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Travels with Charlie January 28, 2008

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Instead of his usual Sunday afternoon Jeep wash and vacuum party, Charlie Wrangler and I went to The Powder Room, site of the soon to be held Innocent Bystanders Pistol Party. I wanted to see how busy they were around 1:00 on a typical Sunday. Charlie and I were somewhat surprised to see the parking lot very full.

I didn’t have to wait for a shooting lane, someone was just checking out at the counter in front of me. The 10 position range was all full when I took up my station. I shot 100 rounds through my Bersa .380, and 50 with my .38 special. I was terrible. There was a lady in the lane next to me raining down hot .40 shell casings over the partition.  She was very good.  I was nervous.

I (again) talked to the owners about the Pistol Match on Superbowl Sunday. They suggested that I call before we arrive, and they will start grouping the shooters to one side of the range. They won’t reserve any lanes in advance, but I was assured that most of the time, Superbowl Sunday is not busy. We’ll see.

I asked about ammunition, and was told that the main rules are no magnum loads, and full metal jacket.  You can read some of their additional range rules and fees here.  I stopped by a Walmart on the way home, and compared ammunition prices:

100 rounds           Powder Rm            Walmart

.380                           $31.00                       $26.00

.38special                    33.00                         26.00

.45ACP                        41.00                         29.00

9MM                            24.00                         16.00

I plan on a Walmart run on Saturday before the party, so if any of you shooters want me to pick up some ammo, let me know.  I would also echo Russ’ suggestion that you bring ear protection and eye protection if you have it, to save the rental fees. 

 

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1. Pupster - January 28, 2008

I shot for about an hour, and with ammo and targets dropped about $60 for the afternoon.

Range time is $8 per 1/2 hour.

2. Russ from Winterset - January 28, 2008

full metal jacket ammo only? Crap. I’m gonna have to reconfigure my suitcase to bring more semi-auto guns. The old 32 S&W long & 38 S&W revolvers shoot lead round nose ammo, which is apparently verboten at The Powder Room. I’ll bring a CZ52 in 7.62×25 instead, and maybe another .22 to replace the old revolvers.

Plus, I’ll have a problem with bringing cheap .38 special ammo, since all my cheap ammo is round nose lead loads (don’t worry Dave, I’ve still got almost three boxes of .45 ACP that I bought for about $12/box back in the day). I’ve got a couple boxes of .38 special FMJ, but not enough for everyone. I’ll check the prices at Wal-Mart & a local gun store on my way out of town. Damn, I wish I’d known about the ban on lead ammo yesterday, so I could have stopped by the gun show they were having at the Iowa State Fairgrounds this weekend.

OK, now my suitcase will include a pair of .32 ACP, a 9mm Makarov, a 9mm Parabellum, a 7.62×25, a .38 special, three .22LR and one little .32 S&W (Hey, I’ve got to bring at least ONE obsolete gun, and I’ve got one box of FMJ for my cheap little pocket gun), plus .45 ACP ammo for Dave’s Kimber

3. Russ from Winterset - January 28, 2008

Hey Pupster, is that price for .38 special for a 50 round box, or a 100 round bulk box? If it’s for 100 rounds, that’s a pretty good price. $26/100 is about what I can get mail order, so at least I won’t have to stop at every gun store on my way through Iowa/Illinois/Indiana/Ohio to look for cheap .38 special FMJ. I’ll swing through Wally world on my way through Des Moines Wednesday morning, and pick up a couple boxes of .38 for my Smith & Wesson.

4. Dave in Texas - January 28, 2008

EAT LEAD SUCKA!

I just wanted to say that.

5. Russ from Winterset - January 28, 2008

Hey! They allow .22 rifles? Cool. I’ll bring my tricked out Ruger 10/22 semiauto and an old Mossberg bolt action to do a little shooting. I’m not a complete moron with a pistol, but I’m a whole lot better with a rifle.

6. Russ from Winterset - January 28, 2008

Dave, that’s a great saying for shooting parties, but I’ve always been partial to “FREEZE GOPHER!” myself.

7. Pupster - January 28, 2008

Russ,
All the pricing is for 100 rounds. The Walmart is just a couple of miles away from the range.

When will you be arriving, Russ?

8. Dave in Texas - January 28, 2008

Oh cool.. a .22 rifle is a great way to start off a new shooter. Little pops, less anxiety about a handgun… awesome.

9. Pupster - January 28, 2008

“OK, now my suitcase will include a pair of .32 ACP, a 9mm Makarov, a 9mm Parabellum, a 7.62×25, a .38 special, three .22LR and one little .32 S&W” – Russ

*Note to self: Don’t start a shooting war with Winterset, IA*

10. skinbad - January 28, 2008

Still contemplating checking a bag. My wife wants to bring some homemade syrup for the waffles–a carry on no-no.. If we do I can bring ammo. I’ll let you know. BTW–Nice title on the post.

11. Dave in Texas - January 28, 2008

if the airlines confiscate your maple syrple then the terrorists have won.

12. skinbad - January 28, 2008

We have a bunch of wild plum trees around the house. She’s tried a bunch of other things, but usually comes back to the plum. It’s pretty good. A nice change from maple. If I had any chokecherry on hand, I don’t know if I could bring myself to share it (Home Simpson sound).

13. Russ from Winterset - January 28, 2008

Pups, we’re leaving Winterset on Wednesday morning to drive to DC, then we’ll leave DC on Saturday morning to drive to C-bus. I think we’ll get in late Saturday afternoon.

Dave, the .22 rifles are a scoped tackdriver I customized in the early 90′s, and a little bolt action repeater with peep sights and a walnut stock (It’s a pretty little gun, and I’d like to put a few more rounds through it to get it totally dialed in). They’ll be fun, especially for the novices in the group.

14. The Lovely Janis - January 28, 2008

“Note to self: Don’t start a shooting war with Winterset, IA” –Pupster

Note the addition we are putting on the house has a room I have entitled “Russ’ Room” or more aptly named “The Arsonal” as we are specializing the size of the closet for the guns safe and organization of all things gun related. I think Russ wanted that location in the house so he can patrol the backyard for squirrels, rabbits and other critters.

15. Bandit the Wonder Dog - January 28, 2008

“I think Russ wanted that location in the house so he can patrol the backyard for squirrels, rabbits and other critters.”

AHEM……

I think if you look at the Housepet Manual, page 47, paragraph 7, subsection C, you’ll find that “all contact with squirrels, rabbits, feral cats and other non-house dwelling animals shall be the responsibility of The Dog. If said Dog is indisposed (sleeping, eating, bugging the cats, etc.), he can delegate the responsibility to one of the humans.”

I don’t remember delegating any authority. If you don’t watch it, I’ll call my union rep, and we’ll have a problem on our hands. And we don’t want a problem, now do we?

16. Union Rep - January 28, 2008

Good Dog!!!

17. Russ from Winterset - January 28, 2008

“They won’t reserve any lanes in advance, but I was assured that most of the time, Superbowl Sunday is not busy. We’ll see.”

