Friday Open Thread – February 3rd

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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150 Responses to Friday Open Thread – February 3rd

  1. stellap says:

    Among other remarks, Ron Paul compares Hispanics to Jews in Nazi Germany:

    • Sheeesh…. Ron Paul really should drop the open and highly visible bigotry bit quick. I know his son is from Kentucky and relatively safe as far as conservative politics goes, but he could surely become the laughing stock if he keeps this up.

      It is one thing to have core values and beliefs that evolve into bias from experience with various ethnicities. But it becomes another thing alltogether when you allow those bias’s to influence your professional endeavors. Like it or not RP has to represent all of the various people within his district. Not just WASPS.

  2. stellap says:

    Happy Friday, Treepers! Have some coffee, and let us know what’s on your mind.

  3. stellap says:

    Hey Grunt – I hear you guys are supposed to get 2 feet of snow. You must be getting our ration as well as your own.

  4. loopyloo305 says:

    God bless you today! I like the gravatar collage, how did you do it?

  5. WeeWeed says:

    TGIF, peeps!! Doc on Trump endorsing Romney.

    • texan59 says:

      Gee, would I be surprised when dear leader begins to give each of these heroes a shout-out by name and address! Destroy them with good deeds and intentions. :twisted:

      • I think he should just cut to the chase, quit picking around the edges, and take the damn guys from ST-6 on tour with him. Load them in the Death Star busses and parade them in a travelling show to all 57 states.

        The Seal Team could hoist Obama on their shoulders and parade in to massive venues where they could stage a live reenactment for everyone. George Lucas could develop and direct the massive recreations with a symphonic orchestra providing the incredible soundtrack; And pyrotechnics, oh hell yeah, massive pyrotechnics to add emphasis and awe.

        They could name it the “Gutsy Call Tour”…..

      • freedom1781 says:

        Every time Obambi’s administration talks about ST-6, hubby’s blood pressure spikes. He usually yells at the t.v., too.

  6. zmalfoy says:

    Ohayo Minna! A Troubling update to a story featured in the Tree yesterday:
    The scientists drilling down to Lake Vostok have not been in contract for 5 days, not responding to any communications.

    *sigh* when will “smart” people learn from the likes of my paranoid self? . . .

    • WeeWeed says:

      Mine’s on…..


    • WeeWeed says:

      Also? That happened in the above mentioned book, as well….. :(

    • Yikes….. :( See. See, toldyaso. They encountered the organism that transforms into the life beings it encounters. They dipped their drill into earth’s hidden toilet bowl, covered for Millenia, now massive strains of bacteria and way scary organisms have been set free.


      • zmalfoy says:

        And it never occurs to these people that caution might be necessary. . . Like what the Phobos-Grunt Mission was supposed to do (before it crapped out)– let’s plant bacteria into a Martian Moon and see what happens over the next coupla centuries! What could possibly go wrong?!

        They’re all the sort of thing that, if written as a Sci-Fi novel, would be excoriated by reviews due to lack of believability that any group of people so smart could be so incredibly stupid. . .

        And then when folks like us dare question their logic and methodology, they get all defensive and High Church of Science on us. . .

        Trust the “smart ones” to bring about the end of our species . . .

  7. ZurichMike says:

    I was in Germany for an interview yesterday. It went very well. I like the company and the opportunity is fabulous.

    The other company (interviewed last fall) is still in a hiring freeze, although they indicated they want to hire me when the hiring freeze is lifted.

    It’s 10 degrees F (-12 C). I am baking a yellow cake with lemon pastry custard filling and a chocolate-lemon glaze. And a batch of brownies made with real Swiss chocolate (not that horrible stuff the rest of the world has to suffer through).

    Greetings from ZurichMike

  8. texan59 says:

    The Great One goes nucular on Mittens. Us Texans can’t even spell it, let alone pronounce it. :D

  9. Auntie Lib says:

    Morning, Treepers. Just saw the new jobless report. Unemployment down to 8.3% Economy strong. Why don’t I feel like popping the corks? I. AM. SO CYNICAL.

    Have a good day everyone!

    • Solaratov says:

      Of course, that’s the U3. The U6, however, is up over 16% – thanks to the 1.2million people who gave up and dropped out of the work force in December.

      But, don’t worry! D’OHbama’s got a plan! :-(

    • WeeWeed says:

      Yepper – droppin’ the yellow BS flag, I am!!


    • Patriot Dreamer says:

      The unemployment rate is “down” to 8.3%, huh. I guess that’s kind of like the chocolate rations going “up” in 1984.

    • stellap says:

      Yeah, sure. I will inject one good piece of news – our company is hiring 10 new employees, and replacing one who just moved to another company.

  10. texan59 says:

    Brian Terry’s mother to Holder “… are a….. coward.”

