November 2012 Blog Posts (19)

Silly Netherlands

This is planet earth

And this is The Netherlands and this is Holland. Many people think Holland is the capital of Amsterdam. So if you think so right now, you are wrong.

Since ancient times we have survived on cheese and stamppot and selling slaves and spices. Stamppot is a dish where you take good food and potatoes and mash it to a pulp and eat it with a plastic sausage that you buy at a clothing and utility store.

Then in the 1600 we invented making land with windmills…


Added by The Dutch Dastard on November 30, 2012 at 5:52am — 2 Comments

Coming guys’ night

At my men’s group much has been made of having a purely social night every so often. I've put up a façade of interest, which has been easy to do because it means going to some bar, and I do like beer. The first one of these is this Friday; I've RSVP’d yes and am regretting it.

Frankly, I’m terrified.

I can handle men easily one on one or even up to two or three. But the invitation has over fifteen guys on it, and no women. Men are encouraged to bring their friends, but…


Added by Carl Monster on November 29, 2012 at 10:58am — 8 Comments

Starbucks Versimo...unscientific number crunching

Yesterday I had a Starbucks latte made with the company’s Versimo pod system during a demo in a store. And I got to thinking about whether or not it was a better deal economically to use the pod system versus buying my drinks in the Starbucks store.

The prices for the machine and the pods are as follows:

(All product prices via

Verismo Machine - $199.00

Latte Pods (8 servings each espresso and milk) - $12.95

Milk Pods (12) - $12.95

Espresso and…


Added by Tom Tucker on November 27, 2012 at 1:57am — No Comments

A death in the forest

Sunday morning after T-day and things are mighty fine; a day for relaxing as the Thanksgiving commitments are over, the garden shut down and winter arriving right on schedule.

I sat with my dead-tree Sunday NYT and thumbed through the pages. After checking the house humidity on my iPad to see if indeed the furnace humidifier I had activated was working properly, I came across the severe headline A Death in the Forest.

I started reading the article and was immediately…


Added by Carl Monster on November 25, 2012 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Sandy : Lessons From The Wake Of The Storm

By Nichole Foss and originally posted at

Superstorm Sandy has been a devastating experience for many, and will continue to be so for a long time to come. Much of the damage will take weeks or months to…


Added by Alan Johnson on November 23, 2012 at 10:57am — No Comments

They'll be okay

     I have been around some Thanksgiving tables that adhere to the tradition of everyone saying what they are thankful for.  I have been deployed twice, so naturally, “I’m thankful I’m not deployed” is an easy beg-off.  It’s what folks expect to hear, and they get another chance to pull out their “Support the Troops” shtick before it disappears. 

     The reality of it is, at least for me, that the holidays were better when I was deployed.  It was just another day; if you were in the…


Added by Tom Tucker on November 22, 2012 at 10:03pm — No Comments

A Thanksgiving Farmshare

“Do you want to come with me to pick up the last farmshare?” my wife asked. The sun was just peeking out that Sunday morning, so it seemed as good excuse as any to go for drive “Yes, I’ll go.” I replied.

We belong to a CSA, short for Community Supported Agriculture, where we get the bulk of our vegetables. The morning was still sleepy as we pulled into the gravel lot adjacent to the farm fields. Inside the old barn bins overflowing with recently harvested roots of all kinds lined the…


Added by Carl Monster on November 21, 2012 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

There are times when girls wish their dads would disappear...

 Please watch and share your reactions:

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday called on the French church to make its voice heard on social issues.



