It’s Caturday!

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It’s the NFL Wildcard Weekend, which means we get two games today and two games tomorrow. Happy happy joy joy, unless you’re one of them commie subversive types who’s not into the only sport the Russkies haven’t tried to steal from us. Tomorrow the girly-men Niners gotta go play on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. The forecast is for a balmy game time temperature of zero.

Meanwhile, down at the bottom of the world where it’s summertime, two ships remain trapped in the ice that wasn’t supposed to be there. I used to believe in Man-Made Global Warming, but these days I am skeptical. I’m not denying it, I just ain’t convinced it’s real.

There is a bunch of reefer madness going around as the nation’s puritans and tight-asses are having a collective hissy-fit over marijuana legalization in Colorado. It’s a topic that brings out the libertarian streak in me.

I have smoked marijuana on many occasions. When I was younger I smoked it pretty much daily, although I have never been one of the people who likes to light up right after they wake up. The main reason I don’t smoke it now is I can’t afford it – the good stuff is expensive.

I do not recommend smoking pot. I don’t recommend drinking alcohol or smoking either, but millions of people do all three. Like anything else weed should be used responsibly – no driving high, don’t give it to kids, etc. But I don’t see any good reason why adults should not be allowed to smoke ganja.

If you don’t like it, don’t smoke it.

Oh, yeah – one other thing. This is an open thread.


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94 Responses to It’s Caturday!

  1. The Klown says:

    City Journal:

    Did Inequality Make Dasani Homeless?
    The New York Times takes the wrong lesson from a real problem.

    Dasani Coates, the 11-year-old homeless child profiled in Andrea Elliott’s highly praised five-part New York Times feature, arrived on stage at Wednesday’s inauguration ceremonies to serve as a poignant symbol of—in Mayor de Blasio’s words—“the economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love.” But far from providing a window into inequality, the Times series, “Invisible Child,” is better understood as a beautifully reported but muddled revival of decades-long evasions about underclass poverty.

    Dasani’s story is moving but hardly new. Anyone who lived in New York—or D.C., Detroit, or Chicago, for that matter—in the 1980s and early 1990s or who has dipped into books like Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s Random Family knows the general outline. Chanel, Dasani’s mother and herself the daughter of a welfare-dependent drug addict in Brooklyn, has six children by three different men, a long history of debilitating drug use, an explosive temper, and numerous arrests. Her husband, Supreme, has brought his own drug addiction and two more children by a deceased wife into the mix; Elliott makes vague reference to previous children as well. At some point, Supreme worked as a barber, but as far as we can tell, Chanel has never held a job. In truth, she isn’t much of a mother, either. She is often “listless from methadone”; the family’s room is filled with “piles of unwashed clothes.” Dasani appears to be the primary caretaker of her seven siblings. She wakes up early to change and feed her baby half-sister and get the other children ready for school; understandably, though her school is only two blocks from the shelter, she is chronically late. What role, if any, her parents play in this morning chaos known to every mother and father, rich and poor, is left unsaid.

    Elliott is an honest enough reporter to admit “parental dysfunction.” But, as she told Times public editor Margaret Sullivan, she wanted to center her story on a child in order to avoid “the politics of blame”—referring, presumably, to those who have found fault with Chanel and Supreme’s many precursors. True to the progressive spirit, Elliott implies that the structural forces arrayed against Chanel and Supreme are so great that the two are powerless to help their children. (It should be mentioned that in Elliott’s nearly 30,000 words, she makes not a single reference to Dasani’s genuinely invisible father.)

    There is more at the link.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Poverty and dysfunction sucks. And it effects everyone. We want safety nets. It’s just the right thing to do. But clearly whatever we’ve been doing since LBJ has not been working. Trading in the latest fad of inequality and related emotional things is cynical, transparently, tribally political, and does the opposite of helping. In fact, it’s designed to not help at all, but to make political progress.