  11. GracieD says:

    Mornin’ y’all, Happy Friday!!

  12. Menagerie says:

    Look what some snotty brat (so what if he is 32) posted on my FB wall.

    Men Are Just Happier People —

    What do you expect from such simple creatures?
    Your last name stays put.
    The garage is all yours.
    Wedding plans take care of themselves.
    Chocolate is just another snack.
    You can be President.
    You can never be pregnant.
    You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
    You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
    Car mechanics tell you the truth.
    The world is your urinal.
    You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
    You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
    Same work, more pay.
    Wrinkles add character.
    Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.
    People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them.
    New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
    One mood all the time.
    Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
    You know stuff about tanks.
    A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
    You can open all your own jars.
    You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
    If someone forgets to invite you, He or she can still be your friend.
    Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
    Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
    You almost never have strap problems in public.
    You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
    Everything on your face stays its original color.
    The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.
    You only have to shave your face and neck.
    You can play with toys all your life.
    One wallet and one pair of shoes — one color for all seasons.
    You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
    You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife.
    You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
    You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives On December 24 in 25 minutes.
    No wonder men are happier.
    Send this to the women who can handle it
    And to the men who will enjoy reading it.
    Men Are Just Happier People

    • What do you expect from such simple creatures… not much
      Your last name stays put…. Thank god
      The garage is all yours…. and the house is MINE!
      Wedding plans take care of themselves…. you wish
      Chocolate is just another snack… No, it’s more pleasure than you can give me
      You can be President…. And have the grey to go with it
      You can never be pregnant…. and you wont get anybody else pregnant that’s for sure
      You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park… So can I
      You can wear NO shirt to a water park…. So can I
      Car mechanics tell you the truth…. LOL!!
      The world is your urinal…. just like most animals, nice comparison?
      You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky…… As if you would dare say no to me.
      You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt…. Neither do I
      Same work, more pay…. Less work, MORE pay :)
      Wrinkles add character….. say’s you
      Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100…. I get to keep it though
      People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them…. At least I have somethin to look at :)
      New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet…. Mine don’t either AND they are 7 inches high
      One mood all the time…. BOOOOORING
      Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat…. Cause nobody care what you think
      You know stuff about tanks…. Like I care
      A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase…. and it shows
      You can open all your own jars…. see above.. less work more pay sucker
      You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness…. You wish
      If someone forgets to invite you, He or she can still be your friend….. As if
      Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack…. So is mine, ever heard of Walmart?
      Three pairs of shoes are more than enough….Not in this world
      You almost never have strap problems in public…. are you complaining?
      You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes…. but we can
      Everything on your face stays its original color…. Booooring
      The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades…. LOL!
      You only have to shave your face and neck….. if you wanna make out you beter
      You can play with toys all your life…. So can I, and mine are better than you :)
      One wallet and one pair of shoes — one color for all seasons…. i find your lack of fashion sense disturbing ( darth vader voice)
      You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look…. and it still doesnt look as good as you think
      You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife…. Mine ARE a pocket knife
      You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache…. Big whoop
      You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives On December 24 in 25 minutes…. and it shows
      No wonder men are happier.
      Send this CORRECTED edition the men who can handle it
      And to the women who know its true.
      Women Are Just smarter People

    • Menage, I think that idiot needs to have “the talk.” And Tim Hawkins is the man to do it.

  13. GracieD says:

    Love Bill Whittle!

  14. JRD says:

    What do you make of this? It’s the Washington Compost, as Mark Levin would say, so you have to take it with a grain of salt.

    • barnslayer says:

      Cut gov’t spending meets Romneycare. Wacky meets business as usual. Guy Smiley teaming up with Brother Theodore…

    • First, they are both bigots of the highest order. Ron Paul and Mitt Romney have much in common. Not political stuff, but views of blacks, jews, hispanics, etc. etc. It is obvious they both hold the same ideological bigotry but for two different reasons.

      RP got his from being older, and being opposed to civil rights under the auspices that everyone should be allowed to descriminate as part of their abject freedom.

      MR got his from being a silver-spooner and having daddy smooth the cobblestones so his birkenstocks never got caught on the pavers. “I can’t have illegals working for me, I’m running for office for Pete’s sake”….. In Romney world niggers, chinks, wet-backs and kikes all have their purpose. Wet-backs do the ouside gardening, niggers do the inside cleaning and service items, chinks do the laundry stuff, and the kikes manage the bill paying and finances.

      Wives of both get along like peas and carrots.

    • Shalini says:

      Now they are saying they have backed down. Sigh! Conservatives never win, do they? Anyway, the cynic in me has an idea. Do you think they deliberately did this, so PP gets a huge money inflow which undoubtedly would be given to Obama campaign?

