I’ll let hardier souls take the plunge, thank you very much

You’ve probably seen them on TV or in newspaper photographs. They’re called “polar bear clubs.”

Groups of grown, presumably sane adults, in the middle of winter and surrounded by snow and ice, gather to jump in a frigid lake or river and go swimming, as if they were a bunch of polar bears.

Which they are not, by the way.

Polar bears wouldn’t be caught dead in such cold water without their thick, luxurious coat of fur. They certainly wouldn’t jump in wearing nothing but bathing suits, as these fools do.

And polar bears are driven to do it by necessity. They dive into the cold water to hunt seals, which they need to survive. Members of polar-bear clubs are hunting … well, I’m not sure what they’re hunting.

Pneumonia?

The car keys they lost in the lake last summer?

Or maybe they do it for the TV time they get on the evening news, even though their faces are so contorted by the cold that they look like someone being groped by a TSA agent at Hartsfield-Jackson.

At any rate, they’re crazy, which leads me to my point:

black-friday1

As far as I’m concerned, the tens of millions of Americans who leave the safety of their homes today and descend on malls, shopping centers and big-box retail outlets to engage in the shopping madness of black Friday are just one small notch below polar-bear divers on the scale of crazy.

Seriously.

I confess, the thought of rising at 4 a.m. to do all-day battle with the teeming masses requires a Churchillian resolve that I do not possess:

“We shall fight them on the highways; we shall fight them in the parking lot; we shall fight them in the store aisles, and then again at the checkout counter!” No, not me, thanks.

Those who do are simply nuts, and I say that with the utmost respect, bless your hearts.

You’re so nuts, in fact, that I might be worried about my personal safety for writing such a thing except for the fact that I know that you’re out there shopping today, battling for bargains, and thus much too frantic to sit down and actually read things in the 5-pound newspaper that you grabbed this morning for all the coupons and bargains.

No, the only ones likely to run across this column are those sane, reasonable, contented souls sitting at home in peace and quiet right now, nodding their heads in agreement as they read this while they wait for the football games to start.

Am I right, guys? Yeah, I thought so.

Yes indeed. A nice, quiet Thanksgiving, surrounded by friends and loved ones, sharing good food, drink and memories, puts me in a sweetly mellow mood that I try to preserve as long as possible through the holiday weekend. The madness of the Christmas season will come soon enough, I figure. No need to rush it.

However, as a patriotic American, I wish to salute those hardy souls who do make that sacrifice on behalf of the rest of us. Somebody has to get this economy moving again, and it sure won’t be couch potatoes like me. When things get tough, the tough go shopping, while the rest of us sit back in awe, gratitude and relief.

Because you know, John Maynard Keynes had it right about a couple of things. According to the famous British economist, a capitalist system is driven by “animal spirits — a spontaneous urge to action rather than inaction.” So if animal spirits motivate millions of you to get out there and pick this economy up by its bootstraps, be my guest.

Dive right in, I’m sure the water’s fine.

Keynes was right about something else as well. “Americans,” he once observed, “are apt to be unduly interested in discovering what average opinion believes average opinion to be.”

In the opinion of average Americans, Gallup reported last week, average Americans will spend an average of $714 on Christmas this year, which is up considerably over the $616 they predicted in 2008, but well below the peak of $866 in 2007.

According to Gallup, that ought to translate into a modest 4 percent increase in retail holiday sales. While that’s OK, surely we — or you — can do better. Fire up those animal spirits. Give into your hunter-gatherer instincts. Grab your credit cards and get out there! Take the plunge! Buy buy buy!

I’ll be here when you get back.

128 comments Add your comment

Adam

November 26th, 2010
9:44 am

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
9:45 am

BUY AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS ONLY

sorry to say with all the cheap c-rap imported from overseas probably won’t happen

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
9:45 am

Adam was the first male anyway ;-) good morning

Adam

November 26th, 2010
9:47 am

Having a single day, or even a series of days, where the retail environment gives deals and forces its workers to work long hours and actually COACHES them not to get involved in a fight between customers isn’t exactly going to get this economy going again. Nor will trampling old ladies.

But I suppose if this economy is built on people trampling each other and fighting each other for goods and services, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we are one really screwed up consumerist nation that does everything ELSE as though it always has to be a fight.

Adam

November 26th, 2010
9:49 am

As for American Made products, I wonder if people are smart enough to know if something is truly american made? For example, you can’t buy a computer without most of the parts, if not all of the parts, being foreign made. What are we going to do about that?

