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  1. rj says:

    reminds me of a book my mom just sent me for my 50th, all about stuf that was happening the year of my birth…pretty cool.

  2. Tn-Cat says:

    Another stupid post from TN, but I don’t give a shit.

    The wife text me today from Target “need anything?”

    Since my disposable razor has been on its last cartridge for a while and its starting to pull a bit, I said yeah, get me a razor, whatever is on sale.

    She brought home this Gillette Fusion. This sumbitch has seven blades! My last pack from a year ago had three.

    At this rate, next year it’s going to take two hands to shave.

  3. R.D. Walker says:

    Then this is dated. You will like it anyway, TN.

  4. Locke n Load says:

    oh my GOD that was good RD. I hurt..
    and I have the 5 blade

  5. Slaphappypap says:

    I have the fusion too. I use it about twice a month. Who has time to shave anyway?

    In other news, I was in the grocery store today to hear in the check-out line an elderly women and the women running the register. The women said that it was silly that she bought about $26.00 worth of groceries and she didn’t even buy meat. The clerk said she got mad after filling her gas tank. (That’s $4.40 a gallon in the Chi.)

    If women are pissed off more, and more vocal. How long can it last??

  6. Jim22 says:

    Dr. Grumpy:

    “This afternoon I saw a great little old lady, sharp as a tack, who got dragged in by her overprotective daughter, and was NOT happy about it.

    The daughter was one of those huffy types who tried to answer every question for her mom, even though the old lady was clearly fine, independent, and a helluva lot brighter then her offspring.

    Mom tried to talk around her, but the daughter just wouldn’t let her answer my questions, even when asked directly of the patient.

    Finally, when her daughter interrupted her for the millionth time, Mom looked at me and said, “You’ll have to forgive my daughter. Normally she wouldn’t be accompanying me to doctor visits, but 52 years ago my diaphragm broke.”

  7. R.D. Walker says:

    In the western sky, Jupiter, Venus and the Moon are lined up as pretty as can be. Have a look if you are in the Americas and so inclined.

  8. R.D. Walker says:

    Brad just texted me and asked me to inform Revoistas that, now that he has seen the movie Cedar Rapids, he supports Mitt Romney.

    That is all.

  9. Locke n Load says:

    RD, I was watching exactly that sight rolling north thru Las Vegas then up into a place 70 miles from anything in the northeast Nevada desert. Seeing that right over the tops of the mountains was pretty sweet. Damn but I need a real camera.

  10. Locke n Load says:

    I spent the better part of today rolling thru Idaho on my way up us95. It follows about 3 rivers north thru scenery that you might never forget. 250 miles of no straightaways longer than a mile or so, 2-3 feet of shoulder, and canyon after canyon filled with trout waters. Out of all the areas I run thru in the NW, its the only one that reminds me of British Columbia.
    Go sometime

  11. R.D. Walker says:

    Venus visible in daytime sky today: Here’s how to see it

    Damn. Overcast here. If you see it today, report in. I want to hear about it.

  12. OMG!!!! There’s a MISS Universe contestant that was disqualified for being born a man… “She” is a transgender… “She” claimed discrimination when the rules states that a contestant MUST be naturally born a female….

    Can we agree that in the eyes of the law, government, etc. that a person is to be seen in terms of sex as male or female based on what you were when you were born… If you have a “sex change”, that is a decision so therefore you can not claim discrimination… and in regard to Miss Universe… It’s in the rules….. STUPID people piss me off!!!!

  13. Locke n Load says:

    Hehehe, you and Van agree on this one. He has a habit of pointing out that no matter what surgeries are involved, a guy is still a Y chromosome carrier, ergo, a man.
    I’m with you guys, the world is too gender-bendered already.
    Let ’em have their own beauty contests. Better watch yourself in Thailand tho…

  14. The world could be a very scary place in 50 years…. Watch out guys… carry your DNA test kit with you at all times…LMAO

  15. notamobster says:

    It’ll probably win a monetary judgment.

  16. Jim22 says:

    BFH asks, “Hereโ€™s a question for the white lefty race-baiters who are hoping for a race war.

    When the killing of crackers begins, how are you not a cracker?”

    Good question.

