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  1. Jim22 says:

    The kid’s right. It is a creepy mask.

  2. Bman says:

    It does resemble Rocky Dennis…

  3. notamobster says:

    Is that “The Rock”?

    That mask is for the kid who obviously prefers to ‘trick’. Mooch won’t let him have treats.

  4. Bman says:

    Happy Halloween!
    Taking the treat out of trick since 2008.

  5. notamobster says:

    If you have a PJ Media account, go watch this video [all my space nerds, and lovers of accomplishment]:

    Afterburner — The Great Future Behind Us

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Tonight the moon is so bright it is about pointless to try to look at anything else. So I looked at the moon. Here is a photo of it from about 30 minutes ago.

      Click to enlarge.

      The big crater is Tycho. Read all about it here.

      • notamobster says:

        That is absolutely amazing! The moon is so beautiful, and fascinating. I’d like to see it from a super-powerful telescope some time.

        My telescope (tripod) had a birds nest (Robin) in it one day when I came outside. Then one egg, then two the next day, then 4 a couple days later. Then a short while later, it had hatchlings, then babies, then they jumped out and ran around, and flew off a few days later. Good times. The kids loved it.

        When you get a chance, watch the Bill Whittle video (above). He has such a way with words.

  6. Fubar says:

    yesterday my 14 yr old announced that she has lost faith in humanity. While ordering books on the swap, (she reads fantasy fiction such as LOTR) others that read the same as her, ordered “50Shades of Gray”. It’s disturbing how my 14 yr old knows what 50 Shades REALLY is, but she gives ME hope for humanity. She said the website she goes on (memebase) makes fun of it and it disgusts many.

  7. R.D. Walker says:

    Nice shot of the harvest starting here in Iowa.

    Click to enlarge…

  8. notamobster says:

    They began cutting corn about two weeks ago, here. They cut down my beautiful privacy fence (the corn). 🙁

  9. R.D. Walker says:

    Yeah, I have the same thing here. The corn along my lane makes it seem private. Pretty soon it won’t be.

  10. BaconNeggs says:

    Headlines in UK Daily Mail…

    Barney Frank admits, he once ate a Brownie.

    He also added…
    ‘I smoke a cigar or two a day,’

    I wonder if this was all done tongue in cheek.–sleepy.html

  11. notamobster says:


  12. BigJimTX says:

    TSA still doing a great job. Missed a Ruger LCP in a woman’s purse. She made the flight with it in her possession and turned herself in on the other end.

  13. fubar says:

    here’s another TSA agent doing a great job. He gets busted with a stolen ipad, they have him on film, tracking him with the GPS chip, and he blames his wife. you’ll be happy to know he lost his job. no word on whether he’s doing jail time.

  14. TN-Cat says:

    Just returned from three days in Memphis. The largest democratic pocket in the state. What a shithole. Reminded me of Detroit in the early 80’s.

    Brings to mind a question: what comes first, the democrat or the shit?

  15. R.D. Walker says:

    The biggest shit hole in America is New Orleans. Yet it has the absolute best food and awesome music. The music and food is good in Memphis too.

    Salt Lake City, on the other hand, is a wonderful clean, neat, safe, boring city.

    New Orleans: Great place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.

    Salt Lake City: Great place to live but I wouldn’t want to visit there.

  16. notamobster says:

    Perfectly stated, RD!

    SLC is amazingly clean, and the people are ALL friendly, the streets and green-spaces all perfectly manicured, and the whole place is as dull a city as you will ever find.

    New Orleans is dirty, grimy, smelly, and one of the funnest cities on the planet!

    Like playing in the dirt as a kid, I guess. 🙂

  17. TN-Cat says:

    One street does not make a city. I was in some areas that reminded me of the third world countries I have been in.

  18. notamobster says:

    Oh, me too. I think all three of us have been in some shitholes, but New Orleans is fun.

    It’s not just one street. There are all sorts of fun and interesting things to do. Great food, drinks, music, museums, aquariums, great hotels.

  19. TN-Cat says:

    New Orleans is cool. At least it was. Have not been in a long time. Post Katrina. Have some goods friends there still. They love it.

    Cant say the same for Memphis or Detroit though. Friends, yes, but nobody loves it there.

  20. notamobster says:

    Yep. I’ll give it to ya on Memphis and Detroit. Detroit’s not even fun to visit. My brother and I used to meet once a year in a different city to watch the Red Wings play. Now that we’re 4 miles apart, we don’t go to the Wings games in Detroit, just because it’s a shithole. We can sit at the house and have drinks and watch the game.

