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Friday, December 5. 2008
Nativity scenes are full of hate?
The ten most irritating phrases
And more snow in England. It's "climate change"
Moslem prayer rooms in every Roman Catholic school?
GM's magical thinking
Stock up on canned goods. Coyote makes the case that the media uses the same fears to sell economic trouble as they do to sell snowstorms
Dino: Much of the financial world stopped functioning 80 days ago
The case against physician-assisted suicide
Dick Fuld: Villain or victim?
Climate lawyers? Sheesh.
I seethe, therefore I am. Ace
"No you don't have a higher duty - you're a reporter." Driscoll
Fake Chinese Nintendo consoles burst into flame
In 1962, President Kennedy said:
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Another irritating phrase: good job. Especially when said in that speaking-to-a-three-year-old tone of voice.
My most hated phrase is, "Not acceptable", usually used by someone trying to stifle argument or discussion.
A local favorite (my boss!) is, "Stop arguing!", again used when I ask a question about the vagaries of Medicare/Medicaid paperwork. BTW, more people should ask questions about the dismal state of the current State-managed health comitat, before the Socialists seize complete control. Tom Daschle running our health care system? Good grief!
Buddy, sounds like a child to parent comment. I get all different types of comments like that. My favorite reply is " I'm going to break your legs." Can you just feel the love? : )
Today the Supreme Court is due to take a look at the Obama citizenship isssue.
The betting is they won't touch it. This would be a manifestly cowardly disregard for their primary duty.
As we know the Judiciary was established to be insulated from political pressure, ruling on those items outlined in the Constitution.
If legitimate eligibility for the Presidency isn't a Constitutional issue within their sphere of responsibility then we will have completed the trifecta of having a Constitution and Government that has abandon and corrupted this country. This is the stuff of what Jefferson outlined in the Declaration of Independence as grievances and abuses that King George III took against the Colonies.
We the people are already dealing with two thirds of the government being dysfunctional. Let us pray the Judges see there duty, Or We the People will continue to mean less and less.
Former boss: "Net net" when cliche'-ing "bottom line", "gist of the argument" and 47 other hackneyed sayings. Sigh... I ALMOST miss working for a manager (other than the wife, the accountant, uncle Samuel, myself when I'm motivated). Almost.
"It is much easier to make the speeches than it is to finally make the judgments. . ."
As the O is about to find out. Heh.
Once upon a time I heard that loathesome phrase, "HALT!" followed immediately by the sound of a round being chambered. Lemme tellya, it's a real buzz killer.
knuck, i bet that happened somewhere near Checkpoint Charlie back when the line was thru Berlin --
In other news, this just in:
From: Amin I. Mawji
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 7:46 PM
To: Buddy larsen
Subject: FWD: Fw: Somali Pirates in Discussions to Acquire Citigroup
Somali Pirates in Discussions to Acquire Citigroup
By Andreas Hippin
November 20 (Bloomberg) -- The Somali pirates, renegade Somalis known
for hijacking ships for ransom in the Gulf of Aden, are negotiating a
purchase of Citigroup.
The pirates would buy Citigroup with new debt and their existing cash
stockpiles, earned most recently from hijacking numerous ships,
including most recently a $200 million Saudi Arabian oil tanker. The
Somali pirates are offering up to $0.10 per share for Citigroup, pirate
spokesman Sugule Ali said earlier today. The negotiations have entered
the final stage, Ali said. ``You may not like our price, but we are not
in the business of paying for things. Be happy we are in the mood to
offer the shareholders anything," said Ali.
The pirates will finance part of the purchase by selling new Pirate
Ransom Backed Securities. The PRBS's are backed by the cash flows from
future ransom payments from hijackings in the Gulf of Aden. Moody's and
S&P have already issued their top investment grade ratings for the
Head pirate, Ubu Kalid Shandu, said "we need a bank so that we have
a place to keep all of our ransom money. Thankfully, the dislocations
in the capital markets has allowed us to purchase Citigroup at an
attractive valuation and to take advantage of TARP capital to grow the
business even faster."
Shandu added, "We don't call ourselves pirates. We are coastguards and
this will just allow us to guard our coasts better."
Worst phrase overheard in a gay bar in New York
"hey can I push your stool in fella"
The first words ever spoken were by Adam to Eve. These words were "Stand back, Eve, I have no idea how big this thing's gonna GET!"
The phrase that makes me rabid is "What do you know ... you're only a girl." That was back when I was one.
