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  • Nothing Fishy About Trout (Dave Barry)

    09/19/2004 10:39:55 AM PDT · 19 of 32
    TroutStalker to FreedomFarmer; nuconvert
    I don't know about Idaho, but the fishing last September in Yellowstone was poor because of the drought, and the fishing in Pennsylvania last month was poor because of the excessive rains.

    I wonder if Dave Barry was fishing in Yellowstone three years ago: there was a guy fishing in the Firehole River at one of the geyser basin areas who was obviously more interested in looking good than fishing good. He was finely dressed in the newest vest, waders and hat just a few yards from a pedestrian bridge where he would be seen by all who passed -- casting repeatedly to the opposite bank where hot water from the geysers flowed steadily into the river. On second thought, it might have been John Kerry.

  • PA Agriculture Dept: Tomatoes Source of Salmonella [at Sheetz]

    07/19/2004 2:41:34 PM PDT · 10 of 26
    TroutStalker to Petronski
    Sheetz is a good outfit. I'm glad to see they've been cleared.

    I agree, they are a class act. I helped install their first AutoCAD platform and plotter about thirteen years ago.

    Steve Sheetz has been the head of the convenience store association. They have the best stores I've ever seen.

  • Europe to become Giant Theme Park!

    04/24/2004 5:04:21 AM PDT · 2 of 41
    TroutStalker to samtheman
    LOL! Thanks for posting this, it made my morning.

    So much truth actually:

    Many experts agree that the reason Europe has become an intellectual wasteland is that all of the industrious and motivated European citizens had the good sense to emigrate to the United States over the past 100 to 150 years.

    "The cupboard was left bare, so to speak," notes respected historian Dr. Peter Sanvorth. "While the best and brightest of the Old Country found their way to America's shores, left behind were buffoons like Jacques Chirac and madmen like Adolf Hitler.

  • Listening to Kelsey Grammer [by Dorothy Rabinowitz]

    04/22/2004 9:17:14 AM PDT · 7 of 17
    TroutStalker to goldensky
    That would be great. It looks like he can choose from California, New York or Hawaii where his residences are located.
  • Listening to Kelsey Grammer [by Dorothy Rabinowitz]

    04/22/2004 8:22:09 AM PDT · 1 of 17
  • Very sad announcement: Our beloved Freeper RJayneJ has passed away

    04/18/2004 8:36:28 AM PDT · 15 of 393
    TroutStalker to JohnHuang2
    Very sad news. Prayers for Jayne and her family.
  • Kansas Gov. Vetoes Concealed Weapons Bill

    04/17/2004 7:18:30 AM PDT · 36 of 36
    TroutStalker to KC Burke
    Unfortunately, you are correct. Note that the leader of the CC effort is a conservative Democrat.
  • Kansas Gov. Vetoes Concealed Weapons Bill

    04/17/2004 6:50:16 AM PDT · 34 of 36
    TroutStalker to I still care
    Hmmm-- Kansas is not the state I expected to have a problem with this.

    I could be mistaken, but this is something a governor could lose her seat over.

    Kansas, although overwhelmingly Republican, is pretty evenly split between moderates and conservatives. They spend all their money battling each other in the primaries so that when the general election comes the RATs have more cash. Many of the moderate pubbies here would rather vote for a RAT than a conservative, so we end up with Sebelius as governor, although the previous gov, a RINO, was not much different: he also vetoed CC and was re-elected.

  • Teresa Heinz Kerry, The Philanthropist, Tries Tough Love

    04/17/2004 5:26:44 AM PDT · 1 of 27
  • Air America Grounded in Dispute Over Money (End is near?)

    04/15/2004 6:36:00 AM PDT · 32 of 43
    TroutStalker to KosmicKitty
    Check it out here:

    Click on Breaking News from Chicago and LA.

  • Air America Grounded in Dispute Over Money (End is near?)

    04/15/2004 6:08:12 AM PDT · 22 of 43
    TroutStalker to Rutles4Ever
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    The Sludge Report

    After just two weeks on the air, Air America Radio, the fledgling liberal talk-radio network featuring Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo, and that really loud woman from Florida, appears to have encountered serious cash-flow problems.

