DNS.

  2. KWMatthews says:

    The biggest problem I have with the SOPA/PIPA bullcrap is that private entities already have a pathway to protect their rights. All this does is ensure government gets their damned hands all over everything on the internet. The costs to various companies to avoid confrontation with the proposed laws are staggering.

  3. Locke n Load says:

    I made it home, got hours of kid time. Spent 2 hrs at the table with a mess of HotPot and a couple of good snorts of Makers Mark. And I got cake with the only remaining blonde in the family….

  4. R.D. Walker says:

    Note to all you winter fearing southern Revoistas…

    It is snowing like hell. The roads are 100% snow covered. The temp is 3F and the windchill is -11F. It was almost complete white out on the drive to the office. There is a winter storm warning in effect.

    Nevertheless, my first grader went out, got on the school bus and went off to school.

    You guys don’t know winter. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Bman says:

    Yep RD…its winter here too. It was -26 windchill Tuesday. Got a tad bit of frost bite on my ears when I had to change a tire. Minor frost bite is common. I’m ok though. The outer layer of skin is already starting to peel away.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      The view out the window…

      Yep. I have been bitten by frost myself. Actually the worst was caused by a freon leak on a hot August day. But, yeah, I know what you mean.

  6. jacksonsdad says:

    Not sure if this was posted here before. It’s a coupla months old but worth a read (or two).

    snippet: “Those are tortured minds running around inside them heads. Although I have never read his book, I am prone to agree with Michael Savageโ€™s statement that Liberalism is a Mental Disorder. I do have it queued up in the Kindle though, which is just another capitalist produced gizmo that is advancing society along at breakneck speed. Never before could you tote and entire library around with you, but letโ€™s not get off track.”

  7. Slaphappypap says:

    Normally my drive home is around forty minutes. Hour and forty-five minutes later. Snow during rush hour sucks.

  8. R.D. Walker says:

    This was my first favorite song when it came out in 72. I was in about third grade. Later, in high school I had to deny it out of embarrassment. We were all supposed to like the Sex Pistols or something.

    I haven’t heard it for a long, long time but you know what? It kind of rocks.

  9. sortahwitte says:

    RD, do you live in a corn silo? That snow picture is taken pretty far above the ground for Iowa.

  10. R.D. Walker says:

    Nah, that was taken from my office window. I work in a five story skyscraper.

  11. notamobster says:

    5 story tree scraper…

  12. Locke n Load says:

    Fascinating concept. Neat to see if it works and how much energy could be generated.

    Best part of the piece IMHO is the sneering disgust by the author towards our burgeoning natural gas supplies. He seems genuinely pissed that a technology expected to be viable in 10-50 years would get sidetracked by something as gauche as natural gas, roflmao

  13. R.D. Walker says:

    Locke: The fool believes that the clean energy will satisfy the Greenies. They don’t want cheap, clean energy. They want socialism and pretending to hate pollution is their way of undermining industrial civilization without showing their real intent. If we suddenly discovered a way to harness the heat of the mantle of the earth for unlimited energy, they would find reason to oppose it.

  14. Locke n Load says:

    Ok, let me just settle this for all of you northern plains folks who might be tempted…

    While Rachels does indeed make good Kettle Chips, the Steak and Onion version is indeed awful.

    That is all.

  15. jacksonsdad says:

    You know that if humans pour water onto hot shit we are contributing to global cooli… umm… climate change. Duh.

    Like… haven’t you ever heard of a SAUNA?

    Oh wait… never mind.

  16. Locke n Load says:

    RD, couldn’t agree more. Just thought the tone of the article was chuckleworthy ๐Ÿ™‚ You have to know if the test is a raging success there will be more EPA grants extended to anti-Earthquake crazies. Admit it, sometimes its fun to watch those Luddites tie themselves in knots..

    ANd JD, who the hell doesn’t like a sauna for cryin out loud? They’re de rigueur in upper Left Coast homes, no?

  17. Locke n Load says:

    My favorite line…

    Renewable energy has been held back by cheap natural gas, weak demand for power and lack of political concern over global warming

    So the 50 year plan is caput!? All because we found something cheaper and more efficient. Egads!

    Mind you the second complaint is absurd (weak demand??) and the last is just whiny.

    Ahh, yes. Leftist vermin CAN be entertaining. I wonder how many people used to buy Pravda as amusement?

  18. Locke n Load says:

    See ya all in a few days, I’m cleared to cross the border.

  19. Air Force Brat says:

    Stay safe, LnL! Happy driving.

  20. R.D. Walker says:

    It was a metaphysical certitude. A perfect probability of 1. There was no other possible outcome.

