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  1. Uke says:

    Neil Armstrong dead at 82. :(

  2. Trent says:

    Bad deal. True American hero.

  3. jacksonsdad says:

    I’m gonna miss that doorstop flickin’ chick. Her unyielding indifference was irresistible.

  4. jacksonsdad says:

    btw… didn’t get the call I was hoping for but I’ve still got dogs in the fight. Still feeling really good about where I’m at with the invention and hopefully on the last leg of this journey.

    Nota… e-mail me if you’re interested in checking the place out.

  5. notamobster says:

    Will do.

  6. R.D. Walker says:

    Memphis BBQ burger anyone?

  7. notamobster says:

    They are sooooo good at commercials.

  8. locke n load says:

    ummmmmmmmmmm…….
    strangely hungry. must go now. need to see the wife :)

  9. Uke says:

    Can you feel the heat?

  10. R.D. Walker says:

    Why should sexual orientation change your accent? I wonder how much of the rest of the way we speak is based on – I dunno – aspects of our selves that would seem to be unrelated to speech.

    Related: What kind of a bad ass life did Sam Elliot lead?

  11. notamobster says:

    My little brother’s got a gay friend who was completely normal/straight acting until he came out of the closet. Now, he carries himself in a lazy manner and speaks with a lisp. He’s basically the gay equivalent of a whigger.

  12. jacksonsdad says:

    Thank God they weren’t the ones trying to fight that fire. A fully involved five alarm fire and they think that it matters that it’s raining? Geez.

    I wonder what they would ssay if ssomebody told them that the huge sstreams of water you ssee being pumped over a big fire like that never touches the fuel. It ssaps ssome of the fires sstrength by forcing it to turn the water into ssteam but flames like that never get wet… especially not from raindrops.

  13. R.D. Walker says:

    Well, to make the point again, if your accent defines your sexual orientation, Sam Elliot is the straightest man in America.

  14. notamobster says:

    Sam Elliot IS the coolest white man since Jesus.

  15. R.D. Walker says:

    A few days ago we were talking about bad PLFs. Here is a video of a bad PLF. It was actually a pretty damned cool video that took me back… Right up to the point he biffed the PLF.

    The screaming is a little unbecoming.

  16. R.D. Walker says:

    Okay, which one of you guys lives on Cole Avenue?

  17. jacksonsdad says:

    I don’t live there but I like to visit when I’m in one of my ‘armed videotaping while poisoning the dog’ moods.

    You think those were psychedelic shrooms or toadstool type? I can’t imagine it killing the dog if they were hippie shrooms. Do we know if they’re specifically dangerous for canines (like ibuprofen)?

  18. BigJimTX says:

    Just saw this:

    Former Obama supporter, Congressman, and CBC member Artur Davis to speak at RNC convention.

    http://tinyurl.com/95ecr42

  19. Van-a-gram says:

  20. jacksonsdad says:

    “Hooters”? Those look like nice pecs.

    This story reminds me again of the riddle I mentioned the other day in reference to the Whore Shoer… “thirty sick sheep”.

    “Toy Yoda” indeed… funny shit no doubt but… but methinks she’s got a damned case. They obviously hung a carrot out in front of them. Surely her coworkers were duped as well and will testify that they all busted their hooters to claim the prize.

    She’ll get the last laugh and Hooters will be lucky if they get off the hook for the price of a car.

  21. jacksonsdad says:

    Let me qualify that…

    I assumed from reading it once that it was a contest and the prize was promised from the beginning. Upon second reading I see that may not necessarily be the case.

    Certainly that would have been a stoopid thing for Hooters to do and hopefully they didn’t. If she wasn’t told her prize was a Toyota until AFTER she was announced as the winner then she’s just a sore winner and should actually have the Toy Yoda repossessed.

  22. jacksonsdad says:

    My wife recorded this for me last night and I just watched it. If you haven’t seen it already you should watch it too….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxGbsr7XiNk

    Just imagine the venom coming from the moonbats over common sense (D)’s like him. They are absolutely destroying their party. We should cheer them on as they do.

    Can’t wait to see this guy blow the crowd away tomorrow night!