    Stop the presses!!! There’s nothing more exciting than half a story from a third hand source!!!!

    Insiders tell SLUDGE, that the reason the network was pulled off the air this morning in Chicago and Los Angeles, the network's second- and third-largest markets, was because, the owner of both stations, Arthur Liu of Multicultural Broadcasting, said, the network bounced a check and owes him more than $1 million! The run-on sentence, tortured grammar and the exclamation point clearly means it’s true!!

    Only it isn’t.

    Normally we’d let this go because “habitual liars” like Drudge are laughable, and ridicule is our business.

    But  Arthur Liu --- not funny. He lied to us, he ripped us off and now we’re chasing him down with a pipe wrench. It’s a metaphor.

    Here’s what really happened:

    This Liu-ser was ripping off our boss Evan Cohen big time (he can’t do that, that’s our job). Evan found out about it and he stopped payment on a check to keep Liu-cifer from ripping him off even more. You can touch Evan for the occasional meal or drinks but a million bucks is crossing the line. And if we ever get low on cash, we can always call Barbra Streisand. Or any of the
    Baldwins. Except Stephen.

    So we got screwed, Liu’d, and tattooed. How Liu can you get? In Liu of payment. Liu’d and lascivious behavior. These write themselves. What we’re getting at is that we hate him.

    So now everyone’s saying we’re going down the dumper in Chicago and Los Angeles, but what they don’t tell you is that we’re still on in Portland. And we OWN Portland. And let’s not forget Riverside and Plattsburgh. And New
    York.  And streaming on the internet. And XM. And Sirius. Actually we’re fine.

    So cool your jets. Air America Radio isn’t dead, we’re in court and we’re going to slam Liu’s head in a car door. Another metaphor. We hope to be back on the air tomorrow or the next day in those markets.

    In the meantime, why don’t you give Arthur a call at (212)966-1059.

    Arthur Liu, I wouldn’t show your face around here.

    Or Riverside. Or Plattsburgh.


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  • Kansas Protestors Bring Anti-Gay Marriage to Area; Signs Offended Even their Local Supporters

    04/05/2004 2:48:38 PM PDT · 17 of 24
    TroutStalker to dasboot
    There's no doubt in my mind that this is Fred Phelps' group; it is their typical modus operandi.

    They picket homosexual funerals among other places. They were at the VFW convention in '99 when we were protesting clinton with their signs reading VFW Fags as well as their other usual ones such as God Hates Fags.

    The group is mostly Phelps extended family, with a bunch of sons who are lawyers. As another poster noted, he is a democRAT and supporter of algore.

  • Concealed carry goes to governor's desk

    04/03/2004 6:10:43 AM PST · 61 of 65
    TroutStalker to heckler

    Posted on Sat, Apr. 03, 2004

    Sebelius vows veto of concealed carry

    TOPEKA — Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Friday she would veto a bill allowing residents to carry concealed handguns.

    “I am not a fan of conceal-and-carry measures, and while I haven't seen the final bill, unless there's something in it I don't understand, it would be my intention to veto it,” she said at a news conference.

    Supporters of the measure had hoped that Sebelius, a Democrat, might let the bill become law without her signature. The governor said that wouldn't happen.

    Sebelius said she hadn't seen any evidence that Kansans would be safer under such a law.

    “Our crime rates are better than any of the surrounding states with conceal and carry,” she said.

    Lawmakers adjourned their regular session Friday. It takes a two-thirds majority in each chamber to override a governor's veto.

    Supporters of the bill say they probably will mount an intense campaign over the next three weeks to persuade lawmakers to override her veto when they return to Topeka on April 28.

    However, they agreed it would be difficult to get 84 members of the 125-member House and 27 members of the 40-member Senate to override.

    When the bill passed Thursday, it tallied 28 votes in the Senate and 78 in the House.

    “We haven't decided one way or the other whether to try to override a veto,” said Rep. Candy Ruff, a Leavenworth Democrat and the bill's main supporter in the House. “There will be too many Democrats who will jump off. There will be too many of them who voted for the bill who will not cross the governor. It's that simple.”

    Under the legislation, a $150 license issued by the attorney general's office would be required before a handgun legally could be carried secretly. A license holder would have to be at least 21, a U.S. citizen and a Kansas resident.

