Monday Open Thread – February 25th

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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72 Responses to Monday Open Thread – February 25th

  1. WeeWeed says:

    Happy Monday! Mornin’ all.

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    • Sha says:

      Happy Monday ! WeeWeed and everyone else.

    • John Denney says:

      The sequestration “cuts” are less than 2%. Hey! Here’s an idea! Tell the fed to keep the inflation target rate at 0%, instead of the current 2.5%. Then the sequestration “cuts” will actually be “increases”!

    • Sharon says:

      Oh. Now I see what the problem is. From the article:

      Conservatives are living fossils, trapped in a time when lying was considered a bad thing, taking other people’s property was a sin, spending money that doesn’t exist was a self-destructive folly, and believing you could “build that” was a sign of adulthood.

      That pretty well nails it, doesn’t it?

  2. eweturn says:

    Bill Whittle. Like only he can.
    Virtual President SOTU

  3. Sharon says:

    And the circus goes on. John Kerry–SOS!–has been SOS! for about 10 days or something and they’re already having to “salvage” his efforts as SOS!.

    The Obama administration has provided millions in non-lethal aid to the rebel forces but has balked at supplying arms to them, citing fears that the weapons would wind up in the hands of anti-American Islamists.

    Senior U.S. officials said Sunday that frenetic efforts were underway to persuade the Syrian rebels to rethink their position and agree to a meeting with Kerry before he reaches Italy on Thursday.

    If there was anybody there out in a position to receive and respond to our SOS we should desperately be sending out thousands of them. But there isn’t.

    I am curious about one thing though: Is it now actually gubmint policy that they DON’T want weapons to end up in the hands of anti-American Islamists? Isn’t that going to make O’Bowma’s allies mad? We’re gonna need another reset button if they don’t watch it.

  4. czarowniczy says:

    AARRRGGGGGGGHHHH!!!!!!! Scream of utter and almost complete frustration. Have any of you bought a new washing machine lately? If so, why? I needed a new no-frills top loader to wash field clothes in so that the dirt and crud you pick up working in the hinterland won’t clog up the house unit, my faithful washer of twenty-plus years gave up the ghost and can’t be repaired. I bought a new name-brand unit, plugged it it and..SURPRISE!

    From the new Department of Energy stand5rads for top loaders your clothes come out nearly as dirty as they went in. A ‘full’ tub of water is just less than half a tub full, the pre-set rinse level is less than half a tub – it barely covers the clothes you’ve washed, and the ‘hot’ setting on wash is barely tepid, and there is no ‘second rinse’ function. Clothes I put in and soaked for hours barely got clean and even the it was a stretch of the definition of the word ‘clean’. A little digging provided the answer – the Dept of Energy, with nothing better to do – had prescribed new standards for washer efficiency. a few calls to the DoE got me a spokesperson who fed me back – karma – the same do-nothing/say-nothing crap my section fed the public for years. Seems the DoE based the standards on conservation of energy alone with no regards as to how the regs would effect users and how user’s reactions might negate their efforts. Being Feds the top-down method is all they know. Explaining that the machines work so poorly I have friends who have a hose that goes from their sink in the washroom to their new top-loader so that they can get a full and hot, hot water fill and do likewise with the cold on rinse, and run an extra rinse for extra sudsy washes just get me a ‘there not following Federal guidelines’ blurb. Explaining that I use my machine with a solar water heater and the gray water gos right back to my drain field got me a ‘Sir, that’s still a waste of energy to heat the solar water’ and ‘you mean you flush your water right back out onto the ground’? Wonder if the USDA has a section that deals with the outfall from farmer-DoE washing machine section interactions? When the history of this nation’s fall is written there should be at least two very large books on how innercity Federal civil service detritus hires fed the fall with their sheer lack of basic knowledge and understanding.

    • czarowniczy says:

      Yes I know there are typos and sentence structure errors – consider it a measure of how p*ssed I was when I free-form wrote it out.

      • aliashubbatch says:

        Living in the days of style over substance. You can preach to a lib on how much these new machines suck, but their only retort would be that “they look so cool though!” :roll:

      • michellc says:

        The last one I bought, lasted two weeks after the warranty ran out, the part to fix it cost as much as the washer cost. In addition I hated it the entire time I had it as farmer’s clothes get dirty and I would have to hand wash and soak clothes overnight before throwing them into the washer in order to get them clean or run them through the washer 3 or 4 times. I went and bought an old washer at an auction for $50 bucks, no frills or whistles except it actually has enough water to clean my clothes through one round.

