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I am the same DU member who formerly posted under the name FlyingSquirrel (no space). I killed this profile by changing both my password and email at a time when I felt I had developed an unhealthy addiction to the internet in general and DU in particular. Not sayin' I'm any better now ;-)

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*** Aaaand we're back! Return of the DUzy Awards -- Squirrel is not a groundhog edition! ***


(Well, ok, not everywhere…. But hey, I'm a squirrel not a groundhog!)

That can mean only one thing:

The return of…..


Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this edition, either by responding to a post with "DUzy" in the subject line or by sending me a PM. The DUzy awards couldn't happen without you!

On an OP by Walk away

Does anyone know how to stop DU from automatically charging my credit card account???

I still intend to pay for my membership but NOT on auto-pay I have tried the various forums and I have emailed Skinner and every other address I could find. Apparently I am not the only one who can't get a response. I NEVER knowingly agree to auto pay ANYTHING and I'm pretty upset about not getting an answer about this. 
All I can do is keep posting for help until I get an answer. There should never be a problem with this kind of thing on any site for any reason.

This is on edit: 
I just received an email from Skinner and everything is taken care of. Thanks for all advise and attention. 


4. Everytime you use all caps it comes out of your credit card.

GD's kept DU afloat for years.


On an OP by MannyGoldstein  

My dumbest question ever... how do people shtup these days?

No, of course I know a variety of parts and places they can go, I mean the process leading up to the deed. 

A friend of ours is getting divorced, a former fraternity brother. Nasty divorce after decades, I guess it happens but a head scratcher. He'll do fine, as will his ex, both lovely high-functioning people. 

He's starting to date again which has me thinking back to our fraternity days (Carl Sagan's next-door neighbors, coincidentally). Back then, the process normally consisted of dancing, alcohol (and sometimes other state-enhancers), kissing, yadda yadda yadda... Then


1. Well we can go back to the very first days.

I'm sure at one time we peed and threw our own feces at each other to express gratitude and general attraction. Those things came from us, so we probably thought they were valuable. 

Future dating one day will be done on machines...oh...nm...

Warren DeMontague  

139. "at one time we peed & threw our own feces at each other to express gratitude & general attraction"

Yeah, but meta got shut down, remember?


On an OP by alp227  

NJ court ruling blocking newborn's dad from delivery room is first in nation

Source: The Star-Ledger

TRENTON — A woman preparing to give birth can bar the father of their child from entering the delivery room, a New Jersey judge has ruled in one of the first cases of its kind nationwide. 

The ruling settled a legal dispute that was argued the very day the woman gave birth. Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed said all patients — and pregnant women especially — enjoy strong privacy protections that let them decide who can be at their hospital bedside. 

Fathers, on the other hand, have no established legal right to be present at the birth of their children, the judge wrote.

"Any interest a father has before the child’s birth is subordinate to the mother’s interests," Mohammed wrote. "Even when there is no doubt that a father has shown deep and proper concern and interest in the growth and development of the fetus, the mother is the one who must carry it to term." 

Read more:

My Good Babushka  

131. In my case, I'd have preferred it if the father were present at the childbirth

instead of me.


On an OP by The Straight Story  

'Real-life Barbie' wants to live off light and air

The Ukrainian woman known as the "real-life Barbie" says she's done with food and water, and wants to live off light and air alone. 

"In recent weeks I have not been hungry at all," Valeria Lukyanova told the International Business Times. "I'm hoping it's the final stage before I can subsist on air and light alone." 

The New Age practice is known as Breatharianism. Its followers neither eat nor drink, believing they can exist solely on "cosmic micro-food." 

Lukyanova, who has stirred controversy with her doll-like features and ultra-thin waist, has said she uses her appearance to promote her "spiritual ideas." 



1. if she continues with this lunacy, she'll achieve her ultimate Barbie dream:

Being put in a box. 


On an OP by LiberalEsto  

Family Eats LSD-Tainted Meat, Goes Home With a New Brother

From NBC News: 

"Local, state and federal investigators were all trying to figure out Friday how LSD got into a Walmart steak that sent a nine-months-pregnant Florida woman, her boyfriend and her two daughters to the hospital. 

All four were doing fine after the incident Monday night. Make that five — while being treated at the hospital, Jessica Rosado gave birth to a healthy baby boy. 

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said at a news conference Friday there was no indication that Rosado, 31, her boyfriend, Ronnie Morales, 24, or her daughters — Elyana Serrano, 7, and Rayna Serrano, who celebrated her sixth birthday Friday — had any idea that the bottom round steak they ate Monday night was contaminated with the hallucinogen." 

The meat was traced to a Tampa Walmart, according to the article. 


5. She gave birth while TRIPPING?

THAT is going to feel either utterly terrifying or utterly the most amazing thing will ever happen in the entire Universe.


6. And the baby was all purple paisley! nt


13. They named the baby "Tripp"

Sorry, that one just blared out to me! 


On an OP by nadinbrzezinski  

Yes, it is about the children (E Cigs)

So when I grew up, and I am sure if you are above a certain age, when you did grow up, this was common. 

Hell, there are still stories running these days, and we should know better, about how it can keep you skinny. I guess a heart attack is great as long as your are thing. 
Liberal Veteran  

73. Hah! Shows what you know.

/channel Pat Robertson 

See? The Powerpuff Girls! 

Look at them! They appear to innocent cartoons, but they are trying to ensnare children into electronic cigarettes! 

Even the name says it: Power (like electricity!) is code for the "e". Puff (like the vapor of from these tools of satanic addiction!). 

