Open Thread

If we’re looking for some good ways to trim the budget, maybe we can cut out re-enacting episodes of the A-Team:

Marijuana activists are criticizing — and at least partly laughing off — a counter-terrorism exercise carried out Wednesday in California that featured marijuana growers setting off bombs and seizing a dam.

Organized by the federal Bureau of Reclamation, the exercise involved 20 government agencies and some 250 personnel, according to a report from the Redding Record-Searchlight. In the scenario, marijuana growers blew up a bus and car and seized control of northern California’s Shasta Dam in a bid to free an imprisoned colleague.

How did Hannibal, B.A. and the boys handle this one?

The team drives up to the compound in the terrorists’ truck, with the Frank Stallone guy as their hostage. Then there’s a funny montage, where Ramon is talking about some attack they’re going to launch while the team launches basically the same attack on his guards! Hannibal and B.A. pick up some needed supplies, and Hannibal tells the rest of the team all the trouble is behind them: “from here on out, it’s open road.” Not two seconds later B.A. walks around a corner and finds the giant beard guy, ready for another 38 minutes of fighting! The look on B.A.’s face is priceless. “Not again!” he says.

Luckily not everything is going wrong; Hannibal, Murdock and Face storm the terrorists’ interminable planning meeting and run off with Marcus and the briefcase full of money (though B.A. and the beard guy do crash through a window at one point). Ramon again promises the team “will not get away this time,” and to show he’s serious he lets his soldiers actually chase after them instead of calling another planning meeting. The dudes all run toward the front gate, only the team is being sneaky and escaping by rappelling off a treacherous cliff. Is anyone worried about escaping via an imposing rock cliff? Nah. “Piece of cake,” as Face, B.A. and Murdock all deadpan. The mountaineering actually goes pretty well, or at least until Ramon and company show up and shoot the rappelling ropes before Hannibal can lower himself down. So he just jumps. The jazz, man. But then they shoot the inflatable raft the team was going to use for their getaway. So the team is trapped! No, Ramon, who has REPEATEDLY SAID THEY WON’T GET AWAY lets them get away because it’s time to go blow up a dam.

The team is back at the van, so the mission’s over, right? Face sums up just how good the team is: “We lost our wheels, B.A. did fifteen rounds with Godzilla, Hannibal did a twenty story high dive, we had our raft blown out from under us, and we still managed to save the girl, her boyfriend and… retrieve the money.” “Now all you’ve gotta do is stop them from blowing up the dam,” says Marcus. Dam? Murdock: “I wanna cry.”

The terrorists show up at the dam, and they actually shoot the elderly security guy – that’s what, 40 million bullets on this show and he’s like the third guy who actually got hit? On the other hand, the guard saw a bunch of armed guys dressed in black bodysuits and ski masks and waved them through without a second thought, so maybe he shouldn’t be on the job anyway. Their red van is apparently a clown van, because about 40 guys pile out once they’re inside the dam area. Two of them have an explosive device. Ah, the security guard was Hannibal in disguise! “I’m beginning to love this bulletproof vest!” he says. He lets the team know the terrorists are inside the dam. Murdock and Face are already inside, so they subdue a few of the thieves and disarm a few others. Then Hannibal and B.A. come in to get the guys working on the explosives. Everybody’s accounted for, but Almost Brigitte says, in a halting, I-can-barely-remember-these-lines voice, “You forgot about this. It’s set and you can’t stop it. You’ve got less than 90 seconds. You’re too late.” Hannibal and B.A. race off with the bomb… and run right into the giant beard guy! But even he doesn’t want to fight when he realizes what they’re carrying and runs off. I was going to make a “Goldfinger” joke about Hannibal and B.A. disabling the thing with 007 seconds to spare, but they actually heaved the bomb into the nearby water with 007 seconds to spare! The bomb explodes and I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have taken out the whole dam – maybe chipped some of the paint in the boiler room, but then I’m being picky again. Thumbs up from B.A. and Hannibal.

