A Small Hiatus

As most of you know, I will be going in shortly for surgery on Monday morning. The surgery is becoming more complicated than I originally thought. Not to worry, it is not life threatening or anything, just a pain in my butt (or groin as it were 🙂 ). However I will be out of commission for a bit as I take lots of good drugs and recover. As a result I am forced to take a little bit of a hiatus from writing. I simply won’t be able to do it for a little bit. My expectation is a week, two at the most. I apologize as I know that this is a place that everyone enjoys coming and discussing the days events. Obviously you will still be able to come and post but I won’t be here to remove things from moderation or offer new articles for that time. I have good plans for how this site will improve and I will be also thinking about those during my hiatus. In the meantime I have set it up so that every two days an “open thread” will show up. You can use that thread to post an article, continue conversations, or start a topic. They will show up at 8:00am on the 18th, 20th, 23rd, 25th, 27th, and 30th. Until the first one posts on the 18th, use this one!



  1. Ray Hawkins says:

    Good luck! Don’t reveal any secrets when under anesthesia!

    • LOL, Ray…. That is very funny. It is never a comfortable feeling to know they are cutting around your groin area. So laughs are appreciated!

      • Seems like they might be painful 🙂 🙂

      • Ray Hawkins says:

        You military guys will have to confirm this – is there a list of anesthesia you guys aren’t allowed to take if you have certain clearance? Had heard before there was.

        • No sir…but you must have a CID or other security cleared person standing by with pen in hand to take down anything so that codes and things can be changed if compromised.

          • This, of course, depending upon the type of cearance applied to you. Codes and things are changed every four hours anyway. But if you are a Secret Service person that knows the President’s iternerary and coding, then you will be monitored.

            FOr example, if I were to undergo emergency surgery, I would have someone close by because I would know certain immediate answers butif my surgery were scheduled, I would be kept out of the loop one week prior.

  2. I will add you to my prayers-hoping for a quick and perfect recovery. 🙂

  3. Hope the surgery goes well and you have a speedy recovery!

  4. I posted this Sunday. No one replied. Any thoughts today?

    One of the topics this week has been whether words can have an impact. Quite a few people seem to think they don’t.

    But isn’t the intent here on SUFA to share ideas and either influence or be influenced by others?

    If you don’t think words can have an impact, then what are you doing here on SUFA?

    • Black Flag says:

      Words convey ideas
      Ideas are the most powerful thinking a human can do –
      all change starts with an idea
      Therefore, words are vitally important

    • It appears that both of you have different pathways….Todd, please give me an example of where you are coming from…I do not think that mere words influence….Speeches maybe, writings maybe…..are you talking writings or just words in an argument?

      • I used “words” as a generic term, and because they are the building blocks of most communication – speeches, writings, conversations…

        I’m really talking about any form of communication – so it includes images, body language, tone.

        Not every communication you are involved in has a major influence on you, but many do.

        • To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine….

          And to those who don’t, and are always seen with a bottle of water in their hand.

          As Ben Franklin said:

          In wine there is wisdom,

          In beer there is freedom,

          In water there are bacteria.

          In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink ONE liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli (E. Coli), the bacteria found in feces.

          In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop.

          However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.


          Water = Poop,

          Wine = Health

          Therefore, it’s better to drink wine and talk stupid than to drink water and be full of shit, and I think we all know all about being full of shit !!

          There is no need to thank me for this valuable information; I’m doing it as a public service.

    • Todd,

      I think you are trying to “frame” a debate that will allow you to make a conclusion.

      “One of the topics this week has been whether words can have an impact.”
      I agree without reservation, words CAN have an impact.

      “Quite a few people seem to think they don’t.”
      Since you addressed this to SUFA, can you name those deniers?

      We may differ with your opinion that someone saying “job killer” inspires a nutcase to go shoot someone. There is no sane way to describe what a truly craze person might do, nor what may provoke them. I think Manson was inspired by this song(should Canada ban it?).

      “Helter Skelter”

      When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide
      Where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride
      Till I get to the bottom and I see you again
      Yeah yeah yeah hey

      Do you, don’t you want me to love you
      I’m coming down fast but I’m miles above you
      Tell me tell me tell me come on tell me the answer
      Well you may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer

      Now helter skelter helter skelter
      Helter skelter yeah

      Will you, won’t you want me to make you
      I’m coming down fast but don’t let me break you
      Tell me tell me tell me the answer
      You may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer

      Look out helter skelter helter skelter
      Helter skelter ooh

      Look out, cos here she comes

      When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide
      And I stop and I turn and I go for a ride
      And I get to the bottom and I see you again
      Yeah yeah yeah

      Well do you, don’t you want me to make you
      I’m coming down fast but don’t let me break you
      Tell me tell me tell me the answer
      You may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer

      Look out helter skelter helter skelter
      Helter skelter

      Look out helter skelter
      She’s coming down fast
      Yes she is
      Yes she is coming down fast

      [My head is spinning, ooh…

      Ha ha ha, ha ha ha, alrgiht!

