Thursday Open Thread – December 27th

Tomb of the Unknown ChristmasOur 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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54 Responses to Thursday Open Thread – December 27th

  1. WeeWeed says:

    Friday-eve, again! Good morning, everybody! “Liberals Panic As They Lose The Gun Narrative”

    http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2012/12/26/liberals-panic-as-they-lose-the-gun-narrative-n1473885/page/full/

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    • Menagerie says:

      Good morning Wee. Glad you survived the weather and got home safe.

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    • elvischupacabra says:

      Meanwhile, Drudge just announced that Feinstein is going after a more robust “assault weapons” (i.e. scary-looking gun with hi-cap magazines) ban, than the one Bubba Clinton signed. Included is the requirement to register and place restrictions upon “grandfathered” weapons. From her website:

      “Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:

      Background check of owner and any transferee;
      Type and serial number of the firearm;
      Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
      Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and
      Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration”

      Find ‘em… fix ‘em… take ‘em. That’s their end game.

      Sons-of-b!tches. All of them.

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    • canadacan says:

      I love you we weed. I wanted to mention this article myself and I am somewhat handicap because I have to do everything on my phone
      I think it speaks to the average American more ways than you can imagine. I was pleasantly surprised on Christmas day when I got into a discussion of this armed guards in schools. a couple of very liberal friends came out in favor of it. I like to think the tide is turning. your average garden variety All American is not on the same page is fine fine

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  2. cajunkelly says:

    ‘mornin Treepers!

    Now here’s a total wacko… posed as an uncle to the Lanza boys??? :shock:

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/jonathan-lee-riches-violated-687543

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    • texan59 says:

      This stuff’s always funny to the hoi polloi until the tables get turned on themselves. Mornin’ all. :D

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    • ctdar says:

      Per a comment: one journal employee was found to have a permit but conveniently left off the map by paper? hope lawyers pick that up as intentional (paper knowing info could cause harm to those they outed)

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    • michellc says:

      The second comment:
      coastal elite:
      Except journalists and media members are valued members of society, whereas a gun owner’s parents failed them so horrifically they’ve been disturbed into overcompensation and pose a threat the safety of the nation.
      —————————————————————————————————
      Sadly this is what we’re up against.

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      • Arkindole says:

        The username “coastal elite” says it all. Sounds a bit like the user (or the user’s parents) have paid for a whole bunch of Freudian psychotherapy. Did ya see that “compensation” part….? Geeeze, that is sooooo bolt action.

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      • stellap says:

        Someone should ask “elite” which media member will come to his rescue if his house is broken into, or he is held up on the street (not unheard of in New York).

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  3. texan59 says:

    Apparently Chelsea Clinton is NOT ready to take over for David Gregory just yet. :lol:

    http://tiny.cc/tr7ypw

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  4. texan59 says:

    Mrs. Tex and I are celebratin’ our first anniversary of matrimonial bondages today. It has been quite a year. So far neither of us have:

    Called the cops.
    Broken any windows, or dishes.
    Put a hole in a wall or door with our fist, or the others head.
    Had to wear giant sunglasses to a family event.
    Disparaged the family heritage on either side.

    This has been quite different than my first rodeo. :D

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  5. texan59 says:

    A little history lesson.

    http://spectator.org/archives/2012/12/27/obamas-gop-tax-collectors/2

    “the tax collector for Barack Obama’s welfare state.”

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  6. Bijou says:

    Hi, folks! Hope everybody had a great Christmas!
    Here’s a video I got in an email yesterday. It’s my new “favorite”.
    If it doesn’t put a smile on your face and get your toes tappin’, check for a pulse:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=oXvJ8UquYoo&vq=large

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  7. Sharon says:

    Without education, we are in horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.” –G. K. Chesterton

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    • Josh says:

      Education has been declining for decades now. I’d love to see the teacher’s union done away with and the states take over the education of people that live there. Competition among the states. States rights…

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      • Sharon says:

        I take Chesterton’s comment (from another century!) as having validity regardless of the state of our “educational system”…..

        Most of those coming out of our educational system are not truly educated. My father, who had only an 8th grade, one-room schoolhouse”education” in the early 1900’s was an educated man.

        I do not read Chesterton’s comment as referencing how many years a person has gone to school, but as making a distinction between those who actually are educated human beings and those who claim to stand on a pedestal of “having a degree.” I can’t explain it very well.

        The common people, normal Americans often have more understanding than those with multiple degrees. We must not let people tell us what to think or what to do based on the fact that they may have gone to more years of school or have titles. Isn’t that the point of the quote? I thought it was. Maybe I’m wrong. Need to research it.