And look at the pretty colors! Just what you would expect to entice children. 

See how their eyes are big and dilated? Dilation is caused by stimulants! You know what nicotine is? A stimulant! 

And they obviously are so strong and can fly because they partake of these so-called "e-cig". 

/unchannel Pat Robertson 


39. yeah but...


48. lmao.

Wonder if the Vapes come in carrot.  BTW... looks more like a doobie to me. Good bunny.


On an OP by rurallib  

The main argument against totaling legalizing marijuana is

that it affects judgment and reaction etc. and ability to perceive reality. 

Why then is Republicanism legal?


6. Heck....

I figured the Rethugs would be all for legalization. Being as they believe it makes every user stupid.....they could voter recruit outside the weed stores. 


8. girl scout cookie stands and republican voter recruiting table

an interesting mix.


13. The Girl Scouts

would win! 


On an OP by onehandle  

Greatest Pharmacist Ever Prescribes Anti-Monster Spray for 6-Year-Old

If there's an award for the most adorable prescription of the year, pharmacist Jeff Dodds of Watford City, North Dakota has this year's title on lockdown. And all it took was some creative labeling and a very sleepy six-year-old girl with a monster problem. 

While at the local Barrett Pharmacy & Variety, a little girl approached Dodds with a not-entirely-medical condition; all those monsters under her bed were keeping her up at night. And being the resourceful pharmacist that he is, Dodds decided to whip up a cure of his own concoction, ultimately producing the holy grail for frightened children everywhere—100% pharmacist-certified anti-monster spray. 

The instructions are simple enough: "Spray around the room at night before bed, repeat if necessary." But this one simple, kind act has likely done loads for the girl's own peace of mind. Not to mention what it's done to restore our faith in humanity. The world could definitely use a few more Jeff Dodds. 



3. Stupid.

This is going to result in an explosion of anti-monster-spray-resistant monsters. 


On an OP by Guy Whitey Corngood  

Couple Attacked by Cat Say They'll Get It Help

Oregon owners of a 22-pound housecat who trapped them in their bedroom after attacking their baby say they're not giving up on their pet and are getting it medical attention and therapy. 

Two days after police arrived to subdue the 4-year-old part-Himalayan cat, owner Lee Palmer of Portland says he's taking the feline to a veterinarian. A pet psychologist also is due at the house to see the cat, named Lux. 

Palmer says the animal attacked after the 7-month-old child pulled its tail. The baby wasn't injured. 

On the 911 call, the cat can be heard screeching in the background as Palmer says in a panicked voice: "He's charging us. He's at our bedroom door." Palmer also tells the dispatcher the cat has a "history of violence." 



5. I can see it now...


11. When I read your post title, I envisioned Dr. Phil being attacked by that cat.


18. "Totally taken out of context." - Cat


On an OP by Laura PourMeADrink 

Former Republican comes up with most succinct campaign slogan for us !

Charlie Crist, former Republican, sums up what's wrong with the Republican 
Party today, just now to Candy on CNN: 

"Republicans are perceived as... 







Pretty soon, there's no one left." 


6. ANTI Em

Yes they hate the Wizard of Oz too.


On an OP by Playinghardball  

Fox News Misspells “Spelling Bee”

To be fair, this happened at 5 a.m. the day after Daylight Saving, but still… 

See the video at: http://www.buzzfeed.com/dorsey/fox-news-misspells-spelling-bee

Wait Wut  

1. Not a surprise...

...they've been spelling 'FAUX' incorrectly for years.


3. Is Dan Quayle working for them now?


4. No, because he would have

Added an E like he did for potatoe. 


9. Shows how careless they are

Of all people, right wingers should work hard and take pride in their work. Maybe it's a lie that they think hard work is such a good thing.


28. It's ok, their viewers didn't notice.


On an OP by wyldwolf  

Say what you want about G.W. Bush, but he wouldn't have stood for Russian aggression in the Ukraine

He'd have invaded New Zealand by now. 


2. George W Bush: "We are all Uraniums".


On an OP by HarveyDarkey  

Sean Hannity Mocks Obama For Wearing Bicycle Helmet: "It's Embarrassing"

Just in case you're wondering: http://mm4a.org/1q83D44 


2. I encourage Hannity to bike more without a helmet.

After all, in his case, what could it hurt? 

Capt. Obvious  

14. Sean is just jealous

because they don't make helmets big enough for his giant head.


39. Sean Hannity is an example of the terrible consequences of not wearing a helmet


75. Of not wearing a condom


57. THIS one?


68. it's in the GOP's interest to encourage brain damage n/t

 Warren DeMontague  

86. Sean "Hair Helmet" Hannity is in no position to mock.

Seriously, dude, Lego called, they want it back. 


On an OP by Joel thakkar  

Missing Plane May Be In Pakistan - Fox News Says...

Yeah right...the plane crossed whole china and India....2 very large countries and most populated countries..but still no one noticed that plane was going to pakistan...


6. I am impressed!

They have all the countries in the right locations


8. Really? I thought by now it would be in Benghazi.


On an OP by brooklynite  

REPORT: China Has Satellite Images Of What May Be The Missing Plane

Source: Business INsider

Chinese officials may have satellite images of debris that could be from the Malaysia Airlines 777 jet that's been missing for five days. 

From CNN Senior Producer Vaughn Sterling: 

CNN BREAKING: China satellite images show 3 suspected floating objects sized 13x18, 14x19 and 24 x22 (units are meters) 

— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) March 12, 2014

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/reported-chinese-satellite-images-2014-3 


8. where are our satellites?