      I got blisters on my fingers!]

      • LOI,
        Maybe I am trying to “frame” the debate (although I’m not 100% sure what you mean by that) because I don’t think there is much to debate. I believe words/communications can have an impact. I find it hard to believe anyone could disagree with that.

        So now you agree. Good!

        The examples were all though the debate about whether Sarah Palin’s and Sharron Angle’s words could have an impact. Most from the “right” did not seem to think so.

        It’s not just any one statement. It started sometime during the 2008 election (and before – I’m not trying to pick a starting point) and it keeps going up & up. It seems like everyone is trying to out-do the previous statement to get more air time. Where does it end?

        There is no sane way to describe what a truly craze person might do, nor what may provoke them.

        Yes!!! This has been my exact point all along. I think we are better off to tone down the rhetoric to reduce the possibility of provoking someone (and that may also help us to discuss the issues and find better solutions). Because everytime one of these events occur, the calls for more laws and less freedom go up.

        I don’t want more laws, and I’m pretty sure you don’t either…

        No, Canada shouldn’t ban it.

        • I see your point…sort of. The problem is that crazies will be provoked with or with out the rhetoric police…they are afterall…crazy.

        • Yes!!! This has been my exact point all along. I think we are better off to tone down the rhetoric

          (Many who make this statement are calling for more laws, sorry if I jumped on your conclusion and thought that was where you were going)LOL

          to reduce the possibility of provoking someone (and that may also help us to discuss the issues and find better solutions). Because everytime one of these events occur, the calls for more laws and less freedom go up.

          I don’t want more laws, and I’m pretty sure you don’t either…

          (So how do we make this change? It’s always a gray line that no one can agree where it should be drawn. Is job killer allowed, or is it hate speech? And what term would be acceptable in it’s place?)

        • Todd, I agree with your point on rhetoric. The problem is those that are on the big stage, TV, talk radio, and journalists, have to make ratings to keep their job. With the way the liberal media acted this past week, and pushing to lower the rhetoric, why then didn’t the same liberal media come down on Mathews after his “cracker” remark. Name calling is hate speech, and he is a self proclaimed left wing liberal. In effect, Mathews is speaking for the Left based on his stage, but yet we have silence. It amazes me that they will condemn actions one week, then turn around and engage in the same behavior the next. Where I come from, that makes them hypocrits. When people like you and Buck and Matt and the other left leaning folks would attempt action based on your positions, such as toning down the rhetoric, then your position holds legitamacy. If Mathews represented my politcal beliefs, I would have been embarrassed and would have at least e-mailed him to say such. Actions speak louder than words!


    • To be sure, transcripts are often rushed. But this bears little resemblance to what Amanpour actuallly said.

      Also curious were changes made to an article about the town hall meeting posted at ABCNews.com Saturday. As NewsBusters reported, the following two paragraphs were at the end of a piece on this subject:

      Towards the end of an otherwise thoughtful town hall, there was a single incident: James Eric Fuller, who was shot at the Safeway last week, allegedly made a threatening comment to another audience member, Tucson Tea Party co-founder Trent Humphries. It is unclear whether Humphries heard Fuller and the two never engaged. According to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Fuller used a cell phone to take a picture of Humphries and allegedly said, “You’re dead.”

      Fifteen seconds after the conclusion of the town hall, law enforcement officials approached Fuller and led him to a side entrance. A moment later, Fuller could heard yelling, “What’s the matter–with you–whores!” Fuller was charged with disorderly conduct and threatening and intimidation and taken to a local mental health facility, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

      That is now followed by these paragraphs added some time after NewsBusters filed its report:

      In a statement Humphries said, “I was asked to give my thoughts on gun control laws and perhaps the passage of new laws. … A gentleman in the audience who I had never met before began booing and made the comment ‘you’re dead’ while taking my picture. I was escorted from the location of the filming and spoken to by several deputies about the incident. I told them I was very hesitant to press any charges against this gentleman, but after they urged me to do so based on the gravity of the situation, and the lessons learned from the recent tragedy. I allowed them to proceed as recommended,” he said.

