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Open thread 9/8/23

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  • ghostsniper September 8, 2023, 9:55 AM

    Not 30 minutes ago my wife came out here and told me it’s officially “Walking Stick Season” and she seen one on the kitchen window. They’re only around here for a brief period.

    I have a haunting story about a praying mantis that I will tell at some future point. scaryyyy

    • jwm September 8, 2023, 10:45 AM

      LOl. I have one, too. You first.


  • Mary Ann September 8, 2023, 12:53 PM

    Tell your stories gentlemen!

  • ghostsniper September 8, 2023, 1:58 PM

    Lies, stacked on top of lies, going all the way up to the skies, and beyond.
    Imagine all the sorting that will have to take place sometime in the future to shitcan all the lies and let the truth shine through again. Maybe it would be better to just start over, all anew. Let the old world die…

    What an incredible rabbit hole. Margaret Hamilton, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for “[leading] the team that created the on-board flight software” for the Apollo missions, wasn’t even hired until after the completed software had already flown to the moon in Apollo 8!


    BTW, wasn’t she the wicked witch of the west?

  • John A. Fleming September 8, 2023, 1:59 PM

    In general, I don’t like most bugs (bees are ok). The “ick” factor is too high. And even though they eat bugs, I really really ick out on spiders. Can’t they both lose? It’s embarrassing, I’m a grown man, I shouldn’t even be noticing these things, other than being stung a few times what have they ever done to me?

    But mantises are way way up there in the creep factor. When I am up close looking at them, it’s clear by their behavior that they are watching me back. We may be giants and all, but mantis are actively evaluating whether they can catch and eat us. They would if they could, they’re not scared of us at all. I can see it in their eyes. Most bugs scurry away, not mantises, they stand their ground and advance if they see an opening. What god in a drunken delirium from a bad batch of ambrosia created the mantis?

  • ghostsniper September 8, 2023, 2:27 PM

    Yeah, at times he could have been annoying, and in others possibly a seer?


    I’m sick and tired of hearing things
    From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics
    All I want is the truth
    Just gimme some truth
    I’ve had enough of reading things
    By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
    All I want is the truth
    Just gimme some truth

    No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
    Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
    With just a pocketful of hope
    Money for dope
    Money for rope

    No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
    Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
    With just a pocketful of soap
    Money for dope
    Money for rope

    I’m sick to death of seeing things
    From tight-lipped, condescending, mamas little chauvinists
    All I want is the truth
    Just gimme some truth now

    I’ve had enough of watching scenes
    Of schizophrenic, ego-centric, paranoiac, prima-donnas
    All I want is the truth now
    Just gimme some truth

    No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
    Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
    With just a pocketful of soap
    Its money for dope
    Money for rope

    Ah, I’m sick and tired of hearing things
    From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites
    All I want is the truth now
    Just gimme some truth now

    I’ve had enough of reading things
    By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
    All I want is the truth now
    Just gimme some truth now

    All I want is the truth now
    Just gimme some truth now
    All I want is the truth
    Just gimme some truth
    All I want is the truth
    Just gimme some truth

  • John the River September 8, 2023, 3:02 PM

    Sorry to mention it but I just received a notice of a hundred dollar charge for American Digest on my Visa.
    I thought the new site was dead.

  • neo September 8, 2023, 3:40 PM

    John, it’s been inoperative for many months now and they shouldn’t be changing you. Inform your bank or credit card company or PayPal and tell them to stop payment and cancel any future payments. Unfortunately, I have no way to get them to stop and no access to the site, which is gone.