    • notamobster says:

      Imagine the history this woman has lived through.

      Horse-drawn buggy.
      Automobile.
      Powered flight.
      The cell phone.
      The television.
      The radio.
      WWI.
      WWII.
      Prohibition.
      Women’s suffrage.
      Civil Rights.
      Space flight.
      Moon landings.
      Korean War.
      Vietnam War.
      Banana Republic wars.
      The Great Depression.
      The 1st half-black President.
      The computer.
      The internet.
      From abject self-reliance to dependence upon the state.

      Incredible. I’d love to sit and talk with her for a few hours.

  23. Locke n Load says:

    Personally, I think this study is absolute bulls**t. It smells like govt funded anti-drug propaganda but then who the hell knows. I seriously doubt the methodologies of most IQ tests anyway.
    There IS one thing they touch on in the study that IS true though. We wire our brains through constant behavioral repetition. Behavioral shrinks are the best at getting results (IMHO) because they understand this and use it in therapy.

    Who’s to say the THC caused the lower scores and not other lifestyle choices? I mean seriously, just going “lib” drops at least 20 points off an IQ :)

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9426205/Cannabis-smoking-permanently-lowers-IQ.html

  24. Locke n Load says:

    bwahahahhahahah!

  25. notamobster says:

    Why is it that when I was making money what I wanted wasn’t available, and now that I can’t get a loan for 30K – what I want is there, laughing at me?

    4BR, 1BA, 2 garages, 3.33 acres in the country – $25,900.

  26. R.D. Walker says:

    The fickle finger of fate. It’s a bitch.

  27. notamobster says:

    I know. Drives me f-king crazy! A couple years ago, I made that much in 7 weeks, and pissed it away on dumb shit.

  28. fubar says:

    first day of school yesterday, and already a shooting.

    http://tinyurl.com/8gqktt9

    and people wonder why I’m home schooling.

  29. notamobster says:

    Fubar – Sad isn’t it?

  30. R.D. Walker says:

    The Bamster is in Iowa… yet again!

    When I was in California I wanted to tell all those fuknuts with Obama stickers on their cars that they don’t matter. California is decided. Whether he wins or loses, it won’t matter what those fools do. California is already baked in.

    My vote, on the other hand, matters like Crazy. You too, Nota. And Jacksonsdad. Ya gots to vote.

  31. notamobster says:

    A horde of black panthers couldn’t keep me away from the voting booth!!!

  32. fubar says:

    @Notamobster

    doesn’t look like a future conservative voter does he?

    ———

    another reason i’m homeschooling
    http://tinyurl.com/5rgly7

    (warning: take tums first)

    #17 AND 26 of the communist goals to take over america

  33. jacksonsdad says:

    “My vote, on the other hand, matters like Crazy. You too, Nota. And Jacksonsdad. Ya gots to vote.”

    Gonna follow the leftwingers example and vote early and often bro. Early And Often.

  34. Uke says:

    That Chris Christie keynote speech was… wow. I mean, I’m seldom moved by political speeches, but that was fantastic.

  35. TN-Cat says:

    Wish the Ann Romney speech was in its entirety.

  36. Locke n Load says:

    Figures Uke. I had to stop to fix a trailer flat about 5 minutes into his address. Shitfuck.

    Fox is saying Ann got a HUGE approval spike, 3 times the reaction that Christy did. Then again who knows wtf twitter reaction actually means.

  37. Bman says:

    Here was a post on one of the liberal sites. I wont link it but the initials are D(ic)K.

    7:14 PM PT: This is not good:

    NHC confirms #Isaac is back over water again. Radar indicates little movement in the past hour.
    — @twc_hurricane via HootSuite

    The pathetic grade “A” A-holes WANT the hurricane to cause chaos to cast a cloud over the RNC. Un-frickin-believable.

  38. TN-Cat says:

    Don’t matter Bman. Looking like the hurricane is in Tampa as well from what I see.

    Screw them.

  39. Bman says:

    I hear ya TN, but it’s disgusting how these “Americans” would rather root for the hurricane at the expense of inocent people just for political gain. The Obama supporter is a dangerous human being. More so than Obama I’m thinking…

  40. TN-Cat says:

    I dont see them as Americans.