    We Knew The Woman With Two Vaginas Would Get A Porn Offer

  21. DarthJay says:


    C’mere, you….

  22. Jen says:

    What it’s been like in my part of the country. Fast forward to the 2:00 mark and start from there.

  23. Bman says:

    Cripes Jen! Thats some good stuff. There must be some mystical force in the universe that makes people drive faster in lousy conditions than they normally would in ideal conditions, especially if they have 4 wheel drive. It brings out the retard in some. In fact, that street resemble the famous Retard 500, which I won’t go into at this time. Also, and this is for the ladies out there, it does no good to turn the wheel as you are stomping on the break in conditions like the vid.

  24. Uke says:

    Too soon?

  25. R.D. Walker says:

    Just had 15 deer in the yard including one trophy buck. This thing was a monster.

    Low light kept me from getting a real good shot, but here you go. Taken 10 minutes ago.

    Click to enlarge.

  26. MadBrad says:

    Did your wife try to poison it?

  27. R.D. Walker says:

    It came up. Then she asked me why we can’t kill them and give the meat to a food bank somewhere.

  28. Uke says:

    I swear we only ever see does walking across our back yard. ๐Ÿ™

  29. notamobster says:

    Wow… That’s a once in a lifetime trophy buck. Long tines, beautiful spread, still fat because of the late snow – gonna be a f-king monster next year!

  30. Bman says:

    not if RD’s wife puts anti-freeze on the saltlick…..I’m just speaking outloud MadBrad’s inner-monologue.

    It’s a Pabst mind connection thang.

  31. R.D. Walker says:

    I have been tense and uneasy all morning. As I type this, Obama is giving a speech no more than a mile and a half from here. I feel a great disturbance in the force…

  32. Air Force Brat says:

    That’s just your bullshit detector going off, R.D. ๐Ÿ™‚

    If Obama speaks, it’s bullshit.

  33. Bman says:

    Obama- African-American. Remember how the MSM pointed that out every few seconds during the primaries and elections back in ’08?

    Romney- Hispanic-American. He could be the first Hispanic President, but you don’t hear the MSM say anything about his heritage.

    Weird, right?

  34. Uke says:

    I don’t know if I would call Romney actually Hispanic. His father grew up in Mexico, but from what I recall, their heritage is still western/central European. Blood, I mean.

  35. Bman says:

    I thought Mitts dad was born in Mexico… according to the article that is. Bill Richardson had a mexican mom and an American dad. He was often touted as possibly the first hispanic president. If Romney’s dad was in fact born in Mexico, that would make him as hispanic as obama is black. Just saying.

  36. Uke says:

    I’m not sure. I mean, I know I might be quibbling over definitions, but if I moved to Tokyo, I would be an ex-pat; I’d be hard-pressed to call my children even partially Japanese, however, as long as their mother wasn’t Japanese.

    Japanese by residence, but not by blood. I suppose that’s how I view ethnicity.

    The question gets a bit murkier, perhaps, if a family stays in a given country for several generations.

  37. R.D. Walker says:

    I am fully engaged with the mainstream culture. I am pretty sure that no Revoista is going to be out of touch here.

    On a scale from 0 to 20 points, where 20 signifies full engagement with mainstream American culture and 0 signifies deep cultural isolation within the new upper class bubble, you scored between 13 and 16.

    In other words, you don’t even have a bubble.

    Here is the test: How thick is your bubble?

  38. notamobster says:

    17 of 20…

    Ididnt know the Nascar guy.


    I feel dirty for watching bill maher!

  39. Bman says:

    wow. I scored between 9-12. In otherwords, even though Im part of the new upper class, (hahahaha!) I still am down with mainstream America!

  40. R.D. Walker says:

    If you have been in the military, you get several of those right off…

    Served in the military
    Wore a uniform
    Participated in a parade
    Lived among non-college graduates
    Had a job that made you hurt
    Had friends who got C average in school

  41. Slaphappypap says:

    I got 9-12 also. It must be the PBR.

  42. Jen says:

    I also got 9-12. Mine is mainly based on where I grew up as a kid and my family.

  43. Air Force Brat says:

    I scored between 5 and 8. I quote: “You can see through your bubble, but you need to get out more”.

  44. Locke n Load says:

    if this had told me i lived in a bubble i’d have laughed.

  45. R.D. Walker says:

    Evidently his seat is still open.

    Retiring congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will marry his longtime partner, Jim Ready.

    Frank and Ready plan to wed in Massachusetts. Frank’s home state is one of six states, in addition to the District of Columbia, that permits gay marriage.