  17. BrunDawg says:

    From today’s Chicago Tribune:

    “Police say Homer Wright was inside his home in the 6400 block of South Morgan Street about 6:30 a.m. Monday when someone broke through several boards and entered through a rear bathroom window and tried to steal some liquor. Wright grabbed a handgun and shot the burglar in the lower right leg, police said.”

    “Wright was charged with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon after police discovered he had two prior weapons convictions from 1968 and 1994, officials said. Records show Wright also was convicted of theft in 1990. Wright turned his gun over to detectives.”

  18. Jim22 says:

    A video in German, “So dad, how do you like the Ipad we bought you?”

    You don’t need to understand German.

  19. R.D. Walker says:

    Nerd report…

    It is so clear and bright tonight I can see at least one of the moons of Jupiter with binoculars. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I wasn’t able to see Venus in daylight today. ๐Ÿ™

    That concludes the nerd report.

  20. Locke n Load says:

    Yup, been cloudy all throughout Idaho these last couple of days as well. Nothing beats the Nv desert for sky watching…

  21. Locke n Load says:

    BrunDawg, maybe he should have whacked the guys leg with an axe instead? SOB wouldn’t have getten away, thats for damn sure

  22. Bman says:

    Anyone seen The Hungry Games yet? I didn’t know it had such a huge following in the book series. As a matter of fact, I never heard of the books. From what I understand, it takes place in a dystopian future and, according to the trailer I watched on youtube, resembles the storyline of The Running Man, which I enjoyed. I’m intruiged to see it. I must admit, I love dystopian type genres.

  23. sortahwitte says:

    I read a lot of books. I mean a lot. I stayed hitched with that book for about 200 pages. It was sort of a combo of Fantasy Island, Survivor, and Logan’s Run. It really pisses me off when a book I have invested some time in turns out to stink. Hey!! I want my money back. Oh…wait, I borrowed it from the library.

    I was thinking it just had to get better. Nope.

  24. notamobster says:

    ever try to look at Jupiter’s moons with a 12X scope? Or anything in the night sky? Waste of time.

    nota jr turned my binocs into 2 spotters, then lost both halves.

  25. R.D. Walker says:

    Right now (2230 CDT) Mars is high in the sky, very bright and very red. It is easy to spot. It won’t be this close to Earth again until April 2014.

    Go have a look.

  26. notamobster says:

    Beautiful night sky. Have you noticed Saturn, all yellow and contrasting the rest of the dots. It’s awesome seeing all of these planets.

    The wife has an app that has an active compass and shows the positions off heavenly objects based on your location. It’s pretty sweet.

  27. Bman says:

    You guys can shove it. I just went outside to take a look and was pelted with snowflakes. What a bunch of BS.

  28. notamobster says:


  29. R.D. Walker says:

    Google Sky makes it all very user friendly.

  30. R.D. Walker says:

    Last year in Memphis – May 7th I recall – I mentioned to those present that the Real Revo was going to have its one millionth visitor while we were there. At that point, we were three and a half years old.

    This year, right around the first of May – one year later – we will get our two millionth visitor.

    Pretty cool.

  31. notamobster says:


  32. Locke n Load says:


    hey look, Yellowstone park!
    better keep my eyes on the road, eh?
    stinkin clouds are ruining my views of the Tetons…

  33. R.D. Walker says:

    Senator Rubio just endorsed Mitt Romney on the Hannity Show.

  34. R.D. Walker says:

    Huzzah for Iowa! Oh, and NoDak too.

    Per capita personal income in Iowa rose 6.4 percent from $38,039 in 2010 to $40,470 in 2011, the second-fastest rate of growth in the nation, according to estimates released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

    The increase in per capita income moved Iowa up two notches to rank 24th in the nation from 26th in 2010. North Dakota was the only state to post a higher rate of per capita income growth at 6.7 percent.

    Earnings rose 7 percent in Iowa from 2010 to 2011, with the largest jump recorded in farm earnings at 55.2 percent.

  35. BrunDawg says:

    Chicago is in for a warm weekend.
    As you may know I have tracked climate ๐Ÿ™‚ change and found causation in local shootings. It’s pretty cool this morning but the Tribune headline gives me hope that the cool front is departing.
    “13 shot, 2 dead Thursday afternoon, evening” I’m not sure why shooting people makes it warmer, it just does.