      “This is another sad piece to add to an already tragic set of events,” Humphries added in the statement. “My hope continues to remain that we as a community be allowed the ability to heal and focus on those things that will best help our city and its citizens recover from this deadly tragedy,” he said.

      With all this additional information at her disposal, why did Amanpour give “This Week” viewers such a brief, incomplete description of what happened at the end of her town hall meeting?

      Would Amanpour have made the same omission if Fuller was the Tea Party leader and Humphries the shooting survivor?

      Read more: http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/01/16/christiane-amanpour-omits-fuller-saying-tea-partier-week-town-hall-yo#ixzz1BIn1xrby

      • LOI,
        Maybe she was trying to not inflame the rhetoric but focus on the good parts of the meeting? I don’t know.

        There was a clip on your link where Amanpour seemed to address the issue. I don’t know if/when/where that aired.

    • Todd,

      Communication is what put man at the top of the food chain. It is the key to a peaceful existence. When any form of communication is twisted and distorted, it will detract from that peacefull existence. I give the Left credit, they have mastered distortion, and easily win the race of failed communications. Disclaimer: The Right does it as well, just not nearly as good! 🙂

  5. Black Flag says:

    too funny
    I fell and fractured a bone in my elbow – So I’ll be out of commission for a bit too.
    Too hard to type with just one hand- but if Mathius gets too wild I’ll pave to intervene….

    • BWA HA HA HA HA!!!

      What’s the matter? Why can’t you just plug yourself directly into the computer? Or is your USB port located in your elbow?

      PS: Feel better and a speedy recovery to you and USW!

    • Ouch!!!!!!! I suppose you weren’t laughing when you land on your funny bone!

      A speedy recovery to you too!

      I suggest your don’t read SUFA while recovering – not being able to respond may cause you to explode!

      • While the pirate’s away, the liberals will play…

        Without Flag around, who is there to keep me in check? Ooh, I can just feel my liberal propaganda boiling over..

        I ❤ Big Government!
        Taxes should be higher on the rich!
        The welfare state is in the best interest of the poor!
        Obama care will reduce health care costs!
        The government has a right to your tax dollars!

        Sorry, old boy, did your blood pressure just spike? Careful now, we wouldn't want you to over exert yourself…

    • Flag, just use the little yellow faces, we’ll help decipher it. This could be fun 🙂

    • My thoughts and prayers are also with you. And G’s right if you get to frustrated by our comments-you can use the 👿 face.

    • I bet he’ll still play poker.

  6. USW, Speedy recovery my friend.

    • Buck the Wala says:

      Ditto! Best of luck USW – don’t take too long recovering though, we need you out here!

    • Maybe I should send him some grog? That always seems to help..

    • USW and Black Flag,

      To the old and broken (time for life alert?) and the sliced and diced I wish a hearty Get Well Soon!

      • You know, life alert always seemed to be a joke to me, but my grandmother (who lives alone) has one. She fell and broke her shoulder recently. She couldn’t get up to call for help and probably would have gone unnoticed for at least a day, maybe two or three. It saved her life.

        Adding, she keeps a type-written page posted on her wall containing a brief medical history and a summary of all medications she is currently taking. When the paramedics rescued her, they saw the note and took it with them to the hospital. Though I don’t think it necessarily played a very important roll in her case, it very easily could have prevented a dangerous drug interaction or advised a doctor about a pre-existing medical condition. I strongly recommend this as well to all you senior citizens out there (I’m talking about you, D13, you senile old coot).

  7. President of Egypt, Hosney Mubarak and the mukhabarat (Secret Police) have said that Christians have no place in Egypt and should leave immediately as Egypt says it is not their responsibility to protect them during the new violence.

    Iran President Ahmadinejad and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), have been raiding homes of Christians and have warned them to leave all Muslim territory.

    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani President has remained silent while Nouri Kamil Mohammed Hasan al-Maliki, the prime minister, has said that it is impossible to protect Christains in Muslim territory where they d not belong and they should leave immediately.

    Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir of Sudan has said that Christians are not welcome and that we have no responsibility to protect them and they should leave.

    Dr. Bashar al-Assad of Syria has said that it is time thath all Christians seek other places in the world to live. Their place is not here.

    All of these statements and actions have taken place in 2011…and we are only three weeks into it. In response, the Vatican got tough and pulled their emissary from Egypt. Oh wow….such action. Oh well, so much of the peace loving muslims.

    • D13,

      I wouldn’t want to be stuck in those countries as a Christian. Too bad most are too poor to leave, for them it’s fight or die. Being a Christain in a Muslim country is like being a conservative in America. (That ought to stir the stew alittle).

