Friday Open Thread – February 22nd

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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125 Responses to Friday Open Thread – February 22nd

  1. texan59 says:

    In honor of the official real birthday of the “Father of our Country” – and because it’s Friday, I offer a toast! Happy Birthday, Mr. President. We salute you.

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  2. texan59 says:

    It’s not exactly a birthday cake, but I thought it would do. Happy birthday Mr. President – from Texas! :D

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  3. WeeWeed says:

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    I keed you not – got gas Wed. at lunch for $3.45 – that afternoon, same station, it was $3.65. :evil: Booooooossshhhh!!! never did THAT to us……

    • texan59 says:

      This has been gettin’ some pretty good guffaws ’round H-town for the past few days! Those people in her district get what they deserve. Or deserve what they get. Whatever!! :roll:

  4. cajunkelly says:

    OK, it’s been 49 hours and 45 minutes….

    YAHOO! I’m doing better than I imagined I would. And….checking in here will help keep my will power in gear.

    I do NOT wanna have to come here and admit I failed.

    And the little engine that could said:

    I think I can I think I can I think I can I think I can I can I can I can I can…..

    I AM!

    • stellap says:

      You can do it Kelly! Be strong!

    • ctdar says:

      You CAN!!!

    • WeeWeed says:

      That really IS awesome, GF!!

      • cajunkelly says:

        Seriously, thanks to you all for your support.
        And Tex, Blu e cigarettes really do help, and they ain’t as high cotton as you’d think.

        Yeah, the initial kit is kinda a hart hit….two of the rechargeable “mistifyers” (for lack of a better term) and five of the cartridges in various flavors is around $60.00. That includes a charger for the epack that holds everything and a usb charger for the “mistifyers”. Once the pack is charged it becomes a recharger for your “mistifyer” too.

        I’ve been using *one* cartridge for these full two days, plus I played with it for a while before the quit date. They last a long time.

        I bought a pack of the refill cartridges day before yesterday….five cartridges for $16.00.

        I can’t do much more than a couple of puffs and I gotta put it down….I getz dizzy. So at that rate those 5 new cartridges (plus the other four that came with it) is gonna last me a long long long time….I’m thinkin I’ll just pass ‘em over to DH.

        • I hesitate to say anything since I haven’t had to face this, but I have a friend who tried over and over for years to quit and couldn’t stick with it. Finally, she decided to not smoke on the “Great American Smokeout Day.” She said she was just going to do it for that day. She wasn’t going to worry about sticking with it. So, she did. Then the next day, she said she felt so successful she thought she would do it just for another day. And, she did. I think doing it for one day at a time helped her mentally. It didn’t seem like such a big job. She ended up never smoking again. Sending prayers your way for success.

          • Josh says:

            There is definitely something to the “One Day At A Time” phrase :-)

            • cajunkelly says:

              eyup, still sittin firmly up on this wagon….59 hours and counting.

              I bought DH his *own* Blu e cigarette kit today…as I said, each kit comes with two vaporizers…which screws on to a cartridge to become a cigarette….he had one of ‘em with him and the battery ran down on mine today,,,the “pack” (same size as a pack of cigarettes, just made of black plastic) will charge one, but it takes a while.

              Soooo, ain’t takin a chance of gettin caught like that again (I held strong…did *not* cheat)…stopped and got him his own kit.

    • texan59 says:

      I saw your reply from the Thursday OT. Mrs. Tex told me the other day that someone is setting up shop near Rancho el Gordito selling these products. We are contemplating the leap. My understanding is the price is about the same, but you aren’t pulling fire into the lungs. Just that nice nicotine. To go along with my caffeine, and BEER! Good luck there kiddo. :D

      • cajunkelly says:

        Be careful, don’t buy the cheap off-brand type. A guy in Nawlins had one of those cheap brand blow up in his mouth…took out two teeth and half his bottom lip. There’s a battery in them that turns the liquid in the cartridge to mist.

        Yes, the mist contains nicotin…but no tar or any of the other carcinogenic (iz that a werd?) additives. And you can buy low, medium, high, or NO nicotine cartridges.

        • texan59 says:

          “A guy in Nawlins had one of those cheap brand blow up in his mouth…took out two teeth and half his bottom lip”

          Now he looks like half the peeps in our county! Duly noted. ;)

      • cajunkelly says:


        Think of it as being much like the nicotine patches, except that this method also solves the “something to do with hands and mouth” problem.
        I’ve checked out quite a few, and this brand is closer to the real thing when it comes to exhaling, etc. It’s just that you’re exhaling vaporized flavored water.

        Additionally, the nicotine patches can be very dangerous. People make the mistake of lighting up while wearing a patch. That’s a recipe for a heart attack. Also, they think they can just pull a patch off and light up. Nyet….nicotine is still in the system.