    Frank announced in November that he would be retiring from Congress after 16 terms to pursue other opportunities. In 1987, Frank disclosed that he was gay, becoming the first openly gay member of Congress.

  46. DarthJay says:

    I was just about to post that with the same sentiment, RD. Nicely done.

  47. Air Force Brat says:

    I am feeling Freudian today. “His seat is still open” . . .

  48. R.D. Walker says:

    That isn’t Freudian, that is my sick sense of humor. I meant to do that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Air Force Brat says:

    Bwahahahaha! I may be blonde, but I get it eventually!

  50. RJM says:

    Scored 19 out of 20, must be an age thing.

  51. R.D. Walker says:

    I got Mrs. Walker watching Firefly now. She digs it too.

  52. Locke n Load says:

    Dude, thats a pretty cool intro theme. I’ll promise to fire it up when I get home for my birthday

    Hey, who was it that said they didn’t understand why Kristofferson was considered a hellofa song writer?

    Here’s Johnny covering a great bit of Kris’ writing.

  53. Uke says:

    @RD: How much of the series y’all get to by now?

    @LnL: They don’t make ’em like that anymore, cliche as the saying is. Cash, Kris and a number of others that just aren’t matched by today’s new talent.

    This is still one of my all-time favorite collabs:

  54. Locke n Load says:

    Ah yea, when the guys toured together they were at their most accessible, weren’t they? I grew up thinking that was the golden age of country. They always looked like they were having more fun than the crowd ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for your thought that there aren’t songwriters like that around anymore…well, I think I”m going to have to disabuse you of that notion shortly. One of these days soon I’m going to assemble a few weekends worth of Saturday Night Lost and Found tunes. It seems to me there’s quite a few of you that need a dose of the modern outlaw country underground. Unfortunately most of them don’t have videos or even decent live bar recordings so I’m forced to grab them off of I-tunes. I’ll set them up for youtube viewing myself then share them as soon as I get a chance. Unfortunately I’m back on the suicide runs for the next week at least.

  55. slaphappypap says:

    I just saw Congressmen Adam Kinzinger. (11 district)

  56. Jen says:

    I’m only 24 days into my four-year term and starting to wonder what I’ve gotten myself into. There are so many things that need to be fixed yet anything involving the government moves at a snails pace. It is frustrating for someone like me who comes from a busines background and is used to seeing a problem, figuring out a solution, and quickly implementing it before bigger problems occur. Not so in government.

  57. R.D. Walker says:

    Jen: You can either be assimilated, quit or keep fighting. Just keep fighting.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Here is a run down memory lane for you Brad. Click to enlarge.

      Here. This song goes with the photo.

  58. KWMatthews says:

    I scored a 9 as well:

    On a scale from 0 to 20 points, where 20 signifies full engagement with mainstream American culture and 0 signifies deep cultural isolation within the new upper class bubble, you scored between 9 and 12.

    In other words, even if you’re part of the new upper class, you’ve had a lot of exposure to the rest of America.

    Sounds about right, actually.

  59. KWMatthews says:

    Has anyone picked up Ameritopia? I’m curious if it’s worth the read.

  60. Locke n Load says:

    If I had the time to read it, I would Ken. WIll be ordering a few copies myself but god only knows when I’ll get the time to read.

  61. rj says:


    RD…nice rack on that one…

    I shoot runt does and bucks myself…grandaddy always saidya cant eat the horns…yea yea I know antlers…

  62. R.D. Walker says:

    I don’t shoot them at all anymore except with the camera. I have found that you almost can’t eat the venison either.

    I know, I know, Nota, you love it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    If you look at the second photo you can see that the deer behind the playset is a little spike buck.

  63. notamobster says:

    You’re a crazy man, RD Walker… That’s all I’m saying.

  64. notamobster says:

    Currently enduring a competitive cheer invitational.

    My hometown (munising) is here representing!

  65. R.D. Walker says:

    Uke: Watched everything through episode eight.

    Nota: Ate a lot of deer and elk in my life buddy. There ain’t no ribeyes or pork roast on a deer.

    Oh and Nota? Remember, they are just teenagers.

  66. sortahwitte says:

    Before this column of Off Topic gets away, please observe the thighs of Nancy Sinatra at the top. Having been around longer than most of you kids, I would rate them in the top 10 thighs in the whole North American hemisphere. As in 5 ladies. If you know what I mean and I think you do.

    Just sayin’.

  67. jacksonsdad says:

    Got this from an e-mail so it may be redundant but… I thought it was noteworthy.