Adam

November 26th, 2010
9:50 am

Finally, GOOD MORNING! Happy Black Friday! lol

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
9:51 am

Best solution is if you have to go (please not the guys, we have other things to do, like nap), is to have someone drop you off. When you are loaded(with stuff) call and have them meet you. Throw stuff in car and return to store. Take car home and unload. REPEAT AS NEEDED. LOL

Adam

November 26th, 2010
9:52 am

Common: bring a Penske/Ryder/UHaul! :D

El Jefe

November 26th, 2010
9:54 am

And you wonder why we call them sheeple or progressives.

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
9:59 am

I know research is a bad word, but people have their lists of people and things to buy (some of them anyway).

All products have a label where made, where assembled etc. that can help with their choices.

Also many websites are dedicated to the buy america movement that lists USA made products.

Too tough to get around a parking lot with big truck, send HD and his pickemup truck, he can make extra money for his shopping LOL

marky mark

November 26th, 2010
10:05 am

Never before, in the field of human history, have we needed so much to be spent, by so few, for so many. – There Jay, hows that for a Churchhillian paraphrase?

Stonethrower

November 26th, 2010
10:07 am

When you say buy American do you mean North, South or Central America?

El Jefe

November 26th, 2010
10:09 am

Is there many consumer products that are made and assembled by Americans – the US kind?

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 26th, 2010
10:19 am

The madness of the Christmas season will come soon enough, I figure.

Amen to that. I refuse to take part in the orgy of consumerism that the season has become. It has nothing to do with what Christmas is about, anyway.

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
10:26 am

Folks is just plumb crazy! I wish the commercial sector the best of the day and hope the howling masses are having a good time…but I’d rather sit here sipping on coffee, munching on the left over take home sweets from yesterday and jaw with a bunch of social malcontents…

Anyway, hope y’all had as good of a Turkey Day as we did…and before I forget, thank you taxpayers of the State of Georgia for the day off…

Normal

November 26th, 2010
10:28 am

Josef,
I love the day after Thanksgiving. It’s the only time you can have Indian Pudding and Pecan Pie for breakfast!

Normal

November 26th, 2010
10:29 am

Josef,

“and before I forget, thank you taxpayers of the State of Georgia for the day off…”

Ha! You should pay us ’cause you love your job so much. :D

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
10:33 am

Normal

“Ha! You should pay us ’cause you love your job so much. ”

True, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, too!

Paulo977

November 26th, 2010
10:40 am

El Jefe@10:09am
Don’t mean to be annoying BUT, if I remember correctly from research during graduate work on Developtment Education(really underdevelopment in 3rd world!)the US successfully persuaded many 3rd world nations to buy into the notion that their goods were superior to what what was locally produced!!This of course led to the “dependency syndrome ” in the 3rd world and helped our bloated corporations to bloat even more ! Perhaps these “brainwashed” 3rd world nations are now waking up and trying to assert their worth …. certainly garments made, for example, in Sri Lanka , India, etc are cheap and adequate. In may be uncofortable for us to accept, but in the bigger picture “What goes around comes around”!!!!

Southern Comfort

November 26th, 2010
10:41 am

G’Morning folks..

As a former retail manager, I’m hoping everyone out there shopping is having fun. I don’t miss it one bit, maybe except for the fights. Those were always worth opening up at 5am to witness. If what I’ve heard so far from friends and family still in retail, you would be hard-pressed to find signs of a recession this am. Traffic was crazy starting at 10pm last night.

As for the polar bear clubs… I hate to point this out, but you Anglo-Americans are plain nutcases!!! I have yet to see any club members with substantial melanin in their skin. :)

progressive

November 26th, 2010
10:43 am

Main Entry: conservative
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: cautious, moderate, tending to preserve the status quo
Synonyms: Tory, bourgeois, constant, controlled, conventional, die-hard, fearful, firm, fogyish, fuddy-duddy, guarded, hard hat, hidebound, holding to, illiberal, in a rut, inflexible, middle-of-the-road, not extreme, obstinate, old guard, old line, orthodox, quiet, reactionary, redneck, right, right of center, right-wing, sober, stable, steady, timid, traditional, traditionalistic, unchangeable, unchanging, uncreative, undaring, unimaginative, unprogressive, white bread
Antonyms: exaggerated, incautious, left-wing, liberal, progressive, radical
Main Entry: conservative
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: person who is cautious, moderate; an opponent of change
Synonyms: Tory, bitter-ender, classicist, conserver, conventionalist, diehard, hard hat, middle-of-the-roader, moderate, moderatist, obstructionist, old guard, old liner, preserver, reactionary, redneck, right, right-winger, rightist, silk-stocking, standpat, stick-in-the-mud, traditionalist, unprogressive
Antonyms: left-winger, liberal, progressive, radical