    • Sharon says:

      Hugs, CK. Remember if you getting to feeling really stressed–just go out and shoot something. :)

      • cajunkelly says:

        By golly that’s a good idea! LOL Maybe I’ll round up some of the empty packs and aim for the two O’s in Marlboro. :lol:

    • Patriot Dreamer says:

      Kelly, my parents did it after 40+ years. You can do it, too! Go, girl, go! :D

    • CrankyinAZ says:

      Cajunkelly, I’m new around here, and you don’t know me… but I read what you are doing and wanted to lend my support too! You can do it!

      My grandmother quit after some 20 years – because she had to. Something you don’t want to go through. It was hard for her… but she realized how important it was for her to start over and to live a healthy life. And the family had tons (and I do mean tons!!) of great sweaters that she knit! Though.. to be honest… in Arizona, we really didn’t need them! LOL I still have an afghan blanket she knitted too, which I treasure.

      You can do this!!!

    • elvischupacabra says:

      My only nicotine “habit” is the occasional illegal Cuban “Romeo y Juiletta” Cohiba, hand rolled from Cuban leaf against the firm, dusky, sweaty thighs of beautiful Cuban maidens. Yes, they are that good to smoke.

      Now, if we could get the beautiful Scottish lasses to roll around on the barley as it dries, we’d be on to something! :lol:

  5. stellap says:

    From Clarice Feldman on FB:

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    • WeeWeed says:

      LOLOL!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • texan59 says:

      OMG!!!! I might’ve cracked a rib on this one! :lol: :lol:

    • Sharon says:

      Oh, dear. That’s awful. And hilarious.

      Sunday night DH and I heard a 55 year old surgeon speak: she has been in practice here in Oregon for many years. In recent years she has headed a medical unit that operated in Pakistan trying to support regions of villages that have no medical care. (obamacare kicked in some years ago there). She’s now relocating to Liberia and will assisting in running a hospital being built by Samaritan’s Purse. She had a beautiful full length burka/veil/cover-you-all-up white garment there–with exquisite embroidery and lattice work covering the eyes. Quite lovely to look at. A teenaged girl picked it up and popped it over her head, said to her parents, “Look! A wedding dress!” and wanted her picture taken. Her mother laughed along at the cute little roleplay.

      The girl flitted on her way, and I said to Mom, “It’s awful to realize that this type of garment must be worn by the women because they are considered to be inherently evil from their girl-years. They are seen as evil and so full of temptation that they must be completely concealed. Did you see the news bit this week about the Imam who murdered his five year old daughter–he was fearful she was no longer a virgin and, in order to protect the family honor, he killed her. He was sentenced to–I think it was five months…..That is not a beautiful garment. That is sheer evil.” Mom got kinda quiet.

      References to the reasons behind the burkhas had been made during the surgeon’s presentation but apparently weren’t understood?

  6. Sharon says:

    Germany’s equivalent of the United States Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court, ruled on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, that homosexuals in civil partnerships have a right to adopt children previously adopted by the other person in the partnership in the same manner as married husbands and wives. Previously homosexuals could only legally adopt a partner’s biological child. This additional legal erosion of the distinctions between families resulting from a husband-wife marriage and homosexual living arrangements has all too predictably called forth yet more demands to break down the nuclear family unit.

    ….. questions of adoption “should be determined through multiple sensible factors,” to which “sexual orientation, however, certainly did not belong.” While only secondary adoption was under consideration in the recent court decision, “it clarified nonetheless, that the disadvantaging of non-heterosexual persons will also not be sustainable in pure legal terms.”

    ….. The GJ “also demanded the possibility that a child can be adopted from more than two persons. For on the one hand the child profits legally. On the other hand the reality is taken into account that many children are already raised by not merely two persons.”

    Read more:

    Some of the under-40s who were raised in chaotic family situations see “family” as a group of persons filling whatever roles need filling at the moment. Watch FB–where they identify as brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, dads and moms people who are not any of those things to them….so “the relatives” become a cast of hundreds–on conveyor belts. Always replaceable. The high school dropout is really mad at mom? Put a new name on FB and ID it as “mom.”

    And now children in Germany are, legally, just property to be passed around–“This one used to belong to me: you want him? Here, you can have her now–my SO and I adopted her last year, but my new transgender partner already has two little humans and since I’m going to adopt them now, I’m going to be spread pretty thin.” Feral children–feral families.

    The difference between the quality and effect of God’s laws and man’s laws is astounding and, to the morally lawless, completely irrelevant.

    Chaos is us. Wasn’t it just this week also that some court somewhere in the US decided that to provide for the option of three “parents” being listed on birth certificates?