Hey Pups, call them back and tell them that Dave in Texas, the 2008 Republican Party Presidential Candidate will be attending the IBSBP, and they’ll probably clear the whole place out for us. And we’ve got an even chance to have them cook some bacon for us. Mmmmmmmmmm. Bacon.

18. Mr Minority - January 28, 2008

I’m gonna miss all the fun!

*a tear rolls down Mr Minority’s cheek*

19. daveintexas - January 28, 2008

It would be cool to have you there Mr. M.

Unless you shoot better than me. In that case it would suck.

20. Mr Minority - January 28, 2008

Thanks Dave!

From now until the beginning of June I am busier that a 3 legged cat trying to cover a turd on a ice pond. Just can’t take vacation.

And it has been over a year since I have shot my guns, so you probably would beat me.

21. daveintexas - January 28, 2008

It occurs to me we live close enough (I think, Austin area?) to find a range somewhere and go shoot. I’ve been meaning to ask you about it, but you know how people talk around here.

22. BrewFan - January 28, 2008

Its a TRAP!

23. kevlarchick - January 28, 2008

I guess I understand the Russ Room. Man needs a place to hold his state militia meetings.

But is there a Janis Room?

24. Dave in Texas - January 28, 2008

you mean the kitchen?

25. Pupster - January 28, 2008

*slowly backs away in a non-threatening manner*

26. kevlarchick - January 28, 2008

You’re such a dickhead Dave. I’m SO going to try to beat you at shooting.

27. dr4 - January 28, 2008

On the post over at Aces about the Challenger disaster Gabe says “For those like me who are too young to remember this, but would like to see what happened….”

I hate that guy more every day. A local teacher here was almost chosen to be on the shuttle but didnt make the final cut. I think. Its been a while.

Anyways…ive removed AoSHQ from my bookmarks. Ive just been clicking over there out of habit for a while now.

Anybody know of any good conservative blogs out there that are funny?

28. Dave in Texas - January 28, 2008

>>You’re such a dickhead Dave

I like to think I’ve taken some natural ability and refined it into something truly special.

29. Russ from Winterset - January 28, 2008

She gets a bedroom upstairs for her projects, plus she gets most of the bedroom/den room between the main floor bathroom & the living room. And the kitchen too. She’s making all the decisions on the remodeling project, so I think it’s appropriate to call it “her” room. Plus, she got to move her piano into the dining room, and she picked out all the living room furniture. And all our furniture for the bedroom. And all the decorations in the hallway/TV room upstairs.

Come to think of it, other than half the basement, I really won’t have a room for “me”, and the baby’s going to take all the new basement space for a “playroom”, so that one room is going to be my only place to hole up once the remodeling is done.

Other than the garage.

30. Sobek - January 28, 2008

“Anybody know of any good conservative blogs out there that are funny?”

Sure, there are lots. Dave from Garfield Ridge is a … oh, wait. Well, you can always try SobekPundit, which … oh, I guess that won’tw ork.

Of course I’m a big fan of Wuzzadem, but he’s apparently in some sort of competition with Treacher to see who can update the least frequently.

http://wuzzadem.typepad.com/wuz/2008/01/fred-drops-out.html

And I assume you read Cuffy’s blog, which suffers from not-enough-posting-by-a-very-funny-guy-itis, but is otherwise excellent.

31. dr4 - January 28, 2008

Those guys never update. Eh it doesnt really matter anyway.

Movie reviews:

Nick of Time with Johnny Depp: Not good.Interesting idea poorly executed. “Evil Conservatives” as the bad guys. I cant take Christopher Walken seriously in anything anymore.

Since You Went Away: Very sappy. Poorly acted. Terribly long and tedious.

Buckaroo Bonzai: I didnt get it. Just turned it off.

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood: I liked it ok. The interviews are hilarious but the parts in between that make up the majority of the movie are pretty weak.

House of Wax: It has Paris Hilton in it. nuff said. Thought it was the original Vincent Price version. Which was good. This was not. Deleted it 2 minutes into watching it..

32. Sobek - January 28, 2008

I like Protein Wisdom, although I often have to skim through his fifty-page manifestos about English Department minutiae and gender theory. I’m not a daily reader.

When I was in full-on blogging mode I had eight to ten daily reads. Then I got burned out and dialed it back to Ace and here (and Dave, before he quit). I’ve started reading a bit more, like the Hostages. I check Cuffy’s site every few days, because that’s enough to stay caught up.

I saw the beginning of Buckaroo Banzai, and then the DVD started skipping. I never had the inclindation to try to find a better copy. Never saw any of the other movies you mentioned. Mrs. Sobek took me to see a documentary about marathon runners this past week, but other than that I almost never see movies in the theater. Too big of a hassle to get a babysitter, get home from work with enough time to eat dinner, and get to the theater.

33. geoff - January 28, 2008

Too big of a hassle to get a babysitter, get home from work with enough time to eat dinner, and get to the theater.

Yup. Thank God for Netflix.

Buckaroo Banzai: overhyped, bad pacing, sound wasn’t great. I saw it when it was released, and thought it was so-so. Then I tried rewatching it with the kids a couple of years ago, and couldn’t finish it.

I’ve given up on Ace, also. The news is slow and the funny is weak. If it weren’t for lw and DinTX, I would have quit long ago.

34. dr4 - January 28, 2008

Something i dont like about going to the theater is how high the volume is. Im deaf as hell from all the loud music ive listened to over the years but it even gets to me. I watched Rambo the other night and the explosions were so loud – im not going to say painfully loud – but uncomfortably loud to the point that it distracted me from the movie.

Oh and a large popcorn is 7 bucks now.

35. Lipstick - January 28, 2008

I’ve given up on Ace, also.

Hey! Did we give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

No!

I have hope.

36. The Lovely Janis - January 28, 2008

Bandit The Wonder Dog — you better watch throwing your weight around — remember who feeds you, keeps your water bowl full, lets you out to pee and poop, washes your pillows, pets you and gives you treats. And you have not been doing a very good job with the squirrel population lately. There’s a whole den of them hanging around the neighbor’s bird feeder.

Russ’ Room — he gets to make MOST of the decisions on it. He has consulted with me on the closet and gun safe area; I had to explain to him why the doorway needed to be moved from one end of the wall to the other to accomidate a dinning area in our breakfast nook/back entry and I will grant him points for coming up with a way to get the laundry chute in the house that I so desparately want by sacraficing a 1 foot by 1 foot area of his gun/closet areas. He can choose the colors, decor and furniture for his room — funny thing is I think I have provided for most of it with my auction and antique/flea market buys — vintage 1960s art-deco end tables, beer signs with mirrored ball and wildlife prints.

Now what is mine — every other room in the house — minus 1/2 the existing basement, part of the garage (he forgets of all my gardening stuff I have to store). Note Russ also has a 10′ x 14′ barn out back for all his motorcycles!!!

We will try to remember to bring pics of our destruction/construction!!!

37. PattyAnn - January 28, 2008

*smooch, smooch, Sobek*

And Buckarai Bonzai? Excellent love story.

38. PattyAnn - January 28, 2008

Janis, our keyboard is in the former dining room. Now it’s the music room.

