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This off topic thread brought to you by the empty chair animation that I spent a lot of time on but didn’t get nearly enough time on the front page.

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  1. R.D. Walker says:

    Who is going to sit through Michelle Obama’s speech tonight and report in? My gag reflex is pretty weak but I still don’t think I could take it.

  2. notamobster says:

    No cable/satellite tv… sorry. 🙂

  3. notamobster says:

    It’s a good animation. I guess many of us don’t know how much work goes into doing something like that.


  4. R.D. Walker says:

    I probably spent 45 minutes on it. Not a big deal. Still an ar-teest likes to get his work seen. 🙂

  5. fubar says:

    found out last nite that velociraptors were the size of chickens. Damn hoLLYWOOD!

    — back to your regularly scheduled program ~

  6. R.D. Walker says:

    They were bigger than chickens I think, but not as big as on Jurassic Park. Think, maybe, turkeys. They had feathers like chickens, however.

    That guy needs to stop playing pocket pool and run like hell.

  7. fubar says:

    got this off of Ann Barnhardt’s blog.

  8. jacksonsdad says:

    I don’t know why I failed to process this already but… Sandra Fluke advocated that private insurers should pay for sex-change operations. Really?

    Holy Smokes that DNC sure knows how to pick ’em!

  9. Jim22 says:

    The pastor of this Texas church had called all of the little children to the front of the church, dressed in their cute Easter outfits and had them sit around him.

    He said “Today is Easter and you all look so handsome and beautiful. Today we’re going to talk about the resurrection. Does anyone know what the resurrection is?”

    One little boy raised his hand, and the pastor said “Please tell us what the resurrection is”.

    The boy, proud that he knew the answer, said in a clear loud voice “When you get one lasting more than four hours, you gotta call a doctor!”

    It took a solid 10 minutes before the pastor could speak and there was so much laughter going on that his sermon was probably forgotten – but that boy’s voice won’t be.

  10. notamobster says:

    Bman – don’t get caught in the trap by “Mr Ungar – Contributor – Writing from the left on politics and policy”.

    Notice that he only shows the annualized spending for Barack Obama from 2010-2013. Annualized spending, as used here, only measures growth in spending year-over-year. Leaves out his first two years. The fact is that the spending spiked, then leveled off. It hasn’t increased much because it was already in the stratosphere.

  11. Bman says:

    Oh I understand that Nota. My What? comment was…well, like what?

  12. notamobster says:

    Oh. My bad. Now everyone gets it. 🙂

  13. fubar says:

    stock up on heirloom and non hybridized seed.

  14. MadBrad says:

    I just finished speaking to one of the most highly educated, intelligent, articulate, charismatic and inspirational gentlemen this forum (as well as myself) has ever known.

    His name is WHMan !!!

    He may be popping in again soon and let me tell you something, he’s more pissed off with things than I am right about now. I’m telling you, he makes me look as tame as a gay poodle who likes cats. I am SO looking forward to his return.

    • notamobster says:

      For those unfamiliar with his work, WHMan rocks!!! Check out his stuff (on the right sidebar). I can’t wait.

  15. R.D. Walker says:

    Just got of the phone with that Caribbean mad man. The prodigal son says he will return home.

  16. notamobster says:

    I had a disheartening exchange with a cashier at K Mart today. I took back some things my wife got the 12 year old, because her taste is changing. She’s quite beautiful and a cheerleader, so she’s getting more attention from her classmates. This additional confidence is making her tastes change, somewhat.

    This girl took the opportunity to regurgitate some things she heard from her psychology professor.

    She told me that my 12 year old is going through the same hormonal changes she did as an infant. She says that if the kid seems lethargic or lazy (she’s not), it’s because the frontal cortex isn’t done developing until they’re 24-25, and the hormones make them that way.

    I gave her my “you’ve got to be kidding me” look. I told her “That’s utter horseshit!” If your kid is lazy, make them get up and play.

    Now I know why kids are on their mommy’s insurance and in their basement until they’re 26. Because their frontal cortex isn’t done developing. It’s not their fault!

    I hate stupid people.

  17. notamobster says:

    Who knew the CDC had a sense of humor?

