Sunday Roast: Moss

Photo by Zooey

According to the Wiki:

Mosses are small, soft plants that are typically 1–10 cm (0.4–4 in) tall, though some species are much larger. They commonly grow close together in clumps or mats in damp or shady locations. They do not have flowers or seeds, and their simple leavescover the thin wiry stems. At certain times mosses produce spore capsules which may appear as beak-like capsules borne aloft on thin stalks.

There are approximately 12,000 species of moss classified in the Bryophyta.[2] Thedivision Bryophyta formerly included not only mosses, but also liverworts and hornworts. These other two groups of bryophytes now are often placed in their own divisions.

Yeah okay, it’s a lame post.  Sue me!  Heh.

This is our daily open thread — talk about moss!


122 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: Moss

  1. Watching Up, of course, and the clip of Newt claiming society doesn’t owe the protesters access to ‘a public park they didn’t pay for’, ‘bathrooms they didn’t pay for’, etc. Seems the Reich characterizes these young people as somehow being from a different group than the young people we owe everything to, including not leaving them in debt, so we have to cut the spending on only the programs the Reich doesn’t like.

    • I remember pay toilets, stalls that you had to put a dime in before you could use the facilities…I never saw the point of them, but somebody thought it was a good idea to try to profit from you using their bathroom. If you didn’t have a dime, you had to suffer the indignity of crawling under the door to do your business.

      The crowd we have in Congress now would like to make us as a nation crawl under the bathroom door for the privilege of an higher education. Instead of being seen as an investment in the future of America, it seems that someone has to profit from someone else trying to better themselves educationally.

      The 1% wants us to have to pay for bottled clean water, and air to breathe and uncontaminated land to build a home on, water that doesn’t ignite when it comes out of your faucet. Shouldn’t we already be afforded these things by virtue of the taxes we already pay?

      • All too true.
        My stingy mom made us crawl under the door even though we had the dime.

  2. Good Morning, Butterfly:

    You are up early, unless you’re still up late. 🙂

    We have lots of moss here.

    I’ve talked to some old-timers (older-than-me-timers even!) who remember collecting moss for their families use. “That was back then,” one old man told me, “Back before air conditioning brought all you damn Yankees here!”

    • Pachy, posts can be pre-scheduled to appear at a set time. Zooey didn’t have to be up to manually set the post when it appeared.

      • Reminds me of a story told by the professor to his Industrial Robotics class:
        A man had invested in an automated machine that made wooden toilet seats. He left the machine unattended overnight and when he returned in the morning he discovered a batch of toilet seat that were hinged on the side!

        • Many of the threads are written ahead of time and then scheduled to appear on a specific date and time. All of my threads are done this way.

          Hopefully, there won’t be too many side hinged toilet seats on these “scheduled” posts. 😉

  3. Egyptian Police, Protesters Clash Again

    Firing tear gas and rubber bullets, Egyptian riot police have clashed for a second day in Cairo with thousands of rock-throwing protesters demanding that the ruling military quickly announce a date to hand over power to an elected government.

    The police battled an estimated 5000 protesters in and around the capital’s Tahrir Square, birthplace of the 18-day uprising that toppled authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak in February.

    When our President and his State Department didn’t loudly condemn police brutality against Occupy Wall Street, they surrendered the moral high ground to condemn these police state tactics anywhere in the world. Maybe they would prefer the military continue to control Egypt. They were the ones really running things all along.

  4. There is no moss any where near the detention ponds that are created to hold the back water from fracking. If you haven’t already read this article, then I will post the link

    Since these farmers consider themselves to be redneck Libertarians, my guess is that they all voted for Tom Corbett for Governor of PA. This is a good example of people voting against their own best interests. The really sad part is that these farmers take people for their word and they were lied to by the thieving gas companies. Even after suffering illnesses and the loss of property values, they still believe that we need natural gas to bridge the gap until we can use renewable sources for energy. How foolish can they be? They continue to believe the lies. It’s time to make the bridge very, very small and start investing in renewable energy NOW and not wait until the gas is gone which is exactly what the gas and oil industry wants to do. Yes, they do cling to their guns and bibles in Pennsyltucky and as a result, they are losing their health and all they have worked for.