      Stay safe today!

    • Lessons From Tunisia

      From the desk of Lucien Oulahbib on Mon, 2011-01-17 12:03


      French leaders have for long agreed with “experts” that there will be no changes in any “Arab” country, as long as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has not been settled. I’m referring to “experts” such as geostrategist Pascal Boniface, former minister of foreign affairs Hubert Védrine and their friends of the BDS (“Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions for Palestine”) who recently pressured singer Vanessa Paradis into canceling her visit to Israel.

      Now the Tunisian rebellion has uncovered the plot. The fate of the Tunisian people was indeed miserable, but not because their leaders were transferring many products to the Palestinians to allow them to survive, as I have personally heard the wife of former Tunisian president Ben Ali say in 2002 on the French-language radio station during a stay in Djerba: she spoke of “necessary sacrifices” to support the effort of the Palestinian people.

      The Tunisians, but also the Algerians, the Egyptians and the Jordanians, are becoming more and more aware, especially when they see on the Arabic tv channels the standard of living of the Israeli Arabs and even the Palestinians, that the money is not going to “the Palestinian children” as has been claimed, but to big cars, a festive lifestyle and opulent villas for the military-fundamentalist mafia which has been leading those countries for decades with Western and Wahhabi support.

      That is the reality. French officials and intellectuals were not only linking the fate of the North African and Middle Eastern peoples to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but submitting it to the condition of a solution for the conflict. The truth is that the conflict has been artificially maintained by military-mafioso dictatorships and their Western accomplices, precisely to prevent a reasonable peace which could eliminate this false argument to justify the misery of these people. And because a solution is made impossible, the blame can be put on Israel. Everything fits.
      more at link,

  8. http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/01/30_yearold_chicagoan_wrote_tuc.html

    January 16, 2011
    30 year-old Chicagoan Wrote Tucson Speech
    Jack Cashill
    In a Friday article I had speculated that chief Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau had penned Obama’s over-praised Tucson oration, but it turns out that Obama elevated heretofore unknown Cody Keenan from the “eulogy and commencement beat” for his moment in the Arizona sun.

    In an uncommonly frank moment Wednesday night, while flying back from Tucson on Air Force One, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told a Chicago Tribune reporter and others that Keenan had been the speechwriter.

    By Thursday morning, Gibbs was insisting that “Obama had wielded the heavier pen.” Added Gibbs, “I think last night was a speech that was very much the president’s, and he spent a great deal of time going through his thoughts on this and spent a lot of time working on what he wanted to say,”

    Apparently, Gibbs had forgotten that, unlike other political figures, Obama writes his own material.

    • you have to wonder how many quotes of politicians are actually theirs. With speech writers wouldn’t you think quotes should be attributed to those that came up with it and not who said it?

  9. Judy Sabatini says:


    Hope you will have a speedy recovery from your surgery. You will be in my thoughts & prayers. Take Care & God Bless.

    Flag, hope your elbow will be on the mend soon too. You take care as well.

    Hope everybody else is doing well.

    Take Care All.

  10. Some new golf terms to use when you’re out on the course..

    A ‘Rock Hudson’ – a putt that looked straight, but wasn’t.

    A ‘Saddam Hussein’ – from one bunker into another.

    A ‘Yasser Arafat’ – butt ugly and in the sand.

    A ‘John Kennedy Jr.’ – didn’t quite make it over the water.

    A ‘Rodney King’ – over-clubbed.

    An ‘O.J.’- got away with one.

    A ‘Princess Grace’ – should have used a driver.

    A ‘Princess Di’ – shouldn’t have used the driver.

    A ‘Condom’ – safe, but didn’t feel very good.

    A ‘Brazilian’ – shaved the hole.

    A ‘Rush Limbaugh’ – a little to the right.

    A ‘Nancy Pelosi’ – Way to the left and out of bounds.

    A ‘James Joyce’ – a putt that’s impossible to read.

    A ‘Ted Kennedy’ – goes in the water and jumps out.

    A ‘Pee Wee Herman’ – too much wrist.

    A ‘Sonny Bono’ – straight into the trees.

    A ‘Paris Hilton’ – a very expensive hole.

    A ‘Tiger Woods’ – wrong hole

    • Canine Weapon says:

      Next month, both the State of the Union address and Groundhog’s Day occur on the same day, Feb 2. It is an ironic juxtaposition of events; one involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostications while the other involves a groundhog.

      • For all you paycheck to paycheck folks..This coming July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays!

