The Watering Hole: August 10 — The best stinky place in the world!

I’m sure I’ve never previously posted video of my favorite place in the world (so far).  ;)  But it’s not my fault, the little cutey at 1:40 forced my hand.

So you’ll have to watch at least that much of the video to know just how cute the cutey is.  Heh.

Oh yeah, and this happened this week.

Yeah, science rocks.  :-)

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115 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: August 10 — The best stinky place in the world!

  1. That was a very nice respite – appreciate you posting the mini vacation!
    A bit odd to see the mighty Bison on pavement – they are magnificent no matter where! That little guy is adorable.

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    Speaking of young creatures:

    Owls check in, but will they check out?

    Six baby barn owls have made themselves at home on the hotel’s 11th-floor concierge balcony…

    Hoot, Nanny, Al, Peter Townsend, Robert Plant, Hedwig and Archimedes
    (named by the staff)

  2. So I’ve heard that Romney hasn’t paid some of his taxes…

    DailyKos going with a theory that John Huntsman (Jr or Sr) may be the source behind the Reid information about Romney’s taxes.

    Daily Kos :: News Community Action

    I don’t think I’m out on a limb saying that Jon Huntsman Sr is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Bain source. Okay, maybe it’s junior, but in any case, the Huntsmans look like the likely culprits.
    So this entire post is based on that informed speculation. If it definitely turns out it’s not Huntsman or the other Huntsman, well, this is a fun game to play anyway.
    So here we go:
    Harry Reid is chatting with his old friend Huntsman Senior, who has just the craziest story to tell. You see, the Huntsmans have joined most of the country in deciding that Mitt Romney is a dick, or maybe they were pioneers in that sentiment (the Huntsmans have long known the Romneys). Heck, there may even be some behind the scenes church politics we’re not privy to. But whatever the motivation, Senior has quite the story relayed by the guy who worked the finances at Bain Capital … former managing director Robert C. Gay and current Huntsman business partner. How serendipitous!
    It turns out, claims Huntsman, that Romney didn’t pay taxes for a decade. What a ludicrous story! Who could believe it? And Huntsman doesn’t want to go public with it.

    Read the rest over at Kos. It’s fun.

      • Retroactively funded. At $5k a year he started funding sometime around the end of the last ice age.

      • I thought there were legal limits to how much you could put into your IRA, especially if the deposits are pre-tax. I thought you weren’t supposed to be able to game the system and avoid paying income taxes that way.

        As usual, I could be wrong.

        • There are – I think it was Zxbe who was speculating on the ‘how’ here a few weeks’ ago. I think if you can imagine squirrelling part shares in companies that Bain was buying *and* if you seriously undervalued those investments by an accounting trick as you made your supposedly ‘$6,000-a-year’ contribution ….

          …. Here’s Bloomberg on it

          • Yes, the article shows about the only way he could have done it, and it seems dangerously close to insider information to me (a securities violation).

    • Well, the second article is by Karl Rove, so it automatically can’t be taken seriously.

      • Indeed. A ready-made spin piece to try to fight against the fact that Romney is falling in the polls.

        By the way, I’ve heard Romney may have not paid his taxes.

        • Well he paid what he was legally obliged to. He is highly qualified to reform the tax code – he knows almost every loophole there is. He has my vote!

          (S’ok, Johnny Foreigner doesn’t have a vote, although I am trawling the local cemetery for someone I could pretend to be – I could be on Fox News!)

        • And I heard he is now saying that anyone who doesn’t use all the dodges to pay as little as possible isn’t qualified to be president! I note that his father did not agree with him.

  3. The little cutey is, indeed, cute. And the handsome guy around the 2:15 mark looks good, too. :)

    I love how the bison walk up to the stopped car, go around the two vehicles, then go back into that same lane. I know they were probably just instinctively staying away from the ledge, but still…

  4. Wow, a great reminder of just three weeks ago for me! All of those sights I knew by name, some of the intense blues and oranges were even washed out a little by either my screen or by the video – the colours were more intense than that. I didn’t see the Gorge (except from the top of Mount Washburn about 15 miles away) and I didn’t get to the Lake (some of the family did – AndytheTurtle and I were fishing further north – see avatar). And the bison were such stirring creatures to see so close up.

    I’ve been lucky enough to be at three of the most interesting places on the planet for vulcanism now – the Big Island, Yellowstone and Rotorua in NZ. Simply fascinating and humbling.

        • The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one Wayne, so no, you’re SOL ;)

        • I have told my daughter, SammytheTurtle, that my job is to embarrass her in front of her peers and her teachers …. one of her teachers was talking about science and Star Trek and called out “So who knows what I am talking about here, warp factors and stuff?” She made of the mistake of reacting with other than that blank teenage ‘WTF?’ look – “AHA! – your dad’s a TREKKIE isn’t he!!!”. “Yes.” she replied meekly.

  5. Time to drive down to the valley AGAIN to sign the paperwork on the apartment, and introduce Honey to the manager — she’s been primping and fussing all morning, and hogging the mirror. ;)

    • “If Republicans want to win more elections, they need to take a lesson from the gays and just leave my vagina alone.”

  6. QOTD:

    “As far as I’m concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion, and I think we just shouldn’t have abortion in this country.” — Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri.

    GOPers are all so ignorant about the reproductive cycle of humans. Shouldn’t Akin be seeking the abolishment of condoms too?

  7. The poor widdle thing. It seems that Mittens is a little scared that President Obama is starting to pull away in the polls.

