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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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*** DUzy Awards (Double-Length) - May 3-16, 2014 ***

TGIM(?) And welcome to….

THE DUzy AWARDS!!!



Special thanks to:

CrispyQ, dixiegrrrrl, In_The_Wind, polly7, Rhiannon12866,


and everyone else 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 n2doc  

Young blood rejuvenates brains and muscles of old mice


If three discoveries in mice reported on Sunday are applicable to people, making old brains and old muscles perform like young ones may require simply a blood transfusion. 

In two of the studies, giving the blood of young mice to old ones undid age-related impairments in the brain, reversing declines in learning and memory and boosting the creation of new neurons and the ability of the brain to change its structure in response to experience. 

The third study found that a protein in the blood of young mice improved the ability of old ones (comparable to a 70-year-old person) to exercise. 

"I think the study is quite wonderful," said neuroscientist Eric Kandel of Columbia University, who shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in medicine for his studies on the molecular basis of memory, referring to one of the brain papers. 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/04/us-science-young-blood-idUSKBN0DK0HW20140504 

I can just imagine what will happen if this works in humans….


ZombieHorde  

2. And everyone laughed at me


when I bathed in the blood of infants. Who's laughing now?!



OP by TexasTowelie  

Why did he do that?



baldguy  

1. Some projects are worth it just for the research.




On an OP by n2doc  

CNN Poll: Did ‘Space Aliens, Time Travelers or Beings From Another Dimension’ Make Flight Vanish?


"Now here are a few groups that some people have suggested may be responsible for the disappearance of Flight 370 if an accident or mechanical failure was not the cause," begins question No. 26 in a new CNN/ORC poll on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet before listing terrorists, hijackers that are not terrorists, the plane's crew, and "space aliens, time travelers or beings from another dimenson" as options. Whoever could have suggested such a thing? Oh ... right. 

"There are no right or wrong answers," the questionnaire said elsewhere. 

longship  

1. Some say the aliens are from a parallel dimension.


Myself, I think they are from an obtuse dimension. 



jberryhill  

3. That's acute


Are you serious or are Euclidean around?

Nye Bevan  

5. Good thing DU doesn't have these kind of ridiculous conspiracy theories (nt)




On an OP bynikto  

Why Godzilla matters


While some may never be able to see past the image of those 1970s movies and cartoon show, Godzilla is in reality a literary metaphor of nearly unmatched relevancy and power in today's world. Others have written of Godzilla in literary or cultural terms, well before me. 

But I think the symbol of Godzilla is an apt one for this particular era of history and its issues. 

This is not about the new film coming out in a few weeks, although, if it proves a hit, that may get people talking about Godzilla, and the symbolic resonance of what he represents. 

Skittles  

66. I don't think I can watch a Godzilla movie


back in the early 80's I lived with a guy and when he was stoned, which was often, he liked to watch the broadcast Godzilla movies with the sound off and he supplied all the sound effects....and I mean ALL of them......the monster, the screaming people.......gawd

nikto  

67. That's odd, I don't remember having a roomate in the 80s






On an OP by Fearless  

Most Common Language Spoken By State (Other than English or Spanish)






Respect diversity.

okaawhatever  

1. You know what this means don't you? Putin is going to invade Oregon next. nt



On an OP by dixiegrrrrl  

Lime shortage attracting Mexican drug cartels.

Bars across America are feeling the burden of a nationwide lime shortage. It came about as a result of the confluence of several unusual things: there was awful weather for lime growing this year; there is a citrus-greening disease called "huanglongbing" (really) going around; and lime farmers are being extorted by drug cartels in Mexico. 

The bad weather and the huanglongbing epidemic began to increase the cost of limes earlier this year. Then, the problem was made worse by the drug cartels. The Knights Templar is a powerful drug cartel in Mexico and has set its sights on the farmers in Michoacán, one of the favored locations for lime growth. The limes there were able to escape the bad weather and huanglongbing, making them more valuable than usual. Because prices for limes became so high, cartels like The Knights Templar began threatening farmers, seizing groves, and even hijacking trucks. Lime farmers how hire armed guards to transport their coveted citrus. 

While the Mexican government is calling for a cease fire, farmers are still at odds with drug cartels. They have also deployed the military to deal with the issue directly. That's right, there are Mexican soldiers defending the right to bear limes.

Orrex  

1. You have to know where to draw the lime.


snooper2  

3. funny, I stopped by bar yesterday to kick some golden tee ass


We were giving Jen the bartender shit on how shitty the limes looked that she was pulling out of a box

Orrex  

4. Technically, those were sublimes.




On an OP by bananas  

Candy maker MARS to build a wind farm massive enough to fully power its 37 US factories


Source: Tree Hugger

The giant candy and pet food maker MARS Inc has taken a big step in the right direction by announcing that it will soon begin construction of a massive wind farm in Texas that will produce enough clean energyto power all of MARS' operations in the United States (they have 37 factories and 70 offices, so it's a pretty big deal). This is one of many steps that the company has been taking as part of its 'sustainable in a generation' plan: 

<snip> 

A gigantic 200-megawatt wind project 

The wind farm will be erected near Lamesa, Texas, with 118 GE wind turbines (1.7MW each) producing annually about 800,000 megawatt-hours, equivalent to what it takes to power 61,000 U.S. households. This will be enough for MARS' 37 US factories, and represent about 24% of their global factory and office carbon footprint. Hopefully they keep rapidly improving that number and reach 100% before their target date. 

Regardless of whether you buy MARS' products or not, it's better for the climate to have them manufactured with clean energy than with dirty one, so this is clearly a 'win'. It should also inspire other companies to do the same, so this move also has value as a potential catalyst. 

Construction of the Texas wind farm will begin at the end of 2014, with about 10 turbines going up each week. It should be finished and fully operational by mid-2015. And to be clear, the wind farm will produce an amount of electricity equivalent to what they use across the US, it won't be directly connected to all those offices.

bananas  

1. This proves there is intelligent life on Mars. nt


951-Riverside  

3. In response several Angry Birds called for a massive strike against windshields everywhere






On an OP by phantom power  

NYC cyclist arrested for using cellphone to film cop, told iPhones are ‘being used as guns’


Mister City, policeman sitting 
Pretty little policemen in a row 
--John Lennon 

A New York City cyclist was arrested, while attempting to film a police officer giving him a ticket for running a red light, with the explanation that “iPhones are being used as guns,” according to The Gothamist. 

Will Paybarah,24, of Brooklyn, was stopped by a police officer in late March for – admittedly– running a red light while on his bike. As the officer approached him, Paybarah pulled out his cellphone to film the encounter only to have the officer immediately tell him to put his phone away. 

According to Paybarah, “When I tried to record my interaction with the officer I was arrested… in 10 seconds flat.” 

In the brief 10-second video, Paybarah can be heard asking “Alright, you want my I.D?” to which the police officer immediately replies, “Put your phone away.” 

When the cyclist asks why, the officer says, “Because I’m telling you.” 

As Paybarah tries to explain that he has the right to film the incident, the officer reaches for the phone and Payabarah can be heard saying, “Don’t touch me” before the officer snatches the phone out of his hand. 

Paybarah explained that he was then arrested. 

“After those 10 seconds I was pulled off my bike, pushed up against the metal fence, placed in handcuffs and put into the back seat of the car, ” he said. “Other officers came. They joked saying they were going to ‘handcuff my bike to the tree.’” 

After he was placed in the back of a police cruiser, Paybarah asked why he was being arrested. According to him a police officer told him it was because “people are using iPhones as guns.” 

shenmue  

2. Huh?


How can an iPhone be used as a gun?

flying rabbit  

6. I guess there's an app for that.






On an OP by RandySF  

Dan Quayle ruins World Airways and loots it.


Private equity firm Cerberus Business Finance, LLC, is looting a bankrupt airline that for 66 years ferried troops and equipment to war zones in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Cerberus' greed has tragic consequences for pilots and flight attendants now without a job, a paycheck or health insurance. 

Cerberus took control of the bankrupt airline, World Airways, and retroactively cancelled the pilots' health insurance coverage without telling them. A pilot who'd been with World for 25 years went into a coma thinking he was covered. When he came out of the coma, he found Cerberus had cancelled his health insurance -- and he owed $2 million for his medical care. 

As president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, I have seen private equity firms plunder company after company, taking rich fees for themselves and cutting costs until there's nothing left to cut. Time and again I've seen their reckless behavior drive companies to declare bankruptcy. When the dust settles, you can count on Wall Street contracts being honored. And you can be pretty sure contracts with workers will be abrogated. 

That's pretty much what's happening with World Airways, a passenger and cargo carrier that sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2013. The airline shut down on March 27, 2014 because it had no money. All employees were fired that day. 

World Airways was a profitable company until another private equity firm, MatlinPatterson, came along and loaded it with debt. They collected handsome fees and interest until Cerberus -- run by former Vice President Dan Quayle and former Treasury Secretary John Snow -- threw the airline in the trash along with its employees. Many of the flight attendants and pilots had served their country and company since the Vietnam War. 

Blue Owl  

1. They dropped it like a hot potatoe


(sic)

Gidney N Cloyd  

2. I suspect Danny's not actually the brains of the operation there.


mountain grammy  

14. I suspect Danny's not the brains behind any operation.




On an OP by monmouth3  

Tebow just did the Red Carpet with a young lady at the Dinner. Don't know if she is a


journalist or not. He looks good...

LeftyMom  

1. Who?


MADem  

19. The guy who used to think that Jesus cared if he won football games.


Where's your messiah now, Tebow? 

LadyHawkAZ  

5. Has he tried to make a pass yet? n/t


Aerows  

10. I doubt if will she will be receptive


since it will probably end up directed at a lady across the room.



On an OP by B2G  

So 'Asian Carp' is racially offensive now?


Minnesota lawmakers consider renaming Asian carp 

Article by: MIKE CRONIN 
Associated Press 
March 27, 2014 - 5:15 PM 

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The troublesome fish currently known as Asian carp may get a new name in Minnesota over concern that the current one casts people from Asian cultures in a negative light. 

Proposals advancing in the Legislature would require the Department of Natural Resources to refer to the fish as "invasive carp," a reference to the threat the non-native fish pose to Mississippi River-area ecosystems. 

Sen. John Hoffman, the Champlin Democrat sponsoring a bill in the Senate, said some people of Asian descent have complained about the name. 

"Caucasians brought them to America," Hoffman, the bill's primary Senate sponsor, said Thursday. "Should we call them 'Caucasian carp?' They have names. Let's call them what they are." 

Asian carp actually describes two closely related fish, the bighead carp and silver carp, that are native to a region of Asia spanning China, part of Siberia and North Korea, said Cindy Kolar, a fish biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Va. Since their introduction to the United States about 30 years ago, they have become a threat to native fish including those in the Great Lakes, Minnesota and elsewhere. 

Nye Bevan  

2. Next up: "Belgian waffles".


Offensively suggests that people from Belgium tend to waffle.

Comrade Grumpy  

3. People should quit carping about this. n/t




On an OP by Jesus Malverde 

She's back...Monica Lewinsky Blames the Internet


Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, probably due to growing Clinton nostalgia in politics and on Tumblr, broke her silence with a personal essay for Vanity Fair this month. In it, she posits, "thanks to the Drudge Report, I was ... possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet." 

The full essay will be available digitally on Thursday, but here are the highlights. Lewinsky, who is only 40 now, expresses regret: "I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened." She also says she's ready to move on: "It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress." And she assures conspiracy theorists that the Clintons did not buy her silence up until now: "I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth." 

Lewinsky also makes a point to note that her affair with President Clinton was consensual, and that he did not abuse her. The abuse she suffered was at the hands of the media, she says. Now, the Internet is a much more friendly place for Lewinsky, especially the teen Internet. As The Wire noted earlier this year, Lewinsky is a big part of the '90s nostalgia that permeates Tumblr and sites like Buzzfeed. Beyoncé put her in a song on her latest album. 

Capt. Obvious  

8. I'm going to hold off until I hear from Linda Tripp








On an OP by big_dog  

Tucker Carlson: Women Who Pay for Men’s Dinners Are ‘Disgusting’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday asserted that men were not living up to their “manly responsibility” by letting women pay for dinner and by not participating in activities like hunting. British TV host Bear Grylls opined at a recent luncheon for his new adventure reality show that manliness was in crisis because the modern man was relying on technology instead of “your spear, your brains, your resourcefulness, your courage.” 

“I think this is real,” Carlson agreed on Tuesday’s edition of Fox News. “Part of it is somebody told boys when they were little, ‘Be sensitive, be thoughtful.’ And some of that’s fine, too much of it makes you pretty unattractive to women. And this is one of the reasons, because it suggests weakness.” “I blame it on the feminist movement,” Fox News host Katie Pavlich remarked. “Because the feminist movement for decades has told men not to embraces their manliness, that is part of the patriarchy of our society. And that being a man is a bad thing. And that you should downgrade your manliness. And saying ‘man up’ is not acceptable because manning up is not based on gender.” 

“They have all these things where they take the man part out of being a man,” she added. “And then we wonder why men don’t act like men anymore.” Carlson argued that men did not necessarily need to hunt and fish to be masculine. “Men, who on the second date, let their date pay for dinner, I’m sorry that’s disgusting,” he insisted. “And I don’t care. The new norms are — he shouldn’t allow it. Period.” 

Co-host Sandra Smith pointed out that men could show respect for women “and not assume that he’s the macho man” who needs to pay for dinner.“He should be the macho man,” Carlson shot back. “He ought to have respect for himself. Are you kidding? Let a girl pay? What are you joking?” n recent days, Fox News has aired multiple segments suggesting that “female breadwinners” could be a “problem.” “Isn’t there some sort of biological, innate need for me to be the caveman?” host Clayton Morris wondered over the weekend. “Go out and bring home the dinner. Is it emasculating if we don’t do it?”

randys1  

1. Tucker couldnt get laid in a woman's prison with a hundred pardons




OP by jberryhill  

If the GOP "draft Mitt" movement succeeds...


...it'll be the first time Mitt shows up for a draft!

Rincewind  

11. It wont work,


as soon as Mitt hears the word "draft", he'll head to France.



On an OP by kpete  

Hillary Clinton Goes THERE: "Gun control laws have grown too lax and need to be tightened"


May 06, 2014, 12:37 pm 
Clinton: Gun laws too lax 


Gun control laws have grown too lax and need to be tightened, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday during a conference in Washington, D.C. 

“We’re way out of balance,” said the former secretary of State. “We have to reign in what has almost become an article of faith that anybody anywhere can own a gun.” 


Clinton didn’t call for any specific new legislation, but said that it should be possible to make gun laws that protect society yet “still support the vast majority of people to own guns.” 

The early favorite to win the Democratic nomination for the White House in 2016 made the remarks at the 2014 National Council for Behavioral Health Conference. 

leeroysphitz  

73. Bangunzi!




OP by MannyGoldstein  

A friend of a friend claims she got hit on by Bill Clinton


At a White House party. I won't get specific, because it might reveal her identity. (Feel free to assume that I'm lying about this.) 

If you're still with me... she found it to be both totally disgusting and totally intriguing. He was good at his craft. She didn't jump at the opportunity, but she thought about it, and she was more than a decade older than Lewinsky, far more experienced in "the ways of the world". And she was close to Hillary, not Bill. 

Think about it. The President of the United States. A bit of a power imbalance there. 

Anyway, when I heard that story, I became much more sympathetic towards Ms. Lewinsky. How do you say noto... that? 

(Somehow, I suspect that this post will make everyone who reads it angry at me for some reason or another.)

ProudToBeBlueInRhody  

1. Bill Clinton hit on Liz Warren


I scooped you!

MannyGoldstein  

3. Not possible.


He'd still have an ice bag affixed to his scrotum, to this day.

Newsjock  

7. Give that man a cigar


Oh wait.

riderinthestorm  

49. Prove it or lose your credibility. nt


MannyGoldstein  

51. Fail.


One must first have credibility to lose it.



OP by EarlG  

Heeeeeeeere's... Hatemail!


Well it's been a long time since the last DU Hate Mailbag, but since the bag is now overflowing with excreta it's time to empty it out and start all over again. Here are some of our favorites from the past... however many months it's been. Feel free to vote for yours in the poll at the bottom! 

And of course, there is strong language ahead... you've been warned. 



