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  1. Locke n Load says:

    moab! hell yeah. regular run for me thru (well, next to) arches nat park.


  2. sortahwitte says:

    A technical question tonight for those of my friends who used to have guns and ammo. A guy I used to know asks a question about ammo storage. He has a few rounds of 5.56 on stripper clips. He wonders about putting those in a FoodSaver heavy duty bag and then vacuum sealing. He doesn’t plan on storing them outside. He just wonders about the effect of the vacuum on the inside contents of the round.

    • notamobster says:

      If I were the type to encourage such behavior, I would say that there is no ill-effect as you won’t actually be drawing a vacuum, so much as removing the air from the bag. The amount of vacuum you’ll be able to draw won’t affect the integrity of any of the components.

      I’d also advise that friend to throw in some (dry) rice, oats, or dessicant packs in the bags, too.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Wouldn’t hurt it a bit.

    • Jim22 says:

      Foodsaver bags … Sounds a little like what the military calls ‘Battle packs’.

  3. sortahwitte says:

    Last week, mrs. witte and I attended our first movie at a theatre in over 4 years. We saw Les Miserables in Tulsa. I won’t do a review, but we both liked it. What’s not to like about the french revolution. Cannons, muskets, explosions, blood. It’s really a story of redemption and forgiveness. I read the book ages ago, required for World History. A word of caution. Except for about 10 words, all the dialogue was sung. I still liked the movie. Matinee is the only way to fly. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll kiss twenty bucks good-by. Worth it.

  4. Roxy says:

    Max and I went to Corvallis tonight for our New Years Eve dinner out. We stopped by Bi-Mart for a few things. The cashier informed us of the impending 5 cent charge on paper sacks starting Jan 1st and no plastic bags available per city council ordinance. Bah! I doubt the city will miss our business! Jerks! Welcome to the swamp- Moonbat fever is rampant!

  5. notamobster says:

    Roxy – where is this craziness?

  6. R.D. Walker says:

    Today I went to Target to pick up a prescription for a family member. When I delivered it to her house, we realized they had given me two bags but only charged me for one. It was no mistake. The second bag had her birth control pills. Since it is 2013, they are free so the pharmacy just filled it and gave it to me as long as I was there. Little did I know I would be one of the first in America to pick up Bronco Bama’s Abso-Fluke-ing Free Pills.

    I cannot tell you how screwed up it is that there isn’t even a nominal co-payment. This is madness.

    • notamobster says:

      I think it’s funny that YOU, of all people, were officially (I’m certifying it here*) the first person to receive Bronco Bama’s Abso-fluking-lutely Free Anti-Baby Pills! Bwahahahaha!!!

      • R.D. Walker says:

        Especially when you consider that the missus and I both, um, fixed.

        Lot of damned good it does us.

  7. sortahwitte says:

    Are the little blue pills free, too? I just heard they are blue.

  8. notamobster says:

    Oh no! It’s Jew Peppers!!! Run away, run away!

    SIDON, Lebanon: A Lebanese shopper discovered several food items made in Israel in one of Lebanon’s largest retailers Tuesday.

    While shopping at Spinneys in the coastal city of Sidon, a man, who preferred to remain anonymous, discovered a bag of three kinds of peppers made in Israel.

    He immediately contacted local authorities who in turn contacted the Lebanese Army.

    Members of military intelligence and police arrived to Spinneys to discover 13 similar bags that have the word “Israel” printed on the sale tag.

    Police also noticed that the international bar code for the items was scratched with a blue pen and a new code was handwritten on the bag.

  9. R.D. Walker says:

    In case you were curious, there were 34,944 approved comments on the Real Revo during 2012. That is 26% more than in 2011.

    That works out to 95 comments a day everyday. That is about right to make it a manageable site and not just a tidal wave of comments. Pretty nice if you ask me.

    Thank you all for taking time to take part.

    • Greg B says:

      Thank YOU, R.D.
      And all the fellow cob-loggers who devote much of your free time to this.
      And for letting us join in the discussion.