      Anyway, this is sick. I feel for all the people who donated to them in support of their previous decision. Will they give the money back to donors or is that money going to be given to PP as well?

      • Shalini says:

        Actually, it’s the unborn who lose everytime. When God decides to reveal His wrath in response to the cries of these innocent souls, these scumbags won’t know what hit them.

        1 O LORD, the God who avenges, O God who avenges, shine forth. 2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve. 3 How long will the wicked, O LORD, how long will the wicked be jubilant? 4 They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting.
        – Psalm 94: 1-4

    • G8rmom7 says:

      I was just coming on to post that Koman bowed to pressure and have now reversed their decision. I just don’t have the stomach to post the link. This is how 20% of the population rules over the rest of us. Sad.

      • Solaratov says:

        I just sent an email to the executive director of Komen in St. Louis – for what it’s worth:

        re-funding planned parenthood
        vladimir solaratov

        12:45 PM (0 minutes ago)

        to hwc
        Following your withdrawal of funding from the planned parenthood abortion industry, I had planned to begin donating regularly to you. I applauded your move to cut off money to an organization which is racist in its policies and is based on the eugenic – ie: ‘master race’ – theories of margaret sanger; and whose business consists of murdering the unborn children of 91.5% of its customers.
        However, I read in today’s news that you had made the patently political decision to restore funding to the planned parenthood abortion industry.
        Consequently, I have made the patently moral decision to not begin donating to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I feel that supporting the murder of unborn children in any way is wrong; and I refuse to voluntarily donate money that will be used – even in part – for that purpose.

        In the event that Susan G. Komen for the Cure decides to defund planned parenthood in actuality – and abide by that decision rather than bend to political pressure from abortion supporters and the abortion industry – I shall re-evaluate my decision in re donations to your organization.

        Thank you for the good work that you do

        I should imagine that the response to that will be a bid, “Meh.” Given that I don’t have political clout; or millions to lavish on them ala bloomberg.
        They made their bed. Let’em sleep in it.

      • Patriot Dreamer says:

        It’s a shame. Because we know that PP doesn’t actually do mammograms (very few if any). What they do is refer women to other providers who do mammograms. Not only that, but having an abortion actually increases a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer later on in life.

        • stellap says:

          Pregnancy seems to lessen your chances of getting breast cancer, and taking birth control pills does the same. I suspect women who have abortions interrupt the hormonal protection.

          • G8rmom7 says:

            Because the birth control pills works by tricking your body into thinking you are pregnant, so I imagine it has to do with the hormones that come along with pregnancy. When they are abruptly halted after an abortion, then something happens that increases the chance for breast cancer. I can’t remember the whole medical reason but it definitely has something to do with the hormones and the affect they have on your breasts. (which as mom of four I can say are substantial). :-)

          • barnslayer says:

            This site has a differing stance on birth control pills regarding cancer. They state a decreased chance of ovarian and endometrial cancer but a possible increase in breast cancer.

            • TXMom says:

              Absolutely, barnslayer! My oncologists said my breast cancer was estrogen related and most likely from taking birth control pills. They gave me strict orders to never again take anything containing estrogen. After surgery, they would not allow standard medication treatment because it had trace amounts.

  15. freedom1781 says:

    I saw this over at iOTW and had to post the link here. These are hilarious!!

  16. Under the Be Careful With Spell-Check category, comes this gem from a friend who teaches history at an H-town area community college. In a paper written by a student, the following appears concerning the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae:

    “They taunted their Persia [sic] enemies with yells of ‘Molar Labia’ to get them to attack…”

    She says that the kid is bright, but he just can’t spell and uses spell-check without checking the appropriateness of the suggested words. Oh, and he wants to be a doctor… Couldn’t tell, could you? :grin:

    • Next up: Cajun deep-sea shrimpers!

      “Oooooweeeee, Boudreaux! We’s a gonna gits us some ‘a dat big ol’ shrimp dey done foun’ out dere past da awl platfawms! No mo’ us ‘a gettin’ paid nuttin’ fo’ dem lil’ ol’ 16/20s! Naw-suh! We gawnna make us some real mawney!”

    • Patriot Dreamer says:

      Dat’s de biggest craw dad I ever done seen! :shock:

    • Yikes !!! Kill it with a flamethrower.. !!!!

      Those are the things hiding beneath all that Ice they are digging through :( Yikes. I don’t want more gigantic monster bugs on the planet. No. No. No.. kill em all. It’s supposed to be one the benefits of being atop the food chain.

  17. WeeWeed says:

    Air Force One Is Now Invisible


  18. Menagerie says:

    Here ya go Weed. Just so you have good nutrition.