It’s a good thing the terrorists in the A-Team episode weren’t pot growers or that dam would’ve been a goner.

Comments

  1. 1

    CC "Bud" Baxter spews:

    The reefer madness demonizing continues, even though it has zero basis in reality.

    Just like the GOP and their entire agenda, facts and the war on cannabis and never the twain shall meet.

  2. 2

    spews:

    And while I’m posting silly things, I might as well throw this one out there too:

    http://www.seattlepi.com/local/430430_super19.html

    Seattle police say a group of self-described superheroes have been patrolling the streets at night trying to save people from crime. They calls themselves the Rain City Superhero Movement and say they’re part of a nationwide movement of real-life crime fighters.

    Investigators identified nine people dressed in costume going around Seattle after dark. A police source said the characters go by Thorn, Buster Doe, Green Reaper, Gemini, No Name, Catastrophe, Thunder 88, Penelope and Phoenix the Guardian of Seattle.

    But don’t listen to Captain Ozone or Knight Owl, police were told. They’re apparently not part of the group.

  3. 4

    Puddybud identifying useless Moonbat!s since 2005 and identifying rujax as an arschloch! spews:

    A young man named Jon received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary, like most HA leftists. Every word out of the bird’s’ mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity like rujax. Jon tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to ‘clean up’ the bird’s vocabulary.

    Finally, Jon was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. Jon shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude. Jon, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.

    Fearing that he’d hurt the parrot, Jon quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto Jon’s outstretched arms and said “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I’m sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior.”

    Jon was stunned at the change in the bird’s attitude.

    As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird spoke-up, very softly,.. “BTW, may I ask what the turkey did?”

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING

  4. 5

    Rujax! Reminding Puddy That a Black Person Voting Republican is Like a Chicken Voting for Col. Sanders Since 2004 spews:

    That’s it…p’dumbski and MISTER Cynical-ASS-Klown playing “dress-up” cops.

    Heh.

  5. 6

    Puddybud identifying useless Moonbat!s since 2005 and identifying rujax as an arschloch! spews:

    Once again Glenn Beck is right. The “puppet master” is hard at work, and it’s on Huff Pollution nonetheless.

    “We have just lost this election, we need to draw a line,” he said, according to several Democratic sources. “And if this president can’t do what we need, it is time to start looking somewhere else.”

    The King ‘Rat is “abandoning ship”? The Loons are in the house!

  6. 7

    Puddybud identifying useless Moonbat!s since 2005 and identifying rujax as an arschloch! spews:

    Let’s see what Darryl does with #5.

  7. 9

    Puddybud identifying useless Moonbat!s since 2005 and identifying rujax as an arschloch! spews:

    My Oh My – In memory of Dave Niehaus

    Former President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff John Podesta, now the head of the Center for American Progress, called on President Obama to push forward with his agenda using federal agencies and executive branch power Tuesday, even though Democrats were dealt a blow in the recent midterm elections. Podesta said the American people want the president to move forward with his agenda.

    As long as a DUMBOCRAT does it it’s A-OK! Yep, the voters have spoken but DUMBOCRATS “must” ignore the will of the people and continue to shovel the crap.

    “I’m convinced that Americans want the president and the Congress to work together to ensure that judges who populate the federal bench and who serve with life tenure are highly qualified men and women whose views are within the constitutional mainstream,” Podesta said in the April 2005 speech, according to a transcript obtained by The Daily Caller. “The filibuster is a means towards that end. Why? Because it encourages presidents to consult with the Senate and to name moderate, mainstream nominees who will judge cases fairly and without bias, and who will have no difficulty garnering the votes of 60 senators that they need to be confirmed. By removing the safeguard offered by the filibuster, the nuclear option would seriously and perhaps irreparably damage an institution that has functioned since its inception under customs and traditions that ensure an atmosphere of careful deliberation and mutual respect.”

