Jan
4

Word Of The Day: Anosognosia*




Posted at 20:06 by Tintin

noel_sheppard_dork
ABOVE: Noel “Mr. Wedgie 1965″ Sheppard.

Shorter Noel Sheppard, NewsBlusterers
Leno: Harry Reid Looks Like a Guy Who Heard ‘Go F Yourself’ A Lot In High School

  • Now that you mention it, Harry Reid does look like a dork who got a lot of wedgies in high school.

*Cf.


‘Shorter’ concept created by Daniel Davies and perfected by Elton Beard. We are aware of all Internet traditions.™

183 Comments »

  1. tigris said,

    January 4, 2013 at 20:19

    Wow, what was even the point of that? “Hey, somebody on TV made a little fun of Harry Reid, let me repeat the whole bit as if it were comedy gold!” Uh, yeah. Anyway, I’m surprised anyone could make out what Boehner said through the sobs.

  2. bbkf said,

    January 4, 2013 at 20:22

    well, i can’t help but wonder how brent feels about all this ‘f’ word being bandied about…on his own website!!!

  3. bbkf said,

    January 4, 2013 at 20:25

    Anyway, I’m surprised anyone could make out what Boehner said through the sobs.

    yes, an orange man who cries repeatedly in public is more manly than harry reid…amazing…

  4. DAS said,

    January 4, 2013 at 20:28

    Now that we are pointing out who looks like they did what or had what done to them in high school, may I point out that Bill O’Reilly looks like he pummeled his Jewish classmates because “you killed Jesus”. Sean Hannity too, also.

    All the while, Nooners pined for that manly man, Bill O’ to notice her.

  5. bbkf said,

    January 4, 2013 at 20:29

    BrimmingUSpride•2 hours ago?
    Boehner, Obama and Reid: Three enemies of the United States of America working in concert to bring about its destruction and doing a fine job. With these three, who needs foreign enemies? God save us from such evil men and dispatch them to the nether regions reserved for the devil and all evil ones. God save the U.S.A.

    ‘i’m good enough, i’m smart enough and, doggone it, people like me!’

  6. jim the heretical anti-cliff lemming said,

    January 4, 2013 at 20:31

    There are none so blind as those who insist on pretending they can see just fine.
    Also none quite so much of a royal screaming pain in the yarbles to everyone else.

    “Increase Your Word Power” for Sadlynauts … I like it!

  7. Spearhafoc, whose nym is Old English for "sparrowhawk" said,

    January 4, 2013 at 20:35

    Doesn’t surprise me that Wingnuts think Leno is hilarious.

  8. bbkf said,

    January 4, 2013 at 20:37

    Relatively little has been discovered about the cause of the condition since its initial identification. Recent studies from the empirical data are prone to consider anosognosia a multi-componential syndrome or multi-faceted phenomenon. That is it can be manifested by failure to be aware of a number of specific deficits, including motor (hemiplegia), sensory (hemianaesthesia, hemianopia), spatial (unilateral neglect), memory (dementia), and language (receptive aphasia) and, most notably, humor due to impairment of anatomo-functionally discrete monitoring systems wingnuttia.

  9. DAS said,

    January 4, 2013 at 20:46

    Interestingly a non-rotten mango:

    The way the press handled the last Congress, you would have thought the Republicans controlled both chambers rather than just the House.

    I’m not quite sure this was entirely the case (and part of the problem was that for a while the President was acting like McConnell was the Senate Majority Leader and not Reid), but still, at this point even the rotten-mango-wallowers of the right have gotta realize that the media ain’t liberal. They gotta realize at least that, right?

    Meanwhile, I betcha the media will soon go back to their usual “Ebil Nancy Pelosi is dictating everyone’s agenda” spin soon.

    Still, I think part of why the right is so angry at Obama is that the media has given him somewhat of a pass. Certainly they don’t treat him with the same deference they treat GOoPer presidents, but they are treating him far better than they treated Clinton. And that must bug the heck out of the right: having spent so much time, effort and money to yank the media right-ward and the media still won’t go after B. Barry Mbama like they went after Clinton.

  10. Bitter Scribe said,

    January 4, 2013 at 20:49

    Still, I think part of why the right is so angry at Obama is that the media has given him somewhat of a pass. Certainly they don’t treat him with the same deference they treat GOoPer presidents, but they are treating him far better than they treated Clinton.

    As much as I admire and respect Bill Clinton, he didn’t exactly make it hard for his enemies to come after him. Obama is treated better because he behaves better.

  11. bbkf said,

    January 4, 2013 at 20:50

    at this point even the rotten-mango-wallowers of the right have gotta realize that the media ain’t liberal. They gotta realize at least that, right?

    ahahahahahahahahahahahaha! you sooooo funneh!

  12. bbkf said,

    January 4, 2013 at 20:59

    As much as I admire and respect Bill Clinton, he didn’t exactly make it hard for his enemies to come after him

    i still struggle with my feelings towards bill…he totally flipping had me with his nom speech and i adored hime right up until he started debating the finer points of ‘is’…i would have respected him a LOT more if he would have just owned that he bagged monica instead of looking directly in the camera and saying, ‘i did not have sexual relations with that woman’

    christ, the thing i admired the most about him was that he totally got women and what working women and mothers go through…that he slept/sleeps around didn’t matter to me as long as he wasn’t being shitty about it and denying it…

  13. bbkf said,

    January 4, 2013 at 21:09

    wow…lynn ketelsen of ‘the linder farm network’ fame, just said on the air that ‘you know those russians, they drink all day…’ and then reported the the biggest cause of death in russian men was cirrhosis of the liver and average age of death was 40…wow, and here i thought the most controversial thing i’d here on teh farm report was that ‘there’s a little dryness down there…’

  14. Anonymous said,

    January 4, 2013 at 21:18

    Given that Reid played football and was an amateur boxer in high school, I suspect trying to give him a wedgie ended as badly as everything Sheppard has ever written

  15. DrDick said,

    January 4, 2013 at 21:18

    Anonymous is me (or I is it).

  16. bbkf said,

    January 4, 2013 at 21:24

    Given that Reid played football and was an amateur boxer in high school, I suspect trying to give him a wedgie ended as badly as everything Sheppard has ever written

    uh, sadly, no…at least not according to the wingnuteers that mango over at newsblusterers:

    Gloves Donahue, Jr.•4 hours ago
    Harry says he was a boxer.
    Was there some sort of female boxing league in Searchlight, Nevada back in the old days?
    *
    CrankyHuman> Gloves Donahue, Jr.•3 hours ago
    He fought in the “paperweight” class, as in paper bags.
    *
    da_real_killa> Gloves Donahue, Jr.•3 hours ago?
    No no no – he said he wore boxer shorts……….they’re easier to take off when he’s trying to fork himself. And apparantly he needed a searchlight to find the equipment.

    aaaaaaahhhhh! stop…my side hurts from teh laffter!