Thousands march against homosexual marriage bill . . . in France




Added by Ken D Books on November 20, 2012 at 3:22pm — 5 Comments

The girl: Part two

Rather taken aback, but not without my wit I told her she could have my number, or have a drink with me now. She opted for the latter, and we chose a semi-quiet place at the far end of the bar. She drank wine, I drank beer, and we both drank like sailors. Somehow we were familiar with each other, and before long I told her the things that I know put off most women, and enthrall another kind. I told her about how at age 18 I had an affair with a 39-year old woman, married with two children. I…


Added by The Dutch Dastard on November 19, 2012 at 3:59pm — No Comments

The girl: Part one

I was bored, looking around. The formula of the student bar was good; open early, serve cheap beer, close early. The beer was exceptionally cheap today, as they were being paid for by the university to encourage first year students to get to know each other. My class mates were two or three years my juniors, and we were right on the edge of ages where those numbers still matter. Conversation died down to my so called mentor and I. In age my peer, in this study my senior, but socially an…


Added by The Dutch Dastard on November 18, 2012 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Stoicism and the Sublime

In his 18th Century tome A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origins of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful," Edmund Burke lined out the cause behind man's defensive use of stoicism:

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. For fear being an apprehension of pain or death, it operates in a manner that resembles actual pain. Whatever therefore is terrible, with regard to sight, is sublime too, whether this…


Added by C. Armstrong on November 15, 2012 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Movember Mustache:The Hitler

Welcome to Movember! This year, we’re doing a famous mustache series. For our mid-Movember Mustache, the Toothbrush, 2 -3 centimeters of whiskers, synonymous with one of the most criminally insane minds of modern history, Adolf Hitler.

The Toothbrush was a popular American mustache style starting in the nineteen-teens, brought to life by entertainers of the day like Oliver Hardy and Charlie Chaplin. Once brought to Germany, the younger generation immediately took it on to replace the…


Added by Leah Morrigan on November 15, 2012 at 11:47am — 3 Comments

Hope and change in 2012.

This maybe has nothing to do with anything but as I was laying in bed last night this thought occurred.

Hope and change.  Something we all strive for.  To better ourselves.  Something our president got elected on last time.  Something he just won four more years based on, more than likely.  What's wrong with hope and change?  Why do the republicans and our country as a whole, seem so opposed to it.  Hope and change empowers someone like Barack Obama to run and get elected.  Let's face…


Added by Victor Franklin on November 8, 2012 at 7:32pm — 11 Comments

Gender and Sex, Male and Female, and Ladies Being Gentlemen & Vice Versa


The discussion Ladies Being Gentlemen? in the General Discussion group and the many varied comments caught my attention. In an effort to abide by the AOM Guidelines my response to that discussion and many similar on…


Added by Will Gentile on November 8, 2012 at 5:34pm — 1 Comment

The Ease of Complacent Servitude

The following was taken from the article linked at the bottom.


A majority of Americans chose the path of 18th century Frenchmen and 1930 Germans last night. A majority chose to vote for “revenge,” for redistribution of wealth, for abortion on demand, for abandoning Israel and for “leaning forward” in front of Dan Savage and Vladimir Putin. A majority of Americans chose to steal from their neighbors, their neighbor’s children and their own children…


Added by Ken D Books on November 8, 2012 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Welcome to the Dependent States of America

Originally posted at

If the most successful business executive to ever run for president can't get elected with 23 million people out of work and an 8 percent unemployment rate,…

Added by Alan Johnson on November 8, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Ten States Voting on Nullification Measures this Week

by Michael Boldin


Added by Alan Johnson on November 6, 2012 at 9:47am — No Comments

Student Debt Crisis Enters a Tipping Point

Originally posted at mybudget360 
The great deleveraging event continues to unwind while one sector of debt…

Added by Alan Johnson on November 4, 2012 at 2:52pm — 3 Comments

Movember Mustache: The Billy Dee Williams

Welcome to Movember! This year, we’re doing a famous mustache series. To start off the month, Billy Dee Williams, American actor.

You might remember Billy Dee from such roles as Lando Calrissian from Star Wars films, portraying Louis McKay, Billie Holiday’s husband in Lady Sings the…


Added by Leah Morrigan on November 1, 2012 at 10:39am — No Comments

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