        I have never been in that group but somehow they seem to think they will finally get ahead. Why are they still behind? I’m liking the 5 weekends though 🙂

        • I do like 5 weekends, but I get paid on the 15th and the last (business) day of the month, so it could have ten weekends and I would still make the same.

          Emilius, however, is paid ever other week, so she might get that third paycheck.. that would be nice.

          On the flip-side, we pay the mortgage every other week (this forces us to pay 13 months every year, so we pay off sooner). Just as likely that Emilius gets an extra paycheck is that we get an extra mortgage payment. :/

    • Yeah – read this. WTH? Weird things happening.

      but the Pack are still playing! How ’bout the Lions????

      • The Lions haven’t done anything since the mid 80s..they SUCK! Maybe next year…they went out with 4 Ws in a row..yeah right wishful thinking again!

  11. Best wishes and speedy recoveries to USW and BF!

    Wall St Journal
    Jan 17, 2011

    BEIJING—Chinese President Hu Jintao emphasized the need for cooperation with the U.S. in areas from new energy to space ahead of his visit to Washington this week, but he called the present U.S. dollar-dominated currency system a “product of the past” and highlighted moves to turn the yuan into a global currency.

    “We both stand to gain from a sound China-U.S. relationship, and lose from confrontation,” Mr. Hu said in written answers to questions from The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

    Mr. Hu acknowledged “some differences and sensitive issues between us,” but his tone was generally compromising, and he avoided specific mention of some of the controversial issues that have dogged relations with the U.S. over the past year or so—including U.S. arms sales to Taiwan that led to a freeze in military relations between the world’s sole superpower and its rising Asian rival.

    On the economic front, Mr. Hu played down one of the main U.S. arguments for why China should appreciate its currency—that it will help China tame inflation. That is likely to disappoint Washington, which accuses China of unfairly boosting its exports by undervaluing the yuan, making its products cheaper overseas. The topic is expected to be high on U.S. President Barack Obama’s agenda when he meets Mr. Hu at the White House on Wednesday.

    If the Yuan (or any other currency) takes over as the world reserve currency, we are so SCREWED! Matt, Todd, Buck, Ray, anyone else, what do you think the results would be if this were to occur. Flag, just send a yellow face!

    • I wouldn’t worry about it. While the world doesn’t trust the US (nor should they), they trust China even less. The devil you know is generally better than the devil you don’t know.

      But, to change the subject slightly, maybe it would be a good thing for the US to lose it’s world-currency status. Maybe it would force us to live within our means?

      • It would force us to do many things. End welfare, SS and Medicare/Medicade will be part of it. If nobody is buying dollars, the the governments will collapse, they only survive on debt. Still think it’s good?

  13. Quick recovery, USW …

    Now, to stir some more of the sauce this fine day: “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive (Ayn Rand) selfishness.”–Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Great games yesteday … the snobs from Boston are one and done (again) … Yets-Steelers … should be a great game.

    Go Pack!

    • Mathius wonders aloud if they the same old “Yets”?

      • As regards they way they acted after the game (sleeping in the end zone), yep. Classless as ever.

        As for getting back to the AFC championship, they sure are the same old Yets. I can remember my beloved New York State Buffalo Bills getting there 4 times in a row. We came home with Conference Championship hats and the teams we played in the Super Bowl went home with rings.

        Conference championships are like … any other game unless you win them. We won them and proved winning them didn’t mean anything.

        Winning isn’t everything, but it’s the only thing.


        Now, the Yets aren’t quite as good as they think … not yet. Depending on the trash talking this week, I’m not sure who I’ll root for Sunday. But if I root for them, they’re usually condemned to lose anyway. Yesterday, my dog was the difference.

        Yes, my dog.

        Rigoletto … http://temporaryknucksline.blogspot.com/2011/01/rigoletto-takes-down-cheaterfaces-of.html

    • OMG – I agree with Charlie on something! You are a Packer fan?

    • Ray Hawkins says:

      Shouldn’t the Packers be considered a Socialist team since they are owned by the People? A collective? 🙂

      Well – the Packers beat my Eagles – so I am rooting for them all the way through……

      • Ray, we finally take issue with one another … Eaglettes? They put that dog killer back to work! Even the socialists in Green Bay wouldn’t do that!

        You shouldn’t have reminded them about the socialist Packers … but now that the cat is out of the bag, Lombardi was a dictator!

        • Ray Hawkins says:

          @Charlie – its tough in that I am a huge animal lover – especially dogs.

          (a) His “debt” was pre-determined and he paid his debt.