I find this story so strange. Where are all of our brazillon dollar spy satellites to find this plane? Or do we not want to reveal all the stuff we can see with them? 



13. Those satellites are busy spying on us nt


On an OP by Hissyspit  

Report: Missing Airplane Flew On For Hours

Source: Associated Press


Mar. 13, 2014 1:20 AM EDT 

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Wall Street Journal is reporting that U.S. investigators suspect a missing Malaysian jetliner flew on for four hours once it lost contact with air traffic controllers. 

The suspicion is based on data from the plane's engines that are automatically downloaded and transmitted to the ground as part of routine maintenance programs. 

The report raises questions as to why the Boeing 777 was flying like that, and if anyone was in control during that time.

The plane's last known confirmed position was roughly halfway between Malaysia and Vietnam.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/report-missing-airplane-flew-hours 


16. First flight investigation I can remember that resembles DU.

It flew on for hours. 
Well, It flew on for an hour. 
Well, where is it then? 
So you think the Malaysian authorities are lying? 
Who doesn't lie? 
Are you calling me a liar? 



On an OP by babylonsister  

As Ratings Plunge NBC Considers Dumping David Gregory From Meet The Press


As Ratings Plunge NBC Considers Dumping David Gregory From Meet The Press 
By: Jason Easley 
Thursday, March, 13th, 2014, 3:04 pm

NBC’s Meet The Press is cratering under David Gregory, which is why the head of NBC News is meeting with him to discuss “format changes” to the show. If Meet The Press continues to struggle, Gregory will be gone. 

8. They can't get rid of "Dances with

Roves" too soon for my taste.


Keep up the good work, DU!

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 03:20 AM (37 replies)

Winter is over

I made it through another period of darkness...

So how 'bout them DUzy Awards?

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 05:51 PM (16 replies)

Dear Gentlemen of DU

(Those of you who insist on perpetuating - for your part - the so-called "Gender Wars"):

I don't often do this, so please hear me out with an open mind if you can.

Like many DU'ers, I've tried my best to ignore the near-constant strife by trashing threads, trashing forums, ignoring posters, etc. I just really don't want any part of it, and would prefer that it just did not exist here on DU.

Yet still it somehow manages to get through, on "Trending Now" etc. This one, for example, is good reading material, and it reminded me of something in my own past which I'm hoping might finally get through to anyone who is willing to read it.

When I was in my late 20's and early 30's, I worked as a school bus driver. We had a very long break in the middle of the day, of course, and some of us would occasionally remain at work in the break room and play cards for several hours. I was one of the most vocal card players, being loud and using foul language which offended one older lady in particular. She complained to me and then to management, which did not change my behavior - I insisted that I had the absolute right to use whatever language at whatever volume I wanted, this was a free country.

Fast forward about 10 years, and I was working a program of recovery from alcoholism which required me to identify 'wreckage' I had caused in my past, whether or not it was due to being drunk at the time, and attempt to make amends. Lo and behold, in this process of self-examination I realized that I had been wrong to refuse to modify my behavior for the benefit of this person. Sure, if she didn't like it she could go somewhere else - but should she have to? There's an old saying, "Your right to swing your fists ends at my face." I think it applies here.

There are some who seem to view the HoF forum as a group of Amazon women who will not rest until they have personally cut off the private parts of every man on DU (followed by the world). I assure you, your manhood - such as it is - will remain intact if you modify your behavior slightly to accomodate those on DU who think differently from you. In fact, this would probably make you even more of a man - because the defining characteristic of a man is not his lust for women, it is his mastery over himself and his ability to do things he might prefer not to do (or, to refrain from doing things he might want to do) - either for his own good or the good of others, or both.

Here's another example: What if the gay men on this site were to start posting pictures and videos in GD objectifying men? Guess what, they don't do that. Think about that for just a minute, dear reader. The men on this message board who don't lust after women are actually more man-ly than some of you, as they actually consider the consequences of their actions and refrain from intentionally offending others who think differently (or are different) from themselves.

Is it really worth fighting for the ability to post SI covers and video of Kate Upton in free fall in GD? Yeah, I'm a red-blooded male, I clicked on the video. The first one was interesting and the second one was titillating. That kind of stuff is all over the internet - If you want to see it, it's there for you. Does it also have to be here on DU? That's not why I come here, I come here for real political and news content.

Some of us use DU as a "break room", while for others of us DU is more of an actual workplace. Either way, it might behoove you to try and act as though your fellow DU'ers (even the ones you don't like) are in fact your co-workers, and make an effort to get along with them even if you don't agree with them. These constant battles on DU detract from our primary purpose - by continuing them, you're doing the GOP's dirty work for them. I guarantee you, you will not win this battle and the reason you won't is because it is not a righteous battle. If I were Skinner, I'd Be tempted to PPR you all.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sat Feb 22, 2014, 06:59 PM (436 replies)

'Tis the season for depression

And I'm a depressive. I take medication for it, but that only goes so far - when the days get shorter and the cloud cover stays around for weeks and even months at a time (Seattle) things get worse for me. That one less hour of daylight in the afternoon is a killer.

So, I must bid farewell again, as I periodically do - I tend to let negativity in moreso than positivity, and there's too much negativity on DU to expose myself to it during this time. Plus, just the sheer volume of information - good or bad - tends to overwhelm me, which is another trigger. It also sucks up time which I could be using to do more constructive things - again, contributing to my depression.

I've enjoyed compiling the DUzy awards, and maybe I'll do it again someday - but for now, the reins are officially out of my hands.

Bye all!

