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The Last Days Of May Trash
Now that the Top Hat is back in BP style, I constantly think of this when I hear the term “Top Hat“. Oh well, whatta ya gonna do? Beer Thirty, that’s what!
Lots of junk to blather about, only a few of which are Los Suns hosting the pinche Lakers, baseball (look out, here come the amazing Mets and Sawx), college baseball is in the playoff run, something called the Stanley Cup is supposedly being played, although you would hardly know it here, and early tomorrow morning the Turkish Grand Prix goes off. Crappy cookie cutter track that makes for forgettable racing. Don’t know why the Circus stops in Turkey.
Hoop it up, and I will be along with a couple of real posts in a bit.
We got a little race going on here in Indiana. I think you might have missed than one?
Does it involve Cyclists ?!!
*Ducks & Runs*
I think that bamz covered your little event when he said “Crappy cookie cutter track that makes for forgettable racing.”
Turn left, turn left, turn left, turn left, turn left . . .
Hah, yeah maybe.
Turkish women are beautiful?
Howdy RoTL! Been lurking a bit… too busy to play much!
Seen on a bumper today, a sticker saying: “I hate Peyton Manning”
That and I caught a northern pike in the 30 inch range last night. Unfortunately, I lost it at the shore when it rolled on the leader. Five pounds of filet – gone.
You shoulda seen the other anglers. They’d been thinking they’d found a good fishin’ hole, catching the occasional 10 inch perch until they saw what had been hiding in their spot.
From one angler to another . . . damn, that hurts. Northern are really good eating, too.
You were in the Bay Area when the Ca DFG poisoned Lake Davis, right?
I tried to tell people around here that people all around the rest of the country were looking at California and saying “look at what those nutcakes are doing”
Yeah, I was there during that mess.
Whoever introduced Northern Pike into Lake Davis was a true idiot. If you want to fish for Northerns, go to Minnesota or Wisconsin. Don’t ruin the lake in your own backyard (and the waters downstream from that lake).
Some of the locals have claimed that Fish & Game reintroduce the Northern Pike whenever they replenish with the millions of small fry after they’ve poisoned all the existing fish.
“”You don’t know who did it, yet?” says the bartender. “You still don’t know who did it?” He winks at Labarge and they chuckle. Labarge orders another shot of tequila, the bartender pours. “I’ll tell you who did it. Fish and Game. “”
It’s a fascinating, colorful history. LINK.
Nice piece, but man — wading through all those ads is really annoying.
Sorry. Wish I could erase them, for it is quite a tale. Twain would have loved it.
Yeah, but I know where he lives, now. And, FWIW, I am not so much pissed as I am still twitching from the adrenaline. Plus, rolling on the leader he pulled the hooks out, so I got the spoon back.
The problem – and this applies to the California story, too – is that some redneck genius bucket biologists decide they like fishing for/catching/eating a particular species and, well, it’s too far to drive to where they are (seeing as how they’re using that tree in the front yard both for shade and to suspend the pickup engine while they’re still working on the truck), so they’ll just dump some here. That’s the source of the northerns in the place I was fishing – the whole state, actually. All introduced. In this particular instance, into a prime landlocked salmon fishery with predictable results. I’m told there were more than a few in the 20-lb and up class pulled through the ice this past winter.
Yes, it’s great fun catching northerns, and even moreso when there’s no limit, no minimum size (though anything under 24 inches is going to be too bony to bother with), no closed season, no one gives a shit, and catching and keeping is encouraged. It’s nice, relaxed, have fun fishing.
But, to be frank, I’d just as soon it was still a long drive to PikeTown.
In other competitive sports, Germany wins the Eurovision Song Contest (no, I am not going to link) with what looks like the 19 y/o Euro-version of Taylor Swift.
Kobe and Pau will finish it off. My hats off to the Suns, who have been valiant in pursuit of the Western Conference championship.
I just hope Byfuglien cleans Pronger’s clock at least once.
“Turkish women are beautiful?”
The young ones, yeah.