  21. TN-Cat says:

    Back to my question; what comes first, democrats or shit? Growing up in Detroit, it has been democrat for as long as I can remember. It has also been going to shit for as long as I can remember.

    Is it a mind set that sets up the failure? Or is the failing a triggering of the mind set. Is it just coincedence that all the democratic cities are shit holes or all shit holes are democratic? Chicken or the egg?

  22. R.D. Walker says:

    I don’t find Memphis to be anything like Detroit. Memphis is rough, but the downtown is restored, historic and nice. There are areas with beautiful antebellum homes. Some of the seedy areas have great BBQ. The river front is pretty cool. There is history everywhere. And, hey, Elvis!

    I sure as hell don’t want to live there, but I kind of like it.

    Democrats destroy cities and destroyed cities tend to elect Democrats. It is classic chicken or egg.

  23. TN-Cat says:

    Detroit used to be pretty cool back in the 70’s and early 80’s too. The Ren-cen area. On the river front had Cobo hall which would bring in a lot of great shows. Dinner at Greektown was a must. Every weekend in the warm months they would hold an ethnic festival where you could experience food and enternainment from a wide variety of different cultures. After the festivities, no weekend was complete unless you took Woodward Avenue home and watched Hooker’s on parade.

  24. Rockheim says:

    Shit follows success IMO. It seems, based purely on anecdotal evidence that I’ve witnessed and some other supporting tidbits that may or may not be related that success is it’s own worst enemy.
    People work hard to make a place great. While they’re working it up from the bottom all their energy, all their focus, all their resources go towards making it better.. making it great.
    Once the boom sets in and once success is realized people have a chance to start worrying about and concerning themselves with “nuance”, “fairness”, “compassion” and other things that very quickly bring out the worst in people.
    And the problem is once that “helpful” mindset sets in there is no coming back from it. Which is why it’s difficult for places that were truly great to rebound from tragedy. And when/if they do make a run at rebounding it takes 5 times as long, costs 10 times as much and is never really the same again.
    And, interestingly it seems, this only afflicts larger entities. It’s kind of like why places like Detroit have gone to crap and are staying that way, yet small towns in flyover country can be ravaged by tornado and floods and bounce back. They never achieved “greatness” and the people always had to work to keep things going.. so disaster is merely another challenge that gets priority for the next year or so.

    Interestingly I was having a conversation with a more liberal minded family member who wholly believes that the current economic crisis is solely due to lack of liquid assets in the hands of the masses. His solution is to start paying people to dig holes and pay others to fill them in. More road projects, public works, etc.. Put cash into the hands of people so they’ll spend it while simultaneously rebuilding the areas that need it.
    And while I can see some logic in that there is a problem.
    We’re already paying people to do nothing. Why would they want to start doing back breaking, serious work to merely get a little bit more? Granted.. there are hard workers, tradesmen, skilled laborers out there who know the value of such work who could/would jump in and get busy.. But there are far too many leeches who would never voluntarily do so.. and what about the thousands upon thousands of College grads out there looking for work? How many Sociology, Music and art history majors are going to cotton up to the idea that they’re going to get their hands dirty with actual labor? “Hey buddy!! I didn’t just borrow $200k and get my Masters in English Lit and Drama to go out and damage my manicure!!”
    That’s the hurdle isn’t it? We’ve had it so good that we turned our backs on the business of making this (town, city, state, country) great and focused on the business of “helping” people with personal growth, esteem, welfare, social justice that we’ve shifted the mindset of the populace.. How do we pull the societal emergency brake and swing the ass of this machine around in the glorious, roaring, tire shredding charge that we need?

  25. Fubar says:

    I was just starting to write about planned parenthood and now can’t. I am so sickened and repulsed by what i read on their fb site, i think i might vomit.

  26. notamobster says:

    That happens to me quite a bit. I get so angry by what I see that all I can do is break down into a Tourette’s fit and post a link.

  27. locke n load says:

    Am I the only one getting script errors that crash the Revo? They seem to be coming from that Univision video…
    “line 1” errors… I’ve upped the security settings in IE, defragged the registry, and updated Java to no avail.
    Getting aggravating as hell
    Anyone else?

  28. TN-Cat says:

    I get the same crash sometimes if I access The Revo on my phone.

    I get it all the time in The Blaze using the I Pad and phone.

  29. notamobster says:

    Working fine for me.

