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The Last Football Post for a While...




I'm not even going to try to pick who's going to win this one (despite rooting for the Seahawks and nailing nearly every pick throughout this playoff, minus that damn Saints/Eagles game)...      ...  ...  but it breaks down like this:

Denver:  Best passing game in the NFL; Defense that has been impressive

Seattle:  Best secondary in the NFL; Offense with great running game and all it's receivers back

Something has to give, and it's impossible to say what will first, so consider it too close to call.  Vegas spread put the Broncos by 1 pt, before moving to 2 pts, so good luck if you're into that sort of thing.   If you're not, there's always these other ridiculous bets available before the big game:

(my personal favorites)

16. Will Richard Sherman get a taunting penalty? (4/1 on yes)

  6. Will Percy Harvin leave the game with an injury? (3/1)

  2. Will announcers say the word “marijuana?” (7/2)


              and of course the #1 answer...





(just kidding... you're going to have to click the link to find out)

Another thing MANY people will be tuning in to see is the ever-popular SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS.   What's Arnold Schwarzenegger up to?  What crazy things will the Budweiser guys come up with?   How cool will the movie 'Noah' look?  When will the Cheesopocolypse occur?   Will the Axe girls devour yet another Axe-scented dude?   Will GoDaddy push the limit yet again?    

As for the halftime show... meh.    Bruno Mars w/the Red Hot Chili Peppers.   My usual hopes of nudity in this post-Janet Jackson era of Super Bowl Halftime Show just got thrown on its head.   Please, please, please don't let there be nudity...  please, Flea... I'm serious.

Another highly talked about story going in to this game (and perfectly ample reason for me to post yet another cheerleader photo) is the newfound popularity of Sea Gal Alicia Quaco, an US Air Force Lietenant / full-time production manage / total hottie...   Perfect for the guy who likes to fantasize about a gorgeous woman and chant "USA, USA, USA" while doing so:

... God bless America!


Enjoy the game... thread's open... have at it... and GOOOO SEAHAWKS!


It's State of the Union Time

That could only mean one thing...  SOTU DRINKING GAME!!

Here's your rules, courtesy of Greg Gutfeld:

See you on the Twitter... #SOTUDG


Evil Corpate Villians and Left Wing Superhoes

I would have posted this Saturday under the heading Saturday Cartoons, however I didn't discover these until today...  so instead of traveling back in time and posting it then, I've decided to post it now, without the whole Saturday nonsense (that just wouldn't make sense). 


If you found that funny, check out their website at

Then read the villians / superheroes bios.   Good stuff.

Enjoy the rest of your Monday.


ET Open

An airline pilot ferrying passengers home from Ibiza has claimed that his aircraft recently had a close encounter (and a near miss) with a UFO.  According to the story,  the pilot described the UFO as shaped like a rugby ball,  but I suspect what he really said was "hairball" and the reporter simply mistook what he said.

In fact, it may be the same UFO that has been keeping close watch over Star Fleet:

Have a nice weekend and post what you like.


Your Morning Temper Flare

I'll follow up when I know a few more details, but you'll certainly see this all over your headlines at various news sites this morning:

Conservative author and pundit Dinesh D'Souza charged in campaign finance case.

For me it doesn't pass the initial smell test, due to the fact that this administration is ripe with corruption and we all know the outspokenness D'Souza displays in regards to President Barack Obama...  and most notably being the man who gave Barack's poverty-stricken brother George (not to be confused with his Muslim Brotherhood-tied brother Malik) money just so he could help his sick son.

Per the article:

“Mr. D’Souza did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever,” Brafman said in the statement. “He and the candidate have been friends since their college days, and “at worst, this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza. . .It is important to note that the indictment does not allege a corrupt relationship between Mr. D’Souza and the candidate.”

The indictment did not name the Senate candidate in the case. But it appears to be Wendy Long (R), who lost overwhelmingly in 2012 to incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat. Long raised less than $1 million for her long-shot campaign

All the scandals that have been plaguign this administration and this is the most notable charge they've issued in 5 years.   Pretty incredible...   definitely transparent (whether intential or not).

I'd shred the "coincidence" of this story, but why do that when this says it all:

Click to go to story (w/links)


... besides, in this administration, there are no such thing as "coincidences".



(more to come as the story progresses)



Holiday Weekend Open

It's another three day holiday weekend, but all I plan to do is park in front of the TV (and no doubt be bombarded with advertisements)...

Any of you have interesting plans? Have a nice weekend and post what you like.


