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(Yahoo)   Now I don't wanna say that the charges that got an IA state trooper fired after he complained about the Governor's limo speeding at almost 100 mph were trumped up, but I'm pretty sure they could bid "Boston " in a game of spades   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 65
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2013-07-17 05:16:51 PM
I'm not really sure what the headline means.

Anyway..

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2013-07-17 05:55:46 PM

blatz514: I'm not really sure what the headline means.

Anyway..


Spades is a card game, sort of like bridge. Boston means your partnership is strong enough to take all 13 rounds of play (tricks).
 
2013-07-17 06:05:30 PM

simplicimus: blatz514: I'm not really sure what the headline means.

Anyway..

Spades is a card game, sort of like bridge. Boston means your partnership is strong enough to take all 13 rounds of play (tricks).


Knew it was a game, just unfamiliar with the terms.

But thanks!
 
2013-07-17 06:15:42 PM
it'z more than a feeling
 
2013-07-17 06:16:14 PM
Lot of Iowa stories lately....new tag in the works?
 
2013-07-17 06:18:08 PM

simplicimus: Spades is a card game, sort of like bridge. Boston means your partnership is strong enough to take all 13 rounds of play (tricks).


Bridge?

Whist or Oh Hell?  or even hearts?

Bridge?
 
2013-07-17 06:22:18 PM
Awww shiat, Terry's mustache won't like the blowback on this...
 
2013-07-17 06:23:51 PM
Who doesn't like a games of spades?

i44.tinypic.com
 
2013-07-17 06:24:19 PM
Those drugs are going to deliver themselves. With the head of the Zetas in jail is literally a race to prove you're the fastest.
 
2013-07-17 06:26:18 PM

BitwiseShift: Those drugs are going to deliver themselves. With the head of the Zetas in jail is literally a race to prove you're the fastest.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-07-17 06:31:47 PM
People weren't joking when they told him it was a career limiting move.
 
2013-07-17 06:32:48 PM
Ignore the terrible headline and read the story.  Terry Branstad has always felt that he and his family were above the law.  Just ask his son.
 
2013-07-17 06:34:47 PM

NkThrasher: simplicimus: Spades is a card game, sort of like bridge. Boston means your partnership is strong enough to take all 13 rounds of play (tricks).

Bridge?

Whist or Oh Hell?  or even hearts?

Bridge?


Real men play Bridge and bid no trump while sipping whiskey.
 
2013-07-17 06:40:35 PM

Snort: Real men play Bridge and bid no trump while sipping whiskey.


On the scale of "Spades like games" I wouldn't go to bridge as the one people will actually have a clue about.


Also, real men play 'oh hell' where you lose your bid if you don't make it, exactly.

Nothing says dismay like taking all three tricks of the third round with a deuce-tre-four of hearts.

Whiskey is certainly encouraged here as well.
 
2013-07-17 06:42:54 PM

SurelyShirley: Who doesn't like a games of spades?

[i44.tinypic.com image 400x582]


I don't know if you can motorboat a game of spades, but I'll sure as hell try.
 
2013-07-17 06:44:36 PM
FTA:  State officials denied retaliation. A termination document said that Hedlund made "negative and disrespectful" comments in emails about DCI Director Chari Paulson, addressed her disrespectfully during a conference call, and drove his vehicle on a vacation day. It noted he had no prior discipline.

"Sure, he's gone 25 years without a single disciplinary incident, but, somehow, we fired him because he was pissed at being told that the law doesn't really apply to the rich and powerful - oh, and he drove his vehicle on a vacation day. But, no, his abrupt termination had nothing to do with the fact that he dared to speak against the rich and powerful."
 
2013-07-17 06:46:18 PM
So a cop has a trumped-up charge leveled against him, ruining his life for "forgetting his place"? Oh, the delicious irony!
 
2013-07-17 06:46:53 PM

NkThrasher: simplicimus: Spades is a card game, sort of like bridge. Boston means your partnership is strong enough to take all 13 rounds of play (tricks).