  17. tigris said,

    January 4, 2013 at 21:39

    Reid served as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission from 1977 to 1981. When Jack Gordon, LaToya Jackson’s future agent and husband, offered Reid a $12,000 bribe to approve new games for casinos, Reid brought in the FBI to tape Gordon’s bribery attempt and arrest him. After FBI agents interrupted the transaction, as prearranged, Reid lost his temper and began choking Gordon, saying “You son of a bitch, you tried to bribe me!”

    So, former boxer/footballer who is also crazy enough to try to strangle you while the FBI is watching? Boehner better watch his oompa loompin’ back is all I’m saying.

  18. Bitter Scribe said,

    January 4, 2013 at 21:40

    Gloves Donahue????

    Oh, lizard shit!

    Are his siblings named Boots and Handbag?

  19. smut clyde said,

    January 4, 2013 at 22:03

    There are none so blind as those who insist on pretending they can see just fine.

    Clinically that is Anton’s Syndrome. There may be a special case where the patient insists “No, I can see perfectly” and that blindness is a liberal myth invented by left-wing doctors.

  20. Spearhafoc, whose nym is Old English for "sparrowhawk" said,

    January 4, 2013 at 22:08

    was that ‘there’s a little dryness down there…’

    That’s what lube is for.

  21. Dragon-King Wangchuck said,

    January 4, 2013 at 22:30

    That’s what lube is for.

    In good times
    In bad times
    It’ll help you slide forevermore
    That’s what lube is for.

  22. bbkf said,

    January 4, 2013 at 22:33

    That’s what lube is for.

    ooooh…a new market for monsanto to break into!

  23. bughunter said,

    January 4, 2013 at 22:58

    Ignorance of one’s own ignorance is no defense.

  24. bbkf said,

    January 4, 2013 at 23:01

    Ignorance of one’s own ignorance is no defense.

    but it is central to the point…or it’s theft…or…something…

  25. bughunter, who picked the wrong day to quit stimpaks, said,

    January 4, 2013 at 23:11

    Slammin… Let’s Burn!

  26. Helmut Monotreme said,

    January 4, 2013 at 23:19

    Sounds like Bughunter just found his calling.

  27. Fenwick said,

    January 4, 2013 at 23:22

    Are his siblings named Boots and Handbag?

    I thought these were Palin fambly names.

    ——————–
    Scribe: Thanks for reminding me of yer for-real location; Detroit is now emblazoned in my head. I was interested in who is a Chicagoan because I was born just north in Great Lakes Naval Hospital. Never lived in Chi-town–Navy brat, moved soon after birth–but visited maybe half-a-dozen times and enjoyed it muchly.

    Also my Indiana relatives are all White Sox fans. So I track the AL-Central. Also KC, where my sisters live. I add the Twins when I discovered bbkf enjoys baze-ball. Now I’ll add the Tiggers.

  28. Major Kong said,

    January 4, 2013 at 23:22

    It’s all good fun until someone gets eaten by giant ants.

  29. Fenwick said,

    January 4, 2013 at 23:41

    Also follow the links in the post-script. Recommended! Thanx, bug.

  30. Fenwick said,

    January 4, 2013 at 23:42

    Hyphenation because I’m re-reading Patrick O’Brien. Done on purpose.

  31. smut clyde said,

    January 4, 2013 at 23:44

    It’s all good fun until someone gets eaten by giant ants.
    Still waiting for the extended directors’ cut of Phase IV.

  32. Dragon-King Wangchuck said,

    January 4, 2013 at 23:45

    If you judge a book by its cover,
    Then you’d judge a lube by the lover.
    I hope you’ll soon recover,
    Me, I go to extremes for your mother!

    She’s got the lube (got the lube got the lube)
    The lube of love (got the lube got the lube)
    The lube of love (got the lube got the lube)
    The lube of lo-o-o-ove!

  33. Pupienus said,

    January 4, 2013 at 23:51

    What lube is for.

  34. Dragon-King Wangchuck said,

    January 4, 2013 at 23:51

    On topic. Remember that what this is based off of is Jay Leno saying someone else must have been a nerdy wimp in high school. Jay Leno.

  35. smut clyde said,

    January 4, 2013 at 23:53

    Sounds better in Russian, D-KW.
    ? ????? ???? ????.

  36. smut clyde said,

    January 4, 2013 at 23:54

    Feck.
    Ya lublyu tvoyu mat’.

  37. bbkf said,

    January 4, 2013 at 23:57

    What lube is for.

    wow…badly conceived, a tish misogynistic or clever? you be the judge…

  38. Jennifer said,

    January 5, 2013 at 0:29

    That’s a really nifty word, but “Dunning-Kruger Effect” is both easier to remember and pronounce.

  39. Dick Clark said,

    January 5, 2013 at 0:30

    It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it!

  40. bbkf said,

    January 5, 2013 at 0:34

    weird…just confirmed with one of the nurse’s that one of our ex-emts is suspected of killing a cop in cold spring, mn…he hanged himself…today has just been all around weird…drinking after work tonight, so don’t be surprised to read some nonsense later on…

  41. Whale Chowder said,

    January 5, 2013 at 0:41

    wow…badly conceived

    I’ll say!

    But where do you think little docks come from?

  42. smut clyde said,

    January 5, 2013 at 0:43

    little docks come from

    Dwarf wharf.

  43. Major Kong said,

    January 5, 2013 at 0:45

    just confirmed with one of the nurse’s that one of our ex-emts is suspected of killing a cop in cold spring, mn…he hanged himself

    Yikes!

  44. jim the heretical anti-cliff lemming said,

    January 5, 2013 at 0:58

    Anosognosia sounds like the name of the bloated sadistic Empress of evil intergalactic sentient fungus-creatures from the faraway Goatse Nebula.

  45. Pupienus said,

    January 5, 2013 at 1:19

    Anton’s Sindrome

    Hands down, the best nightclub in the city.

  46. Cole said,

    January 5, 2013 at 1:21

    Leno?

    Is he the new guy on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson?

  47. Pupienus said,

    January 5, 2013 at 1:21

    “Dunning-Kruger Effect” is both easier to remember and pronounce.

    Antisesquipedalianist!

  48. Djur said,

    January 5, 2013 at 1:32

    What lube is for.

    Ow ow ow OW.

  49. Fenwick said,

    January 5, 2013 at 1:32

    Sadlie techies / users of mobile devices might be interested in this.

