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  1. fubar says:

    the Jolie post had me go on a search about genetic testing and ethics, and i found this site.
    http://www.geneticsandsociety.org/article.php?id=6804

    some great articles, also this one;
    http://www.geneticsandsociety.org/article.php?id=6735

  2. BrunDawg says:

    Two Chicago headlines to contrast via the Sun Times:
    1.) 5 dead, 18 wounded in city gun violence.
    2.) Rahm taps Desiree Rogers to chair Chicago tourism marketing group.

  3. Jim22 says:

    Sorta, you guys OK?

  4. locke n load says:

    Sorta buddy, I’d get the padlock off that storm shelter. Those badboys are headed right over you. I’m sprinting 45 miles east/northeast frontrunning them… Okies are in for a rough afternoon

  5. sortahwitte says:

    My friends, we’re safe. Yesterday, two missed us to the north and south. Today, we had damage within 20 miles, but we are so very fortunate. So much death and destruction. Pray for LnL right now. I talked with him on the phone and he was near it in eastern ok. This has been a ‘good’ year for storms. So far, though, we spent only one night underground.

    • locke n load says:

      no fear sir. its a race to big cabin, i should beat it

    • locke n load says:

      beat it here by a couple minutes,lol. headed into joplin at 80mph, cant catch me now πŸ™‚
      i hope,lol

      • locke n load says:

        aaaaaahh f^^k…
        theres a monster cell blooming just nw of joplin, intercept path… blasted storms are picking up speed goin eastward, sky’s turning yellow.

        gonna be a messy night

        • R.D. Walker says:

          We had a couple of branches down last night. Saw a few trees down on the way to work this morning and a lot of power outages. More tonight they are saying.

        • Locke n Load says:

          oh goodie. Droid just flashed me a tornado warning in my immediate vicinity.. “take shelter now!” it says…
          fuck that, my shelter goes airborne if i sit still

    • Jim22 says:

      Good to hear you are safe, Sorta. We were worried until Locke said he had called you. Good luck.

      And the best of luck to Locke.

  6. MadBrad says:

    Glad to know our folks are safe. Listening to the news on the radio makes me want to cry.

  7. Notamobster says:

    I’m due to fly back to the world tomorrow but all flights to/from Dutch are grounded by multiple volcanic emissions to the north & south. Half dozen on the russian side too.

    Non refundable trip to Denali is supposed to depart Anchorage by train at 0815 on wednesday. That sucks donkey balls, muy grande.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      That does suck. I missed a flight from Guam to Japan because Anatahan was erupting. Mine, unlike yours, was no big deal.

    • Jim22 says:

      Sorry to hear you will miss the park. Good to hear you are doing well, though. How is the work? As they say in the Aleutians, “This ain’t the end of the world but you can see it from here”.

      Hope the job is a good one.

      • Notamobster says:

        The job is uber-boring right now between seasons. Slow and dull. I’d be an alcoholic if I had to live here. I’m kinda being sequestered up here. There were changes afoot in Seattle that were best implemented before I step on the dance floor.

        I was up here to learn the fishing side of the business, observe the operations, and report my findings – make changes when I get to Seattle.

        So, in effect, I will begin the job when I get back to the world. I’ve been entertaining myself with recruiting.

        • R.D. Walker says:

          Ain’t that the way it is? Even paradise gets old. A man has to move around, huh?

          Guam was great but after a while, I had to unass that island. I had a woman in her 50s working for me who had never been off Guam but for the nearby islands in the CNMI.

          Not me man. A plainsman has to roam.

          • Notamobster says:

            Yes sir. There are only 7 miles of drivable road. Weather has been shit all but 4 days. 33 and raining today.

            This place is pretty, but paradise it most certainly is not. I need changes in latitudes, to change my attitude. πŸ™‚

            I have thanked God many times for putting me here, but I’ll thank him when I’m gone, too.

  8. Notamobster says:

    As a man who chooses to live by the simple philosophy – semper peratis – I find this place to be logically untenable for such a lifestyle. This island is far too reliant upon the outside world for my liking.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      When the US blockaded Guam during WWII, there were about 20,000 on the island and it couldn’t produce enough food to feed them. It was constantly on my mind that there are about 160,000 there now. Miss a couple of days of shipping and times would be pretty mean there.

      • BigJimTX says:

        They better watch out that the island doesn’t tip over with that many people on board. πŸ˜‰

      • reboot says:

        I’ve got a month of food at least in my house just based upon that knowledge. Add a 50lb sack of rice and that could be extended to 2 months. Only thing I need to buy is milk for the kiddo if TSHTF.

  9. BrunDawg says:

    An Architect with a sense of humor:
    http://www.scotsman.com/news/odd/china-phallic-people-s-daily-building-causes-stir-1-2919394
    Or you can google images for “People’s Daily Building”.