The More Important Thread of the Day

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I'm making up for lost time.  (I've been busy;  deal with it)

Broncos vs Patriots for the AFC Championship

Seahawks vs 49ers for the NFC Championship


I'm psyched about both these matchups this weekend.   First you have two of the greatest quarterbacks of the modern football era in Manning and Brady squaring off Sunday afternoon, followed by a great rivalry in what has quickly become the worst place for opponents to visit (and loudest outdoor stadium ever):  CenturyLink Field.  

My picks (as if they matter):  

I'm going with the Broncos in the first one just because of Denver's defense, which has been surprisingly outstanding throughout the tail end of the year.   Yes, Denver has a plethora of talented receivers for Peyton Manning to throw to and New England is, well, rather limited in theirs...  but both are capable of putting up the points.   Defense will be the key to victory here.

As for the later game I gotta go with the Seahawks.   Yes I'm biased...  Steve Largent was my biggest hero as a child and perhaps the main reason I ever wanted to be a wide receiver, however their home field has just been brutal for anybody visiting this year.    If the game was being played in San Francisco I'd call it a toss-up, but it's not, so I won't.   Go Seahawks!

^ I don't even know what kinda weird stuff the SeaGals are doing here.... 

  ... but me likey!


 Thread is for football-related comments only...   enjoy the games!


The Unreasonably Burdensome Thread

Oh, Pennsylvania.   It's almost like I WANT to respect you as a state, but then you go and do something silly that caters to the regressive subculture of this country, also referred to as the far-left fringe of today's Democrat Party.

Today a Pennsylvania judge has determined their voter ID law unconstitutional, claiming it "unreasonably burdens the right to vote."   In other words Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley considers getting an ID... a buden.  

Note to all you 17 and 19-20 year old Pennsylvanians out there looking to purchase some smokes or drink some beer this weekend, remember:   getting an ID in PA is a burden and shouldn't affect your "legal" (used loosely for good reason) right to smoke / drink.  Pass it on. 

If this excuse is how they wish to argue voter ID laws... could we not say the same thing about our right to bear arms?   Does requiring an ID and implementing a possible waiting period "unreasonably burdens the right to..."  BEAR ARMS?

He also went to say that the current voter ID law is"a substantial threat" to hundreds of thousands of qualified voters.   Why stop there?  How about millions?  In crazy person theory it's possible that someday billions of Pennsylvanians could be turned away just because the state of PA has made it so gosh darn impossible to get a ID... which disenfranchises any and all minorities / gays / immigrants / women / handicapped / lazy voters. 

The decision goes on to read:

"Voting laws are designed to assure a free and fair election; the Voter ID Law does not further this goal."

Really?   As opposed to NOT asking for ID's?   Honestly... Which is more fair?   Requiring people that are capable of voting legally to provide an ID that the vast majority already possess or to break down your only firewall and ease the possibility for potential criminals to affect the integrity of the system?

In trolling through the various political sites today I continue to read the usual defense by leftist Democrats:   Voter fraud doesn't exist.   It's fantasy.  Impossible! 

Uh, no...  it happens, ( <== hey look, a unicorn!) whether it fits your narrative or not, and just because you don't/can't see it or are mentally incapable of realizing the potential of it occuring, it will always be there unless the necessary steps are done to prevent it.   If you don't you're taking a giant (/dangerously insane) leap of faith in thinking people will never cheat the system when steps to prevent illegal actions are simply ignored or no longer enforced.   Just because you've never seen a murder, rape, bank robbery or any other crime doesn't mean that it won't occur anymore just because you've decided to stop enforcing it.     

We're not exactly asking for 3 forms of ID, like so many federal government agencies currently do for the various services they provide... we're asking you to show who you say you are with one simple flash of your license or state issued id card (the latter of which I will argue SHOULD be free in every state).  

Why shouldn't we need an ID to vote (which is a choice) when an ID is required for ObamaCare (and if you don't already have insurance, eventually mandatory)?  

It sure is more affective than burying your head in the sand, pretending something can't / won't ever happen simply because you choose to convince yourselves it's an innocent request and that diabolical agendas aren't behind those groups who so adamantly fight for the removal of such voter ID laws.  


The Trillion Dollar Thread

Numerical translation for newest omnibus bill:  $1,012,000,000,000.00

(That's only $639,696,586.60 per page... it's practically a steal!!)

Now, WHY are these "omnibus" bills getting bigger and bigger?  Well, it's real simple:   Pork.  Pounds and pounds of pork in each and every bill.    Compound that ever-growing problem with the fact that Washington DC is getting less and less done every year, too busy playing politics to get any actual work done, and as a consequence more and more money is needing to cleared off the books.