  5. Without moss, the world would be a lesser place. Moss serves the rest of life in a variety of very profound ways. Contrast that with Republicans who, by their presence, make the world a lesser place and serve only the top one percent of American “humans” in any sort of useful way.

    Gimme moss any day.

  6. Not at all a lame post. I love moss. Looking down on it it often looks the very same as the pictures of rainforests look from above. Mosses can have he most wonderful shapes and produce tiny, delicate and very beautiful flowers. I can sit on a stone and look at he various shapes of moss for hours.

  7. Well, the Emergency Alert System on my cable wiped out Meet the Press, so I have some free time.

  8. They commonly grow close together in clumps or mats in damp or shady locations.

    …sounds like a Republican.

  9. I found this on a local blog, from a fundraising letter sent out by our wacky AG, Ken “Kooky” Cuccinelli :

    “Why does the Obama Administration fear my lawsuit the most?
    My lawsuit is linked to Virginia’s Health Care Freedom Act[.] … Passage of this law in Virginia set up my direct challenge to President Obama’s healthcare bill because that bill mandates that individuals must purchase healthcare insurance. … Judicial history and the United States Constitution are on our side. That’s why Eric Holder’s Justice Department and President Obama so greatly fear my lawsuit.
    Any honest reading of the Constitution and the original supporting arguments and documents upholds my lawsuit.
    But that doesn’t make any difference to the Obama Administration.
    I’ve been called “crazy,” “lunatic” and other names because I have stood up for the citizens of Virginia and the US Constitution.
    My success in the courts drives the left nuts.
    That’s why they have me in their “crosshairs.”

    The funny part is that Kooky’s lawsuit was dismissed some months ago for lack of standing. I doubt Obama even knows who he is.

    • Kooky like other Republicans is filled with self adoration. The only things that Republicans can talk about is how GREAT they are and how terrible everyone else is.

    • Judicial history and the United States Constitution are on our side

      I’ve heard that John Adams, who certainly qualifies as someone who knew what the Founding fathers wanted, signed a bill mandating that merchant seamen buy insurance. If true, it blows Kooky’s argument out of the water.

  10. Ehud Barak, former Prime Minister, Israel is on Fareed Zakaria.

    Barak: I think that they are acting quite intensively right now (to prevent Iran from having nukes), and I would not underestimate the sincerity of this administration and this President.

    Zakaria: You know that there are people in the United States who criticize President Obama for not supporting Israel strongly enough. Do you believe that President Obama is a very strong supporter of Israel?

    Barak: He’s extremely strong supporter of Israel in regard to its security. Traditionally presidents were supporting Israel in keeping its quality military age(?) and taking care of its security needs, but this administration is excelling in this, and it could not have happened without the immediate direct support of the president, so I don’t think that anyone can raise any question mark about the devotion of this president to the security of Israel.

    I would like to think that Bachmann will have to shut the hell up now about Obama and Israel, but I won’t hold my breath.

    • Tuesday night, CNN is hosting another Republican debate. This one is on National Security and foreign policy. It’s at 8pm eastern.

      We’ll see right away if my theory is correct about Bachmann.

      • I don’t think I can take any more “debates.” On the other hand, seeing Rick Santorum struggle to get a toehold gives me some kind of mild pleasure.

        Since Newt’s up in the polls, does that mean he will be front and center with Newt?

      • Don’t hold your breath. Bachmann is clearly more of an expert on Israel than Ehud Barak. The little voice in her head said so.

        What I want to know is is the GOP winner will be as eager to debate Obama as they were willing to debate each other?

  11. Spanish moss (a member of the “air plant” family), so prevelant here in the south is actually related to the pineapple.
    Both are bromeliads. If you examine spanish moss and a pineapple you will see the family resemblence.

  12. “Yeah okay, it’s a lame post. Sue me! Heh.”

    Well, moss doesn’t have a leg to stand on, so, techincally, you’re correct – it’s lame.

    But it got me to wondering, what would the cause of action be? Intentional infliction of emossional distress?