  50. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 5, 2013 at 1:32

    (From the StarTrib)
    The shotgun, found at a location that authorities Friday declined to disclose, was determined by BCA laboratory firearms experts to be the weapon that “was likely” the one used to kill Decker.

    Having some experience dealing with small town law enforcement, and metropolitan police who investigate homicides regularly,
    …and also knowing that most of the amazing stuff on “CSI” type shows is fantasy, how the hell is this possible?

  51. Fenwick said,

    January 5, 2013 at 1:33

    Fuckety-fuck Fuck You, WP. I hate you I hate you I hate you.
    http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/01/alta-devices-military-solar-charger.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

  52. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 5, 2013 at 1:47

    OK, a tiny spark went off in what passes for my brain, and a few possibilities come to mind. Forget I asked.

  53. Anonymous said,

    January 5, 2013 at 1:48

    Fenwick,

    Thanks for the link. So that’s what that company down the street from my Solar company does;)

  54. Major Kong said,

    January 5, 2013 at 1:59

    and also knowing that most of the amazing stuff on “CSI” type shows is fantasy

    I thought every police department had a $2.5 million machine that does nothing but analyze snow-tire tread patterns – in Miami.

  55. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 5, 2013 at 2:04

    There ya go.

  56. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 5, 2013 at 2:10

    Nap time. I need to be ready to dance like no one’s watching (which will be the case) when a buddy goes on the air at 9.
    Soul Possession on WNMC. Internet listening is possible at WNMC.org.
    (hint, hint)

  57. Dragon-King Wangchuck said,

    January 5, 2013 at 2:18

    Speaking of renewable energy, w00t for the PTC expansion in the fiscal cliff-al deal-al.

  58. Another Kiwi said,

    January 5, 2013 at 2:29

    Love the “Strangler Reid” story.
    What is Noel Shepherd doing in his Mom’s laundry? You know, like, why is he there? We can see what he’s up to.

  59. bughunter said,

    January 5, 2013 at 3:06

    More time wasted on scienceblogs.com resulted in finding this anthropoligetic refutation of the NRA’s “more guns make us safer” argument.

    Shorter Greg Laden
    When nearly everybody is violent, a ubiquity of guns will create less violence; when nearly everybody is non-violent, a uibiquity of guns will create more violence.

    (I agree with the conclusion, but I’m not sure the argument holds any water…)

  60. bughunter said,

    January 5, 2013 at 3:06

    ubiquity, even!

  61. Fenwick said,

    January 5, 2013 at 3:23

    Blog-pimping: The Major has a recent (20 Dec) diary titled Touring Verdun, an important WWI battlefield. Informative, thoughtful, reflective, illustrated with 14 well-selected photos. (Bonus: The lengthy Comments include fine contributions from a number of intelligent and informed readers.) Highly Recommended !!!

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/20/1172195/-Touring-Verdun?showAll=yes

    —————————-
    Major: I like the way you are using the Diaries as a blog-like platform. I also share your unusual interest in WWI.

    Have you read John Keegan’s The Face of Battle? He puts three battles under the analytic microscope: Agincourt, Waterloo, and The Somme. Leads off with a brilliant essay on military historiography (“the history of history”) and inherent gaps, inadequacies, and flaws in the time-honored ‘Battle Piece’ description of close tactical combat, illustrated by excerpts from two historians’ (Napier and Chandler) descriptions of famous episodes in two Napoleonic battles (Salamanca and Eylau). Anyway, I’m sure Keegan’s close analysis of The Somme would interest you…even though it is depressing stuff to read.

    Also terrific historical fiction in Solzhenitsyn’s August 1914 about the destruction of Samsonov’s Second Army at Tannenburg. The central character is a supernumery Russian Staff Colonel.

    Also this ‘short note’ is way getting out-of-control; I’d better turn off the spigot right now. Anyway, great diary, Major.

  62. Major Kong said,

    January 5, 2013 at 4:02

    Have you read John Keegan’s The Face of Battle?

    Yes. It was course material in the military history class I took in college.

  63. Jeffraham Prestonian said,

    January 5, 2013 at 4:13

    I also share your unusual interest in WWI.

    I know the very nice U.S. Army historian who runs gwpda.org.
    .

  64. Another Kiwi said,

    January 5, 2013 at 4:15

    The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell, which I am reading right now, is good on the affects of WW1 on society.

  65. Jeffraham Prestonian said,

    January 5, 2013 at 4:44

    Well, I have obviously shit the bed, here!
    .

  66. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 5, 2013 at 5:00

    Orderly!!!

  67. Jeffraham Prestonian said,

    January 5, 2013 at 5:00

    If you need me, I’ll be down on the corner, drinking a 24oz. Busch wrapped in a soggy paper bag.
    .

  68. Another Kiwi said,

    January 5, 2013 at 5:01

    I think you’ll find that I kilt the thread here, young man.
    *maniacal laughter* And I’m glad, d’you hear me, glad!!! *maniacal laughter*

  69. Major Kong said,

    January 5, 2013 at 5:07

    I have to go to work. Those chickens aren’t going to fly themselves to Memphis.

  70. Jeffraham Prestonian said,

    January 5, 2013 at 5:08

    Those chickens aren’t going to fly themselves to Memphis.

    We should incentivize said chickens, to fly themselves there by their bootstraps, rather than providing them free transit.
    .

  71. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 5, 2013 at 6:11

    I got a new ‘puter comin’ from Connecticut sometime soon. Don’t let the chickens crap in it.
    …please?

  72. Arthur Carlson said,

    January 5, 2013 at 7:47

    As God is my witness, I thought those chickens could fly.

  73. Dr. Johnny Fever said,

    January 5, 2013 at 8:14

    Phone Cops play HARDBALL!

  74. tensor said,

    January 5, 2013 at 10:40

    As much as I admire and respect Bill Clinton, he didn’t exactly make it hard for his enemies to come after him.

    Actually, they went to extraordinarily lengths to get him, repeatedly abusing their authorities to do so. Starr’s Whitewater Report said almost nothing about banking in Arkansas, but was a masterpiece of Puritan porn. A Congressional majority filled with lying adulterers impeached him for not chasing boys, and ol’ Strom voted to remove him from office for banging a white girl. Meanwhile, our elite media knew all about Gingrich and Bisek, covering for that fat fucker the entire time. Blaming Clinton for that cesspool of filth and sleaze is victim-blaming at its very worst.

  75. M. Bouffant said,

    January 5, 2013 at 13:38

    Anal Satan.

    Good morning!!

