Friday Open Thread – January 4th

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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120 Responses to Friday Open Thread – January 4th

  1. ZurichMike says:

    So much “cheery” news to start the year. I’m already depressed — and Obama still has 4 years+ to continue swinging the wrecking ball of fascism through the land.

    • stellap says:

      Happy New Year, Mike! It is certainly difficult to have a positive outlook these days, isn’t it? The dark days of January are difficult any year, but this one must take a prize.

  2. lovemygirl says:

    The fight for the Second Ammendment begins unexpectedly this morning. The Lame Duck session is pushing for a vote right now, by the end of this day!

    CALL BEFORE IT REACHES YOU. Defeating this early is key to a National Ban.
    To reach the main line for the Illinois General Assembly, please call 217.782.2000.

    HB 815 amendment 1 & 2 and HB 1263 amendments 5 & 6 were passed out of the Illinois Senate Public Health Committee last night, advancing to the full Senate floor for a debate and possible approval later today.
    As we highlighted yesterday, the legislation would ban a plethora of firearms including semiautomatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns, and pump action shotguns, forcing residents to register them with State Police as a pre-cursor to confiscation.
    The two bills, which are being spearheaded by Democratic Senate leader John Cullerton and have a 50-50 chance of passage, would also severely restrict private gun ranges by placing them under government regulation.
    “If passed the bills would ban most all semi-auto handguns, rifles, and shotguns as well as pump rifle and shotguns. The proposed legislation would also close down most shooting ranges and clubs that are open to the public or conduct events open to the public. Included in the legislation is a ban on ammunition magazines with a capacity to hold more than 10 rounds, a requirement to register all guns and magazines with the Illinois State Police,” reports

    Please help stop this!
    Illinois Dems advance ban on most modern firearms

    Read more:

  3. ctdar says:

    VA Judge ruled that storm water runoff is not a pollutant therefore EPA can not regulate:

  4. ctdar says:

    Posted this late last night but thought worth reposting as it makes sense (High School is located directly between the Lanza home & Sandy Hook Elementary School); local papers reporting that CT officials deny that Lanza stopped first at HS shortly after 9am that day but left after spotting the regular police security cruiser detail.
    Soooo if true it proves that armed security is a deterant to criminals and dismantles the argument regarding gun free zones

  5. stellap says:

    Who is YOUR candidate for “Dupe of the Year”?

    • texan59 says:

      My only disagreement with this is that I consider a dupe as one who proceeds forth unknowingly. Buffett does this knowing what reality is.

  6. WeeWeed says:



    • texan59 says:

      If anyone out there thinks the left is gonna play nice since their boy got re-elected, you may want to rethink that position. I just love such cheery things in the morning. :evil:

    • ctdar says:

      Reading that article made me wonder about another blogger’s comment…by the Journal publishing private information (many other states have laws against publishing gun permit info) are they in fact facilitating possible crimes of stalking, robbery, etc? With the fact that the Journal did not publish info on any of those employed that have permits, does it have any liability should something occur to any of those 40000 people who’s lives have been unexpectedly tossed in the spotlight.

  7. texan59 says:

    Dr. K gets it. “Return of the Real Obama” Happy Friday all. :D

  8. texan59 says:

    I Wanna Talk About Me – His Royal Highness Generalissimo Jawbone Ben Ghazi

    • texan59 says:

      I’m sure Ted has his bags packed ready to go to DC to help Uncle Joe on this. Prolly holding his breath waiting for the call. Anytime now…………. :roll:

  9. ctdar says:

    Gakkk damnt tx, you owe me box of screen wipes & new jug of eye bleach!
    Yes that creature is CT rep from upstate…however on the positive side I believe she was the only one from either House or Senate that voted against fiscal cliff.

  10. moe2004 says:

    Anyone else have friends and family members freaking out over their paychecks this week? My sister called me to whine about new taxes and health care costs, fool that she is. I asked her why she did not know about this, she thinks Obama speaks the gospel truth I guess. My guess is many people are not happy this week, seeing not just the evil rich are paying more. Elections have consequences and all…

  11. ytz4mee says:

    T.G.I.F !!!


    Well, it is not a pretty story….

    About 200 dead crows near Boston and there was a real serious concern about the Avian Flu.

    They had a Bird Pathologist examine the remains of all the crows, and he confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu, to everyone’s relief. However, he determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks and only 2% were killed by car impact.

    The city then hired an Ornithological Behaviorist to determine the disproportionate percentages for truck versus car kill. The Ornithological Behaviorist determined the cause in short order. When crows eat road kill, they always post a “look-out crow” in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger.

    His conclusion was that the lookout crow could say “Cah”, but he could not say “Truck.”

    Sorry, had to do it.