    Would you be able to raise the affirmative defense of unclean hands?

    Am I guilty of hit and pun?

  13. Zakaria: “You know that there are people in the United States who criticize President Obama for not supporting Israel strongly enough.”

    Actually, Fareed,there are Republicans and right-wing propagandists who falsely criticize Obama for not supporting Israel strongly ‘enough’ –whatever ‘enough’ means—and at the same time we’ve heard Republican presidential candidates so eager to declare their cost-cutting bona fides that a few of them have proposed reducing or even cutting US aid to Israel, before hurriedly reversing themselves once they’d realized the implications of their boneheaded pandering.

    Sooo fucking lazy

    • I still question why it is necessary for presidential candidates in this country to pledge their loyalty to Israel. I’m convinced there is more to that than any of them are willing to publicly admit.

      • I agree. It doesn’t make sense to back the only spot in the middle east not sitting on a ginormous pool of oil.

      • Indeed.
        I don;t get the impression that AIPAC is any more generous in its campaign contributions than say, the NRA or The Chamber of Commerce—by such a token AIPAC is just one of hundreds lobbying outfits. .

        But the elephant in the room is that about 70% of US aid to Israel finances the Israeli military, which uses mostly US weapon systems, so what’s good for the American MIC lobby is good for AIPAC—Boeing, General Dynamics, McDonnell Douglas, Raytheon etc in lobbying for themselves are also lobbying for Israel, and because weapons and ammo are the hardware of international ‘diplomacy’ and foreign policy, Israel gets to influence US foreign policy through the US MIC lobby,

        As a US ‘ally’, Israel is fucking useless. Despite the subsidization they get from the US, they aren’t interested in, and nor are they logistically able,to provide any tangible support to the US in any of its foreign policy efforts, and especially not of course in the Middle East ( and lately North and West Africa) by virtue of bigotry and history—their own, that of Muslim countries and the US.

        Israel does whatever the hell it likes, and the US per se gets NOTHING from the relationship (only the US-MIC gains).
        Now interestingly the excuse that Israel is the “only democracy in the Middle East” has been recently demolished by the Arab Spring—though how democratic Egypt, Libya, Tunisia etc are going to be, and how successful, still remains to be seen.

        I cannot think of any practical reason, nor any romantic ‘principle’ why Israel is such a special case and such a sacred cow, in US politics. . .

        • 5th when Syria falls Israel will have an even tougher job to explain why they feel so threatened. I expect some huge changes in my lifetime. I’ve seen Apartheid go, I’ve seen the wall fall, I’ll be seeing peace in the Middle East yet.

        • It’s all because of Charlton Heston. If he hadn’t made that popular film “The Ten Commandments” then gone on to be the spokesman for the NRA we wouldn’t care nearly so much.


          • And Turkey.

            Although I think Egypt has a long way to go, Tunisia seems well on their way.

            A democracy would offer all of its citizens exactly the same rights. Israel however does not from the treatment of the majority of Palestinians in ‘Greater Israel’ to the Israeli Arabs who are banned from marrying any non-Israeli, unless that Israeli is Jewish.

            Israel is an apartheid state, let no one argue otherwise.

        • Not to mention that they spy on us, at least one of their agents is currently in prison for espionage. With friends like that…

  14. Members of the “super committee” charged with coming up with $1.2 trillion in budget cuts are focused on how to announce failure to reach a deal,

    Allrighty Class! What’s wrong with this sentence?

    • The sentence is fine, it’s the super committee that’s got a problem, and it’s problem is too many Republicans. Here’s the thing: if the government would give me the problem to solve, I’d have it done in less than five fucking minutes and wouldn’t even charge them for it. MY solution is to raise taxes on the rich to, say, fifty percent on all income over a million dollars per annum (including capital gains) alongside a ceiling in “Defense” appropriations of $500 billion per year for at least ten years. Whatever that solution yields in excess of $1.2 trillion over ten years gets reinvested in people and in infrastructure, energy R&D, and whatever else needs fixing.

  15. Please forgive my sharing a bible quote from church this morning:

    “I myself will tend my sheep, declares the Lord. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice….Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you trample the rest with your feet? Is it not enough for you to drink the clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet? I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep.”

    And that’s from the Old Testament, not my socialist friend Jesus.

      • Actually, if humans are indeed created in the image of god, then god would have both a liberal progressive commie socialist side and a republican fascist greedy dumbshit side (among other options), no?

  16. Since it is Sunday and my thoughts turn to food, I think I will be making Pescados a la Veracruzana.

    • Why do I get the feeling this is wandering somewhere I had not intended? Don’t about anyone else but I don’t think I have ever eaten liverwort.

      • Figured you just didn’t write ‘liverwurst’ correctly or were making a ‘funny’/colloquialism.

        Never have had a liverwort sandwich.

    • Truly disgusting. The extremes of violence and disrespect these unwashed Islamofascistcommiesocialistliberal protesters will go to to make a point. Have they no decency?

    • Classy. They impress me immensely. The way they shamed the cops into retreat, now this. There is this prejudice Americans were all stupid. This proves it is not so. I knew it,of course, the zoo is the realm of sanity anyway.

      • EV, this Zoo may be a realm of reason in the irrational realm of American behavior but when it comes to sanity I’m pretty sure we’re just as crazy as the next person!

  17. For those who may have missed 5th’s first-hand account of OWS:
    (this from yesterday’s Watering Hole)

    5thstate on November 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm said:
    Hey zoobies… zoosters…. zoetropes and what have you ( zoogotes?)

    Apropos of OWS….

    Thus far I’ve been unable to meaningfully support OWS by actually joining them but I have contributed as best I could—helping set up an encampment in Journal Square, donating $10, giving then a hand crank radio that can also charge cell phones, providing a “space-blanket” and keeping them company for a few days during the course of which I got to know quite a few of them as a result of which I can speak of the OWS ‘demographic’ which is that it is not a bunch of lazy clueless unemployed hippies but a considerable cross-section of American society–men and women from their early twenties up to their sixties (and as we’ve seen even older people have joined the movement).

    I met a young man with a degree in engineering and a $50K college debt who couldn’t find a job and was thus now studying for his master’s degree just so he could defer his student loan payments–a tactic which will of course put him in further debt, which he well-knows.
    I met a physically frail but still spirited woman who had marched with Martin Luther King and had protested the Vietnam war.
    I met a quite rotund 40-ish woman with a variety of health issues who nonetheless was prepared to camp-out.
    There was a young-ish well-educated Hispanic who had a job, a mid-40s female postal worker (still working), a working mother, a local Indian ( Desi) businessman who was financially self-sufficient but who also an advocate and helper of the local homeless even before OWS, an Asian college graduate, a ridiculously demure female beauty whose ‘rightful’ place ought to have been at some ‘cotillion’ instead of mucking-in with some radical hippies–and, it has to be said, in the minority a couple of people who were a bit strange and/or with self-centered agendas.
    In short the 15-or so-OWS participants that I met over a few days certainly represented the polyglot majority of American society; old, middle-aged, young, students, employed, retired, unemployed, white, brown, male, female, natural-born, immigrant, single, married, divorced, childless or parent.

    So, anyway, the Occupy Journal Square offshoot of OWS has after two weeks effort. disbanded, —a fact which doesn’t imply a lack of fortitude or or an inability to organize as OWS critics have claimed, but because the site was proving to not be worth the effort.

    So that’s, that, but wait there’s more….and it’s IRONIC…and you all will have to read on in my follow up comment which will appear shortly……


  18. 5thstate on November 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm said:

    The ONLY work I have been able to find in the last 12 months has only appeared in the last TWO months, and that work is being distributed to me, piecemeal between two companies.

    Without giving too much away, one of these jobs (very weirdly and IRONICALLY) allows me to be privy to some of the corporate and Wall Street world-view,

    Remember how the financial media went on and on about how “uncertainty” was preventing the financial industry and large corporations from growing and hiring?

    From my newly acquired insider perspective over the past two months I can tell you that,neither Wall Street financiers nor industrial strategists have had ANY “uncertainty” about their present and future prospects for sustainable and improved profit.

    Contrary to the claims of their GOP puppets who persist in blaming Obama for the present economic slump, of the now dozens of mineral, manufacturing, logistical, technological, retail, and service industry representatives that I have heard speak regarding their own business economics and the national economy EVERY single one has been clear that their sspecific economic difficulties, and the reduction in the general US economy began in the late summer of 2008—NOT when Obama took office.

    Furthermore, not ONE of these corporate representatives has expressed ANY dismay as to their future prospects and thus the prospects for their investors. Every one of them sees opportunity and increased growth for their respective businesses and markets.

    In this strange job I have, I don;t usually get to parse much information, but this week I heard someone talk about “headcount”–specifically how the company had recently reduced their “head count” by about 7,500, which would have the affect of ensuring a specific and desirable return for investors.

    “Head count” is of course a substitute phrase for employees–or in this case, suddenly former-employees. The good news was of course that the reduction in “head count” helped bolster the investors’ return, ensuring a robust X cents per-share profit; never mind that each individual “head count” actual represented a family without a bread -inner, and never mind the concomitant loss of expertise.

    Employees are ‘beans’ to be counted, consumed or discarded according to .the needs of investors (which include the upper echelon management who depend on stock-market.ROI performance to ‘earn’ yet more multiple millions of tax protected dollars).

    As to the future, which for millions of formerly working Americans is indeed uncertain, as is the future off many who still have a job to cling to for the moment, every upper-echelon corporate manager is and I quote “excited”–without fail–about their corporations’ and their investors’ prospects until 2016.

    As for the 99%, or even the 50%, are they also exited about the present and near future? Hell no!

    But they are just beans, so fuck’em.


    . ….

    • I suspect there are many larger companies in the US just waiting for American labor costs to become ‘competitive’. The bean counters have convinced them that if they cut labor costs the bottom line profits will increase. This is true in the short term. What they miss is is the mighty engine of American prosperity that was the Middle Class suddenly has no more disposable income and is living from paycheck to paycheck, it ain’t a mighty engine anymore.

      • But here’s the thing…the American middle class is not needed to drive the Corporate profit engine anymore. As each developing country becomes more industrialized – their population becomes employed at a rate never before seen, albeit at sweat-shop wages – these workers have disposable income – new markets are developed and exploited.

        The global economy is divided between the wealthy, the working poor, and the impoverised. The American middle class is an anacronism.

        • Possibly. But if there is not a society that can afford to buy, the amount of things to sell becomes a moot point.

  19. Spanish Moss is Central California! While visiting friends who live near Nacimiento Lake in Paso Robles, we rode their cattle ranch trails to some lake overlooks. LOTS of Spanish Moss on the Live Oak! (and lots of poison oak, too)
    And I thought it was just in hot, humid southeastern states………………….

  20. The people do have some power for change.

    Strange how the top cop of Davis said her force did nothing wrong – yet…

    Officers in pepper spray incident placed on leave

    Two University of California, Davis police officers involved in the pepper spraying of seated protesters were placed on administrative leave Sunday, as the school’s chancellor accelerated an investigation of the incident and made plans to meet with protesters amid calls for her resignation.

    • And all the officers present did absolutely nothing to stop the action, other than to back off and LET IT HAPPEN!

    • There were not 2 officers involved in the incident. The entire force, well over a dozen officers, were involved. They saw what was happening and willingly participated.

    • Link from a post at C& L:
      Militarization Of Campus Police

      …The only thing that involved a “serious health and safety concern” at Davis yesterday was the pepper spray. I just spoke with a doctor who works for the California Department of Corrections, who participated in a recent review of the medical literature on pepper spray for the CDC. They concluded that the medical consequences of pepper spray are poorly understood but involve serious health risk. As with chili peppers, some people tolerate pepper spray well, while others have extreme reactions. It is not known why this is the case. As a result, if a doctor sees pepper spray used in a prison, he or she is required to file a written report. And regulations prohibit the use of pepper spray on inmates in all circumstances other than the immediate threat of violence. If a prisoner is seated, by definition the use of pepper spray is prohibited. Any prison guard who used pepper spray on a seated prisoner would face immediate disciplinary review for the use of excessive force. Even in the case of a prison riot in which inmates use extreme violence, once a prisoner sits down he or she is not considered to be an imminent threat. And if prison guards go into a situation where the use of pepper spray is considered likely, they are required to have medical personnel nearby to treat the victims of the chemical agent.
      Apparently, in the state of California felons incarcerated for violent crimes have rights that students at public universities do not.