    • A Guy says:

      Thank you!

      • Ray Davies says:

        Thank you Mr. Walker. You are doing a great job keeping us informed and entertained. I’m sure it takes a good portion of your day with no recompence. I would behappy to make a donation to the cause, (not much mind you,). All you have to do is let us know where and how to make the donation. I expect you would at least make enough to keep yo in beer for a day or two.

    • BigJimTX says:

      Long, but good. Scary as hell though.

    • Rockheim says:

      Wow.. That was pretty good.. And scary at the same time. And what makes it all the worse is the plausibility of it.
      But that makes the best stories after all right? The hint of truth..

  10. BigJimTX says:

    How do you change the icon next to your name?

  11. R.D. Walker says:

  12. notamobster says:

    “Do you mind if I live in your basement and eat the flies and… aaah! Did you just spray me with furniture polish? Crazy b……..”

  13. fubar says:

    What was once stigmatized as deviant behavior is now tolerated and even sanctioned; what was once regarded as abnormal has been normalized. As deviancy is normalized, so what was once normal becomes deviant. The kind of family that has been regarded for centuries as natural and moral – the ‘bourgeois’ family as it is invidiously called – is now seen as pathological and exclusionary, concealing the worst forms of psychic and physical oppression.”

    – Gertrude Himmelfarb

    • fubar says:

      I don’t know who Gertrude Himmelfarb is, I just read this on some blog and thought it was worth repeating.

  14. MadBrad says:

    I’ve gotten through several interviews and the “Sales Assessment Test” of an employer who is interested in hiring me. Today is the day I had to submit my authorization for a background check. If I survive that I will be sent for a drug test.

    The prayers of the faithful have gotten me to this point. Prayer will pull me through it. Any prayers you can offer on my behalf will continue to be heard and appreciated.

    Boy howdy, it’s going to be a LONG weekend.

  15. sortahwitte says:

    Brad. We’re here and doing what we do. Also praying for a weekend of peace.

  16. sortahwitte says:

    Is that mick jagger’s uglier sister?

  17. Jim22 says:

    When American politics were kinder and gentler. Here is a video of the Reagans and Mr. and Mrs. Tip O’Neil watching a truly funny show. This is some of what we have lost.

  18. Greg B says:

    Hee Hee Hee,
    Oregon is talking about taxing drivers of “green” cars for every mile driven.
    Take that! Frikkin hippie tree huggers.

    • notamobster says:

      It sucks that you can’t avoid taxes by opting out, but it’s still funny. Stinky hippies.

    • Greg B says:

      Is that your town?

      • R.D. Walker says:

        Its where I am from, yes. The last house in the video is the house I was born in… Well, I was born in a hospital in Grinnell but you know what I mean.

        • Greg B says:

          Makes me think of how far away I am from where I was born & raised.
          Born in IN. Grew up in KS.

          • R.D. Walker says:

            Yep. Japanese culture is about as far from the Great Plains as is possible. When I was living in Guam, I used to get supper at a little place near my house and the owner, an old Japanese woman, would tell me all the ways my culture was the exact opposite of hers.

    • KJ says:

      Nice video. You started filming exactly one block south of my house!

  19. sortahwitte says:

    Oh, did you see that green grass and the small towns? I love Iowa. Mrs. witte and I usually get our 64 Galaxie convertible out on new years day. Didn’t happen this year. Still home bound with flu-like symptoms.

  20. notamobster says:

    You won’t be doing that crap this time of year! Looks like where I live. That’s my kinda place.

