Friday Open Thread – February 1st

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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99 Responses to Friday Open Thread – February 1st

  1. WeeWeed says:

    TGIF kids!! Our man Ramirez cracked me up this morning….. :D

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  2. WeeWeed says:

    The 2013 Clydesdales commercial! :D

  3. cajunkelly says:

    Breaking news;
    Explosion in front of our Turkish capital embassy. “several injured”

  4. texan59 says:

    The “goracle” keeps getting hammered. Even though he’s referred to as a “prophet”. :roll:

    http://www.humanevents.com/2013/01/31/msnbc-suggests-gore-is-a-false-prophet-on-ecology/

  5. ctdar says:

    Hahahaha the comments, love the comments:
    oooo the slaw is gonna hit the fan now

  6. menostupid says:

    Not sure if this has been posted but its just toooo funny to pass up and not share! Oh the things people think of and do!!

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/queens/getting_to_bottom_of_drug_case_OyFOLypaJJWoLYz9W987EL

  7. stellap says:

    It seems that other states are courting Remington Arms, since their products are not welcome in New York:

    http://www.uticaod.com/latestnews/x206920765/Remington-being-courted-by-legislators-from-at-least-five-states

  8. ctdar says:

    Wouldn’t it be something if cries for 2nd amendment get louder as Newtown is demanding officers with weapons to remain permantly in school. More & more are shaking off the new gun laws chatter in realization that the massacre would not have
    happened had existing law been followed.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2013/01/10/newtown-schools-superinte_n_2446775.html?utm_hp_ref=sandy-hook-elementary-school-shooting

    • stellap says:

      Did you read the comments? It seems that most of the Huff Post readers agree that armed officers are a good idea.

      • ctdar says:

        Yes an how sad the children will not go outside :(
        I haven’t heard anything about this but I certainly pray that they are all the survivors & both their families and the victims families are getting pstd counseling, mandatory & at states expense.
        Back in early ’90′s I was working at a bank that was held up by masked gunman. Security guard was posted the next day and stayed for months which was some help to allay our nerves but within 6 months everyone that worked at the branch had quit or transferred out. Took me 6 months to stop having nightmare and panic attacks everytime I saw someone that was same height or wore the sneakers the robber wore (that’s all we could see once he forced us to the ground.) In retrospect that was when I should have bought a gun for protection but I was young and just married with babies on the horizon.

  9. michellc says:

    I just was on my daughter’s FB and it seems she’s stirred up quite a hornet’s nest.

    She replied to a friend’s comment:
    Bullying is wrong and it’s hurtful. People need to take bullying seriously, any kid caught bullying should be expelled from school and it should be a crime, they should be locked up.

    My daughter’s reply:
    If a kid is truly being bullied, like being beat up everyday then yes that should be taken seriously. However, if it’s just normal kid’s teasing then parents should teach their kids to have some tough skin or how to not be a victim. For an example I was being teased with variations on my last name in first grade. Everyone laughed and I was mad and very sad. I came home and told my Mom and she didn’t tell me I’m sorry some kids are mean but I’ll go to the school and demand they stop it. She instead asked me what the names were of the kids who were teasing me and then she started coming up with variations on their names. I went to school the next day and when it started I used some of her names and made up a few of my own, before long we were all laughing at all the silly names and instead of teasing it became a game.
    It taught me several lessons, words truly can’t hurt you unless you allow it. If you don’t play the victim you’re less likely to be treated like a victim. If you stand up to a bully, they’re likely to back down. Teasing is more fun when everyone is teasing each other in fun. This lesson that I doubt my Mom even thought about, she was just doing her best to protect her baby without having to fight her baby’s battles, stuck with me throughout the rest of my school years. Parents, I believe often turn mole hills into mountains by overreacting to harmless teasing and harm their kids more in the long run by teaching them how to be a victim which only plays into the hands of a true bully.

    People are going nuts, telling her she is wrong, words do hurt and she must be a bully herself and her Mom taught her to be a bully by giving her hurtful words to attack kids with. Her Mom was probably a bully as well, what kind of Mother would think up of words to hurt little kids. Several comments similar to this.

    One person commented their son came home crying everyday because kids made fun of his big feet. That the school refused to do anything about it and she went in every morning to report it. She’s worried sick her son is going to grow up with problems and snap someday due to the teasing and then they’ll blame him and not his tormenters.
    She didn’t back down and replied to her:
    Maybe he should make fun of their big ears or their cow lick, maybe if you don’t want him teasing back you should tell him to tell them he’ll grow into his feet or something like that. Maybe you should tell him to quit crying about it feeding into their fun. Maybe YOU should quit playing the mother hen and let your son learn how to work out his own problems and YOU certainly should quit expecting your son to turn into a psycho because kids often become what their parents expect them to become.

    Another funny one was a comment by a mother who said her son in the 6th grade is abused daily because she walks him into class and kisses him goodbye. That she has heard it with her own ears them calling him a baby and telling him his mama is waiting to change his diaper. He doesn’t even want to go to school anymore.

    My daughter’s reply:
    Maybe YOU should quit causing your child to be tormented. He’s in the 6th grade, he is old enough now to not have his mommy holding his hand to make it to his classroom. YOU need to look in the mirror and see who is doing the most damage to her child.
    ——————-
    I think she is going to be losing some FB friends. lol

    • auscitizenmom says:

      Wow. I think that your lesson to her is perfect. Your daughter sounds like she is going to grow up mature and wise. It makes me think of the saplings moving in the breeze making the tree stronger. What a lucky young lady to have you for a mother. Her children will profit from your teaching.