Bridge?

Whist or Oh Hell?  or even hearts?

Bridge?


Spades is Bridge where spades are always trump. Whist is apt. Don't know what Oh Hell is. Hearts? I don't think that's close.
 
2013-07-17 06:54:55 PM

SurelyShirley: Who doesn't like a games of spades?

[i44.tinypic.com image 400x582]


Well, I was gonna write up a rant about how politicians should be held accountable to the same laws they write and hold us plebeians to but forgot what I was gonna say....
 
2013-07-17 07:00:44 PM

simplicimus: NkThrasher: simplicimus: Spades is a card game, sort of like bridge. Boston means your partnership is strong enough to take all 13 rounds of play (tricks).

Bridge?

Whist or Oh Hell?  or even hearts?

Bridge?

Spades is Bridge where spades are always trump. Whist is apt. Don't know what Oh Hell is. Hearts? I don't think that's close.


Spades, hearts, oh hell, and bridge are all whist-type games.


Spades is bid whist with spades always trump.  The bid process is nowhere near as complicated as bridge.

Oh Hell is bid whist where you make exactly your bid to gain points, also typically it is played in 13 rounds with the first having one card per player and the 13th being the entire deck.

Hearts is evasion trick taking, but still in the family.
 
2013-07-17 07:01:33 PM
I've played quite a bit of Spades.
Never heard of 'Boston'.
Or partnerships.  Everybody was out for themselves.
 
2013-07-17 07:03:02 PM
Terry's no slouch when it comes to nepotism and being "above the law". In 1991 his son killed two people in a traffic accident. It was readily apparent to a range of witnesses that he was driving drunk; he received only a simple $15 traffic ticket. That's not the only time his son received leniency for delinquent actions, but it's the most egregious. Iowa's long, sad history of "good ol' boy" law enforcement plays a big part in that. There's no county mountie in the state that would dare ticket ol' Braindead or his clan.

http://blog.operation-nation.com/2010/06/07/branstad-for-governor-io wa s-terry-branstad-tough-on-crime-if-it-doesnt-involve-his-family.aspx
 
2013-07-17 07:04:03 PM
Only in America does a cop get fired for doing his f%$#ing job. And people wonder why we have a problem with law enforcement officials. You can't have a good police force IF YOU FIRE ALL THE NON-CORRUPT COPS.

Reading the news shouldn't make me feel like Lewis Black after four pots of coffee.
 
2013-07-17 07:07:22 PM

Vkingbanna: I've played quite a bit of Spades.
Never heard of 'Boston'.
Or partnerships.  Everybody was out for themselves.


It's more of a Bid Whist thing than a Spades thing.  When I started playing spades in the Army only a few other people had heard of it.  I knew it from growing up with Whist and Oh Hell.

Free-For-All spades can be fun, but it loses a bit of the manipulation aspect where you can play your opponents against each other if they aren't good at keeping track of what has been played.
 
2013-07-17 07:09:56 PM

Vkingbanna: I've played quite a bit of Spades.
Never heard of 'Boston'.
Or partnerships.  Everybody was out for themselves.


Must be a NYC variant we play. Bid Boston for all tricks, bid nil for taking no tricks at all. minus 100 for failing to make the bid, and minus 10 for each trick over the bid, plus 2 against 2 partnerships.
 
2013-07-17 07:19:59 PM
Let me correct myself: it's minus 10 points for each trick under bid, and only one of the partners has to go nil.
 
2013-07-17 07:20:08 PM

simplicimus: Must be a NYC variant we play. Bid Boston for all tricks, bid nil for taking no tricks at all. minus 100 for failing to make the bid, and minus 10 for each trick over the bid, plus 2 against 2 partnerships.


Might be a New York State or north eastern thing, my family in upstate plays close to what you describe for spades.  However instead of -10 for tricks over bid they do the military spades 'bags' counter for over your bid, each trick over bid adds 1 'point' to your total called a bag, at 10 'bags' you drop 100 points.
 
2013-07-17 07:21:11 PM

simplicimus: Let me correct myself: it's minus 10 points for each trick under bid, and only one of the partners has to go nil.


Oh, yep, maybe that is a NYC thing.
 
2013-07-17 07:41:54 PM
This is a terrible confusing headline which completely takes away from the story that a guy was fired for not being the governor's b*tch.

Something is wrong in this country when stuff like this happens. I mean seriously what does a politician have to do to get arrested or reprimanded? Literally kill a baby on national television?
 
2013-07-17 07:59:32 PM

bdub77: This is a terrible confusing headline which completely takes away from the story that a guy was fired for not being the governor's b*tch.

Something is wrong in this country when stuff like this happens. I mean seriously what does a politician have to do to get arrested or reprimanded? Literally kill a baby on national television?


I believe the usual requirement is that the politician be caught with either a dead girl or a live boy.
 
2013-07-17 08:09:23 PM

bdub77: Something is wrong in this country when stuff like this happens. I mean seriously what does a politician have to do to get arrested or reprimanded? Literally kill a baby on national television?


Would that be on MSNBC or Fox News?
 
2013-07-17 08:37:10 PM

simplicimus: Vkingbanna: I've played quite a bit of Spades.
Never heard of 'Boston'.
Or partnerships.  Everybody was out for themselves.

Must be a NYC variant we play. Bid Boston for all tricks, bid nil for taking no tricks at all. minus 100 for failing to make the bid, and minus 10 for each trick over the bid, plus 2 against 2 partnerships.


The name may be. All 13 tricks in spades is "grand slam" in Texas.
 
2013-07-17 08:39:41 PM

Vkingbanna: I've played quite a bit of Spades..  Everybody was out for themselves.


You've been in jail too, huh?
 
2013-07-17 08:45:40 PM
Love all the Branstad hate.
When you are being driven by a State Trooper, and you're in the far back seat and working on your laptop, do you monitor the speedometor?
 
2013-07-17 09:07:44 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

/why yes, I'm from Michigan, how'd you ever guess?
 
2013-07-17 09:16:18 PM

mccallcl: So a cop has a trumped-up charge leveled against him, ruining his life for "forgetting his place"? Oh, the delicious irony!


Normally I would be right there with you, but this situation is the exact opposite of what I want to see. Good cops getting fired for doing the right thing while asshole pigs get "paid administrative leave" for excessive force and what amounts to murder? This is bullshiat. If I were this cop, I would probably go out like Dorner.
 
2013-07-17 09:18:40 PM

simplicimus: blatz514: I'm not really sure what the headline means.

Anyway..

Spades is a card game, sort of like bridge. Boston means your partnership is strong enough to take all 13 rounds of play (tricks).


So your partnership would be.....

*shades*

Boston Strong.

/riff and scream
 
2013-07-17 09:20:55 PM

Twitch Boy: [upload.wikimedia.org image 250x244]

/why yes, I'm from Michigan, how'd you ever guess?


"Euchre" is German for "fast".
Or "pay up, sucker", or something like that.

/Played a metric shiat-ton of spades in the service
 
2013-07-17 09:27:04 PM

SurelyShirley: bdub77: Something is wrong in this country when stuff like this happens. I mean seriously what does a politician have to do to get arrested or reprimanded? Literally kill a baby on national television?

Would that be on MSNBC or Fox News?


Well no one would believe it was real if CNN was reporting it.
 
2013-07-17 09:27:37 PM

Badafuco: Vkingbanna: I've played quite a bit of Spades..  Everybody was out for themselves.

You've been in jail too, huh?




Played a lot of spades in the Air Force. A lot.
 
2013-07-17 09:40:47 PM
Maybe he was getting too close to the truth in the murder case of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook.
/Lots of hinky things going on in association with that investigation.
 
2013-07-17 09:55:04 PM
All politicians think they're above the law and the common people that elected them - from Obamalamadingdong down to dog catcher or in this case dog killing cop killers.
 
