Wednesday Open Thread – January 16th

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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98 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread – January 16th

  1. Knuckledraggingwino says:

    Obama now has a pretext to become overtly involved in the Syrian civil war.

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/01/15/secret_state_department_cable_chemical_weapons_used_in_syria

    The reported gas attack makes no sense because Assad knows that using chem weapons will provoke US intervention. Given the capture of Lybian and Syrian chem weapon stockpiles by Islamicists rebels, a false flag attack seems far more plausible.

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  2. stellap says:

    Our Absurd Fear Of Fat

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/03/opinion/our-imaginary-weight-problem.html?_r=1&

    Guess I’ll have another piece of birthday cake!

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  3. stellap says:

    Walmart pledges a job to every honorably discharged veteran

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/walmart-pledges-job-veteran-article-1.1240546

    Of course, they are criticized for offering minimum wage, part-time jobs to returning vets, which “will do little to help returning military members get on their feet financially.”

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Well, I applaud them. I don’t see the whinin’/b!tchin’ crowd doing anything else to rectify the job situation. At least they’ll have this while they look for something they might prefer to do.

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    • Menagerie says:

      That’s the problem, excuse me, one of the problems with the entitlement mentality. First they want things given to them. Then what is offered is offensive and not enough.

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  4. stellap says:

    In the land of my forebears, they sure know how to live -

    Salmon fishing in the Tay: Beautiful pictures as fishermen enjoy the start of Scotland’s angling season with pipe bands… and lots of whisky

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262975/Salmon-fishing-Tay-Beautiful-pictures-fishermen-enjoy-start-Scotlands-angling-season-pipe-bands–lots-whisky.html

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    • Menagerie says:

      Sounds to me like I need to take up fishing! Strangely enough, I have always had a fascination for fly fishing, and wanted to learn it. I haven’t read the article, so I don’t know what type of fishing they are doing. It might have been the whisky word that caught my attention. :)

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      • texan59 says:

        It appears that they are doing regular ol’ redneck fishin’ with a lure. There are way too many of them catching fish that would normally be way too big for fly-fishing (I think). I’m not so sure I want a bunch of grown men in skirts blaring their bagpipes that early in the morning after a night of whiskey drinkin’ either. :lol:

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    • Bijou says:

      Great pics. Thanks for posting, Pat.
      To me, fly fishing looks like a lot of work. I think I’d prefer to just sit on a pretty boat with my line over the side and drown worms.
      The whiskey part still works, though. :)

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    • jordan2222 says:

      Last time I was in Scotland was in the month of July n the eighties and I damn near froze to death. Our rental car was robbed by some guy who only took a sweatshirt, leaving cameras, binoculars and all the good stuff behind. I guess he was pretty damn cold.

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  5. WeeWeed says:

    Hah!! Another of the pimp squad to resign….. wonder what HE’S gonna be replaced with????

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/16/interior-secretary-ken-salazar-leave-position-in-march-report-says/?test=latestnews

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    • texan59 says:

      I’m ’bout as excited to see that thug go as I was when I heard that “Dick Windsor” was leavin’ the EPA. He’s a thug. Now he’ll become a capitalist and make about $3-5M/yr. with some banking group. :evil:

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  6. texan59 says:

    I posted an article about this late last night. Boehner got lar-dass Christie his additional $50B in Sandy aid. Now he can shut his pie-hole and Teh Won will be a hero to all in the Northeast. 49 R’s and all but 1 d voted for this slush fund. Boehner broke the “Hastert Rule” to get this through. There went all those “savings” they all worked sooooo hard to get. :evil:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-01-15/one-year-tax-hikes-rich-promptly-spent-60-billion-sandy-relief-aid-bill-passes

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    • Menagerie says:

      Gee, this surprises me not any at all.

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      • Menagerie says:

        Add: the R’s aren’t even trying to pretend with us anymore, huh? But the next election they will haul the flag out and wave it in our (they think) blind faces.