Main Entry: progressive
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: liberal; growing
Synonyms: accelerating, advanced, advancing, avant-garde*, bleeding-heart, broad, broad-minded, continuing, continuous, developing, dynamic, enlightened, enterprising, escalating, forward-looking, go-ahead, gradual, graduated, increasing, intensifying, left of center, left*, lenient, modern, ongoing, onward, open-minded, radical, reformist, revolutionary, tolerant, up-and-coming, up-to-date, wide
Antonyms: conservative, moderate
* = informal/non-formal usage
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Part of Speech: adjective
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Synonyms: alive, astir, at work, bustling, effective, efficacious, exertive, flowing, functioning, going, hasty, impelling, in force, in play, in process, mobile, movable, moving, operating, operative, progressive, pushing, rapid, restless, rolling, running, rushing, rustling, shifting, simmering, speeding, speedy, streaming, swarming, traveling, turning, walking, working
Notes: active knowledge is the knowledge of a language which a user actively employs in speech or writing, as opposed to passive knowledge, which is what a person understands in what he/she hears or reads
Antonyms: abeyant, dormant, immobile, inactive, inert, lazy, sluggish

so thank you for the compliments

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
10:44 am

PAULO

Yeah. They’re cheaper all right. Sorta like ours were back before such socialist-inspired stuff like them pesky child labor, minimum wage, limited work week, workplace safety laws…

barking frog

November 26th, 2010
10:46 am

Shopping for bargains is a good thing, but too much
of a good thing is a bad thing. Jumping into cold water,
clothed or unclothed, is almost as bad as jumping out
of a perfectly good airplane. Not a fan of any of this.

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
10:48 am

SoCo

Yeah. They awfully white…methinks they had cream of wheat instead of grits for breakfast and say “you guys” instead of y’all…and they call us geographically challenged “morons,” “idiots” and question our parentage?

Unh, huh, I’ll stay in the nice warm trailer with my mooshine jug and friendly cousins! :-)

Del

November 26th, 2010
10:49 am

Well my wife’s out there helping the economy. Good news is I got to stay home with our daughter.

Southern Comfort

November 26th, 2010
10:51 am

Unh, huh, I’ll stay in the nice warm trailer with my mooshine jug and friendly cousins!

Until recently, I didn’t know that polar bear clubs existed below the Mason-Dixon Line. I’m with you, though… Gimme my corn in a jar anyday!!

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
10:54 am

Southern Comfort @10:41 am

As for the polar bear clubs… I hate to point this out, but you Anglo-Americans are plain nutcases!!! I have yet to see any club members with substantial melanin in their skin.

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Hell even this crazy Irishman here isn’t that dam crazy

:-)

Not enough alcohol in Ireland to make me do that, well maybe not enough LOL

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
10:55 am

SoCo
Used to any time it snowed, my granddaddy would go out and walk barefoot for a spell,,,he liked the feel of the cruchy cold on his feet…the neighbors called him crazy…I went with him once…that was quite enough…he was crazy!

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
10:58 am

josef nix@10:48 am
and
Southern Comfort@10:51 am

Unh, huh, I’ll stay in the nice warm trailer with my mooshine jug and friendly cousins!

Until recently, I didn’t know that polar bear clubs existed below the Mason-Dixon Line. I’m with you, though… Gimme my corn in a jar anyday!!

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If they start a Florida Keys polar bear club I might try it LOL

Southern Comfort

November 26th, 2010
11:01 am

Hell even this crazy Irishman here isn’t that dam crazy

I went with him once…that was quite enough…he was crazy!

LMAO!!!!!

Common Sense

I could possibly do the Florida Keys with you… Anywhere north of that point, and you’re on your own until spring.

Ripped Van Winkle

November 26th, 2010
11:05 am

Says Jay, as he pecks away at the laptop keyboard while waiting, wondering… will this line ever move. This 52″ LCD TV may have been a bargain but I’m ready to get outta here. What was I THINKING!

By the way, did I miss anything important.

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
11:05 am

SoCo, Common Sense

My rule of thumb…the water temperature should be no less than 10 degrees cooler than the air temperature and the air temperature should be in the 90s before even considering dipping a toe in that stuff that fish f in! Younger Boy just got back from Colorado and snow boarding…we didn’t raise him like that…the boy ain’t right!

