Official Groundhog Day Open Thread – Wed Feb 2nd

(via Ad rem) Yeah….that little critter on the left is the one they’re all making a fuss about. He’s not much to look at, but he’s really a lot smarter than he looks. He’s got everybody fooled into thinking he’s the weatherman!

He’ll emerge from his burrow on Feb. 2nd., and if it’s cloudy he’ll tell you that winter’s almost over. If it’s sunny when he comes out, and he sees his shadow…he’ll run back into his burrow screaming, “Six more weeks of winter!”

Now I tell you… who else could earn a living doing something as silly as that?

Lets get down to doing something that’s really important, and start on building that Treehouse.

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150 Responses to Official Groundhog Day Open Thread – Wed Feb 2nd

  1. weeweed says:

    Happy Groundhog Day! Brrrr – it’s 9 here, our high will be 19 today. Here’s Doc this morning.
    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=41545

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    • AFinch says:

      WW–I spent nearly the entire day yesterday at DFW. Was a bit surprised to see snow and ice in the ground when we landed. I’m guessing that’s not typical.

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      • weeweed says:

        Poor Finch! I’m glad you were able to get out – last I’d heard yesterday DFW was still shut down. We haven’t had this kind of weather in some time. I guess those Stillerz brought it with them!

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      • stellap says:

        My niece lives in that neighborhood, and is absolutely thrilled to have a snow day. Can’t share her enthusiasm, I’m afraid. Hi Finch, and Hi WW! Good to see you this am.

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    • Crazy windy here today. Sounded like our house was going to blow over last night! Went looking for the Wolf this morning, but couldn’t find him!

      😉

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      • YTZ4Me says:

        +1
        So far, we’ve managed to be snow-free.
        Much to the chagrin of the wee-ones in the casa.
        Wouldn’t matter much, tho …. with homeschooling, there is no such animal as “snow day”. 😉

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  2. Menagerie says:

    Good morning everyone.

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  3. weeweed says:

    Clarice Feldman has this one up this morning – it’s long, but very interesting.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/02/the_story_of_the_egyptian_revo.html

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    • Jennifer H says:

      Also very educational- Great article.

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    • stellap says:

      Lots of good information. I was especially interested in this comment:

      “CNN’s anointed leader of the Egyptian Revolution must be important to the future of Egypt. Hardly! Outside of Western media hype, El Baradei is nothing. A man that has spent less than 30 days in the past year in Egypt and hardly any time in the past 20 years is a nobody.”

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  4. Menagerie says:

    Sundance, I am busy studying the WordPress tutorial. I think we need to put up an email addy for people up top like we had before. I also think we need to have a little discussion so who knows what to do. I want to help out here, but I wasn’t doing this before. Don’t want to leave all the work to you guys, or step on any toes (or kitty tails).

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    • stellap says:

      I strongly agree on the email address. There are, occasionally, people who want to communicate with the admins without it being public (such as conveying personal information such as email addresses, etc.)

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      • Menagerie says:

        I have an email I received from a regular because I posted my email addy in the first thread yesterday. It has a request and I would like to pass it on to you guys. Can one of you email me and I’ll forward it to you?

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      • MRM says:

        oh yes please. I agree.

        Somehow I missed the open thread today, so just now catching up!

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  5. ‘Al-Qaida on brink of using nuclear bomb’

    Al-Qaida is on the verge of producing radioactive weapons after sourcing nuclear material and recruiting rogue scientists to build “dirty” bombs, according to leaked diplomatic documents.

    A leading atomic regulator has privately warned that the world stands on the brink of a “nuclear 9/11”.

    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Qaida+brink+using+nuclear+bomb/4205104/story.html#ixzz1CnoeEJZG

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    • GracieD says:

      This gives me a chill down my spine. I had a Fear of that happening, and with Zippy inthe WH, we are on our own for all intents and purposes. God help us!

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    • Sharon says:

      The use of the nuclear bomb by whichever terrorist group (or nation, like Iran) gets one first is a given. We are on our own and have been for some time. The reality is just coming together more clearly.

      Unfortunately, they will probably, in fairly short order, use however many nuclear bombs they have on hand when they’re ready to use them. So it won’t be two, as in what ended WW II. If they have five, they’ll use five. They already have nothing to lose. The U.S. is irrelevant on the world stage. zippy is a laughingstock. Most of his speech writers weren’t even born when Nightline was brought into being as a place for everyone to check in every day to find what was going on with the hostages in Iran “today.” The fuse has been lit for sure. It may play out in 2 weeks or five years.