    • Bman says:

      oh gawd! Hippies and hipsters ruin everything. I wont let it bother me though. I was drinking Pabst long before it was cool.

  10. R.D. Walker says:

    We were down today because we had a complaint of copyright violation. It was a photo of an old hippy in a tie dye t-shirt giving the peace symbol. I was on this post. http://therealrevo.com/blog/?p=9605

    • Greg B says:

      Holy Hell!
      From four years ago?
      Fer cryin’ out loud…..

    • jacksonsdad says:

      Dayum…. you gotta be one bored and useless POS to have nothing better to do than that. STUPID FUCKING WORTHLESS PIECE OF SHIT OLD HIPPY PHOTO’s are a-dime-a-dozen so…. here’s a tribute:

      http://tinyurl.com/puev27j

      That page would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. Seriously… I can think of very few things more utterly disheartening.

  11. R.D. Walker says:

  12. R.D. Walker says:

    Worst. Scooter. Rider. Ever.

  13. Notamobster says:

    Well, I’m leaving. Headed back to the world at 1615 hrs. Then on the red eye to Seattle. Should be there around 0530.

    If I crash, have drink for me… πŸ™‚

  14. sortahwitte says:

    Update from Moore, OK.

    From far away, the smell of pine trees. Shattered, twisted 2x4s everywhere. Nails and screws in the roadway. Roofing shingles everywhere. Some of the shingles landed in southern Missouri. A guy with an ancient road brush pulled behind a old, junk pickup going down the road sweeping the nails, etc to the ditch. You think he will send a bill to homeland security? Semis full of bottled water. Everywhere. Tons of it. From hardware stores across the state, batteries, flashlights, leather gloves, face masks, the list goes on forever. From folks like you and me. Semis of food from everywhere. Baptist men have a portable emergency kitchen set up. They can feed up to 5,000 people three meals a day. And are doing it. Are they keeping track of how many so they can bill the feds? No. It’s what they do. I forgot to mention the tire service vehicles from all over the state. They are fixing flats on everything. For free. Fire trucks, ambulances, porta-potty trucks, police cars, even media vehicles.

    A ground swell of volunteers. The Red Cross ran basic instruction classes for volunteers all day yesterday. They have a backlog of people who want to be trained. Right now, there about 10 volunteers for whatever job needs to be done.

    Heard janet napawhatsit was in Moore. Who cares?

    Our men’s group are going to Shawnee tomorrow. It’s located about 30 miles to the east of OKC. It and two other towns, Wellston and Carney, were hit by tornados the evening before the big one at Moore/OKC. We will be mainly picking up debris.
    It’s what we do in Oklahoma. We take care of each other.

    Thanks for your love and prayers. Love from Oklahoma

    • fubar says:

      be safe sorta,

      you all are in my prayers.

    • Jim22 says:

      I heard that Glenn Beck, with help from musician Toby Kieth, who lives in Moore Oklahoma, helped to organize several semi-trailers of the stuff Sorta described. Toby Kieth is also planning to raise money for those who lost so much. Beck is raising money as well at his Mercury one website.

      http://www.mercuryone.org/

  15. Notamobster says:

    That, my brother, is why most of us prefer small town, USA.

  16. rj says:

    yup same here in response to the texas tornado last week

  17. BaconNeggs says:
    • BaconNeggs says:

      The Jihadist with blooded hands was named by members of the public on the internet, as Michael Adebolajo.

      Sounds like he is Nigerian hertiage and probably came to Britain in a deliberate wave of immigration in the 1990’s, engineered by the British Labour Party to ensure its future political base was well stocked. This Jihadist shithead was actually arrest after attempting to go to Somalia as a Jihadist yet he is walking the British streets free as a bird.

      Yet more immigration chickens coming home to roost.

  18. sortahwitte says:

    Participating in a gun buy back because you believe that the criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you believe that the neighbors have too many kids.

  19. Jim22 says:

    Save this. It will come in handy:

    so thats the plan

  20. Greg B says:

    OMG! My local shop actually had ammo in stock today!
    (Frikkin two box limit, though)

  21. sortahwitte says:

    Just wanted you to know how much water, food and other supplies the islamic churches in Oklahoma have donated to the tornado victims. Nothing, nada, zilch, bupkus. I’m glad they chose to not participate. If it were turned around, all of us dumbass baptists would be bustin’ ass for them. FMR.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      I know for a fact my church just sent a big donation down.

      • sortahwitte says:

        And greatly appreciated. Thanks.

