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Saturday, January 17. 2009
Got an email from the NJ in Maine. He had -19 degrees F last night, with snow flurries. Lowest thermometer he'd ever seen in person. Possibly too cold for downhill skiing, even for tough guys. Sounds like pub weather to me. I have heard a number of people say that this cold is due to global warming. Of course - everything is. It's 3 here right now, and our Dr. Bliss is skiing in New Hampshire. Maggie's Farm people like cold weather. It makes us feel alive - and we get to use our gear.
The deliberate dumbing down of America. Video
Ace on asexuality:
OK, but is matching the best word?
A mere $217,000 per job. That's my money. I earned it.
Road to Serfdom. A condensed version.
Everybody has reported that Bush's wiretapping was legal. It will remain in force, I think.
A gay sex orgy for the inauguration. Dare I ask what rimming has to do with the inauguration? Maybe Chris Matthews might know.
I appreciate the dilemma. Geithner is a good choice, but I think I tend to worry more about the accuracy of my taxes, and general law obedience, than he does. And I have less to lose. He's a smart and clever Wall Street/DC yuppie.
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I've been in -48 degrees F. That's getting there. The air was perfectly still, some trees died in the park, a light haze hung over our small town. Brrrr. Only lasted a day, then some balmy 0 degree air pushed it out and over into Montana. Where they are more used to it. Came down directly from Alaska, the weather guy said, instead of the usual wind pattern off the Pacific.
Maybe "interlocking" is better than "matching" in reference to male/female reproductive parts?
Ok, I'll offer another alternative to "matching" - how about "complementary"?
18 below zero at 9AM in Corning NY. Record cold, previous record -17 from 1965. Don't know how cold it got during the night, but suspect it was below -20. Where I live averages 5 to 10 drgrees cooler than Corning. Global Warming my ass.
On coffee, as the link notes also "They also stress that experiencing hallucinations is not a definite sign of mental illness and that about 3% of people regularly hear voices."
Good news for those of us who venerate Joan of Arc and a whole slew of saints now dismissed with diagnoses. Not that hearing voices isn't usually a VERY BAD SIGN.
The link embedded in the coffee piece goes to a rather interesting site about The Incident. Can't quite figger that one out.
Oh - it was -17°F here in mid-coast Maine at sunup.
Charlotte Iserbyt lives just down the road apiece. I sent her a note letting her know her interview got some play here. Her book, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, is downloadable for free at DeliberateDumbingDown.com.
Now I need to get in the kitchen and crank up ye olde wood stove..
Thank you also for pointing me to that fabulous New England website, Maggie's Farm.
What a find! What a treasure! I had wondered where all the clear thinking, intellectual people were in our country...if there were any left... and lo and behold, I find them at an incredibly well-designed website in New England!!!!!!!!
It was 2°F here in King George County, VA (between the Potomac & Rappahannock Rivers) at 0630. Not as chilly as you fellas, but it's coldest we've seen in a few years. My wife is doing a dog rescue transport today from Richmond to Fredericksburg, so I checked the tire pressure in our Honda van. TPs were down 4psi. All you folks up north might want to check your TPs. Of course, pavement is dry here in VA right now; I don't know if over/under pressure is optimal for snowy conditions. cheers! chuck
Slightly under pressure provides for more surface-to-surface contact, and is therefore recommended for slicker road surfaces. Leastwise that's what poppa told me.
Some new commenters. Wonderful.
Now definitetly to the vaccum cleaner and the kitchen for the remainder of this fine, chilly day.
"Dare I ask what rimming has to do with the inauguration?"
It's what the media did for Obama through the whole election. Why should the inauguration be any different?
We spoke with Carla Dove, who heads up the Feather Identification Lab at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, which has long had that important identification job.
Hawhawhaw! Who writes this stuff? Between that and duckhuntingchat.com, MF has Saturday morning cartoons beat by a country mile today!
Geithner signed documents stating that he recognized his duty to pay those taxes. He was caught, and paid. Fair enough, "honest mistake" (doubtful).