      Wouldn’t it be a fine thing if zippy would resign, take his filthy mouthed VP with him, and let Americans who are for us resume the reins of authority.

      Depressing, but also somewhat energizing, in a horrible way. I suppose part of the reason it seems energizing is because the fight is coming to us in many ways, and there’s no way to avoid it.

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  6. AFinch says:

    Good morning gang.

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  7. Sharon says:

    As things started to come apart with Arab regimes last week, I pulled The Jerusalem Post back on to my favorites list. Obviously, JP is giving a specific Israeli viewpoint and since they seem to have to fight for the right to take every breath of air they are grudgingly granted, they don’t have much of a touch for PC. Works for me.

    http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=206275

    “…we know nothing of what truly happens in non-democratic regimes. Just as in the 1930s, Western journalists touring the Ukraine did not see the massive death by forced starvation around them, so contemporary media do not fathom what truly lies under an ostensibly mild non-democracy.

    “THE WORLD of news and NGO reports is slanted. It has a tendency to find fault with open societies and is misled by repressive regimes in which there are no free media or independent courts. Thus a paradox is established: The more democratic and open a country is, the more exposed it will be to allegations of human rights abuses.”

    This is from the editorial “Surprise, surprise: Mubarak is a Dictator”…and elsewhere in the editorial we are reminded that Egypt and Yemen are both members of the illustrious UN Commission on Human Rights, to which Hillary Clinton submitted her recommendation that they should review Arizona’s obviously blatant violations of human rights/sarc.

    Note of interest to Bible-clingers among us: did some rechecking this week to confirm “what I thought I knew”: Egypt is not listed among the nations that are significant/directly involved in the end times pressures on Israel. Obviously that doesn’t mean they are not significant on the playing field of international events. Keep watching Russia and Iran. Not trying to be obtuse there: I don’t know what all the issues are,….just know there’s always smoke in the air where Russia and Iran are concerned and Russia is (always) poised to take advantage of “unexpected events” like the meltdowns in Egypt and Jordan.

    Joel Rosenberg is an easy-reading author, well-researched, Christian Jew, highly respected by many in Israeli government. He writes about complex Middle East issues in a narrative style.

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  8. Punxsutawney Phil says early spring this year. I’m not sure I believe him. LOL!

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  9. Is Yemen next?

    Yemen’s president says he won’t seek re-election or hand power to son

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/02/02/yemen.protests/index.html

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  10. Good article written by two law professors:

    The Nuts and Bolts of the ObamaCare Ruling

    According to the government’s theory, wrote Judge Vinson, ‘the more harm the statute does, the more power Congress could assume for itself under the Necessary and Proper Clause.’

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703445904576117913097891574.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop#articleTabs%3Darticle

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    • Jennifer H says:

      These people are tyrants.

      “The Obama administration attempted to cloak an unprecedented and unsupportable exercise of federal power in the guise of a run-of-the-mill Commerce Clause regulation. When the weakness of that theory was exposed, it retreated to the Necessary and Proper Clause and the taxing power. Judge Vinson’s decisive rejection of all these theories is another significant victory for individual liberty—the ultimate purpose of federalism—and it lays the intellectual groundwork for every decision on the mandate yet to come.”

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  11. tnwahm says:

    Good morning. Cold here in Memphis, but no ice or snow ~shoot~

    Have a great day everyone!

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  12. stellap says:

    For anyone interested in voting on this week’s House of Representatives “You Cut” selection for legislation, here’s the link:

    http://www.majorityleader.gov/YouCut/

    Last week’s winner was passed into legislation. Now that the Repubs have a majority, this exercise is more than just a gesture!

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  13. stellap says:

    My daughter just shared this link with me, and thought you might enjoy taking a look at these photos of the great Chicago 1967 snow storm. I lived there then, and remember it well!

    http://www.chicagoweathercenter.com/news/nationworld/chi-110131-snowstorm-1967-pictures,0,4390031.photogallery

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    • Bijou says:

      Those are great. Thanks!

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    • Ad rem says:

      Wow! I can’t even begin to get my head around what that must have been like.
      I would have probably just stayed under the covers and ordered take-out. (I’m a weather-weeny.)