39. TXMarko - January 28, 2008

Every man should have a retreat, or Man-Cave.
Mine is the messiest room in the house.
But I know where everything is.
I think.

40. The Lovely Janis - January 28, 2008

PattyAnn,

Our living and dinning rooms are more or less one big room and this was the only place the piano fit — it may get moved to the “Den” when we rearrange– at least there I can close the doors and be as loud as I want!

41. Sobek - January 28, 2008

Amish, which conservative bloggers have you considered to be the funniest?

42. Muslihoon - January 28, 2008

Sweasel is always a riot. But not always political.

43. dr4 - January 28, 2008

There really arent that many who are really funny.

Ace is funny when he tries. He just doesnt post that much anymore and really doesnt put a lot of effort into bringing the funny. Whens the last time he did a top ten list?

Goldstein is funny once you get used to his style. But he doesnt post that much either. I stopped reading his site months ago.

Dave at Garfield Ridge had always had good links and was sometimes funny. He doesnt blog at all now.

I enjoy Frankjs comments at other sites more than his blog.

Your blogger interviews and Mr Potato Head photoshops were good.

Geezers friend the Mayor has some interesting and funny stuff on his site occasionally.

Allah had nice photoshops, but isnt that funny since he moved to Hot Air. And i dont care for him anyway.

Basically the only two bloggers who were consistently funny as far as their posts were concerned were Ace and Goldstein. And Ace also had dozens of commenters who could make even his lame posts funny.

I wonder why there havent been any new sites to come along on the conservative side of the blogosphere? The same old sites have had all the readers for the last couple of years. Its getting stale.

How hard could blogging be? I mean if its your only source of income and you have the time to devote to it. There are millions of things happening everyday and all you have to do is find 10 interesting ones and come up with a handful of jokes. Piece of cake.

44. geoff - January 28, 2008

The thing is, Ace had that gonzo-conservatism attitude down, just like Allah had the Oho! kufr! schtick down. I thought they were the funniest guys on the web, but both have given up on humor, it seems.

It probably doesn’t help Ace that all of his standard “outrageous lifestyle” gimmicks have been beaten to death by his commenters: i.e., hobos, Val-U-Rite vodka, Thai tranny hookers, Anka, Betsy, Chris Klein, etc. Now they’re all commonplace and have lost their GLAR factor. And he’s not replacing them with anything because he’s lost interest.

45. Sobek - January 28, 2008

In his prime, Allah was the best thing on the intertubes. He’s the reason I started blogging (which was not long before he first quit). When he came back he was too sporadic to follow. And while he still has a way with prose and analysis, he’s lost his edge since HotAir.

Ace is my adopted blog-father since Allah quit. His blog isn’t nearly as funny anymore, and possibly because it’s turned into his day job. Worse, everyone is in high-stress mode because of the election, and that’s not a good environment in which to to try to make comedy.

Frank J does his jokes extremely well, but it’s always the same jokes (“I’m an over-the-top gun freak and bordeline psychotic!!!”).

I like the Llamabutchers, too.

46. Sobek - January 28, 2008

“I wonder why there havent been any new sites to come along on the conservative side of the blogosphere?”

That’s a great question. When I started blogging, it was along with a gazillion other blogs that seemed to pop up around the same time. Maybe that’s still the case, and I just don’t hear about it because I don’t spend much time looking for new blogs.

47. mesablue - January 28, 2008

the Hostages.

Conservative?

Funny?

Retarded, maybe.

48. Sobek - January 28, 2008

“Retarded, maybe.”

In the sense that Bill Clinton is a sexual predator, maybe.

49. mesablue - January 28, 2008

I check Cuffy’s site every few days, because that’s enough to stay caught up.

Cuffy can be really funny. I don’t know if he knows that so many people stop by. Same for Sinistar/Doubleplusundead/Bad Candy/drunken faster/blog whore.

50. mesablue - January 28, 2008

In the sense that Bill Clinton is a sexual predator, maybe.

High praise.

A new tag line is born.

51. dr4 - January 28, 2008

I had actually forgotten about Chris Klein.

Ace just needs to focus. Sometimes you just have to “write your way through it.’ Humor can be found in anything if you just take a little time to look for it. And as a blogger he has plenty of time. If it takes him a couple of hours to come up with a really funny piece he has the time to do that. And it’s not like he’s limited as to what he can post about.

Plus he has dozens of regular commenters to help inspire him. Post a plain old news story with whatever little joke you can come up with. Read a couple of responses and it they are beter than what you started with run with it.

“Anyone can Blog – Commenting is Hard”

As a commenter you have to

1) work from a post that someone else chose
2) come up with a funny take on it and/or expand on what the original poster said
3) Make sure your joke actually makes sense. A lot of times i will slightly misread a post and make a joke that doesnt quite fit right.
4) Or sometimes i come up with a joke but it needs to be set up by another commenter. Sockpuppeting is cheating.
5) Make sure nobody has used the joke already while youve been trying to get all this shit ready. That is frustrating.
6) Spellcheck. I usually skip this step. Bloggers can go back and fix errors that ruin jokes. Commenters cant.

All that said – Ace seems to be doing very well even though it is apparent to his longterm readers that he is on cruise control. If he can make money blogging by not actually blogging then who am i to argue?

52. Will - January 28, 2008

I think Ace regrets the direction he took in making his place the “Moron Blog.” I suspect he really wants to be a respectable voice in conservative politics, but can’t divorce himself from the AoSLifestyle that has built up around the place. I wouldn’t be all that surprised if he takes up more serious blogging at a different site under a new pseudonym (if he hasn’t already, that may be why he just doesn’t post at AoS as much these days)

Allah can’t bring his old style funny because he’s constrained by the standards at Hotair. Michelle may laugh just as much as the rest of us at Dean-o Pshops, but she knows that’s a quick way to be marginalized in the media market at large.

53. Russ from Winterset - January 28, 2008

Goldstein lost his edge when the psycho bitch started hinting about molesting/killing his kid. I think he probably took a step back and said to himself “Jesus Christ, I don’t need this kind of shit in my life”. He’s trying to get back in the game, but you can tell his heart isn’t in it. He’s still funny, but not as funny as he was 3 or 4 years ago. Plus, in his absence, the character of his blog changed with all the guest commenters. If his absence had been for a defined period, readers could have gotten used to the guests as a temporary measure, but the new PW, with all the guest bloggers, isn’t the same as it was.

As far as Ace goes, I think he’s frustrated in how the conservative blogosphere hasn’t had the same influence on the Republican Party as the batshit crazy Kos/DU/Firedog faction of the internet has on the Democratic Party. He keeps making good suggestions, and Lott/Hastert/Bush/Romney/Thompson/Martinez keep pissing in his cornflakes. After awhile, that’s got to piss you off, so to speak.

Plus, it ain’t easy bringing the funnay 24/7/365. Especially when you’re juggling blogging with a career. I think Conservatives have a harder time blogging at a high level than liberals do because they actually have a work ethic and feel bad about neglecting their paid jobs to post jokes on the internet. If there were a right-wing sugar daddy like Soros throwing money at bloggers, maybe conservative bloggers would take longer to burn out.

