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Friday Night OOT 01/23/15

by Macker ( 59 Comments › )
Filed under History, Humor, OOT at January 23rd, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Especially Apropos for a Friday Night, wouldn’t you agree!

Overnight Open Thread!

Amazing Car Uses No Fossil Fuels

by Bunk X ( 10 Comments › )
Filed under Humor, OOT, Satire at December 26th, 2014 - 10:05 pm

It’s true. It uses no fossil fuels, has no exhaust, and emits ZERO pollutants. It uses no fuel whatsoever, making it the ideal transportation for eco-tards.
Energy Efficient 1hp car

The vehicle comes with an optional 1hp engine, but you gotta house it, feed it and groom it, or the car doesn’t move. It eats a hella lotta carbon-based fuel and emits methane, but at least you can tool around town at the speed of about 20 miles per bale.

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Speaking of tooling around town, it’s always time for tools on a low-emissions edition of The Overnight Open Thread.

Schoolhouse Rock OOT

by Macker ( 19 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Entertainment, History, Immigration, OOT, The Constitution at November 23rd, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Who all here remembers Schoolhouse Rock? I’m sure we all do!
Well, the liberal folks over at SNL make a mockery of Обама’s recent act, utilizing one of the classic tunes from that series, “I’m Just A Bill“:

Too bad they didn’t depict Обама’s character in regal garb. But no matter. lobo91 is right: it would indeed be funny if it wasn’t so accurate.
It’s The Overnight Open Thread!

NCAA D1 Football 2014 Week 13 OPEN OOT

by coldwarrior ( 23 Comments › )
Filed under College Football, OOT at November 22nd, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Its an OPEN THREAD AND OOT…Talk about whatever yinz want, the footbal games are going on on the TV’s behind the bar. Who wants a drink?


Ahhh yes…the playoffs draw near and all is just about right in the football universe. Oregon is in the top 4 and will choke in the playoffs against any given SEC team. ‘Bama is back in it.  Let’s get to it shall we?

College Football Playoff Rankings
1 Alabama 9-1
2 Oregon 9-1
3 Florida State 10-0
4 Mississippi State 9-1
5 TCU 9-1
6 Ohio State 9-1
7 Baylor 8-1
8 Ole Miss 8-2
9 UCLA 8-2
10 Georgia 8-2
11 Michigan State 8-2
12 Kansas State 7-2
13 Arizona State 8-2
14 Auburn 7-3
15 Arizona 8-2
16 Wisconsin 8-2
17 Utah 7-3
18 Georgia Tech 9-2
19 USC 7-3
20 Missouri 8-2
21 Oklahoma 7-3
22 Clemson 7-3
23 Nebraska 8-2
24 Louisville 7-3
25 Minnesota 7-3

‘Bama, Ducks, Criminal Element, and Bulldogs round out the top 4. Ducks lose to each and every one of them.

Here’s the games I’ll be looking at whilst rebuilding the stairway on the main floor. We had the Amish guys make us some hemlock steps. They look pretty good so far.

12:00 PMNo. 25 Minnesota at No. 23 Nebraska.  I like this game…battle of the corn fed!

3:30 PMNo. 8 Ole Miss at Arkansas. Arkansas is due…they are due…

3:30 PMNo. 15 Arizona at No. 17 Utah. This should be a pretty good game, I’ll root for Da Utes!

8:00 PMNo. 19 USC at No. 9 UCLA. Always a classic. The fight for LA and hands down, THE prettiest cheerleaders in all of Football.

ERB Season 4 OOT

by Macker ( 13 Comments › )
Filed under Entertainment, History, OOT at November 10th, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Well, Der Führer didn’t show up in the open this season!

After what happened last leason, I’m looking forward to see exactly what happens to him! No matter…it’s The Overnight Open Thread!

Toronto Mayoral Election 2014 OOT

by Macker ( 16 Comments › )
Filed under Canada, Election 2014, OOT at October 27th, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Here are the three main candidates for Toronto’s Mayoral Election, which took place today. The polls closed at 2000 hours Eastern Time. All our Canadian Friends (yenta-fada and Paladin Phil come to mind!) are invited to add their commentary:

PICTURED (L-R): Olivia Chow (NDP), Doug Ford (Ford Nation), John Tory (CPC)
One article from the Toronto Red Star postulates how each of these candidates might fare in the first 100 days in office:

Mayor Olivia Chow’s first 100 days in office
A win for Olivia Chow would signal an appetite for the improvements to childcare and social housing that she promised during the campaign.
Mayor Doug Ford’s first 100 days
Mayor Doug Ford faces a tremendous hurdle: he is the inheritor of his brother’s administration, one characterized by three years of losing key votes at city council.
Mayor John Tory’s first 100 days
Mayor John Tory will have the wind at his back as he moves quickly to fulfill his promises to unite the city council and work well with other governments to break the traditional logjam at city hall and get things done.