        I’ve known many who had advanced degrees who couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag. And on the other hand, some who have degrees are indeed brilliant people–but the degree itself didn’t make them brilliant. It informed and focused their natural abilities and gifts.

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  8. Sharon says:

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/germany-muslims-demand-indian-student-convert-to-islam-beat-him-and-slash-his-tongue-when-he-refuses.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Dawah in Eurabia — and what an attractive presentation for Islam these two Muslims made. Who wouldn’t have converted under the circumstances?

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  9. Sharon says:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/26/Consequences-of-Going-Over-the-Cliff

    This article lays out the reality that the country went over the cliff a long time ago, and it details–point by nauseating point–the nonsense and the trick accounting (IOW, dishonest) that has been used for years and years to either postpone actions that obviously needed to be taken or hide actions that were being taken that anybody with an ounce of common sense would know were destined to fail.

    We knew a man in California back in the 80’s who had, simultaneously, about 7 different checking accounts for his use in kiting checks/moving funds back and forth in a rather mad fashion over a period of many months. The purpose of the multiple accounts was to assist him in embezzling funds (the ultimate total was around a quarter million) from his employer. He served prison time. Makes perfect sense to me.

    Congress should go to prison. Investigations. Hearings. Charges. Trials. Guilty Verdicts. Prison. No lifetme pensions. No lifetime healthcare.

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  10. brutalhonesty says:

    Rumor going around that the rip victoria soto fb page was created dec 10
    screenshot of the page that showed the dec 10 date

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  11. ctdar says:

    Arrest made in Newtown Funeral Fundraising Fraud

    http://m.usatoday.com/article/news/1794713

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  12. 22tula says:

    We Need A Win Against Obama

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  13. brutalhonesty says:

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch & STLtoday.com
    File under “What Would You Do?” Nathan Weaver put a rubber turtle on a busy road near his campus. Then he watched as seven drivers swerved to deliberately run over the animal. Full story –> http://bit.ly/UbroGj

    2 hours ago • Associated Press5
    Clemson University student Nathan Weaver set out to determine how to help turtles cross the road. He ended up getting a glimpse into the dark souls of some humans.

    Weaver put a realistic rubber turtle in the middle of a lane on a busy road near campus. Then he got out of the way and watched over the next hour as seven drivers swerved and deliberately ran over the animal. Several more apparently tried to hit it but missed.

    “I’ve heard of people and from friends who knew people that ran over turtles. But to see it out here like this was a bit shocking,” said Weaver, a 22-year-old senior in Clemson’s School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences.

    To seasoned researchers, the practice wasn’t surprising.

    The number of box turtles is in slow decline, and one big reason is that many wind up as roadkill while crossing the asphalt, a slow-and-steady trip that can take several minutes.

    Sometimes humans feel a need to prove they are the dominant species on this planet by taking a two-ton metal vehicle and squishing a defenseless creature under the tires, said Hal Herzog, a Western Carolina University psychology professor.

    “They aren’t thinking, really. It is not something people think about. It just seems fun at the time,” Herzog said. “It is the dark side of human nature.”

    Herzog asked a class of about 110 students getting ready to take a final whether they had intentionally run over a turtle, or been in a car with someone who did. Thirty-four students raised their hands, about two-thirds of them male, said Herzog, author of a book about humans’ relationships with animals, called “Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat.”

    Weaver, who became interested in animals and conservation through the Boy Scouts and TV’s “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, wants to figure out the best way to get turtles safely across the road and keep the population from dwindling further.

    Among the possible solutions: turtle underpasses or an education campaign aimed at teenagers on why drivers shouldn’t mow turtles down.

    The first time Weaver went out to collect data on turtles, he chose a spot down the road from a big apartment complex that caters to students. He counted 267 vehicles that passed by, seven of them intentionally hitting his rubber reptile.

    He went back out about a week later, choosing a road in a more residential area. He followed the same procedure, putting the fake turtle in the middle of the lane, facing the far side of the road, as if it was early in its journey across. The second of the 50 cars to pass by that day swerved over the center line, its right tires pulverizing the plastic shell.

    “Wow! That didn’t take long,” Weaver said.

    Other cars during the hour missed the turtle. But right after his observation period was up, before Weaver could retrieve the model, another car moved to the right to hit the animal as he stood less than 20 feet away.

    “One hit in 50 cars is pretty significant when you consider it might take a turtle 10 minutes to cross the road,” Weaver said.

    Running over turtles even has a place in Southern lore.

    In South Carolina author Pat Conroy’s semi-autobiographical novel “The Great Santini,” a fighter-pilot father squishes turtles during a late-night drive when he thinks his wife and kids are asleep. His wife confronts him, saying: “It takes a mighty brave man to run over turtles.”