  36. R.D. Walker says:

    And yet again…. This seems to be happening a lot lately. I say that because when I was in school it only happened… NEVER.

    A Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader faces prison time after being indicted by a grand jury Thursday for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenage student while teaching at an Ohio high school, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

    We didn’t have NFL cheerleaders for teachers when I was in high school and nobody wanted to sleep with Mrs. Netoleky. She was born during the Garfield Administration.

    On a related note…

    Arkansas high court overturns teacher-sex law

  37. R.D. Walker says:

    It is about time that Michelle and the girls got a little vacation time.

    Itโ€™s spring break for the Obama daughters and mom has taken them West for the week. Michelle Obama and her daughters visited Mount Rushmore Wednesday to see the monument where four U.S. presidents are immortalized in stone on the soaring mountainside.

  38. BrunDawg says:

    After selecting a proper location for Dad’s bust-on-a-mountain, the girls are off to Vegas.
    “That’s it Clark… show him who’s boss. It’s people like you who come here and blow the family nest egg that built this town… not this pretty boy!” — Cousin Eddie

  39. RJ says:

    Ya can’t blame the student, but she should have known better…. besides they never had teachers that nice looking when I was in school…

  40. Jim22 says:

    Who reads the comic strip Dilbert? Scott Adams who does the strip says this one was rejected by his editor. It’s the only one so far.

    Beverage alert. Click below with an empty mouth.

  41. Slaphappypap says:

    I’ve been reading some articles out of the guardian in the UK. Is the English Defence League a troublesome group? It seems that they get drunk and protest and break property up. I need some actual facts.

  42. BaconNeggs says:

    Back in the USS-UK, a tax on hot food one day and now a tax on chilled drinks the next… to save the f-ing planet.

    Yeah, I know its April Fools, but these f-ing people are crazy.

  43. R.D. Walker says:

    I am pretty sure the police purposely waited for him to finish.

    “Physical violence is the least of my priorities.” ๐Ÿ˜€

  44. locke n load says:

    In separate interviews, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought to cast Romney as stuck in the days of the Cold War and unaware of the strategic interests that the United States and Russia share on Iran, Afghanistan and the world’s oil supply.

    Am I the only one who finds this wording extremely odd? We share stategic interests with Russia on Iran??

  45. notamobster says:

    Russia came out of the closet on Iran a few years ago saying ‘any attack on Iran (as a strategic partner) will be viewed as an attack on Russia herself’ or somesuch.

    Curious, indeed.

  46. notamobster says:

    Anyone else ever read “The Armchair Economist” by Steven Landsburg?

    I got it from the library today. Its a good read, so far.

    I also got “Edible and medicinal plants of the Great Lakes Region”. While useful, its decidedly less entertaining.

  47. R.D. Walker says:

    “While useful, its decidedly less entertaining.”

    I have piles of books of that nature. I always imagine myself reading them cover to cover and really learning their contents.

    Hasn’t happened yet.

    Of course they will still be there when the lights go off and the intertoobs burn out.

  48. Bman says:

    “Edible and medicinal plants of the Great Lakes Region”

    Wow! Tell us more! I hope Kindle has it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  49. notamobster says:

    RD – You would really enjoy The Armchair Economist… It’s just so rare to find an economist with wit and a functioning sense of humor.

    Its right up your alley. Commonsense explanations of economic principles.

  50. Uke says:

    Speaking of Kindles, I’m in the market for one. Anyone out there have personal experience with them, to enlighten me, a future-buyer of said Kindles? Anything I should know before buying?

  51. R.D. Walker says:

    I have been using the free Kindle software for my PC. Works good because I can sit far enough away from the screen that I don’t need my reading glasses. That is no small thing to me.

  52. Uke says:

    I didn’t know they had that. Pretty cool.

    You have the mobile version (actual Kindle), too?

  53. Bman says:

    I love my Kindle. I dont have the Fire one, but I do have the touchscreen. Love it. I recommend. It is not a strain on the eyes at all. It’s not like reading on a computer screen, which makes my eyes go batshit after a while. Get one. You will be happy ya did.

