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  1. AW Mens says:

    I always knew I lived in the Matrix. Guess I should have taken the blue pill.

    • notamobster says:

      Is somebody making bread at the top of the page? What’s going on, there? ;-)

      • RJ says:

        see my post below, earlier they were just random now …. not so much… AW… maybe I need to see about some blue pills too.

      • Lai says:

        Bread making! No wonder the picture is so hypnotic! The kneading of the dough, feeling its texture between your fingers, then letting it rise…

        I’m sorry, what were we talking about again? >.>

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    Cob-loggers: The new post column width is 600 rather than 505.

  3. sortahwitte says:

    My thanks for the larger letters on the Revo. Or is it just my version that is aimed at senior adults with failing faculties.

  4. notamobster says:

    Pelosi Accuses GOP Of Lack Of Concern For Kwanzaa…

    I would’ve written this one up, but I’m just not that concerned about Kwanzaa. Heh.

  5. RJ says:

    Now all those scrolling numbers make sense to me .. :-)

  6. notamobster says:

    Hank Johnson (D-umb) apologizes for using “the M-word”.

    • BrunDawg says:

      I think the mental m-word was looking for vertically challenged.
      Hank should suggest moving them to Guam to lower the center of gravity.
      I only suggest that out of ignorance. I will never suggest it again.
      re: the image at the top, I think it gave me a virus. :)

      • notamobster says:

        Hank offers a hilariously rambling 5-minute apology to Midgets – you know “the little people”, or as he prefers to call them “abnormally small or unusually small people”.

        Oh man, you have to watch the whole thing – if you can make it from 2:25-2:40 without laughing out loud, you need to recalibrate your funny sensors! From that point on, it’s awesome.

  7. R.D. Walker says:

    I just got home from work to find Mrs. Walker experimenting with Christmas treats. She made big, thick slices of bacon glazed like a Krispy Kreme with caramelized brown sugar.

    Oh.
    My.
    Gawd.

    It is literally the best thing in the world. Seriously.

    IMGP0504

  8. notamobster says:

    I made some crispy bacon a few weeks ago and put drips of milk-chocolate on it. It’s incredible. The brown sugar bacon is next!

  9. R.D. Walker says:

    Well, I am pretty happy with the new site design. It has a much cleaner code, supported software, and a clean look and feel.

    Still, it is familiar. Everything is where it used to be and it isn’t like it is a strange, unfamiliar place.

    There is still fine tuning to be done, but it was pretty easy. I had done a lot of hard coding in the old theme and had everything kluged together. I expected it to take days to rework all of that. It didn’t. So glad…

    • notamobster says:

      An interesting sidenote on the “Ode to joy”.

      It was originally called “Ode to freedom”. The author Friedrich Schiller changed the word freedom (freiheit) to joy (freude) to avoid political risk. Later in his life, Schiller called the poem a failure.

      The poem’s in English in the bottom half of this page: http://harpers.org/blog/2008/11/schiller-freedoms-hymn/

      Beethoven liked it enough to include it in his 9th symphony.

  10. Van-a-gram says:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/post/hank-johnson-forswears-the-word-midget/2012/12/13/df2244be-4554-11e2-8e70-e1993528222d_blog.html

    Little people do not like the term “midget”; they downright hate the term ‘People McNuggets’.

  11. RJ says:

    Wonderful, I love watching the crowd become enchanted as these events unfold.

  12. R.D. Walker says:

    Hmmmm… We seem to be experiencing and increase in spam sneaking past the Revo spam watchdog.

    Cob-loggers: If you see spam, hit edit, mark it as spam and update. By doing that, you identify it in the master database as a spammer. That helps prevent it here and on other blogs using the same spam filter software.

    Thanks.

  13. notamobster says:

    President Peace Prize deploys Patriot Missile Battery units to Turkey on Syrian border.

    Peace prize…

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Well, Turkey is a NATO country and they are tossing Scuds around next door. He is kind of obligated to help them if they are under threat of attack.

  14. notamobster says:

    I’m not complaining. I agree with the move. That’s why I put it in the off topic section. He seems to like to shoot people with missiles a lot – for a peace prize winning preezy.

    The units are just a few miles from where I was for some time.