    “The New ‘OMG'”



  68. Air Force Brat says:

    Sorta: Nancy S. was before my and my ex-fiance’s time, but he had quite a thing for Tina Turner’s thighs. I lost count of the number of times he made me sit through yet another viewing of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

  69. Locke n Load says:

    I thought we were grievously underscored on the “Annoyance Factors” and “Total Threats”, but what do I know

    damnit I hate 19 hr days

  70. RJM says:

    Luke 12: 13-21

  71. R.D. Walker says:

    The death of common sense. How embarrassing is this shit?

    ‘I’m going to destroy America and dig up Marilyn Monroe’: British pair arrested in U.S. on terror charges over Twitter jokes

    It’s like the US has become Singapore or something.

  72. Vanagram says:


    The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Libya and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

    The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

    The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.

    Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

    The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbour” and “Lose.”

    Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels .

    The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

    Australia , meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be alright, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is cancelled.” So far no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.

    — John Cleese – British writer, actor and tall person

    A final thought -โ€œGreece is collapsing, the Iranians are getting aggressive, and Rome is in disarray. Welcome back to 430 BCโ€.

  73. Bman says:

    Today in history-

    1606 Guy Fawkes is hanged, drawn and quartered for his part in the Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to blow up Parliament.

  74. R.D. Walker says:

    Finally! What we have all been waiting for!

    Newly Discovered Recordings By Thomas Edison Allow You To Finally Hear Otto Von Bismarck Talk

    Old Blood and Iron himself. Kind of cool actually.

  75. sortahwitte says:

    I just read that Don Cornelius creator and host of Soul Train, took his life yesterday. He did more to break down racial barriers than almost anyone I can think of. With a love of music, he taught us while we were young, that there is not that big of a difference. I will always remember him. Cool cat, cool music.

  76. Locke n Load says:

    Van, that was AWESOME

  77. Locke n Load says:

    SLC is a beautiful place if you’ve never been…
    Something about smelling salt air in the morning while parked at the base of the Wasatch range just perks a guy right up.
    DAMNIT but this town can’t produce ANYTHING that pays enough to haul.. Arrrrg.

    This keeps up for another few hours I’m going to have to drive around looking at all the little farms to amuse myself. The goats around here are co-opting the doghouses btw. Dogs must not like goat stink, lol.

  78. Locke n Load says:

    Ok, this was pretty depressing. Then I looked again. I think the WTA (winner take all) bets showing such a pronounced favorite in the Dems could mean they are cocky as hell or they see all of our candidates as jokes…
    The VS category is nearly dead even, edge to Obama.
    Neither from what I can tell specifies a particular candidate so I suppose this would be the generic poll, no?
    Real money traded on these btw..

  79. Jim22 says:

    I like this site:

    Ghetto Hikes

    “I’m 28. I have a full time job taking urban kids on nature hikes. I simply write down shit they say.

    Check it out.

  80. jacksonsdad says:

    I’ve seen this b4 but it’s still too funny…

    LMAO at the al dente legs at the end!

  81. Locke n Load says:

    Holy crap, she won. Honda is NOT going to like this. Can you imagine what would happen if all the folks involved in class action suits dropped out and did this?

  82. Locke n Load says:

    Pay attention folks, Holder is on the hotseat today and LYING HIS ASS OFF AGAIN. The man is now guilty of committing perjury AT LEAST 3 times and his subordinates are pleading the 5th.
    CSPAN might be carrying it, I’d call it must-see TV, no?

  83. Air Force Brat says:

    With all that rope, Holder sure is making one heck of a noose for himself.

  84. RJ says:

    yea I’m thinking he may be getting a call from The Won,

    something like thi: The Won, Hey Eric it’s O , ya ever hear the old song? the wheels on the bus go round and round….sorry old chum, don’t worry I’ll make it up to you buddy.

    ker thump ker thump…

  85. MadBrad says:

    I was threatened with 18 Months in Federal Prison if I commited a SINGLE COUNT of Perjury, which is why I was truly and totally pissed off when Clinton skated.

  86. MadBrad says:

    Big Jim, you made my day. You actually made several of my days.

  87. Locke n Load says:

    i couldnt find the quotes, maybe i need to be twittified or something.

    well i found a way home finally, wont be stranded in slc tonight. guess i might not be able to stir the pot for a little bit.

  88. R.D. Walker says:

    Yes, many is the time when I was out on a night patrol or movement to contact and it occurred to me that I “wanna karate the shit outa summa these berry branches.” We called them, “wait a minute vines,” however.

  89. KWMatthews says:

    I don’t think this is worthy of the main page, but it’s worth a look: