77 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: April 30 – Nothing

  1. One day while driving away from work, which was located right next to O’Hare Airport in Chicago, I saw the May 1979 crash at O’Hare that was the worst air disaster in US history. This video of a stalled Cargo 747 plunging to the ground in Bagram, killing eight, doesn’t help me get over my paralyzing fear of flying.


  2. “At a Los Angeles Times in-house awards ceremony a week ago, columnist Steve Lopez addressed the elephant in the room.

    Speaking to the entire staff, he said, “Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by Austin Beutner’s group.” No one raised their hands.

    “Raise you hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by Rupert Murdoch.” A few people raised their hands.

    Facing the elephant trunk-on, “Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by the Koch brothers.” About half the staff raised their hands.”


    • $400 billion….. that’s just one year of the Bush Tax Cuts… drop in the bucket. How many Afghans are there – couldn’t we have just split the dosh between them and ‘said, hey go buy yourself a TV or a car, eh?’

  3. QOTD:

    “We are really balanced here on a little precipice, and if this, pardon the pun, goes south, we could be in very serious trouble. If [Immigration Reform] stalls or is killed off by conservatives, we could take the Hispanic community and turn them into the African-American community, where we get 4% on a good day… We could be a lost party for generations,” – Republican media strategist Paul Wilson.

    • Engage your inner teaparty, Paul. Your party’s value systems hate minorities and people of color, in fact, they despise anyone not of white wealth.

      Up yours, you hack.

    • Lettuce pray.

      Won’t make much never-mind to me, not at my age, but still I do have hope for youngsters of age fifty and below. No Republicans for, say, three generations means that everyone alive today will surely be a lot better off by the time they become old folks (with the possible exception of, say, the top 2 or 3% . . . oh well, sobeit. No pain, no gain).

      Who knows, maybe we could even find the means to mandate inspection of coal mines, fertilizer plants, etc., and fix them before they blow up. Hoping for a lot I know, but I’m like that.

    • It’s a picture of a real cake. I’m leaving the soap cakes to those with steadier hands. 🙂

      Although I have made several birthday cakes over the years — for my men — that look just like this one.

  4. From Facebook:

    #TimTebow: “I’m a Christian.”
    Media: “Keep it to yourself.”

    #JasonCollins: “I’m gay.”
    Media: “This man’s a hero!”

    Yes. Any questions?

    This would be the same if Collins were to suddenly perform erotic gay acts on the court. Much like Tebow would thank Jesus on the field.

    Otherwise apples and oranges.

  5. QOTD II:

    “There was 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every 2 days, and the pace is increasing…People aren’t ready for the technology revolution that’s going to happen to them.” — Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

    I’ma skeered.

    • Most of it is coverage of a Kardashian, Snooki or Courtney Stodden ….. you’re right, Im not ready for that.

  6. So I’m watching Ken Burns excellent documentary ‘Dust Bowl’ and near the end one old farmer was saying how he now regrets that his family and other farmers started using the Ogallala Aquifer to irrigate their crops in the 40’s because he believes the Ogallala Aquifer will be dried up within 20 years. That’s some scary stuff considering the ramifications this would have on all the farms in the Southern Plain States and to the food supply.

  7. Sadly I noticed in the ‘Dust Bowl’ documentary was the denial by so many farmers back then when they were told their plowing had something to do with the Dust Bowl kind of reminds me of todays climate change deniers.

    The recovery from the dust bowl is one thing FDR never gets credit for by idiot republicans, that damn socialism saved many a crop.

    • So true about the Dust Bowl farmers, they kept saying it was nature doing what nature does. As you point out – very much like deniers of today.
      That was a very interesting documentary.

      To this day many in the San Joaquin Valley have the southern drawl – my cousin born and reared in a small town (Corcoran) in the Valley sounds as if he’s from Oklahoma or Texas. Still the influence of the generations past who came here during the Dust Bowl.

    • Damn that is sad to read.
      Are the triggers on guns so sensitive that the ‘strength’ of five year old can cause them to discharge?
      NRA – eff you.

    • …the rifle made for youths…


      He said the gun was kept in a corner and the family didn’t realize a shell was left inside it.

      • Right, cuz kids are a dime a dozen, so why not treat them as disposable?

        Not to mention the five year old who’s fucked up for life. I really hate people sometimes.

        • Thanks for asking.
          Steadily improving. He’s out of ICU and within next few days will be transferred to inpatient therapy (occupational, speech and physical). The leg paralysis is gone and he’s walking!!
          Johnny and my sister-in-law have, literally, hundreds of friends. FaceBook is blowing up: from Europe, Asia and Australia.

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