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      • stellap says:

        I lived in an apartment on the second level (garden apartment below), so about 1-1/2 story. The snow was drifted to the bottom of my bedroom window. My fiance’s car that was parked on the street was completely buried in snow. We were stuck inside from Thursday to Sunday, when things finally started to move. The strange thing is that the day before it was in the sixties, and we were downtown at the lakefront in Waterworks park enjoying an early Spring-like day.

        There was a story on the local news of some guy walking naked down the middle of Michigan Avenue, sucking on a lemon! You can’t make this stuff up.

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  14. Sen. Ben Nelson (Dem.) not polling well in Nebraska:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/02/02/nelson-trailing-in-2012-polling-by-double-digits/

    Cornhusker Kickback karma?

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  15. The latest from Robin of Berkeley:

    The Left and Their ‘Good Victims’

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/02/the_left_and_their_good_victim.html

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    • stellap says:

      Thanks for sharing this commentary. What has stolen the souls of these people who have no regard for other humans?

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      • Jennifer H says:

        … ” in our secular world, people are alienated from the life force, from the Source of all love in the universe. You can see it; the light has gone out of so many people’s eyes. And they reveal this darkness by sexually degrading Palin, wishing bodily harm on Rush, or promoting the early deaths of our old people.”

        “For many progressives, their indifference, even hatred, springs from a deep sense of spiritual alienation. Because it is an alienated person, a lost soul, who has forgotten this essential truth: that every life matters, even that of a Down Syndrome baby or a political opponent. ”

        I agree with her assesment.

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        • stellap says:

          You’re right, Jennifer. The answer was right there, but it is so difficult for me to understand why they can’t see what is obviously in front of their nose.

          I had a conversation at the funeral home last night about our experiences with ‘people’ who reveal themselves to be vultures when an elder in the family dies. To us, it is disgusting to fight over life insurance policies and things when we should be honoring our dear departed friend/relative. We decided we couldn’t understand it because we are ‘normal’.

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      • Sharon says:

        What Jennifer says here as well….remember what the eyes of those teens from the MTV garbage last week looked like. Absolutely dead.

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  16. Thomas Sowell, PhD

    Spilled Milk
    http://townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell/2011/02/01/spilled_milk

    The EPA is now regulating spilled milk? Seriously?

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  17. Jennifer H says:

    It’s Ayn Rands birthday !
    Really great article here recapping her most famous book “Atlas Shrugged”.
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/02/02/businessmen-say-happy-birthday-ayn-rand/

    Which I found here btw…http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/

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  18. Jennifer H says:

    http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local-beat/Power-Grid-Taxed-Rolling-Blackouts-Ordered-115093224.html?dr

    Hubbie is coming home from work because every time they black out the power it is off for about an hour, the servers crash and it takes another hour to reboot them… then lo and behold another black out rolls in. Crazy. But it is dang cold here 27 now at 11:58am. Now blackouts up north yet- he was on the ship channel.

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    • weeweed says:

      We’ve had them all morning. Right now we’re up to 10. Algore must have his SB tickets.

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    • Sharon says:

      What region are you in? Colder weather (than usual) plays havoc with any area….get DH home where he’s safe. We just climbed above zero and are so proud of ourselves, but the wind is not blowing and the sun is shining, and they are promising us 25 above for tomorrow…

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  19. Jennifer H says:

    Ohhh boy !
    “A Constitutional Crisis?
    Now that a federal judge has issued a de facto injunction against implementation of the health care takeover, I’ll give you three guesses as to how the White House is reacting. And if all three of your guess were: ‘They’ll ignore the judge, insult him, and continue anyhow — kind of like a Banana Republic’, you’d be right.

    Consider “White House vows to implement health care reform, despite judge’s ruling”:

    Speaking of contempt, that’s a good word to describe the esteem in which the White House holds the Constitution. Its hatred for the law appears palpable.

    Defying the will of Congress and the direct order of a federal judge means that the Obama administration is touching off a Constitutional crisis far worse than that which led to Richard Nixon’s resignation.

    Only in this case, the media doesn’t care because the president’s a left-leaning zealot, just like most of them.”

    http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2011/02/constitutional-crisis-brewing.html

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    • Sharon says:

      And I am sick of hearing the phrase (re zippy), “Well, he has to comply.” Really? Just watch him.