          (b) I personally feel the debt was too light to begin with.

          • It’s the ONLY time I’m for monopolies (NFL); they should’ve kept him out.

            Okay, we’re cool … but he didn’t pay near enough … he shouldv’e been dropped into a cage with a few dozen trained to kill pitbulls for half an hour or so … then we’re all even.

      • Socialist? It is owned by the people who bought shares, ie like my M-I-L. How is that socialist?

  14. Snow alert Anita.

    Been snowing here since early morning and leading edge should be reaching you soon. My son is bummed – no snow day because already “celebrating” MLK day.

    Which, btw, what’s up with that? Another teacher-union-pushed-for-PC holiday?

    • Ready! Just came in from sledding with my and other neighbor hoodlums. We’re expecting 2-5 overnight then freezing rain for the am commute. Maybe another day off..we’ll see.

  15. It seems Big Brother wants in your homes, and with the threat of stealing your money, you WILL comply. What do ya’ll think of this?

    Feds come knocking for home inspections
    Some citizens outraged, calling probe ‘illegal search and invasion’ of property

    Posted: January 16, 2011
    6:06 pm Eastern

    By Bob Unruh
    © 2011 WorldNetDaily

    A sanitation district in Pennsylvania has notified homeowners that its representatives will be making personal visits to every structure served by its network of drainpipes because that’s what the federal Environmental Protection Agency is demanding.

    The letter informs homeowners the inspections will probably take only about 15 minutes, but that all properties “will be considered a source of clear water discharges until an inspection can be conducted.”

    The effort, according to officials at the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority, is to prevent water from sources such as sump pumps or downspouts from being channeled into a water treatment process.

    But homeowners are concerned about the mandatory government inspections of their properties.


    • So downspouts, meaning roof gutters, must EPA clear water standards? If there is too much birdchit on my roof, they can fine me or take other action?

      Would hate to be such an inspector coming to my house. My verbal response might do emotionally damage.

      • LOI, If I read the article right, it’s up to the sanitation department to deal with the EPA. You are not legally obligated to let them in your home, which I wouldn’t. So they don’t “officially” meet the EPA’s demand. They’ll lie about it or face a lawsuit, cheaper for them to lie, which, since it’s a government agency anyway, would be within their reasoning.

    • I used to work with some of these issues. The reason why they want to inspect is so that (relatively) clean water from down spouts, etc, does not get treated by the sanitation department. The more water that does not need to be treated that actually does get treated costs the plant more money and in turn they charge you more money.

      Later in the article that is linked it says that the EPA “requires elimination of all Sanitary Sewer Overflows.” I live in a region where for many years they just piped all water from rainstorms into the sewer system. This is called a combined system. The other problems other then treating water that doesn’t need to be treated as mentioned above is that this water being piped away has no chance to get into the groundwater supply and other environmental effects of altering the amount of water that a stream should be getting. In new developments because of the increased impervious materials they use detention basins to make sure that the rate of water discharge into adjacent streams or properties is equal to or less then before the development. (detention basin- holds the water for a short amount of time, retention basin – holds the water as if it is a lake)

      My town sends out a letter every year talking about the combined system and that because of it we get charged a surcharge on our water and sewer bill, and that money goes towards fixing the system. Fixing the combined system is the right thing to do, and until someone can point to a better way of fixing the problem, a couple dollars a month isn’t going to hurt me.

      Now, the article that is linked above makes the letter that they sent to homeowners extremely vague and from what I can tell in the article, extremely poor choices of wording. They say that they will “conduct door to door inspections of all properties.” That does not mean that they will go into your house and check “if I’m in the shower too long and not standing under the flow of water enough and I better not run the water for a glass of cold water.” To me it is laughable to think that. They will (most likely) be going house to house and look at your downspouts and see if they go into the sewer system. They do not need to go inside, you most likely wouldn’t even realize that they looked at your house. If your downspouts do drain into the sewer, they will (most likely) send you a letter saying that you have to make the downspouts go into your yard and not into the sewer.

      Knowing this, whoever that homeowner is that they got these gems of quotes from makes me think that the movie “Idiocracy” is coming true.

      “this is, like the sexual assaults of the TSA, the beginning of accepting illegal and unwarranted searches”

      “with the goal of having the EPA visit every single home/apartment in America to collect who knows what information … and if this is for clean water, what will be next?”

      And finally “At no point in the letter does it say exactly what will be looked at, (I guess leaky faucets will be a crime)” but the last part of the article says “It advises that “rainwater, downspouts, basement drains and sump pump discharges” should not be connected or piped into the sanitary district’s drains.” Looks like someone didn’t read the letter and they made sure to interview someone that didn’t.