        We’re going down to Carney and Shawnee Tuesday through Friday this week. Moore is just covered up with people so we’re going back to the smaller towns. Spent Thursday west of Shawnee cutting up downed limbs and trees and stacking. A mobile home park there was swept almost clean. 4 deaths. They had a community shelter, but not everybody took advantage. On Thursday, at noon we were delivered meals from the baptist men’s emergency kitchen in Moore. They have it down to a science. There are a large amount of out of state contractors. Some are great, some are opportunists. For every home you see destroyed, there are 10 with the roof gone or severely damaged. Blue tarps are everywhere.

        I love the presbys. Their churches are in the damage area building 10×12 storage sheds. For free. To fema specs. For the homeowner to stash recovered goodies, memorabilia, etc.

        More as I can. This old man is almost tired.

        • Ray Davies says:

          Thanks for what you’re doing.You are a credit to the Revonistas. Sorry I can’t help so I just send money. Stay Safe Now.

    • Jim22 says:

      Just about what I expected. The religion of perpetual rage doesn’t worry about infidels with troubles – unless it is to bring them more of it.

  22. fubar says:

    http://lewrockwell.com/mercola/mercola288.html

    anybody know about this Mercola guy?

    the FDA doesn’t seem to like him, which to me- gives more validity to his info presented

    I’m not a doctor or scientist or even college educated, I just stayed at a holiday express, once πŸ˜‰ Anyone?

    when i read the Jolie story, I figured it was drumming up business for the medical/ pharmaceutical/biotech industry

    • RJM says:

      Fubar, my wife is into health and nutrition in a big way.

      She spends hours and hours researching stuff. She is always talking about Mercola. She says our foods are over processed and are killing us.

      She thinks he’s a genius.

      • fubar says:

        thanks RJM,

        i think the advice to stay away from estrogenic food products is spot on (ever notice how many prostate med commercials there are?)

        unfortunately, @75%- of our prepared/packaged foods contain soy

  23. BigJimTX says:

    Joe Biden approves of chocolate ammo in response to boy’s letter.

    Source

    Not exactly safer:

  24. R.D. Walker says:

    This is the best video I have ever seen in my life.

    It’s Not About the Nail from Jason Headley on Vimeo.

    • TN-Cat says:

      That is so perfect in so many ways.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        By the end of that discussion, I’d be out searching for a hammer. And not to use the claw end either.

        • TN-Cat says:

          Note to self:
          Leave wife at home next Fiesta.

          • R.D. Walker says:

            The funny thing is, Mrs. Walker doesn’t really do that to me. By God, she wants me to fix stuff… the gutters, that shelf in the closet, the noisy dishwasher, that dripping faucet, the crack in the sidewalk….

            • Ray Davies says:

              Right.. she “WANTS”. Sorry the Crappe are biting, I’ll fix it when I get back.

    • rockheim says:

      Ok.. that is simply beyond awesome.. πŸ˜€

  25. sortahwitte says:

    Just a quick update as we are headed back to okc. We will stay with our younger daughter and family in northwest okc. We’ll be home Friday pm. Last week was busy as we spent most of our time at Carney and Kendrick. I’ve lived here for a long time and I don’t think I had heard of Kendrick. Moderate to severe damage in both towns. Just helping with clean up and shuttling food from Shawnee. Kendrick’s volunteer fire dept took a direct hit. They couldn’t find their ambulance for 24 hours. It was a half mile away down in a creek bottom and covered with mud. No deaths there but many close calls. More later.

    • notamobster says:

      Thanks for the update, Sorta! It’s awesome to see Revoistas putting there money (& sweat) where their mouth is.

  26. Jim22 says:

    ITS JUST ME AN’ LEROY

    A guy stopped at a local gas station, and after filling his tank, he paid the bill and
    bought a soft drink. He stood by his car to drink his cola and watched a couple of
    men working along the roadside. One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep
    and then move on. The other man came along behind him and filled in the hole. While
    one was digging a new hole, the other was 25 feet behind filling in the hole.

    The men worked right past the guy with the soft drink and went on down the road.
    “I can’t stand this,” said the man tossing the can into a trash container and headed
    down the road toward the men. “Hold it, hold it,” he said to the men. “Can you tell me what’s going on here with all this digging and refilling?”

    “Well, we work for the government and we’re just doing our job,” one of the men said.

    “But one of you is digging a hole and the other fills it up. You’re not accomplishing
    anything. Aren’t you wasting the taxpayers’ money?”

    “You don’t understand, mister,” one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping
    his brow. “Normally there’s three of us: Me, Elmer and Leroy. I dig the hole, Elmer
    sticks in the tree, and Leroy here puts the dirt back.

    You see with the government sequestering, they are not buying any more trees so
    Elmer’s job’s been cut … so now it’s just me an’ Leroy.

  27. Jim22 says:

    Bulk Packed Lake City M855 223 cal 62gr Ammunition $619/1000

    http://www.wideners.com/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=100000476

    Limit of 1 case per order.