  21. If we could prove they’re all Muslims, they could wake up in Guantanamo in the morning.

    Reminds me of the sixties when brutality, so long as it was administered by good old uniformed white boys, was ok; and where resistance … by young folks, by hippies, ni99ers, Wetbacks, and other lazy bums … was the equivalent of a riot.

    The police would abuse, and if the people reacted in self defense, Katy bar the door: it was a riot and freed the police to react “appropriately.”

    2011: History repeats.

    • Awfully strange about these ‘violent’ protesters. Goggles, face shields and even gas masks are readily available to the average citizen and yet we see very few of the protesters availing themselves of any sort of defense. Gandhi and Jeebus would be proud of them. I know I am.

    • Perhaps the most telling part of the bile being directed at OWS is that today’s Reichwhiners are using virtually the same “arguments” that were used against the civil rights and peace movements in the 60s. “They smell”, “they’re doing drugs”, “they’re trashing parks”, “they’re interfering with commerce”, “they’re raping white christian women” and on and on. The funny part is that, eventually, all those old arguments served only to show how vile the establishment types really were. I think that, by virtue of living in the information age, the establishment types are looking completely ridiculous almost from the start.

  22. How Deep Does the Hatred for the Black Guy in the White House Run?

    Pretty deep, at least is some quarters:

    The birther wars continue. Orly Taitz, birther queen of California, personally filed a complaint in New Hampshire on Saturday that challenged President Obama’s U.S. citizenship and argued for his removal from the state’s ballot, reports the Concord Monitor.

    New Hampshire’s electoral governing body, the Ballot Law Commission, turned down the complaint in a public hearing via 5-0 vote. It got pretty ugly shortly thereafter.

    “Traitors!” screamed the members of the attending public. “Treason!”

    “You have no decency! You have no honesty! You’re committing treason!”

    The group of birthers, which included several New Hampshire state representatives, erupted after the decision, shouting at the commission attorneys as they tried to exit the hearing room. Another state representative apparently suggested committee members should cover their face with a mask if they ever found themselves in his district.

    In her own report posted here, Orly Taitz assailed the commission as corrupt, citing as evidence the fact that all its members were Democrats.

    “The level of corruption was unbelievable,” Taitz said. “We found out that all five members of the committee are Democrats. As I was presenting all of the evidence, people were listening and getting more and more angry.”

    If indeed all members of the commission were Democrats, New Hampshire would have a major legal problem. Except Brad Cook, the chair of the commission, is a prominent Republican.

    • Why is it that Republicans so love Russian born women who come to the US and decry our system of government? Why is it that Republican groups who worship Tailgunner Joe and his secret commies so totally believe in the mouthings of these Russians who are telling America that they know better? Rand and Taitz havbe clear and distinct roots to Old Russia yet they are somehow seen as heroes and saints in America?

      Fut the Wuck?

      • Makes it easier to understand the ascent of state tyranny, of Lenin and Stalin. But I never realized that the bulk of the Russian people back in Bolshevik Revolution days were Republicans. Honestly, the thought never occurred to me. Till recently. Very recently.

      • It pains me to have to quote Mike Tyson but he might have described today’s Reichwiners as well as anyone. “They love crazy more than they hate black people.”

    • Speaking strictly for myself, I can only say that if I ever went to a NASCAR race and did NOT get booed, I would hope I’d at least be suicidal.

      If there are 50,000 in attendance at any NASCAR event, that would be like being surrounded by fifty thousand exact replicas of my cousin. Believe me, being booed would be a great honor.