        • czarowniczy says:

          I had mine ‘adjusted’ so that it fills to a nigher level than the Feds allow – expect the DoE SWAT (Special Washer-Adjustments Team) to chopper in and sieze my non-compliant machine any time now. “Sir, you’ve illegally converted your semiauto washer to a fully automatic cleaning device.” Luckily OI’m retired and have the time to play their silly games.

        • stellap says:

          Good for you! We have a couple of businesses that recondition and resell appliances. I have bought both a washer and dryer there in the past, and they lasted a long time. For a couple of extra bucks they delivered and hooked up the machines the same day.

          The ones I have now were purchased new, but are more than twelve years old.

          On a similar subject, you probably are quite well aware that many states have passed laws regarding dishwasher detergent – they have removed the phosphates – so that the detergents no longer clean properly. At first I was adding trisodium phosphate to the “new” detergent, which helped but didn’t solve the problem. Recently, I found out that you can buy detergent via the internet. It is supposedly for commercial use only, so I lied. The company I ordered from is Bubble Bandit. The product works beautifully, and even cleans the inside of my dishwasher, which had started to look quite dingy.

      • WeeWeed says:

        Yes…. and we have the commode Nazis, as well – your “new” commode that cannot flush a t*rd with a teaspoon of water CAN be converted to normal by one’s plumber, but all parties involved must keep their traps shut. :evil:

        • michellc says:

          Don’t buy a new one they figured out how to stop that. My nephew is a plumber and he was telling me about the new improved non tampering residential toilets. They’re putting smaller capacity tanks on them, but if you want to pay out the wazoo you can buy the tankless toilets and adjust them.
          That was the problem with the one we bought, the tank only held a small amount of water, so I have the illegal toilet. lol

        • michellc says:

          BTW weed I wonder what they’d do if we all went back to the old ways of digging a hole, putting the outhouse on top of the hole and covering up the hole when it was full and moving the outhouse to a new hole? I wonder how many laws that would break?

          • WeeWeed says:

            Well, out here they’d notice, as we’d have to blast that hole in the caliche with dynamite. You gettin’ any of this gawd-awful wind ‘n weather up there??

            • michellc says:

              It’s cold and raining but the wind’s died down a little. I’m going to have to put my waders on if this rain doesn’t stop soon. The good thing is I live on top of a hill, so it’ll all start running off if it ever stops.

        • czarowniczy says:

          They will have my huge water-wasting crapper when they pry it from my cold, dead rubber-gloved hands. Then again, the water comes from my well and goes back out to my fields so, gyuess I’m flush.

    • stellap says:

      Apparently your little friend (or fiend) at the DoE never heard of a septic system. These energy and environmental Nazis will be the death of us all – well, maybe not death, unless one can die from aggravation.

      • Josh says:

        I’ve been told that it is on *their* radar to rid all areas of septic systems. It won’t be tomorrow but it will be.

      • michellc says:

        And the stupid toilets. The guy we use to pump our septic tank told us that all of this new stuff is destroying septic systems mainly in the new houses where everything is the new stuff. We had to buy a new toilet and that thing didn’t fill up with enough water to even flush properly. We brought it home and installed it and the darn thing wouldn’t flush. We called where we bought it and complained and they were nice enough to take it back and swap it out for one that had been sitting in the back for several years. She told me when she sold it to me that this was the last year she could sell it legally.
        I couldn’t help it I busted out laughing that you could be a criminal for selling a toilet.
        My sister bought a new dishwasher when she updated her kitchen and she hates it. I have her old one which nothing is wrong with it’s sitting in our storage building just in case. I told her she could have it back and just order her some of those self cling panels and put on it. I’m going to quit buying anything new. I go to a lot of estate sales and can always find used appliances and we have a retired friend that has just started salvaging old bathroom fixtures and appliances and restores them in his shop.

        • stellap says:

          Did you read what I wrote above about the reformulation of dishwasher detergent? That might have something to do with the effectiveness of the new dishwasher.