  15. MadBrad says:

    The prayers of the faithful seem to getting some really positive results. I interviewed with some big dogs at a national company based here in Jacksonville, Florida yesterday evening. I followed up with phone calls to all this morning. By this afternoon I got a call from one of the recruiters in HR there, giving me direct positive feedback and even asking if I would be interested in another position as a procurement agent for them, something I hadn’t even considered. I will be hearing more from them next week. I got some other feedback from one of the employees and it all sounds positive. I was told that the guys I interviewed with don’t usually talk to people this early in the process and that alone is indicative of the interest I have generated.

    Then there is this thing yet to be done called a “Background Check”.

    Needless to say, the prayers of the faithful availeth much. Scripture says that God opens doors that can’t be shut. God is more powerful than a really old, harmless, victimless felony and a couple of redneckish misdemeanors that will show up on a background check.

    Thank you Revo family for the prayers and support during this horrible phase in my life.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Don’t let them be surprised by the background check. You must take that off the table by telling them what they will find. This is very important.

      • MadBrad says:

        Damn sure will and actually already have, on my online application. There is no hiding the stuff. At least in the case of the felony I can say that I was trying to save a fellow Soldier and Father to my Godchildren from getting into trouble. As for the misdemeanors… I may have to get creative. “I was experiencing extreme marital difficulties and the Son of one of my Army Buddies was just wounded in Fallujah. I had been without sleep for several days due to anxiety from that, blah, blah, blah”. Hell, I don’t know how to spin “John Doe #6″.

  16. R.D. Walker says:

    Did you even notice the new improved Revo, Brad?

    • MadBrad says:

      Yes I did. I saw your previous message on the subject, how much work it would take to convert then all of a sudden viola, poof here it is. All that work done in the middle of a work week? How does Spock do it?

      This definitely is a new and improved Revo.

      I’ve got to get my communication assets up again after I get my asset back to work.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        I had hard coded a lot of stuff in the old theme and assumed I would have to do the same in a new theme. That would take at least a couple of days of hard work. Happily, it turned out that this theme has a lot of features that allowed me to replicate aspects of the old theme without hard coding. That was a nice surprise and it didn’t take nearly as much work as I thought it would.

        • AFB says:

          I admit I got to the party kind of late, so hope you won’t mind my asking what may have already been answered previously. Will we still be able to edit our comments after we make them?

  17. sortahwitte says:

    We’re still praying, Brad.

  18. Locke n Load says:

    Ok camera geeks, would someone please talk me out of the new canon t4i? I keep coming back to it… seems like a damn fine cam.
    RD?

  19. fubar says:

    prayers continuing for the MadBrad.

    like the new look of the revo, btw.

  20. AFB says:

    Brad — prayers still going out. The door will open for you. Maybe more than one door. :)

    I too like the look of the new Revo.

  21. fubar says:

    New regs: some CDL drivers are now going to have to pass a sleep apnea test – — I don’t have a link, I read it in the current issue of CCJ – commercial carrier journal.

    • notamobster says:

      What’s next?

      SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The women’s basketball team at Mission College expected the bleachers to be full and the hecklers ready when its newest player made her home court debut.

      In the days leading up to the game, people had plenty to say about 6-foot-6-inch, 220-pound Gabrielle Ludwig, who joined the Lady Saints as a mid-season walk-on and became, according to advocates, the first transsexual to play college hoops as both a man and a woman.

  22. R.D. Walker says:

    New hard code update: Today I eliminated the default italic blockquotes on this theme and added the quotation mark icon that is similar to the last theme. I like that a lot better. I don’t like reading italics and the quotation mark icon leaves no doubt you are quoting another article.

    • Uke says:

      Thumbs up.

      On another note, the tab at the top of my browser doesn’t display the Revo icon anymore. Firefox, for what it’s worth.

      I know, minor issue, but consider it this way: There are no major issues! :)

      • R.D. Walker says:

        I can fix that. :-)

        • Uke says:

          Sweet.

          All in all, place is looking pretty darn snazzy and slick these days. “Up to date” is how I think of it… even though I didn’t think the old style was “out of date” then… funny, that.

          • R.D. Walker says:

            Thanks. It is definitely running smoother. I had that old site tied up with Bondo and packing tape. Every morning I had to hit with a shot of starting fluid just to keep it going.

  23. R.D. Walker says:

    They will soon forget the killer’s mother is a victim, not the perp. Here is why…

    The 50-year-old is thought to have worked as a supply teacher at the elementary school where the shootings took place.

