Tuesday Open Thread – March 27th

Our 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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119 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread – March 27th

  1. stellap says:

    Good morning, all! Time for coffee and winter coats. It’s 28 degrees in my backyard right now. Brrrrr!


  2. zmalfoy says:

    So. . . what this I hear about the State of MI ordering the deaths of privately owned livestock, based on hair color?

    Apparently, they’ve decided that some pigs, raised for decades in the state, are now an “invasive species”, and anyone owning such pigs will have their live stock slaughtered by the gov’t, and the owners will be arrested and go to jail.

    Anyone here got the other side of the story? Like, is there somewhere, a good reason for this? Or is this a way to 1)Appease local “immigrant” populations while 2) flushing out all those willing to fight for their liberties?

    This unnerves me, because I only grow open pollinated and heirloom fruits and veggies– and if this stood as some sort of precedent, Monsanto or other such companies could follow the same route. . . Likewise, professional apiaries could move to have privately owned hives destroyed. . .


  3. WeeWeed says:

    Morning, guys! Get yer coffee ready, this one’s pretty nauseating, “President Put-Down.”



  4. WeeWeed says:

    Doc, “Manufacturing The Martin Narrative.”



  5. WeeWeed says:

    From Chuck Norris (so yas better read it!) “Not All Presidential Orders Are Created Equal.”



  6. texan59 says:

    “The Plot to Get Rush”

    Back story on the “boycott”. Guess who’s next in line?



  7. ytz4mee says:

    Good Morning, folks. Off to a special “self-defense on the fencing strip” course this AM for the Slasher. Sad that it comes to this.


  8. texan59 says:

    Random act of journalism alert!

    My local Fox 26 affiliate is interviewing a cardiac surgeon who is evescerating Obummercare. Of all the local stations, they tend to be the one who is closest to the center. They aren’t anywhere near Foxnews, but at least they let us be heard on occasion. I’ll have to check tonight to see if the video is available.


  9. tnwahm says:

    Good Morning Treeper Patriots.
    Here’s a little info about Bacon to get your day going on the right note.

    The Rules of Bacon:

    1. There MUST always be bacon in the fridge. Always.
    2. There does not exist a food that does not go well with Bacon.
    3. There are two kinds of people in the world; those who like Bacon, and those who will be used as fodder in the case of a zombie apocalypse.
    4. Even pigs like Bacon. Fact.
    5. Crispy and chewy are both acceptable ways to cook Bacon. Thou shalt not discriminate.
    6. 60% of the world’s promblems can be solved by cooking more bacon.
    7. Bacon presents exactly zero health risks. Shut Up.
    8. If your computer is an antiquated and slow, you can feed it bacon through the floppy drive to make it run faster.
    9. Meals without Bacon are reaely worth eating.
    10. When given a breathalyzer, the number they give you is your BAC. This is short for “Bacon” and is equal to the number of slices of Bacon you should eat divided by 100.
    11. Thou shalt always consume Bacon on the Sabbath, and the Mondath and the Tuesdath and The . . .
    12. Bacon gets you laid.

    Have a Great Day All!


  10. solaratov says:

    Ooo-rah!! 👿


  11. GAFFNEY: Leading no followers to ‘Global Zero’
    Obama’s plans for U.S. nuclear-weapons reduction will be unilateral



  12. Metro derailed by culture of complacence, incompetence, lack of diversity
    ‘Inept get promoted, … capable get buried’


    Eric Holder’s Department of “Just Us” has no comment.


    • zmalfoy says:

      Didn’t even click– so not surprised. They keep raising fares so they can “Do much needed maintenance”– and the escalators still don’t work!!!


  13. freedom1781 says:

    Union Boss Violence and Intimidation

    Hubby is so pro-union. If I were to show him this video he would think that it’s Hollywood fiction.


  14. Coincidence? Obama camp peddles 2012 ‘Hoodies’
    So when the Obama camp announced via Twitter yesterday that it was putting its 2012 hoodies on sale, it got some thinking: Is the President trying to capitalize off the death of Martin?



  15. Menagerie says:

    Grunt I just took the time to listen to your link from yesterday, because I wanted to have plenty of time and quiet to take it in. How fortunate you are to have this man in your parish as a deacon. Wow. What a truly powerful statement he made. Does most of your parish agree?


    • Enough to give him immediate and thunderous applause when he finished, despite the fact that you generally don’t clap for homilies. Yes, apparently people are hungry for leaders who tell it like it is and aren’t afraid to stand up. Our PV (Asst. Pastor), who was celebrating the mass with Deacon Pete, made a point of enthusiastically agreeing with everything he said.


  16. Menagerie says:

    PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS. Not what you think it is about, but GREAT!!!!

    Since we are not going to get gasoline back to $1.50 per gallon and coffee to $2.00 per pound maybe this would be a solution we could live with.

    DIVORCE AGREEMENT — This is so incredibly well-put, and I can hardly believe it’s by a young person, a student!! Whatever he runs for, I’ll vote for him!
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, regressive, Marxists, and Obama supporters, et. al.:

    We have stuck together since the late 1950s for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.

    Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let’s just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.

    Here is a model separation agreement:

    1. Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by land mass, each taking a similar portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy. Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides had such distinct and disparate tastes.

    2. We don’t like redistributive taxes, so you can keep them.

    3. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU.

    4. Since you hate guns and war, we’ll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA, and the military.

    5. We’ll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and you can go with wind, solar, and bio-diesel.

    6. You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore, and Rosie O’Donnell. You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them.

    7. We’ll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart, and Wall Street.

    8. You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless homeboys, hippies, druggies, and illegal aliens.

    9. We’ll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO’s and rednecks.

    10. We’ll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood .

    11. You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we’ll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us.

    12. You can have the peace-niks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we’ll help provide them security.

    13. We’ll keep our Judeo-Christian values.

    14. You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness, and Shirley McLain. You can also have the U.N., but we will no longer be paying the bill.

    15. We’ll keep the SUV’s, pickup trucks, and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Subaru station wagon you can find.

    16. You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors..

    17. We’ll continue to believe healthcare is an earned luxury and not a right.

    18. We’ll keep “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “The National Anthem.”

    19. I’m sure you’ll be happy to substitute “Imagine”, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”, “Kum Ba Ya,” or “We Are the World”.

    20. We’ll practice trickledown economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.

    21. Since it often so offends you, we’ll keep our history, our name and our constitution and our flag.

    22. Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along to other like-minded liberal and conservative patriots and if you do not agree, just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I’ll bet you answer which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.

    John J. Wall
    Law Student and an American

    P.S.: Also, please take Ted Turner, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Barbara Streisand, and Jane Fonda with you.

    P.S.S..: And you won’t have to “Press 1 for English” when you call our country.

    Forward this every time you get it! Let’s keep this going; maybe some of it will start sinking in!



  17. Okay, just for the lulz I present the “Swiss Army Knife Song” by Hank Hufnagel.


    Hank is the guy who designs the Tent CAD software that we use at work. He’s a genius and has the quirkiest sense of humor. Do yourself a favor and watch.


  18. Shalini says:

    I just read that Sergeant Bales is charged with the murder of an unborn child as well, increasing the victim count to 17. I didn’t know that in the U.S. you could be held accountable for the murder of an unborn child. I just read about the law. How does the pro-choice position reconcile with this law? This is confusing!


  19. An interesting line of questioning on the Obummercare individual mandate:

    One of the justices asked what about requiring every American to buy burial insurance? After all, everyone dies at some point.


  20. stellap says:

    Why are the parents of Trayvon Martin in Washington DC, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee? If someone in my family is a crime victim, will they invite me too?


    • GracieD says:

      Nope Stella, you are not the right demographic. 😉


    • texan59 says:

      I believe this was a sub-sub committee headed up by Queen Sheila. Not for sure, but that was the buzz around the Houston talk-waves today. Similar to the Fluke thing. Not a “real” committe hearing, but a show-pony thing.


  21. stellap says:

    “We understand we have financial difficulties,” Shabazz said. “Give us the help we want, need and deserve, not the help you want to impose on us. We don’t want an emergency manager or a consent decree. This is white supremacy, and we will fight you.

    “Before we let you take over our city, we will burn it down first.”

    This is a “minister” named Malik Shabazz in Detroit, quoted during hearings regarding the Emergency Manager law. Today on the radio, he didn’t take back what he said, but told our local radio genius, Frank Beckmann, that he is a peaceful guy who wouldn’t burn anything. Of course, the public statement is the one that everybody in the “hood” heard.



  22. Revealed: Inside Obama’s Individual Mandate Memo and Why He Changed His Mind


    Very interesting article.


  23. Sweetness & Light blog analyzes an article posted at The Daily Beast:

    Obama Better Off If Obama-Care Overturned



  24. freedom1781 says:

    Obama’s 2nd-term agenda? House Dems propose raising taxes by 40%, including on middle class


  25. You and God Are Under Attack: Beck Breaks Down Atheism and the Religious Left


    The headline makes it sound like it’s something new. However, the Left’s war against religion (really Christianity & Judaism) has been going on for over 50 years.


  26. Global Warming Models Are Wrong Again
    The observed response of the climate to more CO2 is not in good agreement with predictions.



  27. freedom1781 says:

    Allen West Attacked by AstroTurf Leftist Organization


  28. An official State Department communication has labeled Jerusalem and Israel as separate entities.



  29. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) says:

    Weak schools may be security threat
    Report: System overhaul needed



    • CFR recommends what is essentially another federal government takeover.


    • ytz4mee says:

      So sick of everything be labelled a “security risk” so they can scare people into bending to their will.

      “Core curriculum standards” are Fabian-speak for forced indoctrination, that everyone must adhere to a set viewpoint and “standards”. Tolerance is preached until the Left gains control, and then everyone MUST adhere to the same viewpoint.

      And the high rate of those ineligible for military service because of a criminal record and/or poor education does NOT apply to white applicants. Like the PISA global standardized testing, the US standards fell across the board. Tease out the test-takers by race, and their test scores paralleled those of the same race in all the countries testing took place. Whites in the US kept pace with other white students in other nations.


