Open Thread by John Cole| March 12, 20099:03 pm| 48 CommentsThis post is in: Cat Blogging, Dog BloggingFacebookTweetEmailSome pics: Claim your pets. Serious upset in the making right now in the Big East tournament.
Tune into TDS tonight. Someone at GOS was at the taping:
There was something on Huffpo this AM about how Cramer was nervous, because Stewart was his "idol", and he patterned his MadMoney show after TDS.
He patterned a show on investing on something that opens up after puppets making crank calls on Comedy Central. In retrospect, I suppose that explains everything.
Pokes say……fizz’ixed, bitches.
But where is the mighty Tunch?
I had a huskie. I loved him. Thanks for making me cry.
Ah….the cat using his Apple as a litter box. Well done, Furry. Well done.
@schrodinger’s cat: The fat bastard is sleeping on a set of towels I took out of the dryer, folded, put on my bed before putting in the drawers, walked into the kitchen to get a diet 7-up, came back, and he was already asleep on them.
I just said to hell with it and left him alone. I am a broken man.
@John Cole: My cat does the same thing to me all the time. If there’s fresh laundry somewhere in the house, he will definitely find it.
Just Some Fuckhead
You need to trade up to a big working dog, John. There’s a whole culture that goes along with a working dog that will make you a new man: outdoors, bike rides, jogging, walks, lotsa exercise, fresh air, frisbee, ball.
My dog and I did four miles in the local state park on Saturday until he collapsed, shit himself, threw up everywhere and then spun in circles on the ground chewing at the dirt. I had to carry him out and we’re that much closer now. He can’t wait to go back.
Cleaning a litterbox changes a man in terrible ways.
Seriously, if you did that, you were no match for him to begin with.
WVU’s first weekend in The Dance just got easier.
how do you say his name? is it ‘tunk’ or tunsh? who’d he get the name?
kommrade reproductive vigor
Love the expression on the cat’s face. "I have no intention of moving. Ever."
@John Cole: You left clean laundry unattended when there was a known feline within 10 miles.
Haw haw, what a n00b.
Mr Whipple: Obviously not from the I-79 corridor. I suspected from the beginning that Tunch was named for Tunch Ilkin, formerly of the Stillers. :) No gum bands for you! :D
As a fellow graduate of the University of Southwestern PA, I did not expect this; I thought they’d wear down at the end like in the 2 regular-season games. But Blair got into foul trouble and Pitt was glacial from deep. I was afraid of WVU being placed into 8/9 bracket hell, but now I think at least a 7. I’d rather be 10 than 8 or 9.
Go Orange! (Wife’s from Syracuse)
John Cole @ 8
I have two cats, so I feel your pain. One of my cats looks like Tunch’s orange tabby sister, while the other cat shares Tunch’s temperament. That’s why I am such a big fan of Tunch and his antics.
Congrats to the Eers.
Had dinner with a client on Monday night in Palo Alto. Halfway through the appetizer, I looked up and noticed that Condi was sitting two tables over. She’s actually kinda cute, if you’re into middle-aged war criminals.
Bout decided to get a kitten. Lord hep me!
I’m sure Purl the Parakeet will be thrilled
that dood is *smaller* than the cat!
did she have a head of lettuce stuck between her front teeth?
I had a cat and a parakeet at one time too. Then I just had a cat.
Helluva an introduction to predators and prey at seven years old.
LOL! I love that look that says, "You do have my treat for me don’t you?"
No, but there were guys with wires coming out of their ears circulating around the restaurant (I assume they were DPS), and two black Suburbans sitting out front with the motors running. I expected Tony Almeida to come through the ceiling at any time.
Simon’s cat. Now with moar dogs.
Personally, I fart in the ‘Eers general direction. ;-) Pitt is it! In better news, nobody is buying Coultergeist’s new book. Sales down like 68 percent.
Brick Oven Bill
“I am going to hang Saakashvili by the balls.”