Bob in AZ
Channing Frye is off to a good start.
Bob in AZ
Both teams at least 33 points with one minute left in the first quarter!
Bob in AZ
Can he do it? (As I watch the Phillies/Marlins game)
Why yes, yes he can.
Roy Halladay just completed the 20th perfect game in MLB history.
115 pitches, 11K’s… a gemster
Turkish GP a cookie cutter track?? You must have missed the driver comments – they like it. And you’d better like it too because the same designer is going to Do Texas.
The Lakers have solved the Suns zone defense in the first half, and have scored more than 60 points in the half. Unless the Suns can play better defense in the second half, they’re toast.
Bob in AZ
As a Laker fan, it looks to me like the Suns miss Raja Bell. He really bothered Kobe.
The Lakers have 91 points after 3 quarters. Its hard to win any games when you allow 30 points a quarter. Looks like the Suns are toast.
Bob in AZ
BREAKING NEWS: From Emptywheel’s Senior Los Suns Correspondent.live at The Purple Palace.
The Joint was totally wild for a long time, but the air is coming out a little. Every time Los Suns make a run the Lakes run it back to 12 lead. Goran Drajic deserves an Academy Award for poignant flop. Seriously.
Well, the Suns are making things interesting in the 4th quarter. Their defense has improved, and the second unit + Amar’e are leading the charge.
Bob in AZ
Kobe is fucking ruthless. Stone cold killer.
One good quarter could not make up for 3 lousy quarters of “defense.”
Bob in AZ
Kobe didn’t beat us; Ron Artest beat us.
You expect the kind of game Kobe had; you don’t expect that kind of performance from Artest.
Bob in AZ
Artest was superb, on an up, most likely, from that redemption shot at the end of the last game. No one suspected Artest would be there.
Gentry called Kobe “an assassin.” Those shots in the last minute, like a knife.
Fuck. Need more alcohol.
Artest got’em there. Kobe administered the coups de grace.
The four finalists all had two stars and a supporting cast. The defense focuses on those two. But the key to each game was which third guy would step up and make the difference? With Phoenix, the third guy usually was J Rich. With LA, tonight, it was Ron Artest.
Bob in AZ
That’s all right, Suns fans- the Celts will take care of them for ya.
Yeah; what will this be? The 33rd meeting of the Lakers and Celtics in the finals?
Another classic rivalry– perhaps THE classic rivalry.
Bob in AZ
Real Suns fans will root for the Western Conference. Orlando showed Boston, and Phoenix showed L.A. that neither is invincible, though they both have great teams. Boston embarrassed L.A. two years ago, I don’t think that will happen again.
Lakers in six.
Formula One racing coming to Austin?
Guess Seb will be apologizing to Mark?
I see Schumi’s little fake accident in qualifying won him the team battle this weekend. Nico doesn’t realize how lowdown are Schumi’s shenanigans. When the skills are gone, all that’s left is the dirty driving.
Sorry Suns fans.
In other news, daughter and spouse brought home 28″ and 30″ Striped Bass yesterday! Yummy grilled!
A demi-rube in the saw shop described how to run AutoCad and link its output to the plotter in the remodeled barn. Aint a sports story, so far. Next some gent starts lamenting Warrior woes, and we start listening to dimensional tales of Kevin McHale*s (elbow technique and) lank frame of yore*.
Since all this is off topic because I skip sports and long since quit looking for real trout after the overpopulation crunch obliterated indigenous wild species and only dumb hatchery varieties were populated into waterways murked by civilization fallout, and since the toxins which accumulate in fish are foremost a detriment to the longevity of women and children, I would mention a blurb at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility last week disavowing Salazar*s one-agency approach to de-JamesWattifying minerals and mining service, there. Gist is suggestion to remove royalty payment collection entirely from Interior, assign it to Treasury, so (DoI) inspectors of well rigs are not the functionaries responsible for filling DoI*s bank accounts with royalty collections. The article also avers US Coastguard would be more dispassionate about inspections than DoI. There is a neat passage in the post on subservient science at DoI, as well, q.v.