    To reach Jim Sullinger, Kansas government reporter, call 1-(785) 354-1388 or send e-mail to

  • Bizarre Hoaxes On Restaurants Trigger Lawsuits [Strip Searches]

    03/30/2004 4:47:35 PM PST · 17 of 25
    TroutStalker to GSWarrior; BlueNgold
    Investigators have begun linking the cases and say they believe the hoaxes are the work of a single person calling from North Florida public telephones using a phone card.

    Sounds like he is using fairly general descriptions of people. These managers are not too bright.

  • Bizarre Hoaxes On Restaurants Trigger Lawsuits [Strip Searches]

    03/30/2004 4:25:54 PM PST · 7 of 25
    TroutStalker to Hawkeye's Girl
    The democRATs count on that fact every election.
  • Bizarre Hoaxes On Restaurants Trigger Lawsuits [Strip Searches]

    03/30/2004 4:19:46 PM PST · 1 of 25
  • PBA to Open Membership to Women

    03/30/2004 3:00:04 PM PST · 4 of 15
    TroutStalker to sleeper-has-awakened
    Whoops, I scanned that as PBR (Professional Bull Riding).

    We like to watch PBR, and I had this image...well, never mind.

  • Very Hard Labor [Kansas AFL-CIO Hypocrisy]

    03/25/2004 6:52:57 AM PST · 1 of 3
  • The Noisy Debate Over Hearing Aids: Why So Expensive?

    03/24/2004 6:06:54 AM PST · 1 of 20
    Personally having hearing loss that will eventually approach deafness, I refuse to pay the price of a high end computer for a simple hearing device.

    This is just one more example of a special interest group using a government agency's regulatory power to line their pockets, just like the accounting and tax preparation industry wants complex tax laws.

    I guess I should start looking at purchasing hearing devices from overseas on the internet, or at the hunting department at Cabela's.

  • Quirky Laws Give Yuengling Edge at Home

    03/23/2004 7:42:48 AM PST · 18 of 36
    TroutStalker to ContemptofCourt
    Yes, it is very confusing to outsiders. Most people who move to Kansas think the liquor laws here are arcane. Not if you come from PA.
  • Quirky Laws Give Yuengling Edge at Home

    03/23/2004 7:35:23 AM PST · 15 of 36
    TroutStalker to Celtic Conservative
    Thanks for pointing out that it's in NC. I missed that in the article. We will be in the Outer Banks in five weeks for my son's wedding, and I'm gonna have a great time.

    Definitely give it a try.

  • Quirky Laws Give Yuengling Edge at Home

    03/23/2004 7:25:12 AM PST · 13 of 36
    TroutStalker to martin_fierro
    I had a tenth grade geography teacher berate me in front of the class when I pointed out to him that he neglected the "h" in writing Pittsburgh. He didn't believe me!

    That was in public skool in Hollidaysburg, aka "Holldysburg".

  • Quirky Laws Give Yuengling Edge at Home

    03/23/2004 7:15:30 AM PST · 10 of 36
    TroutStalker to martin_fierro
    How abouts putting me on that Pittsburgh list there?
  • Quirky Laws Give Yuengling Edge at Home

    03/23/2004 7:12:27 AM PST · 9 of 36
    TroutStalker to familyofman
    Who needs corona when you can have a lager?

    Amen. I'm gonna have to make a PA run soon.

  • Quirky Laws Give Yuengling Edge at Home

    03/23/2004 7:10:26 AM PST · 7 of 36
    TroutStalker to billorites
    You mean Yueng Ling beer?
  • Quirky Laws Give Yuengling Edge at Home

  • Quirky Laws Give Yuengling Edge at Home

    03/23/2004 7:05:00 AM PST · 3 of 36
    TroutStalker to martin_fierro; Willie Green
    Yuengling ping.
  • Quirky Laws Give Yuengling Edge at Home

    03/23/2004 7:02:24 AM PST · 1 of 36
  • Triggering Memories At the NRA Museum, Tommy Gun Devotees Can Zero In on a Classic

    03/22/2004 10:52:28 AM PST · 8 of 8
    TroutStalker to neverdem
    Thompson himself didn't invent the gun (though he did invent the term "submachine gun"). He found a moneyed investor (Thomas Fortune Ryan) and thereby raised the capital to assemble a first-rate design team. But the two primary engineers -- Oscar Payne, of the unschooled genius type that also figures prominently in firearms design, and Theodore Eickhoff, a gifted mechanical engineer -- surpassed even their sponsor's grandest hopes. They invented a classic.