    They are outcasts waiting to have their asses handed to them by real Americans.

    Low life scum, scourge of the earth.

    Cheer up! In a few months they will have to get a real job.

  41. fubar says:

    the libs can delight in the state of LA getting hammered by Hurricane Isaac.

    pResent-barry silent on the matter.

    http://tinyurl.com/9otnjgy

  42. notamobster says:

    So, what does 500lbs of whoop ass feel like?

  43. R.D. Walker says:

    Mitch McConnell joked that Obama golfs so much be must be preparing for the PGA.

    You know what kind of a comment that is, right?

    It is a racist comment.

  44. BigJimTX says:

    They are baiting. They want us to blow up and give them an argument. They are pissed because they are running against Boy Scouts and their guy sucks.

    It’s really irritating though.

  45. notamobster says:

    Wow. I agree with BigJimTX.

    They’re just baiting us, at this point.

    A tertiary stage syphilitic on angel dust wouldn’t believe half the shit they’re saying, anymore.

    They’re catering to the 0.3% of Americans who are functionally retarded. (100% of their audience)

  46. Locke n Load says:

    i’m just glad he didn’t say LPGA

  47. Jim22 says:

    When you’re from the country, your perception is a little bit different.

    A farmer drove to a neighbor’s farmhouse and knocked at the door.
    A boy, about 9, opened the door – “Is your dad or mom home?” said the farmer. “No, they went to town.” “How about your brother Howard? Is he here?” “No, he went with Mom and Dad.”
    The farmer stood there for a few minutes, shifting from one foot to the other and mumbling to himself.

    “I know where all the tools are if you want to borrow one or I can give Dad a message.”

    “Well,” said the farmer uncomfortably, “I really wanted to talk to your Dad. It’s about your brother Howard getting my daughter Suzy pregnant”.

    The boy thought for a moment…

    “You would have to talk to Dad about that. I know he charges $500 for the bull and $50 for the pig but I don’t know how much he charges for Howard.”

  48. Locke n Load says:

    Smiley

  49. notamobster says:

    Brits propose “one-time wealth tax”:

    Oh yeah, we ‘promise’… we’ll only do it once.

  50. Bman says:

    The gov of New Mexico carried a .357 Magnum to protect a bingo game? and herself in a parking lot?

  51. John Cox says:

    I thought Ryan gave a powerful and effective speech tonight.

  52. RJM says:

    I thought Mike Huckabee gave a great speech and message.

    “We can do better!”

  53. jacksonsdad says:

    Tonight Mitt will step into his size 45 shoes. Tomorrow I will donate.

    http://www.mittromney.com/

  54. R.D. Walker says:

    Still waiting on Clint. I think he is out in the parking lot. He saw some kids trying to boost a car and he is knocking their heads together.

    • notamobster says:

      Based on what I can see in the video, despicable.

      • notamobster says:

        Pentagon to former SEAL who wrote the bin Laden book:

        “You are in material breach and violation of the non-disclosure agreements you signed,” the letter by Jeh Johnson, the Pentagon’s General Counsel, said.

        “The Department of Defense is considering pursuing against you, and all those acting in concert with you, all remedies legally available to us in light of this situation.”

  55. jacksonsdad says:

    Just happened across this. Makes me sad for… well… it makes me sad for us all.

  56. R.D. Walker says:

    Not sure why this matters, but they tracked down the ebony to Paul Ryan’s ivory.

    Cute gal.

  57. jacksonsdad says:

    Oh yeah… about the “Toy Yoda” story above…. she had a case all right.

    http://www.snopes.com/business/deals/hummer.asp

  58. Air Force Brat says:

    Okay, a disclaimer: This post is NOT in response to, or related to, R.D.’s post in any way. It’s a gardening/horticulture question for any Revoista who might know the answer.

    Before the drought killed practically every growing thing in Oklahoma, I had planted seeds for Sugar Baby watermelons (the little ones, about the size of a soccer ball). Had a good crop starting, which I was pretty proud of, as I’d never had any success with growing any type of melon before. Then, of course, we had what felt like weeks of 110°-115° heat, and not a damned thing in the garden was saved. Didn’t matter how much mulch I put down or how many times I watered. Everything just died. The Sugar Babies were an especially bitter blow, since had we had a NORMAL summer, several were about 2 weeks away from being ready to eat.

