Friday Open Thread – January 18th

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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82 Responses to Friday Open Thread – January 18th

  1. brutalhonesty says:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/16/white-privilege-class-at-_n_2489997.html

    A Wisconsin high school is under fire after a parent accused a diversity class of promoting a critical race theory, alleging that students are being taught that minorities are disadvantaged by white oppressors, Fox News reports.

    Delavan-Darien High School’s “American Diversity” course aims to help students “better understand oneself and recognize how feelings, ideas and beliefs interact with the ideas and beliefs of other individuals and groups,” according to the school’s website. By studying American society through the connections among culture, ethnicity, race, religion and gender issues, the course seeks to “create a more accurate picture of modern America.”

    But an unnamed parent tells Fox News that assignments and class worksheets seem like “indoctrination.” A handout gives students a definition of “white privilege,” which appears to be taken from a book by the same name:

    In critical race theory, white privilege is a set of advantages that are believed to be enjoyed by white people beyond those commonly experienced by non-white people in the same social, political, and economic spaces (nation, community, workplace, income, etc.). Theorists differentiate it from racism or prejudice because, they say, a person who may benefit from white privilege is not necessarily racist or prejudiced and may be unaware of having any privileges reserved only for whites.
    “They’re teaching white guilt,” the parent told Fox News. “They’re dividing the students. They’re saying to non-whites, ‘You have been oppressed and you’re still being oppressed.’”

    Click over to Fox News for more on the outcry and the school’s response.

    Another worksheet published by The New Guard, a blog on conservative youth organization Young America’s Foundation, is an excerpt from Peggy McIntosh’s “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” listing examples of racial privilege. Among them: “I can talk with my mouth full and not have people put this down to my color” and “I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race”

    Yet another assignment asked questions of a lecture by anti-racism activist and writer Tim Wise, inquiring, “Why is the colorblind model of American ineffective,” “Why is it important to talk about whiteness in America,” and “Explain the irony of the phrase ‘United We Stand.'”
    To apply the lesson to the real world, students were allegedly told to go to a Wal-Mart and count the number of dolls in the toy section that represented blacks versus whites. Superintendent Robert Crist says there is merit to parental concern.

    “A lot of red flags go up in my mind when I look at the materials,” Crist told Fox News. “Ideally, you would want to present one theory that might be way on the left and another theory that may be way on the right and if you find one in the middle you can present that too … now you have a well-rounded discussion, in my opinion.”

    The course will not be offered at the school again until the district evaluates the curriculum.

    In Portland, Ore. last September, Harvey Scott K-8 School Principal Verenice Gutierrez drew national attention for tying the peanut butter and jelly sandwich to white privilege during equity training in district schools.

    “What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” Gutierrez said, according to the Portland Tribune. “Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.”

    To be sure, the U.S. Department of Education recently examined racial inequity in a survey of 72,000 schools. Findings revealed that minority students tend to face harsher disciplinary actions and are more likely to be taught by lower paid teachers with less experience than white students.

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    • yankeeintx says:

      It is about an hour long, but a real eye-opener. “Who controls the children”. This presentation was given in 1992 and things have only gotten worse.

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      • Josh says:

        Marguerite “Peg” Ann McKenna Luksik
        I expected her to tie this into Socialism.
        Great video with lots of information!
        All the more reason for Home Schooling!
        Proves that ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE but they must remain vigilant or that difference will not happen.
        Thank you for posting this.

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  2. ThatOldGuy says:

    I almost want to let survival of the fittest take care of this one:

    MUST SEE: Citizens Against Senseless Violence: “Join Us! Tell Everyone Your House Is Completely Unprotected!” (Video)

    http://goo.gl/9yxDH

    “Citizens Against Senseless Violence goes door-to-door and asks supporters of gun control legislation to join the movement by putting signs in front of their homes letting everyone know that they proudly live in a gun free zone.”
    :(

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    • brutalhonesty says:

      Liberalism is truly a mental disorder. advertising that you cant defend yourself, promoting activity that in nature voids the species…ceases the bloodline(its not homophobia its science)…..thinking that everyone owes you something (the rich), thinking that the usa alone can change “man made global warming” while china and india are becoming more industrialized-more cars-more pollution, refusing to admit we need to cut spending, thinking they are “citizens of the world”, thinking that the world will take serious a person with 100 face piercings and facial tattoos-more than most tribal peoples….thinking the usa should learn spanish when english is the language of commerce world wide-and mexicans have been speaking spanish for only a few hundred years while whites have been speaking english for a thousand….thinking guns are the source of evil…..thinking they can proclaim tolerance while being intolerant of any opposing views…..the psychopathy that is liberalism is too much to list.