THIS ISN'T THE STREAMING VIDEO SERVICE YOU'RE LOOKING FOR

Subject: (no subject) 

I am considering getting the Netflix account. I've been told you have the season 5B of Breaking Bad, supposedly starting today, the 29th as you have stated several times. I look under another account and see you don't have this.. Is this par for the course? Aren't you keeping your word ? I'm in a very large corporate atmosphere and several would enjoy this service, but not if you can't keep your end of the bast gain. What can you say to me about this? It makes me a little angry to have you mislead not just me , but many of us. I'll wait for your reply if you're good enough to respond.


THE DANGERS OF DRINKING GASOLINE

Subject: Why 

Why in the hell was I revoked? Truth to much for you? The nude Cubs bear mascot shows what life has. The devil hates it. People should say Hi shirt or hi pants instead of the name of whoever. That is what people accept.


PRO TIP: IF YOU'RE SENDING HATE MAIL, YOU'RE ALLOWED TO USE THE WORD "COCK"

Subject: you 

suck c-ck

MADem  

56. I'd love to see the email that NETFLIX got about DU!!! nt


JoePhilly  

15. Was the "hi pants" guy Gary Busey??


Aldo Leopold  

35. Haha! Had the same thought!


It must be him!

JoePhilly  

41. Which is odd because he could also be the Netflix guy too!


PeaceNikki  

3. cock, fuck shit dammit.


I hope all of these authors are reading.

leftyohiolib  

24. you spelled the first word incorrectly it's spelled c-ck


csziggy  

28. And here I thought it was spelled Koch!






OP by MineralMan  

President Obama Never Fails To Disappoint


Even before President Obama was elected to be President, I invited him, via email, to my home for a simple dinner, on one of his campaign trips to Minneapolis. Sadly, I got an email letter declining my invitation. I don't believe he wrote it, though. 

Since then, every time he has come to Minneapolis, I have invited him to my home for the same simple dinner. Sometimes, I get a form email in return, declining my kind invitation. Other times, I get no response at all. 

It's always a disappointment, and I'm not going to invite him again. In fact, I refuse to vote for him again in 2016. That should show him the cost of disappointing this voter, I think. 

Please DURec this post if you're also disappointed for a similar reason. 

Disappointment-Way MineralManny 

Quackers  

9. K&R


He didn't show up to my graduation either. I mean, it's not like I graduate everyday.


I invited him to post on DU and promised him a DUzy Award… Still waiting…….

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024921469


On an OP by one_voice  

Arizona pastor: Women in yoga pants are ‘partially responsible’ for rape


An Arizona pastor who is infamous for preaching that women “deserve” rape defended his position in a video published on Monday. 

In an interview with Vice, University of Arizona student Dean Saxton, who preaches under the name Brother Dean Samuel, explained why he protested outside a documentary about 1998 Miss World Pageant winner and rape survivor Linor Abargil last month. 

During the protest, Saxton held a sign reading, “You Deserve Rape.” And he shouted at women to “give up your immodest clothing” and “yoga pants are sin.” 

*snip* 

“I believe there are certain qualities that may be worthy of rape,” the street preacher added. “If a woman dresses proactively, gets blackout drunk, and is wearing really revealing clothing, then I would say that she is partially responsible for the rape.” 

GreatCaesarsGhost  

16. Pastor pants over yoga pants.




On an OP by Liberal_in_LA  

US Army Base Broken Into, Covered in Pot Seeds 200,000 seeds planted


US Army Base Broken Into, Covered in Pot Seeds 
Protesters in Italy sowing the seeds of peace and love, apparently 

(Newser) – Peace and love, man: A group of anti-war Italians opposed to a US Army base in their midst broke into said Army base last week, where they planted about 200,000 marijuana seeds, reports Stars and Stripes. The NoDalMolin protest group posted video of members cutting through the fence at the Del Din base in Vicenza, then planting the pot seeds to send the message that the area should be "devoted to agriculture, horticulture, and the well-being and sociability of Vicenza." Rather hysterically, the group invites locals to partake in a "great harvest festival" come October. US officials say that the group wasn't targeting and didn't come close to ammunition stored at the base. (A similar gambit unrelated to the army proved successful last summer.) 

jmowreader  

3. Where do you even get 200,000 pot seeds?


uncle ray  

5. from a 1/4 oz of Mexican Brickweed.




On an OP by doxydad  

The average age of Fox News viewers is 68 and a majority of them...


.... are politically conservative and white. 1.1 percent are non - white. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2550377/The-average-age-Fox-Viewers-68-majority-politically-conservative-white.html 

Fair and balanced, ya know

Scuba  

5. In a weird coincidence, their average IQ is also 68.




On an OP by GoLeft TV  

Pap and Seder: Anti-Gay GOP Candidate Was Once a Drag Queen

Republican Senate candidate Steve Wiles, who supports an amendment against same-sex marriage, recently stated that he doesn’t “really understand how you can separate the fact that marriage is a religious institution.” While his opinions are seemingly the new norm for many GOP candidates, there is one hypocritical aspect to his views. 

He used to be a drag queen. 

Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Sam Seder discuss Wiles’ regressive opinions, as well as the false ascension of many Tea Party candidates.

Blue Owl  

1. From Drags to Riches: The Steve Wiles Story


n/t



OP by Scuba  

Benghazi Select Committee announced: 7 Republicans, 5 Democrats, 8 Fox News producers


The Benghazi Select Committee lineup announced: It will have 7 Republicans and 5 Democrats, as well as 8 Fox News producers.

This guy is killing me ... 


https://twitter.com/TeaPartyCat 


Rep. Trey Gowdy: “I’m proud to lead the Select Committee on Benghazi, which I expect run until 2016, or possibly 2024 if Hillary wins.”


Rick Perry: “Yeah, I did overstate the number of unemployed by 900%, but, c’mon, math is just one theory that’s out there.”


Supreme Court rules that Koch brothers paying death squads to murder voters is legal as political speech under the 1st Amendment.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024926494


On an OP by underpants  

Hoods - BLM contracted wrangler threatened by hooded men at gunpoint in Utah


After two armed men threatened a Bureau of Land Management wrangler on Tuesday in western Utah, workers are removing BLM logos from their vehicles to help avoid additional incidents, the Salt Lake Tribune reported on Thursday. 

The wrangler was driving on a highway near Mills, Utah when two people in a pick-up truck pulled up along side the vehicle. The occupants "told him he was No. 1 with that certain gesture," Eric Reid, the wrangler’s supervisor at the BLM Fillmore Field Office, told the Tribune. 

The men then reappeared in the pick-up truck a few minutes later wearing hoods and holding up a sign that read, "You need to die." One of the men pointed a Glock handgun at the wrangler. 

According to Reid, the two men put duct tape over their license plate so that the truck could not be identified, a strategy used by Bundy supporters in Nevada.

arcane1  

8. They finally took the hoods out of mothballs, I see n/t




On an OP by malaise  

Even the CNN morons want no part of Benghazi

Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! 

Poor Orange man refused to answer a question about ReTHUGs fundraising off Benghazi. 

Please proceed ReTHUGs!! 


Blue Owl  

2. Bet he's nervously mixing up a screwdriver right now


Arugula Latte  

6. Well, he does need to replenish his orange color, you know.




NightWatcher  

5. unless Ben Ghazi was the co-pilot of the missing plane, they don't want to hear it



On an OP by joeybee12  

A ‘serial pooper’ on the loose in Houston was caught on camera


The neighborhood of Woodland Heights in Houston, Texas has an unwelcome visitor who has repeatedly defecated in the yards, and more often driveways, of several residents. The ‘serial pooper,’ as some have described the man, has even targeted one particular house six times. 

KPRC, Local 2 reports, Precinct One Constable’s Office Deputies are on the hunt for this unidentified man. He was caught on surveillance video by one of his victims, and authorities are using that footage to track down the suspect. The man leaving his personal waste in the neighborhood is described as an older, balding man with a mustache, who was wearing shorts at the time the video was captured. Deputies say that the man will likely face a charge of criminal mischief or one of indecent exposure. 

Officers believe he is striking between 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. and when Sergeant J.C. Mosier spoke to radio station KRLD 1080, he said revenge is a possible motive. The sergeant recalled, “I do remember many years ago here in Houston, this was going on and it turned out to be a neighbor who was just mad at people for letting their dogs come in his yard and not cleaning up after them. So he decided to get his own little bit of revenge.” 

Blue Owl  

6. Public Enemy Number Two


n/t

malaise  

8. More like Public Enemy


Number Poo



Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin  

13. Public enema?


Blue Owl  

9. LOL he could at least have the common courtesy...


to leave one of those little Dimson flags on the finished product... 



malaise  

10. Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah DUzy




Down memory lane

kentauros  

38. It's an obvious smear campaign.


Lint Head  

21. The police are looking for a stool pigeon.


pinboy3niner  

32. It appears the guy caught on camera is now the fecal point of the investigation. nt


yawnmaster  

34. thanks for giving us the poop on this. eom


dembotoz  

35. i heard he used to play for the houston Asssstros--pitched long relief


he had a deceptive delivery 
nobody slid into base when he was out there. 

he was accused of using pine tar--but it wasn't....

Xolodno  

36. They could find him by....


...tracking down the skid marks.
Lots of other good responses, but I was too pooped to include them all!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024927128


On an OP by bigtree  

Benghazi committee pic - Friggin Titanic


Kurt Eichenwald ‏@kurteichenwald 7m 
In continuing Benghazi commt fashion show, here's pic released of its first meeting. Are they on the friggin Titanic? pic.twitter.com/1Dj98kMH0p 


mindwalker_i  

1. Although it really should be tilting right


2naSalit  

19. It's that point on top of Gowdy-doody's head!!


Can't fit it in the frame if you don't tilt the camera... 

or else it's to show how edgy and cool they think they are. 

Smarmy f*cks. 



C_U_L8R  

3. How the heck did Malfoy get elected?


Everyone knows he's bad news.

sakabatou  

11. All I know is that the committee is about to sink


frylock  

16. GOWDY: First rule of order will be to get some sugar packets under the legs of this table.




On an OP by deminks  

Florida town’s choice: Violate Supreme Court ruling or open meeting with Satanic prayer


Less than three days after the Supreme Court ruled in Town of Greece v. Galloway that prayers before town meetings did not violate the Constitution’s ban on endorsing religion, a self-styled Satanist in Deerfield Beach, Florida has asked city officials to let him open a meeting with a Satanic prayer. 

Chaz Stevens — who made headlines last December when he forced Florida Governor Rick Scott to allow him to erect an 8-foot-tall Festivus pole made of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans next to Deerfield Beach’s nativity manger — told the New Times that he recently converted from “Pabstfestidian” because “Satan is a cool dude.” 

(snip) 

He then tacked to a more serious course, adding “I just want equal billing. We allow various religious nutjobs to give a prayer. They pray to Jesus who is make-believe, god who is make-believe, why not Satan who is make-believe?” 

Gman  

1. I think he'd find Pastafarianism more fulfilling


Ramen.

pinboy3niner  

6. They seem to be on the horns of a dilemma




A HERETIC I AM  

7. At some level....


there may be hell to pay.

opiate69  

10. Lol. Makes me think of this:






OP by riqster  

23 Hideously Creepy and Inappropriate Children's Toys


http://www.viralnova.com/terrible-childrens-toys/#mJWHBgLyAxHBbGrs.01 

Holy shite... 

progressoid  

8. Why is this guy so angry?






riqster  

9. It lasted longer than four hours, and he didn't call the doctor.



On an OP by raccoon  

When you buy mattresses and box springs, will the vendor to get rid of the old one?


I'm asking because I need to buy new, and I can't haul an old one off in a Camry. 



Logical  

11. Lounge? nt


pintobean  

13. They have plenty of mattresses. /nt




OP by NuclearDem  

Controversial thread title written in smug snarky tone.


Paragraph referencing recent DU topic of discussion written in snarky tone. 

Paragraph referring to opponents of own position with snarky, smug, dismissive, borderline-TOS-violating language. 

Paragraph suggesting I in fact have all the answers, and those who disagree are sock puppets and trolls. 

Snarky final line completely unrelated to earlier paragraphs. : eyes : : rofl : 

EDIT: Partial backwalking.

The DUzies were flying back and forth, up and down…

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024937055


On an OP by davidn3600  

1 out of 5 people say they would be willing to have sex with a robot


ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) – In a survey of changing attitudes between human beings and robots, nearly one-in-five people said they were “willing to have sex with an android,” despite more than one-third of respondents saying they fear machines will threaten the human race. 

A poll conducted among 2,000 members of the British public by Middlesex University found out what humans think of one day walking, talking – and apparently progressing even further – with robots on a daily basis. 

In addition to the 17 percent of people who said they are prepared to “have sex with an android,” more than one-in-ten claimed they would care for the fruits of such labor – with 11 percent saying they want a robot child similar to David in the movie A.I. 

One of the study recipients said that science seems to have gotten the edge on sex: “It seems to have got to the stage where people would rather have sex with something that knows exactly what it’s doing, where we know exactly how it will react, and how long it will take, and how good it will be,” said one of the participants, according to the Daily Beast, which notes that people’s “self-reliance” may have equipped people to seek such far-fetched sexual independence from other humans.

The Straight Story  

2. Oh great, now I have to hold open doors for robots too???




DJ13  

3. That Energizer Bunny would wear me out




sakabatou  

6. Those damn robosexuals!




MohRokTah  

8. 1 in 20 people are already having sex with a robot.


I'd give some links, but they'd all be NSFW.

NightWatcher  

39. Wet Dry Shopvacs are not robots!


bunnies  

15. Holy shit! I never realized my EX was so popular!




Yavin4  

17. Just imagine the viruses that a sex robot running a Windows OS is going to have.


Oy vey!

Orrex  

18. Not to mention how smugly self-congratulating an Apple sexbot will be.




Eleanors38  

22. I prefer a desktop version.


justhanginon  

34. Damn, I was that close, that close


and then there it was, the Blue Screen of Death!!!!!!!!!!

edbermac  

43. "Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?"


"Dave, I really think that I'm entitled to an answer to that question." 





OP by Tuesday Afternoon  

View of the Milky Way as seen from the surface of Mars =



pinboy3niner  

3. Well, it sure sets the bar high.


Major Nikon  

7. I can't wait for the copycat thread from Uranus


Tuesday Afternoon  

8. now, now, don't be an asteroid




DFW  

9. That's one small step for fat


And one giant leap for calories.

rurallib  

13. Makes me snicker




On an OP by monmouth3  

Fox News' Eric Bolling: 'I Don't Remember' Any Terrorist Attacks On America During President Bush's


Fox News host Eric Bolling pulled a Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday, asserting that there were no terrorist attacks on "American soil" during President Bush's term in office. 

Giuliani famously made a similar assertion in early 2010, saying, "we had no domestic attacks under Bush." Of course, the 9/11 attacks happened under Bush. 

Bolling's misstatement came during a discussion on the network's Glenn Beck replacement show, "The Five." He and a panel--which included former Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino--were arguing about whether Bush had been guilty of "fear-mongering" during his tenure. Panelist Bob Beckel said that the former president had used fear-mongering around the non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. As he attempted to continue his point, Bolling cut him off and started to move on to the next segment. 

"America was certainly safe between 2000 and 2008," he said. "I don't remember any attacks on American soil during that period of time." Nobody on the panel challenged this comment. 

trusty elf  

22. .........




Jesus Malverde  

91. .








On an OP by hatrack  

NASA/GRL/Science - Collapse Of West Antarctic Ice Sheet Appears To Be Under Way, Likely Unstoppable


The collapse of large parts of the ice sheet in West Antarctica appears to have begun and is almost certainly unstoppable, with global warming accelerating the pace of the disintegration, two groups of scientists reported Monday. 

The finding, which had been feared by some scientists for decades, means that a rise in global sea level of at least 10 feet may now be inevitable. The rise may continue to be relatively slow for at least the next century or so, the scientists said, but sometime after that it will probably speed up so sharply as to become a crisis. 

“This is really happening,” said Thomas P. Wagner, who runs NASA’s programs on polar ice and helped oversee some of the research. “There’s nothing to stop it now. But you are still limited by the physics of how fast the ice can flow.” Two papers scheduled for publication this week, in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters, attempt to make sense of an accelerated flow of glaciers seen in parts of West Antarctica in recent decades. 

Both papers conclude that warm water upwelling from the ocean depths has most likely triggered an inherent instability that makes the West Antarctic ice sheet vulnerable to a slow-motion collapse. And one paper concludes that factors some scientists had hoped might counteract such a collapse will not do so. 