    Govt warns of ‘zombie apocalypse’…

  18. jacksonsdad says:

    This from Rush regarding Alec Baldwin’s latest Race Card…

    “It’s interesting. This is from Breitbart: “Alec Baldwin: ‘If Obama Was White, He’d Be Up By 17 Points.'” You want to know the truth? If Obama was white, he’d be down by 20. If Obama was white, this election would be over. If Obama was white, there wouldn’t be a contest. Alec Baldwin is 180 degrees out of phase. It would be Carter. It would be the second term of Carter and there wouldn’t be a shred’s difference. There wouldn’t be all this talk about hope and change and all these slogans and stuff.”

  19. RJM says:

    Eastwood says his convention appearance was “mission accomplished.”

    Interview with The Carmel Pine Cone newspaper.

    “Eastwood breaks silence after he thrilled and horrified the nation by talking to an empty chair representing Obama.”

  20. notamobster says:

    He also called Obama “…the greatest hoax ever perpetrated against the American people.”

  21. R.D. Walker says:

    Last night Obama moved indoors and it didn’t rain. This afternoon he is in Iowa City and, as people wait for him to appear in an outdoor venue, it is raining like hell.


  22. rj says:

    must be a sign

  23. Locke n Load says:

    If this math is right it means the QE bouyed stock market will run out of Fed free money within the next round. Short of buying every mortgage in the country they’re running out of debt to buy to flatten the yield curves.

    We’re approaching forced bond purchase territory for the banks. Perhaps a re-introduction of 30 yr bonds? Your guess is as good as mine after that but it can’t possibly be pretty. operation Twist is Kaput soon. QE will get damned interesting in its methods, if indeed it can get that far

  24. Slaphappypap says:

    Loved WHMAN’s posts!! Missed them big time!

  25. fubar says:

    I’m wondering if you guys have any suggestions for home library. I homeschool my kids and I have started a library of DeToqueville, Hannah Arendt, Bastiat, survivalist books, how to and similar.

    I don’t need any synopsis, just any favs that would come off the top of your head.

    thanks in advance.

  26. R.D. Walker says:

    That’s some heavy stuff…

    I read all that but the stuff that most heavily influenced me as a young man was…

    A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell
    Free to Choose by Milton Friedman
    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich von Hayek
    The 1970s songs of Charlie Daniels

  27. Air Force Brat says:

    Didn’t Henry David Thoreau also write a pretty comprehensive and apropos work?

  28. fubar says:

    @RD Walker

    thanks. Have most of them, except FA Hayek, good recommend! thanks!

    also considering Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith, hear it’s pretty heavy, too.

    I have THoreau, though I haven’t read it yet. Also, have 5000 yr leap as well as some other Skousen books (Nakeds,)

  29. fubar says:

    @not a mobster


    Russia is also experiencing drought and wildfires.

  30. notamobster says:

    My wife keeps trying to record “The Biggest Loser”, but the DVR keeps recording Barack Obama’s acceptance speech!

  31. Trent says:

    This is un-freaking-real. That slope is getting slippier and slippier. Disgusting.

  32. jacksonsdad says:

    How much have y’all been hearing about the 9-11 anniversary? Not much here besides what I’ve sought out. The 10 year mark was a big deal but the 11th doesn’t seem to be and I hear that old nemesis ‘complacency’ in the crickets. Add to that the fact that it falls on a Tuesday and that’s enough to get my radar up.

  33. Air Force Brat says:

    They’ve been running 9/11 programs on TLC since 6:00 CST . . .

  34. notamobster says:

    “Hey, how much you charge for da hour, sister?” he asks.
    “$100” she replies.

    In broken English, he says,

    “Do you do illegal immigrant style? “No” she says.

    “I pay you $200 to do immigrant style.”

    “No,” she says, not knowing what illegal immigrant style is.

    “I pay you $300.”

    “No,” she says.

    “I pay you $400.

    “No,” she says.

    So finally he says,

    “OK, I pay $1,000 to do illegal immigrant style.”

    She thinks, “Well, I’ve been in the game for over 10 years now. I’ve had every kind of request from weirdoes from every part of the world. How bad could illegal immigrant style be?”

    So she agrees and has sex with him. Finally, they finish.

    Exhausted, the hooker turns to him and says, “Hey, I was expecting something perverted and disgusting.

    But that was ok. So, what exactly is illegal immigrant style?”

    The illegal immigrant replies, “You send bill to Government.”