  16. Mathius,

    9/11 was bad.

    The way we responded to 9/11 was worse.

    (the reaction this should be interesting, assuming anyone bothers to read my posts anymore)

    Take a month to reflect on your statement while adding this statement to the mix:

    “In politics there are no accidents,” Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said. “If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”

  17. Common Man says:

    USW and BF;

    Hope the both of you recover 100% and quickly. I will keep good thoughts for you both. And when time allows I will do my best to keep Matt in check. I am sure I will get some help from JAC and D13.


    • Matt has his hands full…..the quietness of the Raptor seige has lulled him into a false sense of security. His constant throwing of Red Bull cans has given rise to refilling them with Red Bull laced with Aspertain and shipped into his basement via his secret tunnel dug by his secret liberal police. In the meantime, the Raptor Rangers have moved very quietly next to his basement wall and disabled the motion detectors in the ground. His initial defense was very formidable but para raptors, utilizing the HALO technique have established refuge upon his roof and are preparing to pour coal oil down his fireplace. We have yet to figure out how to beat his SONUS boundary but DPM has started laying seige with his 30 pounder. Not accurate but very annoying…and he is singing YO HO at the top of his lungs….off key….while Matt’s airwaves have been bombarder with multiple chorus’ of “I’m Henry the 8th I Am”….

    • V.H.

      All I can say is that if those on the left aren’t embarrassed by this fool, they have a problem. Frankly, this “cracker” is fed up with the likes of him, useless piece of shit.

      I feel better now! 🙂

      • From G-Mans dictionary:

        cracker (noun)

        1. a baked food related to snacking
        2. a white racist of european descent
        3. a high caliber, long range sniper rifle, that when fired makes a sound associated to “crack”. The sound however is rarely audible by the intended target.

  18. Headline on one of the Huff Po articles this evening.

    “Dems Face ‘Serious Brain Drain'”

    I about busted a gut. How do you drain something you didn’t have to start with????

    Don’t worry about the article for the headline. Just about all the STAFFERS leaving for greener pastures.

    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.


  19. A truly touching story….


    A man was sitting on a blanket at the beach. He had no arms and no legs.

    Three women, from England , Wales , and Scotland , were walking past and
    felt sorry for the poor man.

    The English woman said ‘Have you ever had a hug?’ The man said ‘No,’ so
    she gave him a hug and walked on.

    The welsh woman said, ‘Have you ever had a kiss?’ The man said, ‘No,’ so
    she gave him a kiss and walked on.

    The Scottish woman came to him and said, ‘ave ya ever been fooked laddie?’

    The man broke into a big smile and said, ‘no’.

    She said, ‘Aye – ya will be when the tide comes in.’

    Good Morning to All! 🙂

  20. Blame Righty: A condensed history
    By Michelle Malkin • January 14, 2011 08:54 AM

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    On Monday, as the progressive smear machine worked overtime to pin the horrific Tucson massacre on conservatives and to squelch political opposition by targeting Tea Party/limited-government rhetoric, I published “The progressive “climate of hate:” An illustrated primer, 2000-2010.”

    Today’s column provides another primer for the amnesia-wracked blamestream media on just how widespread the Blame Righty meme has been over the past two years. Regular readers of this blog are well aware of this expanding litany outlined below. You are also well aware of the cunning ability of the Left to hinder exposure of this sordid history by accusing its chroniclers and whistle-blowers of “playing the victim.” Sarah Palin is the most prominent conservative to encounter this tactic, but she is by no means the first conservative public figure to experience it. Kabuki outrage over her use of the term “blood libel” is an intended distraction from the history outlined below that undergirds her message. The political speech suppressors have honed their craft long and well.

    The solution isn’t to “tone it down” and turn the other cheek, but to confront them forcefully with the facts — and to fight back unapologetically against insidious efforts to diminish the law-abiding, constitutionally-protected, peaceful, vigorous political speech and activism of the Right in the name of repressive “civility.”


    Blame Righty: A condensed history
    by Michelle Malkin
    Creators Syndicate
    Copyright 2010

    I agree with President Obama. When it comes to politicizing random violence, he and his supporters have been “far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than” they do. Recognition is the first step toward reconciliation. It’s time to recognize the poisonous pervasiveness of the Blame Righty meme.

    For the past two years, Democrat officials, liberal activists, and journalists have jumped to libelous conclusions about individual shooting sprees committed by mentally unstable loners with incoherent delusions all over the ideological map. The White House now pledges to swear off “pointing fingers or assigning blame.” Alas, the Obama administration’s political and media foot soldiers have proven themselves incapable of such restraint.