Looks like the last guy will get his shot: as of 2044 hours ET, CBC, The Toronto Sun, and The Red Star have all called it for Tory! So…Chime right on in, Canadians! As for the rest of us, it’s just another Overnight Open Thread!

Bangalore Torpedoed! OOT

by coldwarrior ( 119 Comments › )
Filed under OOT, Open thread at October 25th, 2014 - 8:00 pm

They went that a way!  —->

This is one of those times when I wish I could be the eye in the sky. A comedy of errors! If this were one of Mrs Coldwarrior’s Bollywood movies everyone would have broken into an extravagant song and dance number and the situation would have been all better!


Brother, can you spare some rupees?

Traffic snarls: Competitors had to battle traffic congestion and angry drivers.Traffic snarls: Competitors had to battle traffic congestion and angry drivers. Photo: AFP

For professional runners on the international long-distance circuit, a marathon in the city of Bangalore must have seemed like a good idea at the time.

And why not?

The city of 9 million people is, after all, a gleaming metropolis famed as the “Silicon Valley of India”, the birthplace of multinational titans such as Infosys and Wipro.

Safety first: Security guards form a human chain in front of participants of the Bengaluru marathon.

Safety first: Security guards form a human chain in front of participants of the Bengaluru marathon. Photo: AFP

Little did the competitors who assembled at the start last Sunday know what was in stall for them as they leapt into action.

The trouble began almost as soon as Ethiopian marathon legend and Olympic gold medallist Haile Gebrselassie dropped the starter’s flag when a team of burly security guards refused to get out of the way, tripping over many of the elite runners who had been selected for pole position.

Others who managed to avoid being tripped over soon ran into trouble of a different kind.

While Bangalore’s municipal authorities might have been willing enough to host the event, city motorists fed up with endless traffic jams decided to ignore the signs and placards cordoning off the race route.

Not only was the course clogged with trucks, buses, cars and motorbikes, but competitors also had to fend off abuse from angry motorists shouting insults at them for causing such a disruption to their Sunday morning routine in the first place.

The leading runners probably felt secure enough following the pilot car to the finish line, when it too sailed off course, taking a wrong turn at the 16-kilometre mark and leading the runners for another four kilometres literally into the middle of nowhere.

“There were no officials on the road where we were supposed to take the U-turn,” one of the runners, Inderjit Patel, told The Times of India. “We were just following the pilot car.”

Realising they no longer had a hope of winning and abandoned by the pilot car, Patel and the rest of the ex-front runners were left to beg a few rupees from passers-by so they could catch public transport to the finish line.

“It was too late when we were told what had happened,” Patel said. “There was no point continuing the race. I am not bothered about missing the prizemoney, but disappointed that we had to suffer this humiliation.”

Another runner who got lost, Soji Mathew, told The Wall Street Journal that he had to ask people on the street for directions back to the course.

“Probably after the 15-kilometre mark we had doubts whether the route was correct as we saw only the full marathon hoardings. But then we were following the lead vehicle and at least nine of the runners lost their way,” Mathew said,

“We borrowed 30 rupees (56¢) from a few morning joggers to take a metro train to reach the station closest to the finishing line,” Mathew said.

One woman who was running the full 42.2-kilometre marathon managed to charge five kilometres in the wrong direction before race organisers managed to bring her back onto the course and point her in the right direction.

According to race organiser Dharmendra Kumar, the fiasco was the fault of a media vehicle that was part of the team leading the race that missed a crucial turn.

HA! Bite Me Yinz! OOT.

by coldwarrior ( 78 Comments › )
Filed under OOT, Open thread at October 20th, 2014 - 6:44 pm
Yinz never hadda chance, jaggoffs! :lol:
Pittsburgh voted as having the worst accent Updated: Monday, October 20 2014, 08:31 AM CDT By: KDKA-TV PITTSBURGH — The city known for steel, Super Bowl rings and repeatedly hailed as one of the best places to live has a more nefarious title: ugliest accent in America. Yinz might disagree, but Gawker’s “America’s Ugliest Accent” poll closed with Pittsburgh taking 54.32 percent of the vote. The Steel City won the title over Scranton, which had 45.68 percent of the vote. According to the website, 19,000 people voted in the final round. The NCAA-style bracket started several weeks ago with 16 cities around the country, including Pittsburgh, Scranton and Philadelphia. Pittsburgh also beat out Atlanta, Philly and Boston before taking the title.