  21. RJM says:

    E-mail from Cheaper Than Dirt

    January 5, 2013
    Cheaper Than Dirt! to Resume Firearm Sales
    Share This!

    by CTD Blogger
    Related Topics: Industry News

    Consumer reaction to the political rhetoric after the shooting in CT caused a rush of online orders at Cheaper Than Dirt! which led to the largest backlog in the company’s history.
    Cheaper Than Dirt! management had no choice but to suspend firearm sales while examining ways to meet customer demand and maintain the careful and lawful processes established.
    Firearm sales require a significant amount of individual attention compared to the automated system for non-firearm products. Firearm orders were being placed faster than the inventory system could update, potentially leading to an overselling situation and cancellation of orders on a very large-scale.
    Ammunition and shooting accessories orders more than tripled, resulting in week-long shipping delays. Since firearms sales are a much smaller portion of its sales and require more resources, the decision was made to utilize personnel in areas that would make the most impact servicing customers.
    The past three weeks have been spent catching up on the tremendous backlog of orders, training additional staff and increasing inventory back to acceptable levels.
    Firearm sales will resume on a limited basis beginning Tuesday, January 8, based on available inventory. The selection will increase as more firearms become available. Specifically, firearms that are in high demand are not currently available from manufacturers due to the lack of inventory. This includes most modern sporting rifles.

    • notamobster says:

      I don’t give a damn what they say in hindsight. I posted what they said on their own site. There was even a screen grab.

      They can try and get back in the good graces of their customer base, but they’ve lost me. There are a 1,000 other places to get good deals.

    • Ray Davies says:

      Went to the gunshow in Cedar Rapids today and have never seen that many people there before. the line to get in stretched the length of the exibit hall,both as we went in and when we came out. The prices were up 25-50% on guns and 10-15% on ammo and even more on componants. I did manage to buy a can of powder at the old price though. I didn’t see any .45 SWCs though. .223 bullets were outts sight.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        I almost went and then didn’t. It didn’t seem worth the battle against the crowd for picked over, high priced goods. My son went. I told him to call me if he saw a wood stock Mini-14 that takes external mag. He didn’t call.

  22. notamobster says:

    Love the new quote on the sidebar, RD! Another favorite from HL Mencken is this:

    “Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.”

  23. Greg B says:

    Here are a couple e-mails I received after writing to the various flunkies in gov for my State.
    Both seem like a bunch of blah blah blah….
    But at least Rohrabacher comment on the subject I as writing about.
    I have yet to hear back from any other representatives I wrote to.
    Not holding my breath either. (Although I WAS surprised I got a response at all.)

    Dear Mr. B:
    Thank you for taking the time to write and share your views with me. Your comments will help me continue to represent you and other Californians to the best of my ability. Be assured that I will keep your views in mind as the Senate considers legislation on this or similar issues.
    If you would like additional information about my work in the U.S. Senate, I invite you to visit my website, From this site, you can send a message to me about current events or pending legislation, access my statements and press releases, request copies of legislation and government reports, and receive detailed information about the many services that I am privileged to provide for my constituents. You may also wish to visit to track current and past federal legislation.
    Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I appreciate hearing from you.


    Barbara Boxer
    United States Senator
    Please do not respond to this message. If you would like to comment on legislation, please visit my website and use the correspondence form at

    Dear Mr. B:

    Thank you for contacting me with your views regarding gun control in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to your concerns.

    First and foremost, no words can adequately describe the unspeakable crime that occurred in Connecticut. As a father of three, m y thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this terrible event, as well as to their families and loved ones. Now is the time to pause and reflect on how we can prevent such events in the future in a manner consistent with our rights and values.

    Gun control is a constitutional issue that requires thoughtfully looking at all of the facts in order to avoid unintended consequences. Often, gun control laws do not accomplish what they are intended to. Just as we saw with prohibition, such laws can perpetuate crime, underground markets and empower criminals and cartels. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a majority of guns used by criminals are stolen, bought on the black market, or obtained in other illegal ways. As seen more recently in Connecticut, a state with some of the most stringent gun control laws in the nation, it is very difficult to keep weapons from being acquired by “high-risk” individuals.