        • ytz4mee says:

          Yep. The so-called “Achievement Gap” is universal and pretty consistent across the globe.
          But we’re not supposed to expose the elephant in the room. Upsets the narrative.
          I like to remind people who clamor for more “resources” for “education” about the KC school board case, where a federal judge unilaterally doubled the property taxes on all the predominately white homeowners to subsidize every single educational fantasy of minority activists, who continue to claim that the “Achievement Gap” is based on being denied resources, the best facilities, best qualified teachers, etc that “white” students have. So, they were given every.single.thing they claimed was preventing “success” for blacks, and guess what? Millions of dollars wasted, white students disadvantaged, and STILL no improvement in the “Achievement Gap”. Huh. Almost makes you think maybe some other factor is at work…..



          • Here in Washington, teachers make on average $75,000 per year (not including benefits). And frankly, I think school here stinks. Too much time spent on crap that doesn’t matter.


            • Couldn’t agree with you more about schools, PD. It’s the same here. You wonder when they ever have time for actual learning. Might interfere with the global warming studies and mourning sessions over the fictitious dying polar bears.


  30. freedom1781 says:

    Art professor impersonated tea party activist, staged Facebook hacking, calls it ‘performance art’



  31. freedom1781 says:

    We’re #1!


  32. Betsy McCaughey on Fox Business on February 3, 2012:

    Romneycare and Obamacare Are Identical


  33. I *heart* IowaHawk! 🙂


  34. stellap says:

    This is an old article, but interesting information about the health care business in the U.S. Tex, I’ll be interested to hear your comments on the subject.



    • It’s amazing to me that people believe that health insurance is a “free market”. First of all, the government is completely in charge of Tricare, VA, Medicare, Medicaid, health care on Indian reservations, and health care for government workers. That’s like most of health insurance right there. Then, state governments have all kinds of mandates, laws, and regulations that tell health insurance companies what they can and cannot do. The federal government does, too, although not as many (pre-ObummerCare). Now with ObummerCare there’s hardly anything free market about it. I’m also interested in Tex’s take on it.


    • texan59 says:

      Excellent article. Analysis is spot on regarding most things such as mandates, taxes, and so forth. I don’t have it at hand, but Mark Levin tore up the whole myth about the “uninsured” in Liberty and Tyranny. It appears this article used that info, but Levin goes into much more detail.

      There are a couple thing not mentioned in the article. Since all this went down, two of the CEO’s of for-profit insurers (Aetna and CIGNA) went bye-bye. Essentially they fell on their swords when they found out they got hoodwinked by Teh Won. It wasn’t publicized as such, but that’s the Paul Harvey on their exits.

      The second thing, which is much more important, IMHO, is the manner in which the public insurance companies follow the lead of the gov’t. run programs like Medicare. By this, what I mean is that for approval of many new(er) procedures, frequency of tests – re: PSA, mammograms and so forth. The biggie is medication though. If Medicare approves a med for distribution, typically the insurance companies follow suit. The opposite is also true. One exception – Medicare does NOT cover Viagra, Cialis as many believe. They don’t. Most private insurers do cover them. For those who have coverage through their employer, it is a decision typically made by the employer, not the insurance company.

      He also doesn’t really get into the different types of “insurance”. For those who work for an employer over 200-300 employees, their plans are “self-funded”. This is essentially a cost-plus financing of insurance claims. Until very recently, this type of program has been able to evade most of those mandates laid out by the states, except for maternity coverage. If you work for a small company or buy individual policies, you are at the mercy of the state you live in.

      Thanks for the post. I had never seen it before. 😀


  35. stellap says:

    From the SCOTUS Blog: Today’s argument in Plain English: Will the mandate squeak by?



  36. stellap says:

    My nephew just posted this on Facebook. I don’t usually share stuff like this, but I think this kid has a terrific voice – beautiful and moving.


  37. Awww of the day:

    Rescuing Fiona


  38. stellap says:

    This is sick –

    “Here is your new low. This weekend in Wisconsin, a supporter of Governor Scott Walker had her child threatened, her home cased, and her dog killed.”



  39. stellap says:

    US Troop Deaths in Afghan War Under Obama Now Twice That Under Bush



  40. solaratov says:

    Abandon hope, all ye who enter here………………………

    The future of America is in their hands.



  41. Anyone else notice that whenever there is a big national story Mitt Romney drops out of sight.?

    Obamacare – Poof Mitt disappears
    Debt Ceiling – Poof Mitt Disappears
    Ryan Budget 2011 – Poof Mitt Disappears
    Ground Zero Mosque – Poof Mitt Disappears
    New York gay marriage law – Poof Mitt Disappears
    TSA Screening Controversy – Poof Mitt Disappears
    Egypt Feb 2011 – Poof Mitt Disappears
    Gabby Giffords Shooting – Poof Mitt Disappears
    Trayvon Mitchell – again NO MITT.

    I wonder what kind of POTUS he would be?


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