    Long story short, now that the heat wave seems to be overwith, I’m getting some NEW Sugar Babies starting to develop, in those couple of places where the root structure wasn’t totally destroyed. Are they likely to come to maturity? Or is it too late in the year? (If it’s any help, Oklahoma is in Zone 7).

    Theoretically, it takes 80 days from when they blossom to when they’re ready to eat. That would put the timing right on the edge. Anyone seen any almanacs or anything that might give some idea on what the temps might be like in Oct.?

    I’m really tempted to try throwing out a few tomato and radish seeds too, just to see what happens. I do as well as anyone else with spring/summer gardens, but have never tried a second or late planting before.

  59. R.D. Walker says:

    I’d guess you might get produce assuming they bloom AND they don’t get frosted out. Up here we only have about 40 days until the first frost. Don’t know about your neck of the woods.

  60. Air Force Brat says:

    Thanks, R.D. I’m going to try it. The type of radish I have extra seeds for, for example, is supposed to be fast-growing and doesn’t need all that much sun. But the star attraction — the Sugar Babies — I’m going to keep my fingers crossed on. If this coming fall is anything like last fall was, front shouldn’t be a problem until the end of October or early November.

    Will post pictures if I have success.

  61. R.D. Walker says:

    Cover ‘em up with sheets on cold nights. If it gets really cold, put a lit votive candle in a can in with them.

  62. notamobster says:

    Could you duct tape a disposable hand warmer to each one and keep it warm, under the sheet? :-) (serious question)

  63. R.D. Walker says:

    Don’t know why not. I just mentioned the candle because people have been doing it since forever.

  64. RJM says:

    I believe the answer is smoke. Large orange groves have large smokey torchs for their orange groves when they try to protect them from frost. The smoke holds the heat.

  65. Air Force Brat says:

    Many thanks for the input, everyone!

    If next spring and early summer aren’t as hellishly hot as they were this year, Sugar Babies wouldn’t be a bad thing at all to bring to a Fiesta. Just sayin’ . . . :)

  66. sortahwitte says:

    I’m not sure about sugar babies, but I am just now planting my fall/winter garden. I’m in Oklahoma, 25 miles from Kansas line. Leaf lettuce, carrots, beets, cabbage, etc. You can have lettuce by Oct. 1st and beets and carrots by Nov. 1st. That’s assuming no ice storms. I actually had medium size sweet carrots until last February. They didn’t freeze out, I just didn’t plant enough. Disclaimer: It was a mild winter. I bought seeds in bulk last spring. I have enough to share if you can’t find seeds.

  67. Air Force Brat says:

    Many thanks, Sorta! I do have seeds for the radishes, carrots, turnips, kohl rabi, and leaf lettuce (our local Westlake Hardware has them for 10 cents/packet each spring, and I stock up). I’m going to do some planting tomorrow. The garden doesn’t have too many weeds in it thanks to the drought killing them, so it shouldn’t be too awful much work to amend the soil and hand-till it a little.

    You guys have inspired me! :)

    • notamobster says:

      My electric bill in July was $298 for 2393 kwh. My new bill, includes a very pleasant month of August which saw us use only 1779 kwh, because we didn’t need the central air. That’s 600 kwh’s less, but our bill was $281. Is anyone out there versed enough to help me understand why?

      I understand that many locales in the mid-west are stuck buying power through a contract that made rates increase due to coal now being regulated by the EPA.

      Any information on this topic would be greatly appreciated.

      _______________________________

      RD – I moved it here, and decided that if it generates the info I’m looking for, I’ll write a deeper piece that’s not personal, but a policy issue.