    I remain open to discussing any measures that would help prevent attacks such as the Connecticut shooting . Focusing solely on controlling guns is not a useful tack, however. We must also look at what active steps we can take to help troubled people before they use weapons to harm innocent people. President Obama recently announced that Vice President Joe Bi den will be heading up a task force to form the Administration’s policies to curb gun-related violence. Hopefully the resulting suggestions do not focus solely on more laws restricting guns, while shying away from other measures that might prevent or stop shootings such as the one that was perpetrated in Connecticut.

    As we continue to work on gun-related violence issues in the 113 th Congress, you can rest assured I will keep your views in mind. Again, thank you for giving me the benefit of your views. Please continue to keep me informed on any federal issue of importance to you.

    Dana Rohrabacher
    Member of Congress

  24. Rockheim says:

    Devin Graham is AWESOME.. He’s the videographer responsible for the video. I happened across him through all the Lindsey Stirling videos.. (She’s awesome BTW). He’s done a lot of her videos.
    Check out his youtube channel and subscribe..

    He does a lot of simply AMAZING videos and does much of it with a DSLR..

    • Rockheim says:

      And when you check out his channel be sure to check the paintball battle video.. It is all done for the camera but what a undertaking..
      And watching vids like that always leave me wondering about my own childhood.. Exactly where the hell are all these kids getting the money to do all this stuff?!?!? Why in my day we were happy to jump off of garages with garbage bags for parachutes and stomp throgh the forest preserves assassinating frogs with 2nd hand pellet rifles!!! We had to walk to the store.. UPHILL BOTH WAYS IN THE SNOW AND…

      //puts green eyed monster away..

      Sorry about that.. Carry on with your regularly scheduled day..

  25. fubar says:

    did it bother anyone else when that newspaper printed all those names of legal gun owners and subsequently had to hire security (leading one to assume they were receiving threats ?)

    Yeah. Karl Denninger lays it out on his market ticker forum.
    “Here you go folks — proof, in their own words and deeds:

    (Reuters) – A suburban New York newspaper that ignited a furor by publishingthe identities of thousands of residents who hold gun licenses has hired armed security to guard its staff after receiving an intimidating e-mail, a police report said.

    Among a “large amount of negative correspondence” that White Plains, New York-based Journal News has received since publishing permit holders’ names was one e-mail in which the sender “wondered what would get in her mail next,” according to a Clarkstown, New York, police report obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

    The police investigated and determined that the email did not contain a specific threat and therefore was not illegal.

    However, the paper’s editor decided to hire a private armed security firm because they were concerned about their safety.
    Gee, so what do ordinary people do when they are concerned about their safety, but don’t have the money to hire an expensive private security firm?

    They go buy a gun — or three.

    So here we have the proof, in their own words and deeds, that this newspaper believes that arms deter violence without actually being fired…
    Posted 2013-01-04 13:42
    by Karl Denninger
    in Editorial
    Why You NEVER Trust The Media On Guns

  26. notamobster says:

    Naturally concealed:

    A good gift for the lady in your life (unless, she doesn’t know she’s the lady in your life or has a restraining order against you, in which case, you should probably just leave her alone. Just sayin’…)

  27. BrunDawg says:

    U. of Arizona offers minor focusing on hip-hop,0,5644107.story
    “Last spring, a class on hip-hop cinema at the university filled up in a matter of hours with students emailing the teacher in an attempt to add the course.”

  28. R.D. Walker says:

    Too stupid for the front page but still worth posting.

    Someone needs to tell broads like this that we have our own women and they were never on our To Do List anyway.

  29. sortahwitte says:

    I hate f’n ukeleles. I’ll drive down the wrong of the interstate to run over one.

  30. sortahwitte says:

    wrong side, dammit.

  31. BigJimTX says:

    I hate hippies. I’ll drive off a cliff just to run over one.

  32. Locke n Load says:

    Hippies CAN be reformed. Sometimes.
    I was hippie-lite once. Sure, it was for the p**sy but still 🙂

    • BigJimTX says:

      The sex and drugs angle doesn’t bother me at all. It is the worthless piece of shit angle that irritates me to no end.