GliderGuider  

4. The Five Stages of Global Warming Denial:


1. Anger 
2. Bargaining 
3. Depression 
4. Acceptance 
5. Drowning 





OP by EarlG  

Pic Of The Moment: The Exquisite Timing Of Marco Rubio



longship  

2. Well, he has a plan for what to do with all that water.






On an OP by UTUSN  

BUNDY ranch gunnutters are panhandling the net because loving their fellow man ain't free


Bundy Ranch's Armed Defenders Seek Welfare to Sit Around Doing Nothing 

Adam Weinstein 

The life of an ever-vigilant anti-government armed patriot is hard. And by hard, I mean dull and unproductive. Also, not very profitable. Maybe that's why all those guys hanging out cleaning their guns in Nevada are now begging hard-working Americans to please give them some money. 

One enterprising ranch defender needs funds so badly, he's taken to GoFundMe: 

"To all American Patriots: 

"I am the Team Leader that took Charlie Delta, the black marine, out to Nevada along with two other volunteers that all did an outstanding job at the Bundy Ranch. I understand most of you have come to know Charlie Delta through his expressed views on Cliven Bundy and the good we are all doing as patriots at the ranch. I am coming to you tonight humbly asking for your help. We may be the front line soldiers facing down an overbearing govt bureaucracy, but we are first off family men and women that have our own homes and jobs and families left behind to take on this endeavor. Therefore we have spent our fortunes for freedom and love of our fellow man and need your help to continue our efforts to keep all Americans free from tyranny. Please if you can spare even a few dollars for food, fuel and supplies to continue the stand against tyranny and an overbearing governtment please help. Even the smallext amount will help keep up the pressure to return this land to the people. I thank you all sincerely for your contribution. 

"Christopher E Ferrell 

"United we stand! Divided we fall!" 

Chris isn't alone in opting for unemployment assistance to play soldier out in the desert. Another self-appointed militia bigwig, Blaine Cooper, took up a GoFundMe collection "for gas, and expenses to help in our fight with the bundies all money will be used for food and gas........." (his page has since been taken down but is cached here.) 

How's the welfare drive going? Shitty. Cooper, who's been something of a celeb in the cause (and is incensed that prison inmates get free food), made just under $1,500 in a month and a half. Ferrell, meanwhile, has netted $170 from five donors... well short of his $100,000 goal. Sheesh. Why don't these losers get jobs? 

Blue Idaho  

9. How long


Before they decide they must take possession of Bundy's cattle so they can sell them to continue the heroic work of protecting Cliven from the overreach of the BLM?

UTUSN  

10. Bar-B-Q!!!!!!!!!1 n/t


arcane1  

18. Now now... we start giving you hand-outs and soon you'll become dependent on them


Get a job, loser!



On an OP by Mira  

I need to borrow - or be given to - an old TOUPEE


I am serious. 
I'm getting ready to be part of the crew in www.48hourfilm.com 
we're making a movie for the City of Greensboro. 

The screen writer has informed me we need a toupee, the cheesier the better, and part of my job is to secure props and costumes. 

Help?! 
Anyone? 
Goodwill won't do for this one.

pm me if you can help

intaglio  

1. Ask Shakespeare, for in his baldness he asked


Toupee or not toupee, that is the question

OriginalGeek  

7. You better get one


or there will be hell toupee!

Mr.Bill  

10. I thought you were


running for the Senate when I saw your thread title.

Wait Wut  

11. ?


I thought he was going to be Trump's stunt double.

libodem  

13. Ask Rand Paul


He probably has several squirrels you could borrow. I think that's what he wears on his dome.



OP by DanTex  

Maybe we need a DU "white persons' group".


That way we can discuss the unique challenges facing white people in America. The pain and anger of being reminded of one's white privilege. The n-word double standard. The presumed inability to jump. 

Yes, I'm sure non-white people care about all these issues, but it would be nice for us white folk to be able to discuss in a dedicated forum, with people who share the same experiences. Somewhere we can talk about how we're totally so not at all racist, we're just saying... 

We could also consider merging the white persons' group with the men's group. That way we cover the two most repressed elements of the US population at once. Billionaires who feel threatened by discussions of income inequality, y'all are welcome too. As are straight people marginalized by the "gay agenda". And throw in the gungeon for good measure. 

Of course, we'll need a name for this new forum. Maybe something about "freedom". Or we could go with the "storm" metaphor...

deurbano  

29. Dixiecratic Underground?


NuclearDem  

2. A link to Freeperville will do.


undeterred  

18. So how can you tell which people are white on a messageboard?




caraher  

128. Cue Stephen Colbert


"I don't see race online, but people tell me I'm white and I believe them, because when I read the words "white privilege" I get uncomfortable and feel the need to explain why I'm a good person."



OP by rug  

I don't even care what happened to the ball.




pinboy3niner  

3. If it lasts more than 4 hours, call the Baseball Commissioner




On an OP by yortsed snacilbuper  

GOP mission: Name 3,000 things after Reagan!

Conservative activist Grover Norquist wants to name 3,000 things after Ronald Reagan. His next target is a small mountain in Democratic Sen. Harry Reid’s home state. 

The would-be Mount Reagan, at 3,366 feet, is not nearly the highest peak in Nevada. But it does overlook Las Vegas and, as such, would remind all who visit and live there of the former two-term California governor who went on to become president and lodestar of the Republican Party. 

Arugula Latte  

1. Remember to flush the toilet after you take a Reagan, okay you guys?


Major Nikon  

7. 3,366' is not a mountain, it's a hill


So calling it a mountain and naming it after Saint Ronnie does kinda seem appropriate.



On an OP by Capt. Obvious  

Okay, I've decided to wade in (at the risk of causing another war)


I'm now getting milk delivered from a dairy farm. I know, I know, it's really expensive. 

I was against the idea at first and argued vehemently against this new course in our life. I argued that it was too expensive, and that we don't drink milk that often, and that we end up dumping unused milk too often as it is. 

Well, I lost that debate.. and I'm quite thrilled. The milk is amazing. We tear through those delivered glass bottles faster than they can deliver them. 

Now we're even having fresh bacon, butter, and you name it delivered from the farm and it's amazing. My god, their bacon! I may even put it in my coffee. 

I hope this thread doesn't tear us apart.

Dr. Strange  

6. Great.


Another white milk privilege thread.

Capt. Obvious  

11. We get the chocolate milk too


Also delicious.

Dr. Strange  

14. Oh sure.


Some of your best milk is chocolate, no doubt. 

You're fooling no one, you milk Freeper!



On an OP by ChisolmTrailDem  

Why weren't bush and cheney at the...


National 9/11 Memorial Museum's emotional opening and dedication ceremony this morning? 

The Obamas were there. The Clintons were there. Ghouliani was there. 

Where was shrubco?? Why were they not there???

RoccoR5955  

42. Simple...


Bush was AWOL, and Cheney got another deferment. As usual!



On an OP by brooklynite  

Ben Carson Moves Toward Presidential Run


Source: Weekly Standard

Ben Carson is warming to the idea of running for president. Since the famous brain surgeon retired last year from Johns Hopkins Hospital, he’s been speaking around the country to enthusiastic audiences. And they’ve affected his thinking about seeking national office. 

“Over the years, there have been many attempts to get me to throw my hat in the political arena,” Carson writes in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future. “I have been offered support from around the country and tremendous financial resources if I decide to run for national office. But I have not felt the call to run.” 

Carson writes that he suspects many others interested in high office would be better candidates. But in his book he has a caveat: “If I felt called by God to officially enter the world of politics, I would certainly not hesitate to do so.” 

Interviewed this week, Carson said he’s “starting to feel it. Because every place I go, it’s unbelievable.” One lady “really touched me the other night … She just kept clinging to my hand and said, ‘You have to run. You have to run.’ And so many people tell me that, and so I think I’m starting to hear something.”

immoderate  

4. Dr. Carson -- your transportation awaits!




Tommy_Carcetti  

15. So if Ben Carson, Allen West, and Herman Cain all run in 2016.....


...will that split the African-American Republican vote that is entirely composed of Ben Carson, Allen West and Herman Cain?

KinMd  

44. Hillary won't sleep a wink tonight after this news




On an OP by warrior1  

Why no news reports of the big traffic jams of the 10 to 30 mil. teabaggers going to Washington..


I'm just saying

Warren Stupidity  

1. They are all driving over other people's property in their big wheel monster trucks


and avoiding socialist roads and bridges.



On an OP by bigtree  

American Spring: That's 10 million people, swear to God



Purrfessor  

79. No! That is 10 milling people! Not 10 million! eom


RoverSuswade  

33. Has anyone spotted Ted Nugent yet?


Fred Phelps? (oh, wait...)

Treant  

48. Fred Phelps?


I'm sure they could dig him up somewhere. 

Oh...too soon?



OP by Enrique  

American Spring spotted on the way to DC



BumRushDaShow  

8. Here's a few more trying to get there too






BumRushDaShow  

11. The White House fence might help although these are trying to scale it




BumRushDaShow  

10. Here's one that arrived and is waiting for the others on the Mall




wandy  

18. Having forgotten to order Porta-Potties..............


Teapublican patriots demand their ancestral rights to public restrooms. 



SummerSnow  

38. and the women come very fashionable...




malaise  

32. Looks like Donald Trump's


rug

DeSwiss  

46. Everyone's got this thing totally wrong!


This, is A-Merkin-Spring: 



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merkin

- Good night. I'll be here thru next Thursday and try the veal!!!



On an OP by johnp3907  

Favorite headline so far "Operation American Spring Misses Projected Attendance By About 9,999,850."


I also love the banner that reads: "America IS a Christian Nation." I didn't even know there WAS a nation called "America." 

struggle4progress  

6. It's another inexcusable Obama failure!




winter is coming  
11. I hope that guy in the center of the photo brought some paint to fix his sign,

cause he put "Obama" on there by mistake.

central scrutinizer  

9. It was that damn autofill feature gain


He typed in; "We expect 10 to 30 mullets to show up" and the autofill, not recognizing "mullets", switched it to "millions" and he hit "send" before proofreading.



OP by Playinghardball  

30,000,000 patriots arrive in Washington DC disguised as empty folding chairs!



PeaceNikki  

1. this just released...




Mr.Bill  

8. Was Clint Eastwood there


to talk to the chairs?

malaise  

6. Who paid for those chairs?




Mr.Bill  

16. Hopefully, the Koch brothers. n/t




On an OP by AngryAmish  

What would you do if your SO forbade you from going to a bachelorette party?


Or a bachelor party. 

Also, assume normal party with booze and strippers.

winter is coming  

19. Tell him we need the money?


Oh, wait, you meant as a guest

Iggo  

13. Forbade?


Excuse me a second....



OP by Eleanors38  

Breaking: GD Posts About American Spring Exceed Attendance.

Curious onlookers flock to site of American Spring after reading some thirty-two thousand accounts of the sparsely-attended event, quickly inflating the number of demonstrators. 

"They looked like old 'Sixties hippies," mused one demonstrator, "But we can use everyone we can get; besides, most of us look like that, too."

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024966362


Thanks Admin for fixing DU for us poor victims of CenturyLink… may they rot in hell!

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon May 19, 2014, 06:47 AM (22 replies)

*** DUzy Awards Apr 26 - May 2, 2014 ***

TGIF! And welcome to….

THE DUzy AWARDS!!!



Special thanks to:

CaliforniaPeggy, countryjake, CrispyQ, dixiegrrrrl, kentauros,


and everyone else 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!



OP by riqster  

A bit of happy Trolling for a sunny Saturday!




dixiegrrrrl  

1. I alerted on this.



riqster  

2. Sic semper trollus.


Or something like that.

cyberswede  

3. Careful, or this thread could turn into a train wreck.



Boom Sound 416  

6. I see this going off the rails

pinboy3niner  

7. Investigators likely to find non-human error to blame


The cotton candy-colored hair will be the smoking gun.

riqster  

9. And the use of plastics will no doubt cause concern.

rurallib  

5. each and every one sent packing by MIRT


Go MIRT!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018610100


OP by Omaha Steve  

Who is is Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs?


http://www.omaha.com/article/20140430/GO/140428639/1181#10-fictional-characters-you-didn-t-know-were-from-nebraska 

The Oz books by L. Frank Baum (and the film) are of course more closely associated with Kansas, but the Wizard himself is an Omaha native. Sure, the Wizard tells Dorothy he's a Kansas man in the movie, but what of the writing on that hot air balloon? In the books, he's an Omaha guy. Another fun fact: The Wizard's full name is Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs. A common Nebraska name. 



2naSalit  

1. So that means that


his initials are: 

OZ PINHEAD. 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024889759


On an OP by darkangel218  

What do you guys think of full mouth veneers?


Anyone here had it done? 
I have pretty healthy teeth but I would like them to be super white, which can't be achived with normal laser procedures. Should i go ahead with the veneers? 
My only concern is that once you have them done, you need to keep them ( or replacement caps ) forever.

Coventina  

5. I'm an art historian, and I'm tired. I thought your post said, "full mouth Vermeers"


Clearly, I need to go back to bed..... 


Arugula Latte  

8. Well, that's understandable, given that he painted "Girl With Pearly Whites"


http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018609700


On an OP by brooklynite  

What Running Out of Power in a Tesla on the Side of a Highway Taught Me


http://www.theatlanticcities.com/technology/2014/04/what-running-out-power-tesla-side-highway-taught-me-about-road-trip-tomorrow/8978/

It's 209 miles from the parking lot of a Chili's in Barstow, California, where we are, to the parking lot of a Carl's Jr. in Kingman, Arizona, where we need to go. I'm in a rented Tesla Model S, a sleek, battery-powered electric vehicle, with a travel companion. We're just about fully charged, and the car estimates it can travel 247 miles before we need more juice. That's a buffer of 38 miles, which should be more than enough to reach Kingman. We'll soon realize it isn't. 

The seemingly random parking lots I'm traveling between are sites of a new nationwide network of fast battery charging stations for drivers of Tesla's Model S. The company calls them "Superchargers" — direct-current battery charging stations of a proprietary design that can bring a nearly dead Model S battery to full charge in a little over an hour. That's much faster than the roughly 8 hours it would take by plugging into a wall outlet in your garage. Tesla's official reason for building this private network of battery charging infrastructure (currently up to 80 stations and counting) is to encourage Model S drivers to take road trips — a concept otherwise unthinkable in a car powered only by a battery. I'm testing it out on a weekend road trip from Los Angeles into Arizona and back. 

For drivers of electric vehicles, calculations of distance and range are of near-constant concern. How far you want to go must always be less far than your battery can take you. The Nissan Leaf, for example, can get up to 84 miles of range on a full charge — enough for most people's daily commutes and errands, but hardly a long-distance option. The estimated 265-mile range of a fully equipped Tesla Model S has allayed some concerns about having enough juice to get where you want to go. Coupled with the Supercharger network, it's made the idea of taking a battery-powered road trip feasible — even cross-country. Feasible, I quickly find, is not the same thing as simple. 

An hour outside of Barstow I notice on the digital dashboard display that the 38-mile buffer between range and distance has fallen hard to about 20. We panic. We've got more than a hundred miles to go, a lot of it uphill, and if the buffer keeps decaying at this rate, we'll never make it. I'd been driving as I normally would, not realizing that higher speeds and the rising elevation would drain the battery faster — that "estimated" range really is just an estimate. In any effort to save battery life, we turn off the stereo and dim the huge touch screen control panel. I figure out the cruise control and drop it down to 63. We coast and hope.

Unless Tesla is going to make the advance investment of charging stations that are a prolific as gas stations, I don't see how this will catch on.

KamaAina  

12. We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert


when the batteries began to discharge.


Orrex  

15. I keep a spare can of electrons in the trunk for just this sort of emergency


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024886307


OP by nadinbrzezinski  

That is a falcon sighting alright!!!!



It is also somewhat full of memories. Mom drove a green one when I was a kid. That think actually had seat belts, that is 1968. They were not mandatory, except in mom's car.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024898618


On an OP by WillyT  

It Got Embarrassing...


Sorry... 



ZombieHorde  

1. Don't worry, man. It happens to all guys at some point. nt


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024888457


OP by edbermac  

Sticker fail.




pinboy3niner  

2. The secret to a great dish is that you have to use Fi dough



Boom Sound 416  

12. Rover On the Floor Laughing

Baitball Blogger  

3. The featured recipes include...


Pooched eggs 

Mutt-in Stew 

Chow mein 

Chow Chow 

Yorkshire Terrier Pudding 

Maltese Shake 

Cranberry Pomeranian Sauce 

rocktivity  

4. And for dessert


Boston Terrier Cream Pie 

or 

Chocolate Lab Cake 


azurnoir  

14. don't forget -Hot digity dog


which is a real recipe I found years ago on an international cooking site - had tomatoes, pineapple, peppers, and beer and dog, if I remember correctly the site said it tasted like mutton, I'll take their word for it

rocktivity  

15. You want French poodle fries


with that? 


azurnoir  

17. yes with a side of cats-up



Dr. Strange  

20. It's a cookbook!




http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018610335


On an OP by RandySF  

Teen Arrested With Loaded Gun In Vagina


Cops say a Tennessee teen who got arrested for driving with a suspended license on Monday had a surprise in store for police. 