The US Navy did not operate large ships in the Persian Gulf until the 1990s. This is because they were vulnerable to Russian weapons systems. We have only operated there since the collapse of the USSR. Russian weapons are better today that they were 20 years ago.
Putin holds a big grudge about Afghanistan. Since the crushing of NATO in Georgia, the only thing between Russia and Iran is Azerbaijan (Armenia is not an option). Now think to yourself, Russians are good at chess. What possible reason could Russia engineer to go into Iran? Perhaps the chaos of a war with Israel to ‘peacekeep’?
Russia is Iran’s ally after all, and is arming a man who believes that it is his duty to wipe Israel off the map and bring forward the Mahdi. Putin is an oilman that makes Cheney look like Palin’s cousin with the gas station.
The Iranians kept their F-14s in the air for hours after we left. They stay on the ground these days.
Maybe I need to think a spell more on the idea.
I’ve picked up several kittens at animal shelters as well as getting them from people giving them away out front of the grocery store.
Billy the Boa Constrictor gives ’em four stars.
Me too. It walked me. Beautiful animal, but they’re more wolf than dog. She lost out to a car. They’re not designed for city life. Duh.
Mike in NC
Patently untrue. I did two deployments to the Gulf in the 1980s and there were no considerations as to the capabilities of Iran, Iraq, or the USSR. Carriers and large deck amphibs could and did enter the Gulf at will.
LOL. I hear cat lovers have really sharp pitchforks.
Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse
huh? Why is Colbert on now?
So if anyone wants to check out the latest stupidity from Glenn Beck since his inane rant with Chuck Norris, we have "We Surround Them FRIDAY!". http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/21018/
Dailykos is already going to town with this one on the front page, mockingly as to no surprise.
This wins the Intertubes, by a mile.
The Husky is mine. Vlad is sorry for making you cry. He would like to make it up to you by shedding all over any black articles of clothing you might have on hand.
Seriously, he is currently shedding a pile of hair that looks similar to the cat in the lower picture every day.
I love spring.
Brick Oven Bill
Mike in NC. I do not believe that carriers were deployed for any period of time in the gulf, perhaps they made their statements. The threat of Russian submarines was too great during the Cold War. A carrier’s primary defense against a submarine in maneuver and speed in the open sea.
By large ship I did not intend to mean cruiser or destroyer, which did operate in the Gulf. I concede that a cruiser or a destroyer is a big ship. I believe that the first permanent presence of carriers in the Gulf was in the run-up to GW 1.
Mike in NC
True. And yes, carriers in peacetime operate(d) in the Gulf mainly for specific "showing the flag" purposes, but the Persian Gulf/Arabian Gulf is extremely shallow for submarines and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) really isn’t a consideration there for both political and physical oceanographic reasons. The Iranians have a handful of diesel submarines that would be easily and quickly eliminated in a wartime situation. I’m not familiar with any Soviet presence in the Gulf in the Cold War era. They pretty much limited themselves to the Med and Black Sea.
Possibly. The flagship of Fifth Fleet and the earlier COMIDEASTFOR (dating from the 1950s to the 1980s) was usually a specially configured LSD/LPD.
Brick Oven Bill
The point I was clumsily trying to make is that, given the geographical constraints of the Persian Gulf, and modern weapons, maintaining sea control in what is essentially a lake is not to be taken for granted. It would be almost impossible against a sophisticated enemy who held the land. The Iraqis got the Stark. The Russians are better warfighters that the Iraqis.
So these New World Order types who are assuming continuous access to Middle Eastern oil are fooling themselves, giving them the benefit of the doubt. Even without sea control, it would not take that much effort to mine and or create navigation hazards in the Strait of Hormuz, choking off supply. There are only two pipelines to hit to cut off oil to the Red Sea.
This is why it is important to develop domestic sources of liquid fuel. And why we should lift the oil shale ban.
Yeah, when will BOB answer all those questions thrown at him time and time again?
Such as, do you know the difference between shale oil and sweet Arabian crude?