  54. R.D. Walker says:

    I don’t have one.

    I actually read paper books at my desk in my comfortable chair so reading on my computer screen is great.

    I see fine beyond about three feet so I lean back and read. Paper books or on my wife’s iPad and I have to wear reading glasses.

    I read constantly. I mean constantly. When my vision started going old man five years ago it was a disaster. I can’t read as long with glasses before I get a headache. Reading on a screen a few feet away is a God-send.

    Down load the free software at Amazon and try it. It comes with a few books.

  55. slinger says:

    Uke, I have the Kindle keyboard, and I bought a Kindle Fire for my Dad. My first question for you would be if you only want to read books on it, or if you want to do more (browse the web, watch Netflix, etc). For reading only, the e-ink readers can’t be beat IMHO. It is more like reading a real book, and the battery life is measured in weeks not hours. I got my Kindle before the newer models came out. If I were buying now, I would go for the Kindle touch. Several books I have are reference books, and links work a lot better with a touch-screen interface.

    That said, I am now in the market for a Fire. Amazon was selling refurb units for $139 the other day, but I was too slow to pull the trigger. I want it for web surfing from the couch mostly. Amazon is supposedly coming out with three new Fire models this year, so maybe I can get a good deal on an old model when that happens.

  56. slinger says:

    RD, The Kindle has old man mode too … you can make the text really big ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. R.D. Walker says:

    That would be no small thing then. ๐Ÿ™‚ I may have to get one.

    My house is full of thousands of books. I have no room to add new ones unless they are timeless. Then I will still buy the paper versions

  58. Uke says:

    I’m only interested in reading books on it. I already have an iPhone 4S, so I’m good with surfing, movies, YouTube, and that whole deal.

    I just love the idea of having a small, light, handheld “book” that actually has thousands of books on it that I can download without going to a store for it. And I can read these books with that awesome eInk technology that makes it easy on the eyes.

  59. notamobster says:

    One thing I think many of us have in common – reading is almost a compulsion. I read obsessively. Thats why I joined – I probably have a thousand books or more. Plastic sterilite tubs house a great many of them.

  60. sortahwitte says:

    I am also a reader. I have an eclectic collection of hard and paperbacks. Titles as various as Encyclopedia of the Opera, A Confederacy of Dunces, Illustrated History of WWII(12 vol.) and Fahrenheit 451.

    I started my working career as a book printer in the 60’s. Paper and Ink. Handset type. The pride of a private press. No government telling what you must print or what you must say. Our countries founding documents were printed on a private press. May there always be free and private presses.

  61. notamobster says:

    Confederacy of Dunces? Is that an historical compendium of the US Congress?

  62. sortahwitte says:

    It has most certainly been compared to that cluster of morons and thieves. Hi Nota!

  63. RJ says:

    I have first generation kindle, got my wife a 2 nd gen and a fire, we are both avid readers, and absolutely love em.

    My K is used daily, it is especially nice to read in brite light by the pool with no glare or white page reflection, with a LED book light in total darkness.

    If you go with amazon prime they have lending library which you can borrow one book a month, they also allow (dependant on author) reader to reader loan of books you buy.

    If I ever decide to chuck it all and go native in a temperate climate I could download my entire library of purchased books onto the device and then use a little solar charger to keep me reading for ever.

    I also use the kindle app on my Ipod which allows me to carry a book in my shirt pocket to read wherever I find myself killng a few minutes.

    I dont carry my full size kindle daily unless I know I’m gonna be killing time doing something like sitting in a parking lot for a while.

    My wife carries her fire daily, and leaves her kindle at home, the fire also allows innernet surfing with wireless internet at home or in wireless hotspots.

    I have not purchased a hardback book since I got my kindle, my home library is already large enough, I’m gonna leave it to the local library when I check out.

  64. KWMatthews says:

    Well, while we clearly have many readers here, we also have quality writers. Anyone interested in getting a Revo book together? ๐Ÿ˜€

  65. KWMatthews says:

    Did all of our DFW brethren make it through this patch of rough weather?

    I’m far enough north that I didn’t face anything but a little bit of hail, so no damage here.

    Everyone else?