    Last night it also emerged Nancy was a member of the Doomsday Preppers movement, which believes people should prepare for end of the world.

    Her former sister-in-law Marsha said she had turned her home ‘into a fortress’. She added: ‘Nancy had a survivalist philosophy which is why she was stockpiling guns. She had them for defense.

    ‘She was stockpiling food. She grew up on a farm in New Hampshire. She was skilled with guns. We talked about preppers and preparing for the economy collapsing.’

  24. Locke n Load says:

    EGADS
    the site seems to be having…….issues

    consider this a test pattern

  25. notamobster says:

    Obviously, I stole that from you, just now.

  26. Greg B says:

    Oh wait…….

  27. R.D. Walker says:

    Whew, that’s a relief…

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she would push legislation next year to ban future sales of military-assault weapons like those used in the elementary school shooting. The bill will ban big clips, drums and strips of more than 10 bullets.

    Has anybody every seen a clip that held more than 10 rounds? I haven’t. I think they pretty much all hold five.

    Never seen a drum except in pictures. I do know they generally suck and are unreliable as all hell.

    Strips are linked belts of machine gun ammo. Ban away, I don’t care.

    I was kind of afraid the idiots were going to talk about banning high capacity magazines.

    Fucknuts don’t even know what they are talking about.

  28. notamobster says:

    They want to get rid of the scary looking gun parts, too. These people are world-class morons.

    She can ban all future sales of “military assault weapons” for all I care. The military doesn’t use civilian AR’s (For those who don’t know, the semi-auto variant’s hammer and trigger mechanisms are different. The bolt carrier and internal lower receiver of semi-autos are milled different. The firing mechanisms are not interchangeable.).

    None of my guns were ever in the military. :-)
    (before I sold them…ahem)

  29. BigJimTX says:

    Anybody have special plans for Friday? I know there is a fiesta in DFW area, but I was specifically wondering what everybody was doing to celebrate the assload of shitheads that are going to be acting out for TEOTWAWKI – Mayan style.

    I plan to get the heck out of town (now that I’ll actually be in country) and head for the hills (figure of speech, Texas just has big ant mounds).

  30. BigJimTX says:

    By the way RD, I love what you’ve done to the place. The reply tree is handy to keep multiple conversations going. The site looks and runs really clean. Great job! Thanks for all your hard work keeping this whole thing going. It really means a lot to me to be able to connect with the folks here whose opinions I have come to value greatly.

  31. locke n load says:

    Weird.
    Works in Chrome, not IE9

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Okay, I just pulled it up in IE and see what you are talking about. Must have something to do with the way I fixed the blockquotes. I will work on it.

  32. notamobster says:

    I use chrome. Why I didn’t see it.

  33. R.D. Walker says:

    IE problem fixed. Thanks for the heads up!

  34. locke n load says:

    oh, much better. ty
    that was a bizarre formatting issue

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Yep. Don’t use IE so I didn’t see it. I really need to be in the habit of checking every browser when I make format changes.

  35. R.D. Walker says:

    On another forum, a guy I have actually met and had drinks with, said this…

    The “stupidest” comment I have heard from latest tragedies……….. “Maybe if one of teachers had a gun this tragedy would not have happened”

    Now that has to be the most moronic statement I have heard in a long time. So we are back to the days of the old West where if you look at me wrong it justifies a gun fight.

    Not being able to take it anymore, I responded with this.

    Yes, golly. It is much better that no one was able to do anything except cower and hide. I know that if someone is methodically, one by one, shooting people around me and I am cornered, it is far safer for me and everyone else if I have no way to defend myself and I just wait patiently for my turn to die. A good sheep goes peacefully to slaughter.

    Seriously man! WTF is wrong with you? What kind of a man thinks that way?

  36. Jim22 says:

    Just checking in. We’re back in the sunny south. The internet just got turned on. It’s time for a beer. I’ll be back tomorrow.

  37. RJ says:

    Capitulation = Dicks Sporting Goods pulls Bushmaster Rifles

    Other sellouts include a Dem Senator Manchin from WV who previously had a good record on firearms votes voiced his new opinion that no one really needed a “assault weapon” with more than ten bullets because no one ever hunts with one. I guess he never heard of shooting for fun or coyote hunting, or prarie dog hunting, or the fucking second amendment.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      List of things no one “needs”.