  • jwm September 8, 2023, 3:44 PM

    Ok, here’s my mantis story.
    I lived in southern Michigan when I was a kid. They get bugs in the summer. Lots of big bugs. Also garter snakes, but that’s a different story. One afternoon my mom called me out to the front of the house. There was a huge praying mantis on one of the bushes. This thing was damn near the length of an unsharpened pencil. I immediately wanted it for a pet. I grabbed it. It didn’t seem to mind. I got the empty aquarium, put some cardboard over the top, and put a stick, and some grass inside for the mantis. Later, my Dad made a lid out of screen and molding. As I said, Michigan has big bugs in the late summer. Especially grasshoppers. At any given time there would be a bunch of them jumping around the back yard, or hanging on the wall of the garage. They weren’t too hard to catch. You could sneak up on them and grab them without much trouble.
    And holy cow, what a show it was to toss a giant grasshopper in with the mantis. The mantis would snap those big forelegs out like lightning, snag the kicking squirming grasshopper, and eat the thing alive as it struggled to escape. It was gory as hell in an insect sort of way, like having a horror movie live in my bedroom.
    Well, one afternoon I caught an exceptionally big grasshopper. It fought me hard, kicking like hell, and spitting tobacco juice all over. It was difficult to keep it contained in my fist.
    This was going to be the best bug fight ever!
    I lifted the lid off the aquarium, and made to throw the giant grasshopper in with the mantis. As I said, I didn’t have a good hold on the grasshopper. I threw it in, but the monster bug rebounded off the glass like a coiled spring, and shot right into my open mouth. It was kicking, spitting tobacco juice, squirming like a demon, scratching my tongue, cheek, and gums with those spiky hind legs. I couldn’t scream for fear it would go down my throat. I don’t quite remember how I got it out of my mouth, but once I did, I stomped the shit out of it on the bedroom floor. I dumped the mantis out in the yard after that.
    That trauma left me with an absolute phobia for grasshoppers. For most of my life afterwards I’d be near paralyzed with terror at the sight of one, even in my adult life here in California where we seldom see them.
    Eventually the sense of terror subsided, but they still give me the willies. I have broken rakes and shovels trying to kill them when they show up in the yard.


    • Snakepit Kansas September 10, 2023, 7:00 AM

      Good story. Last spring I opened the shed out back to get a shovel or something, and inside were a few hundred very small mantis. Kind of orange colored. I left the door open for them to invade the rest of the yard.

  • Anonymous September 8, 2023, 4:34 PM

    I am writing about another type of “Mantis”, perhaps also of the “preying” type. Here in MT we had 16 years of 100% democratic control. Then we won 100% of the system in 2022! At approximately that same time we were gifted with a new “news group”. They call themselves Montana Free Press:
    Then began by claiming to be absolutely unbiased and objective reporting. But the pretense became pretty clearly an inaccurate description, they then came up with the Friday newsletter–MT Lowdown. Now there don’t you all feel like that’s more mountainy, or rural, or something?

    The fact is they are going after our AG.–Austin Knudsen

    He is a wonderful, smart, and courageous man, I have met him and quizzed him on several occasions. He is real, honest, and determined. The dems can’t stand his courage. Please sign up to read about this constant harassment and tell me how we can best serve this man. All of our judges were appointed by Democratic governor. We have NONE–ZIPPO who has an open mind and honest devotion to the law.
    Trump came after our Democratic Senator–JON TESTER in 2018 with big bucks and the heaviest attack the R party could muster. But, still this guy won by less than 40% https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Tester
    He plays all the right cards for some Republicans, agriculture, military, being the primary, but he also supports illegal immigration (good for agriculture) and homosexual anything. I believe that if the Democrats were smart at all they would put him up in the primary, but I haven’t seen any sign of that yet. Do a search for Jon Tester+2018 he’ll tell you how much women love him, etc.,etc.

    What’s behind the Knudsen complaint:

    • ghostsniper September 8, 2023, 5:52 PM

      At the age of 9, he lost the middle three fingers of his left hand in a meat-grinder accident.

  • Mary Ann September 8, 2023, 4:41 PM

    jwm, good story!

  • ghostsniper September 8, 2023, 5:45 PM

    An art site with lots of good content in a variety of mediums.


  • ghostsniper September 9, 2023, 3:49 AM

    Updated COVID shots are coming. They’re part of a trio of vaccines to block fall viruses
    Sat, September 9, 2023 at 12:29 AM EDT·5 min read


    “There will be a lot of virus this winter. That’s why we want to get ahead of it,” CDC chief Dr. Mandy Cohen said.

    She’s a fortune teller. She can predict the future. You better take heed.
    Can you believe the audacity of this bitch?
    The article shows a pik of her getting a “shot” and the presumption is yours.
    In a sane world, this afternoon there would be a vid online of her being dragged while on fire behind a big RAM truck going 99mph down the interstate while people stood along both sides shooting guns and arrows and throwing shit at her as she bounces by with big pieces of flaming tissues and limbs flying off in all directions.

