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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 Be 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.




by Macker ( 264 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Communism, Golden Age of Hollywod, OOT, Progressives at October 10th, 2014 - 8:00 pm

This amusing mashup is brought to you by Weasel Zippers’ Purple Penguins thread, where John Barleycorn quipped:
. . . . . . . . . .WILL BE A SPORT.

Gee, how many points for bagging Обама?
Let The Overnight Open Thread commence!

A Open, Overnightly

by coldwarrior ( 20 Comments › )
Filed under OOT at October 8th, 2014 - 9:24 pm

And a promise…I’ve been comparing Lodge versus De Buyer carbon steel pans…look for a write up this weekend yinz foodies!

Lunar Eclipse OOT

by coldwarrior ( 11 Comments › )
Filed under Astronomy, OOT at October 7th, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Heads Up!


Lunar Eclipse OOT, from our friend’s at Spaceweather.com


DON’T MISS THE LUNAR ECLIPSE: On Wednesday morning, Oct. 8th, there will be a total lunar eclipse. Sky watchers in the Americas, Australia and most of Asia can see the full Moon turn red as it passes through the sunset-colored shadow of Earth: visibility map.


The show begins at approximately 9:15 UT (2:15 a.m. PDT) when the Moon makes first contact with the core of Earth’s shadow. Totality, when the Moon is fully shadowed, begins at 10:25 UT (3:25 a.m. PDT) and lasts for nearly an hour. Resources: NASA video, animated eclipse, live webcast.

Time for an OOT

by coldwarrior ( 27 Comments › )
Filed under OOT at October 6th, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Dial it back a notch or two and lets enjoy an OOT.

Aim High OOT

by Macker ( 25 Comments › )
Filed under Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, John F. Kennedy, Military, OOT, Ronald Reagan, U.S. Air Force at October 5th, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Here’s the new US Air Force commercial….

Now, name the individual or individuals who are NOT in this ad! After completion, partake of The Overnight Open Thread!

Glorious Ankle Breaking of the Revolution!

by coldwarrior ( 72 Comments › )
Filed under JUCHE!, North Korea, OOT, Open thread at October 1st, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Greetings! Oh Most Glorious JUCHE!!! Our bounty is so plenty that diseases of gluttony have arisen! Our Glorious Leader shows us the way! Yes, Comrades! Our fearless leader has the Gout and broken ankles!

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has piled on so much weight that he has fractured both his ankles and remains in hospital after an operation, according to reports.

The leader of the impoverished nation is estimated to have ballooned to 20 stone as a result of fine wining and dining – putting enormous pressure on his feet and legs.

Kim is believed to have sprained then fractured his ankles during a gruelling tour of military bases and factories in shoes with Cuban heels to give him a little more height and a physical appearance of more authority.

“He has become noticeably overweight since he came to power,” said the un-named intelligence official.

In a clip from North Korea’s Central TV, shown recently, Kim was seen limping when he visited a government establishment, but the date of he appointment was not known.

There have been earlier suggestions that Kim’s obesity and binge drinking have brought on gout which confined him to his residence for several days.

Let us be like him and wine and dine on the OOT!

AYE!!!! ’tis a Diseased OOT!

by coldwarrior ( 67 Comments › )
Filed under OOT, Open thread at September 30th, 2014 - 9:39 pm

Enough Ebola…have a wee Inbred Fever!

Scottish fact of the week: Scots terms for diseases

“A girl on her arrival was asked whether she had had the smallpox. ‘Yes mem, I’ve had the sma’pox, the nirls, the blabs, the scraw, the kinkhost and the fever, the branks and the worm.’” – Dean E.B Ramsay, Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character (1864)

If you recognised any of those terms then you, or your family must be Scottish, for those of you that didn’t here’s a handy guide to Scots terms for diseases:

Ablepsy – Blindness

Apoplexy – Paralysis due to a stroke

Bellythraw – A common term for Colic.

Blabs – Chickenpox or nettlerash (A blab is a bubble or a drop of liquid)

Boat cough or stranger’s cold – Terms used on St Kilda for either the common cold or influenza, outbreaks of which would follow the arrival of a vessel from the Outer Hebrides.

Branks – Mumps

Canine Madness – Rabies, hydrophobia

Chilblain – Swelling of extremities caused by the cold

Croup – Laryngitis, diphtheria, or strep throat

The good wife – Smallpox

Grandgore or glengore – Syphilis (From Old French, grand gorre – great pox)

Gulsoch – Jaundice (gule for yellow and suht for disease)

Haingles -Influenza (to haingle is to hang around feebly)

Inbred fever – Various chest diseases, including bronchitis and tuberculosis

Jaw pish – Urethitis

Kinkhoste – whooping cough (to kinke is to suffer a coughing fit)

Knot in the pudding – a strangled hernia

MacDonald’s disease – A kind of chest infection that was supposedly only curable by the touch of a member of the MacDonald Clan, it is not understood where these mythical healing powers came from or where the legend arose.

Meserlie, meselne or messall – Leprosy (from the Latin miser meaning wretched)

Mort Cauld – A severe cold

Nirls – Measels (A nirl is a small lump)

Phtisik or teesick – Any wasting disease

Ripple – Gonorrhoea

Rose Cold – Hay fever or allergy

Rush fever – Scarlet fever (A rush is a rash)

Scaw – Any scaly skin disease.

Screws – Rheumatism

Scrumpox – Skin disease, impetigo

Stourie lungs – Name given in Fife and the Lothians to pneumoconiosis, aka black lung, a disease miners suffered from exposure to inhalation of coaldust.

Sweating Sickness – Infectious and fatal disease common to Scotland in 15th century

Worm Toothache, colic or any other ailment believed to be caused by a worm.

Ydrope or ydropesie – Dropsy.

So, unknot yer pudding and enjoy the OOT.