          • michellc says:

            I’ll tell her about it. My dishwasher is older and I hope to never have to replace it, but if I do, I will replace it with her older one. You can order the self cling dishwasher covers, you can get them in solid colors to match your other appliances or even get them with pictures on them.

          • michellc says:

            I misread your post above and thought it was just the new dishwashers not the detergent. I buy my dishwasher detergent from this place who sells to restaurants. I have to buy it in bulk but it’s cheaper and does a better job.

        • stellap says:

          Talking about toilets – after the new laws about toilets in the U.S., you could still buy the old toilets with large tanks in Canada (maybe you still can, but I don’t know). People here in Michigan were going to Canada to buy a new toilet. Ridiculous.

          • czarowniczy says:

            Septic system? These are urban Welfare-to-Something-That-Resembles-Work hirees, that be too cawntree fo’ them. I have this vision of DC bureaucrat division chiefs going to the monthly ‘WTF Have You Done’ meeting and some Director leering at them over the table, silently demanding either some tidbit of accomplishment he can flush up the chain or a pound of flesh – either will do. Some sweaty puke relieving the ribbon of sweat building around his collar reflexively yells, “Hey, let’s make washing machines more efficient!”. All look at one another blankly as the Director says “Anyone here know anything about washing machine?”, and it goes on from there. My aerobic septic system is more efficient than the town’s is, I can pump the – err – effluent out 200 feet to my knee-high grass and hardwood stand where it will gently flow towards the lake and be absorbed by the flora – or some politician wandering by. The wastewater is sprayed out over a treed and grassy area – no smell and no chlorine. I’m just waiting for some EPA puke to start demanding that rural farms box up their ‘effluent’ and send it in a sealed container to a PO box in Washington where the appropriate agency will store it just in case Congress ever has a production shortage. We already have USDA ‘experts’ with no college degrees in agriculture coming out in the field to guide us blind and ignorant farmers and ranchers to the light, why not be led by the uninformed for other agencies as well?

            • michellc says:

              Heck with the college degrees, they couldn’t tell you the difference between a cow or a bull, a holstein or a longhorn. They couldn’t tell you the difference between a corn field or a wheat field. Because the closest they ever came to a cow was seeing one on tv and the closest they ever came to a corn field or wheat field was the canned corn and the wheat roll on their dinner plate.

              • czarowniczy says:

                Yep, my NCRS agent is retiring, he’s had it. We’re betting his replacement will be more PC and have a degree in interpretive dance or minority history.

              • czarowniczy says:

                NRCS – fat-fingered the hell out of that one. Then again as an ex-Fed I still hold that 60% is fully functional.

      • czarowniczy says:

        Ain’t the only Federal agency I’ve run into that don’t know creap

    • Josh says:

      Thanks for the heads-up on this issue.

      “Seems the DoE based the standards on conservation of energy alone with no regards as to how the regs would effect users and how user’s reactions might negate their efforts.” Say it ain’t so!

    • CrankyinAZ says:

      Don’t even get me started on appliances… Thanks to the “Smart Meter” on our house, which blew up… we’ve had to replace a number of them, including the compressor on our A/C unit. Did the electric company pay for it? Nope. #$%@#SF!!!!

      I digress. We had to replace our washer this year too… it started making noises only airplanes make upon take-off. Broken airplanes. We had already had it repaired once… and it was only 6 years old. All I can suggest is if you want cheap.. buy something older, like what you had. Nothing made in the last 10-15 years is worth a piece of ——!

      On the other hand… Consumer Reports has a listing of washers, both front and top loaders (Dec 2012 or Jan 2013?) that gives a good breakdown by price and quality of reliable brands.

  5. 22tula says:

    “Progressives Pride Themselves on Dividing America: New Website? Wage”
    Discover the Networks – February 21, 2013

    “The Russians and American Progressives: Together Again”
    link – “Take Back the American Dream”
    By Cliff Kincaid – February 23, 2012

  6. 22tula says:

    “19 arrested at Chicago mall – where were moms when teen melee shut the mall?”
    By Lisa Suhay – February 25, 2013

    Where are the moms? How about where are the dads?
    Why would they post a 2005 photo of 6 boys? Were they at the Chicago mall?

    The Blaze – Video

  7. michellc says:

    Received in e-mail.