    I actually, almost, agree with Mittens on this one. I still think that the best strategy for the Obama campaign would be to limit themselves to “was he lying then or is he lying now”. Of course, that would include lies that he’s told about Bain; like the jobs he didn’t create and his retroactive retirement and sending jobs and cash out of the country and whether he actually paid any taxes and…

    Still, there are so many lies that one could use this tactic without spending so much time on Bain and concentrate on political positions that have changed between the time he was running for Governor of Massachusetts and his current full-out pandering to the most extreme of the Reichwhiners. Let the PACs cover the Bain and tax stuff while the official campaign plays up the “Mittens is lying” angle.

    I’m pretty sure that a whole lot of Reichwhiners would simply stay home or write in some other nutjob, even with a black guy in the White House, if they became better acquainted with Mittens the gubernatorial candidate. Heck! Just about any Reichwhiner would consider him to be about as pure as the influx to a sewage treatment plant if his incessant lying and seemingly limitless ability to change direction 180 degrees manages to penetrate their thick skulls. They are almost as afraid of nuance as they are of “others”.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/romney-to-obama-please-stop-attacking-my-business-taxes.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+tpm-news+%28TPMNews%29

  8. I’ve been reading about the recent announcement of new Homo rudolfensis fossils and I was going to say that it should result in a few fundy heads exploding. Then I remembered that they seem to think that the study of evolution ended with Darwin rather than beginning with him. Oh, there will be a couple who will claim that Homo rudolfensis is “just another monkey” but the rank and file will just see the Latin name and their eyes will gloss over. Come to think of it; it’s rather incredible that they haven’t chosen to attack the Leakeys. After all, a large proportion of the actual fossils that map out human evolution have been discovered and described by members of that august clan and their partners.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19184370

  9. Some funny stuff from my esteemed father…

    The English language – mangled….

    Did I read that sign right?
    TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW
    In a Laundromat:
    AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT

    In a London department store:
    BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS

    In an office:
    WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN
    In an office:
    AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD
    Outside a secondhand shop:
    WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING – BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?

    Notice in health food shop window:
    CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS

    Spotted in a safari park:(I sure hope so)
    ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR

    Seen during a conference:
    FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN’T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR

    Notice in a farmer’s field:
    THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES.

    Message on a leaflet:
    IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET LESSONS

    On a repair shop door:
    WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR – THE BELL DOESN’T WORK)
    **********************************************************
    Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn’t you say?
    Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter
    This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day.
    Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
    Really? Ya think?
    —————————————————————————-
    Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
    Now that’s taking things a bit far!
    ———————————————————–
    Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
    What a guy!
    —————————————————————
    Miners Refuse to Work after Death
    No-good-for-nothing’ lazy so-and-so’s!
    ——————————————————
    Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
    See if that works any better than a fair trial!
    ———————————————————-
    War Dims Hope for Peace
    I can see where it might have that effect!
    —————————————————————-
    If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
    Ya think?!
    ———————————————————————–
    Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
    Who would have thought!
    —————————————————————-
    Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain;PoliceSuspect Homicide
    They may be on to something!
    ————————————————————————
    Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
    You mean there’s something stronger than duct tape?
    ———————————————————-
    Man Struck By Lightning:Faces Battery Charge
    He probably IS the battery charge!
    ———————————————-
    New Study of Obesity Looks for LargerTest Group
    Weren’t they fat enough?!
    ———————————————–
    Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
    That’s what he gets for eating those beans!
    —————- ———————————
    Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
    Do they taste like chicken?
    ****************************************
    Local High School DropoutsCut in Half
    Chainsaw Massacre all over again!
    ***************************************************
    Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
    Boy, are they tall!
    *******************************************
    And the winner is….
    Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
    Did I read that right?

      • That’s Mitt crying “uncle.” It’s cute how irony-deficient the GOP is and how Mitt talks about “fact-checking,” isn’t it? What’s great about this election is that Romney is a terrible candidate and he’s shady as Spiro Agnew. If Obama was white he’d have a 15 point lead.

    • Ahem! I already posted that but I’ll forgive you. This time.

      like I said above; I think that everything the Obama campaign outs out should be in the context of revealing Mittens’ lies. Let the PACs hit the lies in his business life while the White House hammers him on politics. I would be most pleased if every single ad ended with: “Was Mittens lying then or is he lying now? There is no third option”.

    • It truly saddens me that a network that had decided to go with a decidedly liberal stance (at one time) still feels they need to have “balance” in the discussions. All they are doing when they let RWers on their programs is “balance” the truth with lies.

        • Ironically, for a network that seemed proud to announce they were going Liberal, they still seem to fear being tagged a “Liberal” by the RW media. They have let the RW define being Liberal as Evil.

          • They are chickenshit, and if they end up getting rid of all their liberal talkers one day, I won’t be surprised at all.

      • The part that makes me feel like smashing the TV is when a host allows some dipshit to lie for 4 minutes and then, rather than informing their audience that said dipshit is lying and showing the documentation that proves it, closes the segment with “we’ll have to leave it there”. I finally gave up on the NewsHour because Judy Woodruff seems to end every single segment with that lame platitude and often gives the lying dipshit the last word.

  10. Wow.

    Time and CNN suspend Fareed Zakaria for plagiarism – Yahoo! News

    (Reuters) – CNN host and Time magazine contributing editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria was suspended by his employers on Friday after he acknowledged copying material for a recent column he wrote about gun control from another writer.
    Time said it was suspending Zakaria for one month, “pending further review,” and CNN said it had also suspended him for his journalistic misstep. CNN put no time limit on its suspension.
    The sanctions came after Zakaria issued a public apology for borrowing from a recent New Yorker essay about gun control for a column he wrote for Time this week.

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