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Halloween Carousing Costumes Candy Carving October 31, 2009

Posted by Cathy in Family, Personal Experiences.
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What makes Halloween so special for you?

Halloween Carved Pumpkin 2009 [50%]

Carving a Pumpkin?

I like to carve pumpkins.  Not fancy, but I enjoy the creativity.

Halloween Casey 2009  [50%]

Choosing a Costume?

Casey is fetching in her little witch-bitch number here.


Halloween Candy [50%]

Candy? (FULL SIZE BARS!!!)

Went all out this year and bought the big-uns.


A Little Perspective on the “Million Jobs Created or Saved” October 31, 2009

Posted by geoff in News.
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So let’s take the administration’s very suspect claims at face value, and say “Sure, I believe that you saved 1 million jobs.” Sounds great, yes? In fact, it sounds so great that it makes me want to plot something up:


At the maximum presumed benefit of the stimulus, it has only saved or created about 1/4 of the jobs needed to keep the unemployment situation from getting worse. Apparently that’s entirely satisfactory to the administration, which is bragging about this anemic result. All their statements over the past couple of months indicate that they’re perfectly content with continuing job losses – we’re just going to have to be content with a jobless recovery, and a long-term unemployment rate over 10%.

Heckuva job Larry, Christine, and Jared.

Just in case you were wondering…. October 30, 2009

Posted by wintersetruss in Crime, Entertainment, Family, Personal Experiences.
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..if you were to, hypothetically, sever Michael’s head, hollow it out, and attach a handle to its exterior surface…..the resulting candy receptacle would hold approximately 3.6 pounds of treats. 

  Obviously, this measurement will vary widely depending on the KitKat:Smartie ratio of the candy givers you’re visiting and the amount of packing you do to get the last few handfulls to fit.  Since we here in Iowa have “Beggars Night” the night before Halloween, I thought I’d give you all some advance intel on the subject before y’all get dressed up and go out begging for candy (or “candy” that’s bought in 750 ml bottles at the Package Store in most of your cases).




  Janis came home from work early to take Moses up to the town square for trick or treating at all the courthouse square merchants.  She brought him out to the implement dealership to see Dad, but since we didn’t have any candy, he got a bucketfull of o-rings, metric locknuts, and the (slightly used) voltage regulator off an old JD 318 lawn tractor.

  I took him around to see some of our friends in the neighborhood, and this picture shows him at the conclusion of the night.  And, since not all Iowa towns buy into the “beggars night” BS, Janis is going take him to visit her sister’s family in Huxley tomorrow afternoon, so that he can double dip.  Just think of it as voting as a Democrat:  trick or treat early, and trick or treat often.

The Anthropogenic Global Warming Hoax Does Something Good October 30, 2009

Posted by Michael in Art, Humor, Man Laws, Politics, Pop Culture.
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Finally.  The credulous dupes in the AGW gaggle make an appeal which is worth our attention.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

I guess they figured out that polar bears aren’t really drowning.   In fact, they’re doing just fine.  So, they need some new mascots.

The new mascots get two thumbs up from me.

The AGW propagandists obviously need to change their tactics in order to distract us from genuinely inconvenient truths, like the fact that Al Gore’s famous “hockey stick” graph has been exposed as a fraud, and his alleged link between AGW and hurricanes has been proven to be spurious.  Let’s not even get started on the subject of arctic sea ice and the evidence of subsurface volcanic activity, or the opposite trend in Antarctic sea ice.

It does not matter.  The AGW activists made a good choice.  You can sell anything with almost nekkid women.  Maybe they got this idea from the PETA playbook.

Meanwhile, solar surface activity remains quiet and the recent warming trend, which correlates with sunspot activity and was within historic norms in any event, has screeched to a halt during the last decade.

But never mind all that.  You must admit, those are some major hot chicks.  If I got a date with any of them, I would hide my V-8 SUV three blocks away from my house and rent some sissy hybrid car.

Fortunate Son October 29, 2009

Posted by nicedeb in Music, Politics.
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Moe Lane over at RedState says he really enjoyed making this video. I think you’ll enjoy watching it because it’s well done, and also because a certain IB member’s handiwork is prominently featured:

Had to share.

He’s not someplace on a little island or at the bottom of the ocean. He’s home October 28, 2009

Posted by daveintexas in Heroes.
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Welcomed home by his two brothers, Edward and Richard.  After sixty five years.

WWII Airman Found

Clues captured on film, so long ago, made it possible to find his remains, and those of some of his aircrew.

Then, in 2000, several members of the group doing more research stumbled upon obscure black-and-white aerial photos in the National Archives that were taken by a crew member aboard another bomber just moments after Stinson’s plane went down. The team thought it odd the photographer had taken shots when no bombs were falling, and then realized the pictures were probably an attempt to document where the bomber crashed.

Because of the fine efforts of this organization, called BentProp.

Requiescat in pacem, Sergeant Robert Stinson.

Ever Notice That Some Trick-or-Treaters Are Too Old? October 28, 2009

Posted by Michael in Humor.
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I certainly have.  When I lived in the inner city of St. Louis, we had some trick-or-treaters show up who looked like they were recently paroled.  They didn’t even wear a costume.


Attitude for Candy

As usual, Donald Mills has some choice words on the subject.

