Open Thread, Thursday 13 March 2014


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Fearless and Devout Catholic Christian First, Loving Husband and Father Second, Pissed-Off Patriot Third, Rocket Engineer Dork Last.
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43 Responses to Open Thread, Thursday 13 March 2014

  1. barnslayer says:

    Is that Shalini’s house?

    • texan59 says:

      Sweet crib. If it is, we now have a vacation destination. πŸ™‚

      • This is actually the servants’ quarters. Her house is bigger. But the servants’ side is fully stocked with good Indian beer, so I’m in! πŸ˜€

        • Never mind the house….thats a nice pool but I would hate to see the bill for pumping all that water over that much infintiy edge.That mega pump must be pushing over a couple of thousand gallons a MINUTE to make that work right. Hate to see that MASTERS pool. πŸ˜‰

  2. texan59 says:

    Not a numismatist, but I might have to snag a couple of these. πŸ™‚

  3. texan59 says:

    We’ve got DODT, wimmen’s wanting to be commandos, and now this. While I understand that the military has always been a petri dish of sorts for many years, this is beginning to look like the 2-year old container of sour cream in my old bachelor fridge. πŸ‘Ώ

    • zmalfoy says:

      Here’s one reason: They already think they have a sexual assault problem. Once certain types of guys realize that they can claim to be “Women on the inside”, the real, actual women who just want to serve are gonna be in a whole different world of danger. . .

    • barnslayer says:

      This will kill unit cohesion. Team members will no longer look at each other as reliable. Anyone who is that wrapped up in publicly creating a lifestyle statement lacks the selflessness necessary to be an asset to any sort of team.

  4. Malaysia doesn’t believe it, but if Rolls Royce says there’s independent engine telemetry for 4 hours into this flight, then I believe it. Malaysia has no way to confirm or deny that. They’re lying. This plane is sitting in a hangar in Pakistan, and the passengers are chilling in a warehouse somewhere. Or sweating. Probably sweating. The cell phones are still ringing because they’re all slowly running down their batteries, collected in 5-gallon buckets.

    • zmalfoy says:

      Yep. . . I don’t think this thing hit the sea– bodies float, esp after a coupla days. It was either “apprehended”, or blown to smithereens via internal bomb or missile strike. I lean more toward the former, based on the ringing phones.

      Also, I think that either the Malasian authorities and or the US (possibly others) know what happened, and are covering/ stalling for time. This is waaaay to reminiscent of the beginning of Lost, and when things get to that level of weird, it means someone is hiding something somewhere . . .

      • This was not really a puzzle, even before this new info. There were 3 possibilities, and 2 have been eliminated.

        1. Bomb/crash/accident – Eliminated by fact of telemetry switched off and course change.
        2. Hijack, followed by inadvertent crash due to struggle – Eliminated by lack of transponder deployment and total lack of debris.
        3. Successful hijack and evasion – Bingo.

        The last one is also supported by evidence that they flew west at extreme low altitude to evade radar when the Malaysian idiots lost track of them.

  5. Trey Gowdy is making big waves. Watch his epic defense of new legislation to “force” the President to enforce their laws. Yes, Congress has come to that. But his speech is incredible. Hat tip: Abigail Adams.

    These videos also cover his statements on Lois Lerner and the IRS. Amazing stuff.
    “I don’t know if she killed JonBenet Ramsay.”
    “Well, then, your grandson can ask my grandson that question someday, because it’s going to take forever.”

  6. GFC! Check out this albino marlin from off Costa Rica. It’s a beaut!

  7. I lived in Sunnyvale for a few years. Nice to see their compliance is a big fat zero on this stupid ban.

  8. Guys use AR-15s for hog hunting all the time. But I bet this guys is glad he used a .308. Hat tip: Wirecutter.

  9. Make way for transgender troops.

    SAN FRANCISCO (WNB) – An independent commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general has concluded there β€œis no compelling medical reason” for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving and that President Barack Obama could lift the decades-old ban without approval from Congress, according to a report being released Thursday.

    The only changes suggested by the report were a series of additional inginias (below) to be worn by all military personnel detailing the individual’s true gender and what sexual organs that individual is supposed to have or not have. “The last thing we want to be doing in the field is looking all over the place for some wounded guy’s penis if he didn’t have one,” said a commission member.

    • texan59 says:

      She of some of these little ditties. I honestly thought she had died. πŸ™„

      “We really need to get over this love affair with the fetus and start worrying about children”

      “abortion opponents love little babies as long as they are in somebody else’s uterus.”

  10. Whoa. I used to think Chelsea Handler was rude and arrogant and obnoxious. But compared to Piers, she’s not so bad.

  11. Burge:
    “Harry Reid is a flaming bag of dog crap Nevada left on your porch.”

  12. solaratov says:

    Magic 8 Ball says, “It’s a distinct possibility”………….


  13. solaratov says:


      • solaratov says:

        Ya gotta love it. The man’s livin’ his dream…and happy. πŸ˜‰


        • I argue with Gruntessa about this every now and then. Most women don’t have a clue how feminized the “norm” is in our world. THIS is how men live when they have a choice. All that other crap: big house, living in town, nice cars, nice clothes, nice kitchen, carpet (hell:non-dirt floors), window covers, telephones… That’s all THEIR idea. Nuclear fusion in the workshop with a bench covered in crap and brass casings scattered on the floor and a cigar hanging out of your mouth? Now that’s a man’s world. πŸ˜€

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