  30. Rockheim says:

    Weird.. I somehow posted this in the wrong thread.. but anyhow..
    I’m getting that error as well. Both from this site and another. It’s coming from the FnF Univision link..


  31. Slaphappypap says:

    Sometimes when I drive through some neighborhoods on the south side I imagine this could be Somalia. Or Bolivia. Just think Communist/Marxist countries.

  32. R.D. Walker says:

    Attention Cob-Loggers!

    ABC News videos are causing the Revo to crash in MS Explorer. Please put them below the fold or don’t post them at all until further notice.

  33. notamobster says:

    Duly noted. Weird that both fast & furious videos from ABC caused the same problem.

    • notamobster says:

      There is absolutely no excuse for this:

      View more videos at:

      • notamobster says:

        Navy develops evil malware spy program for smartphones. It’s pretty awesome, really. Scary.

        Researchers from the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center have developed malicious software that can remotely seize control of the camera on an infected smartphone and employ it to spy on the phone’s user.
        The malware, dubbed “PlaceRaider,” “allows remote hackers to reconstruct rich, three-dimensional models of the smartphone owner’s personal indoor spaces through completely opportunistic use of the camera,” the researchers said in a study published last week.
        The program uses images from the camera and positional information from the smartphone’s gyroscopic and other sensors to map spaces the phone’s user spends a lot of time in, such as a home or office.

  34. fubar says:

    probably take me awhile to figure out how to post vids.
    weeks. maybe months. or years.

  35. jacksonsdad says:

    “There is absolutely no excuse for this:”

    Hey Nota… the first thing that popped into my head was yet another Bull Durham reference;

    She must’ve called him a ‘cocksucker’.

    • notamobster says:

      How would you handle this? I wouldn’t have started a business in Detroit. Where’s Clint Eastwood whenyou need him?

      Fox 2 News Headlines

      We used to do side work (back when I was a cop) at a truck stop that had a useless armed security guard.

  36. Bman says:

    Maybe the guy could get Snoop Dawg to come to the station and tell the kids to stay in school or something.

    Or maybe just a canister of tear gas.

  37. R.D. Walker says:

    Heh. Based on his choice of VP, we already knew he liked boobs, still…

    Yesterday President Barack Obama’s campaign told women to “vote like your lady parts depend on it.”

    Today, Twitchy has learned that Obama’s official Twitter feed, @BarackObama, is following a pornographic Twitter feed called “I Like Tits Daily”:

  38. BigJimTX says:

    Just saw this, thought it was interesting. I think we have discussed the Wiki Weapon project here before. The guy raised $20k and leased a 3d printer, but the printer company cancelled his lease and repo’d the printer.

  39. fubar says:

    yes, the world absolutely loves us, Barry..

    btw, mr fubar was in Philly and yonderparts of PA today. I asked him if there were any obama signs. He said No. only Romney signs and several scathing billboards eviscerating ovomit.
    Filthadelphia is a union/left stronghold. I have hope.

  40. DarthJay says:

    I know we’re all in euphoria from the debates last night, but I just came across this story:

    It claims to have evidence that Jeremiah Wright’s church provided “cover” for homosexual men through something called the “Down Low Club.”

    What that means is it’s OK to go ahead and have sex with men, just as long as you ‘get with the program’ and marry a woman, somebody no straight guy would want to marry.

    The article claims Barack Obama was a part of this program. If true – this explains a lot. Wow.

  41. BigJimTX says:

    Akin seems to be maintaining a spot in the headlines.

    First: Legitimate rape

    Second:”common practice” for them to be “giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant.” –

    Third: Not paying taxes: the lack of information about his pension payments as an “unintentional oversight.” ––election.html

    This guy is killing me. We really need that seat.

  42. Bman says:

    Just something fun I did. I had Rocky III in mind. Any Rocky fans will get the reference.

  43. jacksonsdad says:

    Nice Bman! In that vein…

  44. BigJimTX says:

    ^^^^^ THAT! Is awesome

  45. Bman says:

    Just another reason why cats are better than dogs.

  46. Bman says:

    …and the gold market nose dives.

  47. BigJimTX says:

    TV networks call 19 states. Won’t include them in election night exit polling.

    “Almost all of those 19 states are in the Republican camp, and it would give Mitt Romney a 138 to 19 lead in the electoral vote right at the start of election night.”

  48. notamobster says:

    My brother just gave me the most wonderful gift I have seen in quite some time. I am reading this gift. There will be an exclusive and thorough book report upon completion.