  76. Austin Loomis said,

    January 5, 2013 at 15:12

    bbkf skrev:

    looking directly in the camera and saying, ‘i did not have sexual relations with that woman’

    It’s my understanding that, when he said that, he was using the definition of “sexual relations” provided by Paula Jones’ own lawyers. Also, too, tensor* made points I would’ve made if I hadn’t started planning this comment before (a) seeing eir comment and (b) having breakfast.

    * “Ten, sir; nine, sir; eight, sir; seven, sir; six, sir; five, sir; four, sir; three, sir; two, sir; one! Tenser, said the tensor; tenser, said the tensor; tension, apprehension and dissension have begun.” You’re welcome.

  77. boconn13 said,

    January 5, 2013 at 18:17

    Gonna be tough to work that new vocabulary word into my next class. Might have to save it for when I do some American Idioms, and get to Catch-22. I know one of my Chinese colleagues teaches the book in her third-year Lit class, maybe I’ll slip it into conversation with her.

    I too tip my hat to Major Kong’s Verdun diary.

    re in the photo accompanying the shorter, is that really a poster with the National Football Conference logo? Seems rather…conservative. Sheesh! At least pick a team buddy!

  78. The Bridgekeeper said,

    January 5, 2013 at 18:52

    As God is my witness, I thought those chickens could fly

    What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen chicken?

  79. Arthur, King of the Britons said,

    January 5, 2013 at 18:53

    What do you mean? A Road Island Red or Plymouth Rock chicken?

  80. The Bridgekeeper said,

    January 5, 2013 at 18:57

    Huh? I don’t know that. [into the volcano] Auuuuuuuugh…

  81. Mr. Dictiionary Person said,

    January 5, 2013 at 19:06

    Anosognosia was the Macedonian hill town were Alexander the Great’s younger brother, Murray the Insipid, was born

  82. Mr. Oxford English said,

    January 5, 2013 at 19:27

    Pish-posh and rubbish! Anosognosia was the wife of Ucla, King of the Spartans, in Neutregena, the only surviving work of the Greek playwright playwright Peritonitis (ca. 400 BC).

  83. Webster Merriam said,

    January 5, 2013 at 19:35

    You are wrong, gentlemen. Anosognosia is a Comanche word meaning ‘dead buzzard’.

  84. Fenwick said,

    January 5, 2013 at 19:37

    I kilt the thread.

  85. A Scotsman said,

    January 5, 2013 at 19:59

    I’ll nut esk woot’s oonder et.

  86. Major Kong said,

    January 5, 2013 at 20:54

    All Scottish cooking started out as a dare.

  87. Pupienus said,

    January 5, 2013 at 20:59

    The Devil loves anal sex

    well duh, doesnt everybody?

  88. Pupienus said,

    January 5, 2013 at 21:04

    It is always good to start one’s day with a little Alf Bester.

  89. bughunter said,

    January 5, 2013 at 21:07

    Buttsex is not all it’s cracked up to be.

  90. bbkf said,

    January 5, 2013 at 21:36

    It’s my understanding that, when he said that, he was using the definition of “sexual relations” provided by Paula Jones’ own lawyers

    i still think it was a dick move…so, you slept around (as had most of capitol hill), just fucking own it…he could have at least been a little better than newt and the rest of them if he would have just admitted it…it’s not like anyone was really surprised at that point that bill was a philanderer…

    anyhoo, now i have to goggle what pj’s lawyer defined sexual relations as…prurient minds wanna know, ya know…

  91. bbkf said,

    January 5, 2013 at 21:36

    Buttsex is not all it’s cracked up to be.

    why i find this so amusing, i do not know…

  92. Smut Clyde said,

    January 5, 2013 at 22:03

    Buttsex is not all it’s cracked up to be.

    Just a pain in the arse, amirite?

  93. Major Kong said,

    January 5, 2013 at 23:01

    Just a pain in the arse, amirite?

    Heck, my annual prostate exam was bad enough.

    Whenever we’d get a new flight surgeon in the unit the first thing we’d do is make him hold up his index finger.

  94. Chris said,

    January 5, 2013 at 23:07

    he could have at least been a little better than newt and the rest of them if he would have just admitted it…

    He was a little better than Gingrich. At least he didn’t try to impeach anyone else for the “crimes” he himself was committing, and at least he didn’t call Hillary up on her hospital bed to announce that she’d served her purpose and he was leaving her for a younger, dumber, hotter significant other.

    Cheating still makes one an asshole, but I just wanted to 1) nitpick and 2) badmouth Gingrich (it’s never a bad time for that).

  95. Larry the Cable Guy said,

    January 5, 2013 at 23:14

    Whenever we’d get a new flight surgeon in the unit the first thing we’d do is make him hold up his index finger.

    I don’t care who ya are, that’s funny right there…

  96. bbkf said,

    January 5, 2013 at 23:24

    good points, chris…i should have clarified that by being a little better than newt, i meant not being a hypocrite…as stupid and spiteful as the whole impeachment crap was/is, bill’s hedging still rankles me…

    after refreshing myself on it all, it’s made me wonder how women can still get caught up in the power and sex sham…it frustrates me that women still think sex is a weapon and that they’re willing to settle for bad sex, being used as a sexual object and then being slut shamed…because they gotta know that’s how it’s going to go down…

  97. Fenwick said,

    January 5, 2013 at 23:51

    High there, y’all.

    I’ve been working on the Clean Slate ‘articles’ for Sadlyburg…and plural they must be: There is a boxcar of background material that must be clearly explained before I describe the Clean Slate CPX itself. Like, for example, what is a CPX? (Oooog. This is going to take longer than I thought.) The more I wrestle with the necessary set-up material, the more I appreciate the remarkable clarity and accessibility of the Major’s diaries.

    My google-search keywords will prolly flag me in some daft NSA data-mining filter: I’ve been bopping around an alphabet soup of SpecOps commands (SOCOM, JSOC); special units (SEALs, Rangers, Special Forces), and special weapons (e.g. the Air Force’s AC-130 Spectre gunship.)

    At the moment, I’ve got a google-earth map of Kharg Island on the screen–an important Iranian(*) oil-handling and storage facility. (Hope to include link as a visual aid for describing the Clean Slate plan.)

    (*) The data-miners might semi-freak on Kharg alone, given current political, military, and financial tensions involving Iran. I hope the rotten timbers of the Surveillance State shafts utterly collapse, burying the data-miners completely.

    There’s somethin’ happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do you Mr. Jones?

  98. Major Kong said,

    January 6, 2013 at 2:01

    Sounds good Fenwick.

  99. bughunter said,

    January 6, 2013 at 2:21

    Mmmm…. homemade chili with beans is almost ready. Damn, I outdid myself this time.

    You all are missing out.