    A stern waring to other potential liars and criminals.

    • jwm September 9, 2023, 6:06 AM

      Calling Doctor Lampost. Calling Nurse Roap.
      You have a patient in urgent need of care…


  • Anne September 9, 2023, 7:53 AM

    In every state, the Dems are coming after conservative AGs. They are the next most important target group to take out.

    Ghost: Another good town in MT is Fort Benton–closer to the mountains. I don’t know the political climate there, but I think it is not too bad. The eastern side is more conservative, but the weather is a little rougher. They did get a lesbian devoted librarian in Billings which caused some havoc here in the state. The gay community won that one, but there is strong opposition in the smaller towns on the east side. Of interest is that Billings Clinic has the only #1 rated trauma center in MT. The nearest one is over in Fargo, or in Seattle. The trouble with Great Falls is that when the wind stops blowing everyone falls down! Everything southeast around the park or Bozeman has become very expensive. You might also take a look at Conner in the southwest. Ravalli County is more politically aligned with the Republican party. Butte on the other hand is as ardently union today as it was 100 years ago. Of course, it is not very strong financially! It does have the distinction of being the coldest city in MT consistently! Let me know if you have any questions.

    • ghostsniper September 9, 2023, 2:16 PM

      Thanks for the info Anne.
      Our primary concerns are being away from society, at least 40 miles from any metropolis over say 1,000 or so.
      2nd would be at least 10 or more acres with no “neighbors” within a mile or so.
      3rd would be a fair amount of forest with hills and valleys, and an acre or so of open flat land for a garden.
      4th would be some sort of on-site water source.

      I’m on the verge of contacting 1-3 Montana realtors and getting serious about it.
      Another place we’ve been scouting out is the upper peninsula of Michigan.
      It’s a whole nuther country up there.

      • Anne September 9, 2023, 9:16 PM

        Some suggestions: Eureka, Libby, and towns around either one. Colder than a with’s . . .in the winter, but pretty nice. If you go to google maps and type in Eureka MT you can click on the left side and see some pictures. North of Kalispell may also be an option. Kalispell is R in a moderate way with a good medical facility. Try something north.

      • Snakepit Kansas September 10, 2023, 6:55 AM

        But what do you do when the Canuks invade? Then you are stuck drinking Labatt Blue or Molson. I know you prefer an occasional Bud tall boy. The mosquitos in the UP are big and sometimes seen with a small dog in their mouth. The deer are tiny and you can mistake them for a lost greyhound. Indiana isn’t bad, just borders Illinois which may as well be Iran.

        • ghostsniper September 10, 2023, 7:13 AM

          Snake! Welcome back!
          I kicked Bud to the curb awhile back and I’m sorta regretting it.
          What I’m really regretting is them turning communist – they forced my hand.
          I tried Miller Lite for a spell but the price kept inching up.
          2 weeks ago I bought some “Hamm’s” and I’m trying to get used to it.
          It does the trick and it’s a lots less expensive that miller or bud.

          Regarding them mosquito’s. I keep a hammer lying on the table next to my porch chair.
          Over the years they have learned to not sink a tooth, so they just mozy on.

          The tiny UP deers?
          Are they big enough to make a sando?

          That’s where we sell all our guns with shot out barrels!

      • jwm September 10, 2023, 4:36 PM

        Have you thought about West Virginia?
        Incredibly beautiful place, and harsh as hell. But open space is different there. In most places the horizon is way above eye level. The Earth holds you very close in the hollows.


        • Snakepit Kansas September 16, 2023, 4:50 AM

          WVA is a hallowed place for me. Most of my family lives there and many buried in Cross Lanes and Spencer. Great deer hunting, endless hills and mountains and full of good, God fearing and hard working people.

  • Casey Klahn September 9, 2023, 10:30 AM

    I had to grab a pr mantis and walk him out of the studio, and did feel a bit of tingling or some kind of sensation, as if he were trying to bite. I do respect these little guys. When the kids were little, I once put a caterpillar in my jeans pocket and walked a third of a mile home to show them. The rash I had on my hip was evidence that you don’t put caterpillars in your pocket! Who knew?