  12. ytz4mee says:

    Subway shooting in NYC, gunman shot and killed by transit cops. (second half of article).
    Funny how all the gun crime seems to happen in areas with strict gun control….. um, how many shooting deaths were there in gun-controlled Chicago last year????

  13. texan59 says:

    Is it just me, or does anyone else notice an eery resemblance?

  14. ThatOldGuy says:

    Hey. It’s Friday. And that’s cool because it’s the weekend (also, I’m new here, but I hear that the bar opens soon?).

    I’ve been listening Staind a lot recently. I just learned that the lead singer, Aaron Lewis, identifies as a constitutional conservative. This is cool because Staind was already my favorite band. It’s a good tune that briefly describes his life and goes a bit into his beliefs (including the pride he has for the US). It was not done with Staind. Among his many tattoos, DON’T TREAD ON ME is across his neck.

    Feel free to sing along to the video. The lyrics are below:

    (feat. George Jones & Charlie Daniels; George Jones’ parts have quotation marks around them)

    Well I grew up down an old dirt road in a town you wouldn’t know
    My pops picked the place up for fifteen hundred bucks back in 1964

    My grandfather was a drinker back in the day he put ‘em down
    But a war is known to change a man and the whiskey is known to change a man

    That’s not me
    I rarely drink from a bottle but I smoke a little weed
    I still live in the sticks where you wouldn’t go
    In a town of 1200 off an old dirt road
    And a country boy is all I’ll ever be

    Now it’s been 12 years since I sold my soul to the devil in L.A.
    He said sign your name here on the dotted line and your songs they all will play

    He set up shop on sunset, he put me up at the marquee
    He said “you wanna sell a million records boy, you better listen to me”

    He said “change your style, whiten your smile, you could lose a couple of pounds
    And if you want to live this life, you better lose that wife, do you need your friends around?”

    I said,
    No that’s not me
    Cause the biggest things in life are your friends and family
    And I like my jeans and my old t-shirts
    And a couple extra pounds never really hurt
    Cause a country boy is all I’ll ever be

    Cause Hank taught me just how to stay alive
    You’ll never catch me out the house without my .9 or .45

    I got a big orange tractor and a diesel truck
    And my idea of heaven is chasing whitetail bucks
    And as a country boy you know I can survive

    Now two flags fly above my land that really sum up how I feel
    One is the colors that fly high and proud
    The red, the white and blue
    The other ones got a rattlesnake with a simple statement made:
    Don’t tread on me,
    is what it says and I’ll take that to my grave
    Because this is me
    I’m proud to be an American and strong in my beliefs

    And I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again
    Cause I’ve never needed government to hold my hand
    And I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again
    Cause my family has always fought and died to save this land
    And a country boy is all I’ll ever be

    I love my country, I love my guns, I love my family, I love the way it is now.
    And anybody that tries to change it
    has to come through me.
    That should be all of our attitudes.
    Because this is America,
    And a country boy is good enough for me, son.

  15. michellc says:

    How far we’ve fallen, could you imagine even one of these dimwits understanding this conversation, much less actually taking the advice of a constituent?

  16. aliashubbatch says:

    So now a new excuse for why criminals commited their crimes is booze and that makes em victims:

    Also, will Weiner stand erect in the field of politics again?

  17. Josh says:

    “…current guidelines in England don’t suggest providing active care for babies born 22 weeks and 6 days or before. But when they put Maddalena on the scale, and realized that she weighed 1 pound — the minimum weight for a baby to be considered “viable” — they fought to keep her alive. Here’s the thing, though — Maddalena wasn’t 1 pound. A pair of scissors had been accidentally left on the scale, making it seem like she weighed that much.”

    Tiny Premature Baby Survives Thanks to a Pair of Scissors Accidentally Left on Scale

  18. Josh says:

    How low can we go?

    Swinging Happens
    Call it wife-swapping, call it creepy, but no matter what you call it, there’s no denying this alternative lifestyle is on the upswing.

    • WeeWeed says:

      Well, looks like we’ll see an upsurge in all the same things that happened the last time this was the “in” thing to do – steep rises is “social” diseases, abortions, spousal murder, just to get started…… divorce, bankruptcy.
      Just a really special pastime for all good families, don’tcha know.

  19. WeeWeed says:

    Here we go, kids!! Bar’s………OPEN!!!


  20. stellap says:

    This marvelous story was posted by tnwahm on Facebook:

    Mother and daughter (given for adoption) reunited when mom is nearly 100, and daughter is 82.

  21. Sharon says:

    Interesting to notice the priorities: remember when 15 months ago, he threatened to stop the Social Security checks if Congress didn’t capitulate on his debt ceiling demands? Now he’s threatening to remove all “debt ceiling limits” in the name of “Congress has to pay the bills they have authorized by passing legislation.”