    Cornbread. Needs cornbread… BBL.

  100. Fenwick said,

    January 6, 2013 at 2:22

    To my everlasting shame, I voted for Clinton in the Bush/Perot election. (Btw, the first and only time the candidate I voted for won the Presidency.) In the first two years of his presidency Clinton (and Rahmbo) engineered the DLC’s complete take-over the of the Democratic Party, and began to pull it rightward….and it has been going rightward ever since, ladies and gents.

    Bill fooled me, but at least I saw through him fairly early…even before ‘triangulation’ entered the political category…and w-a-y before Lewinsky. I changed my and took to the hills with Guerrilla Voters Cadre 18. The DLC poisoned the Democratic Party and only its pale, transparent ghost remains.

  101. Fenwick said,

    January 6, 2013 at 2:25

    Insert ‘registration to Unaffiliated’ in the second-to-last sentence.

    I blame Sharia Law.

  102. Fenwick said,

    January 6, 2013 at 2:26

    Thanx for the encouragement, Major. Gonna fire up some more coffee and get back to it.

  103. bughunter said,

    January 6, 2013 at 2:37

    I never could bring myself to vote for Slick Willy. My first impression of him, in 1988, was from a video of him at a primary campaign event… the look in his eyes was one of pure greed and psychopathic ambition. The impression it made upon me was so intense, I have never forgotten it.

    And his policies as President were never what I would call liberal. He was yet another corporate stooge.

    Nonetheless, by 2008 I was looking back upon his term as President with fondness…. dubya was such a corrupt fucktard he made Clinton look like a populist intellectual.

  104. Jeffraham Prestonian said,

    January 6, 2013 at 2:54

    Cornbread. Needs cornbread…

    Try pornbread, instead.

    First, get some flour, eggs, baking powder, sugar, dill, salt, vegetable oil… then, mix up the dill dough…
    .

  105. smut clyde said,

    January 6, 2013 at 2:56

    Zombie preparedness.
    http://www.kansascity.com/2013/01/03/3993965/kansas-militia-expects-zombies.html

  106. smut clyde said,

    January 6, 2013 at 2:56

    <i.Try pornbread, instead.

    Beat the eggs.
    Whip the cream.
    Bully the beef.

  107. Pupienus said,

    January 6, 2013 at 3:22

    My first impression of him, in 1988, was from a video of him at a primary campaign event… the look in his eyes was one of pure greed and psychopathic ambition

    wow, you could see all that just from looking at him. Your powers are amazing. can you teach me how to diagnose like that?

  108. Pupienus said,

    January 6, 2013 at 3:25

    Note that i did not use the word ‘projection’.

  109. Jeffraham Prestonian said,

    January 6, 2013 at 3:35

    Note that i did not use the word ‘projection’.

    Imma slap yo’ toenail if you don’t behave.
    .

  110. bughunter said,

    January 6, 2013 at 3:58

    wow, you could see all that just from looking at him[?]

    Yes. It was the eyes… those eyes… it was creepy.

    Still is.

  111. Pupienus said,

    January 6, 2013 at 3:59

    Imma slap yo’ toenail if you don’t behave.
    .

    hahahaha joke’s on you – I had the avulsion done on both my big toe nails. You wanna slap my little piggy’s nail, well, you go right ahead.

  112. bughunter said,

    January 6, 2013 at 4:08

    This little piggy went to market…

  113. Major Kong said,

    January 6, 2013 at 4:11

    I voted for Perot in 1992. I had been a Republican up until then and I didn’t quite have it in me to vote for a Democrat just yet.

    By 1996 I was completely disgusted with the GOP. There was no way I was going to hand Newt Gingrich a Republican President so I voted for Clinton.

  114. bughunter said,

    January 6, 2013 at 4:14

    You and me both, Major. Except I voted Perot in ’96 also…

  115. Whale Chowder said,

    January 6, 2013 at 4:42

    Whenever we’d get a new flight surgeon in the unit the first thing we’d do is make him hold up his index finger.

    How many held up two fingers together?

  116. Whale Chowder said,

    January 6, 2013 at 4:43

    …and I’m sorry but Clinton at his worst was still far better than the Republican alternative and no amount of purity trolling will make that different.

  117. Suezboo said,

    January 6, 2013 at 4:59

    Only voted once in my life and that was for Madiba in 1994.
    Since then, the ANC has handled governing so badly I just can’t do it.

  118. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 6, 2013 at 6:14

    GO PACK GO!!!

  119. Fenwick said,

    January 6, 2013 at 6:19

    Major: I’ve wasted an hour looking at Diego Garcia at max expansion. Looks to me like (2012) image shows 7 x B-52 and 6 x KC-135 tankers parked on the giganitic apron (or hardstand or whatever you zoomies call it) just north of runway 31. Also found the basefield fields, tennis courts, and outdoor swimming pool at the NE corner of the island; so I’m guessing that’s were most of DG’s quarters were. 5 x huge (oil-tanker size) transports anchored in the atoll. Multiple tank farms, ginormous warehouses, radoms, dockyard: Lordy, it’s hard to believe they could stuff so many facilities onto an tiny atoll.

    I never get tired of trying to puzzle out military installations! (One of the things I did a bit of during my service.) I think I’ve located out the AF munitions storage complex. Dunno.

    Also, did you ever encounter a typhoon during your deployment? How long were you statiioned at Diego? (Uh-oh. Better turn of the Fenwick question machine right there….)

  120. Fenwick said,

    January 6, 2013 at 6:21

    ‘baseball fields’. I blame the gheys.

  121. Fenwick said,

    January 6, 2013 at 6:23

    You know what’s really fun? Camoflagued installations. My fave.

  122. DAS said,

    January 6, 2013 at 6:33

    Ya know what pornbread needs? Kumquats. You should serve it with jerk chicken. And melons.

  123. Al Dente said,

    January 6, 2013 at 6:41

    Makes me want to go to the corner In and Out.Burger.

  124. Babe Ruthless said,

    January 6, 2013 at 6:42

    Rump roast.

  125. Al Dente said,

    January 6, 2013 at 6:45

    Pork butt.

  126. bbkf said,

    January 6, 2013 at 6:54

    ooh, i made a rump roast for supper…with some roasted carrots and taters…

  127. smut clyde said,

    January 6, 2013 at 8:25

    Rum Prost!

  128. Big Bad Bald Bastard said,

    January 6, 2013 at 9:14

    Rum Prost!

    Der Gemütlichkeit. Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, Oi! Oi! Oi!

  129. Austin Loomis said,

    January 6, 2013 at 15:16

    Whale Chowder skrev:

    …and I’m sorry but Clinton at his worst was still far better than the Republican alternative and no amount of purity trolling will make that different.