  35. notamobster says:

    The latest Hollywood attack on capitalism:

    It actually looks like a good flick. I’ve always liked Max von Sydow. He’s always been 150 yrs old and plays the perfect villain. He’s like the anti-Sam Elliott.

  36. R.D. Walker says:

    Obama was cornered. The Republicans blinked.

    Read it all.

  37. jacksonsdad says:

    How many times have we heard that MFer say “Put Politics Aside”? ‘Politics’ is all he is… 24/7 since 1-20-09.

    Hopefully he won’t do too much damage between now and 1-20-13… The End Of An Error.

  38. jacksonsdad says:

    On a positive note… just think of all the new Executive Powers that President Romney will enjoy!

  39. Air Force Brat says:

    Very disturbing article, R.D., yes indeed. Indisputable.

    Makes me even more pleased than I was initially, though, that Romney picked Ryan as his running mate. Of course it’s understood that no one or two people can work a miracle, and pulling the nation back from the edge of the abyss sure as hell won’t be easy or painless. But I feel much, much better having R&R around; if anyone can start the recovery process WITHOUT caving in, it’ll be them.

  40. notamobster says:

    I’d be interested in finding out the machinations of the last few steps in that process. We have detailed inner-workings, then….. conclusion. WTF?

    What caused them to kneel to Barry’s demand?

    “I’m not concerned about protocol,” he said. His concern was “an end run around the White House.”

    All he was worried about was losing credit for kicking the can down the road.

  41. jacksonsdad says:

    Y’all are gonna love this….

  42. Locke n Load says:

    Bob Woodward is so full of shit if he cleaned his ears his head would deflate.

    look, that wasn’t a just play by play of the situation, it was a play by play with a premise. The premise being that the whole blasted world would collapse had we not raised the limit and shut down government.
    Pure unadulterated horseshit.
    When BONER caved he gave up every damned bargaining chip we had to strangle the bastard and rein in the freaking baseline accounting shenanigans. I could wring his fucking neck for that. But the fact is Woodward wants us to believe the world would have cratered and thats utter nonsense. They would have simply offered out the next round of bonds and notes at the end of the negotiations. Besides, these funding issues were about funding the Feds, not servicing the debt. Screw paying the EPA. Want to talk unemployment? Lets start by baselining THEM into the unemployment numbers. While we’re at it lets gut the Energy asshats, Interior Dept, Dept of Education, and TSA.
    Jesus, the shit we have to swallow to get an account of the inner workings of the WH is insane.

  43. Locke n Load says:

    Oh, and Ohio…
    About my public support for Boehner last time around. Umm, sorry bout that, I was wrong.
    You have my blessing to run his pathetic ass out on a rail.

  44. notamobster says:

    I thought we had lost this book somewhere. Turns out we still had it. I love it. This is the type of shit I make my kids read:

    • notamobster says:

      FCC backpedals from Internet tax…

      The Federal Communications Commission is rapidly backpedalling from a proposal to tax broadband Internet service after a public outcry over the issue.

      Democrats and Republicans at the agency are now blaming each other for pushing the idea in the first place.

      Neil Grace, a spokesman for Chairman Julius Genachowski, said the commission only made the proposal “following the urging of Republican Commissioners and members of Congress.”

  45. R.D. Walker says:

    It wasn’t half cocked, it was fully cocked and loaded. That resulted in a Florida teen going off half cocked. Well, we know he doesn’t have the balls to do that twice.

    This is what we call a “cautionary tale”.

  46. RJM says:

    Which Presidential Candidate to you side with?

    Take this short quiz to see.

    I side with Romney 97% of the time.

  47. R.D. Walker says:

    I side with Romney 93% of the time. Looks like Barry and I see eye-to-eye on science.

  48. notamobster says:

    92% Mitt Romney
    81% Virgil Goode
    12% with Barry

  49. Air Force Brat says:

    100% Romney on domestic, social, immigration, healthcare, environmental, economic, foreign policy and science.

    88% Virgil Goode on social, economic, environmental, healthcare and immigration.

    67% Gary Johnson on economica, healthcare and environmental.

    59% Zero on foreign policy issues (my ASS !!!)

  50. fubar says:

    Romney 96%
    Virgil Goode 91%
    Gary Johnson 82%

    Karl Denninger on market ticker forums writes a lot about Gary Johnson.