    • texan59 says:

      What could possibly go wrong? :evil:

      • Sharon says:

        Oh, I’m sure it’ll work out fine. Surely. Don’t ya think?

        ….and the yahoos who think this way are supposedly our betters. They are honored and feted and put in places of honor and authority…..that just made me think of the Oscars this weekend.

    • CrankyinAZ says:

      Germany is so messed up… I lived there for five years. All I can say, is that America is starting to look more like what I experienced over there.

  7. texan59 says:

    I don’t remember seeing anything about this – Jeb Bush to headline at CPAC. Levin was talking about this last night. The head of ACU – Al Cardenas is a big Bushie. Looks like CPAC is getting hijacked by the RINO establishment too. :evil:

  8. WeeWeed says:

    From teh FB!

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    • texan59 says:

      I’ll bet she’s not real big on you or me owning one of those Tomb-Raider guns though. She’s a lot smarter than us rubes out here in the country.

  9. cajunkelly says:

    time to make the donuts folks….you guys have a good ‘un…it’s FRIDAY!

  10. texan59 says:

    Demagogue -“a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.”

  11. texan59 says:

    Win an AR-15 from Joe the Plumber.

  12. michellc says:

    How would you feel if you received a letter from the U.S. Government informing you that because of a physical or mental condition that the government says you have it is proposing to rule that you are incompetent to handle your own financial affairs? Suppose that letter also stated that the government is going to appoint a stranger to handle your affairs for you at your expense? That would certainly be scary enough but it gets worse.

    What if that letter also stated: “A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition. If you knowingly violate any of these prohibitions, you may be fined, imprisoned, or both pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, Pub.L.No. 103-159, as implemented at 18, United States Code 924(a)(2).”?

    That makes is sound like something right from a documentary on a tyrannical dictatorship somewhere in the world. Yet, as I write this I have a copy of such a letter right in front of me. It is being sent by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of America’s heroes.

    • michellc says:

      This appears to be legit, here is the original source:

    • Sharon says:

      The same rationale will be applied to people who go to their doctor and–once too often–express worry or anxiety about health issues; who speak too often of what they are doing to manage the symptoms of chronic illness. There’s an app for that: DSM5 is a specific mental disorder that has been newly defined (read invented) and will result in missed diagnoses (as they found in the trials) and also label those as mentally ill who are simply managing chronic problems–but mention it once too often. And get labeled as having Somatic Symptom Disorder. Voila. One of the fun results of this will be potential mis-prescribing of psychotropic drugs. (Maybe they can get the old handbooks from Stalin’s psychiatric hospitals).

      SSD is defined so over inclusively by DSM 5 that it will mislabel 1 in 6 people with cancer and heart disease; 1 in 4 with irritable bowel and fibromyalgia; and 1 in 14 who are not even medically ill.

      Somehow I doubt that anyone labeled with good old DSM 5/SSD will be allowed to keep their weapons or buy ammo even before the public collection points are announced at some point in the future.

    • Sharon says:

      A couple of comments under the article at Gateway Pundit:

      John•35 minutes ago

      They will run the focus groups to determine what the threshold of public outrage is. Then they will move up to that level and wait. When the focus groups tell them there is another move possible, they will make that move as well. The idea is to disarm everyone little by little until resistance becomes impossible. Then they will usher you to the boxcars.

      How long before all medical records will be searchable under Obamacare? The inevitable ‘knock on the the door’ by govm’t authorities will come, demanding you let them search your home and confiscate all weapons because they have determined you are a possible ‘violent threat’!

      • texan59 says:

        Glenn Beck explains this phenomenon in his book “The Overton Window”. Just keep ratcheting the line until you get where you want to be. It has worked well, especially since the “public relations” business (aka – propaganda industry) came into being.

      • michellc says:

        I wish the internet was secure, there are things I would love to share but for not only my own good but others I can’t.
        I’ll just say this much the ol’ korean and vietnam vets have been warning me of this for a long time. This is exactly one of the reasons since background checks they have not trusted government background checks. They don’t sound so crazy anymore.(Honestly they never sounded crazy to me) One of their warnings was they’ll start with the veterans because they would be the easiest, as they already have tons of files on them as well as they can hold their VA loans, VA healthcare, retirement and disability against them and they’ve been trained to fight communist countries. Next would be those on SS, three purposes one they forced them into a fixed income by forcing them into that system with no choices given, two through medicare they have their own files on them as well and three they’re old and can inform others. Then they’ll come after those on public assistance and medicaid.
        When Obamacare passed they said they found their way to everyone.

        I’ve always taken their warnings and advice to heart.

    • yankeeintx says:

      A friend of mine posted this on FB a few days ago. Just a sign of things to come.