    In April 2009, a disgruntled, unemployed loser shot and killed three Pittsburgh police officers in a horrifying bloodbath. The gunman, Richard Poplawski, was a dropout from the Marines who threw a food tray at a drill instructor and had beaten his girlfriend. Was this deranged shooter who pulled the trigger to blame? Nope. Despite evidence that Poplawski’s homicidal, racist tendencies manifested themselves years before Obama took office, lefty publications asserted that the real culprits of the spree were the “heated, apocalyptic rhetoric of the anti-Obama forces” (according to mainstream liberal Atlantic Monthly pundit Andrew Sullivan), along with Fox News and Glenn Beck (according to mainstream liberal journalist Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly online).

    That same month, a sick, evil man named Jiverly Voong ambushed an immigration center in Binghamton, New York. Recently fired from his job, Voong murdered 13 people, critically wounded four others, and then committed suicide. The instant psychologists of the Left knew nothing about the disgruntled man of Vietnamese descent of undetermined political affiliation. But within hours of the shooting, liberal mega-website Huffington Post commenters had overwhelmingly convicted GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, the National Rifle Association, Fox News, Lou Dobbs, and yours truly. Liberal radio host Alan Colmes pointed his finger at the “huge anti–immigrant backlash in this country” – never mind that tens of millions of legal immigrants and naturalized citizens have coped with hardship, overcome racism, and embraced assimilation without going bloody bonkers.

    In June 2009, a depraved, elderly anti-Semite named James von Brunn gunned down a security guard at the Holocaust Museum in D.C. Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent and lefty Center for American Progress think-tank fellow Matthew Yglesias immediately invoked the Obama administration’s report on right-wing extremism, leading to a wider chorus of condemnations against the Tea Party, talk radio, and the entire GOP. The truth? Von Brunn was an unstable, equal-opportunity hater and 9/11 Truther conspiracy loon who bashed Jews and Christians, George W. Bush and Fox News, and had also threatened the conservative Weekly Standard magazine.

    In late August 2009, as lawmakers faced citizen revolts at health care town halls nationwide, the Colorado Democratic Party decried a window-smashing vandalism attack at its Denver headquarters. The state party chair, Pat Waak, singled out Tea Party activists and blamed “people opposed to health care” for the attack. The perpetrator, Maurice Schwenkler, turned out to be a far Left transgender activist/single-payer anarchist who had worked for a labor union-tied political committee and canvassed for a Democrat candidate.

    In September 2009, Bill Sparkman, a federal U.S. Census worker, was found dead in a secluded rural Kentucky cemetery with the word “Fed” scrawled on his chest with a rope around his neck. The Atlantic Monthly’s Andrew Sullivan rushed to indict “Southern populist terrorism, whipped up by the GOP and its Fox and talk radio cohorts” in an online magazine post titled “No Suicide,” which decried the “Kentucky lynching.” Liberal author Richard Benjamin blamed “anti-government” bile. New York magazine fingered conservative talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh, “conservative media personalities, websites, and even members of Congress.” So, who killed Bill Sparkman? Bill Sparkman. He killed himself and deliberately manufactured a hate crime hoax as part of an insurance scam to benefit his surviving son.

    In February 2010, ticking time-bomb professor Amy Bishop gunned down three of her colleagues at University of Alabama-Huntsville and suicide pilot Joseph Andrew Stack flew a stolen small plane into an Austin, Texas, office complex that contained an Internal Revenue Service office. Mainstream journalists from Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart to Time magazine reporter Hilary Hylton leaped forward to tie the crimes to Tea Party rhetoric. Never mind that Bishop was an Obama-worshiping academic with a lifelong history of violence or that Stack was another Bush-hater outraged about everything from George W. Bush to the American medical system to the evils of capitalism to the city of Austin, the Catholic Church, and airlines.

    In May 2010, liberal New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to preemptively pin the Times Square bombing attempt on “someone with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something.” The culprit was unrepentant Muslim jihadist Faisal Shahzad.

    In August 2010, Democrat supporters of Missouri Rep. Russ Carnahan blamed a “firebombing” at the congressman’s St. Louis office on Tea Party suspects. The real perpetrator? Disgruntled progressive activist Chris Powers, enraged over a paycheck dispute.

    President Obama wisely counseled the nation this week at the Tucson massacre memorial that “Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.” But as the progressive Left’s smear-stained recent history shows, criminalizing conservatism is a hard habit to break.

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