Happy Birthday To ME!


Since it’s my birthday I thought I would do something a little different and sleep in.

This is an open thread.

About Myiq2xu

I was born and raised in a different country - America. I don't know what this place is.
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74 Responses to Happy Birthday To ME!

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Oh yeah, today is opening day for the SF Giants. They play the Dodgers in LA at 1pm. The last time we opened the season in LA a Giants fan was severely beaten and given permanent brain damage by two Dodger fans. This year the Dodger owners have tried to buy a championship team by buying up every high-priced free agent on the market.

    BEAT LA!

    (Any season where the Giants either finish ahead of the Dodgers or act as spoilers to keep them out of the playoffs is considered a “winning season” by Giants fans.)

    • Jadzia says:

      Happy b-day! You share a birthday with my younger sister; the doctor induced my mom on April 1 for some doctor-convenience-related reason. She really shoulda pushed back on that one, Sis HATES having an April Fool’s birthday.

  2. myiq2xu says:


    NYT Leads Obit For Brilliant Rocket Scientist With A Nod To Her Cooking And Parenting

    Brill was literally a rocket scientist. In the 1970s, she created a design that prevented communications satellites from slipping out of orbit. President Obama gave her an award in 2011 for her pioneering work.

    Here’s how her NYT’s obituary begins:

    She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children. “The world’s best mom,” her son Matthew said.

    But Yvonne Brill, who died on Wednesday at 88 in Princeton, N.J., was also a brilliant rocket scientist, who in the early 1970s invented a propulsion system to help keep communications satellites from slipping out of their orbits.


  3. myiq2xu says:

    BTW: There must be a misprint on my driver’s license. I can’t possibly be 53 years old.

    • 49erDweet (D) says:

      It was your birth certificate. The nurse put down 1960 instead of 1980. Just write them a letter and they’ll fix it. For a fee.

  4. myiq2xu says:

    Via PJM:

    IT MAY come as a surprise to a walrus wondering where all the Arctic’s summer sea ice has gone. It could be news to a Staten Islander still coming to terms with what he lost to Hurricane Sandy. But some scientists are arguing that man-made climate change is not quite so bad a threat as it appeared to be a few years ago. They point to various reasons for thinking that the planet’s “climate sensitivity”—the amount of warming that can be expected for a doubling in the carbon-dioxide level—may not be as high as was previously thought. The most obvious reason is that, despite a marked warming over the course of the 20th century, temperatures have not really risen over the past ten years.”


    OVER the past 15 years air temperatures at the Earth’s surface have been flat while greenhouse-gas emissions have continued to soar. The world added roughly 100 billion tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere between 2000 and 2010. That is about a quarter of all the CO₂ put there by humanity since 1750. And yet, as James Hansen, the head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, observes, “the five-year mean global temperature has been flat for a decade.”


    Russian scientist Dr Habibullo Abdussamatov, of the St Petersburg Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory, painted the Doomsday scenario saying the recent inclement weather [in Europe] simply proved we were heading towards a frozen planet. 

Dr Abdussamatov believes Earth was on an “unavoidable advance towards a deep temperature drop”. The last big freeze, known as the Little Ice Age, was between 1650 and 1850.

    We often hear how there is a “consensus in the scientific community” on global warming. I wonder how many of those scientists are doing independent research and how many are relying on the other researchers’ reports and data?

  5. myiq2xu says:

    Victor Davis Hanson:

    If history is a guide, the most savvy Chinese citizen of Japanese descent would not make it as a high official in Beijing’s Communist Party — no more so than a brilliant Japanese citizen of Chinese descent would run Toyota or Honda. A white Croatian of enormous talent could not end up as president of Sudan.

    Mexico has a word, Raza, that conflates race and nationality, in the way that the German word Volk used to suggest not just being German, but looking German as well. I doubt that either country would ever elect a black head of state.

    It would be virtually impossible for the most talented Christian or Jew to be allowed to head contemporary Egypt, or for a brilliant four-star Buddhist general to run the Iranian military. For the immediate future, don’t expect a female business-school valedictorian to manage Saudi Arabia’s national oil company. Note that in all these cases, such exclusions derive from criteria other than innate talent, character and industriousness, and can result in the lesser qualified being considered the only qualified.

    The mixture of consumer capitalism and constitutionally protected free speech — and all sorts of races, religions and ethnicities — sometimes means that America can be a wild place with a popular culture that appears crass and uncouth to those abroad. Our generation’s $17 trillion national debt, unfunded entitlements and nearly 50 million people on food stamps might convince the Founding Fathers that they had spawned license rather than guaranteed liberty.

    Yet the upside to the wild arena of America is that almost anyone is free to enter it. Oprah Winfrey, an African-American woman, reinvents the genre of daytime talk shows and builds a media empire. Warren Buffet outpaces New York’s Wall Street — from Nebraska. A one-time five-and-dime owner from Arkansas, Sam Walton, refashions the way an entire planet buys its stuff. A Russian émigré, Sergey Brin, co-founds Google, perhaps the most indispensible site on the Internet.

    Just when we read obituaries about an unruly nation of excess, unlikely nobodies pop up to pioneer fracking, the Napa wine industry or Silicon Valley. Why? No other nation has a Constitution whose natural evolution would lead to a free, merit-based society that did not necessarily look like the privileged — and brilliant — landed white male aristocracy who invented it.