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed Nov 6, 2013, 08:29 PM (6 replies)

*** It's the Wacky Wednesday DUzy Awards... Severe Image(s) Warning this week! ***

Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this edition, either by responding to a post with "DUzy" in the subject line or by sending me a PM. The DUzy awards couldn't happen without you!

On an OP by boston bean  

Retort when conservatives call the Democratic Party the Democrat Party

Retort with the Con Party or Cons or The Cons. Afterall, it just short hand for conservative. No harm meant by it.

Jackpine Radical  

1. And they're dominated by males, so

I say it's the Con Men Party.


20. Nope. I say REPUBLIC PARTY. And they *notice*. They notice everytime.

When they try to correct me, I give it right back. 


OP by 53tammy  


A funny ad from the best of Craigslist 



So my roommates all left because of a job thing and I need to make rent. I really think this place is great and I've been living here for a while (incumbency FTW!). I don't want to leave but the utilities are a real bitch to afford on your own. Some facts about the digs:

It's about 775,000 square feet. Yeah, it's big, I know. But don't let the size alone fool you! It's cozy too--lots of individual rooms!

Location, location, location. It's close to everything you could possibly want. The Botanical Gardens (they're temporarily closed, but don't let that stop you); the metro, and plenty of bars. The bars are important, because what else are we gonna do?

It's historic too! It was built in like 1800 something. Don't ask me the specifics, there's a plaque somewhere. Let's just say it's pretty sweet. There are plenty of cool things inside, like a giant statue of King Kamehameha I. It makes for weird midnight runs to the bathroom, but whatever.

Wanna know more just ask!

About you: Must be LGBT friendly. Must not be a Republican. Don't be racist. Don't hate women. Must think poor Americans are people.

Oh, and don't be an Eagles fan, because, gross.

cats are OK - purrr
dogs are OK - wooof
Location: Capitol Hill
it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests


1. good ad

I'll have to see what I can scrape together for an offer, but the heating & cooling costs for something that big must be a bear. 


2. It's all about controlling costs.

Close doors. Don't heat unused rooms. Burn John Boehner's furniture for heat rather than use the furnace. (The stuff probably contains enough gin-sweat to burn for days.)


3. well, I figure

if I allow 535 congressional reps and senators in, I will have enough hot air to heat the place - and then some.


4. has 35 bathrooms, btw....


6. That doesn't seem like nearly enough...

for 535 members of Congress, the majority of whom are utterly full of shit.


On an OP by Archae  

Virginia Tea Party leader says Cuccinelli isn't conservative enough...

 does he want? 

This looks more like CYA, the Teabaggers can then whine after Cooch loses, to claim he "wasn't conservative enough" to win. 



6. These baggers are the most unhappiest bunch ever

The many faces of baggers... 

 "What do you mean a black man is President?!?!" 
 " Damn, he won again" 
 "Yeah, shut it down" 
 "We are not racist" 
 " Damn, now people can get healthcare" 
"Yes, we own your vagina" 
 " facts, what are those?" 
 " let's vote against EVERYTHING Obama wants" 
 "I want my country back" 
 " Stop now, party loyalty is first" 
 "He's just not conservative enough" 


On an OP by riqster  

Sarah Palin poses for pic, with her gun pointing at her own head.


Jesus Christ on a nuclear pogo stick.


1. Fortunately for the Quitter no vital organs are involved.


2. "I didn't know the gun was loaded!!"


9. The sad part is, someone shot a bear just so that she could pose with it.


22. ... and flash her dopey smile.

I swear, if she had a brain she'd take it out and play with it. 


27. Don't see a helicopter in the shot, therefore not her kill.

Also, fuck her for having an animal killed for a stupid fucking photo op.


36. This is performance art. She is depicting today's GOP

The mainstream republicans are represented by the bear. And she represents the teabaggers, and the gun represents the irony because the teabaggers are too stupid to avoid blowing their own brains out.


70. ...derp...


On an OP by Judi Lynn  

New Mexico legislator expresses unease about yoga

Source: KOAT Albuquerque

New Mexico legislator expresses unease about yoga 
Published 8:29 AM MDT Oct 28, 2013 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —A New Mexico legislator has voiced concern that stretching during school physical education activities is really yoga and possibly could introduce children to Eastern religions. 

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Albuquerque elementary school teacher Ann Paulls-Neal recently spoke to a legislative study committee about student health and obesity. 

Paulls-Neal said she refers to her class exercises as stretching or mat work rather than yoga because she doesn't want to give the impression that religion is involved. 

Rep. Alonzo Baldonado expressed concern. 

The Los Lunas Republican said parents should be notified and given the option of alternative activities for their children because yoga is linked to Eastern religions.

Read more:


36. Clearly this is gateway exercise. First you do a jumping jack or two, next thing you know

you're getting up early in the morning to run. Before all is said and done, you've got a gym membership and a statue of Buddha.


6. OMG!!! Drinking wine and eating bread are gateway-activities to Christianity!!!

Incense sticks are a gateway to Shintoism! 
Owning lucky charms made from dead animals is a gateway to Voodoo! 
Meatless Mondays are a gateway to Islam and Hinduism! 
Smoking pot is a gateway to Rastafari! 
Getting shitfaced until you speak in tongues is a gateway to the norse religion! 
Setting up Christmas trees is a gateway to the pagan tree-worshipping in ancient europe! 
Starring into the flames of a campfire is a gateway to shamanism!


12. Rep. Baldonado, you don't have to practice yoga to fuck yourself.

Find a suitable position and get busy.