    Yep and now, who is John Podesta? He’s another of George Soros’ flunkies, running CAP, Center for American Progress. CAP is highly funded by libtardo “puppet master” George Soros.

  8. 10

    Richard Pope spews:

    Since this is an open thread — how about those close races and probable recounts (even hand ones)? Unfortunately, the prospects for the trailing Dems in House 25, Senate 41 and House 42 did not seem to improve.

    I would love to see Steve Litzow get his ass kicked (in the election, that is), but unfortunately this result seems a bit further out of reach today than yesterday.

  9. 11

    spews:

    Person Playing Puddybud @ 7,

    “Let’s see what Darryl does with #5.”

    I don’t know how you do it, but your stupefying ignorance and inability to comprehend the comment policy continues to amaze me.

    So, what is, exactly, you brain dead, breathtakingly moronic, retard that would cause you to insinuate there is something about comment #5 that would require my attention?

  10. 12

    Odie Cologne spews:

    In a Rolling Stone interview, David Gergen tells us that we misunderestimate the ‘baggers at our peril and that they really are ‘not stupid’, but have some very nuanced positions.

    I thought about that for a while, and to tell you the truth, I’ll bet not a single ‘bagger in the country read that interview or even knows who Gergen is.

  11. 14

    Zotz sez: Pudpuller 'bated as his goat awaited her turn with bated breath... spews:

    I was just reading an account of this on the NYT. Yours is much better.

  12. 16

    Rujax! Reminding Puddy That a Black Person Voting Republican is Like a Chicken Voting for Col. Sanders Since 2004 spews:

    7. Puddybud identifying useless Moonbat!s since 2005 and identifying rujax as an arschloch! spews:

    Let’s see what Darryl does with #5.

    11/18/2010 at 9:07 pm

    What’s an “open thread” again?

    Oh yeah…I remember….

    (snicker)

  13. 17

    rhp6033 spews:

    It seems like Joe Miller hasn’t learned much from the 2004 GOP election challenge here in Washington.

    He’s asking an Alaskan court for an injunction against certifying the recent Senate election there until a court determines the validity of just about each and every write-in vote for Murkowski.

    Miller’s staffers have challenged some 8,000 write-in votes which were credited to Murkowski, arguably on the basis that they didn’t spell her name correctly. But the Anchorage papers pointed out that in a number of the challenged ballots, Murkowski’s name IS spelled correctly. Apparantly even Miller’s poll workers don’t know how to spell her name correctly, or they were simply challenging ballots at random.

    But the problem for Miller is that he is Murkowski is leading him by over 10,000 votes. So even if every challenge was accepted, he would still lose by some 2,000+ votes. So how does he bridge that gap?

    He’s arguing that the ballots began to be counted “sooner than expected”, so he didn’t have time to organize and train his ballot-challenge team in time, and some two days worth of ballots were counted before he could start challenging them.

    It figures. Miller is arguing that his own incompetence should be grounds for a court to overturn an election and declare him the winner. I guess it kind of makes sense, when you figure that Republicans are always arguing that government is incompetent, and they make up a significant portion of the legislative branch of government.

    Joe Miller tries to stop Senate election certification

  14. 18

    Zotz sez: Tim Eyman is a Horse's Ass spews:

    Alan Durning (via Hugh Spitzer) on 1053 and its constitutionality:

    The importance of the lieutenant governor.

    Washington voters approved BP, Tesoro, and Tim Eyman’s undemocratic, unconstitutional, unfair, oil-industry Trojan Horse I-1053, imposing minority rule on the state legislature for closing tax loopholes and raising new revenue.

    Now, the state will suffer the consequences: A balanced response to the state budget crisis is impossible; instead, there will be another two years of deep, painful cuts to services like hospice care for seniors. A legislative path to putting a price on carbon pollution is now closed for at least two years. Even a paltry 1 cent-per-gallon hazardous substances tax increase, to help keep oil out of Puget Sound, will only be possible through a successful, and extremely expensive ballot campaign.