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
11:06 am

Normal@10:28 am

Josef,
I love the day after Thanksgiving. It’s the only time you can have Indian Pudding and Pecan Pie for breakfast!
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Somebody ate all the dam pie, oh wait that was me last night, nevermind :-0

Ripped Van Winkle

November 26th, 2010
11:08 am

I like that corn of the liquidified and fermentized variety myself. It helps me sleep. And I don’t have to gum it. Dentures is expensive.

marky mark

November 26th, 2010
11:10 am

@ progressive…..what da hell was that? I feel like I have been sideswiped by an english professor…..

Ripped Van Winkle

November 26th, 2010
11:11 am

There’s nothing better than a dip in the Liberty Bell swimming pool in October except maybe a dip in November. Of course it has been kind of rough on the head, or feet depending on your diving preference, ever since they drained it. It knocks me out every time.

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
11:11 am

marky

Is he OREP incognito? :-)

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
11:13 am

josef nix@11:05 am
SoCo, Common Sense

Younger Boy just got back from Colorado and snow boarding…we didn’t raise him like that…the boy ain’t right!
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I thought they outlawed snowboarding as against the Geneva Convention?

I think it is just too cruel even for the terrorists

marky mark

November 26th, 2010
11:13 am

SoCo and Common….growing up in the country in SE Georgia, the local pool was directly filled by an Artesian Well…..you turn a big ole round steel wheel and it came out of a pipe about 4 inches across….try diving into a pool with 65 degree water and 90 degree air….take the breathe away …..wouldnt want to try that at 50 +….

marky mark

November 26th, 2010
11:13 am

could be Josef….strange kinda lurking on black friday…

Southern Comfort

November 26th, 2010
11:14 am

marky mark

I think it was because of this:

El Jefe
November 26th, 2010
9:54 am

And you wonder why we call them sheeple or progressives.

marky mark

November 26th, 2010
11:16 am

aha….I wasnt connecting the dots this morning…

Southern Comfort

November 26th, 2010
11:16 am

try diving into a pool with 65 degree water and 90 degree air….take the breathe away …..wouldnt want to try that at 50 +….

:shock:

You’re not gonna find too many brothas that will do something like that. Hell, most of us are not swimming in water where we can’t see the bottom. :)

marky mark

November 26th, 2010
11:17 am

Thesaurus….never leave home without it…

Paulo977

November 26th, 2010
11:17 am

josef
@10:44am

Yeah Yeah those terrible guys out there running sweat shops and utilizing child labor to provide our sweet fannies with cheap good underwear….. So what do we do about it?

RW-(the original)

November 26th, 2010
11:17 am

These people are wearing bathing suits!?!?

amateurs….

CSivC,

Isn’t it considered a polar bear swim in the Keys whenever the breeze chill factor drops below 82?

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
11:18 am

common sense

:-) Funny you should say that! Younger Boy is a tad on the militant side on Indian issues. He had on his “Thanksgiving shirt,” armed Redskins and the legend “Fighting terrorism since 1492.” Older Boy, the one in the Army, says to him, “yeah! Snowboard ‘em!”

Fred

November 26th, 2010
11:20 am

Stonethrower

November 26th, 2010
10:07 am

When you say buy American do you mean North, South or Central America?
++++++++++++++++

Hmmmmmmm. i don’t know buttwink. When you see all those radical muslims in the Middle east holding up signs that say “Death To America” who do you think THEY mean?

The only ones who think of anyone else than the US when they see, say, or read AMERICANS, are asshats trying to make a weak political correctness statement.

marky mark

November 26th, 2010
11:21 am

I am not too sure about the Keys either….for those who have never been there, there is little to no beach. A friend of mine was a dive master in Marathon Key (the middle key)and you just walked to the end of george’s street and stepped of the rock face into the water…..two foot drop, and then 6 feet of water. Nothing between. Last time (about 15 years ago) that I went with George as we stepped off he turned and said “when we see barracuda (notice it was not IF) stay still.” At that point, my diving excursion on Marathon Key came to an abrupt end.

TH

November 26th, 2010
11:21 am

Today is November 26.

BONER, WHERE ARE THE JOBS CREATED FROM THE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY?

marky mark

November 26th, 2010
11:22 am

Soco, you could see the bottom….Artesian Well water is pure and crystal clear. The same wellhead had a spigot that we drank from.