  66. Locke n Load says:

    i’m just down the road from you ken, seems clear so far

  67. R.D. Walker says:

    My brother lives in North Dallas and was taking cover when I was on the phone with him this afternoon. Still haven’t heard back from him.

  68. Locke n Load says:

    most seem to have hit to south and sw of dallas.
    trying to get maps up but i’m in bumfug collorado

  69. Locke n Load says:

    looks like arlington got hammered. path ran right by a bunch of truckstops along I20. truckstops are death traps in tornados….

  70. R.D. Walker says:

    I think most houses in south are death traps in tornadoes. What do y’all have against basements?

  71. slinger says:

    Well, the ground 4″ below the surface in AZ is as hard as concrete. I would love to have a basement, but it ain’t cheap to dig where I live.

  72. KWMatthews says:

    North Texas has two types of soil: Sand and clay. We can get a basement, but the necessary supports for it cost an arm and a leg.

  73. Locke n Load says:

    Against basements? We’d need dynamite in some areas RD, lol. Its solid limestone, Permian Sea Basin and all ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. R.D. Walker says:

    Good answers,

  75. DarthJay says:

    I’m in Irving and the cell that produced 2 tornadoes in Arlington passed right over my office. Luckily, it was not feeling like spitting out a tornado at the time…but we got golf ball sized hail and strong winds for about a good 5-10 minutes. Glad I lent my car to my in-laws for a trip to Kansas this week and my wife was at home with our other one safely in the garage.

  76. DarthJay says:

    RD – older houses are deathtraps, but the newer ones (1980s and up) are generally built with a solid frame and a good interior room to take shelter in. But even that probably won’t do a whole lot of good in the direct path of a tornado. I hope I don’t ever have to find out.

  77. R.D. Walker says:

    Nifty wind map here…

  78. KWMatthews says:

    Glad to hear everyone’s okay.

  79. sortahwitte says:

    We have a storm cellar in the floor of our garage. The entrance is between the cars, so it can be entered without going outside into the rain and hail. It will hold 8-12 people. 12 if they are friendly. We also use it to store some of our pockylips food and gear. We missed it all except for 5 drops of rain.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Listen listen man’s a pissing
      Where where?
      On the chair.
      Run run get a gun!
      Too late
      All done.

  80. aRevolutionNow says:

    I really like the Mitt Romney I’m seeing nowadays…. Good speech today…. and last night.

  81. KWMatthews says:

    I’ve been looking at food dehydrators. Does anyone have any experience or suggestions? Ideally, I’d like one that works well for under $200, but I’m not sure how much I trust reviews since usage varies so greatly.

    I’m looking at it for a longterm food storage solution.

  82. notamobster says: – RD turned me on to them a few years ago. I have been pleased with all of my purchases and they are helpful and have lots info.

  83. KWMatthews says:

    Sweet! Thank you, Sir.

  84. BrunDawg says:

    Horny Goat Brewery in Milwaukee, WI provides free healthcare for non-employees;
    A free Horny Goat Condom; Click on โ€œwhere to get hornyโ€ then sitting on the bar in the bottom right corner click on the condom.
    This has been a free public service announcement.

  85. R.D. Walker says:

    Some of you got a preview of my Easter Sunday post that I meant to appear day after tomorrow. I really wanted it to come up on Easter but put the wrong date in. I corrected it and it will be back on Sunday morning.

    Also, no Freaky Friday Contests today… this Friday ain’t Freaky.

  86. BrunDawg says:

    Okay the free condom’s a novelty but this is something that will get used at the Dawg house:
    FREE downloadable eBook at Amazon:

    The Home Distiller’s Workbook – Your guide to making Moonshine, Whisky, Vodka, Rum and so much more!

    Why itโ€™s called a โ€œworkโ€book, Iโ€™m not sure.

  87. R.D. Walker says:

    My wife found a coloring book in my first grader’s backpack after school last week. I it was the Donna the Anti-Discriminatory Dolphin Fair Housing Coloring Book. It came from the local Civil Rights Commission. Donna explains to the kids why fair housing laws and diversity are important. Refusing to rent to puffer fish, for example, is wrong.

    It isn’t clear to me why first graders need to be hectored on housing laws.