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What Is Love? June 29, 2011

Posted by Cathy in Family, Honor, Nature Shit, Philosophy.
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We’ve called ourselves fake internet friends, but what we have is not fake. We tease, clown, laugh, dump, whine, taunt, rib, discuss, and even sometimes fight with each other. Most eventually get over whatever keeps us away or distracted and then come back.  We share good stuff and the tough stuff. Sometimes we share prayers or encouragement. And sometimes we grieve losses and cry together.

Is this love?

LOVE is patient, kind, not envious, not boasting nor proud. Love is not rude, self-seeking nor easily angered. Love does not keep a record of wrongs.  Love does not enjoy evil. Instead it delights in the truth.  Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ..

Today an amazing abundance of the most gorgeous orchids arrived along with a thank-you note from our Rosetta and his lovely wife, thanking me for all I do and expressing their love for me.  To be made to feel special and to have a place in this little family is an honor and also a lot of fun. I’m nobody. I’m a dork, truly unworthy, and totally okay with that reality. But true love does not judge worthiness. Love simply loves, and enjoys giving to another.

Yes. This is love. And I’ll graciously enjoy every bit of it.

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Rosetta.

And thanks to all y’all who keep showing up and being part of the Ace, IB, and Hostage et. al Family.

Sloppy kisses and squishy hugs all round.

Charles Patrick Adkins is an asshat. June 28, 2011

Posted by wintersetruss in Crime, Man Laws, Politics, Terrorist Hemorrhoids, WTF?.
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Just an observation.  Your mileage may vary, yadda yadda yadda blah blah blah.

Cannot Think Of a Post Title Worthy of This Moment June 26, 2011

Posted by daveintexas in Honor.
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So here.

The Actual Results of Global Warming June 24, 2011

Posted by Michael in News.
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Since the Little Ice Age, which occurred after the Medieval Warm Period, both of which were normal climate variations (like our current time, which now appears to be unrelated to CO2), women are currently inclined to wear fewer clothes.  I’m waiting for an informed opinion from Chris Matthews (see previous post about the genius of Chris Matthews).

More here:  50 Best Celebrity Bikinis

I don’t know why we are seeing so much female flesh these days.  Could be sunspots, ocean currents, volcanic activity beneath the arctic zone, cloud formation in the tropic zones — who knows?

Nobody, that’s who.  All we really know is that CO2 is not a significant factor.   Previously, CO2 was considered a benign gas with a well-known “fertilizer effect.”  The CO2 belched out by coal-fired power plants is no different than the CO2 exhaled by tropical rain forests.

Here’s the problem with vilifying man-made CO2  — they can’t find the water vapor hot spots in the tropical upper atmosphere that their computer models require, despite launching tens of thousands of weather balloons over the last decade to find them.  Meanwhile, CO2 has been increasing from an itsy bitsy part of the atmosphere to a teensy weensy little bit more of an itsy bitsy part of the atmosphere, and all their computer models are broken because they can’t understand why the atmosphere has not warmed over the last decade.  I mean, ten years ago they told us that we were at the “tipping point” of a global catastrophe unless we (advanced nations) submitted to an international regime to regulate CO2 emissions that would cripple our economy, and of course we should start paying reparations to corrupt African dictatorships because they would be hardest hit by our profligate energy consumption.

What happened when we ignored this appeal?  Nothing.

Well, not quite.  The Euroweenies adopted a cap and trade scheme that was hugely corrupt and accomplished nothing, even by it’s own standards.  No surprise there.  We have gotten used to the fact that Europeans are stupid.

The reason for all this is that the real greenhouse gas is water.  CO2 is, by itself, insignificant.  It only captures a minor bit of the sun’s spectrum, and 80% of the earth’s energy budget occurs in the tropic latitudes and is controlled by water, including how clouds reflect back radiation to space, and how tropical thunderstorms operate as giant air conditioners that automatically react to surface temperatures and evaporation rates.