    I met the sons of Payne and Eickoff at the NRA convention in Kansas City several years ago. They were displaying together for the first time in public the pair of presentation Thompsons the DOD had made and engraved with their fathers' names to honor their work.

    I'll have to find the pamphlet they had that they both autographed for me, as well as a pic I took of the two of them with the firearms.

    Several years ago, I fired a Thompson at the Gun Store in Las Vegas. It handled exactly as I expected it would.

    I gotta move out of Kansas to a state where I can own one of those babys.

  • South Park Ping List - Test Ping

    03/13/2004 3:17:03 PM PST · 18 of 133
    TroutStalker to EveningStar
    Most of you folks are probably wondering how you got on this list.

    Because I went fishing in South Park last year and saw lots of cows?

    The DVR is set. Go Cows!

  • L.A. Considers Selling Its Name(Las Cialis, Botox Angeles, Kellogg's Fruits And Nuts City?)

    03/13/2004 10:21:17 AM PST · 8 of 18
    TroutStalker to Diddle E. Squat
    I doubt that national brands would be interested in an LA endorsement. I would expect consumers in America to react negatively.
  • Concealed-gun bill advances [Kansas]

    03/05/2004 7:57:30 AM PST · 6 of 10
    TroutStalker to Guillermo
    The so-called republicans in my area overwhelmingly agree with him.
  • Concealed-gun bill advances [Kansas]

    03/05/2004 7:53:59 AM PST · 3 of 10
    TroutStalker to bang; heckler; MrB; axel f; Shooter 2.5; alfa6
  • Concealed-gun bill advances [Kansas]

    03/05/2004 7:51:15 AM PST · 1 of 10
  • Repeal the Patriot Act - ANDREW NAPOLITANO

    03/05/2004 7:10:02 AM PST · 17 of 90
    TroutStalker to petercooper
    Strengthen the Patriot Act.

    What would you do to it that you would feel comfortable with hillary using it?

  • Repeal the Patriot Act - ANDREW NAPOLITANO

    03/05/2004 7:08:37 AM PST · 16 of 90
    TroutStalker to xusafflyer
    Working for a financial institution, you apparently forgot several big ones, like reporting cash transactions above a threshhold and multiple ones just below that threshhold. You could be in big trouble if you're not doing that.
  • Repeal the Patriot Act - ANDREW NAPOLITANO

    03/05/2004 7:00:24 AM PST · 10 of 90
    TroutStalker to over3Owithabrain
    If the government can get evidence against you from your financial institution under the guise of national security -- i.e., without a showing of probable cause -- but use it in a criminal case against you, then the Constitution's guarantees have been shredded. But you know that already.

    Sounds conservative to me.

  • Repeal the Patriot Act - ANDREW NAPOLITANO

    03/05/2004 6:56:27 AM PST · 8 of 90
    TroutStalker to dep
    what do you expect? he's a lawyer -- his allegiance is to the bar.

    He was a judge, of the non-activist variety that most of us here supposedly prefer. I'll stick with the Constitution as written.

  • Repeal the Patriot Act - ANDREW NAPOLITANO

    03/05/2004 6:43:38 AM PST · 1 of 90
  • Kansas House Gives Tentative approval to CCW

    03/04/2004 10:11:04 AM PST · 20 of 21
    TroutStalker to heckler
    Sorry to be pessimistic, but I see this as a continuing effort in futility. As long as my area is dominated by RINOs, Kansas will never have a veto proof majority for CC, and will never elect a conservative governor who would sign it. I'm pretty sick of it. We may have an opportunity to move to Colorado Springs and I won't look back.
  • Kansas House Gives Tentative approval to CCW

    03/04/2004 9:54:29 AM PST · 18 of 21
    TroutStalker to heckler
    Looks like both my rep, Ed O'Malley, and senator, Barbara Allen, are against CC. So much for supporting my local GOP. Johnson County, home of high taxes and RINOs.
  • State Rep. and anti-DWI leader arrested for driving drunk

    03/04/2004 9:31:00 AM PST · 8 of 29
    TroutStalker to justshutupandtakeit
    Nope, a pubbie.
  • State Rep. and anti-DWI leader arrested for driving drunk

    03/04/2004 9:26:18 AM PST · 5 of 29
    TroutStalker to chance33_98
    But this must surely be an unintended consequence, afterall wasn't is passed to be used against Native-Americans.
  • Secrecy Sullies Bush Presidency (Barf Alert!)