Another reason for conservative bloggers burning out, and I’m just playing amateur psychologist here, is that conservatives are normally less narcissistic than their liberal counterparts. In order to perform up there on the big stage, you’ve got to have a little “Evita” in you, and comparing bloggers like Kos and Dave from Garfield Ridge, guess which one is more likely to break out in a version of “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina”?

54. Russ from Winterset - January 28, 2008

Sobek, the llamas are a regular stop for me too, but they’re not really a humor blog. More of a “high culture with the occasional pie in the face” type of site. Reading their site is kind of like watching the History Channel (without all those specials about Hitler), in that you might get a chuckle or not, but either way, you’re gonna learn something.

55. Russ from Winterset - January 28, 2008

The burnout is part of the reason I never actually got around to setting up my own blog. Well, that and the fact that I’m inherently lazy.

I can be funny in small doses (sometimes), but being a realist, I know that If I tried to do a typical 2 or 3 posts a day blog I’d wind up looking as sad and pathetic as Bruno Kirby in “Good Morning Vietnam” within a month, three months tops.

Right now, I’m happy honing my craft guesting at Ace’s, Blonde Sagacity and the Cakeeater Chronicles. Maybe in a year or six months, I’ll have the urge to hang out my own shingle, but right now, I’m the Kato Kaelin of blogs, moving from couch to couch in other peoples homes.

56. S. Weasel - January 28, 2008

Well, thank you, Musli. I wondered why I was getting hits from a thread I hadn’t read yet. Lately, I’ve been as funny as a needle biopsy, though. I thought about suspending my blog until I got this move over with, knowing what a steaming pile of good cheer I was going to be for the duration.

Y’all forgot John of Wuzzadem. He was really funny back in the day. Then he went away and turned it over to his wife and the rest is…whatever.

I’m beginning to think there’s a natural life cycle to blogs. At some point, all my favorites have largely abdicated in favor of co-bloggers. Not as good — not NEARLY as good, in most cases — but by that time they have the readership and the traffic and it hardly matters to the bottom line.

57. mesablue - January 28, 2008

The guys at The Nose On Your Face are pretty funny.

http://www.thenoseonyourface.com/

58. dr4 - January 28, 2008

I thought blogging was Aces career. I can see getting burned out if you are trying to balance a blog and a full time job. Especially a comedic blog. But if you have 8 hours a day to come up with a few funny posts i dont see how hard that could be.

How many jokes do you come up with a day just at random? its easy.

59. mesablue - January 28, 2008

its easy.

Well, clear your busy schedule, stop watching so many movies and get a move on — funny boy.

60. Sobek - January 28, 2008

“But if you have 8 hours a day to come up with a few funny posts i dont see how hard that could be.”

If you don’t get burned out, not that hard. One thing I hated about blogging was getting home from a busy day and finding I was way behind on a huge story, and knowing I couldn’t come up with an original take on it.

You were a co-blogger for a while — what made you quit? I still occasionally chuckle at a thing you did about how Gandhi is the ultimate fighter, because he can just reincarnate as something even tougher, like a monkey with a chainsaw.

61. daveintexas - January 28, 2008

>>its easy

Really?

Go for it.

62. dr4 - January 28, 2008

That wasnt me. That was another Amish. He was the guy who was friends with the Fat Kid. The only reason he blogged over there was because a guy called The Unpopulist banned him from Aces the first time that Ace had guest bloggers. He banned him for a ‘racist’ comment and then edited the comment so no one could read it for themselves and see how harmless it was. The Unpopulist then wrote that ‘everything was cool’ while behind the scenes he banned Amishs IP.

Amish 1(him) much like Amish 2(me) does not care for that sort of thing. When Fat Kid offered him a spot at his place he started blogging with a vengeance. His goal was to crush Aces number of readers. And he did. He got linked by Instapundit, Malkin, FrankJ, NRo and others within a day or so. I think the Fat Kids site went from having about 100 hits per day to almost 25,000. Not bad for a couple of days work.

So thats why he did it. To make the Unpopulist look like chump.

I dont care bout blogging myself but i think i could do it. You just have to know your audience. I also have a very interesting idea about how to create a hugely popular political website within a few months. It would take a little planning, a little money, and the cooperation of a couple of big time bloggers but i think i could pull it off. I would never do it though. Too lazy.

63. Sobek - January 28, 2008

Holy crap, you’re a different Amish?

“Not bad for a couple of days work.”

I remember it well. Not bad indeed.

So what was Amish1′s supposedly racist comment?

64. dr4 - January 28, 2008

Go for it.

No.

Why should i? Im a commenter.

Look at how much time you spend online making jokes. For free. You have a full time job and a family. If you added up all of the time you spend here, at aces and probably other blogs I think you could have a very successful blog. I just dont see how blogging for a living could cause you to be burned out. Go work in a factory for a few decades and then call me.

Look at how much time Bart used to spend at Aces. Or how much time I spent there. I think Bart put more effort into the place than Ace did.

65. mesablue - January 28, 2008

The other Amish wasn’t as rornery.

66. daveintexas - January 28, 2008

Why should you? Cause you’re cryin like a bitch.

Fuck off. Sorry I don’t have your factory creds. I schluped my way through 11 years of college.. you wanna cry that Gabe got a gig and you can’t?

67. geoff - January 28, 2008

The two other problems at Ace’s, which tend to dampen the humor coefficient even more, are:

1) Broken comments system (still). The “Recent Comments” sidebar hasn’t worked for a year, and the New Comments Thingy doesn’t show number of comments, making it difficult to find and track the hot threads.

2) Too many posts. For instance, today there were 20 posts. This dilutes the comments and makes it easy to miss the hot threads. 5 – 10 good posts/day is a nice pace. Ace put up 13 posts today, but wrote less than 1000 words on all of them combined. He’s go to remember that people don’t look at him as a news aggregator, they look to him as an irreverently funny expression of their conservative sentiments.

68. dr4 - January 28, 2008

what was Amish1’s supposedly racist comment?

I think that the Unpopulist had a post talking about how Robert Byrd used the term “mud races’ to describe black people or something. So Amish 1 wrote a stirring defense of Byrd and started describing the true menace of the “mud races.” He then went on to condemn Lava Men and Mole People. It ended up with a link to a picture of one of the Lava Men from the Tick cartoon talking about how his daughter got knocked up by that ‘molten bastard’ or something like that.

The Unpopulist edited out all the funny stuff and left the “Robert Byrd is a Great American part and left a note saying that he had edited out ‘racist comments.” Amish 1 asked that he restore the comment in full for people to judge themselves or to remove it completely so he wouldnt look like a racist. The Unpopulist banned him.

Oh and i think that Dave from GR supported the Unpopulist too now that i think about it so fuck him too.

69. daveintexas - January 28, 2008

geoff… constructive.

70. zombie mesa - January 28, 2008

I like turtles.

71. BrewFan - January 28, 2008

geoff, the broken comments system at Ace’s is the main reason I don’t bother anymore. You know what the worst part about that is? A blog is so simple from a technical standpoint that there is just no good reason for it being screwed up for so long. I realize that mu.nu is free but doesn’t anybody over there have any professional pride?