    • 1539days says:

      Naming a kid after a water bottle doesn’t help her, either. If you think that’s racist, the book Freakonomics has made a cottage industry in explaining how certain names limit future economic success in America.

      The concept of shame is gone, and it is now politically illegal to try to shame someone shameful. The state often has a vested interest in keeping more people on more government services because they are the most obedient to the will of the state.

    • What we’ve done, and always with the best of intentions, is enabled dysfunctionals. But at least they know how to vote and vote and vote.

  2. The Klown says:

    This is not helping:

    • Lulu says:

      Nor does it exacerbate personality disorders. It also doesn’t affect impulse control as in saying really stupid shit. Nope. It doesn’t.

      • lyn says:

        ^This^ The potheads I worked with were always so moody.

        • leslie says:

          And the ones I work with – even though they know that what they are smoking causes a majority of their problems (mood disorders, psychosis, isolation) – continue to smoke. It’s not addicitve, they say. They can stop anytime, they say.
          They probably revere Touré Neblett.

        • Lulu says:

          I worked for an attorney who grew up very, very poor. He put himself through law school and one of his side jobs was growing and selling pot. He lived in a “tool shed” on the side of a big heavily wooded hill. Most of his buyers did not know he grew it. They thought it was imported “good shit”. Not only did he sell it to fellow law students, he didn’t use it himself. AND he timed when he sold it so they would be on the down, grumpy, can’t concentrate side just in time for tests and moot court so he could place in the top with grades.

        • DandyTIger says:

          Funny and diabolical. Does your attorney friend now have a secret lair where he is always planning to take over the world with crazy schemes? 🙂

        • threewickets says:

          Don’t know about long term physical or psychological effects, but it definitely slows your mind for a time. Which doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but you will become more dupid if you partake perpetually.

    • DandyTIger says:

      File that under you can’t make this shit up.

    • And this is surprising to no one, ever.

  3. The Klown says:

    So Ronan Farrow is Rosemary’s baby?

  4. DeniseVB says:

    This is an interesting story about the failed mission of those Antarctica researchers……and some “real” warmist reseachers are whining about how it’s hurting their researche….lol.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/somethings_cracking_and_its_not_the_ice_around_the_warmists_ship/#.UsOUhnAuxZ8.facebook

    • Lulu says:

      I read that the other day. Conmen really do not like stupider conmen screwing it up for all of them. Also the “climate change” professor leading the messed up expedition has patents pending on a process of coverting CO2 into…. something. He is just conveniently trying to hype it all up to sell something.

  5. The Klown says:

    Yellowhammer:

    Yellowhammer has learned that the female Alabama fan who flew through the air to attack an Oklahoma Sooner fan during Thursday’s Sugar Bowl is Michelle Pritchett, a local photographer from Sweet Water, Ala.

    Yellowhammer spoke with Mrs. Pritchett on the phone this afternoon in an exclusive interview, becoming the first outlet to get her side of the story.

    “Everyone’s making me look like such a bad guy,” Pritchett said. “What I did was probably not the thing to do. But they were taunting us. They began by going after me. But then they crossed the line and started taunting my 16-year-old son.”

    At that point, Pritchett says she walked over to the Oklahoma fans to ask them to “leave her son out of it.”

    “It started off being friendly, just us going back and forth about the game,” Pritchett recalled. “But what ended up happening had nothing to do with the game. It escalated. When they said something to my son, I told them to shut their mouths. They were telling my son to come down there and ‘do something about it.’ I said, ‘no, that’s not going to happen. This crap needs to stop.’”

    As Pritchett’s husband pulled her back the first time she approached the Sooner fans, Pritchett says one of the Sooners called her a “stupid b****” and that’s when she ran across the aisle and dove on top of them.

    “The security people had already gotten on to those guys for throwing bottles at people,” Pritchett said. “When they escorted me out, the security guard told them there was no reason to be pressing charges on me because those guys were out of control the whole game. I defended my son. If they had kicked those boys out to begin with, it wouldn’t have happened the way it did.”