      • michellc says:

        She’s in her early twenties, so she’s all grown up now, but we are very proud of her. She’s a very responsible, hard working and honest to a fault young lady.

        She’s usually fairly non-controversial on her FB page though. I told her she was going to lose some FB friends and she said she calls it cleaning house. She said now do you believe me that the majority of my generation are idiots and that you raised an odd duck. I told her I raised a beautiful swan surrounded by odd ducks.

        She tries her best to get her old mom to do the fb thing and I have a fb but I never comment or put anything on it, but it does make for some entertaining reading at times, like this back and forth. She laughs at me all the time and says Mom you have like 5 friends and three of them are your kids. lol

        • aliashubbatch says:

          “She laughs at me all the time and says Mom you have like 5 friends and three of them are your kids.”

          And in the long run, family will be the only thing that matters to anyone. You have a kewl daughter.

        • auscitizenmom says:

          Wonderful! My son is in his early 20′s and married. He makes very good choices (especially his choice of wife) and I am very proud of him. I feel like I am a success even if I never do another thing in my life. I also have a FB page that I don’t write on. And,I have only a few “friends”.

          • michellc says:

            My daughter’s engaged, has been for I believe 4 years now. People ask me if she’s ever going to get married, I have no answer. She’s a big girl now and makes her own decisions. I like her fiance he’s a good kid and I love him as much as my own kids. I figure though when they’re ready to get married, they’ll get married. So it’s not something I even ask them about. I figure when they set a date, I’ll be the first to know. lol

        • ctdar says:

          I have 3 fB friends & 2 are my children. That was the agreement, if kids wanted a FB account (at 8th/9th grade eligibility :) they had to friend me so both their father & I could check in on occasion. We checked initially quite a bit monitoring but now not so much as they handle it better as they mature but still spot check to keep them on their toes.
          My 12 year old has asked once for FB account & said nope you know the deal, she doesn’t have a phone yet either.

          • michellc says:

            My kids were all 15 before I let them have a phone. They were 16, my daughter and boys before they were allowed to date. Yes, I was very old school. Boys couldn’t be in my daughter’s room, girls couldn’t be in my boys’ rooms. They were limited to amount of television, video games and internet time depending on their age. They had curfews. I always monitored their internet usage as well, it was My Space then. They at times hated me for my old school ways, but I think now they’re glad I was old school.

            • ctdar says:

              yes…I’ve told all my kids at some time or another it’s our jobs as a parent to not only get you through your childhood in one piece but to give you a childhood; don’t be in such a hurry to be a grown up!

          • Sharon says:

            A related rule that our son/dil have used with their two is that they are not to delete anything on their cell phone–call records or texts. At any time, Dad or Mom may ask t see their phones. They actually ask very, very seldom. The kids have done very very well with it–on one occasion there was an off-comment from a friend that they had a conversation about, and made their own choices. I think they felt safe, and also knew they had backup if/when they needed it.

            • ctdar says:

              yeah vigilance is key coz so many temptations for young folks. I’ve actually suspended one of my boys phone account when he was having issues with doing his homework during exam time once and warned him I was going to take his phone
              priviliges away if he didn’t focus.
              his face was priceless when he came into the kitchen the next week and said his phone doesnt work and I said I know :)

              • Sharon says:

                I always enjoyed those moments, too. It really didn’t take our sons very long to figure out that I never “threatened” them with anything. I informed them, in advance, of specific consequences for particular behaviors or actions, and let them take it from there. Lots of cause and effect at our house. Very little yelling.

                It wasn’t perfect, but it worked pretty well. Kept the pressure off me and put it on them–where it belonged. And boyohboy, yes, they knew I had their back if they appropriately needed an adult to back them up in any situation.

  10. ctdar says:

    Thank goodness, Clinton giving her final remarks!
    Buh bye!!

  11. aliashubbatch says:

    I’m not sure about anyone else here, but time seems to be dragging real slow to me…

    …ARGH! TIME! MOVE FASTER!!! :evil:

  12. ctdar says:

    David Keene, NRA president speaking at breakfast meeting shown on c-span, very informative.

  13. nameofthepen says:

    Hey, Treepers. I found a news article I found interesting, concerning tweaked crime and assault statistics.

  14. WeeWeed says:

    Bar!! Beer!!! And do NOT triple-dawg-dare anybody to stick their tongue to anything in there….. :D

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  15. stellap says:

    Random question – did you guys know that Frank Zappa considered himself to be a “practical conservative.” He favored limited government and low taxes; he also stated that he approved of national defense, social security and other federal programs, but only if recipients of such programs are willing and able to pay for them. He favored capitalism, entrepreneurship and independent business, stating that musicians could make more from owning their own businesses than from collecting royalties.

  16. ctdar says:

    Awwww, Barney Bush of the Barney-cam fame during his master George W’s years at the Whitehouse passed away today at the ripe old age of 12.
    Here’s one of the famous videos, er but don’t think it was officially endorsed by the
    Bush Whitehouse (some language). Special guest stars Miss Beasley & a not so
    friendly kittah. :roll:

  17. Auntie Lib says:

    If this hasn’t been posted yet – [Warning! Do not attempt to eat or drink while watching]

  18. justfactsplz says:

    Administrators, I just forwarded and email to you I got from the NRA concerning Pam Bondi. Thought you guys might be interested in seein it if you haven’t already.

  19. justfactsplz says:

    seein = seeing, sorry

  20. ctdar says:

    :shock: :shock: :shock:
    Global warming? Contact your state wildlife commissioners and request the Wolverine be added to the states protected species list asap!!!
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2272119/Global-warming-endangers-snow-loving-mountain-devil-Wolverines-officials-warn–protection-act-48-states-America.html

    Wolverines!

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