      I hope that those who have the authority to force the issue will force it. We have a judge who has stood up. Issa is standing up with regard to the oversight hearings. There is someone who needs to stand up on this. Of course, in Nixon’s case, remember it was the Atty Generals who went down like dominoes in the Halloween Weekend Massacre, as he went through 3-4 AG’s when they each, in turn, refused to let him do his illegal thing. How convenient for zippy that he has an AG that he owns who will not have any such scruples.

      So, whoever it is that needs to call the AG to account needs to step up as well.

      Next time you hear somebody say, “Well, zippy ‘has to’….” stop them, and just say, “Really? Do you think he thinks he ‘has to’?”

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    • Jennifer, great article. Love Doug Ross. Highly recommend this link for great reads.

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  20. Greetings from the land of the easily distracted!

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  21. weeweed says:

    Dang….I didn’t bookmark ZMalfoy’s blog. Any of youse guys know how to find her??

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    • Sharon says:

      And the Florida head-of-finance (whatever his title) has just returned to the feds the 1 million dollar grant that they had received to be used for setting up a tracking system for zippycare….Rush talked about it….

      The fact that the states now have legal grounds for taking action removing themselves from the domination of this piece of garbage is the best immediate effect of the judge’s ruling.

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      • GracieD says:

        Whoot! Just heard through the grapevine, and confirmed by local newspaper that Louisiana’s A.G. Buddy Caldwell is switcging his party affiliation from Dem to Repub. I heard second hand that he has been most unhappy with the way the WH and its minions have handled things. There is definitely a backstory there, looks like I’ll have to see if my connections have any information.

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        • Sharon says:

          And do sure to share what you learn. That’s good news. I keep looking for those democrats who love their country to take actions like that….let them switch party id for the same reason all the independents voted dems out last fall: for the sake of the nation.

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          • GracieD says:

            Uncle Eddie is out of the Federal Pen, and is serving 6 months house arrest. One of the conditions of his house arrest is that he cannot talk to the media. I have a feeling that Zippy’s DOJ put that on him to keep him from telling people what a failure Zippy is. Once that period is up, it will likely be unconfortable for the current WH, as the opinion of Edwin Edwards sill carries weight with Louisianans. For all of his faults, Uncle Eddie loves Louisiana and its people…and we love him right back.

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          • GracieD says:

            @Sharon, there are lots of rumors going around. If my sources can confirm them, I will share.

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    • Cheeseheads trying to score all kinds of points this week. Not just in football 🙂

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  22. Jennifer H says:

    Are attempts being made to gather in more folks?
    I would like to see more of the faces who gathered on HT and hope they join us here.
    I have cheered every time I saw a new one pop in today.

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  23. GracieD says:

    I just got a wild hair and decided to email Buddy Caldwell and ask him to go back before the Judge and ask for either a contempt ruling against the Administration, or to issue a formal injunction due to the fact that the WH is apparently indicating that they will ignore the ruling. Before I stick my foot in my mouth, do any of you have links to any articles indicating that the WH plans to ignore the ruling?

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  24. Ad rem says:

    Hey…..AmerExPat’s over on the Open at C4P if anyone wants to tip him off we’re here. I’m still waiting to get my confirmation of registration…so can’t get in yet.

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  25. YTZ4Me says:

    I used to be registered at C4P but since they have moved to WP, I have to re-register for C4P, even though I have a WP registration for Hotair, MM, here, yada yada.

    This registering w/WP for each blog is a pain in the …. y’know.

    At least with G*ogle, you have one sign in for all blogs that use the G*ogle sign-in.

    Long, whiny story short …. I was of no help. 😦

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  26. YTZ4Me says:

    To JK of Pittsburgh, PA:
    I’m sorry.
    It’s not my fault.
    We’ll fix this.
    🙂

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  27. Wraith says:

    When I awoke here in the Sovereign State of Arizona…it was ONE!!! That’s right, one lonely degree, shivering in the night. Nowhere in Arizona should be one. Ever.

    I swear, if that damn groundhog goes back in his hole, I’ll dig him out with a freaking backhoe, make groundhog stew and feed it to the Global Warming cultists!!

    (Gee, aren’t you glad I came around to brighten your days with my sunny disposition?) 😉

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    • stellap says:

      It’s been tough on you folks in the southwest. We’re used to it in Michigan and Minnesota and Indiana etc.

      You and WeeWeed should have a conversation. She’s not very happy about the weather in Texas today.

