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Joementum! October 19, 2008

Posted by daveintexas in News.
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Caught these clips over at HA today, Joe was a guest on Huck’s show.

Ladies, if you think he looked good in a tshirt and jeans, check out the tie and jacket.

All seriousness aside, a lot of bloggers have been speaking to the outrageous assault from the left and their willing accomplices in the media that this man has been subjected to.  All for asking a question that The Precious flubbed.  Obama embarrassed himself, by speaking honestly instead of keeping the mask on.

And for that, these ghouls have decided that Joe must pay.

To his credit, Joe isn’t backing down.  I’m sure he’s having to deal with a ton of crap he never imagined he’d have to.  It’s shameful, but it is instructive, and for that we owe Joe a debt of gratitude.

I’ll join Iowahawk, and Ace, and the thousands of Americans who identify with Joe.  He’s all of us.

(thanks to Iowahawk and his pal G.M. for the graphic).

I’ll agree with Huck on something (which is rare).  If J-Mac pulls this thing out, he’s going to owe Joe.

So will the rest of us.

IB Factoids of the Day October 19, 2008

Posted by Michael in Websites.
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At the moment, Innocent Bystanders has published 3,205 posts and 81,962 comments since we launched on April 1, 2006.  Meaning, our dignified and scholarly discussions regarding matters of public importance result in an  average of 25.6 comments per post.  That strikes me as really high for a site our size but, of course, only to be expected from the premiere commenters’ site (not a blog!) on the intertubes.

If, unlike me, you have not read all 81,962 comments at IB, please go back to the April 2006 archive and start working your way forward.

The topics discussed here are very diverse — the posts are contained within 34 categories and 266 tags, each carefully selected to guide readers to appropriate content.

The spam filter, Akismet, has flagged down 238,066 comments, and has also developed an inexplicable grudge against Kevlarchick.  Go figure.  Maybe Akisment knows something about Kevlarchick that we don’t.

Relax Geoff October 19, 2008

Posted by Michael in News.
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Our friend Geoff is always harping on the threat posed by the imperial ambitions of Russia in its “near abroad.”

Turns out Geoff is wrong.

In an attempt to calm fears of a new cold war, one of Moscow’s most powerful figures has said that Russia will not attack any of its neighbors and has no claim over any of the states it lost after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Sergei Ivanov, deputy to Vladimir Putin, the prime minister, promised that Russia’s intentions were entirely peaceful despite its invasion of Georgia. Moscow officials insist that its military operations in August were provoked by Georgian aggression.

See?  Sergei also points out the Russia is not fighting anyone at the moment, unlike the U.S. and Britain, suggesting that we’re the warmongers.

FOXNews.com – Vladimir Putin’s Deputy Vows ‘Russia Will Not Attack Neighbors’

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The View From Your Window October 18, 2008

Posted by daveintexas in Crime, Ducks, Handblogging, Law, News, Politics, Science.
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Well, ok, not your window.  But I’ll share mine with you today.

Freshly scrubbed windows I might add.

It’s a beautiful day in Central Texas today.  Sunny and clear, 79 degrees.  I hope you are all having a kickass Saturday today.

 

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“When God Closes A Door, He Leaves A Window Open” October 18, 2008

Posted by Edward von Bear in Ducks, Economics, Food, Heroes, Man Laws, News.
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My wife is fond of using that expression to buck a person up when bad things happen to them. We all have had examples of an immediate disaster or disappointment which leads to a more fulfilling life in a different endeavor a few years later.

Take, for instance, Scott Zepp and Matthew LaFon, two guys from the Florida Panhandle. Their lives were permanently altered after Hurricane Ivan in 2004, especially Zepp, who lost his house during that storm. But, how did they recover from the disaster? Why, they opened “World Of Beer”, arguably the most kick-ass bar concept ever.

Four years later, Zepp is living what was once an idea simmering in the back of his mind. He and his best friend, Matthew LaFon, also of Gulf Breeze, serve up pints of barley malt in a cozy and friendly atmosphere to what has become a community of friends.

Zepp and LaFon are the owners of World of Beer in Westchase, a suburban pub that offers nearly 600 beers and has plans to open seven franchises in Hillsborough, Pinellas’ and Pasco counties in the next few years. The Trinity Town Center location in Pasco County is due to open in the first quarter of 2009 and a Tampa Palms location in the second quarter. Later in 2009, a World of Beer is slated for South Tampa.

“Matt and I always talked about opening up a place where people could have a good time,” said Zepp, 34. “We decided to see what we could do.”

And how are things going?

Overcoming early opposition from parents at nearby Westchase Elementary School, World of Beer opened in January 2007…

Today, the place bubbles with loyal customers drinking beers from every conceivable corner of the globe: Tusker from Nairobi, Kenya, and Okocim from Poland.

“When I first walked in, it was pretty overwhelming,” said Bryan Mayland, 34, who lives in Tampa. “And for someone who doesn’t know beer, it can be pretty intimidating. But the staff knows a lot of the beers and they make great suggestions.”

In addition to the regular inventory, new brews are rotated in every month.

Zepp and LaFon have since purchased [Initial Business Partner, Savino] Sterlacci’s share of the business, and exclusive rights to the name World of Beer. Their parents’ homes are no longer on the line. LaFon quit his job and works full time on the business development side of the company.

And on May 7, 2007, he became the father of son Evan.

“I am absolutely happy and there has been a 100 percent increase in my quality of life,” LaFon said. “To be able to work side by side with my best friend and able to take something you believe in and make it grow, it doesn’t get any better.”