    03/03/2004 11:26:46 AM PST · 3 of 12
    TroutStalker to Jokelahoma
    Louis Do-Good is the KC Red Star's token black on their editorial staff. His primary rants are mainly about race (eenie, meenie, minie, moe), gun grabbing and Bush bashing. He is the Red Star's equivalent of Mark Morford, only less interesting, and their printing of his articles are a waste of trees.
  • Gang rapists told age, culture no defence (Muslims)

    03/03/2004 7:01:49 AM PST · 45 of 51
    TroutStalker to cripplecreek
    MMK, MRK, MSK and MAK are all brothers.

    Think their first names are Mohammad?

  • Ripped Off! BE CAREFUL!

    03/02/2004 1:32:43 PM PST · 9 of 27
    TroutStalker to EUPHORIC
    I have heard that thieves are using cell phone cameras to photo credit cards while they are being used to record the name, number and expiration date. The picture can be sent to associates to use as well. I always keep my card covered when it is out of my wallet.

    Last summer someone used a card to charge $2400 at Lowes on my Discover card. It was a card presented that was swiped through the machine. Both of our cards were still in our possession. Some thieves use a copying machine to transfer data from your card to a blank one when your card is out of sight, like at a restaurant. I'm not sure how my charge done, but Discover reversed the charge while investigating, and after 90 days absolved me from any responsibility for the charge.

  • Supermarkets Get Concessions; Wal-Mart Wage Gap Remains [California Grocery Strike Ends]

    03/01/2004 6:49:39 AM PST · 1 of 35
  • Florida Woman Fined $190,000 for Overgrown Yard

    02/27/2004 11:15:09 AM PST · 107 of 302
    TroutStalker to T.Smith
    If the neighbors are so offended I think they could have taken turns cutting the grass every couple of weeks.

    I used to have an elderly neighbor who would let his grass grow high, so I started cutting it when I cut mine. He was a Navy vet who had lost his wife and I felt sorry for him.

    I stopped taking care of it when I saw an article in the paper that he had sent the clinton legal defense fund $500. Figured if he could spend that kind of money on trash, his yard ought to reflect it. I moved a year later.

  • Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Concealed Carry Law

    02/26/2004 3:24:25 PM PST · 53 of 70
    TroutStalker to Missouri
    From the Kansas City Star:

    Concealed weapons OK in Missouri, but not Jackson County

    The Kansas City Star

    JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court ruled today that most Missourians can apply for permits to carry concealed guns, but denied that right to residents of Jackson and three other counties.

    However, the court's ruling in the contentious, decade-long battle over hidden handguns strongly suggested that a future lawsuit could block handgun permits in the state's other 110 counties and the city of St. Louis.

    The Supreme Court voted 5-2 to overturn a lower court decision that had declared the state's new concealed weapons law unconstitutional. But, in an opinion written by Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., the court found that the new law violated the state Constitution on other grounds.

    The high court's decision found that the cost of issuing permits violated the Constitution's Hancock Amendment by imposing an unfunded mandate on county sheriffs.

    But the court ruled that it had evidence that the costs of issuing permits exceeded state funding only in Jackson, Camden, Green and Cape Girardeau counties. Therefore, the law regarding the issuance of concealed-gun permits is unconstitutional only in those counties, the court ruled.

    The question of whether the permits are an unfunded mandate in other counties requires proof on a county-by-bounty basis, Limbaugh wrote. The court, he said, would not speculate about those costs and would not take up the issue of whether counties could voluntarily absorb the cost of issuing the permits.