Yikes. Watching Jon Stewart with Jim Cramer & contrary to rumour, Stewart is slamming Cramer. Cramer, for his part, sounds whiney & apologetic, almost pathetic.
Stewart keeps hammering Cramer with embarrassing video clips & Cramer barely even tries to defend himself. Jon is saying, in no uncertain terms, what he thinks of Cramer & Cramer, for the most part is agreeing. It’s an abject performance on Cramer’s part.
Hmmm, now that it’s over, my cynical side can’t help but wonder if the whole thing wasn’t a piece of kabuki theatre. Cramer’s a buffoon, but he’s not stupid. He’d know better than to walk into what’s bound to be a series of "gotchas" (with video). Stewart gets to look good for delivering a tough, brass-balls interview & Cramer gets to be absolved of past crimes for his act of mewling contrition.
Either way, kabuki or not, it’s a must-see interview. Stewart says things that need to be said in a straight-forward way, with the right amount of outrage & there’s a certain amount of satisfaction of seeing a loudmouth knocked down a few pegs even if he’s a willing participant in the peg-knocking.
Brick Oven Bill
For example, exhaustion of wood fuel is believed to have been the primary reason for the fall of the Mayan Civilization on this continent and of the decline of once flourishing civilizations in Asia.
Consider the first article in the link above and then view this. I do not share the President’s glorious view that the 21st Century will be this big happy time where we all smile together under the windmill and eat seaweed.
Traditional petroleum resources will be largely depleted in the 21st Century and there is no substitute for oil. People will fight terrible wars over what is left. This is why we should leave our off-shore oil alone, as a true strategic petroleum reserve, and develop technologies for North America’s 400-years of oil shale resources. Russia is doubling their current shale oil output to 2 million barrels per year. They report the cost at $14-17/bbl. We have far superior reserves.
The only difference between oil shale and light sweet crude is processing TenguPhule. I believe this could be accomplished for $20/bbl. Oil shale is Kerogen, or virgin fuel, that can be processed into anything you want, from home heating oil, to aviation fuel, to natural gas, simply by adding heat. The accusations that large amounts of water are needed are false, if you use a condensate return system, which is basic.
@Mike in NC:
And they still do.
My husband is career Navy, he has made 7 deployments, 6 of which were to the Gulf. His first was Desert Storm.
I believe BOB was posting this as an answer to my contention in an earlier thread that for Russia to take control of the Straits of Hormuz they’d have to go through the US Navy to do it, and that would not be easy.
There are many rules when it comes to clean laundry. That is probably the most important one, although I would say "when there was a known feline or a young toddler within 10 miles". My son loves to take all my lovely folded laundry out of the basket and drag it all over the room. He also loves to hold the warm laundry up to his cheek, Linus from Peanuts style. There’s just something wrong about seeing a child use your bra as a security blanket.
For John C and those who think Andrew Breitbart is an idiot.
I heard on Redeye that Andrew Breitbart will be on Real Time with Bill Maher on 3-13-9.
Andrew is under the impression that Bill Maher is still calls himself a Libertarian.
I’m claiming the cat on the Mac — that’s Spencer. That was from a few weeks ago, when we were watching the morning news in bed. When I got up for more coffee, he decided the best perch was was laptop.
OT, but the inmates brawl and brawl and brawl (clap clap clap) deep in the heart of Texas.
Damned at Random
I miss my dog. She was a husky mix- died last year. She was a stray, so all we know is she was at least 13 and never showed her age until 6 months before she laid under the neighbor’s tree and went to sleep. (Al next door was her buddy).
She would shed all year, but esp in the late spring, after the birds had nested. I would pull handfuls of hair out of the coat and tell her she was a selfish bitch for not shedding in time for nesting. SHe would roll over and tell me to rub her belly.
Eight months after she died, there is still dog hair stuck in my car’s upholstery
@Just Some Fuckhead:
yeah, like picking up warm dog crap.
when i interact with pet feces, i prefer it old and dry.
Who’s taking care of Tunch in your absence?