Well done, lads. Well done.

Would You Like To Take Another Shot at High School? October 17, 2008

Posted by Michael in News.
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Heck, I sure would.  I would like to try not being a total geek whose pores spewed out a gallon of flop sweat every time a girl talked to me.

So I can sympathize with this lady:

GREEN BAY, Wis. – A 33-year-old woman accused of stealing her daughter’s identity to attend high school and join the cheerleading squad has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Wendy Brown faces a felony identity theft charge after enrolling in a Wisconsin high school as her 15-year-old daughter, who lives in Nevada with Brown’s mother.

Gee, how did a 33-year-old trying to pass for 15 get caught?   Maybe she just wasn’t current on juvenile slang.

Regardless, if Wendy is insane, so am I.  I would love to find out that my first attempt at high school was a mulligan, and I can try again.

Wendy, however, has some other legal issues.

Brown also faces theft and forgery charges from an unrelated case, where she is accused of collecting money for an apartment she didn’t have authority to rent.

Mom who joined cheerleading squad pleads insanity – Yahoo! News

In the comments, feel free to share what you would do differently if you could go back to high school.  Stuff like, you know, running your clarinet through a wood chipper before you ever got out of junior high.

Nice Deb is Scaring Me October 17, 2008

Posted by Michael in Crime, News, Politics.
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Ever hear of a former 60s radical named Wade Rathke?  Me neither.

He could be at the center of a conspiracy to steal the election — the Ohio electoral college votes in particular — that involves the Service Employees International Union (which he founded), ACORN (which he founded), and his old buddies from the Students for a Democratic Society.

If that sounds slightly hyperbolic, you should know that no less a personage than Greta Van Susteren is working on this story, and she thinks something is afoot. She’s asking readers to use their google-fu to help research the story.

Nice Deb’s post details just too darn many coincidences that, collectively, have given me a severe case of the willies.

Warning, this story will ruin your day.

Are Former SDS Radicals Trying To Steal This Election? « Nice Deb

Prepare For Outraged Protests From Feminists October 17, 2008

Posted by Michael in News.
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Surely they will rush to Palin’s defense.

LAS VEGAS – Some spectacled strippers are looking to score some votes of their own, just for looking like Sarah Palin.

A Sin City strip club says it plans to host a lookalike contest in honor of the GOP vice presidential nominee, and is bringing in women from gentlemen’s clubs all over the country to compete.

Palin-esque strippers to strut in pageant

Stay Classy, Dems October 17, 2008

Posted by Michael in News.
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. – A man was ticketed for unlawful dumping after admitting to putting dog feces in his neighbor’s truck for political reasons. Police Sgt. Jerry Edblad said a 19-year-old St. Cloud man told police he has found small baggies of dog feces in the back of his pickup truck for the past few weeks.

Donald Esmay told KNSI-AM the feces started appearing in his truck right after he put a 2-foot-by-4-foot McCain sign there.

Esmay finally staked out the truck and caught his neighbor, Edblad, in the act.  Edblad admitted his actions were childish, but he had an excuse:

Edblad said he told officers he did it because he “hates McCain.”

Political party pooping alleged

Pointless Flogging Of A New Gadget On WordPress October 16, 2008

Posted by Edward von Bear in Ducks, Economics, Entertainment, Handblogging, History, Literature, Lurkers, Man Laws, Politics, Sitemeter, Sports.
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Today is the day something useful appeared at WordPress, in the form of the Poll Daddy. In an effort to see how much damage we can do to this gizmo before it disappears, I will post the First (Maybe) IB Poll Daddy Poll.

And just for the fun of it, here is a tribute to my home state:

Man Found Cooking Kebabs For Sale Near Corpse October 16, 2008

Posted by Michael in Crime, Food.
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Now, let’s not overreact.  After all, if you’re in the middle of cooking up a batch of kebabs and somebody croaks, what are you supposed to do?

LONDON (Reuters) – A man discovered making kebabs near a corpse has been banned from managing food businesses and fined 3,800 pounds, Wolverhampton City Council said Tuesday.

That’s not so bad.  After all, our cook reported the death to authorities and the police were dispatched.    No reason to waste some good kebabs, right?

Oh wait, there’s more.  The body was in the kitchen.

Jaswinder Singh, 45, was found by police making kebabs at Pappu Sweet Center and Catering in Wolverhampton in August in a kitchen where a dead man was lying on a sofa.

What’s wrong with this guy?  Who puts a sofa in the kitchen?

As well the corpse, the policeman discovered another man smoking and spitting repeatedly on the floor, while in a room near the kitchen, a defrosting chicken, oozing blood and juices, was covered with flies.

Erm, now I’m feeling queasy.

Now for the scary part.

Environmental health officers had visited the shop over a number of months previously where they had warned Singh to improve his food hygiene standards after finding rat droppings as well as a dead rat beneath a pot.

I think I’m just going to eat in for awhile.

via Man making kebabs next to corpse | Oddly Enough | Reuters

Anectodotal Evidence October 15, 2008

Posted by BrewFan in Ducks, Food, Humor, Sitemeter.
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Our latest visitor has made the use of anectodotal evidence an artform. Let’s see how well I can do.

I thought I’d share an interesting (to me) conversation I had with my mom last weekend. My mom has voted for every Democrat who has run for president beginning with Truman. She voted for McGovern. She voted for Dukakis.

She told me she will not vote this year. Hmmmm… You don’t suppose this could be a trend, do you? She’s not the first Democrat I’ve talked to lately who is balking.