    You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.

    You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. You feel guilty for being successful. You vote people into office who tax your cows, forcing you to sell one to raise money to pay tax. The people you voted for then take the tax money and buy a cow and give it to your neighbor. You feel righteous.

    You have two cows. The government seizes both and provides you with a cup of milk a day.

    You have two cows. You sell one, buy a bull and build a herd of your own.

    • texan59 says:

      Pretty soon this tightrope act is gonna bite Imam Jawbone, The Earl of Skeet©. Unfortunately, it may not be in my lifetime. Every single one of ‘em has gotten a little too close to the fire though. This one ain’t no different. :evil:

  8. Josh says:

    Below is the website of Chief Kessler, Chief of Police in Gilberton Borough, Pennsylvania. You may remember him as the one who brought an ordinance to his council titled: “2nd Amendment Preservation Ordinance/Resolution”

    “On January 3rd 2013 I drafted legislation called ( The 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution ) so i could introduce this resolution to local elected officials in Gilberton Borough Pennsylvania for consideration, The legislation was to reaffirm the 2nd Amendment of the united states constitution “WHICH READS “(A WELL REGULATED MILITIA, BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE, THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED ) Along with the Pennsylvania CONSTITUTION which states (THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS IN DEFENSE OF THEMSELVES OR THAT OF A FREE STATE SHALL NOT BE QUESTIONED) I wanted to draw my line in the sand! I wanted to ask my elected officials to stand with freedom, stand with the oath they took to defend freedom, to stand with so many great Americans that shed their blood or gave the ultimate sacrifice defending.”

    “On January 24th 2013 at 7:13pm Gilberton Borough Council adopted the resolution making history during a time of great uncertainty! NOW for those of you who Think NO one has a right to keep and bear arms I suggest you buy a one-way ticket to the nearest dictatorship country! Cuba is close, the weather is beautiful all year round! OK with that out the way Let me explain to those who really don’t know what the 2nd amendment is really about, First our founding fathers learned from their experiences! coming from a tyrannical dictatorship country that looked down on the people as peasants, often killing thousands, taking property, raping wives/daughters and much more.”

    “Our founding fathers came to America to start a new life free from tyranny, oppression and dictatorship, to live free and express freedom without reprisals from Dictators! they drafted the constitution specifically adding the 2nd Amendment to protect themselves from THE GOVERNMENT PERIOD! the 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with hunting or sporting purposes whatsoever! no matter what the main stream media states or the tyrannical politicians! “WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, FORM A MILITIA, DEFEND FREE STATES OR OUR COUNTRY BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY! (DO YOU GET IT ?)”

    “I will stand with freedom before I side with tyrannical thugs! Now to every law enforcement personnel standing on BOZOS STAGE siding with TYRANNY condemning firearm owners I have a message just for you! (YOU DISGUST ME!) To all true OATH KEEPERS, I commend you for your courage by standing with freedom and the oath you taken.”

  9. 22tula says:

    Rule Number One – Know your geography and who controls what block.

    Harper High School Podcast Part 1 & 2
    February 15, 2013

  10. 22tula says:

    Band-aid basketball – keeping them in/under the hood.

    Discover the networks – Michael Pfleger

  11. 22tula says:

    Rule Number One – Know your geography and who controls the block.

    The Doctor is in the House @ 9:40
    ” … but between the covers of those books, I can go anywhere___)” Dr. Benjamin Carson

    “How to Eradicate Illiteracy in America”
    By Sam Blumenfeld – November 27, 2012

    Samuel Blumenfeld – NEA

  12. 22tula says:

    TruNews – Podcast – Click Blue Triangle or Red Box
    Rick Wiles February 25, 2013
    Guest – Former FBI agent John Guandolo @ 11:06

    • 22tula says:

      You can watch the entire video here justfactsplz.

      • justfactsplz says:

        Thank you so much. It tells it like it is.