    “Outlines of economics: Developed In A Series Of Problems” ~by the University Of Chicago, 1911 (this is a 1924 reprint).

    I can’t wait to get to Sec H, part II, sub section B: “Social Reform” Anarchism, marxism, socialism.

    1(a)”The socialist philosophy as exemplified in

    (a)utopian socialism
    (b)Christian socialism
    (c)state socialism
    (d)Marxian socialism

    I love the thought of seeing the world through the lens of the roaring 20’s, free of the filter of the acceptance of Keynsian theory, WWII, the Great Depression, stagflation, huge government.

    There will be a report.

  49. fubar says:

    RE: For my nerds. This bacteria shits pure gold:

    please check your email

  50. MadBrad says:

    I’m working the lump out of my throat with some barbeque chicken, so that I may go on with my project of writing my movie review of Runaway Slave.

  51. Fubar says:

    is anybody interested in my reviews of commercially made chicken pot pies?

  52. notamobster says:

    I dream of a day when chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned! 🙂

    (funniness courtesy of my 18 year old)

  53. Slaphappypap says:

    I’m making chicken soup today. I’m just keeping this conversation about chicken going.

  54. fubar says:

    I just had PA Dutch Chikken pot pie. which is basically chicken soup with homemade noodles – NO CRUST. (that’s the best part)

  55. notamobster says:

    My 7 year old has been told a hundred times not to mess with mouse traps. He was playing with one behind me, just now. I heard the distinct sound of the trap being activated and and he began to cry immediately afterward.

    I laughed uncontrollably for a few seconds and said “Ha! I’ve told you over and over to quit messing with those traps.”

    Mrs. Nota immediately went into protector mode asking why he would do that, and apologizing for him being hurt.

    Moms are awesome in their capacity for empathy, even when someone does something stupid.

    I took the time to explain the parable of the scorpion & the frog and the nature of the mousetrap.

    He tried ignoring me and keeping his pouty face in tact, but the lesson got the better of him and he started laughing.

    Gotta love life’s teachable moments. 🙂

  56. R.D. Walker says:

    The death of a vicious, murderous, coward.

    “Don’t Shoot!—I’m Che!” (A Glorious Anniversary)

  57. R.D. Walker says:

    Yep, Nota. He is done messing with mousetraps. That’s what it takes sometimes for children and adults. Pain of all kind has a way of focusing the mind.

  58. Fubar says:

    just read in my local farming magazine, that aflatoxin infected corn will be fed (mixed with non infected corn) to herds in IO and NB, due to the drought. Aflatoxin is a carcinogen. get your beef in the freezer NOW before the market it infected. I know I sound like an alarmist, but why take any chances. I’m trying to find a link.

  59. Fubar says:

    this will also be in pet food. I believe the diamond pet food recall was due to excessive aflatoxin amount.
    and… California dairies going bankrupt!

  60. R.D. Walker says:

    Are you too smart? Are you too intelligent for your own good? Would you like to decrease your IQ? If so, read this article. Your IQ is guaranteed to drop at least five points just for reading it.

  61. fubar says:

    Romney’s foreign policy speech today.

    • notamobster says:

      I just finished reading “Odd Hours” by Dean Koontz. I love the Odd series. I’m on to “Marine: The life of Chesty Puller” ~Burke Davis

      In my search of the overflowing bookshelves in my home, I came across an entire box of books that I bought and have never read. Seems, I have a habit of buying books with the intention of reading them – setting them down and the wife spirits them away to “Surprise! You’ve got dozens of unread books land.”

      I read compulsively. Can’t get enough words. Love em like I love my children.

      This find of multiple “Prey” novels (~John Sandford) and apocalyptic thrillers, biographies, and political books made my day and I just wanted to share it with my friends. 🙂

  62. Fubar says:

    Last winter, I read John Sandford continuously while I was stuck on my couch for 4 months with a broken leg/ankle.

    I lean towards liking FLowers a bit more then Davenport.

  63. Fubar says:

    gross. guy dies after winning cockroach eating contest (WHO DOES THIS?)
    I believe one of the top #5 allergies is to cockroaches and their emissions.

  64. notamobster says:

    I like Flowers, too. Davenport is a good, brooding action-hero, though. I can’t believe no one has made this into a series, yet (a la The Sopranos, not Law & Order).


    inre: The roach story – Another dead moron, proving Darwinian theory.

  65. BigJimTX says:

    I’ve been looking for more reading material. I burn through books pretty often, and am always looking for new series to check out. Thanks for the tip.