    Today’s news about New Mexico suspending gun rights (for 30 days – shuh-Yeahhh). The Left is back to the argument about militia, as if that means if you join the state guard you can have a rifle. Preferably a musket, complete with ball rounds and wheel flints.

    What I want everyone to understand is that one doesn’t join a militia. One also does not quit a militia; the militia is a definition. Every swinging Dick in America, of military age and health profile, is the militia. You don;t choose to join, nor choose to not join, you just is.

    It’d be more correct, by dint of reason, to issue each man a modern rifle, such as an AR, or even an M4, due to his federal identity as an irregular soldier, than to prevent his ownership of guns.

    If you’re wearing a badge, and out of the governor’s pie-hole comes an illegal order like suspending gun rights in a city, you are duty bound to arrest her smelly ass right then and there. Be respectful, but be direct: Madam Governor, you are under arrest…

    • ghostsniper September 9, 2023, 11:31 AM

      “New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday issued an emergency order suspending the right to carry firearms in public across Albuquerque and the surrounding county for at least 30 days in response to a spate of gun violence.”

      The police chief of the New Mexico Police Dept is duty bound to arrest the governor immediately for violating the constitutional right of all legal citizens of the state. If the police chief does not arrest the governor he is in violation of federal law and must be arrested by the assistant police chief.

      When everybody is a criminal who is supposed to do the arresting?

      • Snakepit Kansas September 10, 2023, 6:57 AM

        Those with the guns, make the rules.

  • ghostsniper September 9, 2023, 2:20 PM

    I made a 4lb roast pork in the slow cooker today with no adornment (spices/herbs) at all.
    It’s presently sitting in the unheated oven.
    What sort of sides should I prepare.
    FWIW there is about 1/2 cup of “drippings”.

    If I was single I’d just tear chonx off and grab a brew and go sit in front of the toob and gorge.
    Like I did a century ago….

    • jwm September 10, 2023, 6:20 AM

      Here is where the Angelino in me comes on strong. Live here long enough and you grow a Mexican palate. I’d have corn tortillas, cilantro and onions, salsa, guacamole, and a wedge of lime with that. Refried pinto beans, and seasoned rice…
      I’d pig out like a pig.


      • ghostsniper September 10, 2023, 7:06 AM

        Yeah I ate like a fuckin animal last night.
        I thought hard about going the tex-mex routine but veered off course.
        Made a lovely thick gravy with pan drippings, and some smashed red potatoes.
        Then a whole passel of asparagus spears slathered in budda and bacon bits.
        Good ol’ homestyle graar!

  • Dirk September 10, 2023, 3:38 PM

    The Mantis! Is a fascinating creature, the Ninja of the bug world, silent the gray man of the bug world, hangs out where they usually aren’t noticed. Something very noble about the mantis, I sat and stared into eyes of a mantis for 20/30 minutes at a time fascinating, no movement no noise, deadly to its pray.

    I find them fascinating, but then I don’t mind any bugs, snakes are a different story.

    A noble gentleman or noble gentlewoman the Mantis is.

    Sounds weird but I talk to animals, and I think I understand them,I sure like ani,Al’s better then I like people,,,,,, same with bugs, mantis, other bugs contribution to our world is truly amazing. They have a purpose a job to do, very efficient, their world is our world, just below eye level usually. The way the humans are going I expect bugs to take over the planet someday, who knows maybe the Mantis will rule over all.


    • Terry September 10, 2023, 5:46 PM

      Dirk, nice to see you here again. I was wondering if you had possibly become stuck in the mud at the Burning Man dementia zone.

      Insects. Not insects but snakes. How about a couple rattlesnake stories folks- When I have some time I may discuss my interest and then total disdain for those creatures.

      • jwm September 10, 2023, 6:18 PM

        OK. Rattlesnake story.
        I was taking my nephew for a hike up in the Puente Hills. I cautioned him to stay in the middle of the trail, and not to walk near the grass and weeds bordering the pathway. Of course, he immediately moved to the edge of the trail.
        A good two footer let him know he wasn’t welcome there. After that the nephew stayed in the middle, and watched the ground very closely.


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