    +1 to that. At least when centrist Republicans get elected as Democrats (Clinton, Obama), they make an effort to give the 99% something.

    And +1 to Chris. Even stipulating bbkf’s basic point that cheating on Hillary was a phenomenal dick move on Bill’s part, he still managed to be classier about it than Snoot, Henry “Youthful Indiscretion” Hyde, Bob Livingston, et cetera ad vomitam.

  130. Secretary Generalissimo Fidel F. Kerry said,

    January 6, 2013 at 16:20

    Who among us doesn’t love the Benghazi terrorists? I voted for them before I voted against them.

    Reporting for duty with a saucy salute!

  131. paleotectonics said,

    January 6, 2013 at 18:05

    Generalissimo, around these parts a saucy salute is usually followed by teh buttsex abortions and heroin.

    Used needle, sir? Fine vintage, used by a little old lady only on sundays before church.

  132. Major Kong said,

    January 6, 2013 at 18:12

    ooh, i made a rump roast for supper

    Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

  133. Major Kong said,

    January 6, 2013 at 18:15

    Also, did you ever encounter a typhoon during your deployment? How long were you statiioned at Diego?

    I was there for the better part of 7 months. Aug 1990 – March 1991

    I was definitely there during the monsoon season. I remember it raining for days.

    We almost had to evacuate Guam for a typhoon. We were just about to take off for Okinawa when the typhoon turned away. Too bad. I really wanted to go to Okinawa.

  134. bughunter said,

    January 6, 2013 at 18:36

    Ya know what pornbread needs?

    If it’s good pornbread, all it needs is a little vaseline.

    And a towel.

  135. Jennifer said,

    January 6, 2013 at 18:59

    Clinton has many faults, but “greed” was never a motivation for him as a politician and I doubt that it’s a motivation for him today.

    As for the whole Lewinsky thing, I just wish he had said, “that’s none of your business.” Because really, it wasn’t, and it wasn’t pertinent to anything else either, the Paula Jones case included.

  136. Major Kong said,

    January 6, 2013 at 19:22

    Clinton at least had the benefit of not being a sociopath.

  137. Fenwick said,

    January 6, 2013 at 20:23

    mix up the dill dough…

    I see what you do there, Jeffraham.

    Tibet Travel Tour: Welcome to the joys of commenting in Sadlyville! The SN Welcome Wagon will drop by shortly, bringing you taco sauce, a croquet set, various Ginsu knives, and a dachshund. (I don’t remember all of the wonderful gifts; perhaps other Sadlies will.)

  138. Pupienus said,

    January 6, 2013 at 20:56

    Oh foo. The Cadillac Cafe does not have eggs benny on the menu. Teh Ho chose poorly. i ordered the “Sonora omelet.”

  139. Substance McGravitas said,

    January 6, 2013 at 21:17

    Noel Sheppard is mad because the crows and the mouse gave him the magic feather and it did not work at all.

  140. Another Kiwi said,

    January 6, 2013 at 21:40

    Fenwick got a dachshund?!
    I got tea towel and a week subscription to bagotits.com. Which were eating suet from a bird feeder. So, NOT PORN!

  141. Major Kong said,

    January 6, 2013 at 21:43

    Latest diary:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/06/1176777/-Gulf-War-Diaries-Tired

  142. Chris said,

    January 6, 2013 at 22:17

    I’ve heard Clinton described as “our best Republican president,” still seems to fit the bill. He did at least some good shit (the Family Medical Leave Act was nothing compared to FDR and LBJ’s accomplishments, but it made quite a bit of difference to quite a few people) and tried to do more (the attempts at UHC, even if they failed, and the attempts at allowing gays in the military – the half-assed compromise of DADT wasn’t nearly enough, but it was a step up from the previous “no gays ever” policy and as much as he could’ve gotten at the time).

    The only other thing I’ll say in Clinton’s defense – circumstances make the man, probably more than the other way around. Once a realignment happens, both parties pretty much play by its rules until the next realignment at least in national elections. Clinton and Obama being nice and pliable to the corporations is just the flip side of Eisenhower and Nixon governing as Keynesians – it’s that or you don’t get anywhere near the White House.

    (If FDR or LBJ were running either today or back in the first Gilded Age, I figure either we’d never have heard of them or we’d rate them as Republican-by-another-name toolbags).

  143. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 6, 2013 at 22:58

    After experiencing first hand the swift decay of Flint, abetted by his approval of NAFTA, I have a hard time viewing Clinton’s administration with any realistic perspective.

  144. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 6, 2013 at 23:00

    Another excellent diary, Major.

  145. Smut Clyde said,

    January 6, 2013 at 23:47

    the first thing we’d do is make him hold up his index finger

    Not the best place to wear a diamond ring.

  146. bughunter said,

    January 7, 2013 at 1:39

    OK, if we’re still talking about Clinton: Although I never voted for him, it was the behavior of the GOP during his presidency that put me off of voting Republican for good. You can thank the GOP for turning me from an apathetic libertarian into an angry progressive.

    Yes, I’ll never forget the first impression Bill made upon me (see above) but by the end of his eight years, I respected his accomplishments -especially his budget surpluses- and was royally POed at his opposition for being total douches. (OTOH, he did also endorse the dismantling of Glass-Steagall… something I dreaded at the time, and it had predictable results after less than 10 years.)

    All in all, I was a belated supporter of Pres. Clinton by the end of his two terms.

    I also wonder what would have happened if Gore had been elected to succeed him… I confess I seriously misevaluated Al Gore at the time of his candidacy, as did most of the nation I suspect.

  147. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 7, 2013 at 1:54

    I’m usually loathe to drop anything directly in one person’s lap, but this,
    OTOH, he did also endorse the dismantling of Glass-Steagall…

    NAFTA, and The Telecommunications Act of 1996, broke my political will and sent me deeply into confirmed cynic territory.
    I’m still fighting to recover.

  148. bughunter said,

    January 7, 2013 at 2:21

    Aye, Mayor. I have not forgotten those either.

    Nor Obama’s senate votes and presidential policy on warrantless wiretapping… nor his tacit approval of the treatment of Bradley Manning.