On an OP by malaise

I hope DUers are watching Rachel right fugging now re McAfee

and ReTHUGs 



The House committee responsible for Obamacare oversight last week asked for expert guidance about the troubled launch of the federal Healthcare.gov site from John McAfee, the tech legend once suspected in the murder of his neighbor in Central America, CNBC has learned. 

That Republican-controlled committee wanted the McAfee Associates founder to "guide our oversight and review of" the implementation of the federal marketplace selling Obamacare insurance, according to an email obtained by CNBC.com. 

The committee suggested that McAfee might discuss the technologically botched rollout with members of Congress. 


4. Because when I think of top-notch software, I think "McAfee Anti-Virus"

(Yeah I know Mr. MacAfee is no longer associated with the software company)

Generic Other  

13. Did someone forget to uncheck the install McAfee button?

Next you will tell me they plan to keep all the records in fortran.


On an OP by Agschmid  

So just what is going on inside Hanger 3?

Something big and mysterious is rising from a floating barge at the end of Treasure Island, a former Navy base in the middle of San Francisco Bay. And Google's fingerprints are all over it. 

It's unclear what's inside the structure, which stands about four stories high and was made with a series of modern cargo containers. The same goes for when it will be unveiled, but the big tease has already begun. Locals refer to it as the secret project. 

Google did not respond to multiple requests for comment. But after going through lease agreements, tracking a contact tied to the project on LinkedIn, talking to locals on Treasure Island, and consulting with experts, it's all but certain that Google is the entity that is building the massive structure that's in plain sight, but behind tight security.

Could the structure be a sea-faring data center? One expert who was shown pictures of the structure thinks so, especially because being on a barge provides easy access to a source of cooling, as well as an inexpensive source of power -- the sea. And even more tellingly, Google was granted a patent in 2009 for a floating data center, and putting data centers inside shipping containers is already a well-established practice. 

Whether the structure is in fact a floating data center is hard to say for sure, of course, since Google's not talking. But Google, understandably, has a history of putting data centers in places with cheap cooling, as well as undertaking odd and unexpected projects like trying to bring Internet access to developing nations via balloons and blimps.

Full Article on CNet


10. I know! I know! ......

These are going to be the actual data centers for the ACA website! The Administration finally contracted with a company that knows something about websites and data centers. They're just keeping it secret for now because of ...... (I can't think of a good reason, but I am sure someone here will have some ideas.  )


11. Because that's where the operators fill out the punch cards for the healthcare applications.

They're embarrassed to admit it. 


On an OP by bvar22  

A Black Man WON the NASCAR Truck Race this afternoon at Martinsville Speedway, Virginia!!

Darrell Wallace Jr. Wins Truck Race 

Darrell Wallace Jr. became the first black driver in a half century to win on NASCAR's national level with a victory in a trucks race at Martinsville Speedway. 


It was only a matter of time. 
The dam is fractured. 
Congrats to Darrel Wallace, Jr!!!! 

for a woman winner, 
(but it won't be Danica). 


32. They're already trying to 'Impeach' him on the grounds that:

1. He hasn't shown them a REAL birth certificate. 
2. He CHEATED with the help of Acorn. 
3. He only won because of gubmint interference. (The other guys had to use trucks with all those stupid pollution control devices.) 
4. They LET him win because of QUOTAS, and affirmative action and stuff... 
5. The 14th Amendment to the Constitooshin says a black man can't win NASCAR, or at least that's what Alex Jones says, and he's the biggest Constitooshinal Skollar I know!

Spitfire of ATJ  

39. You forgot the old "They felt it was TIME to have a black win".


53. And then held it up as PROOF that the Voting Rights Act is no longer needed.


46. The Liberal Media has anointed him The Messiah!!


52. Why has he paid a million dollars to lawyers to have his driving school records sealed!?!?!?!


5. His truck goes faster because it's not flying a 4ft confederate flag from the antenna

It's a drag that slows the rest of 'em down.


On an OP by HarveyDarkey  

Meet Mr. Balls, Brazil’s Disturbing New Testicular Cancer Mascot

A Brazilian testicular cancer awareness group has created a mascot for the cause that is beyond disturbing. 

Say hello to Mr. Balls, or “Senhor Testiculo”, the wide-eyed, dual-toothed, rosy-cheeked, mole-sporting scrotum that will cause a lifetime of nightmares for anyone who lays eyes on him. 

The little curly hairs are an especially nice touch. 



1. That's nuts!

He'll hang around for a while but in the end will be sacked.


3. Let's not get testy

It looks like he needs all the support he can get.


17. Thats scrotally uncalled for

And this thread should be sacked ! 


50. I usually chime in on these tete a testes, but

I can't find a single little pun to display. Guess I'm all spayed out, tonight. It's so ovary sad.


10. "Your testicles and you."


116. That was my first thought


19. I thought that was a Congressman from Texas?

scheming daemons  

71. Señor Testiculo is a great username for my next account


78. You're going to register a sack puppet?


94. He's Brazilian.

No ñ. They use Portuguese vocabulary, alphabet and spelling. 

It's "senhor" rather than "señor". 

(Also, you might want to avoid the name. It's my new DU euphemism for Blake Farenthold and I expect it might catch on.)


106. So...Senhor Testiculo is .... BRAZIL NUTS!!!


On an OP by LiberalElite  

Georgia man saves family from burning house, but turns back to save his beer


Walter Serpit said he helped five adults and two children escape the flames, but he turned back to grab his stash of brew. He managed to grab several cans of his Bud Light before he got out of the Columbus house unharmed. 

The Velveteen Ocelot  

2. Why on earth would someone risk his life for Bud Light?

The only possible use for that swill might be to help put out the fire.


