Friday Open Thread – December 21st


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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96 Responses to Friday Open Thread – December 21st

  1. nobaddog says:

    Amazing. Were a speck in the universe but were going somewhere fast. The stars are always the same though so were all going the same speed. Whats beyond the universe?


    • Bijou says:

      Here is a presentation that shows all the objects that are known in the ‘universe’.
      Slowwwwwly, slide the bar at the bottom…smallest measurable on left and progresses to right.


    • jordan2222 says:

      I used to drive myself crazy thinking about the universe and it having no end. Infinity is a deep, difficult concept.

      Wonder if you might figure it out if you smoked pot or did LSD.


    • howie says:

      We are not going round and round the Sun. We are in a spiral. Behind it. Making way.


    • John Denney says:

      And if I understand astrophysics correctly, it’s not just that the objects in space are moving apart from each other, but space itself, the vacuum that is naively thought to be nothing, is really “something” and is expanding.
      Fascinating that the concept is mentioned several times in the Old Testament, e.g., Isaiah 42:5a, “Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out;”


      • Sharon says:

        I love the simply explosive concepts that quietly sit within some individual OT verses. It really is “something” in a number of ways! 🙂


    • Sharon says:

      Concise. (and terrifying)_

      …and impossible to read without getting a pre-headache thingies!….good grief….why do people think that small white text on a black background is a good choice! Appreciated the info though–been looking for something like that for awhile.


      • howie says:

        I know. I think it is important to understand what they are doing. Trying to prevent deflation. Being prepared requires knowledge. In the end they will fail. The only question that is debatable is when. Look to Zimbabwe.


        • Sharon says:

          When Zimbabwe was falling in on itself a few years back after the farmers were kicked off their land, I followed a blog for awhile put together by some folks there. It was so weird, watching the deconstruction of what had been a thriving economy and culture as it was coming apart at the seams. That was the first time (pre-obama) that I realized I was looking at an actual example of what could happen to the United States if we got turned on our heads somehow.

          In 2007, I start saying in a conversational way to friends and acquaintances”We have no magical guarantee of continued existence as a nation. In matters of survival and thriving as a nation, we do not have special protection. We are NOT guaranteed national health ‘no matter what is done within the nation’.”

          They didn’t want to hear it. When I said it to them in the summer of 2008, I guess they were becoming a little uncomfortable where reality was concerned, because then they didn’t just poo-poo my comments, they got angry at me.

          Now some of them have just gone back to their knitting, “All things will continue as they were…all things will continue as they were….all things will continue as they were….ooohhmmmmmmm……”


      • jordan2222 says:

        Black on white should be required on all web pages.


    • cajunkelly says:

      Kapersky detected and denied a trojan….


      • stellap says:

        I have Kaspersky, and that happened to me the other day with Michelle’s Mirror. Their tech guy contacted me on Facebook, said they scanned and found nothing, and said that Kaspersky users were experiencing false positive trojans on their site. FWIW, I don’t detect a problem here.

        UPDATE: I got the same message on the link. Sorry, haven’t had coffee yet.


  2. ctdar says:

    Good! Everyone here? Phew….

    interesting …origin of the false flag:


  3. texan59 says:

    Checking in from TX. We seem to still be here. What time does the actual apocalypse start? Happy Friday all. 😀


  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids, and TGIF!! 😀



  5. cajunkelly says:

    (yawn) Still here….

    Now if today had coincided with Friday 13th…


  6. texan59 says:

    Merry Christmas all from Mr. & Mrs. Tex. My time here at my home away from home will be quite limited until late on Christmas day. We wish the best to all of you and your family. Remember, this is the time of year when we put the fun in dysfunctional!



  7. Auntie Lib says:

    We’re still here in MT. So all the work I didn’t do yesterday is sitting on the dest to get dome today.


  8. Michelle Hart says:

    Saw this and had to share…. It really wipes out the endless commie claims for white guilt….