  66. notamobster says:

    BigJim: If you’re not already familiar, check out

    Great site. Costs nothing but postage for millions of books!

  67. BigJimTX says:

    Thanks nota. I’ll definitely check that out.

  68. fubar says:

    They’ve solved the obesity AND the stupidity problem in this country !

  69. fubar says:

    whoa. i just realized one of those links is a lib site !

  70. John B. says:

    If you haven’t, check out Every day she has a list of free E-books.

  71. BaconNeggs says:

    Official* Obama Phone AUTOTUNE

    I couldnt resist it, damn its a catchy too.

  72. BigJimTX says:

    For free ebooks, I normally use:
    for a really good collection of economics/ political science/ etc.

    epub downloads are sometimes low quality conversions from text, but they sometimes have books that aren’t available as ebooks.

  73. sortahwitte says:

    I love Davenport and Flowers. Flowers should have his name changed to “that f’n flowers.”

  74. notamobster says:

    Great books. I’ve read about a dozen of them. I have two of the 4 that I haven’t read. I have a few others to get to, before I head back into the Prey series.

  75. rj says:

    If u use a kindle there are lotsa free books in the amazon e-book store, I too read lots. In my life I can only think of a couple books I started and didnt finish.

    One was a free book from amazon, the story was ok but following the language gave me headaches, The Scotish Chiefs.

    If you have not read the ER Borroughs series the martian chronicals I’d recommmend them

  76. notamobster says:

    Yeah, RJ, I have a few. It took me forever to slog through Atlas Shrugged. Finally, I just had to partition the time out and finish it. What a tough read.

    Another was “The book of fate” by Brad Metzler. Awful, awful story. I tried 3 different times and I just couldn’t force myself to finish it.

    I have read technical manuals and textbooks (that I wasn’t required to read) but I couldn’t force myself to read that book. That’s bad.

  77. Greg B says:

    Thoughts on the new moon, minimal light. If overcast, all the better.
    I see three scenarios.
    1. We go in and take Syria’s leader.
    (Remember the combat drills in LA not long ago?
    Rehearsal for Damascus possibly?)
    2. Israel put thousands of boots on the ground in Iran to seize, document and destroy nuclear installations. Not to mention capturing an airfield
    to facilitate said troops withdrawal when the mission is accomplished.
    3. We carry out aforementioned mission in an attempt to boost the Pres. election prospects.
    Am I nuts?

  78. RJ says:

    Hey Nota
    I was taking an english lit class when I was in my 30’s while still in AF, I was in with a buncha freshmen idiots. The teacher was a typical lib.
    We were required to read a story by Maya Angelo, I think it was I Rise.
    Anyway long story short I submitted a paper calling it a self pity piece of drivel.
    The teacher read it in class and we proceeded into a heated discussion concerning my opinion of the book. Ya shoulda seen the looks on those freshmen faces as I went head to head with the teacher, needless to say although I passed the class it was by the skin of my teeth.
    I made it clear I would take her class indefinately until she passed me…. thought her head was gonna explode. 🙂

  79. BrunDawg says:

    SPRINGFIELD — More than 1,100 people have collected nearly $2 million in unemployment benefits while they were in county jails or state prisons, including $43,000 that went to a person in the Cook County Jail, a state agency said Tuesday.
    Chi Trib 10/10/12…crime pays.

  80. Fubar says:


  81. jacksonsdad says:

    RD… love the “until Obama leaves office” ticker! 4 weeks from today this will feel like a Brand New Country… let’s hope she’s not on fire. An economic boom is poised and waiting for the green light. What shall we call “The Big Decade” to come?

    Here’s one… “The TriumphanTeens” (featuring Romneynomics). Remember where you saw it first!

  82. Locke n Load says:

    did i just hear the testimony correctly?
    10-20 THOUSAND shoulder fired missiles gone MIA in libya??

  83. Locke n Load says:

    and JD, i need a shot or five of whatever you’re drinkin 🙂

  84. Greg B says:

    I don’t know how many missiles went missing.
    But I do know that the two former SEALs who died
    were trying to track down their whereabouts. That’s what they were doing in Libya.

  85. Uke says:

    Debbie Wassermann-Shultz is speaking to the old folks at my grandmother’s nursing home today. 3/4 of them are senile as hell and don’t even know what day of the week it is.

    I smell funny business. Bus ’em all off to an early voting facility, hand out only democratic ballots. But of COURSE take them out to an all you can eat buffet, so no complaints. Look at how nice the frizzy haired lady was!