When a female corrections officer at Kingsport jail performed a search on 19-year-old Dallas Archer, she allegedly discovered an "unknown object" lodged in the young woman's crotch. She alerted another female officer, who accompanied her during a further examination, according to documents obtained by the Smoking Gun. 

The officers allegedly discovered a loaded, five-shot, four-inch .22 caliber mini-revolver concealed in Archer's vagina. It turns out that the gun was stolen last year when John Souther's car was "ransacked" in an auto burglary, cops said. 

Souther, a 70-year-old retired car salesman, told TSG that he'd make sure to give his stolen "little fellow... a bath in bleach.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/23/dallas-archer-gun-in-vagina_n_5198486.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

PoliticAverse  

9. Vagina is for gun lovers. n/t

Kaleva  

10. There may be an untapped market for a gun designed to fit comfortably in a vagina

jberryhill  

13. I would not tap that

rurallib  

11. Well Georgia governor signed a bill that said you could carry guns anywhere


not sure that is what he meant.

Lizzie Poppet  

46. When I first saw this, and took in the pic of the pistol...


...my first reaction was, "girl, you might consider a hammerless version." 



My next thought was "what the fuck is up with that hairstyle? 



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024872287


On an OP by Skidmore  

Wow! Palin is called "blasphemous" by a Christian group over her torture remarks at NRA.


Stunning. 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/29/1295557/-Christian-Organization-Starts-Petition-Against-Sarah-Palin 

Large Christian Organization Starts Petition Against Sarah Palin 
byLeslie Salzillo 

Faithful America, is the largest and fastest growing online community of Christians, putting faith into action for social justice. They say they are tired of watching the messages of Jesus be continuously hijacked to serve right-wing political agendas. 

This week Faithful America is speaking out, and taking action against Sarah Palin, after her incredibly hateful and bizarre statement during the 2014 National Rifle Association NRAAM convention. Speaking to a cheering NRA crowd, Sarah Palin said, 

"…Water boarding is how we baptize terrorists." 

Faithful America started a petition saying: 

"This is what we've come to in America: A former candidate for vice-president can equate torture and Holy Baptism, and one of the nation's most powerful political lobbies erupts into cheers and applause. 

TheCowsCameHome  

2. Poor Sarah.


Even her imaginary friends hate her.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024886968


On an OP by ashling  

Trump: Donald Sterling Was 'Set Up'


http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-trump-clippers-owner-donald-sterling-set-up-racist-comments 

Real estate mogul Donald Trump condemned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's alleged racist comments on Monday, but suggested Sterling had been "set up" by the "girlfriend from hell." 

TMZ released audio that purported to be a conversation between Sterling and his girlfriend V. Stiviano on Friday, in which Sterling told Stiviano that he didn't want her taking photos with black people or bringing blacks -- like NBA legend Magic Johnson -- to basketball games with her. The fallout was swift and widespread: everyone from President Barack Obama to Michael Jordan condemned the remarks and the NAACP revoked Sterling's lifetime achievement award. 

"It's terrible. He got set up by a very, very bad girlfriend, let's face it," Trump said on "Fox & Friends." 



Tuesday Afternoon  

5. The only thing set up is Donald's hair.

pinboy3niner  

6. The Donald warns that you will have toupee for that!




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024882031


OP by malaise  

Imagine if all this time dedicated to basketball was allocated to Piketty's new book


We would change the economic debate.

Motown_Johnny  

1. Maybe Piketty should tell some attractive young woman...


...to not hang around with rich people. To not post pictures of herself with them and to not bring any of them to the bookstore with her. 

For the sarcasm impaired >>>>--------> 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024887805


On an OP by 47of74  

Businesses lose thousands due to Cloven Hoof Bundy and his gang of thugs.


http://www.8newsnow.com/story/25383607/businesses-lose-thousands-in-bundy-ordeal

MESQUITE, Nev. -- Hotels in Mesquite say they have already lost more than a $100,000 in business because of armed militia groups patrolling Bunkerville. 

8 News NOW has learned Mesquite Police are investigating death threats to hotel staffers following a bomb threat earlier this month. The threats were reportedly called in by supporters of Cliven Bundy, the Bunkerville rancher battling over his cattle with the Bureau of Land Management. 

Democratic Representative Steven Horsford says people are living in fear, under the constant presence of armed militia groups. 

8 News NOW investigated those claims and found that while people from some of the top hotel chains didn't want to go on camera, the dispute is costing them, and the community, plenty.



Ilsa  

6. Send in the drones!


There ought to be drones!

appal_jack  

10. Don't bother, they're here. (nt)


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024887801


On an OP by spanone  

dear rep. michael grimm...you, sir, are an asshole.


this is the sweetheart that threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony. 

Blue Owl  

5. The Grimm Freeper


n/t

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024880605


On an OP hrmjustin  

Staten Island's Grimm resigns post on House committee


Staten Island Advance 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Rep. Michael Grimm, who surrendered Monday on federal charges, has resigned his post on the House Financial Services Committee. 

In a press release issued late Monday night, the congressman described the resignation as temporary. 

http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/04/post_792.html#incart_m-rpt-1

TheCowsCameHome  

1. They threw him under the balcony.


Asshat. 


http://www.democraticunderground.com/106810203


On an OP by Judi Lynn  

Star cluster hurtling towards earth


Andrew Griffin 
Thursday 01 May 2014 

A galaxy has thrown out a star cluster towards earth at more than two million miles per hour. But it is, thankfully, likely to miss our planet and “drift through the void between the galaxies for all time,” says the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. 

Astronomers aren’t sure why the star cluster — named HVGC-1 — got thrown out at such high speed. One possibility is that the galaxy had two supermassive black holes at its core, experts said, which the stars came too close to. The black holes then threw out the star cluster like a slingshot. 

Those black holes were formed by a long-ago collisions of two galaxies. That merged into one single galaxy — a fate that awaits Milky Way when it collides with Andromeda. 

The cluster was found by astronomers studying the galaxy, who initially thought that its speed was the result of a glitch.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/star-cluster-hurtling-towards-earth-9311602.html 

SummerSnow  

1. Obamas fault


http://www.democraticunderground.com/122829009


On an OP by malaise  

So Paul Ryan met with the Congressional Black Caucus


My question is why?

FSogol  

2. Maybe his girlfriend has some recordings?



Scuba  

11. The reaction was predictable ...




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024890924


On an OP by hootinholler  

So Jebbie is floating the trial balloon


Saw chimpy on the tee vee this morning saying that lil bro will make an outstanding prez. Told him to call him if he needs advice. 

Perhaps Jeb really is the smarter one in that he hasn't called chimpy for advice as yet. 

I also have to wonder what that advice would consist of.

Xipe Totec  

1. Buffoon. Trial Buffoon. nt

cyberswede  

3. Advice from GWB:





Initech  

8. How about this for a constitutional amendment:


Article 1: "Any person or persons with the surnames Bush or Walker shall be prohibited from holding or running for the office of President of the United States of America. 



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024900121


OP by Lady Freedom Returns  

So where should the Republican National Convention be?




Laf.La.Dem.  

1. Benghazi



greendog  

6. ...or the Bundy Ranch

HooptieWagon  

28. Why not? Half the attendees are already there.

SummerSnow  

9. A sinkhole is appropriate



itsrobert  

42. In their butts


Their heads are already there.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024902029


Thanks all for the kind words, and you are all very welcome! Until next week...

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri May 2, 2014, 08:33 PM (22 replies)

*** DUzy Awards: Thank God Easter's Over Edition ***

TGIF! And welcome to….

THE DUzy AWARDS!!!



Special thanks to:

CrispyQ, countryjake, siligut, UrbScotty,

and everyone else 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 MohRokTah  

NBC Hired A Psychological Consultant To Fix 'Meet The Press'


Tom Kludt – April 21, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT 

Desperate to reverse the fortunes of one of its flagship programs, NBC commissioned a psychological consultant to interview the friends and family of "Meet the Press" host David Gregory. 

According to the Washington Post, the work was done last year to help turn around the Sunday morning talk show that once dominated the genre but has fallen to third place behind its rivals on CBS and ABC. 

A spokeswoman for NBC told WaPo the consultant, who even interviewed Gregory's wife, was brought in "to get perspective and insight from people who know him best.” 

The psychological assessment "struck some at NBC as odd, given that Gregory has been employed there for nearly 20 years," according to WaPo. 

<snip>


I can sum the problem up in two words. Smug asshole. 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/nbc-meet-the-press-david-gregory-psychological-consultant

AngryAmish  

1. THey should get one for everyone who watches that crap

eppur_se_muova  

3. Consultants are expensive -- could've asked DU for free. nt

Half-Century Man  

26. Have a revolving panel of selectees from DU as host.


It will be lively and probably a bit more profane...er profound.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024851182


On an OP by Fridays Child  

What are these little doodads?


I found these four little metal objects, at the end of my driveway, today. Any ideas? The photo makes them look darker than they really are. They look like stainless steel. 



tomm2thumbs  

11. they're called 'nickels' and they ain't worth half a dime if you ask me!


sowweee, had to play 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018608107


OP by Scuba  

An eggceptionally sad scene




Puns flew left and right, DUzy to everyone who replied to this one!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018608169


On an OP by Jesus Malverde  

Woman finds body while hunting for Easter eggs


A Tennessee woman says she made a grisly discovery while hunting for Easter eggs in her back yard with her 3-year-old son: a dead body. 

Tara Hanouskova said she had noticed a foul smell but didn't find the source until Wednesday, when she noticed tennis shoes in the crawl space under her deck while hunting for eggs with her son. 

Her son didn't notice the man's body, and police investigated discreetly, she said. 

Many more puns, but in light of the grisly discovery… enter at your own risk:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024842711


On an OP by hrmjustin  

Report: Missing Drug Evidence Never Recovered From New York State Police Barracks


HAWTHORNE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Unanswered questions linger in the scandal of missing evidence involving illicit and prescription drugs at a New York State Police barracks in Hawthorne. 

As WCBS 880′s Sean Adams reported, what happened here at the State Police Troop K barracks in Hawthorne is still a bit of a mystery. 

In 2011, some evidence went missing, including lost or stolen cocaine, prescription painkillers and marijuana, according to the Albany Times Union. 

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/04/22/report-missing-drug-evidence-never-recovered-from-new-york-state-police-barracks/

MADem  

1. In unrelated news, Annual State Police Party Remembered As "Best One EV-AHHH!!!"




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10689777


On an OP by eridani  

Whoopi Goldberg Debuts as Marijuana Columnist


http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/23222-whoopi-goldberg-debuts-as-marijuana-columnist 

Oscar-winning actress, comedienne and talk-show host Whoopi Goldberg sang the praises of marijuana inhaled through a pocket vaporizer on Thursday as she made her debut as an online pot columnist. 

"The vape pen has changed my life. No, I'm not exaggerating. In fact, her name is Sippy." wrote Goldberg, 58, about her pocket vaporizer on "The Cannabist," a pot-friendly website run by the Denver Post newspaper in Colorado. 

The Rocky Mountain state was the second in the United States, after Washington in the Pacific Northwest, to legalize marijuana for recreational use. 

But Goldberg opted to focus on how pot, inhaled through Sippy, has helped her cope with massive headaches induced by glaucoma, an eye disorder suffered by more than three million Americans that can potentially lead to blindness. 

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said. 

"The high is different, too. It feels like a gentle, warm breeze at the beach. It's like someone undoing a vise grip, very slowly. It's not overpowering — and I'm certainly not looking for that high high. I'm looking for relief."

cojoel  

2. Why is Colorado "second in the US after Washington <> to legalize marijuana for recreational use"


The elections were on the same day.

Warren DeMontague  

4. Because Seattle won the super bowl.


Sorry, too soon?

eridani  

6. Win or lose it was a Super "Bowl" for both states n/t


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024849098


On an OP by DonViejo  

'Duck Dynasty' Show Canceled In Missouri Due To Low Ticket Sales


TOM KLUDT – APRIL 18, 2014, 12:24 PM EDT 

The "Duck Dynasty" clan isn't the draw it used to be. Not even in the Bible Belt. Promoters announced last month that members of the Robertson family would appear at a show titled "Faith, Family & Ducks" at an 11,000-seat arena in Springfield, Mo. 

For $37, $50 or $58, fans could enjoy live music and hear the bayou millionaires talk about "living the American dream" while staying true to their "family values and modest lifestyle." But according to local media reports, the April 27 event has been canceled due to low ticket sales. 

The golden era for the A&E reality series appears to be over. Ratings for last month's season five finale were down almost 30 percent from the previous year. The season opened to disappointing ratings a month after the family's patriarch, Phil Robertson, made racist and homophobic remarks in an interview with GQ. 

A&E briefly suspended Robertson before capitulating to conservatives like Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal. 

### 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/duck-dynasty-show-canceled-in-missouri-due-to-low-ticket-sales

pinboy3niner  

2. Duck Dynasty mania is listed as a psychiatric mallardy in DSM-5

GreatCaesarsGhost  

17. Quackery!

Treant  

22. Fortunately, that humor


passed me by. I ducked.

Blue Owl  

38. Most insurance policies won't cover that bill...


n/t

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024841282


On an OP by babylonsister  

Boy Buys Smoke Detectors Instead of Beloved PS4




http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/family-life/great-kids/texas-boy-buys-smoke-detectors-instead-of-coveted-ps4.html 

Boy Buys Smoke Detectors Instead of Beloved PS4 
Video at link~ 
By Good News Network Wednesday, April 23, 2014 

An 8-year-old Texas boy had been saving for months to buy the expensive PlayStation 4, but after seeing the TV news report of a devastating fire, he changed his mind. 

A mother and her 6-year-old child were killed by a fire near his home, and the story had a real impact on Hector Montoya. So he took the $300 he had saved and spent the money on smoke detectors. 

"Saving a life is more important," Montoya said. 

The Grand Prairie Fire Department showed Hector and his friends how to actually install the small devices in people's ceilings and the group went door to door installing more than 100.

NightWatcher  

9. redneck smoke alarms would have been cheaper




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024867520


OP by MynameisBlarney  

Shamelessy ripped from someones FB post.




Heheheheee 

I'm one o' them dang 'ol High Fallutent's!

MohRokTah  

1. The apostrophes made me do it.



treestar  

3. High Fullutent?



JHB  

8. Also known as "fancy farting"


From a melding of high fallutin'" and "flatulent". From Shakespeare, or maybe some other Shakey fellow.


lunasun  

13. Emos?


That hurts dude 
Now I need 24 Hour Revenge Therapy

AtheistCrusader  

43. I got 12! HIGH SCORE

knightmaar  

59. Wait a minute


You're not counting "High Fallutent" and "Sophisticated Swine" as two separate things, are you?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024867226


On an OP by quinnox  

My grammar nazi revealed, so what are common spelling and grammar errors that annoy you?


God, I hate the common internet error "noone", it has driven me crazy ever since it appeared (which has been years ago, now). Did you know you can even find it in recently published books and other professional things like computer game manuals, that should know better? The really annoying thing is sometimes you can't tell if they mean "none" or "no one". That one is at the very top of my list. What are some of the all too common spelling and grammar errors that drive you up the wall?

madamesilverspurs  

1. Well,


their are just to many for you're list!

Journeyman  

18. None. I make a living (in part) correcting people's mistakes . . .


I'm paid well to help others seem intelligent. Why would I bemoan the degeneration of grammar or the loss of the art of effective writing?

frogmarch  

25. The worst for me



Jenoch  

133. My job includes a lot of writing, typing, and editing.


When I go back and see typos on my posts here it sometimes bother me but I usually don't go back and fix them. It mostly happens when posting from an iPod rather than whwn typing on a computer keyboard.

DirkGently  

149. I kvnow wvhat ywouv meamn.



3catwoman3  

174. Just for fun.


Ode To Spell Check 


I have a spelling chequer. 
It came with my PC. 

It planely marx four my revue, 
Miss takes eye can know sea. 