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        • texan59 says:

          No they aren’t. I went with my head in the sand for a long time thinking that our guys were the good guys. Over the last 6-7 years my eyes have been opened quite a bit to discover that our side is giving us the same sh*t sandwich, but they put a slice of cheese on it to make it taste just a bit better feed it to us just a little bit slower. :evil:

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  7. texan59 says:

    “Why Things Just Work in Texas”

    From the author – “A native Texan myself, I’ve always been proud of my state, some might say “obnoxiously proud” but I prefer to think of it as a, “passionate conviction of liberty and general badassness.” :D

    “http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/77002/why-things-just-work-in-texas

    http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/77002/why-things-just-work-in-texas

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  8. texan59 says:

    “Post Office will cease to exist without bailout”.
    One of the few things the Constitution asked the gov’t. to do and they’ve lost $41B over the last five years. obamacare is gonna work sooooo well.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/15/Inspector-General-Postal-Service-Needs-Bailout-or-it-will-Cease-to-Exist

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    • Menagerie says:

      I wonder about us. Prior to the Revolutionary War, there was no internet, no radio, no TV. People had to want to be informed, and they did. They went to church, town meetings, the pub. Word traveled from town to town, and people were hungry for news, and they were so involved, so angry about the loss of freedoms, the insult to their dignity and self determination that they rose up and defeated a world power with supposedly all the advantages. Now we can’t get the reality show television crowd to step away from honey boohoo long enough to vote or call a senator. We are not worthy descendents of the heroes and heroines who founded this country, many of us.

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  9. ctdar says:

    New NRA ad directed at Obama:

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  10. ctdar says:

    Helicopter crashes after hitting a crane in London kills 2….how low was helicopter and how high was crane?? Hmmmmm

    http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-16/helicopter-crashes-near-thames-in-london-fire-service-says.html

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  11. ctdar says:

    Anybody else getting 503 error messages where YouTube videos should be?

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  12. ctdar says:

    WH moves the end line again on signatures required for a petition response…when first established in 2011 threshold line was 5000 signatures needed; 2010 moved to 25,000,
    2013 = 100,000. :evil:

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/16/white-house-now-requires-we-the-people-petitions-to-have-100000-signatures-for-official-response/

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  13. aliashubbatch says:

    Been on a nostalgia high lately, so I’ve been watching some Disney movies I watched as a kid; viewed Robin Hood…good God, the similarities I saw between Barry-boy and Prince John:

    Neither could handle ANY criticism, especially being compared to those who were better than them. (Ronald Reagan > Barack Obama = King Richard > Prince John)
    Both had issues with their parents while growing up.
    Both are wannabe tyrants who punished regular citizens against him with high taxes.

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  14. ctdar says:

    POS 23 executive orders on gun control…told congress they need to act

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  15. ThatOldGuy says:

    Here’s The List of 23 Anti-Gun Executive Actions President Obama Announced Today

    THE WHITE HOUSE
    Office of the Press Secretary

    January 16, 2013

    Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions

    Today, the President is announcing that he and the Administration will:

    1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant
    data available to the federal background check system.

    2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance
    Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making
    information available to the background check system.

    3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check
    system.

    4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from
    having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

    5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background
    check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

    6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on
    how to run background checks for private sellers.

    7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

    8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety
    Commission).

    9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns
    recovered in criminal investigations.

    10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it
    widely available to law enforcement.

    11. Nominate an ATF director.

    12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper
    training for active shooter situations.

    13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

    14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to
    research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

    15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective
    use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop
    innovative technologies.

    16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients
    about guns in their homes.

    17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits
    them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

    18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

    19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and
    institutions of higher education.

    20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health
    services that Medicaid plans must cover.

    21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements
    within ACA exchanges.

    22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

    23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental
    health.

    http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/01/heres-list-of-23-anti-gun-executive.html

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  16. aliashubbatch says:

    So you know how some people may refer to Ronald Reagan as “Ronaldus Magnus”? I’m all for a new nickname for Barry-boy; “Barackus Minimus” (Term of Endearment, of course, /sarc)

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    • aliashubbatch says:

      Impeachment doesn’t seem like a threat when you never had any intention to comply with the law, so I believe it is safe to say that this would not make Barry-boy hesistant to force his will on the people. Not in the slightest. :evil:

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      • Sharon says:

        And impeachment is not a threat when the Senate will never vote to take the impeachment charges to trial. Unless the Congressmen “beating the impeachment drum” each have a Senator standing with them ready to let the thing go to trial….bucket/warm spit.

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  17. aliashubbatch says:

    MK Loves Obama. Trust me, it’s funny in an “oh damn, that is so true,” kinda way.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etIY9Y83z_Q

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  18. WeeWeed says:

    Oh, waaahhhhh. Gonna have to drag out the waaaahmbulance, looks like…..