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
11:22 am

PAULO

This is one we are conscious of here in this household…you may pay a little more for those coming from places with modern laws in effect, but at least you can sleep nights…

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 26th, 2010
11:23 am

I didn’t know that polar bear clubs existed below the Mason-Dixon Line.

Check their papers SoCo. They’re either, not native, insane, or both.

try diving into a pool with 65 degree water and 90 degree air….take the breathe away …..wouldnt want to try that at 50 +….

On a serious note, I knew a man who drowned just that way. It was in winter time and he accidently slipped and fell in the creek. Your body reflexively inhales, from the shock of the cold water, is what the Coroner told me. So be careful.

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
11:23 am

I kinda like the word progressive it means trying to make progress.

If you nail a foot to the floor and walk that is motion (possibly some conservatives) not going very far that way.

Take the nail out and walk it’s easier to go forward and make progress(progressive).

We keep trying the same old SSDD and expect different results

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
11:24 am

marky

The G-od L-rd put that water below ground for a reason! :-)

marky mark

November 26th, 2010
11:27 am

Josef….yep, so rednecks could invent divining rods….

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
11:28 am

common sense

But it it’s going the opposite direction, is it still progressive?

Southern Comfort

November 26th, 2010
11:30 am

Soco, you could see the bottom….Artesian Well water is pure and crystal clear.

If that bottom’s not concrete or a vinyl lining, this brother ain’t jumping in!!

HD

I’d definitely go for the non-natives… I don’t even think the insane locals would do something like that.

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
11:31 am

RW-(the original)@11:17 am

CSivC,

Isn’t it considered a polar bear swim in the Keys whenever the breeze chill factor drops below 82?

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Yep have to pick a day without the wind chill, either that or wet suits. Hell if they can wear bathing suits up north I can pick my kind down south LOL

Besides we southerners don’t GAS how it’s done up NORTH

marky mark

November 26th, 2010
11:31 am

Sad end to the pool story….the pool was at Coleman’s Lake on the Ogeechee river in Jefferson County. My mom learned to swim in that pool, and taught me and my brother and sister to swim there in the early 60’s. Beautiful olympic sized pool (colemans lake is a little resort owned by the Fulghum family – campground, restaurant and pool kinda deal). Anyway, went there about 6 weeks ago to show my wife – they had taken the adult and childrens pool, filed them in, and capped the well. All because insurance got so high for liability, the Fulghums couldnt afford to keep the pool open anymore. Last pool in the whole damn county, closed for liability reasons. All thats left is a little grass field next to the river….

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
11:32 am

marky
Back in my hometown there was a fellow who did the diving rod shtick…he had a good enough track record that people swore by him…he was a friend of Granddaddy’s…he understood topography, geology and all that…he said that folks who couldn’t understand what he was talking about there would go for the divining rod…didn’t matter to him, the charge was the same whichever!

marky mark

November 26th, 2010
11:37 am

I, too, knew people as a kid that worked with farmers to find water like that. One of my grandfathers friends did that as a side job. For any of you that play with electricity, my grandfather was the manager of GA Power for the district around Jefferson county in the 50’s and 60’s. He had an old lineman, “Casey” Jones, that would stick his 1st and middle fingers into a fuse box (this was in the days of round glass fuses) and tell you if a circuit was 110 or 220. He said the two fingers made a complete circuit and he wouldnt get hurt. I tell electricians that today and they shake their heads in wonder. And yes, I watched him do it while my grandfather (his boss) looked on.

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
11:41 am

josef nix@11:28 am

common sense

But it it’s going the opposite direction, is it still progressive?
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I agree, it is sad that way. 2 steps forward 1-3 steps back it’s tough to truely make progress. That is why when a see the moderates going too far right or left it is infuriating.

We made progress is this country throughout the 60’s, 70’s, 80,s and 90’s now are regressing because neither party GAS about WE THE PEOPLE

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 26th, 2010
11:45 am

Diving Rods

When I worked in plumbing, we used to used them to find pipes in the ground, all the time. It works and you can even make one out of two coat hangers. Cut a length from the coathanger. Bend it 90 degrees to make you a handle. Repeat process, so you have two. Hold the rods with them pointing straight in front of you. Hold loosely. When you cross over a pipe or a wire in the ground, the two rods will turn inward and cross over each other. Works like a charm.

And if you’re looking to find water, the easiest way is to look for a poplar tree. Find a poplar tree and you’ve found water.