    I always get a chuckle when I hear people make remarks about how sorry they are that that ‘white male privilege’ isn’t working for me. Oh? Privilege? I’m privileged to be associated with beer-swilling, knuckle-dragging, bar-trolling cavemen who only understand the words ‘football’ and ‘sex’? I’m privileged to work my happy little ass off because I’m not pretty enough to coast by on my good looks or mediocre singing or acting talent like a lot of female celebrities do? What privilege? I’m just another little gear in the big machine. Privilege was never really a huge part of my life, Yeah, I’m wearing a huge happy-hat.


  9. ottawa925 says:

    A Lil’girl asks Santa to have her Daddy home for Christmas. Cute kid.

    Zoe: I’m missing him so mutz.

    Her father: “My daughter is my whole world.”.


  10. waltherppk says:

    NRA News Conference regarding Connecticut school shootings


  11. rumpole2 says:


    President Barack Obama was in the Oval Office when his telephone rang. “Hello, President Obama” a heavily accented southern voice said. “This is Jimmy Boy, down here at Bump’s Catfish Shack, in Vicksburg , and I am callin’ to tell ya’ll that we are officially declaring war on y’all!”

    “Well Jimmy Boy,” Barack replied, “This is indeed important news! How big is your army?”

    “Right now,” said Jimmy Boy, after a moments calculation “there is myself, my cousin Tom, my next-door-neighbor and brother Gerald, and the whole dart team from JD’s Bait Shop. That makes eight or maybe nine depending if Bump can close the store.

    Barack paused. “I must tell you Jimmy Boy that I have one million men in my army waiting to move on my command.”

    “Wow,” said Jimmy Boy. “I’ll have to call ya back!”
    Sure enough, the next day, Jimmy Boy called again. “Mr. Obama, the war is still on! We have managed to acquire some infantry equipment!”

    “And what equipment would that be Jimmy Boy?” Barack asked.

    “Well sir, we have two combines, a bulldozer, and my brother Mike’s farm tractor.”

    President Obama sighed. “I must tell you Jimmy Boy, that I have 16,000 tanks and 14,000 armored personnel carriers. Also I’ve increased my army to one and a half million since we last spoke.”

    “Lord above”, said Jimmy Boy, “I’ll be getting back to ya.”

    Sure enough, Jimmy Boy called again the next day. “President Obama! I am sorry to have to tell you that we have had to call off this here war.”

    “I’m sorry to hear that” said Barack. “Why the sudden change of heart?”

    Well, sir,” said Jimmy Boy, “we’ve all sat ourselves down and had a long chat over sweet tea, catfish, greens and pie and come to realize that there’s just no way we can feed that many prisoners.”



  12. Josh says:

    I keep having to remind the kittens in my home of the perils of curiosity. I don’t know if they aren’t listening to me, don’t understand me or what.


    • rumpole2 says:

      I see your problem!!!!!

      YOU are not paying attention to what your kittens are saying… or you simply don’t understand them. But don’t despair.. kittens will stick with their human normally.


  13. rumpole2 says:

    A class of five-year old schoolchildren return to the classroom after playing in the playground during their break time.

    The teacher says to the first child ”Hello Becky, what have you been doing this playtime?”

    Becky replies ”I have been playing in the sand box.”

    ”Very good,” says the teacher ”if you can spell ‘sand’ on the blackboard, I will give you a biscuit.”

    Becky duly goes and writes ‘s a n d’ on the blackboard.

    ”Very good,” says the teacher and gives Becky a biscuit.

    The teacher then says, ‘Freddie, what have you been doing in your playtime?”

    Freddie replies, ”Playing with Becky in the sand box.”

    ”Very good,” says the teacher, ”if you can spell ‘box’ on the blackboard, I will also give you a biscuit.”

    Freddie duly goes and writes ‘b o x’ on the blackboard.