I've run this peom threw it, 
And I'm shore your glad two no. 

Its wonder full in every whey. 
My chequer tolled mi sew.

On a related note, I've been wondering for some time: Is it "The DUzies" or "The DUzy's"?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024847965


OP by redqueen  

Just some stuff (pic heavy - HOF THREAD)


Not your average DUzy thread, but includes some fun gifs and a hilarious raccoon series

http://www.democraticunderground.com/125542217


On an OP by LiberalArkie  

This Incredible Animation Was Made By Code That Could Fit on a Floppy


http://gizmodo.com/this-incredible-animation-was-made-by-code-that-could-f-1565294456 

This is no 20 GB video file, painstakingly pulled from a render farm. All of it was generated in real time by one tiny algorithm. And it's amazing. 

Every Easter, the town of Saarbrücken, Germany, plays host to Revision, a demoparty where hundreds of programmers and artists get together for four days of showing off. This year, the demoscene group Mercury unveiled an incredible 64k intro called The Timeless. Since the file size is limited to 64 kilobytes, the graphics and music are all generated algorithmically in real time—this is called procedural generation. 

liberal N proud  

2. And half of the readers are going "what's a floppy?"

Lochloosa  

3. My wife can answer that question




http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017187923


On an OP by LittleBlue  

Artist gives birth to vaginal painting


Oh, performance art. You never cease to amaze us. 

The latest instance of eye-opening art spectacle comes to us courtesy of Swiss artist Milo Moire. During this year's Art Cologne fair in Germany, she "gave birth" to an artwork by seemingly squeezing paint eggs out of her vagina onto an empty canvas. She did so in a very public space outside the fair, providing unsuspecting passersby with a visual overload of a nude woman laboring -- quite literally -- for the sake of art. 

"The 'PlopEgg Painting'...releases a loose chain of thoughts -- about the creation fear, the symbolic strength of the casual and the creative power of the femininity," the video's description reads. "At the end of this almost meditative art birth performance the stained canvas is folded up, smoothed and unfolded to a symmetrically reflected picture, astonishingly coloured and full of ." 

Moire is no stranger to boundary-pushing performance. For her "Script System" piece, the artist rode public transit in her birthday suit, surprising more than a few commuters with her unabashed nudity. She follows in the footsteps of a long line of provocative artists -- Marina Abramovic, Yoko Ono, Franco B -- who have used forms of nudity as a means of artistic disruption.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/19/milo-moire_n_5174257.html 

cthulu2016  

1. Wow, roughly as impressive as men squirting paint out of their thangs...


the true artist, however, paints with their nose, on the canvas of the handkerchief... 

Oh, and of course "wiping their ass on the flag."

eridani  

138. That would be seminal art, though n/t

Throd  

14. Damn, why did I even waste my time going to art school?

kiawah  

94. um..... that's actually a very good question....



pipi_k  

17. Meh...anybody can do that...


You know what's really impressive? 


Eating a box of Crayolas and shitting out the Mona Lisa. 

rrneck  

50. Some guy back in the nineties, can't remember his name


gave himself paint enemas and, um, expelled the medium onto canvas. My first thought was, "Any asshole can do that".

Blue Owl  

56. She ain't gettin' squat for these paintings


n/t

1000words  

57. From a business perspective, she laid an egg.



99Forever  

78. Well...


... that is something alright.

It's ART! This one is definitely not for everyone.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024844890


On an OP by arely staircase  

If human beings develop the ability to live forever, is that good for the species as a whole?

I am watching Morgan Spurlock's show on CNN and he is discussing cutting edge biotechnology that some say someday might make living forever possible. A couple of concerns pop in to my head. If everyone one can live forever, where is the room for the new people going to come from? Or, more likely, it won't be everyone but an elite group of very wealthy people who will become the immortals who have yet another advantage over the rest of us. Think of the trouble the Koch brothers could cause if they lived forever. Yes I know that when they die other Koch-like people will come along. They have always been with us and always will. But an immortal Koch brother would be a super predator version - one that didn't have to learn everything anew. They would be able to accumulate hundreds, or rather infinite, years of personal experience that others didn't, which is quite different that the collective cumulative knowledge we all benefit from. I am just sort of thinking out loud (or as I write) but wouldn't these be problems?

JaneyVee  

5. Koch bros would raise retirement age to 175.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024850132


On an OP by lutefisk  

Wisconsin resident on Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World list




I shit you not. 
And is that a bullet hole sticker on the gas tank? What's up with that? 

http://time.com/70852/scott-walker-2014-time-100/

Blue Owl  

2. Cheesy Rider


Setting off on a cross-country road trip to smuggle Koch...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/108411485


OP by RoccoRyg  

I'm not paying my rent


I just told my landlord that I don't recognize his ownership of my apartment and I will no longer pay my rent. When are the armed, right-wing militias going to come and back me up? 

Happy Easter, everyone.

pinboy3niner  

8. I think you're all flat, no cattle



Mr.Bill  

18. I would come help you, but


I don't own a cowboy hat, sorry. 

Will there be free t-shirts?

KansDem  

49. Be sure to wave a flag with your landlord's picture on it...


...while you're not recognizing him! 



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024847858


OP by Mr.Bill  

Spokesman for Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks out:




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024854014


OP by Silent3  

WOO HOO! FREEDOM AIN'T JUST FOR COWS AND RANCHERS NO MORE! BUNDYFEST!!!


Come celebrate TOTAL FREEDOM at BUNDYFEST, just across the street from the Cliven Bundy Ranch, in Bunkerville, Nevada! 240 bands, 24 hours a day, for a SOLID ROCKIN' MONTH!!!! 

*NO PERMITS REQUIRED 
*CAMP ABSOLUTELY ANYWHERE 
*FULL NUDITY NOT A PROBLEM 
*GAY-FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE 
*PENIS ERECTION CONTEST: Erect the largest penis in the open desert, win valuable prize! (tbd) 

BACKGROUND: For years, we paid permitting fees to hold Burning Man on the beautiful Playa in Northern Nevada. But now, Cliven Bundy has shown us a NEW WAY! ABSOLUTE FREEDOM! Bundy has declared the entire area surrounding Bundy Ranch as a TOTALLY RULES-FREE ZONE! ANYTHING GOES! WOO-HOO!!! 

Why should Burning Man end on September 1st? Swing down to Vegas for a few days for some R&R, a few good buffets, and then HEAD ON UP TO BUNDYFEST! All 50,000+ Burning Man participants are invited to attend -- and as many more as can make the trip from anywhere in the world! 100,000? 250,000? THE SKY IS THE LIMIT AT BUNDYFEST! The desert surrounding Bundy's ranch is LIMITLESS!



JaneyVee  

3. Hell YES I want to erect a large penis in the open desert!


And win a valuable prize!

WHEN CRABS ROAR  

5. There's already a big prick at that location.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024857570


On an OP by ProSense  

GOP rats jumping ship from the good ship SS Cliven Bundy


by MTmofo 

The rush for the microphones to backpedal from Bundy should prove interesting as the week closes. Vannity, of course, will be last one to disembark. 

As we learned from Sam Loomis' diary earlier, the Bundenberger has a few more thoughts to share on "the Negroes". 

The rush for the exits has started. 

Later in the article in Sam's diary: 

A spokesman for Mr. Paul, informed of Mr. Bundy’s remarks, said the senator was not available for immediate comment. Chandler Smith, a spokesman for Mr. Heller, said that the senator “completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way.” A spokeswoman for Mr. Abbott, Laura Bean, said that the letter he wrote “was regarding a dispute in Texas and is in no way related to the dispute in Nevada.”

FromRaw Story: 

The remarks brought about a quick rebuke from Chandler Smith, a spokesperson for Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV). Heller had previously called Bundy and his supporters “patriots” for their actions and challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) description of them as “domestic terrorists.” 

Smith told the Times that Heller “completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way.” 

Bundy’s speech also seemingly derailed Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s (R) apparent attempt to link his gubernatorial campaign to the Bunkerville camp; Abbott had allegedly written a letter to the BLM accusing it of “threatening” to seize land along the Red River in northern Texas. But after being contacted regarding the rancher’s “Negro” remarks, a spokesperson for Abbott was quoted as saying that Abbott’s letter “was regarding a dispute in Texas and is in no way related to the dispute in Nevada.”

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/24/1294242/-GOP-rats-jumping-ship-from-the-good-ship-SS-Cliven-Bundy

catbyte  

7. A spokeswoman for Mr. Abbott, Laura Bean, said that the letter


he wrote “was regarding a dispute in Texas and is in no way related to the dispute in Nevada.” 

So is she trying to say that Bundy only hates Texas minorities & not those in Nevada? 


Orrex  

10. Yeah, he only wanted to tell us about the Texas Negro.


He has no comment about the Nevada Negro.

Warren DeMontague  

53. "Now wait just a cotton-pickin' minute!"


"I mean, uh......"

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024864423


On an OP by MohRokTah  

Hannity THROWS Bundy under the bus


Hannity Disgusted With Bundy: Race Comments 'Beyond Repugnant' 

Dylan Scott – April 24, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT 

Conservative media titan Sean Hannity, formerly one of Nevada rancher Clive Bundy's strongest advocates, expressed his vehement disgust Thursday with the latter's remarks on slavery 

Bundy's comments "are beyond repugnant to me. They are beyond despicable to me. They are beyond ignorant to me," Hannity said during his radio show. 

He then turned his anger toward Democrats who would use Bundy's comments to attack conservatives. 

"They want to say that conservatives are racist. Conservatives hate women," Hannity said. "Conservatives want old people to die, granny over the cliff. They want the young people to fend for themselves. They want to poison the air and poison the water."


http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/hannity-bundy-slavery-repugnant?utm_content=buffer2aca0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Bundy has now opened up the way for the BLM to go back and finish the job. No way will Hannity or any other Fox News personality air anything about it.

Aristus  

1. Bundy won't mind.


As long as it was under the front of the bus. You know, for white people...

Rex  

10. Funny how...




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024866693


On an OP by malaise  

Stowaway, 16, survives flying more than 5 hours in freezing temperatures in WHEEL WELL of plane


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2609270/BREAKING-NEWS-16-year-old-boy-survives-UNHARMED-flying-California-Hawaii-wheel-well.html 

<snip> 
A 16-year-old stowaway has miraculously survived flying halfway across the Pacific in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii - despite temperatures of -81F (-62C) at 38,000 feet. 

The teen was discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport on Sunday carrying no ID or belongings - apart from a comb - and told the FBI he had run away from home after an argument with his parents. 

'Kid's lucky to be alive,' FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said on Sunday night. 

Among those skeptical about his journey, medical experts said his body would have had to fall into a hibernation-like state - with his heart beating only a couple of times a minute - for him to survive. 

---------------------- 
This kid one one lucky young man. Hope he has a good life. 

Orrex  

4. Just plane crazy

Major Nikon  

25. Beats running away with the circus

pinboy3niner  

26. For runaways, it used to be the go-to place to flea

Orrex  

12. He initially hid in the engine compartment but was exhausted.

11 Bravo  

18. He also ruled out hiding beneath the ailerons ... he was unflappable.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024852429


On an OP by Omaha Steve  

1888 shipwreck found in San Francisco Bay


Source: AP-Mercury News

By JASON DEAREN 

The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists. 

The iron and wood steamship City of Chester went down on Aug. 22, 1888, after it was struck in dense fog by a larger ship. 

The collision came soon after family members bid their loved ones safe passage and the Chester departed with 106 passengers for Eureka, Calif., and Portland, Ore. 

Moments later, it was split in two by the Oceanic, a ship more than twice its size, killing 13 passengers, including two children, and three crew members. 

FULL story at link. 

http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_25621917/scientists-locate-1888-shipwreck-san-francisco-bay 

jberryhill  

1. And I thought the Malaysian airliner search was taking a while

JoePhilly  

7. CNN just did a breaking news alert on it.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014786942


OP by Capt. Obvious  

****BREAKING NEWS****


OBAMA BOWS TO JAPANESE ROBOT http://t.co/YYVln0f4hy
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) April 24, 2014]



http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/drudge-report-obama-bows-japanese-robot

I can see the attack ads being planned for 2014 

DEMS PLAN TO MAKE US SUBSERVIENT TO ROBOT SUPER RACE 

DEMS PLAN TO REPLACE CONSTITUTION WITH CIRCUIT BOARD 

IRS PLANNING TO BE RUN BY ROBOTS 

THE ONLY WAY TO STOP A BAD GUY WITH A ROBOT IS A GOOD GUY WITH A ROBOT 


This may cost us the Senate. 

DetlefK  

5. I, for one, welcome our tea-serving overlords.

pintobean  

12. One former DUer will be thrilled.



NuclearDem  

23. Domo arigato, Mr Robamo.



Arugula Latte  

29. THANKS, ROBAMA!


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024864809


'Til next week!

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Apr 25, 2014, 05:55 AM (20 replies)

I got to attend the "Saving The Earth by Keeping Big Asteroids Away" presentation today..

Thanks to n2doc, without whose thread I wouldn't have known about it:

the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a 'city-killer' sized asteroid is blind luck.

It was very interesting, informative and inspirational.

Here's their website: https://b612foundation.org/

They named themselves after the Little Prince's asteroid, B-612



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Prince

There was a question/answer period afterwards, so if anyone has questions on the project and I can remember the answer Lu gave, I'll do my best to answer them in this thread (to the best of my ability, anyway -- I'm just a layman). There are also some FAQ's at their website as well as a video.

Essentially, based on the number of asteroids we've already detected from Earth, they believe there are over a million in our solar system that could impact the earth, which are large enough that we would want to deflect them. Their solution is to put an infrared telescope into space in orbit near the planet Venus, looking away from the sun, which can detect the asteroids in a much larger field than we can do from earth. They expect to be able to identify around 200,000 per year this way, as opposed to our current 1,000 per year. The heat from the asteroids will allow us to detect them, and the orbit of each object will be plotted - of course these orbits can change if they collide with another object or pass near enough to a larger object etc. but there's no perfect system - they estimate that on average most orbits are unchanged for around 100 years, and if one does change it will just show up as a new object since it will be in a different place than expected and the telescope will still be out there identifying and categorizing them.

It was very cool to see that this was really happening (if they had left it to Congress, it probably would not have even gotten off the ground but instead they got private funding.) If/when they do detect an asteroid that they determine will hit Earth, they can actually predict to within a few kilometers where it will hit - it's presumed that at this point, governments will be more likely to fund an intercept mission, which will basically just need to crash something into the asteroid far enough in advance of the expected impact - say, ten years - to deflect its course enough to miss Earth.

The expected launch of the telescope will be 2018.

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Apr 22, 2014, 11:16 PM (7 replies)

DUzy Awards (better late than never)...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024841629

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Apr 18, 2014, 07:34 PM (0 replies)

*** DUzy Awards - Squirrel goes Flying at the Speed of Sound Edition (low formatting, IOW) ***

TGIF! And welcome to….

THE DUzy AWARDS!!!



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!




Cali_Democrat  

The $100 Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Meet the "zillion dollar grilled cheese" available only this month at Deca Restaurant and Bar at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Chicago. Its price tag? $100. 

The sandwich features thin slices of black Iberico ham sourced from acorn-fed free-range pigs living primary in southern Spain, Ellis Family Farms heirloom tomatoes, 100-year-old aged balsamic vinaigrette and Oregon Perigord white truffle aioli, according to a press release. Even the bread -- artisan country sourdough cooked in Laudemio Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi extra virgin olive oil -- is fancier than most. 

And the kicker, of course, is the cheese: 40-year aged Wisconsin cheddar infused with 24k gold flakes. Yes, 24k gold flakes. 

Finally, this grilled cheese is topped with Hudson Valley foie gras and a sunny-side-up duck egg, plus lobster macaroni and cheese on the side. Because of course. 

pinboy3niner  

10. Hold the gold flakes. I'm AUllergic. nt


riqster  

79. Periodically, I ask people to table these element jokes.


That pun was Auful!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024805798



SomethingFishy  

You ever get a call from the "Windows Technical Dept"?


Holy shit this was pretty funny. Some idiot calls me, says he's from the Windows Technical Dept and there is a problem with my computer and he's calling out of the goodness of his heart to help me out. 

So he goes into his spiel, "you computer is infected with many hacker viruses.. blah blah blah.." then he tells me I need to go to my computer and open my start menu. So of course being the obliging person I am I go to my computer and the fun begins: 

"Sir I need you to right click on your start menu and tell me what options you see" 

"Um, where is the start menu?" 