3. He almost made 'dying for a beer'


Cirque du So-What  

5. Bud Light?

That stuff is like making love in a canoe: fucking close to water.


11. I am surprised he didn't save the beer first.


12. What was he THINKING?


On an OP by brooklynite  

Colorado Shifting to All-Mail Election

Source: Governing

On Nov. 5, the way elections are conducted in Colorado will make a historic shift, but most voters shouldn't notice the change, said Amber McReynolds, Denver's director of elections. 

In the past, Coloradans had the option of voting by mail rather than standing in lines on Election Day. In this election, every voter in the state will get a ballot in the mail, with the option of voting in person. 

Also, voters can register through Election Day, rather than facing a deadline of 30 days before. 

Behind the scenes, Colorado will have a more efficient, more cost-effective and more consistent way of collecting ballots, McReynolds said. 

Read more:


2. Meanwhile, Texas changes to all-Male elections


On an OP by kpete  

Pennies From Heaven-Giving no-strings-attached $ to world's poorest produces remarkably good results

Giving no-strings-attached money to the world's poorest produces remarkably good results 

Cory Doctorow at 11:56 am Mon, Oct 28, 2013 

The Economist details outcomes from Give Directly, an organization that analyzes satellite photos to identify the poorest places in the world and then hands over no-strings-attached cash grants to the people who live there. It's a contrast to other programs, where donations are funneled into school construction or funding planned-out businesses. Give Directly has produced remarkably good results: "In randomly selected poor households in 63 villages that have received the windfalls, they say, the number of children going without food for a day has fallen by over a third and livestock holdings have risen by half. A year after the scheme began, incomes have gone up by a quarter and recipients seem less stressed, according to tests of their cortisol levels." 

For decades, it was thought that the poor needed almost everything done for them and that experts knew best what this was. Few people would trust anyone to spend $1,000 responsibly. 

Instead, governments, charities and development banks built schools and hospitals, roads and ports, irrigation pipes and electric cables. And they set up big bureaucracies to run it all. 

Still, this is not the only cash giveaway. A trial in Vietnam in 2006 gave one-off handouts to 550 households; two years later, local poverty rates had fallen by 20 percentage points. The scheme was dubbed “cash for coffins” after elderly recipients spent the money on their funeral arrangements to save their children the expense. 

A different scheme has been running in northern Uganda for four years. The government gives lump sums of around $10,000 to groups of 20 or so young people who club together to apply. Chris Blattman of Columbia University, New York, who has studied the programme, calls it “wildly successful”. Recipients spent a third of the money learning a trade (such as metalworking or tailoring) and much of the rest on tools and stock. They set up enterprises and work longer hours in their new trades. Average earnings rose by almost 50% in four years. 

This scheme has a condition: applicants must submit a business plan. But it highlights the virtues of no-strings grants (UCTs). They work when lack of money is the main problem. The people who do best are those with the least to start with (in Uganda, that especially means poor women).
In such conditions, the schemes provide better returns than job-training programmes that mainstream aid agencies favour. Remarkably, they even do better than secondary education, which pushes up wages in poor countries by 10-15% for each extra year of schooling. This may be because recipients know what they need better than donors do—a core advantage of no-strings schemes. They also outscore conditional transfers, because some families eligible for these fail to meet the conditions through no fault of their own (if they live too far from a school, for instance).


Egalitarian Thug  

2. Every good conservative knows that this doesn't work. People are inherently dishonest

and won't work unless they are forced. 


3. Well, that's certainly been true of the House Republicans. n/t


Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed Oct 30, 2013, 05:33 AM (12 replies)

DU Topic Study: Preliminary Thread

In this post I talked about my desire to graph the changing conversation on DU.

At the time, I had planned on starting the study now, which would mean that it would take a long time for patterns to emerge. My feeling was that it would be too difficult to graph the conversation up till now, as I would need to know which keywords to look for.

Then I realized that it might in fact be possible - if I could somehow get a representative sample of DU posts. How could I do that? By carefully choosing a small enough group of DU'ers that I could do a search on, who nevertheless posted what could be considered to be a representative sample of DU as a whole.

The criteria I used was as follows:

(a) Minimum of 8 years posting on DU;
(b) Statistically significant number of threads started;
(c) Consistent posting (few, if any, breaks);
(d) Statistically significant number of average recs per post;
(e) Combined total of posts, recs, and views >= 20% of DU as a whole;
(f) Keywords in posts, on aggregate, tend to mirror keywords in DU as a whole over same time period.

My goal was to have the smallest number of DU'ers as possible which would fit this criteria (to make it easier on me when doing searches.)

PLEASE NOTE that it was not my intention to cause any controversy here; that in choosing specific DU'ers it is not my intention to express or imply any opinion regarding said DU'ers, positive or negative; my sole purpose was to choose what I felt to be the best possible representative of DU as a whole, with the fewest possible actual posters, in order to graph the changing conversation at DU over time.

The end results I am hoping for are as follows:

(a) See which topics have staying power, or "legs";
(b) Notice which important topics seem to be ignored or not discussed much;
(c) Observe the average length of time for any news trend;
(d) Possibly note differences in DU conversation vs Mass Media conversation;
(e) Any unexpected observations which may show up.

Now for the part you've been waiting for, which I decided to post separately here in order to get the inevitable discussion out of the way before posting the study results (the study is not yet completed).

These are the ten DU'ers I chose to use:

applegrove, babylonsister, cali, kpete, marmar, n2doc, ProSense, purveyor, WillyT, and xchrom.