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    • weeweed says:

      Seriously, I’m trying to grow baby saguaros (here in TX) and our high today was 10??? I’d gag and gripe, except my windmill in the backyard probably won’t keep the laptop going….the groundhog stew, however, will feed my strays!! Good to see ya, Wraith!

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      • Jennifer H says:

        You make my day weeweed, you and Matilda and Integrity1st we who defy convention and smoke if we wanna and *gasp* like beer !

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      • Ad rem says:

        Baby saguaros! I bet they’re cute when they’re youngin’s…though I hear they’re a little prickly.

        Re the windmills. We’ve got hundreds of ’em in northern California. Most of the time they keep ’em turned off because PETA says they kill the birds.

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        • YTZ4Me says:

          lol.
          My brother works as a power plant engineer in Ont.
          They are mandated to have windmills online.
          It drives him crazy.
          They have to take other more productive generation stations offline to accommodate the windmills if and when they’re productive so the Liberals can say how “green” they are.
          Useless.

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    • Jennifer H says:

      ROFL ! I feel the same here in SE Texas, and I gotta get out and take care of the horses- no exscuses there, ever. So I look like a mummy with my layers of clothing and gloves and facial protection- gah. No riding this week 😦
      Ice storms are predicted to hit tomorrow. I think it was 19 years ago that we had to deal with that nightmare. We were out of electricity for 4 days, and had to heat soup and other food from the fireplace – thank god we had one and the wood to burn.
      Take that greenies !

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    • YTZ4Me says:

      Oh, so what you’re telling me it hasn’t gotten cold yet in AZ.
      Lucky duck.

      Reminds me of the time decades ago the Studmuffin was proudly displaying all his new gear for cold weather training exercises the upcoming January.

      My mom listened politely and then asked where this training was going to take place.

      “Massachusetts”.

      “Oh …. I thought they would send you somewhere cold”.

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      • Wraith says:

        I did 25 years in Minnesota, where we bathed in liquid nitrogen to warm up.

        Part of the reason I moved down here was to get warm, and I wind up sitting here shivering, typing on my laptop and listening to my sperm cells crystallize.

        It’s obviously Bristol’s fault. She could have brought down salmon, caribou…anything from Alaska, but noooo…she brought the cold. Great.

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        • YTZ4Me says:

          lol.
          Just funnin’ with ya, Wraith.
          It’s like when people find out I worked in the arctic.
          “Oh, so you’re used to the cold”.
          Uh-huh.
          Doesn’t mean I like it!

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        • Ad rem says:

          Re your link…I take it Maricopa isn’t the best place to live in AZ? I like their sheriff though. Typical libtard comments as well….even there.

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          • Wraith says:

            I haven’t actually been there, but it’s pretty much become a suburb of PHX. Maricopa is in Maricopa County, the Co. that includes most of the Valley Metro Area. A small town close to a big city.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Welcome back Wraith! (Don’t complain too loudly about the one degree. Sharon said her place is minus nineteen. They call one a heatwave.)

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      • YTZ4Me says:

        Yep. It’s officially cold when a Tanis blanket and blowers won’t help you with engine start-up.
        That’s usually around -54 C.

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      • Sharon says:

        As they say…..”Waaalllllll, back in the winter o’ ’95-’96 it was down to 38 below zero ever’ night….night after night after night…..” and, to cut to the chase here, I’ll never forget the hilarity that ensued when the alphabet networks sent camera crews to Fargo to document the natives surviving. The funniest footage I’ve ever seen: Cameraman’s freezing his keester. Interviewer with mic trying not to die right on camera, puts the mic in the face of some old bundled up farmer, and asks the perfect setup question (if you happen to be someone who talks just to listen to themselves, which North Dakota farmers don’t). The question is, “So, how do you cope?” The old farmer answers the guy, “Who sez we’re copin’?” End of interview. Exactly like that. So we’re not brave or anything when it’s 19 below. We just huddle down and wait for July. It’s never below zero in July.

        We will be grateful for one. They promised. Tomorrow morning. We’ll see.

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  28. YTZ4Me says:

    It’s been great catching up with all you folks.
    You’re a good group of people!
    Unfortunately …. almost addictive.
    I have to sign off as I have an early day tomorrow.
    I get to go out to Andrews AFB and have a tour of AF 2.
    How cool is that?
    Night, all!

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