After weeks of close contests and national debate, the fraught competition to decide America’s ugliest accent has finally come to a dramatic close. And the winner is that moonlit, magical city—the Paris of Allegheny County, the Venice of the Ohio Valley—Pittsburgh, City of Jagoffs.

By some unusual providence, our two finalists—Pittsburgh and Scranton—were from the stretch of land between Ohio and New Jersey that we call Penn’s Woods. The western steel town of Pittsburgh managed to make it out of the woods alive with the bloody body of Scranton in its raw mitt.

This was the first topic of the Saturday Lectures after all…

NCAA D1 Football Week 8 2014 OPEN THREAD and OOT

by coldwarrior ( 83 Comments › )
Filed under College Football, OOT, Open thread, Sports at October 18th, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Good Evening all! Its the D1 NCAA football OPEN THREAD AND OOT.


Lets look at the standings, shall we?

AP Top 25
1 Mississippi State (45) 6-0 1480
2 Florida State (12) 6-0 1415
3 Ole Miss (3) 6-0 1413
4 Baylor 6-0 1317
5 Notre Dame 6-0 1228
6 Auburn 5-1 1144
7 Alabama 5-1 1068
8 Michigan State 5-1 1015
9 Oregon 5-1 1014
10 Georgia 5-1 981
11 Oklahoma 5-1 935
12 TCU 4-1 917
13 Ohio State 4-1 648
14 Kansas State 4-1 626
15 Oklahoma State 5-1 620
16 Arizona 5-1 590
17 Arizona State 4-1 459
18 East Carolina 5-1 449
19 Nebraska 5-1 402
20 Utah 4-1 305
21 Texas A&M 5-2 264
22 USC 4-2 258
23 Stanford 4-2 223
24 Clemson 4-2 188
25 Marshall 6-0 148

Mississippi State AND Ole Miss in the top 5 at the same time??? It is truly the end times as prophesied by Jimmy the Greek! Oh, and Army is at Kent this weekend. The hippies will be out in force.

Tim Tebow has found his thing, he is an analyst for ESPN now.  Had he agreed to move to tight end he’s be playing on Sundays.

The top 4 teams get into the playoffs.

12:00 PMNo. 14 Kansas State at No. 11 Oklahoma. OK is a 6.5 point fave at home against KSU. This is a classic Big12 matchup and a great way to start the day.

3:30 PMNo. 21 Texas A&M at No. 7 Alabama. The Aggies, who let me down YET AGAIN last week are to ‘Bama and they are 13point dogs. ‘Bama needs big wins to get back into the playoff hunt. I can see them trying to beat the spread and hang a big win against the Aggies.

3:30 PM UCLA at California. Carolina Girl’s Berkeley Bears are a touchdown dog at home against the bruins. UCLA beat this spread.

4:00 PMNo. 10 Georgia at Arkansas. Arkansas hasn’t won in the SEC in a coon’s age. They lost by one against ‘Bama last week and they looked really good. The Bulldogs are only 3 point favorites, the Razorbacks have been so close to getting off the Scnied. G loses and Arkansas gets their first SEC win.

4:00 PMNo. 15 Oklahoma State at No. 12 TCU. Cowboys versus Frogs. Evil exploiters and raisers of evil meat versus the dear protected lizards who love mother gaia. TCU are 12 point favorites. If I were to bet I would go against the spread. It seems too large.

7:00 PM Tennessee at No. 3 Ole Miss. Rain of Lead’s Vol’s are due due due for a big big big win. They are also 16 point dogs against the mighty Ole Miss Rebels (mighty ole miss rebels…it felt weird typing that). T was within one against Georgia…Sorry Rain. It aint gonna happen this week. That Ole Miss Defense is too good. But, 16 points…they can cover the spread.

8:00 PMNo. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Florida State. Rix’s Good Catholic Boys versus the Criminal Element. The winner of this game is guaranteed a playoff spot if they remain undefeated; this should be fairly easy to do as neither team has a ranked opponent left to play.  This game rests on that stingy ND defense and the Stout O line. ND is a nine point dog. They beat that spread and I hope they win this game.