    Doesn’t reveal anything new–just thought I’d ID one bit of evidence about his positions change.

    He sure wasn’t concerned about any obligation to pay the debts in August of 2011.

    • WeeWeed says:

      A question that I always have in these stories….. – if the perp is there merely to rob, why does he not just rob and get the hell out of there??? Why do they go after future victims??? I don’t get that – unless that’s exactly what they’re there to DO.

      • ytz4mee says:

        Exactly. I worked from home as well, with my homeschooled daughter with me. I *never* answer the door for strangers – only if I am expecting someone pre-vetted with a scheduled appointment.

        I can only imagine what would have happened had she opened the door ….

        In our old neighborhood, we had several instances of Obama’s sons coming up to doors during the day and trying them to see if they were unlocked, which we reported to the police. I now keep my storm door and main door both locked, at all times.

  22. ctdar says:

    Unbelievable; How bout its time to have the “broader discussion” of mental illness & it’s role in mass murder??

  23. howie says:

    Now…Chavez. I had a friend from Venezuela. He told me about the slums….Chavez minions. Now. He said that back when The Hulk…was a TV show that they did a promotion down there with a guy dressed and made up like The Hulk….Now….It caused a huge panic because the Chaveznistas in the Barrios thought it was real….We are dealing with the same disease here.g

  24. WeeWeed says:

    For our local law enforcement; with this weather (to which we are woefully unaccustomed) they’ve had an ugly day.

    • WeeWeed says:

      God Forbid whitey stand up and say enough already. MY peeps didn’t own slaves (as they were poor peasants and even back then that was an expensive proposition) nor do I. None of the blacks I know are slaves and the ones I DO know don’t give a rat’s ass about their own genealogy – being black is sufficient, I guess, to claim oppression.

      • stellap says:

        Three of my four great grandfathers fought in the Union army. My family never owned slaves; my forbears themselves slaved in the fields.

        ADD: The fourth great grandfather lived in Canada at the time of the Civil War. Do we get credit for any of this? NO.

        • WeeWeed says:

          I know of one of mine fighting for the Union – two that I know of fought for the Confederacy.
          Those are just the ones I have written records of. The two Southern boys were mercilessly treated in Union prisons and permanently maimed, I do know that.

        • ytz4mee says:

          My ancestors were Loyalists (“Tories”) who were forced to flee to Canada after being confronted by a violent mob, losing everything and having to start over. Had the British Army not fed these refugees, they all would have starved to death. The ships fleeing for the safety of Halifax were so overloaded that young children suffocated in the holds.
          The Treaty of Paris makes provisions for those who lost everything to restitution ….
          somehow, we’ve managed to “get over it”. I’m so sick of the non-stop whining and excuses for the never-ending shakedown.

          Article 5: Congress shall earnestly recommend it to the legislatures of the respective states to provide for the restitution of all estates, rights, and properties, which have been confiscated belonging to real British subjects;

          • stellap says:

            Small world, Ytz. My Canadian GGF was descended from a Loyalist, Thomas Taylor Ross. Fought for the Crown in the Revolutionary War, then fled to Canada. Was partially repaid for loss of land etc. by the British. The family stayed in Canada, except for my GGF and one brother, who moved to Michigan in the 1870’s.

      • WeeWeed says:

        From the comments….

        10. Herodotus Prime

        Reparations were tried while the Civil War was still on — by William Tecumseh (“War is Hell”) Sherman. That’s where the expression “40 acres and a mule” comes from.

        Republicans tried to codify such reparation efforts during Reconstruction, but Democratic president Andrew Johnson vetoed those efforts. One of the reasons he was impeached was because of Republican ire at his vetos.

        I think the Democratic party should pay these reparations.

        Then, in turn, the African-American community should take that money and pay it back to the descendants of non-slave-owning and non-racist whites and other innocent ethnicities. The reason this should happen is because a trillion or more dollars have been spent in mostly futile efforts to improve the lot of the black underclass. We (the general American tax-paying public) want our money back.

        • ytz4mee says:

          Yep. As a non-American, when they start in about this, I readily agree that the original slaves were brought here against their will, ergo, any “reparations” needs to be tied to “repatriation” to be fair. Most readily agree, until I explain that “repatriation” means returning to their home of origin. Oh, noes! No way they be going back to A-fr-ica!
          All of a sudden, the US isn’t such a bad place to live after all…

          Every. time.

    • WeeWeed says:

      We do, too. Hopin’ he’ll walk the walk. He’s been a senator one day, now. Maybe he won’t get infected for awhile.

  25. ctdar says:

    thought running thru unruly traveler’s sauced out brain
    “I knew I should not have had that 12th drink!!”

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