2013-07-17 09:56:53 PM

Spirit Hammer: Love all the Branstad hate.
When you are being driven by a State Trooper, and you're in the far back seat and working on your laptop, do you monitor the speedometor?


The one person to defend Branstad can't spell speedometer.  Seems about right.
 
2013-07-17 10:30:35 PM
How bout that.

media.theweek.com
 
2013-07-17 10:58:27 PM

SurelyShirley: Who doesn't like a games of spades?

[i44.tinypic.com image 400x582]


My wife and her BBC boyfriend got a kick out of that pic.

/Nothing obscure on fark right?
 
2013-07-17 11:23:07 PM
We call it 'shooting the moon' instead of Boston. The counterpart is 'nil', in which I bid I can take no tricks on purpose, and the fairly rare 'blind nil', in which I bid I can do that without looking at the cards first.

When we played teams we bid for our separate play, though, not for the team. So one partner could blind nil and the other could shoot the moon. Which we did occasionally, because we had a set of signals that mortal men could not spot.
 
2013-07-17 11:47:58 PM
Played a lot of spades in the Army. We called it 'going Boston'. Confused the hell out of me the first few times until I figured out how to play the game. Actually pulled it off a couple of times, but never, ever team up with the dick Corporal from the other squad who will drop your ass for push-ups if you don't make your bid. It's kind of difficult to play from the front leaning rest.
 
2013-07-18 12:05:30 AM

Twitch Boy: [upload.wikimedia.org image 250x244]

/why yes, I'm from Michigan, how'd you ever guess?


Your Bowers were showing
 
2013-07-18 12:25:18 AM
I understand the Governor had Heidi Fleiss in the vehicle at the time.
 
2013-07-18 12:40:57 AM
I made a presumption about party affiliation, and gosh darn it, I was right!!
 
2013-07-18 12:48:29 AM

ComicBookGuy: I made a presumption about party affiliation, and gosh darn it, I was right!!


Any justification for another cookie, fatty.
 
2013-07-18 01:37:41 AM
Yeah, when they want to get rid of you they'll look for any reason. I once got fired for using vacation leave to attend my grandfather's funeral instead of bereavement leave. I had won the ceo's 'president's award' from that fortune 500 company the prior month. But after they changed reporting structures so that i reported to a boss who got a bonus if i didn't do my repair job well forcing customers to buy new equipment, i was canned. Sucks but that's the way they'll do ya.
 
2013-07-18 03:28:35 AM
That is pretty sad.
It just goes to show what farking retards Iowans are for electing a dickwad.
And not "impeaching" him now you know what a dickwad he is.

/And don't ask me what dickwads got elected in my state.
 
2013-07-18 04:50:15 AM
In 1978 I was logging 85 mph south of Kingsville when  State Trooper pulled up behind me.  I thought I was sunk, but he just waved me to the side of the road, and a minute later a Rolls Royce Phantom Phaeton IX carrying Prince Charles to the ranch of Ambassador Anne Armstrong whipped by me at 125+.

Some years later Vice President Bust passed through town on a weekend bird hunting trip, and they blocked off the whole freeway.  Mine was one of many hundreds of cars pulled over, and I clocked the Vice President's motorcade at 2:14 over 4 measured miles, for an average of 104 mph.

I also see police driving 100+ as a routine matter.
 
2013-07-18 08:19:19 AM
Now, I don't want to say that this is a repeat but....
 
2013-07-18 08:46:04 AM

jj325: Spirit Hammer: Love all the Branstad hate.
When you are being driven by a State Trooper, and you're in the far back seat and working on your laptop, do you monitor the speedometor?

The one person to defend Branstad can't spell speedometer.  Seems about right.


I'm not going to defend our good governor, but he wasn't driving.  What really lights a file under for me is the casual responses he gave in reaction.  It was a totally I had no idea, but I trust their judgment and driving skills.  It apparently still hasn't occurred to him that maybe he should come out and say "yeah, we should all obey the same laws".
 
2013-07-18 11:53:47 AM

StoPPeRmobile: Badafuco: Vkingbanna: I've played quite a bit of Spades..  Everybody was out for themselves.

