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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 21 Nov 07 - 01:51 AM

Get it sung, Mountain Mama!! :D


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 21 Nov 07 - 01:05 AM

While still on the fence myself, I'm starting to teeter in Obama's direction.

Politics is truly the Mother of All BS, right?

Leaving for West by god Virginia at noon tomorrow. I can't wait to get to the assorted junctions of interstate highways to sit and burn gas but no miles. The otherwise small town of Wytheville, VA, where I-77 and I-81 come together briefly, is always particularly fun. If I am really lucky, there will be a number of bumper thumpers along the way so that most of what is normally a 5 1/2 hour trip on rural freeways through a number of my beloved Appalachian ranges will turn into 10 hours that feel like Los Angeles at 5:00 for the entire length. If I am truly, truly blessed, I will get to crawl through the tunnels at both Big Walker and East River mountains at 5 miles an hour, with lots of stop and go. I love breathing fumes in long tunnels.

The selection of books on tape or CD at Cracker Barrel ain't what it used to be (or there just aren't that many really good books out recently that both a 13 y.o. and a 55 y.o. enjoy listening to. If we have a good, long book to listen to, neither of us much care how long it takes to get somewhere.   Just south of Mt. Airy we run out of NPR stations with a budget to spend on interesting programming, and just north of Mt. Airy we run out of NPR stations with enough power to pick up at all except on the ridgetops.

BUT, just outside of Winston Salem, we'll catch our first glimpse of Pilot Mountain, with it's promise of what is to come. Another 35 miles and we are beyond Mt. Airy, crossing the Virginia line, and heading up that long, 7 mile grade through to Fancy Gap. It will be daylight, and we are having a late fall. Much more colorful that we had thought, given the lengthy and severe drought we are still experiencing. That first long mountain of the Blue Ridge hugs the left side of I-77. Looking out the passenger side, the Piedmont drops away as we climb. Mt. Airy and the rest of the Arafat Valley spread out below us in a scene made for a postcard.   We are literally and laterally climbing up the side of the first of the mountains. No other mountains obscure the the vista to the right of us for almost that entire 7 mile climb. Just below Fancy Gap the grade steepens just a bit, the road curves and heads into, not just up, the mountain. Right at Fancy Gap, we cross the bump of the ridge. From here on, the view in every direction will be of long ridges, high valleys, and steep, narrow hollows. We still have 200 miles to go, but this hillbilly heart of mine knows it is home.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 07:38 PM

I wonder if she would? I am sure NY can find another progressive senatrix.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 03:14 PM

Keeping in mind that this is 2 democratic senators going out of circulation -- might be better if she chose a governor from somewhere instead.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 03:13 PM

I wonder if he will accept a nomination to be VP?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 03:04 PM

No. I won't do it just because you told me to. So there. Nyah.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 02:40 PM

Good. Then we won't have to sit on the fence any longer. Vote for Barack Obama.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 12:11 PM

Such a riposte! I take the point.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 11:55 AM

Deliberate provocation is a specialty of Rapaire's; it keeps us guessing and slashing blindly in the dark. It's enough to make a body feint away altogether.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 10:27 AM

Hmm. That earlier post was deliberately provocative. Setting us up for a Justice Department caper. Might have given us a bad opinion of George W. Bush or something. How could you do it?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 09:17 AM

However, I have used Apple computers and apart from the price have no problems at all with them.

Still'd druther have Linux....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 09:09 AM

Ah...I see. Well, I withdraw the recommendation, as it requires a certain level of discrimination.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 09:09 AM

The question is, How did the virus get on the machine?

It was "protected" by Norton 360, which includes Norton Antivirus. This was kept up to date and the drives scanned on a regular basis.

However...this year we're moving to Trend Micro. I've been thinking about it for some time and the report in "Consumer Reports" convinced me. This has just reinforced it.

If, on the other hand, I were to find whoever wrote the virus, I would have to shake his hand...and his head...and his spine...and his kneecaps...with a baseball bat. One of the old-fashioned wooden ones.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 09:03 AM

I did once, but she still likes Wendy's.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 08:59 AM

Get your wife a Mac, big guy.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 08:55 AM

The computer repair guy. It had a virus or something. Oh, the awful abuse of power! He just unplugged it and carried it off to his car!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 20 Nov 07 - 12:21 AM

Rapaire:

What are you talking about, exactly? Which they? When? Were you there or away?


Were you donating it? Was this consensual?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 10:33 PM

Who is "they?" Any ideas?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 09:10 PM

They came and took my wife's computer. Seized it and hauled it off. No warrant or anything!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 08:52 PM

A completely hollow and twisted imitation of the genuine article. I can prove it: where are his strands, huh? Answer me that!

Frere Marinara


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 08:43 PM

The so-called Macaroni Monster is, after all, just a cheesy imposter.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 08:42 PM

Heresy!

And Brother Alfredo, the Grande Inquistor Supremo, will deal with you.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 08:21 PM

Everyone knows the spaghetti monster has hit the sauce.
He can't stand up straight and is limp as a noodle
which has led to a split in the church with many followers now worshipping the macaroni monster.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 04:25 PM

I saw some pretty little wine glasses that I'm going to add to my list, along with some other utilitarian things that I use all of the time and find myself stepping over to the sink to wash between dishes. Easier to have a couple of extras. I didn't have time to do a lot of shopping this morning, just to take a quick look. They sell quantities of meat and poultry in good cuts at very nice prices. Good thing I have the large freezer!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 04:19 PM

ALWAYS buy your kitchenwares (or almost always) from restaurant supply stores. Better quality for a better price.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Janie
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 04:16 PM

Ahhh...sounds like life is good!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 04:08 PM