"In the lower left hand corner sir" 

"Nope I don't see it". 

"Sir it's the big button on the bottom left that says "start" 

"Nope no start menu". 

"Sir you must have a start menu did you rearrange your desktop?" 

"Nope, and no start menu" 

"Sir what do you see on your screen?" 

"Well I see a giant Linux Logo" 

That was when he called me an asshole and hung up. You gotta love when a scammer gets mad because you didn't fall for the scam. 

So just FYI if the Windows Technical Dept calls you, it's bullshit

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024804883



Omaha Steve  

Hillary Clinton’s Shoe-Throwing Assailant Identified as Alison Michelle Ernst


Source: American Live Wire

Posted by: Jordanna 

Authorities: Suspect wore sandals, indicating she brought extra footwear to toss. 

Alison Michelle Ernst, charged with throwing a sneaker at Hillary Clinton during a convention speech Thursday, has been escorted by security guards before. She made a scene in Colorado in 2012 at a hearing for James Holmes, the mass shooter who attacked a movie theater showing a ‘Batman’ movie. 

Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, of Phoenix, was identified Friday as the footwear-flinging assailant who targeted the former First Lady one day earlier. 

Colorado officials also confirmed she was the woman escorted from a court hearing in August 2012 for the suspect accused of killing 12 people and wounding another 70 in an Aurora movie theater. 

FULL story at link. 

Blue Owl  

1. May God have mercy on her sole


n/t

Gore1FL  

10. Hey! Put a sock in it!




olddad56  

6. she has been escorted by secruity before, you mean they gave her the boot?


but she only threw a sneaker.

Laffy Kat  

17. It was a sneak-attack. nt


Exposethefrauds  

24. Next time attach a ten to the shoe before you throw it and it will be protected speech!


Never forget kids money = speech in America! 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014778412



XRubicon  

Your first computer specs (you owned not used)


386 processor 16 megahertz with 4 megabytes of ram and 40 megabyte hard drive.

XRubicon  

1. oops wrong forum...


Sorry meant this for lounge... 

Let it ride or lock..

Separation  

11. Hold on a sec....


Woooooooooo 
Woooooooooo 

Ok, now it's fit for GD. Please continue.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024810227



Judi Lynn  

'Jesus's Wife' papyrus fragment not a forgery, scientists say


Source: Reuters

'Jesus's Wife' papyrus fragment not a forgery, scientists say 
By Jonathan Allen 
Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:52am IST 


REUTERS - Scientists who examined a controversial fragment of papyrus written in Egyptian Coptic in which Jesus speaks of his wife concluded in papers published on Thursday that the papyrus and ink are probably ancient and not a modern forgery. 

The existence of the fragment, known as the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife," was made public at an academic conference in 2012. It is seen by some as a glimpse of how ancient Christians thought while decried by others, including the Vatican, as an absurd fake. 

Scientific studies performed over the last two years at various universities suggest both the ink and the papyrus are probably no newer than the 9th century and that the language and writing style are authentic for the period. 

"All of that points towards the papyrus being ancient and the papyrus having been written on in antiquity," Karen King, the Harvard Divinity School historian who first presented the fragment in 2012, told reporters on a conference call. 

Pangolino  

1. This is a fascinating story.


"Jesus said to them 'Take my wife…" reads one snippet cut off by a torn edge, while other lines give the impression that Jesus receives little respect, and other feature a dialogue between Jesus and a disciple about the Susquehanna Hat Company.

itsrobert  

4. "Take my wife...Please"


?

The Magistrate  

5. Thank You For The Laugh, Sir


I knew the routine was old, but Jesus.... 

Welcome to the forum, by the way.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014777439



Playinghardball  

Think of the brain power represented in this one image....


Imagine being a fly on the wall! 



YoungDemCA  

4. On the other hand, think of the brain power represented in THIS image...





Playinghardball  

When I die,




chrisstopher  

5. When I'm brain dead


I'll finally be as smart as the average republican.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024816760



Archae  

The true Teabagger flag...






http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024823140



SunsetDreams  

HOLY %^%$ Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws (Oklahoma)


Governor Mary Failin 

Blue Owl  

18. Kochlahoma, where the rich come bringin' down the pain


n/t

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024825421



hue  

Elusive 'Exotic Hadrons' Really Do Exist, CERN Research Shows


Source: HUFF POST Science

The existence of exotic hadrons — a type of matter that doesn't fit within the traditional model of particle physics — has now been confirmed, scientists say. 

Hadrons are subatomic particles made up of quarks and antiquarks (which have the same mass as their quark counterparts, but opposite charge), which interact via the "strong force" that binds protons together inside the nuclei of atoms. 

Researchers working on the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) collaboration at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland — where the elusive Higgs boson particle was discovered in 2012 — announced today (April 14) they had confirmed the existence of a new type of hadron, with an unprecedented degree of statistical certainty. 

"We've confirmed the unambiguous observation of a very exotic state — something that looks like a particle composed of two quarks and two antiquarks," study co-leader Tomasz Skwarnicki, a high-energy physicist at Syracuse University in New York said in a statement. The discovery "may give us a new way of looking at strong- interaction physics," he added.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/15/exotic-hadrons-exist-cern_n_5153111.html 

Kablooie  

1. That's cool but why do I keep reading "exotic hard ons?"


Nye Bevan  

12. If your exotic hadron lasts for more than 4 hours,


consult a particle physicist (nt)

Fuddnik  

5. I almost bought one.


I decided to go with the Ford instead.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014780695



Omaha Steve  

Missing 3-year-old boy found in claw machine at Lincoln bowling alley


http://www.omaha.com/article/20140415/GO/140418861/1685#missing-3-year-old-boy-found-in-claw-machine-at-lincoln-bowling-alley 

By Micah Mertes / World-Herald staff writer Published Tuesday April 15, 2014 

A missing three-year-old Lincoln boy was discovered in a claw machine at a bowling alley Monday night. 

Lincoln Police Department got a call Monday about a missing boy. His mother told police he'd slipped out an unlocked door of their apartment while she was in the bathroom. 

After arriving at the scene, police were told a child matching the boy's description was at Madsen's Bowling & Billiards, 4700 Dudley St., across the street from where the boy lives. 

FULL story and VIDEO at link.

pinboy3niner  

2. Police took the claw into custody for questioning


But so far it's not talon.

GreatCaesarsGhost  

6. The boy fought the claw, but the claw won.


Godhumor  

5. It is unconfirmed how many dollars the police needed to get him out


A spokesperson for the police said, "Every time we thought the claw had him, he would slip out of its grip." 

The police officer who eventually won, is believed to have expressed disappointment that he did not win a Spongebob Squarepants stuffed animal that was also in the machine.

scarletwoman  

15. Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Clawboys ...


Gidney N Cloyd  

18. Pictures soon to appear in a repub sex-ed book under "Where Baby's Come From."




Gidney N Cloyd  

22. Chapter 2: Birth Control


Hold one of the quarters between your knees.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024827222



JBoy  

Bitter Josh Romney settles the score by tweeting pic of the back of Mitt's head


Supposedly "proving" that Mitt pays taxes every year. 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/romney-paying-taxes-photo 



nyquil_man  

1. It was cheaper in the long run to mail the roll of pennies himself. nt


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024826892



kpete  

SHOE TRUTHERS --- Connect The Dots Here People!


Attempting to cover up this story, which is possibly THE MOST IMPORTANT SCANDAL IN UNITED STATES HISTORY!! I've made up a simple diagram of the 'crime' scene - this makes the entire scandal crystal clear! CONNECT THE DOTS HERE PEOPLE!!! (scribbles furiously on blackboard) 



FSogol  

4. Magic shoe! Magic shoe!




Rex  

5. The zapato-rotorooter footage clearly shows that the other shoe


was not thrown at the angle in the diagram...therefore there must be a third shoeman!

Rex  

11. Someone should inform the M$M, we've found the gassy troll!




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024829733



onehandle  

Here Are the States Where Blowjobs Are Illegal But Necrophilia's Cool




NightWatcher  

16. I wish I knew how to quit ewe




Too many other DUzies on this thread for me today, please follow link:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024830938



Cooley Hurd  

Rapper Andre Johnson severs penis, jumps off building, but survives


http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/16/showbiz/rapper-severed-penis/index.html?hpt=hp_t2 

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Rapper Andre Johnson severed his penis and jumped from a Los Angeles apartment building early Wednesday, police said. 
Johnson was seriously injured, but survived the fall from the second level of the building in North Hollywood, Los Angeles Police Sgt. William Mann said. 
Johnson, along with his recovered penis, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was being treated, Mann said. 
</snip>



LoisB  

2. Ok, I'm old. Who is Andre Johnson?


madokie  

3. The guy with a severed penis


lame54  

6. Now he's just called Andre


arely staircase  

21. hey, not many people have executed the flying bobbit successfully


a very difficult trick.

catnhatnh  

39. Let's see....


9.8, 9.7, 9.9, 9.8, and a disappointing 7.6 from the Russian judge.....

bunnies  

44. He literally went off half-cocked.


That's got to be a first!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024831120



UrbScotty  

Guy urinates in reservoir, forcing Portland to discard 38 million gallons of water


Portland, Oregon is flushing 38 million gallons of drinking water down the drain because a 19-year-old man urinated in an open reservoir early on Wednesday morning, city water officials said. 

Three teens were observed at the reservoir in a Portland park at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, Portland Water Bureau spokesman David Shaff said, and one of them was filmed urinating through an iron fence into the water. 

The other two tried to climb the fence and one got into the secure area around the reservoir, but Shaff said it is not clear what he did then. 

The 50-million-gallon reservoir was taken off line and was tested for possible contamination and the results will be known Thursday. But in the meantime, the city has decided to "discard" 38 million gallons of water and clean the reservoir, Shaff said. 

Warren DeMontague  

1. Putting the pee in Portland


http://www.democraticunderground.com/11037593



big_dog  

Glenn Beck Working on Movies, Doesn’t Want to ‘Waste Life’ on Politics (the new Walt Disney!!???)


Glenn Beck has previously expressed his desire to be less political and more like Walt Disney, and in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Beck reveals he’s working on three movies to make the kind of entertainment he would want to see more of in theaters. 

Beck’s company Mercury Radio Arts is working on building up a film division, and he says right now he’s working on three movies: “one set in ancient history, one in modern history and a third he considers ‘faith-based.’” For anyone that might wonder why the ex-Fox News commentator would get into the Hollywood game, Beck explains, “Everybody thinks they know who I am because of my stint on Fox — that was two years of my life. I’m much more into culture than I am into politics, and that’s where I intend on making my stand.” 

He doesn’t think Hollywood is doing enough to connect with the American people, people of faith particularly, and explains why he’s getting so tired of caring about politics, day-in, day-out. 

“We’re beginning to agree that Republicans and Democrats suck — they’ve built this machine to grind people into the ground. I hate this stuff. I hate politics. I hate politicians and I feel like I’m wasting my life. Don’t we all know what’s happening? George W. Bush was taking us down a road, and Barack Obama is taking us down that same road. What difference does it make? I don’t want to waste my life anymore.”

Tom Ripley  

1. Remakes of The Crying Game, Boys Don't Cry, Cry The Beloved Country, and Cry-Baby?


big_dog  

2. i laughed, i cried, i kissed 10 bucks goodbye




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024828729



boston bean  

Why the Men's Rights Movement Is Garbage


snip 

MRAs believe that feminists are to blame for basically everything that's wrong with their lives. The Men's Rights Movement is a reactionary movement created specifically to counter feminism, and most (if not all) of their time and resources go towards silencing and marginalizing women. 

They do things like starting the Don't Be That Girl campaign, a campaign that accuses women of making false rape reports. They attend feminist events in order to bully and intimidate women, they flood online feminist spaces with threatening messages, and they regularly use smear campaigns and scare tactics to make the women who don't back down afraid for their physical safety. They do literally nothing to actually resolve the problems that they claim to care about, and instead do everything they can to discredit the feminist movement. 

pinboy3niner  

6. MRA? Isn't that a bacterium?


Oh, wait...that's MRSA. 



steve2470  

178. MRS_A ? you sexist !





http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024828729



kpete  

Fuck Yoo!


Yoo is confused 

by digby 

So John Yoo is widely considered to be a brilliant legal mind? 

John Yoo, a former deputy assistant attorney general and author of the 2002 memos advising the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques, said the Pulitzer committee’s decision did not vindicate Snowden. 

“I’m not surprised the Pulitzer committee gave The Washington Post a prize for pursuing a sensationalist story, even when the story is a disaster for its own country,” he said. “I don’t think we need automatically read the prize as a vindication for Snowden’s crimes. Awarding a prize to a newspaper that covered a hurricane does not somehow vindicate the hurricane, (and) awarding a Pulitzer for a photo of a murder does not somehow vindicate the crime.”

Orrex  

1. Fuck Yoo


kpete  

2. stealing that


peace, kp

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024833552



Jeff In Milwaukee  

How come the Fundies never quote this verse?


From the Epistle of James, Fifth Chapter: 

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.


Couldn't be clearer: God Hates the Koch Brothers!

deaniac21  

4. Armaments, chapter two, verses nine to twenty-one.


And Saint Attila raised the hand grenade up on high, saying, 'O Lord, bless this Thy hand grenade that, with it, Thou mayest blow 
Thine enemies to tiny bits in Thy mercy.' And the Lord did grin. 
And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less. Three 
shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then, 
obbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024833577



Mike Daniels  

Run, Sarah, Run

Well, it was only a matter of time but some Tea-Bagger group is now actively trying to promote the idea of Sarah Palin running for Senate in Alaska. Will Sarah give them what they really want or just suck more of their hard-earned money out of their wallets? 

In the words of the classic Far Side cartoon where a dog is trying to lure a cat into a clothes-dryer - "Oh please, Oh Please". 

http://gawker.com/sweet-jesus-sarah-palin-may-be-running-for-senate-this-1563405764

pinboy3niner  

1. Their slogan is "Three more years! Three more years!"




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024835196



LiberalEsto  

More weird stuff for Easter baskets








rurallib  

3. MMMMM! Borios and a glass of smilk!


http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018606225



Here's hoping next week will be less chaotic….
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Apr 18, 2014, 07:33 PM (23 replies)

Gawd.. My buddy was tellin me tonight he knew a guy who was addicted to brake fluid!

The guy said he could stop any time he wanted though.

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sun Apr 13, 2014, 05:18 AM (0 replies)

*** DUzy Awards: What has been Deen cannot be unDeen edition (image warning!) ***

TGIF! And welcome to….

THE DUzy AWARDS!!!



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 Laxman  

I've Got A Kangaroo Straight!


There's an old Abbott & Costello routine where the boys are playing cards with their landlord, Mr. Fields. I put the video below. Giving away the punchline, Abbott lays down his cards and he's got a 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10. Costello thinks he won the hand with two pair. Not so fast! That's a Kangaroo straight! It jumps from the 2 to the 4 and so on! How dumb can you be not to see that! Reminds me of the Mastro report where his logic and analysis of the facts jumps from one fact to the other to reach conclusions based upon inference and assumptions. You can read it here yourself if you have the stomach for it:http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/politics/gibson-dunn-report-on-fort-lee-nj-lane-closures/894/ it actually made me laugh out loud a couple of times. 

I know I'm preaching to the choir here but the sheer intellectual dishonesty of the Mastro report is just downright offensive. We know about the missing key witnesses. That's bad enough. Additionally, not one person at the Port Authority was interviewed. Then he uses a legal principal to draw an adverse inference against Kelly and Wildstein for refusing to testify as part of their rights against self incrimination, but doesn't do the same with David Samson's refusal. (That's different-he's "The General") He takes Christie's story at face value. Never gives mention to the fact that Christie has given multiple conflicting versions of his story. There's a legal principal for that as well. Its called False in One, False in All-its a standard jury charge in all civil and criminal jury trials. (Liar Liar Pants on Fire) He finds Dawn Zimmer not truthful-based I guess on the fact that he's seen a number of episodes of Dr. Phil and is an expert in reading body language and other dark arts. And speaking of Dr. Phil, there's the pseudo-psychological treatment of Bridget Kelly-scorned woman. I guess it was just the extortion time of the month. But you all know the shortcomings in the report by now. 

Mr. Mastro then taunts us by refusing to release the supporting documentation. Never mind that it was paid for by the taxpayers. Never mind that his client is the "Governor's Office", not any person,and no privilege exists to justify his refusal to turn the material over. Its arrogance and disrespect for the public, the process and the right to know. And for those of you who think that Bridgegate is just about a traffic jam-think again. Its about highjacking the governing process for the personal use and advancement of a single person. It involves extortion, the misuse of billions in your federal tax dollars, official misconduct and a complete disregard for the citizens who Christie was elected to serve. Holding him accountable for those transgressions is important way beyond just New Jersey. 