This study will be confined to the following forums:

Latest Breaking News, Good Reads, Video & Multimedia, Politics 2013, General Discussion, Environment & Energy.

Since I do not plan to use these DUers in future studies going forward, I felt it was ok to list them here to satisfy the inevitable curiosity regarding how I came up with my results.

These ten DU'ers combined account for more than 20% of DU Posts, Views and Recs - a statistically significant sample.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Oct 29, 2013, 09:42 PM (15 replies)

More on words: Graphing the discussion on DU

Something I've been thinking about for some time... Awhile back I posted a graph showing the change in conversation at DU from the NSA to Syria. More recently I created a few DU word clouds. This kind of thing is, for some reason, fascinating to me - so I thought maybe I'd start tracking some topics and posting graphs about the rise and fall of those topics on DU.

To simplify it down to topics, I'm going to remove common words such as "GOP", "Republican(s)", and all politicians ("Boehner", "Cruz", "Grayson", "Obama", "Reid", etc.)

Most likely this will be updated weekly. For the first graph, in order to avoid a crazy graphic that was too difficult to read I put in the total number of threads over a week-long period into each day of the week. (I put the crazy graph below it to show the problem with keeping track of words on a daily basis.)

I'm not sure I'll be leaving "War" in there as it often is used in different ways not really referring to war, which means I have to go through and look at each thread to determine if it's really war that's being discussed. Some words may drop off and other words may be added. Your suggestions are most welcome.

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sat Oct 26, 2013, 11:20 PM (18 replies)

I friggin' LOVE my state (WA) - my 18 yo daughter is registered to vote and didn't even know it

She texted me, asking why she had just gotten a voting pamphlet in the mail.

I said, "Probably because you just got a Washington State ID card."

Who knows how long she might have put it off... now she'll get a ballot in the mail. Knowing her, she'll probably sit down with the voting pamphlet, carefully go over everything, fill out the ballot and send it in.

Contrast this with other states that are doing their level best to discourage turnout, make it difficult to vote, or out-and-out disenfranchise likely Democratic voters.

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sat Oct 26, 2013, 10:13 PM (18 replies)

Anybody ever do a DU word cloud?

This is General Discussion for the past 5 days:

Latest Breaking News, same time period:

The Lounge, same time period (as requested):

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Thu Oct 24, 2013, 12:56 AM (70 replies)

*** Wacky Wednesday DUzy Awards: In which Skinner snags a DUzy ***

OMG not again… ppl are gonna start getting used to this, then what?

Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this edition, either by responding to a post with "DUzy" in the subject line or by sending me a PM. The DUzy awards couldn't happen without you!

Can't wait for your DUzy fix? Try the DIY DUzy Thread, hosted by hootinholler! This week's thread:


On an OP by B Calm

What happen to the Lounge?

Don't see it anymore??


1. The LOLcats are hiding it

Playing another trick on the stoopid humins.

Warren DeMontague  


the thread that annihilates the entire place. 

They haven't figured out how to bring it back, though.


4. They drove the bus into the lagoon. Nt


5. What happened in the Lounge

stays in the Lounge. 


21. Thanks, Obama!

You know it's bad when the lounge is furloughed.


8. It was folded into the Lurker's Group n/t


10. I haz control now!


13. Go complain in Meta ...

... or are you going to claim you can't see that, either? 



15. The Lounge has finally seceded from DU n/t


17. Rugs are being cleaned, smoke cleared out, disco bulbs replaced...

Those things don't happen on their own.


23. When the Lounge has YOU on Ignore, you know you're having a bad day


26. BREAKING: Randsom note provided to AP by anon_Kitteh:


31. Damn.

That had to be one hell of a party that I missed. 

I'm sure that extensive renovations/cleaning are needed.


On an OP by In_The_Wind  

Who stole The Lounge?


2. Gremlins

Probably from the Kremlin.


3. Lounge has decided to shutdown until---

The Donuts and Coffee are free.


8. Just plug the correct cable back in.


9. The Squirrel-Chaser Party forced a shutdown...

...until all handouts to kittehs are ended.


13. Sure! Just hang 'em out to dry ...

Cruel heartless ketteh haters!


12. DU's long national nightmare is over!


On an OP by Callmecrazy  

Dang it.

Just got back from the Dolphins game. 
Dolphins 21, Bills 23.

We lost, but I still had a great time. 

How did your teams do today?


1. Apparently my team won, 23-21


On an OP by dorkzilla  

A note about words I personally hate so stop using them, alright??

Okay, for starters, it's EAVESdropping, not EASEdropping. 


HOUSEHOLD name, not HOUSE WHOLE name. 

You cannot have a HANDFUL of SENATORS. 

I could go on and on...... 


Edit--for the record, I KNOW I left out the apostrophe in the "its" above. Please see #69 below for the 'splainin'. 

New edit: FFS…

This was an attempted parody of the plethora of call-out threads that have infected DU of late.

(A DUzy of a thread, in case you missed it)


On an OP by skip fox  

Is there an echo in here? Please come CAPTION a gaggle of Cruzs!!!


2. If we could ALL get elected, we'd have enough seats

to obstruct ourselves.


On an OP by ProSense  

John Boehner: 'I Got Overrun' By My Caucus

John Boehner: 'I Got Overrun' By My Caucus 

In explaining the origins of the first government shutdown since 1996, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reportedly admitted to President Barack Obama earlier this month that he was "overrun" by his Republican caucus. 

“John, what happened?” Obama asked Boehner on the second day of the shutdown, according to Politico. 

“I got overrun, that’s what happened,” Boehner replied as he reportedly tried to exit a White House meeting for a smoke break. 