    But imagine if we had had Bobblehead McCain for preznit the past four years! [shudder]

  149. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 7, 2013 at 3:22

    But imagine if we had had Bobblehead McCain for preznit the past four years! [shudder]

    [nods]
    Yeah, the realist in me understands a whole bunch of “what might have beens”, but the cynic is always lurking.
    I remember, like it was yesterday, sitting in my car outside the unemployment office, staring at my last check. I had two kids at home, less than two hundred dollars in the bank, and no real prospects of any type of employment.
    Y’see,…at that time if you were laid off from GM, no one, and I mean NO one, would take a chance on you.
    Not Mickey D’s.
    Not a gas station.
    No one,…because you might get called back, and they knew you’d go running.
    Well, whilst sitting there crying, wondering WTF I was going to do, Reagan was speaking on the car radio.
    When I heard “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” I fucking lost it.
    At that instant, I could have been an assasin with no qualms.
    When those who lay claim to being “on my side” do things that are just as destructive, I…
    well I just lose any sense of optimism or hope.
    As it sits right now I can’t have any faith that the vested pension check I receive will be there next month.
    Every month.
    My mind and heart simply *will not* allow me to believe.
    The cynic wins.

  150. Major Kong said,

    January 7, 2013 at 4:41

    I remember, like it was yesterday, sitting in my car outside the unemployment office, staring at my last check. I had two kids at home, less than two hundred dollars in the bank, and no real prospects of any type of employment.

    Wow. I got nothin’

    I’ve had it bad but not that bad. That’s terrifying actually.

  151. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 7, 2013 at 5:05

    Yeah, it was terrifying.
    What most people didn’t understand at the time was that there were many thousands of people in that exact position, in *one* city.
    It seems like it’s too easy to forget even today. Twenty five percent unemployment was no joke. For most, it’s a number. For us, it was people we knew well. Was it any wonder that “bootstrap” talk made (and still makes) most of us really, really stabby.
    …or depressed and suicidal.
    The stock market was fine.
    Unemployment elsewhere was up, but we got bitchslapped *hard*, and it stuck with us.
    Making up an entire employment history without any mention of where you came from was the norm when we struck out for greener pastures. It usually didn’t work. “Underground” employment was really the only choice for many.
    It was what I did.

  152. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 7, 2013 at 5:13

    “…where you *actually* came from…”
    I didn’t pretend like I just dropped in from outer space, although that’s what it felt like sometimes.

  153. jim the heretical anti-cliff lemming said,

    January 7, 2013 at 6:08

    NAFTA, and The Telecommunications Act of 1996, broke my political will and sent me deeply into confirmed cynic territory.

    The last election here did much of that for me as far as Canadian politics goes.

    My dipshittery-infested Dominion’s Liberal & NDP not-so-honorable MPs, despite knowing full well just how evil & soulless Harper’s posse was (Come on, man – having those scum right on tape LAUGHING & JOKING about their policy’s role in food poisoning deaths? ), shrugged off the terrified pleas of legions of their voters to govern as a coalition & take them out of the driver’s seat before they could pimp their way to a majority.

    “You bloody naive little peasants are plainly as barmy as bats to even so much as SUGGEST such a thing! Simply wouldn’t be cricket to be partners with a different team, old tit, now would it then? Heh heh … now, let’s all Tally Ho off down to the HOC Cafeteria for some more delicious subsidized surf-n-turf, lads!”

    * ♫ CANADA, FUCK YEAH! ♬ *

  154. Babe Ruthless said,

    January 7, 2013 at 10:38

    Fuck yeah, so right. But I’ll bet you 100 bottlecaps the reason the coalition would never fly: how could they agree on who gets to be Prime Mister? The party leaders would fight to the death over that little perk.

  155. bbkf said,

    January 7, 2013 at 16:46

    hey…did n_b say where he was going?

  156. bbkf said,

    January 7, 2013 at 16:49

    jeez! how big is that cat?!

  157. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 7, 2013 at 18:26

    hey…did n_b say where he was going?
    Odd,…the video that accompanied that was about Missoni missing.
    Probably because rich people who clothe rich people are so much more important than…
    anything, apparently.

  158. bbkf said,

    January 7, 2013 at 19:58

    being full of boredom and procrastination today, i went back to news blusterers to see if there were any new mangoes…there were lots, but just more of the same ‘ha, ha…harry reid looks like he got a wedgie’ which all degenerated into an epic ‘we <3 sarah! you big poopy head liberals!' argument…

    anyhoo, one of the latest television outrages over there is about letterman telling oprah that he only apologized about his a-rod joke so he could keep making fun of sarah and that he did actually feel bad that it was the younger daughter that was with him…the mangoes are all, 'lettterman's a not funny creepy old pervert!'

    here's my favorite:

    Daniel Tan•3 hours ago?
    I never laugh at his jokes. I always change to Jay Leno. He should be in some retirement convalescent homes doing a gig. Some Dementia/Alzheimers people might get his joke and have a smile. In that case, he will be useful

    oh newsblusterer wingnuts, you never disappoint!

  159. bbkf said,

    January 7, 2013 at 20:01

    My goodness, obama is inept, and over half the country should be ashamed they vorted for him.

    dear sir or madam: i vort for no one…

  160. bughunter said,

    January 7, 2013 at 20:15

    My wife giggles when she vorts.

  161. bughunter said,

    January 7, 2013 at 20:17

    German engineers find out what happens when you cross the streams.

  162. Thread Bear said,

    January 7, 2013 at 20:22

    Vort…Klaatu barada nikto

  163. Dragon-King Wangchuck said,

    January 7, 2013 at 20:53

    German engineers find out what happens when you cross the streams.

    I thought the link was going to be about communal urinals (“commurinals”) and damp shoes.

  164. Bitter Scribe said,

    January 7, 2013 at 21:00

    at that time if you were laid off from GM, no one, and I mean NO one, would take a chance on you.
    Not Mickey D’s.
    Not a gas station.
    No one,…because you might get called back, and they knew you’d go running.

    My father was in the same position at several points in his life, with one significant difference: He could count on an income that GM had to furnish under the union contract. Now that’s all evaporated.

    I might have said this here before, but I can’t help saying it again: I would like to grab George Will by his bow tie, drag him over to a GM plant’s welding line, and tell him, “Here, fuckhead. You think my dad was so spoiled and pampered? Let’s see you try to do his job.”

  165. Pupienus said,

    January 7, 2013 at 21:30

    Try crossing six beams. I know a couple people who worked on that system though of course they wouldn’t tell me anything about it.

  166. Mooser said,

    January 7, 2013 at 21:49

    When I started reading Sadly, No! lo, those many years ago, I thought they would have a hard time topping the jokes conservatives make out of themselves, but these days the Sadly, No! writers must be working three shifts, and taking work home. It must be hard to keep up.

  167. Pupienus said,

    January 7, 2013 at 21:53

    From American Misnomer,

    According to the Washington Post’s Philip Rucker, President Obama is committed to moving quickly on gun violence legislation. Reported as good news, in truth this carefully projected haste and urgency ought to be regarded — and would be reported, by a media that did not have a stake in leftist authoritarianism — as the gravest warning sign.