So forgive my rant, but I like my logic and analysis somewhat linear and fact based and I don't like being played for a fool. I also dislike what my grandmother colorfully used to describe as "pissing on me and telling me its raining". I feel like clawing Mr. Mastro's eyes out, pouring gasoline in the sockets and lighting him up-to quote Christie's recently very silent mouthpiece Mike Drewniak. Why would someone try to pull something this ridiculous? Because they can and because we've been letting people get away with crap like this as a society for a long time-so when you find something that works-stick with it. But its high time for there to be consequences for this nonsense. Mastro's laughing all the way to the bank with over a million dollars in taxpayer money in his pocket. He raked in the pot with a Kangaroo straight- a made up winning hand. Somebody needs to pay. 

TexasTowelie  

7. So did you take the kangaroo to a "pray the gay away" camp?




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024778068


OP by malaise  

Jimmy Carter - can I have your baby


You have long been a fearless, decent man. 
It is lovely seeing you on TV tearing the assholes a new one 

You will be vindicated - trust me on that.



rug  

6. You got his attention.



Spitfire of ATJ  

22. You'll do it for peanuts?


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024800989


On an OP by struggle4progress  

Maybe Try Julian? Couple Banned from Naming Son 'WikiLeaks'

By Andy Eckardt 

... The German official at Passau's registry office in the conservative state of Bavaria initially did not know what WikiLeaks meant, according to Hamalaw. 

"She thought I was presenting the name of a television show," Hamalaw said. "We were very disappointed after the rejection. Hundreds of people across the globe were allowed to use the name of Barack Obama's dog for their child, but I can't use WikiLeaks?" 

Germany does not have a list of approved names that parents can choose from for their children, but courts can rule whether a name risks endangering a child's welfare. 

Parents are prevented from naming their kids after towns or brands. In recent years, first names like Stompie, McDonald, Woodstock, Grammophon and Peppermint have been banned ... 

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/maybe-try-julian-couple-banned-naming-son-wikileaks-n70596

Erich Bloodaxe BSN  

2. I always said that if I had kids, I'd want two boys...


So I could name the first Bjorn, and the second Bjorn Again...

tridim  

4. Was thinking of naming my next dog Wiki.


Maybe. Lots of ideas.

DreamGypsy  

17. If you did there would be Wiki leaks ...


...all around your neighborhood. 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024785521


OP by PeaceNikki  

In bid for worst boss ever, Paula Deen closes restaurant without telling workers


http://wonkette.com/545691/in-bid-for-worst-boss-ever-paula-deen-shuts-down-restaurant-without-telling-workers 



As if Paula Deen weren’t already just about the worst person in the world you could work for, now we find out that she’s also among the worst bosses you could ever not work for. First there was that discrimination and harassment lawsuit — a story which we are contractually required to remind you wasbroken by Yr Wonkette. And while the suit was eventually dismissed, Deen’s teevee show was cancelled she lost her big-money endorsement contracts. Then Thursday morning, Deen suddenly closed down Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, the Georgia restaurant that she and her idiot racist brother Earl W. “Bubba” Hiers Jr. owned together. And just to add that extra dollop of shame-butter, employees at the restaurant didn’t find out about the closure until they showed up for work. We are beginning to think this Paula Deen is not an especially nice lady. 
The Savannah Morning News reports that employees had the privilege of collecting their severance checks in the parking lot. 

The only announcement of the closure was a short note on the restaurant’s FacePlace page saying, “Thank you for 10 great years. Uncle Bubba’s is now closed.” After commenters piled on to condemn Deen’s failure to inform employees in advance, the Facebook page is also now gone. 

But don’t worry! Everything’s going to be fine, at least for Paula and Bubba. In a statement from the restaurant’s PR firm, Key Group Worldwide, we learn that Deen and Hiers decided they’d “close the restaurant in order to explore development options for the waterfront property on which the restaurant is located … At this point, no specific plans have been announced, and a range of uses are under consideration in order realize the highest and best use for the property.” 

It’s a relief to know that they’re going to land on their slippery buttery feet! Oh, and the statement also promised that “All effort will be made to find employees comparable employment with other Savannah restaurant organizations,” so we bet that even if they didn’t bother telling the employees they’d be out of a job yesterday, Deen and Hiers are going to make up for it by working really hard to help them find news jobs — they’re just such nice, considerate folks, you know. Bubba will get right on making some calls, at least after he’s finished watching his porn. 

Vashta Nerada  

3. That picture is going to haunt me for the rest of the day.



PeaceNikki  

5. What has been Deen cannot be unDeen.


Sorry!! 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024780356


On an OP by Archae  

Picture that just screams out..."TEABAGGER!!!"


Found it on another message board. 



Initech  

16. I know what you are thinking - did I mail six letters or only five?



Many more DUzies on this thread - check my journal for last week's DUzy Awards if you missed them!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024777229


OP by Playinghardball  

Would you take a ride in this truck?


Some people can actually be this stupid... 



jberryhill  

4. I want to be at the U-Haul when he returns it

Glassunion  

13. Those are the most fucked up ice cream flavors ever.


I just want a King Cone...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024791286


OP by Enrique  

Holder plays asparagus card against Louie Gohmert


some vegetable fun in D.C. today 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/04/08/300612766/holder-plays-asparagus-card-against-gop-antagonist 

Revenge and asparagus are apparently dishes best served cold — at least when served by Attorney General Eric Holder. 

After a testy exchange Tuesday with Rep. Louis Gohmert, a Texas Republican who had clearly gotten on his last nerve, Holder delivered a dose of ridicule. 

"Good luck with your asparagus," Holder said dismissively, in one of the most memorable moments of snark to occur in, oh, at least the last few hours between an Obama administration official and a Republican House member. 

To really appreciate the moment, you had to know that Holder — who's among the administration officials most detested by conservatives — was mocking a Gohmert malapropism from last year that was committed during another bilious hearing involving the attorney general. 

After Holder vigorously defended himself and his agency at that earlier hearing from Gohmert's accusation that the Justice Department failed to prevent the Boston Marathon bombing, a flustered Gohmert said: "The attorney general will not cast aspersions on my asparagus." 

Your guess is as good as ours at what the congressman was going for there.

kysrsoze  

5. Hilarious! Here's the original "asparagus" video:




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024795976


On an OP by kpete  

EXCLUSIVE: CHRISTIE PROSECUTOR GETS ITS STAR WITNESS TO START TALKING


EXCLUSIVE: CHRISTIE PROSECUTOR GETS ITS STAR WITNESS TO START TALKING 
David Wildstein, the NJ governor's man inside the Port Authority, replied to the infamous e-mail on "traffic problems in Fort Lee." 

.......................... 

In January, Wildstein refused to testify before a New Jersey legislative committee investigating last September’s George Washington Bridge lane closures, citing his 5th Amendment protection against self-incrimination. It was Wildstein’s cache of e-mails and texts, provided to the committee, that featured the instantly immortal exchange between Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly (“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee”) and Wildstein (“Got it”). 

Christie fired Kelly in early January. Both her lawyer and Wildstein’s have said their clients would cooperate with investigators in exchange for immunity from prosecution. The recently released, 360-page “Christie Report” -- commissioned by Christie, crafted by the same law firm Christie hired to answer investigators’ subpoenas of his own office, touted by Christie as “vindication,” and paid for by New Jersey taxpayers -- found that of all of the folks working in the governor’s, and all the others he appointed to executive positions at the PA, only Wildstein and Kelly had any knowledge that Fort Lee’s nightmare was caused by anything other than an ill-conceived but genuine Port Authority traffic study. 

The Christie Report investigators damned both Wildstein and Kelly without speaking with either of them. Unlike Kelly, Wildstein was perfectly positioned at the PA to proffer evidence that could implicate two other Christie henchmen at the Port, both departed -- deputy executive director Bill Baroni, and chairman of the PA’s Board of Commissioners, David Samson. (Quelle coincidence! Neither of those two deigned to speak with the authors of the Christie Report.) The report in its entirety is a steaming pile of crap, a classic Christie smear job, designed to reach the only result that might spare his political life: Christie knew nothing. 

Chris Christie’s White House fever dream died at his January press conference, where he spent two hours wallowing in self-pity over how his aides had deceived him. Now that David Wildstein’s talking, his days as governor are numbered -- in weeks and months, not years. 

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/wildstein-christie-feds?src=spr_TWITTER&spr_id=1456_52017908 
and here too: 
http://www.mainjustice.com/2014/04/06/david-wildstein-meets-with-prosecutors-in-christie-bridge-probe/

leftyohiolib  

2. is it wrong that im smiling about this


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024790515


On an OP by malaise  

It's all Jeb Bush on Morning Joe Scum today


Not a word about their 'friend', Chris Toast Christie.

pinboy3niner  

1. Time for some traffic problems in Pensacola




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024793903


On an OP by okaawhatever  

Married GOP Rep. Caught Kissing Staffer In Surveillance Video: Report


Source: Reuters

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) is facing trouble after a local newspaper reported he can be seen kissing a female staffer in a surveillance video. 

On Monday, The Ouachita Citizen published a surveillance video allegedly showing McAllister and Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, McAllister’s district scheduler, at the Republican's congressional office in Monroe, Louisiana. The two people in the video can be seen embracing and kissing for almost half a minute. 

McAllister made headlines in January for inviting "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson as his guest to President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/07/vance-mcallister-affair_n_5106908.html 

Blue Owl  

61. It wasn't no French kissing, it was FREEDOM kissing


n/t

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014774332


On an OP by sheshe2  

Senator Mitch McConnell’s Facebook Poll Backfires Big Time




Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) posted a poll to his Facebook page this weekend, in the form of a meme. The senate minority leader wanted to know, out of four choices, which was the most important to his constituents. Senator McConnell obviously didn’t pay attention to how well this worked for Ted Cruz when Cruz decided to ask his Facebook “fans” if the ACA had made people’s lives better or worse. Remember: this is the same guy who said the GOP’s most important task after President Obama was elected was to make him a one-term president. So, that obviously didn’t work, and now McConnell is focused on other things that he deems “critical.” McConnell’s text accompanying the meme: 

If I am privileged to lead a Republican majority in the Senate in 2015 there are many critical issues that we plan to address. Comment below and tell me what issue is most important to you! 

snip 

According to Mitch McConnell, these are the critical issues he and other members of the GOP will address if he wins reelection this fall. My favorite is C, and we’ll get into that in a bit. For now, let’s take a look at some of the comments that people posted in response to these critical issues. 

snip 

Oops. Now, there were folks on there who liked Sen. McConnell’s list, but there are over 3,000 comments as of Monday morning, and from my quick perusal, most of them are negative. As I wrote above, I responded to C, Protection of Life. Here’s my comment: 

Protecting life, if by protecting life you mean providing low cost or free lunches to kids, making sure children have access to health care, promoting healthy eating and exercise for our children, protecting our veterans’ lives when they return from war, protecting the lives of our working poor, our elderly, our disabled, and our children by continuing to provide SNAP and WIC and other social programs that help the most vulnerable in our country survive. If by “protecting life,” you mean save the fetus, starve the child, then I choose E-everything you don’t stand for, like equality and fairness and higher taxes for the 1% and alternative energy and sensible gun laws and supporting the ACA. Have an ignorant day, Senator. 

http://www.forwardprogressives.com/senator-mitch-mcconnells-facebook-poll-backfires/#sthash.CxZgGohV.TmU6325J.dpuf 

They just don't learn!

2pooped2pop  

4. Is this a nationwide war on coal?


Or just Kentucky? Because I still have a few pieces left over from my last Christmas stocking, and I don't know if I should take it out and shoot it, or what. Hell, I didn't know we had a war on coal going on. Maybe I could just turn these survivors in to McConnell and let him fire them out his loose cannon? I just don't want to get into any trouble for having these enemy combatants around my house.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024794491


On an OP by Dawgs  

Sorry, but you are an idiot..


if you think or suggest that violent video games have anything to do with school violence. 

NightWatcher  

1. Bullshit. Don't you remember when Pac Man came out


and all those kids were biting each other? 

Then there was Donkey Kong and the related barrel throwing incidents....

NuclearDem  

9. That was a truly horrible day.


Bunch of kids eating marshmallows and chasing after me going wocka wocka wocka.

mindwalker_i  

34. On the Donkey Kong day


I heard some kid lit himself on fire and kept waiting the the elevator, guarding a purse. Everyone had to jump over him on the way out. 

neverforget  

65. I was blowing up rocks and UFO's when I wasn't playing Asteroids.


Pew, pew!

mercuryblues  

6. I know


pong drove me to slap people silly until their head started bouncing back and forth to fast.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024799044


On an OP by malaise

A possible fifth ping has been heard


Waiting for word from Australian officials.

Jackpine Radical  

1. All these pings.


Why never a pong? 


scarletwoman  

6. Because two pongs don't make a site.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024805921


On an OP by alp227  

Lawyer says Shrimp Boy a victim of entrapment and racism


Source: San Francisco Chronicle

(04-08) 12:15 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- As state Sen. Leland Yee and his codefendants pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of political corruption, gun-running and other crimes financed by payoffs from undercover agents, a lawyer for one defendant accused the FBI of entrapment and racism. 

"The government created the crime, the government financed the crime, and the government ensnared my client," Tony Serra, lawyer for Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, told reporters after 21 defendants were arraigned in federal court. "We will put the government rightfully on trial." 

Chow, a Chinatown gang leader, was released from federal prison in 2003 after a racketeering sentence and promised to turn his life around. As leader of an association called the Ghee Hung Tong, or Chinese free masons, he has been honored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee for his work with troubled youth. 

But an FBI affidavit last month said Chow was at the center of a five-year corruption investigation that began in Chinatown and led to Keith Jackson, an associate of Chow's and a consultant to Yee, and ultimately to the now-suspended state senator.

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Lawyer-says-Shrimp-Boy-a-victim-of-entrapment-and-5385990.php 

Blue Owl  

3. He's just a prawn in a much bigger game


n/t

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014775442


OP by Playinghardball  

This plainly wasn't thought through...




TroglodyteScholar  

2. The line of cats is around the block, though...



M0rpheus  

8. And along those same lines...




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024795883


On an OP by Flying Squirrel  

Wastewater Treatment Center now available for weddings




WOODINVILLE, Wash. -- A sewage treatment plant near Seattle is advertising its availability as a wedding venue. 

The Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Center says on Facebook it has a full catering kitchen, audio-video equipment, dance floor and ample parking. 

You could even hold the wedding outside. 

The director of the Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center, Susan Tallarico, said that receptions would take place just steps away from where raw sewage is processed. She says there's no odor because all the processing is contained. 

The King County plant was finished three years ago but has been available for rent for about seven months. 

It costs $2,000 to rent the center for eight hours. One couple has already booked the sewage plant for their nuptials. 

http://www.nwcn.com/news/washington/Brightwater-Wastewater-Treatment-Center-now-available-for-weddings-254796611.html 

PoliticAverse  

1. Usually it takes a while for a marriage to go down the toilet... n/t


http://www.democraticunderground.com/11037513


On an OP by aggiesal  

NASA photo captures strange bright light coming out of Mars


Source: Houston Chronicle/SF Gate

A NASA camera on Mars has captured what appears to be artificial light emanating outward from the planet's surface.



The photo, beamed millions of miles from Mars to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was taken last week, apparently by one of two NASA rovers on the red planet. 

Although the space agency hasn't issued any official statement yet about the phenomenon, bloggers and NASA enthusiasts have started chiming in.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/strange-weird/article/NASA-photo-captures-strange-bright-light-coming-5382677.php#photo-6131484 

DeSwiss  

5. I thought I lost my flashlight......


...on Jupiter, but it was Mars. 

- I do that all the time.....

Botany  

8. As if we don't know



JohnnyRingo  

9. It's time...


I must leave now, DU. 

For what may happen in the future, you must not blame yourselves. I will petition the overseers to grant you a merciful end. 

Thank you for these years of insight to your primitive culture. 

Sincerely, 
ɔʌƃoɾʎxʌɥɹ

penultimate  

16. swamp gas...as usual.

Tyrs WolfDaemon  

19. Its Drunk Aliens lighting their farts

L0oniX  

35. Fracking?

hollysmom  

54. nope,Planet Fart. n/t

tclambert  

36. Ooh! The Martians are having a spotlight sale!


If we hurry there now, maybe we can beat the rush.