        • 22tula says:

          You’re welcome justfactsplz.
          Yes it does tell it like it is. Trevor Loudon, who was in the film is the Best!
          He was one of the first if not the first who was sounding the alarm.
          Trevor Loudon – August 7, 2012

          Trevon Loudon – Excerpt From Tea Party Video Posted Above @ 43:30
          “… but in 2008, the left thought they had a slam dunk in this country. They had the White House. They had the Senate and they had the House. They had all three ducks in a row. And they were going to steamroll middle America into oblivion. They had their agenda already primed, and it was already to go. But in 2009 and 2010, You people here, and hundreds of thousands, millions like You, all around this Country, You Got Up, and You Stood Up, You Stood on Your Constitution, and You Campaigned, and You Blogged, and You E-Mailed, and You Marched, and You Disseminated Information to Your Friends, and You Stopped the Agenda of the Left – Stoned Cold Dead.

          You know, You Stopped, “Card Check,” You Stopped, “Cap & Trade,” You Slowed Down and Watered Down, “ObamaCare,” and You Took Back The House. And the Left has No Idea what to do about You. And I tell You what, You Stopped Them Stone Called Dead, and they hate You for it; which is why I Love You For It.

          You know, I know when You are in a movement, You often don’t realize how significant that movement is. But You Guys Gave Your Country a Second Chance. You Really Did.

          You May Not Know That….You’ve Done More Than That, because I Believe what You started, I think this is 1773, of the Second American Revolution. OK, This is the Beginning of the Second American Revolution. And I know a lot of You Guys, you know, You are in this movement..I talk to people all around the Country, the Tea Party, and they all say to me, “This is tough going. Is anybody listening? There’s not enough of us. Are we wasting our time?” And I say to You, as an Outsider, someone with an outside view, What You Have Achieved In 2 or 3 Years Is Nothing Short than Astounding. You know the Left thinks You gone away. But Right Now, You Are Monitoring the Votes, You’re in the State Houses, You’re in the County Commissions, You’re Rolling Back Agenda 21, You’re in the School Boards. You have started a Revolution, that’s going to affect this Country for decades and hundred of years to come.

          And You think about 1773, 40% of the country loved the British, 40% didn’t care, and 10-15% supported the idea of a revolution, if that. But a bunch of farmers, and shopkeepers, and lawyers, and blacksmiths and seamstresses, united by an ideal, took on the greatest empire, the world had ever known to that point, and bloody well beat them. And how Miraculous is that. And Now You Guys Are Going To Do It Again.
          OK. You Out There. This Revolution Will Not Stop in 2012.
          But, by the way, if You can think of any Three Months in Your Lifetime, that is a Better Investment of Hard Work, for the Future of this Country, if there is any Better Time in the Next 3 Months? You Tell Me about it. Cause this is the time to Roll Up your sleeves, like never before. You are going to take This past 2012. You are going to carry this Revolution forward for many years. And You are going to put your federal government right back where it belongs. Right under Your Foot.
          And please do not think You are alone because there are millions of people, all around this world, watching everything You do, rooting for You every step of the way. Because they know, that when you guys take your Republic back, that’s going to inspire us to do the same in our Countries.

          So you guys are doing the right things …. You have had major victories all over this country, and the GOP is frightened. And the Democrats are even more frightened.

          So you guys are winning. You may not realize it. But You actually are. Sometimes you need a bit of perspective. We all look back at those guys two hundred years. Right? And what they did. They risk their lives, their liberty and their sacred honor, to give you a Republic. And look at the Country They Created. Look how incredible It is.

          So You think about two hundred years from now. There’s going to be some young kid, sitting in front of a civics class, in some high school in America, and he is going to puff out his chest, and he is going to say to his classmates, ‘I did some research into my family background. And guest what. My great, great, great, great, great, great, grandma and grand daddy, there were in the Tea Party. And They Saved Our Republic, in those dark days of the early 2000’s. They Stood Up and They Took Our Republic Back. And We Owe the Freedom and the Prosperity and the Liberty we have Today because of what They did back then.’ And can You think of any movement… more powerful than that? Can You?

          I want to Thank You For Coming Tonight. But I want to Thank You so much for what You are doing, because what You are doing is Historic. So Thank You very much for what You are doing and God Bless America.” – Trevor Loudon

  13. cajunkelly says:

    (sigh) my arse is draggin my tracks out behind me ..I’m so tired…what a hell day. Everybody kept “Mondaying” all over me, all day.

    Good news is…even though today was the toughest yet, I’m *still* up on my wagon!

    Ain’t givin in…nyet…way too far into this now.

    Y’all have a good night. (yawn)

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