When I was working for an EMC, we had a lineman who touched his head to a live 15kv line. Now he was smart enough to know that he wasn’t grounded but still, it did earn him the nickname, “Psycho”.

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
11:45 am

marky

That thing about scientific inquiry and folk wisdom…growing up my grandparents’ place was next door to a farmer, a good ole boy who had studied at Mississippi State and had turned down offers to teach because he was a farmer..he did, though, write and report on his application of scientific methods…one of the rules for us boys was to leave Mr. Son’s cows alone (no riding or bull fighting!)…he was one of the first to bring in the Brahma. For some unknown reason, we were left alone to terrorize the old Bull to our hearts’ content while Mr. Son, Granddaddy and Uncle Ralph watched from the other side of the fence…only later did we find out that one of the concerns the farmers were having with the Brahma’s reputation as bad tempered…Mr. Son was observing just what it was that would “set them off” and presented a paper on it!

marky mark

November 26th, 2010
11:51 am

Hillbilly….that is indeed, Psycho. I will not touch electricity to this day….

and Josef… you have officially attained “Guinea Pig” status…..Country guys seem to survive things in our youth that parents today would be horrified at. My wife is incredulous (shes from Miami) that I owned my own 4-10 shotgun at 10. She has a fit when I talk about getting my grandson (7) a freakin BB gun…

Adam

November 26th, 2010
11:56 am

But it it’s going the opposite direction, is it still progressive?

Opposite of what? Not progress? not tax cuts? not war? If it’s opposite of that direction then yes, it’s still progress. If there’s an obstacle course and progressives have to navigate around that then yes it’s still progress. So, opposite of what?

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
11:58 am

josef nix@11:45 am

marky

That thing about scientific inquiry and folk wisdom…growing up my grandparents’ place was next door to a farmer, a good ole boy who had studied at Mississippi State and had turned down offers to teach because he was a farmer..he did, though, write and report on his application of scientific methods…one of the rules for us boys was to leave Mr. Son’s cows alone (no riding or bull fighting!)…he was one of the first to bring in the Brahma. For some unknown reason, we were left alone to terrorize the old Bull to our hearts’ content while Mr. Son, Granddaddy and Uncle Ralph watched from the other side of the fence…only later did we find out that one of the concerns the farmers were having with the Brahma’s reputation as bad tempered…Mr. Son was observing just what it was
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Nothing like experimenting in a Science project unwittingly, are you sure it was a government experiment (sounds like one)

LMAO

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
11:58 am

marky

I really get tickled sometimes about what city folks think about us and guns. I’ve said it before here, but my Granny, an aristocratic Suh-thun lady of the Victorian school who set the dinner table formally just about every day, could pop the eyes out of a moccasin from halfway across the slough…I couldn’t tell you the first time I was taken out to learn to use a gun and it was my Mama who trained me…she was considered the better shot by the men folk…we made sure our kids learned and learned early…

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
12:00 pm

Adam

Opposite of whatever it is we are for! :-)

marky

Well, the results were published in a state supported journal of academic inquiry!

marky mark

November 26th, 2010
12:01 pm

Hillbilly, since you worked for an EMC, and its dead slow at work and I have nothing better to do (no technical calls coming into the call center today) I will tell you something I wouldn’t have believed if I hadnt seen it.

In the mid 80’s, I leased and sold construction equipment for Hertz Equipment, in Dawson Blvd and Jimmy Carter next to I-85@285. In North GA there is an electrical generating plant named (I think I remember) Plant Bowen. It has the typical high tension wires coming out of the plant. I had an appointment there about renting some aireal work platforms, and as I approached the plant, I saw a mile or so up ahead all these cars parked on the side of the road and people out of them watching something.

As I got closer, I saw a helicopter hovering within the high tension lines. Have you ever seen the triangles that are in between the three lines that keep them from touching? Big plastics things about 3 feet across. There was a guy sitting in a bucket chair, attached to one of the helicoptor skids, hand setting these triangles in the high tension lines. Now THAT is Psycho as hell….I have no clue what he/they are paid, but it needs to be triple whatever it was…

Southern Comfort

November 26th, 2010
12:02 pm

When I was working for an EMC, we had a lineman who touched his head to a live 15kv line.