    Some have asked me, is there a legal strategy to overturn I-1053?

    [snip]

    Mr. Spitzer says that if and when the members of the court finally have the question squarely before them, they will almost certainly rule I-1053 unconstitutional. The state constitution is specific about how voting on bills must take place. It specifies that votes be recorded as “yea” and “nay” in a tally and that when at the end of the tally, the yea’s exceed the nay’s, the bill passes into law. Repeat: not two-thirds but when the yea’s exceed the nay’s.

    Therefore, the supreme court is unlikely to invalidate I-1053, unless the Lieutenant Governor changes his mind. Anyone have an “in” with Brad Owen?

    Here: http://daily.sightline.org/dai.....urn-i-1053

    Basically, in order to get 1053 in front of the WASC, we need to send Sir(!?) Brad on a long, long trip — or something.

    Failing that, I pledge $500 to any credible D who will run against him or to a PI who can hound the corrupt bastard from office.

  15. 20

    Politically Incorrect spews:

    Marijuana wasn’t a problem in years past because it was only used by blacks, Hispanics and other non-white people. When, during the Prohibition Era, white people “discovered” marijuana, it suddenly became a big deal with the Feds.

    It’s time to repeal all laws making marijuana illegal. It isn’t going away, and Americans of all colors will continue to enjoy marijuana regardless of what the laws say. Let’s finally end Prohibition!

  16. 21

    Puddybud identifying useless Moonbat!s since 2005 and identifying rujax as an arschloch! spews:

    Wow Darryl,

    Playing dumb once again.

    1) Comment was already in another thread
    2) Told rujax, ylb and me to stop the attacks against each other.

    Typical so typical.

  17. 22

    spews:

    21 – Ya dummy! Darryl told us to save it for the open threads.

    Gotta problem with that? Of course! You can’t read and “teh bubble memory” ain’t too good..

    Hey came up with a new one:

    Puddybud the Beck Parrot – SQWAAAAAK! SEIU! SQWAAAAK! ACORN! SQwAAAK! SOROS! SQWAAAAK!!!

  18. 23

    Rujax! Reminding Puddy That a Black Person Voting Republican is Like a Chicken Voting for Col. Sanders Since 2004 spews:

    21. Puddybud identifying useless Moonbat!s since 2005 and identifying rujax as an arschloch! spews:

    Wow Darryl,

    Playing dumb once again.

    1) Comment was already in another thread
    2) Told rujax, ylb and me to stop the attacks against each other.

    Typical so typical.

    11/20/2010 at 8:08 am

    p’dumbski forgot (yeah right) his “papa bear” MISTER Cynical-ASS-Klown…a candy-ass shit-slingin’…uhhh…christian? (I get confused…was the christ…Rambo…or the “prince of peace”?)

  19. 24

    Politically Incorrect spews:

    Th Pope just said that the use of a condom might be justified in some instances. Well what do you know – the Catholic Church is gradually moving-out of the Thirteenth Century into the early part of the Twentieth Century. A monumental leap!

    Who knows – in a few hundred years our descendants might even see the Catholic Church living in the whatever current century the rest of the world is inhabiting!

  20. 26

    Puddybud identifying useless Moonbat!s since 2005 and identifying rujax as an arschloch! spews:

    More PDS in action… If someone did this to a progressive Chris Matthews would appear immediately to no audience.

  21. 27

    Rujax! Reminding Puddy That a Black Person Voting Republican is Like a Chicken Voting for Col. Sanders Since 2004 spews:

    http://www.dailykos.com/storyo.....ompensated

    Victims of Guantanamo will be compensated for having been illegally and immorally abused. Victims of the British at Guantanamo. Will be compensated by the British.

    When are Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Blair going to be brought top trial for war crimes?

  22. 29

    Rujax! Reminding Puddy That a Black Person Voting Republican is Like a Chicken Voting for Col. Sanders Since 2004 spews:

    I LOVE Mike Singletary!

    Thanks Mike, for being a really shitty NFL coach.