72. Sobek - January 28, 2008

For someone who isn’t the real Amish, you sure do know an awful lot about him. I’ve secretly assumed you and Cuffy are the same person for a while now — same hilarious, irreverent sense of humor.

In fact, I think you’re probably Ace, too. You’re trolling for criticism as a sockpuppet and making an enemies list. And if you’re Ace, that obviously means you’re Allah, too.

Damn, are you and I the only two people on the internet? And if so, if I ever meet you I’m going to punch you in the balls for that goatse thing.

73. geoff - January 28, 2008

Or, if he had a less bloggy organization (like with titles and brief excerpts, rather than just the posts themselves), he could get away with a lot more posts. Something like the Power Line dashboard, or the TPM Cafe format, maybe.

If it’s really Ace’s primary source of income, he should think about either abandoning Pixy’s server, or investing in Pixy to accelerate the software development. A Pixy Misa fund-raising drive would probably be met with enthusiasm by Ace’s readers. I mean, we can’t even do blockquotes in the comments, and those are one of the most important commenting tools.

74. dr4 - January 28, 2008

Im not saying YOU should go work in a factory – im saying that someone who only blogs for a living should not complain about having a monotonous job. Which i dont think ace does. My point was that blogging for a living is a pretty sweet gig compared to a lot of boring ass soul crush jobs.

Im not angry at Ace. I like Ace. I just think that his site has gotten kinda boring. Its the ted mcginley version of Happy Days now. You still watch but just because of habit.

And now that that is out of the way: Ditto what geoff said on 67. It makes commenting very hard without the new comments working and their being a dozen new posts to sort through to find out where everybody is hanging out. 10 a day spaced out somewhat evenly is perfect. Of course it isnt always gonna work out that way with breaking news but its a good plan.

I realize that mu.nu is free but doesn’t anybody over there have any professional pride?

I used to think that Ace was paying for Pixys services so i would bitch about how much down time there was. My bad. Pixy is a fucking saint. Ace should just bite the bullet and pay for something better though.

75. eddiebear - January 28, 2008

And one thing, IMHO, that separates many on our side from the lefty side is that they are united behind winning. Yeah, they are split between Hillary and Obama, but few if any of them will sit out if the other one wins the nomination. All they care about is victory, and that singlemindedness will be a great motivator.

Our side, however, is split among warring factions, with many in certain factions out and out stating that they will sit out to sink the other guy of their guy doesn’t get the nod. And you are starting to see some nasty, personal attacks against bloggers and commenters by people who support other candidates (at times, I have gotten into name calling, so I am not immune) Plus, throw in people like Bainbridge and some others (I forget who at this point) who are urging a tank job no matter who wins the GOP Nomination, and you see many disinterested and disspirited bloggers on our side.

76. dr4 - January 28, 2008

For someone who isn’t the real Amish, you sure do know an awful lot about him.

yep. I know him. I wouldnt have stolen his name if i didnt. It works out since i gave him his real one.

77. eddiebear - January 28, 2008

ANd speaking of nasty splits, even though I found AoS in 2005, I was still a regular at polipundit, and we all know how nasty that got in early 2006.

Now, that site is unreadable. As arrogant as DJ, Jayson and AKM were, they brought insight into polling and other stuff I, as a blog neophyte in 2004, ate up to hasten my appreciation of the political game. And Lorie was spot on in her analysis from a more down home level.

But the guys they have writing their now blow chunks, and poli is an obsessed one note Charlie who has lost his fastball as well.

78. Lipstick - January 28, 2008

So dr4 is Amish’s father? Is that what you’re saying?

79. dr4 - January 28, 2008

75. eddiebear

Hillary and Obama are the same policy wise as far as i can tell. thats why the Dems arent cracking up. There is a lot of space between Tom Tancredo and Mike Huckabee on the political scale though.

I think being on the same side – supporting Bush and the War – allowed us to put on some blinders when it comes to some bloggers and all Republicans in the media for that matter.

Hugh Hewitt attacking Dems = Good

Hugh Hewitt in a Romney Love fest = Kind of annoying when you support another candidate.

You start to take off the rose colored glasses.

I used to read INDC and Wizbang. Not anymore. Whether we agree politically or not doesnt matter. I just dont like those people.

80. eddiebear - January 28, 2008

79:

I agree. It’s just that I don’t see the vitriol hurled at one side by the other at those sites.

We still have common foes: the media, Hillary, etc., but I get the feeling some want to let them win this one so that “our side” can be reloaded for 2012.

81. daveintexas - January 28, 2008

Pixy is a fucking saint. Ace should just bite the bullet and pay for something better though

Should he now?

82. Michael - January 28, 2008

I suspect, at Ace’s traffic volume, that there would be a major and sustained traffic slump if he tried to migrate to a new IP address. He’s on so many blogrolls, for example, that would not work or be promptly updated if he moved.

I agree that the issues with the software for commenters have hurt, for the reasons stated above. But keep in mind that the problem was originally caused by asshole spammers that were shutting down the site. Maybe what Pixy really needs is a good spam filter, but that would cost money.

83. BrewFan - January 28, 2008

IP addresses don’t have anything to do with it. If he gets a new site, his entry in the DNS gets changed and as a backup the old site just does a redirect to the new one. You would never know the difference unless somebody told you.

84. dr4 - January 28, 2008

So dr4 is Amish’s father? Is that what you’re saying?

dr4 = amish 2

amish 1 = ???

we’ll just have to wait till after the commercial break to find out the truth about that one Maury.

I agree. It’s just that I don’t see the vitriol hurled at one side by the other at those sites.

I dont read any Dem blogs. I figured they were fighting amongst one another quite a bit. What do i know? Another difference between the Left and Right this time. The Dems only have 3(2?) viable candidates. The Republicans had many more choices. The Republicans are gonna have a lot of people whose ideal choice for nominee has been knocked out come election time. Some people will have their second and third choices go down too. Thats bound to leave a lot of people bitter and angry. Especially when their favorite bloggers supports a guy whom they consider a Rino or who they think is unelectable.

Should he now?

yes

85. BrewFan - January 28, 2008

Maybe what Pixy really needs is a good spam filter, but that would cost money.

Nope, he could add registration to leave comments (like Geezer’s site) and his spam problems pretty much go away.

I’m telling you, there’s just no excuse. I personally think he just doesn’t care that much or he is totally unconvinced that a well-hosted and designed blog would not have a positive ROI. And maybe he’s right, I haven’t looked at his traffic figures since the commenting system hit the skids.

86. Michael - January 28, 2008

You would never know the difference unless somebody told you.

Good point. We have innocentbystanders.net (originally acquired by Geezer), which I normally use when commenting elsewhere. It just redirects to our URL at WordPress.

87. daveintexas - January 28, 2008

Well here’s his email stud, send it on

aceofspadeshq@gmail.com

send a movie review.

88. dr4 - January 28, 2008

I never understood why closing down the comments on posts over a month old wouldnt have worked to stem the tide of spam at Aces. Most of the spam he got there (and still gets ) is in the older threads.

I know that wouldnt stop all of it but it seems like a step in the right direction to me.

