The Watering Hole: Wednesday, June 18, 2014: Vacation Edition, Part II: Gone Fishing

Gentle Readers,

Last week’s contest went over so well we’re running a sequel. But, instead of posting teh stupedestest thing you’ve ever heard, this time you are invited to post the biggest whopper you’ve ever heard, or come up with, be it a fish story or otherwise.

For example: Yesterday, Sarah Palin said something that made sense.

The rules are the same:

First Place Prize: posting of your comment/entry on an internationally read blog.

Odds of winning:1/1, based on the number of entries. In the event of a tie, all eligible entries will be posted.

Entries close at midnight.



61 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: Wednesday, June 18, 2014: Vacation Edition, Part II: Gone Fishing

  1. PRESIDENT BUSH: America’s interests in security and America’s belief in liberty both lead in the same direction: to a free and peaceful Iraq.

    Assurance #5: We will find WMDs

    • SENATOR JOHN WARNER: In the event that force is used… is it your judgment that there will be clearly caches of weapons of mass destruction which will dispel any doubt that the United States and such other nations that joined in the use of force did the right thing at the right time?
    TENET: Sir, I think we will find caches of weapons of mass destruction, absolutely.

    • RUMSFELD: We know they have weapons of mass destruction. We know they have active programs. There isn’t any debate about it. So the idea that if you had an appropriate inspection regime, that they’d come back and say you were wrong, is so far beyond anyone’s imagination, that it’s not something I think about.

  2. Hopefully this will come to fruition and NOT be a whopper…

    Ukraine’s president has proposed a unilateral cease-fire by his troops to allow pro-Russian separatists to lay down their weapons, reports say.

    Petro Poroshenko said the peace plan would be implemented “shortly”, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reports.

    His announcement comes after he held a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    They discussed a solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are battling government forces.

    • “Because I say so, that’s why” attitude is so annoying.
      How can one take him seriously when he can’t, correctly, pronounce validate…

  3. U.S. Patent office cancels Redskins trademark registration, says name is disparaging

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

    The landmark case, which appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, was filed on behalf of five Native Americans. It was the second time such a case was filed.


    Federal trademark law does not permit registration of trademarks that “may disparage” individuals or groups or “bring them into contempt or disrepute.” The ruling pertains to six different trademarks associated with the team, each containing the word “Redskin.”

    So much for exclusive NFL-licensed merchandise. Now anyone can use the team logos to produce knockoff jerseys and other swag. This may allow a backlash of products to flood the market, inducing the opposite of what this ruling is intended to accomplish. Some people will buy stuff just because others don’t want them to have it.

    • “Some people will buy stuff just because others don’t want them to have it.”
      Ah, American exceptionalism…

      In addition, E-Bay et al will soon be flooded with “Collectible Memorabilia”, attended as you said by the knockoffs and the fraud. Got to keep the economy going…

      Speaking of collectibles, read a story yesterday about a hoarder who perished in her home when the first floor collapsed into the basement. She wasn’t found for several days, local police didn’t notice on the first visit that the first floor was in the basement because the second floor had dropped onto where the first floor used to be, and was still head high with stuff. It took 2 days of digging to find the homeowner…

        • I don’t know that term yet…chockablock. Guess I equated wanting stuff with general greed and the seeming scofflaw nature a lot of Americans seem to have acquired lately.

          • Oh dear, I see what I did in responding to the abbreviated little window on the dashboard.
            Yes, filling both stories with junk is understood as chockablock.
            Remember the brand of coffee Chock-Fulla-Nuts?
            In this case there was only one nut.

            • (Yes I do recall Chock-Fulla-Nuts ad – it is playing in my head as I type…thanks for that earworm)

              I think hoarders start out as shopaholics, needing to acquire material things as fast and as furious as can be. Then at one point it becomes a mental illness – they just can’t give anything away or donate to resale/thrift stores, thus it piles up and up and up until falls down..

            • I’m having tremendous fun in the process of letting go of stuff and simplifying my life… Yesterday I took a truckful of stuff to the Farmer’s Market for a giveaway and barter with some of my fellow vendors from last summer. I left with a single small stone sculpture, a bag of coffee and a loaf of bread. Everyone was happy with the goodies, none more so than I.
              No one wanted the tote bins of driftwood, all had their own spilling out of the garage at home.
              Ended the day by leaving the unwanted pile just behind the fence at my favorite beach access. The scores of summer visitors who pull in there, hop out long enough to whip out the cell phones and take selfies and pictures of waves rarely go down the steep trail to the beach. I’m hoping a few will notice the pile and take a stick or two. I’ll check back in a week or so… kind of a social experiment I suppose.
              It was sure fun heading back home with an empty truck!

    • But, this will hurt the franchise in the only way they can feel pain: money. So they’ll be highly motivated to come up with a new name/brand/logo etc to retain that monopoly and income stream.

      • Why not just tell the truth?
        The Washington Lobbyists. Jack Abramoff could be their coach.
        No, that wouldn’t work, he’d try bribing the Refs
        The Washington Martinis
        John Boehner could be their mascot.

  4. Idiot that Thom Hartmann is interviewing: ‘We don’t want children to see their first gun when they’re fifteen.’

    Maybe if this were true, many fewer of them would die or kill others with them.

    • Reminds me of the Northern Exposure episode when Shelly was trying to relate to Holling’s “old” friend Gladys. After failing to attract Holling’s attention with stimulating conversation (of ’50s farm commodity reports as I recall), Holling tells her, “But Shelly, I don’t love you for your mind, its your body that turns me on!” or something along those lines.

  5. QOTD:

    “In spite of the things I felt at the time when we went into war, liberals said: We shouldn’t get involved. We shouldn’t nation-build. And there was no indication the people of Iraq had the will to be free. I thought that was insulting at the time. Everybody wants to be free. They said we couldn’t force freedom on people. Let me lead with my mistakes. You are right. Liberals, you were right. We shouldn’t have,” – Glenn Beck.

    • What Conservative Libertarians (who are not at all the same as Liberal Libertarians) don’t seem to understand is that not everybody in the world is like us, or even wants to be like us. Tribal cultures (as they have in many Arab countries) do not have Libertarians. If anyone showed the kind of thinking Beck and his ilk show, they’d be ostracized (if not just outright killed.) They aren’t interested in “freedom” as we know it. They aren’t interested in Western-style Democracy, either. And we tried to explain that to the RWers, but they refused to listen.

  6. LMAO!……apropos for today’s theme:

    Cheney on Obama’s Foreign Policy: ‘Rarely Has a U.S. President Been So Wrong About So Much’
    Dick Cheney took off the gloves and let his dukes fly in an all-out assault on President Obama’s foreign policy decisions in the Middle East, in a scorching column published in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

  7. the league wont like this at all……out the window flies millions in controlled merchandise sales. this financial hit will force them to change the name:

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, a second such decision following decades of complaints that the name disparages Native Americans.

    Trademarks that belittle other groups are not permitted under federal law. The ruling Wednesday pertains to six trademarks containing the word “Redskin.”,0,1927895.story

  8. Back in the mid 2000’s POW I mean senator John McCain was on ‘The Factor’ with Bill O’Reilly discussing our Southern border:

    O’Reilly: Why can’t we just station some of our troops along the border?

    McCain: They aren’t trained for that.

    This was said while we have troops along the North/South Korean border as well as troops along the Iraq/Syrian border.

    • Perhaps GrumpyGramps forgot:

      The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 prohibits the use of U.S. military forces to perform the tasks of civilian law enforcement such as arrest, apprehension, interrogation and detention unless explicitly authorized by Congress

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