    In a dissenting opinion, Chief Justice Ronnie White wrote that the law should be held unconstitutional statewide because all counties will incur increased costs.

    The law, enacted last September when the General Assembly overrode Gov. Bob Holden's veto, allows county sheriffs to charge applicants up to $100 for a permit to carry a concealed gun. But the law also allowed the money to be used only for training and equipment.

    The Supreme Court ruled that the fee did not cover the costs of issuing the permits, which include additional personnel and the $38 charged by the Highway Patrol to check fingerprints and perform a criminal background check.

    “Although some of the increased costs may be incurred for training and equipment and properly reimbursed from the (application fee), substantial costs may be incurred for other purposes, as well,” Limbaugh wrote. “If so, there is an unfunded mandate.”

    Advocates on both sides of the issue called the decision a victory.

    Richard Miller, a Kansas City lawyer who represented people challenging the law, said the decision means that all it takes is one person in each county to challenge the law. No county can avoid incurring significant costs in issuing the permits and the court has held that such costs are unconstitutional unless they are reimbursed by the state, he said.

    “If counties start issuing permits, there is a plan to (challenge the law) if we are asked by any citizen in those counties,” Miller said. “We have the right to ask for costs and attorney fees from any county that loses. So (county officials) should be very careful about incurring unnecessary expenses before they attempt to issue any permits.”

    Rep. Larry Crawford, the Centertown Republican who carried the bill through the legislature last year, said the decision simply allows some counties to choose not to issue permits to their residents. But residents of other counties who have permits will be able to carry concealed guns statewide.

    In addition, the court found constitutional a provision of the law that allows anyone over the age of 21 to carry concealed weapon within the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle.

    “We always said the car carry provision will take care of 90 percent of the people who want a concealed weapon,” Crawford said. “It will send a message to criminals that they ought to go to Illinois where citizens can't carry a (concealed) gun in their cars.”


    Missouri's concealed guns law at a glance

    Associated Press

    Key elements of Missouri's law allowing most adults to seek permits to carry concealed guns:


    Missourians at least age 23 may apply to their county sheriff for a permit to carry concealed guns. Based on Thursday's Missouri Supreme Court ruling that otherwise upheld the constitutionality of the law passed last year, permits aren't required to be issued in four counties that argued to the court that the permit process was an unfunded mandate: Jackson, Cape Girardeau, Greene and Camden. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen and either live in Missouri for six months or be stationed in the state with the U.S. military. Applicants must undergo state and federal criminal background checks and pay $100 for a three-year permit, with a renewal cost of $50.


    Permits are denied to anyone who has been charged with or convicted of a felony; convicted of a violent misdemeanor; or twice convicted of driving while intoxicated in the previous five years; dishonorably discharged from the military; is mentally incompetent; or is believed by the sheriff to be "a danger to himself or others."


    Applicants must complete an eight-hour training course on handgun safety and marksmanship, as well as the safe care, cleaning and storage of firearms. The course must include a live firing exercise during which applicants must hit a silhouette target placed seven yards away with at least 15 of 20 shots.


    Concealed guns are prohibited in police stations, prisons, courthouses, hospitals, airports, amusement parks and sports arenas that seat at least 5,000. Guns also are prohibited, unless those in charge grant exceptions, at schools, colleges, child-care facilities, churches, casinos and bars. Concealed guns are allowed elsewhere, unless private property owners conspicuously post signs prohibiting them.


    People with concealed gun permits who carry weapons into off-limits places cannot face criminal charges but can be asked to leave. If they refuse to leave, law officers can cite them with a $100 fine for the first offense. A second offense within six months is punishable by a $200 fine and a one-year suspension of the permit. A third offense within a year results in a fine up to $500 and a three-year revocation of the person's concealed guns permit.


    Applications for concealed gun permits are closed to public inspection, and sheriffs are barred from releasing the information.


    Missourians at least age 21 can conceal guns within the passenger compartment of their vehicles without having to satisfy any of the requirements for carrying a concealed gun.

  • Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Concealed Carry Law

    02/26/2004 2:35:47 PM PST · 50 of 70
    TroutStalker to KC Burke
    IIRC, the law also allows for both residents and non-residents over the age of 21 to possess a concealed firearm within their vehicle without a CCP.