  51. Bman says:

    A movie to rival Starship Troopers. I used to watch this cartoon as a kid. Need to find this movie!

  52. notamobster says:

    My brothers & sisters, have a beer for me. Pour 3 fingers of whiskey, drop a cube of ice in it. Sit back, relax, and enjoy not being a grandfather at 34 years of age, because I will be!

    I’m getting fucking twisted tonight!

  53. notamobster says:

    Oh, and my wife, who hasn’t had a job in 11 years (I’ve always made enough that she didn’t have to work), got hired at Kmart today. She found a job before me.

    I’m glad she got hired, but damn. This shit is getting discouraging.

  54. R.D. Walker says:

    Your teenage daughter is…?

  55. notamobster says:

    Yep. She’s an 18 year old, expectant mother. The dickhead to be, is her 2nd real boyfriend, a 22 year old PART-TIME dishwasher.

    Mr. Ambition.

  56. R.D. Walker says:

    Ah shit. The child will be a blessing and at some point, life without this addition to the family will be unthinkable. Focus on that.

    In the mean time, I am going to pour my second whiskey tonight out of sympathy pains. Damn.

  57. notamobster says:

    Thank you, brother.

  58. sortahwitte says:

    I raise an imaginary ice cold glass of Pabst to you tonight. I love you, my brother. Soon, this precious one will have a place in the middle of your heart. The Lord bless you and your family. Yes, even Mr. Ambition.

  59. TN-Cat says:

    First post here: stay strong brother. The job that’s right will come.

    Second Post:
    Celebrate life. We will be grandpas together about the same time. My daughters boyfriend asked for her hand in marraige in May. Last month, guess what? She is expecting. Not exactly the timing one would expect but you cant change what is done. With you as the anchor, things will turn out just fine.

    Having a glass of wine for Grandpa Nota right now.

  60. notamobster says:

    TN: “Grandpa” it is… The wife was already asking what I’d be called. I told her “Grandpa”.

    She said “It sounds so old.”

    I don’t give a damn. I come from a school where old ways are good. “I’m “GRANDPA” damnit!

  61. R.D. Walker says:

    I said the same thing. My grandkids call me papa. What are you going to do? It is adorable. 🙂

  62. notamobster says:

    Fuck off, RD. 🙂

  63. R.D. Walker says:

    They call my wife Gigi. Who knows why? It just stuck and now it seems right.

    Of course you are younger than we are. But even my wife and I each have grandmothers alive. My grandkids have three great, great grandmothers. They have like nine grandmas. We needed a differentiator.

  64. TN-Cat says:

    Nothing wrong with Grandpa. I like it. But truth is I don’t care what the little one will call me as long as he or she calls me.

    Cant wait to hold the little bundle.

  65. notamobster says:

    I have a tiny bit of “pride” but …………. FUCK!!!!

    I will of course accept the child. I will love it like it’s mine. But, I will feed it chocolate and coffee before it goes home.

  66. sortahwitte says:

    Nota. Exactly. Always sugar/caffeine them up just before they head home. Also a drum for Christmas/birthday. We have 5 and don’t see any of them enough.

  67. TN-Cat says:

    Don’t forget the Legos. Those sumbitches hurt like hell when daddy steps on them. And also, make sure any gift has a million parts, “some assembly required ” is mandatory for any gift to a grandchild.

    What comes around, goes around.

  68. notamobster says:

    I like the way you think!

  69. Bman says:

    I’ve always heard that babies LOVE chili…

  70. notamobster says:


  71. Bman says:

    Well, was just thinking that when your grandchild is old enough to eat solid food, feed him chili…then send him home to his folks.

  72. RJM says:

    I have 2 grandchildren, they call me Bumpa.

    My children call me Pappy, Dad or when talking to someone else say “My Father.”

  73. jacksonsdad says:

    Chocolate, drums and legos. Now I know why my mom had that sparkle in her eye when she gave my boys that noisy-ass fire truck. Thank goodness that thing has found the bottom of the toy box.

    Question for the panel…

    Since I didn’t have my firstborn until I was 36 shouldn’t I get a pass on all this “What comes around goes around”? Hell, I’m already 44, PTSD from 2 boys 2 years apart and if I step on one more Lego my knees are gonna give out!