89. geoff - January 28, 2008

I still think the best solution is to run a fund-raising drive for Pixy Misa. Everybody would benefit.

90. dr4 - January 28, 2008

This is a pretty funny clip from that Nose on Your Face blog that somebody linked upthread.

http://www.thenoseonyourface.com/2008/01/28/undisclosed-audio-of-romney-aide-whispering-at-florida-republican-debate/

Scrappleface is funny too. Dont think anybody has mentioned that site.

91. Michael - January 28, 2008

I lot of people, me included, generally will just not bother commenting at sites where they have to register.

(I did register at The Pit just so I could say hi to Megan occasionally.)

92. Michael - January 28, 2008

On Sparkle’s revived site, she holds comments for moderation. It controls spam and trolls, but it kills the conversation. Her comment volume is way down from what it used to be.

93. dr4 - January 28, 2008

Geezers registration aint bad. You can still use any name you want, which i like, but it does have a word verification system. Which is annoying. but not nearly as bad as all the problems i have with Pixys system.

94. Michael - January 28, 2008

Iowahawk is hilarious. He’s got a great post up now about the Alberta Human Rights Commission proceeding that was in the news recently.

95. dr4 - January 28, 2008

“I did register at The Pit just so I could say hi to Megan occasionally.”

so how is she?

“On Sparkle’s revived site, she holds comments for moderation.”

yeah i dont leave comments at sites like that. WordPresses filter does a decent job i think. I usually only get caught when i forget about the multiple links rule. speaking of people who are MIA where the heck has she been?

96. Will - January 28, 2008

A lot of the below is cribbed from memory of various apologetic posts by Pixy/Ace and my own dealings with the commenting shennangians we’ve been dealing with at AoSHQ.

Pixy’s been developing his own complete blogging suite, Minx. Ace agreed to move to an early beta (maybe even alpha) build of the new comments system precisely because it was better at handling the spam floods at mu.nu than Moveable Type. All the mainpage traffic routes through one server, while all the comments and individual pageloads run through another (hence the minx.cc URL in all the permalinks). The problem is that until the full suite is finished and Pixy can migrate ace.mu.nu over to Minx, Ace is stuck in no-man’s-land (with Jawa Report I believe) with a one-off build of a comment system. Also, because of the way AoS is split, the build that runs AoS comments has been patched differently over time to where it doesn’t much resemble the functional commenting system now in place on all the Minx-based mee.nu blogs (like mine), or those few mu.nu blogs that have migrated to Minx. Migrating sites as big as AoSHQ and Jawa Report from a two-server setup is an order of magnitude more work than say moving all of The Pond.

I was part of the beta testing group for Minx, and helped work out a lot of the kinks. During testing, Pixy was working full time developing and fixing Minx code to get it ready for commercial release. Unfortunately, Pixy has had to go back to work to support himself and the servers because the development began stretching resources.

97. Lipstick - January 28, 2008

Ditto on Iowahawk.

Blame Bush is hilarious too. It’s “written” by a leftover hippie who works in a hemp factory and blames Bush for everything.

98. geoff - January 28, 2008

It controls spam and trolls, but it kills the conversation. Her comment volume is way down from what it used to be.

Yeah – I wrote a couple of comments at her place and then gave up.

99. daveintexas - January 28, 2008

Oh fuck… he just said “American families have to balance their budget”.

I really don’t want to do that. Dammit!

100. geoff - January 28, 2008

he just said “American families have to balance their budget”.

Just tell him, “you pay off all our debt and then we’ll balance our budgets.”

Hey, it worked for the S&L’s, didn’t it?

101. Sobek - January 28, 2008

Blame Bush was one of the funniest, most clever blogs out there. I don’t know if it still is. It was one of the casualties of me losing interest in blogging for a while.

102. daveintexas - January 28, 2008

I’m waiting for debt relief.

*come on George.. we go way back buddy”!

103. Michael - January 28, 2008

so how is she?

Still kicking ass and taking names.

104. Lipstick - January 28, 2008

Nancy Pelosi looks like she needs some Pepcid, stat.

105. eddiebear - January 28, 2008

Sobek:

I still read Blame Bush once in a while, but the threads are too few and far between now, and the comments reach close to 500 at a clip. I just don’t have time anymore to read like I did in 2004 when the wife was pregnant, but no little one clinging to your arm.

And I hate blogs where the owner approves every comment (right or left). The worst example I have found is the thing at wizbang that devowels your comments if they don’t like who you are. As obnoxious as the lefties are over there, it seems that much of the use of that tool is directed at people who come there from AoS/IB/and the like (I read Mesa’s thread at AMA regarding his run in with that device. What a mess.)

106. eddiebear - January 28, 2008

I wish I could get up for the SOTU like I did in 2002 and 03. The 04 was a flop, I don’t remember 05 or 06, and 07 and now are lame duck ones.

My view on the Prez is sadness and disappointment, almost like that uncle or older cousin you idolized as a youth, only to realize when you both get older that he had some strengths, but he mostly pissed away his talents on bad decisions or bad advice or some character flaws he couldn’t overcome.

107. daveintexas - January 28, 2008

the state of the union is strong.

108. BrewFan - January 28, 2008

I can understand somebody having differing views about President Bush’s policies but character flaws? How so?

109. Michael - January 28, 2008

At the half, the Jazz are up 10 points over the Spurs.

*makes note — cut rations for the Mormon Reeducation Camp*

110. Michael - January 28, 2008

but character flaws?

Overconfident. Insular. Unwilling to listen with an open mind to anyone outside of his inner circle (e.g., Colin Powell).

111. eddiebear - January 28, 2008

^agreed. He could have saved a lot of lives had he adopted the surge in 2004 or 2005. But he had to be cornered after the 2006 electiosns to concede he needed a change in directions.

112. eddiebear - January 28, 2008

And his unwillingness to shitcan any of his inner circle who were messing up big time and thus damaging his administration (“heck of a job, Brownie”)

113. Sobek - January 28, 2008

Amish2, if you see Amish1 around, say hello to him for me.

114. Mrs. Peel - January 28, 2008

He does tend to remain loyal to people longer than he should.

Anyway, I think getting rid of Malor would help Ace a lot. As for spam, Shamus Young says he gets excellent results on blocking spam with a single captcha (that never changes, incidentally). Of course, his site is a LOT smaller than Ace’s.

115. Mrs. Peel - January 28, 2008

ok, I wrote that *before* I saw Ace’s most recent post. dammit. Now I can’t cuss Malor out like I wanted to for that post he wrote on the Challenger thread.

116. Michael - January 28, 2008

Final score: Jazz 97, Spurs 91.

*Michael glares at Musli and Skinbad*

117. skinbad - January 28, 2008

I’ll trade it for a playoff win–hell, I’ll settle for a win in SA sometime this decade. Jazz are schizophrenic as a home vs. road record. They’re going nowhere unless they toughen up away from home. Korver was a nice pickup though. I think he’ll help.

118. PattyAnn - January 29, 2008

Where is Bart?

119. BrewFan - January 29, 2008

Overconfident. Insular. Unwilling to listen with an open mind to anyone outside of his inner circle (e.g., Colin Powell).