  19. Solaratov says:

    Cannot even comment on this one……

    Except to say…Sorry, Washington. :-(

    • Patriot Dreamer says:

      The Dims and the teacher’s unions have a stranglehold on this state, and this is what you get,,, I’d like to say that I’m shocked, except I’m not. DS’s homework has been a lot of PC B.S., so it’s really no wonder that they don’t know anything.

    • They always forget that Russia borders the US. In winter, you can walk across from Little Diomede to Greater Diomede. It’s only about 3-4 miles. And yes, our international waters meet right along that little line, the International Date Line.

  20. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Jim Moran, Racist Pig

    Michelle is holding back, so let me add Marxist moron thug to the list.

  21. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Libraries fight ACLU over online porn

  22. Patriot Dreamer says:

    One Year Later, Another Look at Obamanomics vs. Reaganomics

  23. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Voter Fraud Is Major Election Threat Based on Recent Cases, Analyst Says

    But voter I.D. laws are racizz!

  24. National Prayer Breakfast

    Listen to Eric Metaxas (author of biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer) starting at about 35 minutes.

  25. Mississippi Most Conservative State, D.C. Most Liberal
    State patterns in ideology largely stable compared with previous years

    Washington is #4 at 26.4% lib. Only 26.4%? Really?

    • G8rmom7 says:

      Seriously…if in their most populated states, they still aren’t the majority. It’s amazing to me that they are able to control the narrative anyway…and we LET THEM! Infuriating.

      • WeeWeed says:

        The squeaky wheel gets the grease. We’re busy working. Protesting and raising hell is all they do, and always in front of a microphone or camera.

    • It’s because people don’t want to admit to being liberal. Plus the intelectually honest crowd only talks liberal, they live conservative.

  26. Blogger “Zombie” guest post at Watts Up With That?

    Terrifying new book about climate change

  27. JRD says:

    Did you know the White House has a Video Game Czar? LOL
    Constance Steinkuehler, says the job represents “an incredible opportunity to make good on the claim that games have real promise.”

    • This insufferable little box creator we call POTUS has more specific nuanced ideologues in charge of every aspect of progressivism. Have I ever mentioned how much I despise this White House Occupier.

      Spreading his community organization skills into every little sub-category of society.

      • “Little” POTUS is right. After all that’s happened, I’m aghast that there are still people driving around with Obama/Biden bumper stickers on their Priuses. I was behind an Acura MDX yesterday at a light, with assorted Christian oriented stickers, a pink Komen ribbon (of course) and a fresh Obama/Biden. It took all the restraint I had not to get out and go up to the driver’s window and say “You a$$hole.” And I’m not kidding.

  28. WeeWeed says:

    Tunes!! Tils, we need Tunes!!! :D

  29. America’s Most Miserable Cities, 2012

    Is it just me or are most of these cities run by a certain political party?

    • stellap says:

      Well, I’m about 1/4 mile north of Detroit, and about two miles west of Warren. I live in a older very liberal trendy community (home of the Green party and, until last year, host to Gay Pride). Our housing values are in the toilet. I have to say, though, that business has picked up significantly, at least from my viewpoint. They mention Flint and Detroit, but we also have Pontiac, Saginaw, and Benton Harbor – all disaster areas.

  30. WeeWeed says:

    Because the powers that be iz crazy, we shall play Crazy.

  31. WeeWeed says:

    Jerry Jeff!! If ya’s sensitive, this ain’t the one for you. ‘Night, y’all.

  32. Guys! Just got the daughter back through the howling blizzard, after her bartending job. She had her first Jihadi bar fight, and I missed it! I guess everyone was more smashed than usual, since the cops are too busy with accidents to care, and one of the regulars was there with his rowdy muslim girlfriend. She’d had a few too many absoluts on the rocks, which I hear is a favorite Islamic cocktail, second only to the Molotov. :roll: Actually not kidding about the vodka.

    So, a Sikh group comes in with turbans on, and one of the guys at the bar, stupidly but quietly, says “Look, the terrorists are here.” :roll: Obviously, Sikhs are not Muslim, but that didn’t matter to Muslim-Girlfriend, who started shouting across the bar at the guy who made the terrorist comment. “Hey, I’m Muslim, you pig! And I’m proud of it! Even though my Father will eventually get around to honor-killing me for dating a Christian man and drinking Swedish vodka!” I made that last part up, even though it may be true, one would think. So, not content to yell, she runs around the bar and, being 5′ 3″, jumps up behind the idiot and gets him in a choke hold, and proceeds to beat the crap out of his skull with her other fist.

    For something like 30 seconds, no one knows what to do but eventually, the boyfriend pulls her off him, and everybody starts yelling and the police are called, and she eventually bolts. Boyfriend is pretty embarrassed, but everyone else is cool, since they have stuff to talk about for the rest of the night! :)

  33. stellap says:

    Bars can be such entertaining places. You never know what might happen.

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