  33. RevoGirl says:

    Staples just had a meeting yesterday with their store management, they informed them that due to the current political policies, there would be major layoffs. In the Tampa/St Pete area, they would be reducing management by 45%. Layoffs are being set for April. My sister did find it funny that the majority of people in the meeting were rabid Obama fans, preaching on how he will improve the economy if he just has more time.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      I think the some of them are starting to find that the scales are falling from their eyes.

      • notamobster says:

        I told you about my friend who is in upper management of the largest ********** **** manufacturer in America. They were told before the election to prepare punch lists for 3-4 rounds of layoffs if Obama were re-elected.

        People get the government they deserve.

  34. notamobster says:

    While GM takes the credit, my former employer Oceaneering, built the Robonaut.

  35. R.D. Walker says:

    Last night I was sucking carpet with the shopvac at 0330-0500. Water heater over-pressure valve failed and it started dumping water. Most went down the floor drain but a bunch also went under the wall and onto the carpet in the hallway. Thus the sucking; literally and figuratively. It also meant a cold shower before work. This is not a happy hump day.

  36. Locke n Load says:

    Bman, do you have a Sams club card?

  37. Bman says:

    I will be in Minot until around 4:30ish. Coming to town?

    • Locke n Load says:

      mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmaybe 🙂

      wtf u doing in Minot? practicing frostbite first aid?

    • Locke n Load says:

      200 miles away, unfreakinbelievable..
      guess that screws the pooch
      and here i was thinkin mesquite seared filet in red wine reduction, pomme frites, and broccoli rabe

      • Bman says:

        Shit dude, I drive almost as much as you do for work, (not really). You going to be around town around 4:30pm? If so, you can have tatertot hotdish with a PBR. On me even.

  38. Bman says:

    I have a Weber grill. Runs on charcoal briquettes. It’s big and black…like my women. Do we need beer? Yes. i will get that, too. Asparagus sound ok?

    • Locke n Load says:

      asparagus sounds great. I should be able to hit Sams for the beef etc before you even come get me at the J. Filets are only seared on grill, get finished in oven so dont worry bout charcoal. can eassily be handled w/my mini grill.
      should have enuff for 3-4 if you want to invite friends

    • Locke n Load says:

      oh, and Bman, we could always scrap that menu and opt for a Chicago stuffed pizza instead if you prefer. Dont think in dollars, think tastebuds….which would you prefer?

  39. Locke n Load says:

    if Nota had any hair he’d be pulling it out by now you realize…

  40. Bman says:

    I’ll buy the whole thing! Like I said, on me. You can be the chef. Heck, you can make a grocery list for me and I can get the shit as long as there isn’t a call for anything too funky. This is North Dakota afterall. We probably don’t have okra, tomatillo’s, tiger nuts, sunchokes, or wax gourds here. Just saying.

    • Locke n Load says:

      tomatillos are unusual?
      pizza will require us to find a pizza joint that will sell us dough balls. i think all my Stuffed pie pans are at home but a springform or deep cake pans would suffice. cheese, tomatoes, pepperoni, etc we can grab on way home. got olive oil?
      if you insist on contributing then find us some Crown or Makers Mark. we’ll futz with the incidentals later.

  41. jacksonsdad says:

    Locke… you should introduce Bman to the “Call-A-Cab”!

  42. Greg B says:

    All of this. That ain’t even right.

  43. Locke n Load says:

    ok Bman, cross your fingers. i’ll be going incommunicado soon and spending nite in winnipeg. assuming they dont screw up the unloading i’ll be back in the states tomorrow morning to load in GF. will update when back on US soil.

  44. Locke n Load says:

    bman, i’m posting my phone in the inner cicle. do the same.
    if you’re up for the pies as well, u probably should call around to confirm we can buy the dough balls.

    • notamobster says:

      ^^^Careful, Bman.^^^ He’s just trying to get you liqored up so he can have his way with your dough balls.