10:30 PMNo. 23 Stanford at No. 17 Arizona State. Cardinal (You Bet Your Sweet Ass I am!) in the desert versus the Sun Devils. Cardinal are a 3.5 point favorite. You Bet Your Sweet Ass they cover!

We have a full plate of games today. That ND at FSU looks like it could be a great one. I would love to see the Golden Domers beat the criminals.


Lodge versus De Buyer Carbon Steel Cookware OOT

by coldwarrior ( 43 Comments › )
Filed under Food and Drink, OOT at October 12th, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Hey there football fans! :lol: tonight’s OOT is going to be a comparison between Tennessee’s own Lodge and the French Masters, De Buyer carbon steel pans.


Carbon Steel? Yes. Works like cast iron but isn’t as heavy. My kitchen is equipped with a full range of old school Griswold cast iron pans and a dutch oven. They are very heavy and can be difficult to work with if you need to keep the food moving (or have the mad writs-flip skillz) a 12 inch Griswold is a real piece of work. It’s a Heavy, indestructible, American style industrial beast. The smaller Griswolds  are lighter but they are still, well, heavy because they are made of Erie’s finest Iron. The other problem with Griswold cast iron is that it is getting rather expensive because the collectors (many who would never dare actually USE the skillets) are driving up prices. The Griswold cast iron is still my favorite.

So, why bother getting all carbon steel? Steel skillets are lighter, this way Mrs Coldwarrior and the babysitter can use them, because they are lighter they  heat up faster cool down faster and easier to move around. It is just as non-stick as the no stick pans on the market without the chemical cocktail and they don’t wear out in 2 years. Disadvantages, it heats up faster and cools off faster so better temp control is needed. They don’t hold the heat long like iron.

Carbon steel (like cast iron) needs to be seasoned for it to be non-stick. The Teflon or other coatings are not found in nature, flake off into your food (yum), and wear out after 2 years. A Griswold, Lodge, or De Buyer will last as a family heirloom. Once you get them ‘just right’ they stay that way with minimal effort.

Or, In the Words of Iron Chef…Hot Wok, Cool Oil, Food No Stick!


Essential reading from Lodge for cast Iron.

Essential reading from Lodge for Carbon Steel

Informative videos from Lodge

Directions from De Buyer

More From De Buyer


So, these two pans are different, the Be Buyer is smooth and the lodge is slightly rough. De Buyer machine polishes their cookware, Lodge does not. Thus far, both are equally non-stick.

The following pics are after 3 weeks of use. Both pans are built to withstand anything a commercial kitchen can throw at them. And, like cast iron, they age nicely. Keep them oiled up and they are as non-stick as any Teflon pan. I use a mixture of regular olive oil (not EVOO) and peanut oil. Worst case scenario, you can deglaze the pan with liquid, then wipe it with a towel, re-oil it, heat it up, and let it cool off then wipe away excess oil.


Do note the differences in texture.

The Lodge Carbon Steel:



Lodge Seasoned Steel

Lodge continues the tradition of quality American products with seasoned steel skillets.

Made in the USA out of 100% carbon steel, these skillets hang tough in professional kitchens as well as the campsite.

Just like our iron, we season them right at our foundry, so they’re ready to go!



The De Buyer Blue Steel skillet, the darker areas on the pan mean you are doing it right.



This is a professional quality, thick iron ACIER CARBONE range; undeformable, it is perfect for use on all intense sources of heat, including induction. The handles are firmly fastened with rivets. The utensils in this range are guaranteed coating-free. Like all iron fry pans, carbon iron utensils must be seasoned and become naturally non-stick the more they are used.

De Buyer also has an Element B series that I will try in a few weeks.

The iron MINERAL B ELEMENT fry pan: a 100% natural material with protective organic beeswax finish. It is guaranteed coating-free (no PFAO or PTFE). No added chemicals and made with an environmentally-friendly manufacturing process. Eco-friendly, recyclable and long-lasting product. The fry pan reaches high temperatures and quickly seals food, thereby preserving vitamins and nutrients. Ideal for Sealing, Browning, Grilling. Seasoning: the more you use the fry pan, the better it cooks. The blacker it gets, the less it sticks.

So, which pan do i like better? If i had to pick one it would be the old school Griswold Cast Iron. Between the De Buyer and the Lodge steel pans…its a tough call. The Lodge is American Made but i prefer the finish on the De Buyer. I’m sure after i get the Mineral B pan the decision will be even more complicated.

Its a great culinary investment no matter which pan you go with.