  168. bbkf said,

    January 7, 2013 at 21:58

    Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Defense recently tested a 50kW, high-energy laser at their proving ground facility in Switzerland. According to the company, the laser passed the test with “flying colours.”

    i have a hard time taking anything that follows ‘dusseldorf’ seriously…although it always puts in the mind of wanting a strudel…

  169. bbkf said,

    January 7, 2013 at 22:02

    leftist authoritarianism

    fucking leftist authoritarianism…how does it work?

  170. Pupienus said,

    January 7, 2013 at 22:04

    Irony’s rotted corpse is impaled on a pike. http://www.mediaite.com/online/conservative-radio-host-america-needs-a-new-nationalist-party-with-a-charismatic-leader/

  171. Dragon-King Wangchuck said,

    January 7, 2013 at 22:06

    zomg. LEAFS SUCK Mayor Rob Ford in Appeals Court right now trying to get the decision booting him from office overturned. One of the Justices just said that he didn’t think it was fair to portray Rob Ford as unco-operative with the integrity commissioner. “He co-operated rather fully”

    zomg zomg zomg *boggle*

  172. Dragon-King Wangchuck said,

    January 7, 2013 at 22:12

    Apparently this is what co-operating rahter fully looks like:

    The case traces back to a run-in between Mr. Ford and Toronto integrity commissioner Janet Leiper. During a 2010 investigation, she concluded that he had used city staff and council letterhead to solicit donations from registered lobbyists, thereby running afoul of council’s code of conduct.

    During the final session of Mr. Miller’s term, in August, 2010, council backed Ms. Leiper’s recommendation to fine Mr. Ford. But as mayor, Mr. Ford has refused to comply, despite attempts by Ms. Leiper to enforce the decision. She wrote to him seven times asking whether he had yet reimbursed the funds.

    She submitted a follow-up report in council last February, again recommending that he return the money. During the debate, Mr. Ford denied ever handling the funds. He voted as part of a majority on a motion to reverse the August, 2010, decision to impose the fine.

  173. Chris said,

    January 7, 2013 at 22:17

    Reported as good news, in truth this carefully projected haste and urgency ought to be regarded — and would be reported, by a media that did not have a stake in leftist authoritarianism — as the gravest warning sign.

    LOL. “Because it reports the news but fails to react to it as we would, because it fails to add the ritual editorial freakouts about communist conspiracies that we like to indulge in, the media is liberally biased. Anything that does not begin and end as a conservative manifesto is liberally biased.”

  174. Dragon-King Wangchuck said,

    January 7, 2013 at 22:24

    Not kidding here. Rob Ford has used his talk radio show (of course our mayor has one of those) to attack the integrity of a specific city staffer. This is, of course, contrary to Council’s Code of Conduct and the Integrity Commissioner called him out on it as is her job. So he attacked her instead.

    Seriously, with the rate at which Rob gets into trouble with the IC you would think they are cartoon arch-nemeses. Co-operating fully!?! Seriously?

  175. Helmut Monotreme said,

    January 7, 2013 at 22:26

    Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Defense recently tested a 50kW, high-energy laser at their proving ground facility in Switzerland. According to the company, the laser passed the test with “flying colours.”

    Using steel or iron as a laser target is kinda cheating. In my laser machining class in college, they stated that 90% of the energy that is used to cut ferrous metals with a torch or a laser comes from the metal oxidizing. While aluminum or copper also oxidize, they require much more powerful lasers to cut, since they are so effective at conducting heat away from the laser cutting site. I realize that the power levels being discussed in the article are fifty to a hundred times stronger than we worked with, but even so, a highly reflective and or conductive target would be far more resistant to laser damage than iron.

  176. Dragon-King Wangchuck said,

    January 7, 2013 at 22:44

    Apologies, it’s Medical Officer of Health. I dunno how welcome up with these ridiculous names but wev.

    Fully co-operating apparently also includes lobbying to have the Integrity Commissioner’s office scrapped. It’s fucking mind boggling. Appears to have fully co-operated. Sweet IPU, one week in and I think I’ve found LEAFS SUCK’s Wanker of the Year.

  177. Dragon-King Wangchuck said,

    January 7, 2013 at 22:45

    Damn you Autocorrect. How would you like to welcome my boot up your asp!

  178. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 7, 2013 at 23:11

    He could count on an income that GM had to furnish under the union contract.
    SUB. We had it, but if you didn’t have 10+ years your eligibility fell off rather quickly. Each check would take more than one SUB credit scaled to seniority. My last SUB check ate up 17 credits. I didn’t get the axe until 82, so the SUB fund had taken a big hit by that time. Between 81 and 82 they were chopping right up to my ass, and a bit past seniority wise because I worked in a “closed group”. You couldn’t “bump” into it. I was a W.A.H.S.S. …
    I would like to grab George Will by his bow tie, drag him over to a GM plant’s welding line, and tell him, “Here, fuckhead. You think my dad was so spoiled and pampered? Let’s see you try to do his job

    Heh, heh,…that stands for Welder – Arc Hand – Structural Specialist.
    Small world.
    All the SS meant was that you had to walk and weld at the same time, but anyone with half a lick of sense and some seniority ran from it. It sucked that bad.
    There were many times I wanted desperately to sneak some know-it-all in to try my job. The hilarity would not have been worth the firing though.
    Took me twenty years to get off that job and into the machine shop.

  179. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 7, 2013 at 23:17

    ea
    shot brain

  180. Bitter Scribe said,

    January 7, 2013 at 23:33

    Mayor, did you ever read “Rivethead”? That gave me a good take on just what my father went through. (Better than I’d ever get from him, anyway. The man never complained, about his job or anything else, in his life.)

  181. Pupienus said,

    January 7, 2013 at 23:38

    While I was amusing myself this morning tilting at windmills, I played out the Dunning-Kruger card. (The context was abuse of statistics, which statistics thing I’m pretty sure I learned a lot about while getting my math degree). The response is so precious I have to share: Dunning-Kruger would only apply if I was making claims of my superiority or familiarity with a field,

    That wasn’t his first self-pwn, but it is highly amusing.

  182. The Mayor of Upper Astroboffin said,

    January 8, 2013 at 0:15

    Mayor, did you ever read “Rivethead”?
    Oh, goodness yes!
    Soon as it came out.
    (Full disclosure, Ben’s a friend. Not close, but we’d nod at the bar)
    He pretty much nailed it. Although “doubling up’ was never an option for us, the culture was the same.
    The absolute mind-fuck was constant. We earned that money.

  183. Fenwick said,

    January 8, 2013 at 0:43

    New thread.

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