      • Free birth control
      • Gay marriage
      • Organic food
      • Vespa scooters
      • Frisbee sports
      • Facebook
      • The Ivy League
      • Oscar parties
      • The Toyota Prius
      • The New York Times
      • NPR
      • PBS

      I could go on…

      • Greg B says:

        I agree with everything but Vespas.
        The OLD Vespas, mind you.
        With real two stroke motors, kick starts, and manual three speed shift on the bar trans.
        Those things were fun as hell, and you could wheelie the crap out of ‘em.

        • R.D. Walker says:

          Still don’t need ‘em.

          Hell, we don’t “need” most stuff. The point being, the argument that we don’t “need” AR-15s is pretty lame. If we only get to have things we “need”, we ain’t gonna have much.

          • Jim22 says:

            Boy, ain’t that the truth. ‘Need’ is an overused term. The problem starts when someone else decides what you or I need. That’s no one else’s business.

  38. vanagram says:

    According to the CDC: Cigarettes kill 1 in 5 Americans every year directly or indirectly (second hand smoke) through cancer or other health issues related to smoking. For every smoking related death, 20 more suffer from serious illness tied to smoking. That’s 443,000 smoking related deaths each year, with almost 50,000 due to second hand smoke (i.e. innocent non-smokers for those who say it only harms the smoker).

    If “Safety” is your mantra, start with the low hanging fruit. Who needs cigarettes? Also, it is estimated that 3,900 kids (under 18) start smoking EACH DAY. When are we going to stop slaughtering our children with cigarettes?

    • notamobster says:

      I’m no mathamagician, but 1-in-5 Americans would be 20% wouldn’t it? Wouldn’t that have us all deceased, a while ago? I mean, cigarettes have been around for some time.

      I agree with you, but something seems off there. Just saying… ;-)

    • RJ says:

      I take that cdc number with a grain of disbelief.
      I smoked from 13 yrs to 45 yrs old, average of two sometimes three packs a day. Quit cold turkey when I decided to. (hey if I’d known I would live this long I’d taken better care of myself)

      I think those numbers are tilted for various reasons, if a 70 yr old who smoked in his youth develops and dies of heart disease it is attributed to 20 yrs of smoking 40 yrs ago and added to the statistical amounts of death due to smoking, it makes no difference that he ate red meat 7 days a week, worked in a high stress job along with other risk factors, hey he smoked, he died thus death caused by smoking

  39. RJ says:

    Rush just anounced one of the FnF guns was located at scene of the mexican beauty queen killing.

  40. notamobster says:

    Cheaperthandirt()com quit selling firearms. Permanently. They gave in to the liberal hysteria. Their business is toast. I hope they enjoyed their profitable years while it lasted.

    • KJ says:

      I’m finally starting to get really worried about how all this will end, even more so after your post about the NRA.

      I also finally got onto Buds Guns site after it was down from heavy site traffic, couldn’t find any Mini 14′s, AR’s, or AK’s in stock, this is getting nuts.

      • notamobster says:

        If you were in Michigan, I’d offer you one of mine. I have a new one I want and am looking to get rid of my AK. <— crazy right?

        • KJ says:

          Lol, I told my wife about all this, told her I might just get the other Glock I want first and see how this plays out. I think she was almost upset, she seemed to genuinely want me to get an AR, weird. Maybe their is something to this Mayan apocalypse.

      • BrunDawg says:

        Dick’s Sporting Goods Suspends Sale Of “Modern Sporting Rifles” In Wake Of Newtown Massacre

  41. notamobster says:

    RD – I love what you did with the survival tips button! Kudos.

  42. BrunDawg says:

    GM is buying back shares from the US bail-out program. We (the government) are getting some cash back. Finally.
    GM is paying 27.50 per share. The government breaks even closer to ~54.00 per share. Oh, just another bad investment? Never mind.
    Did I miss something? Did we just redistribute taxes to GM paychecks? Everyone was screaming during the crash that the money evaporated from the market went to greedy fat cat bankers. At least we can account for this loss.

  43. fubar says:

    the EPA is now regulating water.
    http://tinyurl.com/cl6dh7n

    According to documents filed with the court, complying with the EPA’s bizarre rule would cost state and local governments $320 million. Mr. Cuccinelli told the court this could result in the loss of homes, as “efforts to achieve such a reduction in storm-water flow as demanded by EPA would require significant public takings of private property in order to build numerous new storm-water management structures.”