The problem I have is you (and I) don’t know if any of that is true. All we have is the MSM’s opinion.

He could have saved a lot of lives had he adopted the surge in 2004 or 2005. But he had to be cornered after the 2006 electiosns to concede he needed a change in directions.

Thats just pure BDS right there. AFAIK, *nobody* (except John McCain and a handful of retired generals) made that recommendation. Certainly Donald Rumsfeld and Colin Powell and Condie Rice weren’t recommending a ‘surge’. Hindsight is wonderful, isn’t it. We get to use it to slander a President’s character. Like I said, disagree with his policy and his decision but leave his character out of it.

120. Dave in Texas - January 29, 2008

History of insurgencies tells us there’s a tipping point to winning to populace. In the early phase, people are in survival mode. They’ll provide cover because they’re trying not to get killed, and they’re assessing the strengths and commitments of both sides. I don’t believe a surge would have worked 2 years ago, sure, we could have put more troops in, but we needed the local commitment to ratting the fuckers out, and enough trained Iraqis to get the job done.

Look at: Greece, Malaysia, Viet Nam for recent examples of success and failure. We’re winning now because we have won the people over, including warring tribes. Those conditions did not exist in 2005.

121. geoff - January 29, 2008

I was going to make DinTX’s point, but he did a better job than I intended to do. There was also the tipping point of the American public, who were insisting on low exposure of our servicemen – hence the plan to hole up on bases and train the Iraqis as quickly as possible. The American public had to agree that this approach had failed before we could implement the surge.

122. Mrs. Peel - January 29, 2008

I managed to refrain from saying anything beyond “Get well soon,” but seriously, what kind of person goes looking for the Challenger footage and posts it while commenting “Oh, so sad”? I’ve seen it enough times, thank you, and I’m about his age.

I guess the difference is that I’m an engineer. In engineering ethics and other “principles of good engineering” training, I’ve had to review a lot of case studies, and the Challenger accident is a classic case study. I’ve also met Roger Boisjoly and heard him speak about it. So it’s a lot closer and more raw for me than it is for most people my age, who don’t remember (I was 3 at the time).

well, off to work.

123. Dave in Texas - January 29, 2008

Well, that’s one difference, but the other difference is you’re invested personally Peelie. They’re not just faces in a photo, they’re people to you, and you and thousands of your peers work with them and have a shared mission.

I think Gabe’s reaction would be the norm for most people y’all’s age. It isn’t personal. It’s like my reaction to the Kennedy assasination, I know the history, and I was alive, but it didn’t hit me like it did others.

Look at the reac to the Apollo 1 fire (I was 7 when this happened). It meant something to me because it broke my dad’s heart. I saw him react to it and I didn’t even understand what happened. He had to tell me I actually met Gus and Ed, I didn’t remember it.

These things register with us when we’re aware, because we associate our lives with the moment, look at how many people in that thread told us what they were doing at that moment. It’s personal to them. It’s not to Gabe, and that isn’t his fault.

124. well then...i guess amish will have a coke - January 29, 2008

In a few years 9/11 will be a punchline on the late night talk shows peel. It’s the nature of the world.

hell a couple of years after 9/ll i saw a black comedian on Comedy Central doing a bit about how ‘things would have been different if there had been some brothers on those planes.’

125. Russ from Winterset - January 29, 2008

If I remember correctly, Instapundit featured a long blog post by some milblogger a couple of weeks ago where the timing of the surge was judged to be just right. The constant slagging of Rumsfeld is unjustified, according to this article, because his actions were perfectly justified at the time they occurred. The Iraqi populace wasn’t ready for the surge to succeed, and if the coalition had gone with a “big footprint” presence like McAmnesty wanted to do from the beginning they would have just been bigger targets for the insurgency. According to the article, by forcing the insurgency to take on Iraqi Military/Police targets & civilians, we forced the Iraqi people to take sides. They chose us, because we weren’t the ones blowing up kids. It’s not popular nowadays to say “Rumsfeld was right”, but I think it will be the accepted position at some time in the future.

Basically, the article said what Dave said in #120.

As far as Gabe goes, I like to give him shit as much as anyone else but he’s got his moments. His posts are either well thought out (the Huckabee stuff he did lately) or totally clueless (International Law?). I have noticed that he’s got less “WTF?” posts lately, so I assume that he’s tailoring his posts to the audience.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to actually TELL him that he’s doing a good job. I’ll keep making jokes about how he’s the Gilligan of the AoSHQ because that perception has become reality, whether it’s true or not.

126. Retired Geezer - January 29, 2008

I’m waaay late to this party so here’s my random thoughts:

Haven’t spent too much time reading blogs lately except for this one.
I used to have an RSS feed on several blogs and the IB comments but it became overwhelming. I hated to miss anything you morons said but I couldn’t keep up.

Haven’t posted much at blogidaho.com for various reasons, laziness being one of them.

I still have registration for my comments? I thought I eliminated it but that explains why my spam level is down. I’ll turn it off again.

For the funny, I mostly go here but Steyn, Lileks.com and the Mayor all make me laugh.
If I really need a laugh, I go here
People I wish wouldn’t have quit or slowed down:
Sobek
D@GR (you bastard, why did you give up your domain name?)
Wuzzadem
DinT
Me

127. Dave in Texas - January 29, 2008

dude, I’m all over teh internets.

BTW, I’m a moron and told the UPS and Fedex folks I wanted to insure the package and of course they wanted to know what was in it and of course I forgot you have to ship between FFL holders and blah blah blah.. so I’ll just bring the Kimber on the flight.

And by “insure the package” I meant the box with the guns in it.

128. skinbad - January 29, 2008

UPS didn’t ask me what it was. They just asked what amount of insurance I wanted. Is it illegal to ship to a friend when you’re not selling or transferring ownership?

129. Dave in Texas - January 29, 2008

yeah, all firearms gotsa go between dealers with licenses.

I don’t think you’re in trouble.

yet

When you send it back, have pupsie go to a dealer, and locate one near your home to receive it. Sometimes they want ten bucks for the trouble, but there’s no fee required.

130. eddiebear - January 29, 2008

I don’t think I have BDS. I have BF(rustration)S. I invested so much literally and figuratively in a guy who has been such a disappointment and has led the ship of the Party over that rocky shore. That isn’t personal, that’s policy and the future of the Party and the Country.

Yes, I am doing a bit of Monday Morning Quarterbacking. I know people are human and make mistakes. I can live with that. I don’t demand absolute perfection in my candidates or people (hell, I’m enough of a trainwreck in my own right). I just get frustrated because I see a guy who has a lot tools and potential and gifts do such a bad job and alienate those who would be his most likely supporters.

131. Retired Geezer - January 29, 2008

Can’t you ship it to yourself?

132. daveintexas - January 29, 2008

oh sure, you could. I think the issue I was struggling with was a possible insurance claim.

133. Pupster - January 29, 2008

As I told Dave this morning, I did not know about the shipping restrictions until 2 days ago, when my boss told me. Sorry guys.