  68. Locke n Load says:

    AFB, your plants will come back. Its the heat thats killing them, not the drought.
    Plants wilt in the daytime heat and conserve water in the stems and roots. If you are watering in the AM and PM (never in the sun, sheesh) you can try and keep up with dehydration but it becomes a losing battle if the temps rise above 105. Plant cells exposed to that heat will expire too much moisture trying to cool themselves and wilt to the point of cellular collapse. The only way I know to beat this would be to rig up a shade canopy with misting bars to help lower their temps and rehydrate the leaves. Like I said, its a losing battle.
    You did the plants good by mulching and conserving water in the roots by hindering evaporation around the rootmass, but that can only last so long. Plants need leaves for respiration and if the cell walls collapse, the plants collapse.

  69. jacksonsdad says:

    Wow. This is real messed up. Can you say “Taxpayer Funded Propaganda”?

    http://tinyurl.com/9jq28dc

  70. Air Force Brat says:

    Where did Locke n Load’s comment go? It dealt with heat, rather than the drought, being the main culprit in the death of my garden. It was there a little while ago, and now it’s gone. What happened?

  71. Air Force Brat says:

    I realize this isn’t world-changing, but I really would like to know where LnL’s reply to my horticulture question went. It contained some info that I thought was valuable. I certainly didn’t find anything in his comment that would require it be moderated or removed.

    Or maybe he removed it himself, I dunno?

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Deleted by Locke for some reason. Maybe accident. It is in the trash bin and can be restored but, since he deleted it, I don’t want to do it. He has editor rights and can restore it if he wants to.

  72. Air Force Brat says:

    Oh, okay. Thanks for the info. Now my little blonde mind can be at rest. ;)

  73. Locke n Load says:

    lol, oops.
    Putting it back. Thought it was a bit redundant and didn’t want to insult your intelligence.

  74. notamobster says:

    One of my kids had apparently opened an MRE (that I had laying around in the basement, for absolutely no reason whatsoever ;-)) and put it on the small fridge in the pantry. I wanted a snack and saw the Almond Poppy Seed Shortcake.

    I made it happen and man was it good!

  75. R.D. Walker says:

    That’s a good one. I never cared for the chocolate dirt cake, however.

  76. notamobster says:

    Ever had the Orange Creamsicle cookie? Fracking awesome!

  77. R.D. Walker says:

    Nope. That is after my day, evidently. RD Jr. gave me a couple I ate and they were full of new stuff.

  78. BaconNeggs says:

    So while Moochelle is busy in the garden, the Bamster is busy brewing Beer.

    I dont know if even PBR loving MadBrad could stomach this brew, but I love the comment below left by one reader…

    OBAMA BEER. A rather deceptive, pretentious and overt sweet little number from the economy range of beers. Looks good and promises much, but fails to deliver and is likely to leave a lingering bad taste to your average pallet together with a gi-normous hangover that could last for at least 4 years.

    - Andy-Roo, North Herts, 02/9/2012 13:40


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2196999/White-House-Honey-Brow-Ale-White-House-releases-long-sought-beer-recipes-video.html

  79. R.D. Walker says:

    See, BnE? That proves he is just a regular guy to which coal mining bitter clingers can relate! He is a Chicago Bears Superfan quaffing bear and eating Polish sausage. Archie Bunker can feel safe voting for him.

    It is all stage managed.

  80. notamobster says:

    Obama’s White House Honey Ale:

    OBAMA BEER. A rather deceptive, pretentious and overt sweet little number from the economy range of beers. Looks good and promises much, but fails to deliver and is likely to leave a lingering bad taste to your average pallet together with a gi-normous hangover that could last for at least 4 years.
    - Andy-Roo, North Herts, 2/9/2012 8:40

    • notamobster says:

      Mrs Nota, supporting Clint Eastwood’s empty chair narrative:

      Barry even made a woman as apolitical as my wife, into an activist. Great work Barry! Keep it up (for 4 more months).

  81. notamobster says:

    The entire world could collapse into utter chaos with death and destruction and 100% of everyone losing everything, and you know what I wouldn’t do, because I’m not a coward?

  82. Air Force Brat says:

    Suicide? I think almost everyone has had times when the idea flits through the mind. But just about every single time, if the person can hang on just a little bit longer, something happens that remedies that person’s financial and/or emotional woes, and makes life less of a burden and more an adventure to be continued. I’ve seen it time and time again.

    Just my $.02.