Their assumption that tiny amounts of CO2 create a “water vapor feedback loop” in the upper atmosphere of  the tropic zones has been totally trashed  by data. I.e., real science — not computer models and IPCC propaganda.

That’s the dirty secret of the Global Warming Religion.

Hey guys, keep launching your weather balloons.  Try to find those water vapor “hot spots.”  I’m heading for the beach.  I’ll be driving an SUV.

Dumbest Chris Matthews Clip Ever June 24, 2011

Posted by Michael in News.
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It’s hard to know where to start.  He thinks that Al Gore has made the science clear with his “helluva clear” documentary.  He thinks that Republicans are mostly 5,000-year fundamentalist creationists.  He tries to gain some cred by asserting that Obama has not been aggressive enough using the bully pulpit on the global warming issue.

But, the issue is, given that the science is indisputable (hey Chris, computer models are not actually science and they have already been falsified), do we actually blame Obama for this failure of resolve?  Or do we blame those irrational, duplicitous and evil talk radio guys like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, who really really know better because they are not dumb, but are in the pocket of big business?

Jeebers, it’s hard to respond to this level of stupid.  You don’t know where to start.

Just listen:

Weird Al is Awesome June 24, 2011

Posted by Retired Geezer in Gardening.
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I’ve always been a Weird Al Yankovic fan. He has a ton of talent, great ideas and excellent production values.

This is his newest parody:

Apparently someone whose career is Circling the Drain, declined to give Al permission to use the song on his new album.


I was really hoping that this blog entry would be all about me announcing the release date of my new album.

Sadly, it’s not.

In a metaphorical nutshell, here’s what happened.

I wrote and recorded what I thought was going to be the first single off of my new album: a parody of “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga called “Perform This Way.” But after hearing it, Lady Gaga decided not to give me permission to release the song, so… it won’t be coming out commercially anytime in the near future. Sorry.

Here’s Al’s blog where he explains in detail. Don’t miss the part where he explains that he was going to donate all the proceeds from the song to the Human Rights Campaign.

I was reasonably sure that my parody wasn’t really going to offend anybody… but I still decided, as an act of good karma, that I would donate all the money from sales of the song and music video to the Human Rights Campaign.

Full Disclosure: I did the (Las Vegas segment) Lighting on Weird Al’s parody of James Brown’s video, Living in America. Al’s version was titled, “Living With a Hernia”.

*UPDATE: Thanks to Joe in MD for the heads up.

Apparently it was her manager who denied the parody (after baiting Weird Al along!), and lied about who made the decision.

A Bitch Rant June 22, 2011

Posted by daveintexas in Art, Commenting Tips, Crime, History, Law, Nature Shit, Personal Experiences, Stupid shit, WTF?.
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A week ago I was tuning, just tuning my D string (that’s the 3rd one from the top on a 4 string bass guitar).  I wasn’t yanking on it.  I’m not overtuned by 5 steps.  It’s only a 5 year old bass.

And the post on my D string key sheared off of the base.

That ain’t right.


this is so wrong

I have been playing bass guitars for over 35 years and I have never broken a tuning key.  Hell, I’ve never broken a guitar tuning key, and I have abused the shit out of some guitars.

I haven’t made up my mind if it’s poor material (cheap steel) or poor design.  But I did replace it.  Fortunately for me even the gold plated ones I picked when I had this guitar made for me are not unreasonably expensive.


a good one, below


Lady Bachmann Leads! June 22, 2011

Posted by Cathy in Ballistics, Heroes, Politics.
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Michele Bachmann - Presidential Hopeful

Wow! Just wow!

Fresh off her well-received performance in last week’s GOP presidential debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann now tops the field of candidates in a new Zogby poll of Republican primary voters.

The poll found Mrs. Bachmann garnering 24 percent of the vote, well-ahead of businessman Herman Cain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who each received 15 percent support.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., who officially announced his candidacy on Tuesday, scored just 2 percent support.