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2013/01/16/republican-insider-obama-livid-over-gun-rights-backlash/

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    • ctdar says:

      That’s good to hear, but after all the insiders talk re 2012 election & the overwhelming opposite outcome, I’ll take this with a grain of salt.

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    • stellap says:

      He’s right. Even those people who normally try to remain unpolitical were speaking out against the assault on the 2nd amendment.

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    • Sharon says:

      I agree with ctdar. I want obama livid for the rest of his days. But the problem is this: we know that the republicans can be bought off or threatened at the drop of a hat, and at any moment, some cabal of rinos or Potomoc “conservatives” will call a press conference and call us names because we didn’t genuflect right. If they get fearful of His Lividness, they’ll sell us down the river the minute they’re offered a weekend in the Poconos, new media or not.

      I really hate this: our formerly free Republic is being held together by the very weak glue of “can we make them fearful enough of us today to force them to do the right thing? force them to make Constitutionally based decisions? force them to speak truth?”

      *Morality based on **fear isn’t worth a hill of beans. And liberty based on making the kings fear their subjects is not liberty at all. (And by “kings” here I refer to Congress)

      *Keeping the repubs/congress constitutionally-based
      **We have to keep scaring them in order to hold the nation together?? That’s sick. In the worst sort of ways.

      We are experiencing a really, really distorted version of “democracy”–as long as enough conservative, normal Americans can intimidate our keepers, and they sense that “we are more than they”–THEN they yield; THEN they stand. That is NOT a Republic–that’s raw democracy. We are to be a REPUBLIC. So yeah, we can be glad we won this round–but it’s worthless in the long run.

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    • texan59 says:

      Teh Won is creating the turmoil so that he can prove that we are wing-nuts and wack jobs. This link is from Rush’s show today where he lays this out. Nothing the man does is without purpose. People can continue to say how stupid he is and he doesn’t know what he’s doing. I see it exactly the opposite. He DOES know what he’s doing and he’s doing it on purpose. Disagree at your own peril. It’s not just Soros. There are thousands behind this. Just like obamacare didn’t get written overnight, neither did any of this gun crap. This stuff has been sitting around getting tweaked depending on the situation and at the right time it’s brought out and hammered on us.

      http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/01/16/obama_provokes_the_american_people

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      • WeeWeed says:

        I do, too. I think if we marched on DC like back on the big 912, we’d be shot. Miscreants, you know – domestic terrorists. Gun-nuts, food-hoarders, extreme preppers, whatever. And that’s exactly what the media will report. ‘Cause this is for the ‘chirren.’

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        That march on DC scared the shit out of them – it’s why they got the Imam out of town.

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  19. ctdar says:

    Algerians take hostages including 7 Americans….Panetta quick to call it an act of terrorism…guess anything after election is terrorism, prior to Nov 6 was just an uprising over a video.

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  20. Sharon says:

    http://pjmedia.com/blog/standing-up-for-our-future/

    There’s good news in the house tonight–Allen West has a new microphone:

    Today I’m excited to announce that I have joined PJ Media, LLC, as director of its Next Generation programming. I am truly honored to be a member of the PJ Media and PJTV team and to continue to be a voice advocating for principled, pragmatic solutions to the issues affecting our constitutional republic.

    I enjoyed my time serving as a member of the 112th Congress. However, those who think losing a congressional race defines me and ends my service to my country fail to realize what drives my patriotism and passion for America. True leaders do not need a title, just a conviction, a cause, and the character enabling them to make a stand.

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  21. Just popping in for a quick hullo, and to drop this link. Not sure how long this site has been around, but given the hypocrisy of Hollywood re: guns, it looks to be a great resource:

    http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Main_Page

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  22. cajunkelly says:

    http://www.myfoxny.com/story/20592464/nypd-looks-to-gps-bottles-to-combat-pill-bandits

    This has to be *the* most ignorant idea of the decade. They’ll track the pills bottles alright…right to the nearest dumpster to the pharmacy which was robbed. Or they’ll find the pill bottles empty on the pharmacy floor.

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  23. cajunkelly says:

    http://extranosalley.com/?p=38235

    The real reason behind Cuomo’s stupid magazine capacity edict.

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  24. ctdar says:

    Why of course it is….was there any question the at the Sandy Bill would not pass without pork?

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/16/60-Billion-Sandy-Bill-Larded-With-Pork

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