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    • cajunkelly says:

      TOG,
      That’s another James O’Keefe (of Breitbart) investigatory video, proving the hypocrisy of those working at the newspaper that published the gun owning citizens map.
      He chose a perfect faux name for his “group” yet not one of them would agree to having the sign in their yard. (smirk)

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      • ThatOldGuy says:

        I’m glad that they have some sense to not put those signs up. I mean, geez.

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        • cajunkelly says:

          Ahh but you see, that’s where the hypocrisy comes in to play. They’re all for exposing those who *do* own guns, publicly vilifying them as if they’re akin to sexual predators, when in fact those gun owners jumped through all the legal hoops to own guns (meaning they are very legal and responsible citizens) and with those very permits they acquired, to stay legal, the filthy progs exposed them. To date, two of those homes of law abiding citizens have been burlarized, with their guns being the target.

          And in spite of the fact that they are *SO* against owning guns, they won’t back up their position by publicly proclaiming their “anti gun violence” position at their homes. And when they “felt” threatened (the cops said there *is* no evidence that they’ve been threatened) what did they do? Hypocrisy strikes again. They hire ARMED guards.

          This is the hypocrisy O’Keefe was exposing with this video.

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  3. texan59 says:

    We don’t have time to enforce the laws we have, so it’s just easier to swamp you with new, draconian laws. Biden to NRA :evil:

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/18/biden-to-nra-we-dont-have-the-time-to-prosecute-people-who-lie-on-background-checks/

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    • michellc says:

      Maybe it’s because I’m a conspiracy theorist, a racist or one of the other numerous labels I seem to fall under, but couldn’t we solve the felon problem by keeping murderers and violent criminals locked up or sent to hell?

      It has always blown my mind why we parole violent criminals and murderers. However, if we’re going to have background checks, shouldn’t the government who forces such things on us be competent enough to identify felons when they apply?
      I guess they’re probably too busy adding all of us legal gun buyers to some database somewhere. Ooops there goes my tinfoil antennas again, I’m sure they follow the law and keep no records on us, these antenna are always twitching and looking for conspiracies.

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    TGIF, peeps! Good morning!

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    • Sharon says:

      Too bad Krauthammer isn’t in the House. The current republican “leadership” doesn’t seem to have much of a handle on strategic stuff.

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      • texan59 says:

        Strategery would not be considered a strong suit for Boehner & Co. Morning Sharon. Please help yourself to some bacon this morning. :)

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  5. texan59 says:

    Anybody hungry?

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  6. texan59 says:

    Yep. She’s an idjit, know-nothing. Let’s go to the wayback machine. 2009 to be exact.

    http://www.maggiesnotebook.com/2013/01/sarah-palins-prediction-in-2009-watch-for-the-tie-in-to-health-care-and-gun-control/

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    • ctdar says:

      :shock:

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    • ctdar says:

      Here’s Ron Paul with his predictions 2002….spot on:


      :shock: :shock: :shock:

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      • Josh says:

        “Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.” ~ Ron Paul

        “Ideas are very important to the shaping of society. In fact, they are more powerful than bombings or armies or guns. And this is because ideas are capable of spreading without limit. They are behind all the choices we make. They can transform the world in a way that government and armies cannot. Fighting for liberty with ideas makes more sense to me than fighting with guns or politics or political power. With ideas, we can make real change that lasts.” ~ Ron Paul

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    • texan59 says:

      He’s sure not buckin’ for a Christmas card from Teh Won is he? Mornin’ Wee.

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    • howie says:

      He appears to be a card carrying American. Unlike our communist President. I wish people would start identifying them as communists. It is what they are. The government is infested with them. That is why the country is going down the tubes. Until they are identified as such nothing will stop them. Only then can the argument be on the facts.

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  7. ctdar says:

    Happy Friday all!! Thanks for the bacon bite Tex!

    Obama campaign fundraiser applies for tax exemption status?

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/obama-campaign-to-relaunch-as-tax-exempt-group-86375.html?hp=l3

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    • texan59 says:

      Remember the phrase he uttered a few years ago – something about rewarding your friends and punishing your enemies. I like this too –

      “Opponents of campaign finance reform say it’s another reversal by Obama — who has said repeatedly that he is against the amount of money sloshing around in politics.”
      Anyone who has ever believed anything this man says should be reminded that everything he says comes with an expiration date.