    Aww shit. Nevermind. I just read the question and I already know the answer from the panel. Gonna have to invest in some good knee braces.

  74. MadBrad says:

    I’m just getting caught up here on this thread. Wow. Nota, I know this isn’t exactly as you would have things but great things will come from it. I’ll pray that you will be strengthened to your task.

  75. jacksonsdad says:

    Wow. Bibi dissed again…

  76. Slaphappypap says:

    This is fantastic news Nota! You are going to be a great Grandfather. Wholla shit! I didn’t read this thread until just now. I’m getting my bourbon!

  77. notamobster says:

    I don’t want to jinx myself, but I have two interviews, upcoming.

    Tomorrow, for a cardboard manufacturing supervisor and Friday with The Home Depot (merchandising area supv).

    Hope I don’t fuck it up.

  78. R.D. Walker says:

    I have my fingers crossed!

    • notamobster says:

      fubar: Add the book “Basic Economics” by Marine and Doctor of Economics, Thomas Sowell! Your kids could never go wrong learning economics (or just about anything else) from Thomas Sowell!

  79. jacksonsdad says:

    Break A Leg Nota!!

  80. TN-Cat says:

    Be yourself Nota. They’ll love you buddy.

    Good luck!

  81. Air Force Brat says:

    Nota — you won’t fuck it up.

    I have a definite hunch as to which one you’ll go with, but will keep it under my hat (unless you specifically ask). 🙂

    Good luck and keep us posted!

  82. R.D. Walker says:

    This is one of the best new country songs in a while… in my humble opinion. I like it a lot.

  83. John Cox says:

    The “War on Women.” the “War on Immigration,” the “War on the Middle Class…” all propaganda by the left. Where’s our propaganda, like the left’s “War on Babies,” or “War on Success” or “War on Religion” or “War on Independence?”

  84. notamobster says:

    Well, interview #1 went very well. I should be getting a call back for a second interview next week.

    Non-union shop!!! 🙂

  85. R.D. Walker says:

    Woot! Woot!

  86. fubar says:


    congrats on the impending baby. Life is a miracle. Life is a joy. I wish i had a problem of an unexpectant pregnancy in my life – daughter or otherwise. We are dealing with a 16 yr with a serious attitude/mental problem and don’t really know what do. i guess 16 yrs of no bliss and problems eventually catches up.

    thanks for the book recommend.

  87. fubar says:

    OH! and I’m praying for ya on the job situation! can’t hurt! I’m praying for us all.

  88. notamobster says:

    fubar – can I email you? (Don’t publish your email in public)

  89. fubar says:



    wait. am i trouble? with this go on my permanent record? 😳

  90. notamobster says:

    Armageddon. Coming to a country near you?

    Tel Aviv AP – Israeli Arabs protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv Thursday following the attacks on U.S. compounds in Libya, Egypt and Yemen.

    The Times of Israel reports about 100 peaceful demonstrators marched outside the embassy to protest the anti-Islam movie which mocks the prophet Muhammad.

    A radical group called the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement led the demonstration, according to the Times of Israel.

    A top Israeli Arab Knesset official warned of “Armageddon” if the United Nations does not intervene.

    “If the U.N. does not mobilize to stop this erosion, it will be Armageddon,” MK Talab el-Sana told the Israeli paper.

  91. BaconNeggs says:

    Belated good luck on the interview Nota.

    Actually I am being considered for a junior management position at work. Its an extra 5K and we really need the extra money, but dont know if I can stomach the bunch of PC bureaucrats I would have to cosy up to in cubical city.

    Just imagine, I only found out yesterday that our Head Honcho agreed for one of our porta-cabins to be used as a “pray-room” during Ramadan and guess what, now its going to be permanent and upgraded with nice carpets and all the trimmings.

    The majority of folks on site are Christian and no one have ever bothered putting in a prayer room for them, and yet…

    I havent had my interview as yet but the prospect of being stuck in an office with these lefty PC folks trying hard to bite my tongue, is a challenge and scares the shit out of me and so I might just save my blood pressure and pass it by.

  92. notamobster says:


    If you go for it, good luck. If I worked in a place that offered Ramadan prayer room (or permanent), I’d quit on principle alone.

    I’m not suggesting that you do that, I just wouldn’t be able to stomach it. But then, I’m a bit of an arsehole.