      “Please pass this on to all the other retired guys and gun owners… Thanks, from a Vietnam Vet and retired Police Officer: I had a doctors appointment at the local VA clinic yesterday and found out something very interesting that I would like to pass along. While going through triage before seeing the doctor, I was asked at the end of the exam, three questions: 1. Did I feel stressed? 2. Did I feel threatened? 3. Did I feel like doing harm to someone?

      The nurse then informed me that if I had answered yes to any of the questions I would have lost my concealed carry permit as it would have gone into my medical records and the VA would have reported it to Homeland Security.

      Looks like they are going after the vets first. Other gun people like retired law enforcement will probably be next. Then when they go after the civilians, what argument will they have? Be forewarned and be aware. The Obama administration has gone on record as considering veterans and gun owners potential terrorists. Whether you are a gun owner, veteran or not, YOU’VE BEEN WARNED !

      If you know veterans and gun owners, please pass this on to them. Be very cautious about what you say and to whom.”

      • michellc says:

        They started asking these questions a couple of years ago, not just to vets. But I agree they’re going after the vets first, imho it’s a process of eliminating the most serious threats to their plan.

    • Josh says:

      It is easy for me to say but if I were a “service” person I would NOT admit to PTSD or ANYTHING because it will be used against them. I hope there is some way for them to get any *help* they may need without having to put anything in writing.

  13. Patriot Dreamer says:

    NRA Ridicules Joe Biden’s Advice on Women’s Self Defense in New AD

  14. Josh says:

    Received via email:


    This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below). Most of us take those summonses for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty that a new and ominous kind of fraud has surfaced.

    The caller claims to be a jury DUTY coordinator. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the Scammer asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. Give out any of this information and bingo; your identity was just stolen.

    The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, and Colorado, AZ and more. This (swindle) is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they are with the court system.

    The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.

    Josh here: it amazes me how some people will fall for most anything.

  15. Josh says:

    Who will speak for you or your family in your hour of need?

    ”The Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) was established as a FREE tool for daily emergencies and national disasters. NOKR is your emergency contact system to help if you or your family member is missing, injured or deceased. NOKR is the central depository for Emergency Contact information in the United States plus 87 other countries. (See NOKR’s network of volunteers). NOKR is a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to bridging rapid emergency contact information. NOKR was established in January 2004, for daily emergency situations.”

    “NOKR provides the public a free proactive service to store your emergency contacts, next of kin and vital medical information that would be critical to emergency response agencies. Stored information is only accessible via a secure area that is only accessible by emergency public trust agencies that have registered with NOKR.”

    “NOKR encourages every township, county, municipality, city, state and nation to take ownership of the NOKR. This resource belongs to you, your citizens and to your emergency agencies. Take the NOKR registration forms and add your own identifying symbols.”

    “NOKR is your trusted safe guarding organization for all personal emergency contacts worldwide. NOKR does not own the information we store, this information belongs to the registrants and is made available securely to registered emergency agencies during times of urgent need. NOKR is the protector of this vital bridging resource to reconnect individuals and families after urgent events.”

    • Josh says:

      “NOKR is the ONLY organization globally, that provides a free emergency contact resource of this kind, to both citizens and to emergency agencies. We hope there is never a need but we do know that events in life and disasters will happen. It’s entirely your choice to decide how you will prepare yourself and your family.”

  16. stellap says:

    For every #bedandbread tweet @ford donates $3 to the Salvation Army Bed&Bread trucks to help feed the needy in Detroit. Please tweet!

  17. ctdar says:

    Still reading the Seal book “No Easy Day” about the UBL raid and one Seal saw foretold the future:
    “And we’ll get Obama reflected for sure”…..”I can see home now, talking about how he killed Bin Laden.”
    We has seen it before when he took credit for the Captain Phillips rescue.

  18. WeeWeed says:

    Also, the colonial tavern is now open!!

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  19. stellap says:

    Never underestimate good old American ingenuity! Businesses engage in “job sharing” to avoid Obamacare punishment:

  20. cajunkelly says:

    Nytol, thanks everyone, again, for your support. Had a weak moment a bit ago…DH is sleepin on the sofa (as usual) and left his smokes lying on the dining room table….yeah, I was tempted, but only long enough to remember how nice it is to wake up now in the mornings and not cough. :)

    It truly is amazing how quickly the lungs start clearing.

    Gonna go crash with an e-book. Got day number three under my belt! And if’n I *do* fall down…I’ma git up again!

    But so far….I’ma doin g’g’g’g’g’g’g’g’goooood! (Imitatin’ Jeff Dunham’s “Peanut”)

  21. ottawa925 says:

    I agree with O’Reilly on ALL of this … my question is why don’t these states want Jessica’s law?

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