    • Trailer trash on parade. I have started to wonder whether their hate for the black guy in the White House has actually caused lesions in their brains or if it’s just the flow of adrenaline released by their rage? what a happy memory for those kids too. They get to be on stage with the First Lady at a big event and, at least by extension, get booed during what should be a very special occasion.

  23. All the GOoPers are nuts but I think Newt still leads the field in being heartless and cruel. He wants to put school maintenance workers out of a job to be replaced by students who will “clean our schools” for virtually no pay. On the other hand, it would be fun to see the look on Newt’s face if one of his conscripted child workers organized a freakin’ union. I figure a clever 6th grader could pull it off.

  24. 60 Minutes Report on Grover Norquist:

    Steve Kroft: In the interest of transparency, would you disclose your major donors?

    Grover Norquist: Um, I, I would not, I don’t know, hadn’t thought of it. It doesn’t really matter, because, what we do is what we do.

    Watch this video.
    Simpsons – Spider Pig

    “What we do is what we do.”
    “Spiderpig, Spiderpig, does whatever a Spiderpig does.”
    The secret is revealed! Grover Norquist is none other than Homer Simpson’s Spider Pig!

  25. The drought in Texas has had unexpected consequences

    BLUFFTON, Texas — Johnny C. Parks died two days before his first birthday more than a century ago. His grave slipped from sight along with the rest of the tiny town of Bluffton when Lake Buchanan was filled 55 years later.

    Now, the cracked marble tombstone engraved with the date Oct. 15, 1882, which is normally covered by 20 to 30 feet of water, has been eerily exposed as a yearlong drought shrinks one of Texas’ largest lakes.

    Across the state, receding lakes have revealed a prehistoric skull, ancient tools, fossils and a small cemetery that appears to contain the graves of freed slaves. Some of the discoveries have attracted interest from local historians, and looters also have scavenged for pieces of history. More than two dozen looters have been arrested at one site.

    Read more here:

    • I used to fish in Lake Buchanan. It was a damn large body of water. In the 60’s, you could fish for Crappie, Small Mouth Bass, Catfish and Large Mouth Bass. As for bait, you could scoop up scads of shiners with a 1/2 inch mesh net.

  26. It would be cool if someone could put together the video John Aravosis suggests. I confess, I suggested the OWS protesters sing this song the next time the police come to beat them. I wasn’t thinking of the Simon & Garfunkel video when I suggested the song.

    @aravosis John Aravosis
    A reader writes: The moment the police take action, the protestors should begin singing the Star Spangled Banner. (I’d try xmas carols too)

    @WayneASchneider Wayne A Schneider
    @aravosis Imagine the video of police beating protesters as the protesters sing “Silent Night”.

    aravosis John Aravosis
    Brilliant RT @WayneASchneider: @aravosis Imagine the video of police beating protesters as the protesters sing “Silent Night”.

    derekjjohnson Derek Johnson
    @aravosis @WayneASchneider reminds me of Simon & Garfunkel singing Silent Night over the 7:00 news

    @aravosis John Aravosis
    .@derekjjohnson @wayneaschneider I’m someone needs to do a mashup of infamous pepperspray video with Silent Night playing in back

    • Another tip you may want to pass on would be for those who are out braving the snow to shovel the sidewalks around the parks and other public spaces they are occupying. Of course, the “librul media” will probably accuse them of disrupting traffic by throwing snow in the streets but it would still be funny to watch the talking heads whining about how “lazy” the protestors are while they are hard at work providing a public service.

  27. Newt Gingrich: Voters Don’t Care About The Freddie Mac Payments

    Now that he’s been caught – why was it so important when he would throw the phrase in Barney Frank’s face?

    • Ol’ Neuter is one of the most hypocritical persons who ever lived. Neither he nor anyone who still gives a rat’s ass what he says is fundamentally capable of even recognizing inconsistencies. The only reason why he’s even mentioned is because he happens to be the latest to benefit from the “anyone but Mittens” sentiment among the Reichwhiners and, assuming he isn’t behind the revelations that have derailed each previous front-runner, he will fade away in his turn.

    • Translation:

      Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. I am the great an powerful Wizard of OZ!

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