You've been in jail too, huh?

Played a lot of spades in the Air Force. A lot.


I've heard the brand of Spades I played in the Army described as "Military Spades" or "Prison Spades".

I'm somehow not surprised that the two settings are connected by such a thing.
 
2013-07-18 12:06:26 PM
Who doesn't like a games of spades?

[i44.tinypic.com image 400x582]


My wife and her BBC boyfriend got a kick out of that pic.

/Nothing obscure on fark right?


Nope. That tat has meaning all to itself. Queen of Spades. I am sure most can figure that out for themselves.

/no the wife does not have one
//yet.
//kidding
 
2013-07-18 12:28:36 PM

NkThrasher: StoPPeRmobile: Badafuco: Vkingbanna: I've played quite a bit of Spades..  Everybody was out for themselves.

You've been in jail too, huh?

Played a lot of spades in the Air Force. A lot.

I've heard the brand of Spades I played in the Army described as "Military Spades" or "Prison Spades".

I'm somehow not surprised that the two settings are connected by such a thing.


If you're a midwesterner, you're likely playing "prison" spades. You shoot the moon when you get all 13 tricks, nil for none, and you play with partners. That's prison spades. You're also shooting the moon in Euchre (which I think they only play in jails in the midwest, haven't heard of it being played in prison elsewhere).

/played at least 2 games a day every day on the school bus for lunch money
 
2013-07-18 01:05:34 PM
This bolsters my confidence in the strong leadership of our police forces. A quick determination was made to rid the force of an officer whose character was at odds with the established culture of law enforcement. We will all sleep safer tonight because of this heroic action.

/or not
 
2013-07-18 01:20:01 PM
"Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht said the governor's office played no role in Hedlund's termination."

Meaning:  There were no memos where a FOI request can reach them, but the boys know which side of their bread is buttered.

". . . following a 2 ½ -month personnel investigation launched days after he filed an April 29 complaint about Gov. Terry Branstad's SUV traveling 90 mph."

They searched for something for 2 ½ months, and this is all they came up with??  This officer must be the cleanest cop in the state.

Hope the cop sues them for plenty.  Not that Branstad would care -- it's not his money at risk.
 
2013-07-18 02:06:02 PM

HeFixesTheCable: If you're a midwesterner, you're likely playing "prison" spades. You shoot the moon when you get all 13 tricks, nil for none, and you play with partners. That's prison spades. You're also shooting the moon in Euchre (which I think they only play in jails in the midwest, haven't heard of it being played in prison elsewhere).

/played at least 2 games a day every day on the school bus for lunch money


I've heard "shoot the moon" in Hearts as well, when you're trying to grab all 13 hearts and the biatch.  All 13 in Spades I've always called a boston, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone said they were shooting in any Whist like game if their intent was to take all the tricks in the hand.

I'm New English, I learned Whist, Oh Hell and Hearts in New Hampshire, Spades in the Army in Japan and Maryland.  All geographic distinctions blurr or disappear as soon as you're in the military setting though.  It ends up a huge mishmash of game rules.
 
2013-07-18 03:19:04 PM
Heh

This has been making the rounds on Facebook

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2013-07-18 05:10:38 PM
This is the kind of officer they should be keeping and promoting.   At the same time they should be disciplining other officers who saw the same infraction and did nothing.
 
2013-07-18 10:05:52 PM

NkThrasher: StoPPeRmobile: Badafuco: Vkingbanna: I've played quite a bit of Spades..  Everybody was out for themselves.

You've been in jail too, huh?

Played a lot of spades in the Air Force. A lot.

I've heard the brand of Spades I played in the Army described as "Military Spades" or "Prison Spades".

I'm somehow not surprised that the two settings are connected by such a thing.


In the version you played, did you and your partner bid and score separately, then add the separate scores at the end? It's the way we played in the Army. And we could do bids you can't in normal Spades, like one partner shoot the moon and the other blind nil.
 
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