The phrases that drive me nuts are all blogspeak:
Having said that
Under the bus
By and large
Every one is cliched and indicates the writer is unsure of what he's saying. That or he's caught up in PC speech. Stupid phrases flow through the sphere and most disappear, but those stick around for some reason. Say it, just say it, I say.
those five lines
actually tell a story
a first-person someone
who having shot off his mouth
wallows in regret & rue
see, it's this guy talking to you the listener. he's just lost control and told off his boss, and awaiting the pink slip has dropped by your office to tell you goodbye. it would be understood, in that circumstance, that he was talking about himself, so the the missing personal pronoun is supplied by context, or as they say "understood". see? see?
hmm...channeling Daffy are ya? I'm channeling Mr. Magoo. only i'm afraid i ain't channeling
The nonsense over the nativity scene makes me spit nails, but down here in Chapel Hill NC the UNC library won't put up a Christmas tree because "some" people have complained. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph what is wrong with people? Who can object to a Christmas tree?! What about the vast majority of people of all faiths (and even none) that like Christmas trees? And does this mean the name of the town has to change ("chapel" is obviously insulting and excludes those who go to mosques and tabernacles and temples and whatnot)?
But it made the Drudge Report, and the Chancellor is saying his office had nothing to do with the decision (ie, the library is on its own fighting the wasps it stirred up), so maybe somebody's chestnuts are getting a little toasty.
When I was a broker there was a phrased I hated and was used alll the time
"Going forward, .......
That world is so full of rancid people no wonder it has collapsed.
Jeeze, Habu. When is the last time you smiled ol' feller?
I hate phrases that have the sad and inevitable ring of truth... like, 'nothing lasts forever'.
I guess I'm not communicating much but the bad, however I am really pretty happy go lucky. I made my million and took it out of the market over 2 years ago. I have NO debt whatsoever. My health is great. My wife is a saucy gal full of life. I have homes in Montana and Florida totally paid for. I'm getting ready to buy a BMW M convertible and driving it to MOntana in the Spring,or the new Nissam sportscar. Life is good, good heck, great...not happy with what my fellow citizens are having to deal with or the direction of the country but I'm about to cut politics out of my life and replace it with a better quality Merlot.
I'm throttling back from sitting and blogging, down about 85% and shooting and riding much much more. I just bought a new gym ...I'm OK Luther but I appreciate your concern.
I wish eveyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I'm glad to hear all that, Habu. I admit I've been a little worried the last couple of months. You used to have a damn good sense of humor here which we all enjoyed and it seemed to have disappeared. It's good to hear all is a-okay.
I think the Merlot will do your heart and mind much good.
Though we all seem to be taking things a little too seriously nowadays. I think Knuck, even if slightly tongue in cheek, has some good ideas just below.
right on --good to remember, it's akways darkest before...before it goes COMPLETELY BLACK
Haha... thanks for the helpful reminder on reality Buddy.
I'd like to run something up the flagpole and see who salutes...
Y'all need to lighten up. Go with flow. Don't get so bent outta shape. Don't get your knickers in such a knot, your panties in a wad. At the risk of rattling your cage, when the shit hits the fan everybody winds up stinking so don't worry, be happy.
Look for the silver lining, the glimmer of hope. God willing and the creek don't rise, we'll spot the light at the end of the tunnel.
The ball is in your court.
LOL --that lecture actually has plenty of power and economy --truth is, cliches are cliches becuz they briskly & clearly get the job done --
sounds like a great regimen, habu --and great, great call on the markets. I remember when you were warning us on this very site--and we were telling you to stop being so extreme. So that's one for you --damn yer hide.
Oh well --you tried! and ought to be thanked for it. So, thanks. But next time couldja be a wee bit more persuasive puhleeze?
and -- Merry Christmas & Happy New Yurt backatcha --
BTW, didja hear about the Babtist Cowboy?
> Baptist Cowboy
> A cowboy, who is visiting Wyoming from Texas , walks into a
> bar and orders three mugs of Bud. He sits in the back of the
> room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he
> finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three
> The bartender approaches and tells the cowboy, 'You
> know, a mug goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better
> if you bought one at a time.'
> The cowboy replies, 'Well, you see, I have two
> brothers. One is in Arizona , the other is in Colorado ..
> When we all left our home in Texas , we promised that
> we'd drink this way to remember the days when we drank
> together. So I'm drinking one beer for each of my
> brothers and one for myself.'
> The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves
> it there.
> The cowboy becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks
> the same way. He orders three mugs and drinks them in turn.
> One day, he comes in and only orders two mugs. All the
> regulars take notice and fall silent. When he comes back to
> the bar for the second round, the bartender says, 'I
> don't want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to
> offer my condolences on your loss.'
> The cowboy looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light
> dawns in his eyes and he laughs.
> 'Oh, no, everybody's just fine, ' he explains,
> 'It's jus t that my wife and I joined the Baptist
> Church and I had to quit drinking.'
> 'Hasn't affected my brothers though.'