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  8. WeeWeed says:

    And in our news report for low information voters, Ozzy Osbourne sets his hair on fire.

    http://wonderwall.msn.com/tv/ozzy-osbourne-injured-in-blaze-drama-1730275.story?ocid=answw11

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    • ctdar says:

      Yeah I’m sure how that went down….Ozzy was the best example of “just say no” to drugs & alcohol for my now college student. He by chance saw a commercial of the old reality show “the osbournes” when he was 10 and asked what was wrong with him and I said remember what we told you what drugs & alcohol could do to you??

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  9. ctdar says:

    Just watched a recap of Lance Armstrong “coming clean”; he is a narcisistic monster that lies & bullies to accomplish his desires.

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  10. ctdar says:

    If Christie dreams of running for Potus this would torch his campaign before it starts:

    http://wap.myfoxny.com/w/main/story/83022617/

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    • michellc says:

      He’s just coming out of the closet, he’s always been a closet prog. He’ll run as a democrat and become their new hero.

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      • michellc says:

        He’s attacked the Republicans who wouldn’t give him money, he’s attacked the NRA and he’s been praising Obama since the hurricane, it makes you wonder what the communists have promised him.

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  11. michellc says:

    It must be a good day to be a grouse.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/01/team-obama-sets-aside-1-7-million-acres-for-sage-grouse-or-368-acres-per-grouse/

    It’s an Obama world.
    The Obama Administration is setting aside 1.7 million acres in Colorado and Utah for the Gunnison Sage Grouse.
    There are an estimated 4,612 grouse left in the wild.
    So it comes out to 368 acres for each grouse.

    And, if you figure that each acre is worth around $500-$1000 dollars, then you can assume the Obama Administration is investing around $184,000 per bird.

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  12. WeeWeed says:

    Whadda week from hell!! Bar’s……………………OPEN!! :D

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  13. ctdar says:

    My son “the professor” :) sent me this, the 3D copier of the future….just think what it can replicate in the future:

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  14. stellap says:

    Takes me back to 1967!

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  15. stellap says:

    This one’s for you, WeeWeed!

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  16. Hullo, dahlings! Looky what I found, a rather decent cover, I think.

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Johnny Horton is buried very close to where my dad is – I could show ya’s on a map! His grave used to have a giant guitar on it – I haven’t been out there in a couple of years so I couldn’t swear that it’s still there – but it was huge.

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  17. Menagerie says:

    And another favorite!

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  18. Menagerie says:

    Also, I brought some refreshments for us. Since Puddy let the cat outta the bag and all!

    Photobucket

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  19. ctdar says:

    Wayne LaPierre/NRA on Hannity now

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  20. ctdar says:

    Ya think they don’t want to get stuck in a photo op with the “king”?

    http://abcnews.go.com/m/blogEntry?id=18251340&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fdrudgereport.com%2F

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  21. ctdar says:

    Proof that life does exist “out there”

    http://rt.com/news/meteorite-life-report-mars-310/

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  22. howie says:

    Well. Here’s a little somethin’ for all ya’ll Texan’s.

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  23. recoverydotgod says:

    Interesting list….including the CEO of Wal-Mart

    White House lists two dozen leaders to meet with Obama on deficit
    WASHINGTON | Mon Nov 12, 2012

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/13/usa-fiscal-obama-leaders-idUSL1E8MD09N20121113

    -snip-

    Expected at the meeting on Tuesday were four labor leaders – Mary Kay Henry of the Service Employees International Union, Lee Saunders of the public employees union AFSCME, Dennis Van Roekel of the National Education Association and Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO, the umbrella organization for U.S. labor.

    Also at the session on Tuesday would be leaders of civic and politically progressive groups. They were John Podesta and Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress, Robert Greenstein of the think tank Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Laura Burton Capps of Common Purpose Project, Max Richtman of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security, Justin Ruben of MoveOn and Deepak Bhargava of Center for Community Change.

    Business executives invited to meet the president on Wednesday were Mark Bertolini of Aetna Inc, Ursula Burns of Xerox Corp, Kenneth Chenault of American Express Co , David Cote of Honeywell International Inc, Michael Duke of Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric Co, Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical Co , Robert McDonald of Procter & Gamble Co, Alan Mulally of Ford Motor Co, Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo Inc , Ginni Rometty of IBM, and John Watson of Chevron Corp.

    -end-

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  24. ottawa925 says:

    Saw the Life of Pi. Anybody else? I thought it was a great thought provoking movie. I was totally intrigued by all the symbolism and I have been reading on the internet some of the interpretations. Anyway, I loved it. Would definitely recommend. You’ll be pondering for a long time. I haven’t been this challened by symbolism since I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey … the last segment.

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