I made a "fine scale cuisine" discovery today--literally in my own back yard. I was over at the mall trying to get a plastic container with a lid large enough to brine a turkey but small enough to fit in my cooler of ice while it soaks. (I've never done this before, so advice is welcome!) Anyway, the size container I wanted was sold out, and I commented that I could swing by a restaurant supply place in the next town over. The clerk helping me said there was one in Fort Worth, and he named my freeway exit (I live about three blocks from the highway and that exit). I named the only likely business I knew at that corner, I thought it was a warehouse for grocery stores, but it turns out it is a restaurant supply warehouse and they have a cash and carry store out back. I stopped by and it is WONDERFUL! Also more reasonably priced than the other store. I found my container and also bought a jug of soy sauce (I'm almost out).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 12:00 PM

I am very concerned about fine scale cuisine, since this affects my fencing, and as we all know, Fencing Is Life because There Ain't No Pen Mightier Than MY Sword.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 10:45 AM

Fine Scale Modeler Magazine *should* be concerned with cuisine choices! What you eat can easily effect fine motor skills, eye hand coordination and acuity of vision.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 10:30 AM

Fine Scale Modeler Magazine is now interested in cuisine choices????

I don't think so.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 09:34 AM

Metaphysics was originally called "Metabee-ess" but all the academics pronounced it wrong so they changed the name.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 09:28 AM

It's a good thing this discussion is also taking place elsewhere. A BS thread is no place to discuss metaphysics.

Oh, wait. It's pure BS.

Never mind.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 09:10 AM

I dunno, about all this interpretative religion stuff; I think the FSM wants everyone to be tacky in their own way.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Nov 07 - 11:14 PM

LH, may the FSM descend upon you and show you The Way, The Truth, and The Light. May you repent of such heresy, and may your repentance involve sharing the same blankets used by "Shane" McBride after an especially hard week, but without bedbugs, crabs and lice.

To answer JiK's question, I think that the FSM would be satisfied if a combination of cheeses, including asiago, were used as long as they were freshly grated. Stuff from green shakers should only be used in An Extreme Emergency.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 18 Nov 07 - 10:23 PM

Eschew pasta. Eat sushi instead. It's far better for you.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 18 Nov 07 - 10:14 PM

What makes this question all the more difficult is the lack of uniform agreement, both internationally and within Italy, as to what cheeses these appellations actually refer. According to that most reliable of sources, Wikipedia, Romano is apparently a fairly generic term applied to cheeses that can be made with goat, sheep or cow's milk. However, it also connotes a very ancient method of cheese production. Ancient is good. Right?

The designation parmesan, however, is fraught with contraversy and international disagreement. Some would say parmesan is a term applied only to an apostate American made cheese produced by Kraftsmen.

Think of the implications. What if YOUR child were spaghettied by Kraft Parmesan, moved to Italy, tried to join an FSM congregation there, and was rejected as having been Sprinkled with an imposter.

This could have implications for all eternity!

What's a mudder or fadder to do??!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 18 Nov 07 - 10:06 PM

Ye Gods. What a total drag, Stilly.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 18 Nov 07 - 09:56 PM

Double ouch.

In other news, FSM theologian, JohninKansas raises an important issue

Subject: RE: BS: Fools In The Real World
From: JohnInKansas - PM
Date: 18 Nov 07 - 08:15 PM

Although I've searched the FSM website carefully, a nagging question is unresolved.

In the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, when a child is Spaghettied (the rough equivalent of "christened") should the ritual sprinkling be with Parmesan or Romano - or are there separate schisms subscribing to each.

Our own congregation can't seem to come to an agreement.

John


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Nov 07 - 09:53 PM

He could well be, as the Germans say, gescrewed.

But I wish him all the luck in the world. Really.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 18 Nov 07 - 09:47 PM

Fill in the blank.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Nov 07 - 09:46 PM

Was it payable to anyone, or was a payee named on it? If it was "fill in the blank" he could be out the money.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 18 Nov 07 - 08:39 PM

I think the credit union needs to cancel the check; fingers crossed that they will. I think he was colossally ___________ to leave that thing lying around. To even pick it up before he needed it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 18 Nov 07 - 07:22 PM

Ouch.

Can payment not be stopped on the check, then it be reissued?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 18 Nov 07 - 05:40 PM

A friend of mine called today to talk. He's feeling depressed. Seems he lost a cashier's check for $15,000 last week. Carried it around, in anticipation of buying a new car. (My question--why? if you have that kind of money, do your negotiating, then go get the check or the cash or whatever. Write a check.) Forgot and left it behind the visor for a couple of days in the old beater pickup in the driveway, thought he'd dodged the "losing it" bullet by finding it and taking it into the house. Thinks he left it on the edge of his dresser.

He lives with his adult mentally-retarded brother (mental age about 5?), who is a compulsive trash emptier. Dresser near trash can. You get the drift.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Nov 07 - 11:16 AM

Maybe, if the building was low enough to the ground. And the ground was soft. And I had rubber soles on my shoes.

You can see the BBC report on the spaghetti harvest in Southern Switzerland here.   It is a gift to us from the FSM.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 17 Nov 07 - 11:25 PM

Be very careful of those flying objects coming out of the spaghetti box. One of them could be the immaculately conceived spawn of the FSM, who, according to an obscure and heretical cult living in the desert near Las Vegas, is actually a mutant and extremely charismatic India Meal moth.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Nov 07 - 10:58 PM

If the BBC told you to jump off a building, would you do it?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Nov 07 - 10:46 PM

I thought spaghetti was harvested from trees in Italy by caring Italian peasants. The BBC said so.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 17 Nov 07 - 09:49 PM

No, but pasta can contain weevil eggs. Gotta watch for flying objects when you open the pasta box.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Nov 07 - 09:30 PM

I had rice for dinner. Is rice actually pasta eggs?


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