The link… http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2011/jun/21/bachmann-surges-primary-lead/ 

I really admire this woman. She’s decent, dedicated, of strong character, intelligent, and gifted in many areas that would make her a more than capable POTUS.  She’s also a conservative Lutheran, which may or may not have anything to do with her qualities.

Our Michele has her work cut out for her, however, since 37 percent of the 998 likely primary voters surveyed said they think Romney will win the nomination.  Bachmann received 7 percent of respondents predicting she would win the nomination.


Eric Holder, Intentional Man of Mystery June 20, 2011

Posted by geoff in News.
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Eric Holder disavows any prior knowledge of the Fast & Furious gun-running plan, but Darrell Issa isn’t buying it:

…Issa says he does not believe Attorney General Eric Holder testified accurately in the Judiciary Committee on May 3, when he told Issa (who also serves on that committee) that he had only learned of the gun-running operation—called “Operation Fast and Furious”–a few weeks before that.

I think we can all see how this is gonna go:

Quartermaster Clerk: One DoJ-made Fast & Furious Gun-Running Plan.
Eric Holder: [to Issa] That’s not mine.
Quartermaster Clerk: One credit card receipt for DoJ-made Fast & Furious Gun-Running Plan signed by Eric Holder.
Eric Holder: I’m telling ya baby, that’s not mine.
Quartermaster Clerk: One warranty card for DoJ-made Fast & Furious Gun-Running Plan, filled out by Eric Holder.
Eric Holder: I don’t even know what this is! This sort of thing ain’t my bag, baby.
Quartermaster Clerk: One book, “DoJ-made Fast & Furious Gun-Running Plan And Me: This Sort of Thing Is My Bag Baby”, by Eric Holder

IB Family Theater June 17, 2011

Posted by Michael in Crime, Family.
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Cathy:  OK, I’ve got to stop playing with my new iPad and make dinner.

Me:  Git me food, woman.  Make me a sammich!

Cathy:  You’re funny.

Me: . . .

*Me thinking — “she thought that was a joke?*


I don’t understand  women.  I don’t understand a lot of stuff.

You only have to watch this video about The Black Dog of Connecticut, which exists in the taprock ridges of that state.  I don’t understand the Black Dog, but I’ll bet LauraW does.

Oh Dude, You Are So Flocked June 16, 2011

Posted by Lipstick in Crime, Ducks, News, Terrorist Hemorrhoids.
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There’s trouble.  Trouble right here in Chatham City.

This bucolic ‘burb has been invaded by a bunch of scarf-wearing hooligans who are committing the blackest of blackmail on the innocent citizens.

This must be stopped!  Can I get a harumph?

IB Summer 2011 Book Club June 13, 2011

Posted by Cathy in Art, Heroes, History, Literature.
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Innocent Bystanders Book Club

We’re going to make this easy. Instead of doing a poll on what book(s) to read, we’re doing two that have been already suggested.

Our books for June and July are:

  • World Without End, a sequel (sort of)  to Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett.
  • On Basilisk Station, an Honor Harrington story, by David Weber

I’ll put up fresh threads for both of these books soon, starting with the Follett book first, with focus questions. The threads will be available for you in the right side-bar as we have done in the past.  The Follett selection is set in the middle ages, circa 1300s and follows onto a story of Follett’s amazing well-known best selling epic, Pillars of the Earth set several generations earlier. If you really want to set your own goals high, then reading Pillars of the Earth first is highly recommended.  You will not be disappointed. Both of these Follett books are best selling editions, so you might be able to acquire them from your local library or your favorite used book store.

On Basilisk Station will be new for me, but our Xbrad has been telling us about this book for quite awhile now.  It is part of the Honor Harrington series. Honor Stephanie Alexander Harrington is our heroine in this series of military science fiction.  Female? Military? Science Fiction? I’m pumped!  If you do a shout-out in this thread, we’ll try to help you get access to a copy of this one.