Classified section: Also may have a home for 3 horses.
Was a Celtic.
Just finished reading 900+ comments from just two posts. Wow, things are picking up here.
Extra trash to toss in here at trash talk: Bybee is at it again.
See Torturing the Law at Slate.
The Santa Barbara mobile home tenants should send thank you letters to DOJ’s Associate Deputy Attorney General David Margolis. /s
I’m betting the Guggenheims have already sent Margolis a letter of gratitude.
Pretty wild, huh?
IMVHO, the upside is some smart minds riding herd on the corporate recklessness of BP. But it’s a lotta comments… I’m all tuckered out from trying to sorta-kinda keep up.
I think the 9th will reverse via en banc consideration; this will not stand.
Hoping they do. I’d pay extra to see that on TV.
Bet on it. There’s not a single precident that supports Bybee’s position and there’s plenty of precident to the contrary.
This ruling will get Bybee a lot of speaking engagements, but not much else. I don’t think a federal judge can be paid a speakers fee, but perhaps Bybee plans for the day when he’ll no longer be a judge. I can’t see much else accomplished, other than annoying the rest of the 9th by forcing them to take time to read that nonsense.
Boxturtle (Wasting a federal judges time is unwise, even if you’re another federal judge)
Federal judges can do pretty much whatever they want. There’s a line between bribery and speaking fees, and they know how to finesse even that.
Well, take a breather, watch a little of the Indy 500 and check back. I am working on the post I promised mom yesterday before I got rolled up by some friends with booze and tickets to the game. I would not have gone, and would have stayed here and done my job, if I had really thought Los Suns would lose……
Missed by that much.
Please start a “LMRP cap” thread when you get a chance. Thanks.
RoTL: Thank you for the link to the video back on the previous thread near the end. Just sickening. I do hope many more people get to see it.
But youse just wait.
BP: ‘We’re not blaming anyone yet’
General manager says relief well expected to be completed in August is ‘end point’ for efforts to stop spill
‘Oil giant BP has said it is responsible for the Gulf oil spill, but now the company seems to be reserving the right to blame someone else.’
Thanks so much for the video, bmaz. I’d forgotten how much I love Blue Oyster Cult.
Me too. I bought that album like the first week it was out. Absolutely killer. There are good live versions of The Last Days Of May, but there is something kind of hauntingly clean and awesome about the original studio version.
1. Take off wheel nut.
2. Take off wheel.
3. Put new wheel on.
4. Send car.
* * *
Opps. Insert put wheel nut back on between 3 and 4.
I love Indy Car racing, especially Indy itself, but you know, after watching Formula One you realize how sloppy the Indy league really is.
I remember when Jim Clark and Lotus came to the 500 …
(Two first names, I know … )
I’m watching tires fall off of cars on pit row, WTF ???
is this America ???
I don’t have any trash in me right now
things fall apart
today’s Indy 500 defines modern America
(too sad to wave)
Reminds me of an autocross event I went to where some guy had bought a new set of mounted R-compounds for his Mazda. Unfortunately, Mazdas have hubcentric wheels and flat-shoulder nuts. The new wheels were lugcentric and required conical nuts.
epic fail: http://www.streetfire.net/video/rx7-tries-to-drift-and-wheels-fall-off_152054.htm
BP Oil Spill: “Top Kill” Failure Means Well May Gush Until August; Christian Science Monitor; Mark Sappenfield; 5/30/10
BP and US Government ‘Command Center’ Guarded by Company From Afghan Embassy Hazing Scandal
” , , , recently became part of the huge British mercenary network G4S. Most recently, Wackenhut gained global infamy for the conduct of guards from its subsidiary Armor Group after it was revealed by whistleblowers that the company created a “Lord of the Flies environment” at the embassy “in which guards and supervisors are ‘peeing on people, eating potato chips out of [buttock] cracks, vodka shots out of [buttock] cracks… [drunken] brawls, threats and intimidation from those leaders participating in this activity.” ‘
At 566, I had asked whether someone could check my math on the following figures
Could someone double-check my math please?