Except that he only partially paid: much of it was beyond the statute of limitations, and the IRS couldn't compel him.
When he was vetted, the Obama team noticed that, and at that point he coughed up the rest.
He's a smart and clever Wall St/DC tax cheat. He sets a bad example just by being nominated, much less being appointed Secretary of the US Treasury, in charge of the IRS.
RE: hors d'oevres...
I often make appetizers with bacon wrapped water chestnuts or scallops or filet. I baste the wraps wth soy sauce mixed with a little bit of sugar and then bake on a raised rack on a cookie sheet or a cast iron skillet (so the grease drains away) at about 400-450 (cook them hot and fast). They're quick and easy and there are never any left over.
Patina is right. A hot oven is best, because it will get the bacon crispy and leave the appetizer as rare as you want it, depending on how hot the oven is.
If a jet plane is traveling at 328mph and a duck is flying at 27mph and they collide mid-air, what is the psi of impact to the engine and what is the damage to the engine?
There are labs where they actually test this, and in order to simulate various bird collisions, they have a chicken cannon that fires chickens at the churning engines of jets.
I saw a man on the news this morning who handles two falcons at an airport from sun up to sundown. He releases the falcons when birds fly nearby and the birds fly away.
Can you imagine the chicken guy in his Boeing uniform at the coffee shop?
Waitress: "Oh. You work for Boeing. What do you do?"
Guy : "I stuff live chickens into a cannon and fire them at jet engines."
NSFW Ref. Gay Sex Orgy
Among the other Inauguration Balls and gala celebrations ..
Thanks to President Obama's new policy concerning 'Don't Ask-Don't Tell.'
The Double Tree Hotel Washington DC will be celebrating the historical event with the Pig Sex Orgy...
homophobic or not, there seems to be something not right about a man having anal intercourse with another man...
cliche or not, ' We're headed down hill like a snowball headed straight for hell.'
Gentlemen, man your Rimming Stations !
Though I have understood for several years now that we were on a course toward an economic meltdown, I have been disturbed to see the "sudden" nature of the recent events. Sudden to me is never a coincidence. I cannot accept these economic/fiscal events as being as we are told they are. For weeks now I have been trying to decide what the relationships are between massive layoffs, the massive bail out schemes, and the new communist regime that will be coronated on Tuesday. Surely, my mind kept telling me, there is other links that we cannot see. I know what I am about to say is not pleasant, but I keep going back to a conversation Tony Blair recently had with Charlie Rose. In that interview Mr. Blair announced that mainstream Americans (white) were going to be unhappy about the economic and cultural changes that were coming at them--but, that they were necessary for globalization. Bingo, today I think I understand where some of those jobs will go when the economy recovers. I think I have some insight that perhaps we should not speak of: some of those jobs (how many 1/3?) will be re-filled with people of color. What color you ask? I would say it's gonna look like this: 1/4 of the new re-hires will be white, 1/3 will be Mexican, and the rest will be African/American. All of this in preparation for a time when we have a changed system of government. One in which there is no longer two party representation, but rather a system of percentage allocations. I suppose that thoughts like this are the reason that they introduced hate speech into our lives. Have a nice weekend!
There are nearly 2.5 billion Chinese and Indian workers who want a middle class lifestyle...Capital seeks cost effectiveness and if it is more cost effective to import a product or outsource a job it will happen eventually. Americans will learn the hard way that jobs are not an inheritance but something that must be won on the world stage now...The good news is that we are richer by far than the rest of the world. It is a land of plenty for those who will merely get off their asses and go for it...My AC contractor is on his way to buying up cheap real estate in this market downturn. I sold an airplane to a guy making 200K a year running his own computer repair shop. I sold a BMW to a Vietnamese immigrant who was one of the "boat people" who escaped from Vietnam after the war...I'm sure we could all go on and on with like examples. We have too damn many whiners now who would rather complain than work. I have no sympathy for them.