Baitball Blogger  

29. Do they have deer on Mars?

Android3.14  

38. Yes. Reindeer. Flying reindeer.



Ino  

43. Desmond Hume lit up the hatch! (nt)


http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014775780


'til next week!

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Apr 11, 2014, 02:28 AM (23 replies)

*** DUzy Awards: In which TexasTowelie gets a long-overdue DUzy! :) ***

TGIF! And welcome to….

THE DUzy AWARDS!!!



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!



OP by TexasTowelie  

My 5,000 Post—Catnip Memories (Dial-up Warning)



This is the tail of my hisstory with catnip. 


I’ll start from scratch. 


When I mewved into adolescence everything seemed purrfect. 


I arranged my furst deal… 


…and purrchased the best nip out there. 

This would definitely have qualified for a DUzy Award last August if I'd been doing them at the time… better late than never! Follow the link below for the rest of the story!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018462699


On an OP by Are_grits_groceries  

My Scat. (Mousie's sister)





Unbeknownst to her, she's waiting on 2 little kittehs to liven up her life.

pipoman  

7. At first glance i thought this post was about something completely different. ..

bunnies  

13. And you clicked anyway.



pipoman  

17. That's why I clicked. ..


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024773947


On an OP by eppur_se_muova  

Cat trapped for five days in charity shop sofa (BBC)


A cat spent five days trapped in a sofa donated to a charity shop before being found by the couple who bought it.

The three-seater settee was given to St Luke's Hospice charity shop in Grays, Essex, by Pauline and Bill Lowe, both 66, from Corringham. 

Ten-year-old Crockett was discovered when the new owners heard "a soft miaow" coming from the furniture. 

Mrs Lowe said she had been "devastated" to lose Crockett and the family were "delighted" to have him back. 

Charity shop staff took two sofas from the Lowes' house in York Avenue on 24 March, but one had to be taken apart to get it through the door. 
*** 

more: 
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-26864309 

What a close call ! Keep an eye on your kitties, people ! I've often wondered how many stray cats had hopped on board trucks or their cargo and wound up lost, miles from home. It would be awful to have your cat disappear that way.

Orrex  

5. Oh great. Another Persian vs. Ottoman story.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018600070


On an OP by TexasTowelie  

Why are all the threads showing December 1969 on the Latest Threads page?


Did I miss a time warp or something? 



steve2470  

5. you have entered....



BainsBane (24,615 posts) 

17. I know what you did




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024752289


OP by NYC_SKP  

I love WhipPits!




MrMickeysMom  

15. Oh! you mean whipped cream cans?


Jeeeeeezzzz… I recall doing that once… I think it must cause brain damage after a while! 


NYC_SKP  

17. It was a LONG time ago. Reagan was president.


And I think Madonna had just been invented!


NightWatcher  

23. Just Say NO2


http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018599867


On an OP by kentuck  

Is it time for a "fatwa" from Skinner?


Is it time to re-evaluate Admin's decision to be more open to conservative and non-progressive opinions? 

In the early days of DU, many opinions now prominent on DU would have been short-lived. They would have been "tombstoned". DU was for progressive-minded folks because conservative thought was dominant everywhere. We did not need more of it on DU. 

I understand that times change and sometimes decisions are made for economic reasons. Has DU somehow forgotten that it is radical conservatism that is the enemy of us all? There is no room for compromise.

This discussion thread was locked as off-topic by Skinner (a host of the General Discussion forum).

BeyondGeography  

2. I say we take those two conservative/non-progressive guys out back and waste them


Whoever they are.

LittleBlue  

3. Skinner should issue a Fat Burger





QC  

6. I would prefer that he issue a falafel,


since I am a vegetarian and all.

CJCRANE  

10. It's time ban all DINOs


including loyalists, firebaggers, Obamabots, moonbats, Vichy Democrats, milquetoast Democrats, conservadems, Blue Dogs, Red Dogs,Green Dogs, emoprogs, pseudoprogs, pseudopods and..

el_bryanto  

14. I think, just to be safe, we should get rid of everybody but CJCRANE. nt

CJCRANE  

33. That should just about do it


but I'm not even sure about that guy. 

pintobean  

61. We're going to need some duct tape. /nt

seveneyes  

76. I think if most everyone just smoked a "fat one", it might lighten up n/t

demwing  

116. OOh! Can I declare a fat one too?


A fat one? 



I declare!

cherokeeprogressive  

183. I had no idea Skinner was an Imam.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024743246


On an OP by B2G  

Vegetarians less healthy than omnivores


Interesting... 

Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy, Lower Quality Of Life Than Meat-Eaters 

ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) – Vegetarians may have a lower BMI and drink alcohol sparingly, but vegetarian diets are tied to generally poorer health, poorer quality of life and a higher need for health care than their meat-eating counterparts. 

A new study from the Medical University of Graz in Austria finds that vegetarians are more physically active, drink less alcohol and smoke less tobacco than those who consume meat in their diets. Vegetarians also have a higher socioeconomic status and a lower body mass index. But the vegetarian diet — characterized by a low consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol that includes increased intake of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products — carries elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders. 

Vegetarians were twice as likely to have allergies, a 50 percent increase in heart attacks and a 50 percent increase in incidences of cancer. 

The cross-sectional study from Austrian Health Interview Survey data and published in PLos One examined participants dietary habits, demographic characteristics and general lifestyle differences. 

http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2014/04/01/study-vegetarians-less-healthy-lower-quality-of-life-than-meat-eaters/ 

1000words  

2. uh oh ...


 <==== meatcorn

Xyzse  

10. Uhhh...


<===Popcorn Shrimp!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024776087


On an OP by MineralMan  

For the "left lane is the fast lane" proponents:


That rule is true on freeways and other access-controlled highways. It is not true on surface streets in cities. Even if they are four-lane roads with median strips. Here's why: 

Such multi-lane surface streets allow left turns all along their length. Sometimes the turns are made at traffic lights, and other times they are made at intersections without traffic lights. Sometimes there are left turn lanes, and sometimes there are not. Both lanes are the same. If you'll be making a left turn ahead, a wise driver will change to the left lane ahead of the need to turn. Cars are also turning right, and drivers who will be turning right move to the right lane ahead of the intersection where they will turn. 

On any two-lane per side street or highway where there are traffic lights and opportunities to turn left, the left lane is not the "fast lane." It is merely one of the lanes available. Drivers can use either lane freely, and smart drivers change to the lane from which they will turn well ahead of the need to turn. 

In the recent instance where a woman used a cell-phone camera to record a tail-gating road rager who subsequently crashed his car, the incident occurred on Hwy 41 in Tampa. That highway is one of those described above. You can see it in Google Maps satellite view by searching for Hwy 41, Tampa. It allows left turns at most intersections, whether controlled by a traffic light or not. Most cities have several such numbered highways that go through the city. On none of those highways is the left late the "fast lane." It is simply one of the lanes traffic can use, and many drivers turn from those lanes onto intersecting streets. 

"Fast Lanes" only exist on access-controlled highways where exit ramps are the means to turn off onto intersecting roads. On uncontrolled roads, with surface level intersections, there is no "fast lane," "passing lane," or any other such designation. Drivers use the lane that enables them to drive where they want to go. 

On roads with three lanes on each side, the center lane is the through traffic lane, not the right or left lane. On those roads, drivers who will be continuing on that road or highway should drive in the center lane. The left lane is for people who will be turning left, and the right lane is for people who will be turning right. But on roads and highways with two lanes of traffic that are not access-controlled, both lanes are the same, and nobody should expect to go faster or slower on either lane.

BeyondGeography  

6. Whatever the issue, you always find a way to malign the far left


Recursion  

12. Ah, lanes. I miss those.



Welcome to my commute...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024748646


On an OP by reddread  

what does it mean to make over 100 posts in 24 hours?


with about 50 of them overnight? 
phenomenal.

This discussion thread was locked as off-topic by one_voice (a host of the General Discussion forum).

The Magistrate  

6. A Lot Of Coffee Handy, Sir? Insomnia?


I expect I have managed a hundred posts in twenty-four hours here on occasion, when my blood was up and there was a target-rich environment.... 


Scootaloo  

8. Funny cat pictures ain't just gonna post themselves, son!

dipsydoodle  

14. Overnight in which time zone.



arcane1  

111. Indeed. I'm getting tired of the longitudists getting a free pass on DU



mike_c  

19. LOL....



ChairmanAgnostic  

61. Blue meth

quinnox  

117. lol


Maybe "blue-link meth".

Gormy Cuss  

99. It means someone is


a slacker. 


beevul  

112. It means that there was a thread about...


Pit bulls, e-cigs, guns, gender vs gender, the nra, breast feeding, spanking, the olive garden, or some combination there of that I don't want to even begin to think about. 


Tsiyu  

158. don't forget porn, tattoos, circumcision


and left lane driving... 


hrmjustin  

116. Well some of us like to post.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024745941


On a poll by leeroysphitz  

Should people with leprosy and a past history of psychosis be allowed to teach our children?


Don't jerk me around on this one, it's a simple question.

FSogol  

9. Why are you trying to divide DU?



kwassa  

12. Psychotic lepers are causing us so many problems.


When will it ever stop? 

It is so hard to fire an AK-47 at your kids after your fingers fall off.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024775058


On an OP by Omaha Steve  

Lee Terry's (R-NE) ignition switch joke at GM recall hearing falls flat


Source: Omaha World Herald

By Joseph Morton 

Rep. Lee Terry doesn't need political enemies — he just keeps shooting himself in the foot. 

Omaha's Republican congressman arrived in the middle of Tuesday's hearing on the faulty GM ignition switches that have been linked to 13 deaths. 

"I'm sorry for being late, but my plane was canceled for mechanical reasons. Probably an ignition switch — US Air," Terry said. 

Democrats were quick to pounce on the misguided joke, emailing reporters and posting links to the video on social media outlets. 

FULL story at link. 

Read more: 
http://www.omaha.com/article/20140401/NEWS/140409754/1685#lee-terry-s-ignition-switch-joke-at-gm-recall-hearing-falls-flat 

aquart  

1. GOP still bemused by social media?

Xipe Totec  

3. They think it's a socialist idea. They believe only in individual media


That's why they only talk to themselves and listen to the voices in their heads. 

Renew Deal  

2. Terry at a Washington mudslide hearing: "Sorry I'm late but I just had a mudslide of my own"


Get it? Get it? 



http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014770489


On an OP by itsrobert  

A freaking 8.0 Earthquake strikes and CNN doesn't move from their Plane coverage


wow.

TeamPooka  

4. when they have video and a graphics package made they will run it non-stop for 3 days

Kber  

16. It was carrying the last of their professional integrity


When the plane went down, it took their credibility with it.

IDemo  

17. Their professional integrity disappeared into a black hole n/t


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024766664


On an OP by uhnope  

Tens Of Thousands Sign White House Petition For Alaska To Secede And Rejoin Russia


Source: CBS

WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A new White House petition has been launched calling for the state of Alaska to secede from the U.S. and rejoin Russia. The petition – called “Alaska Back to Russia” — has nearly 30,000 signatures after being created March 21 by S.V. of Anchorage. 

The petitioner does not explain or provide any reason why Alaska should rejoin Russia, but just states: “Vote for secession of Alaska from the United States and joining Russia.” 

The petition, which is strangely worded, describes how Alaska was settled and populated by native Russians. 

“First visited Alaska August 21, 1732, members of the team boat “St. Gabriel »under the surveyor Gvozdev and assistant navigator I. Fedorov during the expedition Shestakov and DI Pavlutski 1729-1735 years,” the petition states.

Read more: 
http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/03/27/tens-of-thousands-sign-white-house-petition-for-alaska-to-secede-and-rejoin-russia/ 

Salviati  

2. What are they calling it?


The "Better Red than Black" movement?

LiberalEsto  

3. Under one condition: They have to take Sarah Palin



Scootaloo  

9. Ten bucks says maybe ten of those are Alaskans


I lived in Alaska. If Alaska breaks off, Alaska's going to be Alaska. MAYBE seek to join Canada. Russia my ass. 


trusty elf  

29. ...............



Faygo Kid  

33. FReepers love Putin


All those traitorous wingnuts are calling for secession all the time while loudly proclaiming their "patriotism." 

Ptooie.

freshwest  

88. Yes, they found their ticket for 2016:



Crowman1979  

49. Be careful what you wish for Teabaggers! Otherwise get ready to be told...


Говорите по-русски ты дебил! 

Which is Russian for: Speak Russian you moron!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014768018


OP by Archae  

Picture that just screams out..."TEABAGGER!!!"


Found it on another message board. 



Sheepshank  

10. I think flag-ified crucifixes are da bomb


really da bomb


KittyWampus  

5. It also seems to be screaming "tiny penis".

LisaLynne  

13. But the mail is run by the gov'mint!


This guy is a SOCIALIST!!!!!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024777229


On an OP by Jesus Malverde  

Starbucks says it’s sorry a barista put a Satanic symbol in teacher’s coffee


The devil is supposed to be in the details. He just might be in the coffee, too. 

The viral world is all abuzz about a Louisiana schoolteacher who discovered what may be at least one Satanic symbol drawn in her coffee foam by a Starbucks barista in Baton Rouge. 

The teacher, Megan Pinion, did what one does these days: Complained on Facebook. Starbucks’ Facebook page. On Sunday. 



http://blog.sfgate.com/hottopics/2014/04/02/starbucks-says-its-sorry-a-barista-put-a-satanic-symbol-in-teachers-coffee/

Warren DeMontague  

2. Maybe 6.66 was the price?


Honestly I'd be more concerned about trying to fit massively overpriced lattes into a teaching salary.

Jesus Malverde  

3. I think 666 was the calories from the high fructose in the caramel.



Orrex  

18. Messing with coffee is grounds for dismissal.

pinboy3niner  

20. But doing foam art is one of the job perks

Eleanors38  

22. You trying to foment something?

pinboy3niner  

24. Of curse I am



Orrex  

30. No. *YOU'RE* trying to limit the worker's freedom of espresso.

mac56  

31. Sometimes a barista's job is a regular grind.



KittyWampus  

34. that's really putting the star in "starbuck"


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024773739


On an OP by WillyT  

Wow... Just... Wow... On David Koch... FU !!!



Medical research 

In 1992, Koch was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He underwent radiation, surgery, and hormone therapy, but the cancer returned every time. Koch believes his experience with cancer has encouraged him to fund medical research. He says, "once you get that disease and I've had it for 20 years almost, you become a crusader to try to cure the disease not only for yourself but for other people."
 Koch says that his biggest contributions go toward a "moon shot" campaign to finding the cure for cancer, according to his profile on Forbes. Between 1998 and 2012, Koch contributed at least $395 million to medical research causes and institutions. 

Koch sits on the Board of Directors of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and has contributed $41 million to the Foundation, including $5 million to a collaborative project in the field of nanotechnology. Koch is the eponym of the David H. Koch Chair of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, a position currently held by Dr. Jonathan Simons. 

In 2007, he contributed $100 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to help fund the construction of a new 350,000-square-foot (33,000 m2) research and technology facility to serve as the home of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. He has given a total of $185 million to MIT since joining the MIT Corporation in 1988. 

$20 million to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. The building he financed was named the David H. Koch Cancer Research Building. 
$30 million to the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York 
$25 million to the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to establish the David Koch Center for Applied Research in Genitourinary Cancers 
$15 million to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center 
$5 million to the House Ear Institute, in Los Angeles, to create a center for hearing restoration 
$25 million to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City 
$100 million, the largest philanthropic donation in the history of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, beginning a $2 billion campaign which will conclude in 2019 to create a new ambulatory care center and renovate the infrastructure of all of the hospital's five sites.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_H._Koch 




drm604  

1. I wish he could come down with a bad case of climate change.

Bjorn Against  

9. Someone sure puffed up his Wikipedia page


I did learn one interesting thing in reading it however, the American Museum of Natural History has a David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing. I assume it must include displays on the prehistoric nature of the people that Koch funds.

VanillaRhapsody  

13. I was JUST there last week....ew ew ew....


Now I need another shower!

Bjorn Against  

14. Was this sign posted at the entrance?




http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024777555

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Apr 4, 2014, 05:28 AM (31 replies)

Should the DUzy Awards include locked threads?

We've got at least two nominations this week... JeffR used to avoid including locked threads in the DUzy Awards, but that was DU2 and this is DU3. What say ye?
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed Apr 2, 2014, 03:38 PM (18 replies)
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