I had taken a figure given for what this is said to be costing BP per day, which was $30,000,000. No doubt to make all our hearts bleed /s
There is a report that Transocean banked $270,000,000 from the rig explosion. Money quotes:
Now get a load of this BP item, dated Feb 2010 (and surely to vaporize or be altered ASAP the instant that I put a link on this page):
According to the Guardian, BP made $14 bn in 2009 (down 45% from 2008, so get out your hankies).
So last year alone, profits of $14,000,000,000, which was about half its previous annual profit – but with the deepwater Gulf of Mexico rigs, plus the Iraqi Ramala parcel, plus Angola, plus….you get the picture.
Daily profits of around $30,000,000.
And these jerks are whining about paying $950,000,000 so far?!
When people post numbers and profit amounts, please please please include links so that I can collect a folder of bookmarks.
Thanks so much for pulling all these grotesquely huge $ figures together, rOTL. And do go see john in sacramento’s post over on the main blog–and don’t miss the comments.
Much obliged, sir!
You’re more than welcome, rOTL. (BTW, I’m not a sir. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, etc. Tee hee.)
As for [email protected]…. more info, please?
No arrrrgh needed. A little chuckle will do just fine.
fatster and all, I deliberately included that bit about the number of ‘streamlined’ BP employee positions, but then failed to elaborate.
This may sound totally weird, but I’d be curious as to the views of others.
Consider the amount of expertise among 7,500 employees.
No wonder these asshats can’t solve the problems in the Gulf.
How many of those 7,500 ex-BP employees that the bean counters laid off to ‘streamline’ (ie, enhance quarterly profits) might know a thing or two about Top Hats, and other problems related to blowouts?
Okay all you oil cats, per your request there is a new LMRP post up.
Top Hat and Tails; BP Has Yet Another “Solution”
If ROTL shows up …
She asked something on the previous thread about the geology in the area of the gusher. I found something a week or so ago and posted a link on one of Mason’s threads here (comment 39 if anyone’s on a slow connection). Something thing about salt sheets; turbidite sands; porosities; and permeabilities
I.E. we’re probably screwed, and explains why they can’t get a good seal with the junk shots and top kills
PS her husband (or anyone else) can correct me if I’m wrong
I just left a comment above, which in retrospect is perhaps long enough for a Seminal Diary…? My bad 8((
I’ll ask the spouse when he returns; he’s off rockhounding this weekend with buddies. No doubt they’ll come back with more gobs of rock; which will be relegated to the basement with other fossils.
After 500 miles of putting your ass on the line and coming out intact and victorious, you should get to drink something better than milk. If you handed a bottle of milk to an F1 champion on the podium instead of a magnum of Mumms, he would break it over your head.
I dunno. If I had Ashley Judd waiting for me at the finish, I probably wouldn’t mind a bottle of milk being handed to me.
For other drivers though, your way might be better.
That’s a marketing thing – has been for many years. I think they wanted to get all wholesome or something back in the 70s and switched to milk.
Dario will get plenty of … something better … when he gets home tonight, I’m sure.
Actually, according to wiki, the ‘tradition’ of the bottle of milk started in the ’30s
The other drivers were getting something more like Gatorade, it looked like. They certainly earned whatever they got.
Some of the pit crew are probably having a very bad afternoon, though. Tires coming off right after being put on – that’s really bad.
A weird symmetry in the fates of Obama and Hayward: each of them heads a huge operation rendered largely dysfunctional during the previous decade by a truly awful “CEO”. BP’s various disasters (in Texas, in Alaska) happened under the “leadership” of John Browne, the guy who invented “Beyond Petroleum”–just when Bush was taking us to war against Hussein’s WMD…
I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama appointed James Baker to take charge of this particular calamity: Baker headed up a Committee in 2007 charged with reporting on BP’s safety record, and produced a scathing report (he knows a thing or two about oil)…. He’d have fun cleaning up one of Bush’s bigger disasters…
Wrong thread. Sorry about that…