    Pritchett said she regrets that things escalated the way they did and said she wanted to apologize to “Bama nation.” Her biggest concern seemed to be what Coach Saban’s reaction would be when reporters question him about it.

    “I’m embarrassed. I love The Tide and I apologize to all the players and to Coach Saban and to the entire fan base. I’m sorry. Coach Saban’s going to say ‘those crazy fans don’t know how to act.’ And I wasn’t intoxicated either. I want people to know that. I’d had a couple of drinks, but I was not intoxicated.”

    But Pritchett says she’d do it all again if she had to.

    “I hate to say it, but I’d do it again if I had to. I’m not going to let anyone go after my son.”

    Sure she wasn’t drunk. Sure.

    BTW – I ain’t never seen nobody get stoned and then start a fight.

  6. elliesmom says:

    Before we remodeled “This Old House”, otherwise known as “The Money Pit”, we had old-fashioned steam radiators. We were always warm and toasty, albeit with some noise associated. Now we have “state of the art” home heating and insulation. It’s more than 10 degrees cooler on each floor of our house with the heat going full blast. Our top floor bedroom is 68 degrees, it’s 58 on the second floor, 48 on the main floor of the house, and warm enough the pipes haven’t frozen (yet) in the basement. The sun is out, and we’re hoping for some old-fashioned solar heating as the day goes on. Elliesdad is watching Saturday morning cartoons in bed. I’m on the second floor with warm socks and two sweaters. I will need mittens to make lunch.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think I’m a little further south than you, but we have a heat pump that never feels warm to me. We use space heaters and electric blankies to supplement which helps the heating system not run 24/7.

      • 1539days says:

        I’m beginning to think the HVAC industry lied about how “inefficient” all the old technology was. My old 100,000 BTU furnace was supposedly only 60% efficient, but you could crank the hell out of it. Now, it’s usually cold and the bills aren’t any lower.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I think that’s because when we become more “efficient” the power companies jack up our bills. Yeah, and their politico pals let them so they’ll donate more of that crony money. Vicious cycle of corruption, eh?

    • leslie says:

      Those fingerless gloves with the little “covers that pull over to make mittens” might be helpful. . . . Not eating is always a option..
      stay as warm as you can.

    • votermom says:

      I wish we had radiators – I hate the dry air & dust associated with forced air heating. Dumb dumb design.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Nice list, but only 100? I think BO and his admin are arrogant everytime they open their mouths.

    http://www.ijreview.com/2014/01/104778-obama-presidencys-100-arrogant-moments-2013/

  8. driguana says:

    Couple of things on this cool and breezy day in South Florida.

    The new Benghazi Affair is really disturbing. Seems like most of the real facts came out in the couple of weeks or months following the actual attack and now the NYT and many other progressive sources are basically rewriting history. This whole “changing reality” issue coupled with “viral lying” is getting pretty frightening. When we were in Santa Fe, one of the progressive capitals of the country (interesting that another is also an SF) over the holidays, two major items were being touted in the local press….the success of ACA Obamacare and the fact that the Benghazi attack was largely driven by the so-called video trailer and exacerbated by right wing fanatics. I guess everything is being rolled out this way so H Clinton can run for president. Personally, I’ve never been a Clinton fan and really have had enough of the all of the political families….the Kennedys, Bushes, Roosevelts, Clintons….and heaven help us if more Tafts come forward! As I have not been around for a bit, this may have already been posted but find Larry’s take on the Benghazi history rewrite pretty good on this one…
    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/76703/hillary-clintons-desperation/#more-76703

    Secondly, I think the weather is going to make for some interesting NFL playoff games….being Cincinnati born and raised…..I’m hoping the Bengals will have a great game….been a while.