    The end of American exceptionalism will come not when we run out of gas, wheat or computers, but when we end the freedom of the individual, and, whether for evil or supposedly noble reasons, judge people not on their achievement but on their name, class, race, sex or religion — in other words, when we become like most places the world over.

    • DandyTiger says:

      That’s good. Funny thing about that last quoted paragraph, about how we’ll fall, that’s what the new Dems are desperately trying to achieve.

  6. Happy Birthday Myiq!

  7. you’ve made it through another year with O in charge—-congratulations!!!!! Something worth celebrating!!!!!! And happy birthday too!!!!! April fool’s day, eh?

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Here’s a handy guide for your special day, Happy Birthday you April Fool 😉

  9. SimoFish says:

    Happy Birthday !!!!

  10. wmcb says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Be impressed, I typed that before I finished my first cup of coffee. That’s love n friendship, baby.

  11. lyn5 says:

    Happy Birthday!

  12. elliesmom says:

    I guess your mom was really good at April Fool’s Day pranks.

  13. driguana says:

    Happy Birthday! Oh, and it’s April Fools Day as well!!!

  14. myiq2xu says:

    “I look at Obama as a perfect American….The guy went to school, he never broke a law. He did everything right. He raised a wonderful family. He’s a good husband, a good father. My God, I don’t think he’s ever gotten a speeding ticket. The guy does everything right and these right-wingers….I don’t know what they’re so afraid of, except that he happens to be black.”
    — Chris Matthews on Hardball, April 1.

    “Barack Obama continues to be a perfect hero for America’s school children. Who can forget that cute picture of the President pretending to be caught in a little Spiderman’s web? That seemed a little backward, since Obama often seems as slick and heroic as Spiderman, while his opponents like Rush Limbaugh resemble Kingpin, the fat supervillain with a walking stick and a cigar, who thinks he can win the day by manipulating the haters.”
    — Matthews later in the same show.

    “The thing people don’t understand about Barack Obama is that while he’s a great speaker, his understanding of politics is just unprecedented in the whole history of this American experience. He’s like Albert Einstein with a 500-watt smile that can melt the hardest heart.”
    — Chris Matthews during a panel discussion on the April 1 edition of MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner.


  15. votermom says:

    Is it really your bday? Happy birthday!

  16. fif says:

    Happy Birthday!! (Though I am wondering if the clown is pranking us all on April Fool’s Day…)

  17. Wait! Hold on a minute!
    Are we all being pranked? Cuz FaceBook informs me it is Dandy Tiger’s 108th birthday.

  18. DandyTiger says:

    Happy Birthday Klown!!

  19. foxyladi14 says:

    Happy birthday to the Klown born on April fool’s day, 🙂

  20. votermom says:

    For our klown

  21. foxyladi14 says:

    I am dubbing the last segment of The Bible over onto a DVD. It is tricky cutting out the commercials. 🙂
    oops . 😆

  22. yttik says:

    Happy Birthday to you!

  23. yttik says:

    I woke up today to a phone solicitor trying to sell me life insurance. “Good morning, are you protected against death and dismemberment?”

  24. catarina says:

    Happy Birthday, myiq 🙂

  25. Happy birthday, myiq!

  26. votermom says:

  27. gxm17 says:

    Happy Birthday, myiq! May all your birthday wishes come true!

  28. lildoggy4u says:

    Glad to make it just in time to wish you a Happy Birthday. We’re not getting older, we’re getting BETTER! Best wishes.

  29. myiq2xu says:
  30. myiq2xu says:

    Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes.

  31. Constance says:

    Seriously?! Born on April fools day?! It does seem appropriate. I’m having trouble accepting this, but I have already been hit in the chest by the kitchen sink sprayer that was rubberbanded in the “on” position (while trying to make coffee), decided to leave the booby trap for my husband to find and got hit by it again in my new dry shirt, Been told there was an elephant in my back yard and a bunch of other pre school jokes and then saw a horrible accident where a truck backed over an empty expensive sports car on the way to work. I am sort of disoriented…. Ok I’ll buy it, Happy Birthday! 53 is a mere child.

  32. myiq2xu says:

    Ever wonder why Obama won’t let the cameras record him golfing and playing b-ball?:

  33. myiq2xu says:
  34. angienc (D) says:

    Happy Birthday Myiq! Hope your day is filled with fun & love from those you hold dear.

  35. Lulu says:

    Huzzah! Many happy returns miq2xu. Mine is Thursday and I’ll be, er, older.

  36. Mary says:

    Happy Birthday!! (I’m late–just got home from work)

    Have a great day@

  37. HELENK says:


  38. HELENK says:

    Just finished watching a marathon of the series The Tudors. Could not have lived in that time. decided that man does more harm in God”s name then he ever does good. They were as goofy then as the muslims are now.
    Good series though. Henry VIII was lousy husband material

  39. HELENK says:


    there are birthday cakes and then there are BIRTHDAY CAKES

  40. leslie says:

    Happy Birthday,myiq! I just got home from work to see it is your birthday. April 1st of all days. makes sense to me….

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