Few things chaff my thighs more than damned teenagers who don’t know when to hang up the pillowcase and stop trolling for free candy on Halloween.

I have no objection to doling out some boxed raisins or wintergreen lozenges to a damned 3-year old in a Garfield costume but I get pretty incensed when some pock-marked 17-year old smelling of old bong water and sloth shows up at my door with a insolent scowl and a demand for free food.

That guy is hilarious:  The Problem with Young People Today Is….

Some people just don’t get this.

But I’m now in my mid-20s, verging on late 20s. I haven’t ever thought there was a problem with me trick or treating as an adult as long as you a) let the kids go first, always and b) have a really neat costume but my Mom tells me every year that I’m too old to be trick or treating. No one has ever said this to us while we were out and about, and no one has ever seemed to be uncomfortable with us trick or treating (which I’ve always assumed had to do with us having cool costumes).

Are we too old to trick or treat? | Ask Metafilter.

Sheesh.  Grow the fuck up.  Wear your cool costume to an adult party.

What More Can I Add To This Photograph? October 28, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Blogroll, Commenting Tips, Family, Music, Nature Shit, News, Science, Sidebar Flag Bullshit, Sitemeter, Technology.
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When Dorothy, a well respected chimp at a nature preserve in Cameroon, died recently, the handlers decided to bury her. In the process, this stunning photograph was taken.


Courtesy Monica Szczupider

“I cannot emphasise enough how silent and still they were. Chimpanzees are typically not like that. They are loud, with short attention spans. It was unbelievably emotional. We were all struck.”

Moses Update October 27, 2009

Posted by wintersetruss in News.
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(because Lipstick gets cranky when I don’t regularly post pictures of “Mo’ Money”)



  The second weekend in October is always the Madison County Covered Bridge Festival here in Winterset.  Crafts, pioneer re-enactments and all the fried food you can eat.  Here, Moses meets an Alpaca for the first time.



  This is more his speed.  He’s an old hand at sheepherding, since we’ve been taking him out to my cousin’s farm since he was barely able to crawl.


Just Remember This The Next Time You Think You Have Had A Rough Day October 27, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Art, Blogroll, Crime, Ducks, Economics, Handblogging, Heroes, History, Humor, Man Laws, Nature Shit, Personal Experiences, Philosophy, Religion, Science, Sidebar Flag Bullshit, Sitemeter, Sports, Technology, Terrorist Hemorrhoids, Travel.
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In late 2003, my wife and I attended a sneak preview for a movie called “Touching The Void”. It was a documentary about the travails of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, two British mountain climbers, as they scaled the West Face of the Siula Grande Mountain in Peru, a feat that had never before been accomplished.

All went well for the two blokes, especially as they reached the peak of the mountain. The real problem occurred on the way back down, when Joe fell and broke his leg. The two continued down the mountain, with Joe tied to Simon’s waist. Eventually, Joe was caught dangling over a ledge, and Simon cut him loose. Yeah, that would suck. Especially since Joe fell into a crevice, and Simon continued down the mountain.

But, after nearly a week, Joe managed to crawl out of the crevice and crawl his way back down the mountain, where he was rescued. I recall from sitting in the theater how cold I felt throughout the movie, what with two hours of nothing but ice on the screen. I also thought that if some guy could scale down a mountain with a broken leg, I sure as hell could get through the crap in my day. And I hope all of you think of that as well. No matter how awful things may appear, you can either give up and die, or keep crawling along.

Paul Krugman: Dillweed, Crouton, Garden Gnome October 26, 2009

Posted by geoff in News.
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Paul Krugman wrote yet another fair, objective editorial, based on analytic substance and extensive economic experience. All right, all right, that’s obviously a lie. If he had written such an editorial, it would have been his first.

No, what he really wrote was his typical batch of concentrated malarkey, featuring this gem:

But the teabaggers have come and gone

Yes, Krugman joined the august ranks of fey twit David Schuster, the mistress-of-bias Rachel Maddow, and the supremely smug Anderson Cooper in using that pejorative and filthy term to describe average Americans trying to express their political concerns. I don’t know why he stooped so low and felt it necessary to traffic in insults and obscenity, but that has taken me from simple lack of respect for his competence, to sheer loathing.

Of course Krugman’s not the only one to blame here. Certainly the editors at the NYTimes share some of the culpability. How could they have let that through? Even if the Tea Party movement wanted to be called “teabaggers,” you’d think they would have avoided the term.

I mean, is “teabagger” really listed in the NYT style guide? Did they replace Strunk & White with The Potty-Mouth Primer? Did this really used to be the premier newspaper in the United States?

And they couldn’t even get the facts right – the Tea party movement has just kicked off a new series of rallies. Nice work, dillweeds.

UPDATE: There’s a liberal myth that the Tea Party Movement started calling itself “Teabaggers,” thus bringing this upon itself. The myth appears to be based on a sign that one protester held up in February, and on a website in April which said that legislators should be teabagged by sending them teabags. Obviously the first incident was not an invitation to label the entire movement, and the second occurred in complete innocence of the alternate meaning of the word. And the second, too, did not seek to label the movement.

What About Arlington? October 26, 2009

Posted by BrewFan in News.
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In light of the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the Mojave Desert War Memorial case maybe somebody will ask the above question. And then punch the ACLU square in the nuts.