Open Thread, Monday 3 March 2014



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51 Responses to Open Thread, Monday 3 March 2014

  1. ZurichMike says:

    Today’s photo: delegates to the American Bar Association annual meeting.

    • solaratov says:

      Really captures their essence, doesn’t it? πŸ˜‰


      • ZurichMike says:

        Although I am an attorney and I am just a total legal teddy bear. No, really. πŸ™‚

        • solaratov says:

          Uh huh! I was married to an attorney.

          There she is in that pic…third ‘cuda from the back on the left-hand side. With the extra-long teeth.


          • texan59 says:

            I had one who bacame an attorney after we split. I found out why attorney’s “practice” law. She sure did. My saving grace was a sister with a law degree who is meaner than my ex. πŸ™‚

            • So, you’re saying attorney’s “practice” law the way witches “practice” the black arts? πŸ˜€

              • texan59 says:

                If you mean often, then I would have to agree. πŸ˜†

              • Oh man you guys really know how to screw things up! This has nothing to do with any “bar meeting” and has everything to do with “filling my fish box up” !!!!!!! Do you have to ruin EVERYTHING!!! I mean sheeeeesshhhhh! I go out there to get away from the “cudas” and the rest of the “watch your backside ” club! That pic is PURE POX!!!! Well if you love to fish anyways! πŸ˜‰

              • GruntOfMonteCristo says:

                Glad you liked it, GFC! πŸ˜€

  2. solaratov says:

    This sounds like a fairly accurate assessment……

    Anonymous said…

    No one is going to intervene in Ukraine.

    No one in the EU has an army that can project power, and they are broke, feckless and rather dim.

    The US is broke too, it’s far far away, and frankly I’m not sure there is any good reason for us to go over there and play silly bugger with the locals IN their back yard. 1/2 the people you would be “saving” would be actively hostile to being saved, and the other half would be trying to rob you. Also, our leadership is feckless and dim.

    In Ukraine, they are broke,criminal, corrupt and violent, ( doesn’t matter which faction) and even the do-not-like-russians bunch do not like their own “leadership” any better than they like Russians.
    I wouldn’t call their leadership feckless and dim, but more venal and grasping.

    The Russian are less broke, and though they aren’t what you’d call competent or well organized, they are more so than the opposition. It’s their side yard since they took the whole damn place from the muslim hordes back when, who took it from whichever semi nomads had kicked the Goths (semi-nomads) out around the end of the roman empire. Telling a Russian that Ukraine is not legit part of Russian is more or less like telling a 1914 German that Prussia is not a part of Germany.
    Putin is neither dim nor feckless, and had he a competent son would probably have declared himself “Tzar of all the Russias” Part Deux, already.

    The Russians have the fuel supply, the military might and 1/2 the population.

    They win, end of story. For now.

    8:38 AM, March 03, 2014


  3. texan59 says:

    While he is a rent-seeker extraordinaire, he is no fool, Warren Buffett. Here is his current take on those super-safe muni bonds.

    “Local and state financial problems are accelerating, in large part because public entities promised pensions they couldn’t afford. Citizens and public officials typically under-appreciated the gigantic financial tapeworm that was born when promises were made that conflicted with a willingness to fund them. Unfortunately, pension mathematics today remain a mystery to most Americans.”

  4. MSNBC showing a helpful map for its retard viewers. All 3 of them.
    Next week: Crisis in Vulgaria.

  5. Pistol Pete says:

    I knewSeagal was always an enviro-wacko,so I don’t quite know what to make of this.Has he had a change of heart or just looking for somebody to watch his foreign-made movies.

  6. Pistol Pete says:

    Matthew Mcconaughey thanks God at the Oscars
    Liberals recoil in horror

  7. Pistol Pete says:

    This backstabbing,cowardly,gaseous nitwit is our Secretary of State.
    Lord help us.

  8. texan59 says:

    Sooooo, the grand poobah of Apple doesn’t want climate skeptics to buy his products. Okie-dokey. My next purchases will take care of that problem.

    • zmalfoy says:

      Yep, that certainly helps me with some on-going market research I’ve been conducting for myself . . .

    • barnslayer says:

      But…… Apple has it’s stuff manufactured in commie China, probably the worst and most prolific sources of pollution. And they have no qualms about putting your new iPod on an airplane to get it to you right quick. (I bought one for Mrs. Barnslayer a few years back. Had it personalized/engraved and got it TWO days after ordering it online. I tracked it from China… it wasn’t sitting in a NJ warehouse). This is impressive for a business to accomplish but what about their environment??? I guess it’s no different than oblamer and his misuse of AF-1. Hypocrites.

    • They’re clueless hypocrites, all right. But I will still buy their products because there’s no alternative. MacroHard is worse. And Apple at least knows how to make a good product. And the notion of “responsible business” is not entirely bad. They’re just misguided in how they apply it. But I could change my mind about them. I already have, twice.

    • barnslayer says:

      Just the presence of a (from what I can tell) decent looking female brings question to whether any actual geeks were involved.

      • Just because a pretty woman was paid to show up in white go-go boots doesn’t mean there weren’t geeks involved. That happens all the time at strip clubs in Cocoa Beach near CCAFS and Kennedy Space Center. You know, … allegedly. πŸ˜€ Besides, she might have been a geek, herself. Except that she has a pretty good grip for a geek. And good tree-avoidance skills!

  9. From the Duffel Blog…

    • solaratov says:

      Now, I don’t claim to be an expert on jet aircraft…and I certainly wouldn’t want to try to tell an expert, highly-trained fighter pilot how to do his job…but, wouldn’t it make for a somewhat smoother landing (and save wear and tear on the belly tank) if the pilot put the wheels down before landing? πŸ˜†


      • GruntOfMonteCristo says:

        It depends. When your CO tells you that you’re burning through too many tires, and you need to find a way to stop doing that, you might start experimenting with alternatives. πŸ‘Ώ

      • Hey wait a minute! Your no expert? Wow now I really know what I am since I thought this was a botched takeoff! Oblammer expects these boys to fly without burning thread thickness so he ordered them to change the sequence of events that way MO has something to wear to the upcoming USAF ball! πŸ˜‰

        • barnslayer says:

          If it were a botched takeoff the plane would have been on the ground pre-flight with wheels up? Or somebody was in a big hurry to retract their gear and hit a shear. On the other hand I can’t believe a squished belly tank is all we’d see from a pancake landing.

          • GruntOfMonteCristo says:

            I think you hit it, Barn. This looks like an accidental landing gear retraction while sitting on the tarmac. Someone was a dumbass. πŸ˜‰


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