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Paddy O'Furnijur
10 years ago

Good morning, Gerbil Nation! It’s dark outside. It appears that sunrise is about 45 minutes later here compared with home. We’re going to try breakfast at a local dive joint that was featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives”. It’s got to be better than the restaurant at the hotel (hint: they comp’d us one entree and gave us a round of drinks without us saying a word).

Hopefully we’ll get Teh Younger moved in before the t-storms hit.

10 years ago

Morning Greetings!

BW & I went back to the Indians on Weds. As my son said, “How far did you drive for $15?” Well….
We were gone all day long & then some. I came home having spent only 2/3 of what I took. BW’s name was called for a slots tournament-her first. She came in 11th place out of 15 & won $60. BW won & lost big all day & we kept playing, so it was fun. But that will have to do us for awhile.

Yesterday, we met my son for lunch at Papasito’s Mexican. I hadn’t eaten there before, it was good, the servings were huge for lunch. We killed time before that at home despot. BW brought home carpet samples & a couple of wood floor samples for me. She wants to get the house recarpeted on her vacation. I’d rather we fixed other areas of the house, but our carpet is an embarrassment. It was nice when we moved in , but 13 years worth of old & sick pets have taken their told. BW said “What color should we get?” I said, ” Whatever goes with cigarette smoke & coffee spills.”

I’m hopping out to go run errands before the over 100 heat temps get here.
See ya later!


Just Sven
10 years ago
Reply to  Rabbit

Good for you and BW, Rabbit!

Got a room comped at our Indian place for tonite so we’ll head north after work and see if we can make some money.

Loved Pappasitos when I was in Houston but liked their Pappadesuxs even better.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

Happy Friday, GN!!1!

Hi, RabBeet and Paddy!

…(hint: they comp’d us one entree and gave us a round of drinks without us saying a word).

As my great-grandpa Dan used to say, “Not good.” Hope that you haz delicious dive breakfast.

”Whatever goes with cigarette smoke & coffee spills.”

I’d be leaning toward wood floors. 😉

Olive good, large lunch servings (and styrofoam boxes).

A few weeks ago (to celebrate teh fifth anniversary of my move to GA), I took UpgradedCodingSkillzK out to dinner at a TeX-Mex place in Snellville we’d never been to. Food and service were very good…as were the portions; lunch the next day was also enjoyable.


I was born at night…but not last night:

But when asked about privacy, [NSA Director Gen. Keith] Alexander said intelligence officials understand their charge is to protect the country and civil rights.

“I will tell you that, as you look at the debate that’s going on right now — yup, people make mistakes,” and there can be “compliance issues,” he said at the event at Fordham University. “But one thing you’ll find: No one has willfully or knowingly disobeyed the law or tried to invade your civil liberties or privacy.”

Bet my check’s in the mail, too.

[CIA Director John] Brennan said that rather than viewing privacy and security as conflicting goals, the administration aims “to optimize” both.

“I do believe that privacy is important, but privacy can be defined in many different ways,” he added.

I’m pretty sure that there’s not much consonance between his definition and mine.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist


Another winning thread GIF, Mac.

It reminds me of my initial visit to CasaK; when I went out to teh deck to meet Satchmo and Jackson, the latter was so bouncy he got saliva on my shoulder while I was still in an upright position.

Just Sven
10 years ago

Here’s the winning caption for tonite’s contest: “What did you think bi-lingual meant?”

Suck on that, Jerry! I win!!!!!!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
Reply to  Just Sven


(You know Jerry will probably use his spooky powers to distort blog-time and blog-space and post a winning caption “backdated” to be even earlier than yours.)

Just Sven
10 years ago

Off to work-I really hate my job. Sniff.


Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
Reply to  Just Sven

Sheesh…I’m sorry, señor.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

More bull from Brennan and Alexander.

Embrace the soft police / security state, GN; it is our present and our future. Congress will not fix it; I rather doubt SCOTUS will, either.

This would seem to leave us with no good choices

Also, here’s a very good -- if long -- article on asset forfeiture abuses by police, prosecutors and judges.

In general, you needn’t be found guilty to have your assets claimed by law enforcement; in some states, suspicion on a par with “probable cause” is sufficient. Nor must you be charged with a crime, or even be accused of one. Unlike criminal forfeiture, which requires that a person be convicted of an offense before his or her property is confiscated, civil forfeiture amounts to a lawsuit filed directly against a possession, regardless of its owner’s guilt or innocence.

One result is the rise of improbable case names such as United States v. One Pearl Necklace and United States v. Approximately 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins. (Jennifer Boatright and Ron Henderson’s forfeiture was slugged State of Texas v. $6,037.) “The protections our Constitution usually affords are out the window,” Louis Rulli, a clinical law professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a leading forfeiture expert, observes. A piece of property does not share the rights of a person. There’s no right to an attorney and, in most states, no presumption of innocence. Owners who wish to contest often find that the cost of hiring a lawyer far exceeds the value of their seized goods. Washington, D.C., charges up to twenty-five hundred dollars simply for the right to challenge a police seizure in court, which can take months or even years to resolve..

Read the whole thing.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
Reply to  Mac


Karl Malden’s put on a bit of weight, hasn’t he?