  28. KWMatthews says:

    I’ve had a dream to open a gun range. I’m not sure if it will ever happen as there are already quite a few in the area, but if someone’s doing it right, these guys are:

    http://imgur.com/a/Kkh58

    I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty darn awesome.

  29. RJ says:

    the below quote is from a current article on American Thinker, DoJ places chill on critics of islam.

    Folks we have it here and now, the department of justice is threatening to enforce muslim blasphemy laws… the prezy said “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of islam” in a recent speach at the UN, taken together at face value here it is.

    The department of justice will seek to enforce civil rights violations charges against those who publically slander islam on public media, so says prezy obeyme.

    That is flat out the enactment of sharia law.

    “The area’s top federal prosecutor, Bill Killian, will address a topic that most Americans are likely unfamiliar with, even those well versed on the Constitution; that federal civil rights laws can actually be violated by those who post inflammatory documents aimed at Muslims on social media. “This is an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion,” Killian says in the local news story. “This is also to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are.”

    Please note: By “spreading information considered inflammatory against Muslims” – even if it’s true – you could violate the civil rights act and be subject to prosecution.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/05/doj_places_a_chill_on_criticism_of_islam.html#ixzz2Usva24NH
    Follow us: @AmericanThinker on Twitter | AmericanThinker on Facebook

    • BigJimTX says:

      No problems if you spread inflammatory information about Christians though. That’s covered by the 1st amendment.

      • notamobster says:

        Yep, a case charged under the civil rights act for offending Islam would be thrown out of court immediately on 1st Amendment grounds. This is the govt trying to scare people into behavior they find more appropriate. Fuck em.

        • RJ says:

          yea it would likely be thrown out but at what cost of legal fees for the person charged for posting stuff on facebook,

  30. BrunDawg says:

    Tax dollars well spent

    The head of the CeaseFire Illinois anti-violence group is in police custody in west suburban Hillside, charged with domestic battery.

    CeaseFire Illinois was awarded a $1 million contract from the city of Chicago last year to bring its anti-violence initiative to two police districts β€” one on the South Side and one on the West Side.

    — Chicago Sun Times

    • notamobster says:

      Wow. Why do these “warriors for the cause” type people always end up doing what they pretend to be fighting? The rape prevention guy for the USAF was arrested for sex assault. Preachers arrested for drugs/prostitution. Anti-gay public officials arrested blowing dudes in airport bathrooms. Anti-gunners arrested on gun charges. Anti-violence for domestic battery. WTF? Over.

      • Uke says:

        Two reasons:

        People in said positions are human, just like the rest of us. They are not endowed with special immunities to various human flaws.

        and/or

        People in these positions are not actually selected for any demonstrably provable crusade against X vice. They are simply selected somewhat arbitrarily by a superior, or they volunteer somewhat arbitrarily in hopes of a resume-enhancing career boost.

        • notamobster says:

          But why do they seem to always end up exhibiting “X vice” which they are so publicly opposed to?

          • Uke says:

            I think that’s a matter of perception. It is probably simply highlighted in the news in our minds because it’s so paradoxical, and hilariously so.

            Though I bet there IS a small percentage of people that get involved with a specific profession in order to take advantage of their position, and end up becoming that which they opposed.

            Example: A person becomes a rape counselor because they are bad at relationships and knows it’s easier to take advantage of hurt, vulnerable girls.

  31. Jim22 says:

    Please.

    Prayers for Oklahoma and our friend Sortawitte, We are seeing a repeat of a week ago.

    Please, Sorta, let us know you and your family are all right.

  32. sortahwitte says:

    Greetings from the wind tunnel of the great plains. We’re fine, the kids in okc are fine also. We left okc this afternoon to head home. Lots of Red Cross disaster relief units were pulling out also. I saw several from Kansas and Nebraska that were leaving. This morning, our meteorologist son-in-law called from Dallas and said the odds were very good for severe weather this evening. He always calls when there is a heads up. The tv people can sell advertising all they want, but when Mark speaks, we listen. He was correct. They were so sure that Chesapeake, Sandridge and Devon, all energy companies downtown, let their employees leave early. They also shut down the relief efforts in Moore, Shawnee, etc. Probably a good thing, too. Last word I had was 2 tornados skirted and hit parts of okc, north Moore, and Norman. Even the “professionals” from the weather channel got nailed. All I can say is that I’m not only tired, but also weary. Thanks for your continuing prayers and thoughts. Love from Oklahoma.

  33. sortahwitte says:

    LnL, I apologize. I am a three fingered troglodite when it comes to texting. My reply probably went to the rings around Uranus.
    No, really.

  34. notamobster says:

    LNL, he likes the rings around Uranus. Be careful. πŸ™‚