The bloated spending bill passed the House 359-67 and cleared Congress last night with a vote of 72-26, with seventeen Republicans opting for the more "bi-partisan" route...  because really, what brings people together better than spending a bunch of other peoples' money?



Crisis in Colorado Open

As almost everyone is already aware,  Colorado recently decriminalized marijuana, and since that time,  weed shops have begun popping up around the state,  allowing the state's citizens a chance  to smoke their way into nirvana.  But, after only a week of hitting the store shelves, there arose a shortage, forcing remaining distributors to raise their prices dramatically, and driving the poorer smokers among us to desperate measures...

So, if you still have your own stash, give thanks and avoid being a 'bogart': share with your less fortunate neighbor. Have a nice weekend and post what you like.


Kim Jong-un Has His Own Personal Court Jester...

... And his name is Dennis Rodman:

I'm just waiting for the moment a drunken Dennis Rodman offends the wrong people (i.e. North Korean leadership).   Doubt his go-to excuse of being drunk would work in that case.


New Year's Resolution Open

It is an old tradition that no one actually keeps...but I'll go ahead an ask anyway: have you made any New Year's resolutions?

Go ahead and post them (or anything else you feel like posting about). Have a nice weekend.


Nanny Bloomberg - Why the Frowny Face?

Maybe because the collectivist/statist/control freak Bloomberg was not far enough left to satisfy the uber-left speakers at new mayor deBlasio's inaugural/spontaneous demonstration.  

Poor Bloomie.  He tried, but he just couldn't manage to be quite as much of a totalitarian as the leftie masses demand.  So, they lined up to speak ill of the New York City that Bloomberg leaves behind, taking some rather vicious swipes at him in the process. 

But it's a sure bet we haven't heard the last of ex-Mayor Bloomberg.  His inane campaign against firearms will now have his full attention.  Hey, a statist, no matter how poorly the ultra-hard left views him, needs a hobby. 

Here's a link that will detail some of the leftie screeching that had Nanny Bloomberg looking so glum: "Progressing" right down the sewer.


A Victory For Liberty In The War On Drugs

Finally, some common sense on display from government. CNN:

 Retail marijuana licenses issued by Colorado -- the first in the nation -- should arrive in the mail by the end of this week, according to the state Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division.

The state sent out 348 retail marijuana licenses to prospective retail marijuana establishments on Monday, including 136 marijuana stores, 178 marijuana cultivation facilities, 31 products manufacturing facilities and three marijuana testing facilities.

The state's retail marijuana licensing process includes fingerprint-based background checks and financial checks. The businesses must also receive approval from the local authorities before they may operate.

Thomas Behler, assistant manager at Ganja Gourmet, a medical marijuana dispensary in Denver, said he is happy about the licenses.

"Business should increase exponentially; every 21-year-old on the planet is going to come here," he said. "We already have a successful business, but we are not in it for the money. We are helping people and providing them with a service."

The War on Drugs has been horrible waste of resources, and whatever benefit it provides is completely outweighted by it's negative consequences: the empowerment of gangs, drug violence here and in Mexico, the incarceration of otherwise law-abiding citizens, the errosion of citizen rights and privacy. I hope more states follow Colorado's lead.


Obama Delayed Regulations For Political Purposes

One way to uncover whether someone on the Left is a malignant Stalinist, or just a misguided socialist, is to guage their reaction to stories like this:

The White House systematically delayed enacting a series of rules on the environment, worker safety and health care to prevent them from becoming points of contention before the 2012 election, according to documents and interviews with current and former administration officials.

Some agency officials were instructed to hold off submitting proposals to the White House for up to a year to ensure that they would not be issued before voters went to the polls, the current and former officials said.

The delays meant that rules were postponed or never issued. The stalled regulations included crucial elements of the Affordable Care Act, what bodies of water deserved federal protection, pollution controls for industrial boilers and limits on dangerous silica exposure in the workplace.

The Obama administration has repeatedly said that any delays until after the election were coincidental and that such decisions were made without regard to politics. But seven current and former administration officials told The Washington Post that the motives behind many of the delays were clearly political, as Obama’s top aides focused on avoiding controversy before his reelection.

The number and scope of delays under Obama went well beyond those of his predecessors, who helped shape rules but did not have the same formalized controls, said current and former officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic.

A utopian socialist, who means well, would be horrified by such political corruption. After all, one of the Left's selling points to Low Information Voters is all the good Big Government is supposed to do in protecting us and keeping things fair for the little guy...except when we get sold out for political considerations.