    The father denies it at first, then claims he hits them because they are a road hazard. “It’s my only sport when I’m traveling,” he says. “My only hobby.”

    That hobby has been costly to turtles.

    It takes a turtle seven or eight years to become mature enough to reproduce, and in that time, it might make several trips across the road to get from one pond to another, looking for food or a place to lay eggs. A female turtle that lives 50 years might lay over 100 eggs, but just two or three are likely to survive to reproduce, said Weaver’s professor, Rob Baldwin.

    Snakes also get run over deliberately. Baldwin wishes that weren’t the case, but he understands, considering the widespread fear and loathing of snakes. But why anyone would want to run over turtles is a mystery to the professor.

    “They seem so helpless and cute,” he said. “I want to stop and help them. My kids want to stop and help them. My wife will stop and help turtles no matter how much traffic there is on the road. I can’t understand the idea why you would swerve to hit something so helpless as a turtle.”

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  15. ottawa925 says:

    Kindergarten kids tell their version of how Jesus was born and facts surrounding same.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=ki8EcnVbd-Q

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  16. texan59 says:

    Just heard on FoxNews. Gen. Schwarzkopf has died.

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  17. Sharon says:

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/kevinglass/2012/12/27/aetna-ceo-obamacare-could-double-insurance-premiums-n1474677

    To provide all Americans with health insurance, premiums will have to rise to pay for it, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Wednesday.

    “If we’re going to insure all Americans, which is a worthy and appropriate cause, then somebody has to pay for it,” Bertolini said of the expected premium increases under Obamacare.

    HA! Somebody from the HHS is gonna be knocking on his door when they find out he’s going around saying WHAT NORMAL AMERICANS HAD FIGURED OUT ABOUT 36 MONTHS AGO.

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    • texan59 says:

      I told friend and foe alike this was coming. Don’t think for a minute that Teh Won didn’t know this too. This will be turned against the insurance industry to eventually eliminate them and go to a single-payer. You will hear all the price-gouging, profiteering pablum and there will be such an outcry from everyone who thought this was all gonna be free to get rid of the insurance vultures. Within 10 years there will be no more health insurance companies. Low-information voters. That’s all you need to change the world. :evil:

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      • WeeWeed says:

        Yepper, and just think of the next batch of illiterate clowns coming down the pike that’ll be 18 in 2016. They’ll have had Imam Jawbone half of their life and think it perfectly normal and fine for him to be dictator for life.

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        • texan59 says:

          By that time I’m sure I’ll be on a lifetime ban from FB, unable to impart the accumulated wisdom of watching stupidity for way too many years. Maybe I’ll just tell ‘em all that I quit and they can take care of my azz. :evil:

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      • Sharon says:

        Yup.

        Late Happy Anniversary to you and Mrs. Tex. I’m so glad you haven’t had to call the cops and haven’t broken much stuff. :) Hope you have a great next year of wedded adventure. (Hey….we know it’s not bliss all the time, but it can always be an adventure! ;) )

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        • texan59 says:

          Thanks for all the anniversary kudos. I guess part of the reason for a successful 1-year anniversary is that I work in Houston most of the time and she’s home at Rancho el Gordito (250 miles). I’ve yet to wake myself up snoring. :lol:

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  18. dmoseylou says:

    Be sure and also watch the SlideShow ~1/3 down the page.
    BRB—gotta go fry up a pound or so after watching this!

    Bacon Grease Soap Made From Leftovers By The Flint Crepe Co. Is The Ultimate Recycling

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/27/bacon-grease-soap_n_2370621.html?utm_hp_ref=food#slide=1886037

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  19. Sharon says:

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/12/muslim-doctor-whose-clinic-infected-dozens-with-hepatitis-killing-some-blames-anti-muslim-sentiment.html

    Muslim doctor whose Nebraska clinic infected dozens with hepatitis, killing some, blames “anti-Muslim sentiment,” applies for reinstatement

    Javed, 47, fled to his native Pakistan 10 years ago, when the severity of the hepatitis outbreak became known. His medical license in Nebraska was revoked. He surrendered his New York license.

    In Pakistan, Javed became a public health official and reportedly blamed the situation in Nebraska on anti-Muslim sentiment.

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  20. cajunkelly says:

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/12/27/man-dies-after-being-struck-by-7-train-in-sunnyside-queens/

    dammit, we’re gonna have to BAN those evil subways! :evil: Nevermind that this woman also showed signs of mental instability (same as last time, only this time the “pusher” was female), it’s those damn subways!

    Existing subways can be grandfathered in, but must be limited to 10 cars, and no automatic loading doors.

    Existing subways must be registered, operators must be fingerprinted and once one subway car dies, no new one can be purchased or transferred.

    It’s the humane thing to do.

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