Democrats repeatedly questioned Bohener's clout over Republican House members throughout the budget and debt standoff, arguing that the speaker capitulates too often to conservatives on Capitol Hill. 

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Boehner has become a "puppet — with Ted Cruz pulling the strings," while Obama said the speaker's inability to "control his caucus" contributed to the impasse. 



2. A Song for the Occassion

John Boehner got run over by his caucus 
Walking home from the White House Shutdown eve. 
You can say there's no such thing as too much bronzer, 
But as for me and Barack, we believe. 

He'd been drinking too much at his tea party, 
And we'd begged him not to flea. 
But he forgot his name in negotiations, 
And he staggered out the door into his limousine. 

When they found him Shutdown morning, 
At the scene of the attack. 
He had tea bags on his forehead, 
And incriminating Cruz marks on his back. 

Boehner got run over by his caucus, 
Walking home from the White House Shutdown eve. 
You can say there's no such thing as too much bronzer, 
But as for me and Barack, we believe. 


On an OP by packman  

I would like to know the Administrators reasoning as to why-

they downvoted my post and did not allow it showing kittens nuzzling in women's breast , 

A Jury voted 5-1 to hide this post on Fri Sep 27, 2013, 05:05 PM. Reason: This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate. When the original post in a discussion thread is hidden by Jury decision, the entire discussion thread is automatically locked so new replies cannot be posted. 

YET DU allows an offensive , in my opinion, photoshopped picture of Ted Cruz's head shown as a penis complete in every anatomical detail. 

The picture is offensive and should be removed.


1. The administrators don't hide posts. They are hidden by a jury of your peers.

When your post was hidden, you should have received a DU Mail message explaining why it was hidden. 

The alerter said this: This is a sexist video of shot after shot of boobies. Even in the lounge, sexism is not allowed on DU. 

Juror #4 said this: NSFW so I didn't watch it, but nonetheless it sounds inappropriate for DU. Recommend posting it on 4chan instead. 

Juror #5 said this: Alerted is right. Lounge is for humor--not blatant sexist objectification of women. 

As for the picture of Ted Cruz's head shaped like a penis, I suspect that was allowed to stay because Ted Cruz is a dick. 


On an OP by RandySF  

House Stenographer is not insane, just batshit crazy.

This is what happened ….. Click to read 



Urgent: House Stenographer says Holy Spirit woke her up at night to deliver message to the House 

Per Kaplan/Pergram-Capitol Hill 

Karrah Kaplan spoke with the husband of House stenographer Dianne Reidy last night. There’s an emailed statement here from Dan Reidy. 

First, from Dianne: 

“For the past 2 and 1/2 weeks, the Holy Spirit has been waking me up in the 
middle of the night and preparing me (through my reluctance and doubt) to deliver 
a message in the House Chamber. 
That is what I did last night” 

Her husand Dan says “My wife is a sweet, level-headed wonderful woman of God. I am proud of her.” 

Chad Pergram 
FOX News 
Senior Producer for Capitol Hill 



6. just left this post to see the reaction from commenters....

"She thought God was speaking to her but it turns out she was sleeping with the AM radio on." 


7. Probably not the first religion whose foundation involves payday loan ads.


On an OP by brooklynite  

House Stenographer Explains Her Freemason-Themed Outburst

Source: Slate

Dianne Reidy, the stenographer who provided a fittingly bizarre coda to the shutdown with her rant about how the Freemasons wrote the Constitution, offered up an explanation yesterday for why she decided to begin yelling on the House floor in the first place: God told her to. 

"For the past 2 and 1/2 weeks, the Holy Spirit has been waking me up in the middle of the night and preparing me (through my reluctance and doubt) to deliver a message in the House Chamber," she told Fox News' Chad Pergram in an email yesterday. "That is what I did last night.” 

Reidy's husband, Dan, told a similar story to the New York Post. "Two weeks, waking up in the middle of the night," he told the paper. "She’s like, I can’t sleep, God’s got me in the work." 

After being dragged from the House floor mid-rant, Dianne Reidy was taken to George Washington Hospital, where she was interviewed by a psychiatrist before being released. "The doctor was asking what was the message, what was the intent of the message?” her husband said. "She goes: 'I don’t know I just spoke what I felt God was putting in my heart. I don’t know who it was directed at'."

Read more:

Well, thanks for clearing that up...


14. Common mental illness and obsession with nutty beliefs

It would be grand if we could keep all like this off the House floor.


29. Yeah butt....

then how would they be able to achieve a quorum?


5. The sad thing is, this is the least crazy thing to happen in the House lately.

brer cat  

8. God wakes me up in the middle of the night, too.

He tells me to go to the bathroom and pee. Thank goodness he never told me to do that in the House chamber.


15. Is this a (chamber) pot joke?

Nevermind I thought I was in The Lounge.


18. The Lounge is closed for repair, apparently...

We're lucky to have a potty chair... somewhere... 


62. I'm just relieved that there's a sensible explanation


On an OP by Coyotl  

GOOD CATCH MR. PRESIDENT! Obama Catches Fainting Woman During White House Speech! (Video)


During a speech this morning by President Obama on Obamacare, a woman standing directly behind the president began to wobble back and forth as if she was about to faint. 

Luckily, Obama realized there was something going on behind him and immediately turned around to catch the woman, making sure she remained steady on her feet. 

.... “This is what happens when I talk too long,” the president said ....



45. pResident Bush helping someone out who is feeling tipsy

Oh wait, Houston we have a problem.


Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed Oct 23, 2013, 01:11 AM (30 replies)
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