:shock:

That’s one crazy MoFo!!! If it’s more than a 12v system with minimal amperage, I’m not touching it at all….

he was one of the first to bring in the Brahma. For some unknown reason, we were left alone to terrorize the old Bull to our hearts’ content while Mr. Son, Granddaddy and Uncle Ralph watched from the other side of the fence

Seems like the smart ones in that case were Mr. Son, Granddaddy and Uncle Ralph!! I’ll officially have to put you on the bat shiite crazy list now. This is why I don’t get too close to any cows unless they’re on the grill…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SraIAmCL_ok

Paulo977

November 26th, 2010
12:03 pm

josef
@11:22am
I know , sleep is so important , isn’t it!! Sigh …guess they just have to go through all the stages before they get to where we , with modern laws, are!! But of course we didn’t have all that intereference from foreign ” know alls” before we arrived here!!

marky mark

November 26th, 2010
12:04 pm

Josef:

My grandfather organized all the dove hunts for the Southern Companies (GA Power, Miss Power, Alabama Power, and Florida Power) for over 30 years…..he taught me to hunt, he taught my father (an Atlanta city kid) to hunt and today I still own their shotguns. He was a beautiful 1940’s Belgium browning 12 gauge.

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
12:14 pm

Okay, Country Boys…I’ll tangle with Bodacious before I will a hog…them’s some mean b*stids when riled…ever tried to “bronco bust” one of them?

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
12:15 pm

If I remember correctly in the 60’s the Boy Scouts still taught marksmanship with 22’s

things have certainly changed since ya’ll grew up LOL.

I may fall apart but I refuse to grow old.

Jimmy62

November 26th, 2010
12:16 pm

I like to go see all the people, can’t say I’ve ever taken advantage of a Black Friday sale, however. I just don’t buy that much stuff.

Southern Comfort

November 26th, 2010
12:17 pm

josef

I ain’t messin’ with either one of them especially if it’s a wild hog!!! You may as well swat a hornet’s nest with a baseball bat. Either way, you’re in for some serious pain.

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
12:17 pm

I always thought it was funny why bow hunters going after wild hogs carry pistols, now I know LOL

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 26th, 2010
12:18 pm

marky mark @ 12:01

Those are transmission lines and they usually are 115kv or 230kv, although they can be more or less. I don’t completely understand the process that you describe but when they first start to work in that situation, they have a long pole that they touch to one of the live cables and that energizes the helicopter and everything in it. That makes it safe to work on, although as I said, it’s over my head. And yes, those boys make some serious $$$.

On the suibject of firearms, I was taught to shoot before I learned to read. I learned to read at age 5. And I haven’t seen one of those Belgian Brownings in a long time. Excellent shotguns.

My Grandpa said when he was 6 years old, his Mama sent him and his brother (age 4) out to kill squirrels for supper. He said she gave him the shotgun and told him not to load it until he saw what he was going to shoot at. So then he told how they went out and found a squirrel and he loaded the gun and shot it. (I was a kid when he was telling this). I said, “You really waited until you saw the squirrel to shoot it?” He said, “Yeah, that’s what Ma told me to do and she woulda whipped my ass, if I hadn’t done like she told me”.

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 26th, 2010
12:20 pm

Waited to load the shotgun I mean……..

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
12:22 pm

I saw a show awile back with my grandson about some guy going after a wild hog in a swamp no less with a freakin spear, he got it but let me tell you my PUCKER factor was way high

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
12:22 pm

marky

I never was much for hunting myself…did the deer camp, duck hunting (and possum…long story there!) as part of my proper Southern gentleman upbringing…Unmentionable and the boys, though, are true hunters. It’s that Indian blood in ‘em, I guess.

Hillbilly

When y’all were talking about wild turkeys…it’s Unmentionable’s favorite quarry. He calls them a worthy opponent! Smart birds, they…know how to feint, scout, and divert…his “war bonnet” is turkey feather… :-)

BADA BING

November 26th, 2010
12:26 pm

Cold water is all in the mind. I went jet skiing on my birthday in December 91′ on the Chattahoochee on a stand up jet ski. Once the wind dries you off, it becomes tolerable, but don’t fall! You women do know about the ’shinkage factor’, don’t you?

Run Sarah Run

November 26th, 2010
12:29 pm

TH@11:21 am

Today is November 26.

BONER, WHERE ARE THE JOBS CREATED FROM THE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY?

They are in the munitions industry helping our allies the North Koreans keeping those g0dless South Koreans from invading.

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
12:30 pm

BADA BING

November 26th, 2010
12:30 pm

My father always told me stories of the old days of boys carrying their 22 rifles to school during the fall. The teacher would put them in the closet til after class. The boys would then shoot squirrels and rabbits on the way home and have them for dinner.