    Nice to be back with the beautiful winter garden and all the tomatoes ripening…never thought I’d see such a thing in January….and with Izzy the feisty terrier, Lucy the lovely cat, and Baby, the squwaky sun conjure….all is well…

    • Somebody says:

      Welcome back to the Sunshine State, glad you’re enjoying your January garden!

    • foxyladi14 says:

      I am so happy for you driguana. 🙂

    • The Klown says:

      Benghazi is one of those things we’ll never know the truth about. You can’t trust anybody – our side, their side, GOP, Democrat, news media – they ALL have motives to lie.

      Someone could write a complete and 100% accurate version of what went on and we wouldn’t be able to distinguish it from all the bullshit.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I still want to know where Obama was that night ? You’d think they could come up with a nifty lie in 15 mos to cover his royal butt. 😉

  9. DeniseVB says:

    I hate these things, it’s an email harvest, Obama and the Dems do the same…..

    http://www.rand-2016.com/nsa_lawsuit_signup16.aspx?pid=0104f

    He could pick up some Dems with this 🙂

  10. swanspirit says:

    A little nostalgia . ok ,a lot .

  11. foxyladi14 says:

    And he has gone home to sing in the Coir. 🙂

  12. 1539days says:

    Apparently Chris Hayes had a fit in MSNBC about the conservative media “snow trolling” the ice boat story (and the other 50 contradictory weather events). It was capped off with a poll that showed over the last 7 years that acceptance of global warming has fallen from 56% to 50% among Republicans. He didn’t mention it, of course, but I think the numbers are equally down among Democrats.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/01/03/MSNBCs-Chris-Hayes-Accuses-Drudge-of-Snow-Trolling-over-Global-Warming

    I used to believe in that crap too, because there was not counter argument for years. They almost won global warming and are really pissy it’s beign taken away from them

    • DeniseVB says:

      I never did understand that movie (Day after Tomorrow?) where ice covered half the earth because global warming ? They had a reason why, but it whooshed right over my head.

      • elliesmom says:

        In the movie global warming pushed the Gulf Stream south. England and Labrador are at the same latitude, but the Gulf Stream brings warm ocean water off England’s shore and keeps it warmer. Move it south and London becomes like Newfoundland. Likewise for New England.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Thanks em, so that was the premise of the movie “wonder if” ? Not “this can happen” ? I liked the movie “2012” better when the freaking world just splits open. It also contained the “What if” the Yellowstone Mega Volcano ever blows (heads up PMM !).

          So then, global warmists measure the polar caps for shrinkage, not them expanding down to NYC to trap a ship in ice in midtown? 😉

          On a quick scan of Gulf Stream history, they should be harnassing that thing for alternative energy. I had no idea how powerful it was.

    • Lulu says:

      If he reads the Australian media or bloggers he will have more than a fit. They smell blood and are not backing off. I think their new conservative government are egging them on.

    • A decade ago I was giving it a serious look until a statistician, Matt Briggs, tore a huge hole in the mathematics. His point at the time: Science supported by intentionally deceiving data is Politics, not Science. Nothing since changes my mind.

  13. John Denney says:

    There is no prohibition against alcohol in the Bible, only warnings against abuse. I’m thinking the concept extends to drugs.

    “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” – Proverbs 20:1

    “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, . . . And be not drunk with wine . . . ” – Ephesians 5:15-21

    “Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.”
    Or one could sell his produce and with the money, “And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, ” – Deuteronomy 14:22ff

    Imagine blowing 10% of your income on a harvest party every year. 🙂

  14. DeniseVB says:

    I just saw this, Fallujah has fallen back into Al Qaeda’s hands. I didn’t think I could dislike Obama more than I do now 😦

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/al-qaeda-force-captures-fallujah-amid-rise-in-violence-in-iraq/2014/01/03/8abaeb2a-74aa-11e3-8def-a33011492df2_story.html

  15. underwhelmed says:

    Every time I think these can’t get any better …

    Hitler and the sea ice

  16. The Klown says:
    • DeniseVB says:

      Aren’t there bulding codes and inspectors in NOLA ? It’s like that Chinese Drywall that ate away the electrical and plumbing in the walls with it’s toxic properties. Years later I’m not even sure that’s been resolved for fault. The Chinese company who made them, the builder/developer who used them or the homeowner? Believe me, the buyer beware had been legally in play when I last heard about it, trying to stick it to the homeowner’s insurance.