The Powder Room charges $35 per firearm for FFL transfer. It seems excessive.

*crosses fingers*

134. daveintexas - January 29, 2008

no big, it’s not like we do this for a living

135. skinbad - January 29, 2008

I’ll just use a homing pigeon to get it back to Utah. I don’t know why the obvious answer always seems to escape me.

136. Russ from Winterset - January 29, 2008

No, but you’d think that Sobek & Michael would be a little more familiar with ATF regulations on shipping firearms across state lines. They’re lawyers, right? Surely they spent at least 5 minutes in law school on that subject. So what if it was 25 years ago (Michael)?

Pupster, isn’t that $35 fee for purchase transfers? Do they have a lower rate to accept the gun, allow you to use it on the premises, and then ship it back to your FFL dealer?

In related news, we’re waiting to hear back from the Dr. on whether or not Janis can travel this weekend. She’s got slightly elevated BP (about 120/100), and some protein in her urine. She says those are symptoms of preclampsyia (damned if I know how to spell that damn word). If I remember correctly, that is something that’s uncomfortable, but it’s not usually a danger to the fetus as long as the mother takes it easy. She called me at 10am from the Dr’s office to tell me about the test results, and she just called back (about quarter to noon) to say that her BP is coming down, but they’re wanting to to some more tests on her before they recommend what she should do.

137. eddiebear - January 29, 2008

Russ:

Preeclampsia (spell?) can be trouble if left unchecked and can lead to trouble for both the mom and the baby.

While my wife didn’t have that or blood pressure issues, she did have Gestational Diabetes. That was enough trouble, between the swelling, the blood testing and the modified diet. The last few days before giving birth, she couldn’t do anything except lay on the couch with her shoes off.

And travel in a confined space such as a car can lead to clots and swelling.

138. an ounce of amish is worth a pound of cure - January 29, 2008

she couldn’t do anything except lay on the couch with her shoes off.

I think im a lifelong sufferer of this disease.

Is there a cure? If so – keep it too yourself.

139. eddiebear - January 29, 2008

138: going into labor took care of that.

140. kevlarchick - January 29, 2008

Take care of Baby from Winterset!

141. daveintexas - January 29, 2008

If she springs up from the ground like a bubbling crude it’s Jed Clampettsia

142. Pupster - January 29, 2008

Russ,
The web site says $35 for purchases, no fee mentioned just for shipping. I’ll ask ‘em.

I hope The Lovely Janis feels better, and Russ Jr. settles down.

You gots to take care of momma.

143. Bart - January 29, 2008

Hai guise, wuts goin on dis thrad?

Talking about chili?

144. Russ from Winterset - January 29, 2008

Good news. She just called me back (about 1:45) to say that the Doctors declared her fit to travel. So we’re on for the IBSBP. Which is nice. I think.

145. eddiebear - January 29, 2008

^Russ:

Good luck. Just give her the opportunity to get out and stretch her legs often.

146. Dave in Texas - January 29, 2008

Rotating tires is a great way to stretch your legs. I think. Bart might know.

147. dr4 - January 29, 2008

Movie Reviews:

The 1978 Donald Sutherland version of Invasion of the Bodysnatchers. It was very good. My favorite of the 4 versions of this movie. Did you know that Robert Duval has a small role as the priest on the swing set at the beginning of the movie?

The Thomas Crown Affair. I watched both versions of this one. The 68 version had a better story but it was too 60s ‘mod-ish.’ the score was fucking awful too. Very distracting. The 99 Pierce Brosnan movie was better made but the way that Rene Russos character was handled hurt the movie. I could easily have seen her character being played by Sandra Bullock in a romantic comedy. Both movies are good – not great.

The Braineaters: 50s B movie with Leonard Nimoy and a bunch of nobodies. Its a knockoff of the Puppetmasters. Ok for what it was.

Innerspace: One of those crazy 80s movies. It was alright. Meg Ryan looks good in a leather skirt. Martin Short is very good at physical comedy. It also has Kevin McCarthy in it as the bad guy. He was the hero of the original Bodysnatchers movie.

148. bartwing plover - January 29, 2008

I remeber KEVIN MCARTHY from the TWILIGHT ZONE movie from part with the kid who had a lot of powers.

In the original TZ, the kid was played by WILL ROBINSON from LOST IN SPACE.

149. amish wishes it into the cornfield - January 29, 2008

I have an animated gif of that guys head springing out of a jack in the box somewhere. That was a classic episode.

150. Michael - January 29, 2008

Great news, Russ. Thanks for your voice messages also.

(I tried to call back but your mailbox is full.)

151. Dave in Texas - January 29, 2008

MICHAEL THOSE CALLS ARE COMING FROM INSIDE YOUR HOUSE!!!11!

152. Sobek - January 29, 2008

No, but you’d think that Sobek & Michael would be a little more familiar with ATF regulations on shipping firearms across state lines. They’re lawyers, right? Surely they spent at least 5 minutes in law school on that subject.

Nope. Not even five minutes. We didn’t have any substantive, federal criminal law classes. Not even a Second Amendment course (unsurprising, since it couldn’t have taken a full semester to study the only Supreme Court case on the issue).

153. Retired Geezer - January 29, 2008

Yeah, Russ, don’t take chances. We can just have the IBSBP at your house next year.

*Geezer thinks hiding this Chick Flick movie recommendation in this thread will work*

Psssst, Amish, I liked 13 going on 30 and Must Love Dogs.

154. Sobek Isn't Afraid to Admit He Cried Like a Little Girl During Beaches - January 29, 2008

What? I had something in my eye.

155. Gaydar - January 29, 2008

Beep! Beep! Beep!

156. Lipstick - January 29, 2008

Good luck. Just give her the opportunity to get out and stretch her legs often.

Eddie’s right. I had a blood clot in my leg a few years ago and the doctors take it pretty seriously.

Keep that circulation going!

157. Pupster - January 29, 2008

Mrs. Pupster just called me again (I’m still at work), I got Skinbad’s package today also.

So, no worries.

*uncrosses fingers*

158. eddiebear - January 29, 2008

AP calls it for Maverick.

*sigh*

I have wavered between views on him, but now I am mad that I am put in a position to decide no longer between Mac and somebody else, but between Mac and sitting out (which is a vote for Hillary)

159. dr4 - January 29, 2008

Stay home. Watch some TV Land.

160. Mrs. Peel - January 29, 2008

I liked 13 going on 30 too.

C’mon, take heart, Ed. Super Tuesday is still a week away. And the most important state of all, Texas, isn’t voting until March.

(I will be voting in both March and November, because I must vote against He Who Must Not Be Named [incidentally, his primary opponent FINALLY started attacking his record; I still don't think that dude has much of a chance, so I may have to vote for the Democrat in November. Even a Democrat is better than He Who Must Not Be Named], but I may not vote in certain races if I don’t like my options…)

161. eddiebear - January 29, 2008

160:
Sigh. I know. I will still vote in the MO primary. I just hope somebody better than a dirty sock is still in the race at that point.

Generally, I’m an optimist. But I just hate to lose at anything I get involved in. I need to go chop some more wood.

162. eddiebear - January 29, 2008

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