Adam

November 26th, 2010
12:32 pm

josef: Opposite of whatever it is we are for! :-)

Hard to argue with candid ;) You may be joking but there sure are some people who see it as an us vs them world, and that’s a big problem.

RW-(the original)

November 26th, 2010
12:33 pm

josef,

Hunting Wild Turkey isn’t as tough as it’s cracked up to be. Go into Tower and it’s right past the Canadian blends.

:-)

Speaking of which, I better head out and see if they have any black friday sales going on there.

Later!

Southern Comfort

November 26th, 2010
12:34 pm

Common Sense @ 12:22

That’s major testicular fortitude. Guess it’s just a country thing with guns. I learned to shoot on a .22 rifle with a scope.

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 26th, 2010
12:34 pm

My Grandpa and his uncles used to catch wild hogs, when they were young men. They’d take them home and fatten ‘em up and then kill them. I asked him how you go about catching a hog, he said, “You just let the dogs hem him up and then you wade in there and get him”. They were a mighty tough lot.

Josef

I walk up on deer all the time, without spooking them. Never have got anywhere close to doing that with a turkey. Turkeys and crows are about the smartest animals I’ve encountered. Most people won’t believe it but a crow can tell if you have something in your hand. If you do, they’ll cut a wide berth.

Daddy said when he was a small boy, my Grandpa would go out in the spring and find the crows’ nests. Then he’d make Daddy climb the tree and throw the baby crows out. The crows usually build their nests in the top of tall pine trees. They say Daddy always loved to climb trees as a kid and had no fear of heights but he says he didn’t like that job at all. Said he’d be way up in the air and the baby crows he was trying to grab would be pecking him, while the adult crows were dive bombing him.

Southern Comfort

November 26th, 2010
12:35 pm

RW

To hell with the Wild Turkey, just have a conversation with ol’ Gentleman Jack, and you’ll be better off for the day. :)

carlosgvv

November 26th, 2010
12:45 pm

Anyone who spends the night in a tent outside of a store waiting for it to open obviously has more money than sense. Most of these “bargains” you line up and fight for are not the buys you think they are unless of course we can trust our corporate department stores to discount items fairly.

Normal

November 26th, 2010
12:57 pm

Hey, hey, hey…Just got word I’m going to “Cirque Du Soleil” tomorrow.
The Granddaughter bought tickets for us. Wonderful kid, don’t cha think?

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
12:59 pm

carlosgvv@12:45 pm

Anyone who spends the night in a tent outside of a store waiting for it to open obviously has more money than sense. Most of these “bargains” you line up and fight for are not the buys you think they are unless of course we can trust our corporate department stores to discount items fairly.

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I’m with you there.

I once worked for a major retailer in Atlanta (in the corporate office).

They said if they couldn’t sell it for a 400% markup then they would discount it or sale price it until they only made 300%.

I wonder why they were bought out LMAO. Still there and still making money just under a new name.

Hootinanny Yum Yum

November 26th, 2010
1:01 pm

One of the few times I agree with you.

There was a time not too long ago, that I joined the madness. Lining up at O-Dark Thirty.

Can’t do it anymore. Don’t have the desire or where-with-all. My desire for that $150 netbook doesn’t outweigh my desire for rest and comfort.

josef nix

November 26th, 2010
1:04 pm

Normal

Have you ever seen Cirque du Soleil? Absolutely amazing!!! Enjoy…

@@

November 26th, 2010
1:06 pm

The lady in the wetsuit is cheating. Those things keep your body warm.

I’m about to do MY shopping online.

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 26th, 2010
1:10 pm

Southern Comfort@12:35 pm

RW

To hell with the Wild Turkey, just have a conversation with ol’ Gentleman Jack, and you’ll be better off for the day.
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Ya don’t drink your namesake, I’m ashamed of you. LOL
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Southern Comfort Basted Barbecue Chicken (or John Wayne CHicken)

6 (6 ounce) skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cup Southern Comfort
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup catsup
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients except chicken in bowl; mix well. Place some sauce in separate dish for dipping.

Lightly brush chicken with sauce; grill. Continue to baste until chicken is done.

I have tried this recipe and found it FOWL(pun intended) LOL

But others may enjoy.

Southern Comfort

November 26th, 2010
1:20 pm

Common Sense

Of course I get comfortable every now and then. The holidays are best spent with family. I try to alternate which uncles I spend it with. It’s a choice between Uncle Jim, Uncle Jack, Uncle Johnny, Uncle George, or Uncle Evan. I try to alternate so no one feels left out. :)