      Also, not sure I’d want to use any “eco-friendly” materials in termite moisture loving low lying areas. Nom, nom, nom. (We have a termite guy on speed dial in coastal Va.)

    • 1539days says:

      Is it wrong to hope Melissa Harris Perry’s house is one of them?

    • Lulu says:

      I guess they couldn’t use Trex because it has plastic (petroleum product) in it. It isn’t green enough. It also doesn’t rot.

  17. votermom says:

    Netflix has West Side Story; (re) watching with kid #1 now.

  18. leslie says:

    My brother just sent me this and I thought I’d pass it on. 😉

  19. helenk3 says:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/01/04/Fmr-Clinton-Adviser-GOP-Running-Candidates-Against-Female-Incumbent-Senators-Is-Part-of-War-on-Women

    don’t know whether to laugh or cry. So now the republicans are not allowed to run against women? Didn’t these women run against men?

    • underwhelmed says:

      So I guess that means if they run HC for 2016 the Republicans should hold the door open for her, stand back, and say There you go, ma’am. it’s all yours.

  20. DeniseVB says:

    Cool beans, we have 70 followers on the TCH Facebook page !

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Crawdad-Hole/127399844071124

    Thank you all 🙂

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  22. helenk3 says:

    congratulations to the Saints
    DAMN THAT HURT!!!!!!! my nails are bitten to the quick, my throat is sore from screaming and I need a drink

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  25. mothy67 says:

    Tortured into watching Harry Potter with my niece yet again. She is amazed that one person could create that entire universe in her head and have so many twists and turns. So now she wants to look for clues in the early films. Guess its a good thing but I decided to look up some info about what Rowling had said with regard to the characters. I had no idea Dumbledore was a homosexual. Yep according to the author he was. Hilarious reading how people reacted.

  26. mothy67 says:

    I like this guy. Went to their website and I was pleasantly surprised to read such adult thoughts from what I had assumed would be filled with progressive rants. Here is what he posted in the comments to the article MHP’s tearful apology.

    MICHEAL MEYERS

    On behalf of the New York Civil Rights Coalition, I’ve posted the following comment in response to MSNBC-TV host Melissa Harris-Perry’s “apology”, given on her TV show this weekend, to Governor Mitt Romney, an apology for what she and her guest “comedians” said on her TV show last week about Governor Romney’s (adopted) black grandchild.

    “MSNBC TV hosts continue to see “race” in everything and “racism” everywhere except where they sit.

    “The joking about the skin color of Mitt Romney’s grandchild was not just “offensive”, it was tasteless and crass, and Melissa Harris-Perry, who is the daughter of a black-white marriage, should have known better than this, at the very outset. Rather than stop the “comedians” from making “jokes” about Mitt Romney’s black (adopted) grandchild, Harris-Perry egged them on and encouraged the tomfoolery. It was a demonstration of sheer ignorance and race-based idiocy.

    “It is curious that the chieftains–the supposed grown-ups at MSNBC– such as Phil Griffin, MSNBC’s president–haven’t themselves spoken up about this latest outrage by an MSNBC host/TV personality. We need to ask the question of Harris-Perry and of other MSNBC personalities that was posed by attorney Joseph Welch so many years ago (in 1954, at the Army-McCarthy hearings) of Senator Joseph McCarthy: ‘Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?'”

    Michael Meyers, Executive Director, New York Civil Rights Coalition
    Manhattan, New York

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/msnbc-melissa-harris-perry-offers-romneys-tearful-apology-article-1.1566394#ixzz2pWEF5ruu

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