    ”Very good,” says the teacher and gives Freddie a biscuit.


    Teacher then says, ‘Hello Mohammed, have you been playing in the sand box with Becky and Freddie?”

    ”No,” replies Mohammed, ”I wanted to, but they would not let me. Every time I went near them they started throwing sand at me, calling me nasty names and asking to see under my jacket in case I had explosives.”

    ”Oh dear,” says the teacher, ”that sounds like blatant racial discrimination to me –
    I’ll tell you what, if you can spell ‘blatant racial discrimination’ I will give you a biscuit.”


  14. griz1234 says:

    Yet another illustration of just how insane the gun-grabbers are:


  15. howie says:

    The smartest thing the Gops could do is go home and ignore the media. Let them flail.


  16. howie says:

    Boner has more power than Obama or Reid. He is refusing to wield it. He gotta go. Not a penny can be spent without him. That is a fact.


    • stellap says:

      Not that I think Boehner is doing a good job, but his fellow Republicans refused to support him yesterday. Even if the house passes legislation, Reid will refuse to put it before the Senate, or the Senate will vote it down. Even if it passed the Senate, the President promised to veto anything that he hasn’t approved in advance. What do you suggest?


  17. WeeWeed says:

    Awesome email Christmas story……
    Beautiful story…. makes you understand that things happen for a reason The
    brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry, to
    reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn , arrived in early October excited
    about their opportunities. When they saw their church, it was very run down
    and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time to
    have their first service on Christmas Eve.

    They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc, and on
    December 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished.

    On December 19 a terrible tempest – a driving rainstorm – hit the area and
    lasted for two days.

    On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church.
    His heart sank when he saw that the roof had
    leaked, causing a large area of plaster about
    20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall
    of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit,
    beginning about head high.

    The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor,
    and not knowing what else to do but postpone
    the Christmas Eve service, headed home.
    On the way he noticed that a local business was
    having a flea market type sale for charity, so he
    stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful,
    handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth
    with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross
    embroidered right in the center. It was just
    the right size to cover the hole in the front
    wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.

    By this time it had started to snow. An older
    woman running from the opposite direction was
    trying to catch the bus. She missed it. The pastor
    invited her to wait in the warm church for
    the next bus 45 minutes later.

    She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor
    while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put
    up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor
    could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and
    it covered up the entire problem area.

    Then he noticed the woman walking down the center
    aisle. Her face was like a sheet. “Pastor,”
    she asked, “where did you get that tablecloth?”
    The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check
    the lower right corner to see if the initials ‘EBG’ were crocheted into
    it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had
    made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria .

    The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor
    told how he had just gotten “The Tablecloth”. The
    woman explained that before the war she and
    her husband were well-to-do people in Austria .

    When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave.
    Her husband was going to follow her the next week.
    He was captured, sent to prison and she never saw her
    husband or her home again.

    The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth;
    but she made the pastor keep it for the church.
    The pastor insisted on driving her home. That
    was the least he could do. She lived on the other
    side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn
    for the day for a housecleaning job.

    What a wonderful service they had on Christmas
    Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the
    spirit were great. At the end of the service, the
    pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door
    and many said that they would return.

    One older man, whom the pastor recognized
    from the neighborhood, continued to sit in one of the
    pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he
    wasn’t leaving.

    The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on
    the front wall because it was identical to one
    that his wife had made years ago when
    they lived in Austria before the war and how
    could there be two tablecloths so much alike?

    He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he
    forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was
    supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and
    put in a prison. He never saw his wife or his home
    again in all the 35 years between.

    The pastor asked him if he would allow him to
    take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten
    Island and to the same house where the pastor
    had taken the woman three days earlier.

    He helped the man climb the three flights of
    stairs to the woman’s apartment, knocked on
    the door and he saw the greatest Christmas
    reunion he could ever imagine.

    True story – submitted by Pastor Rob Reid
    who says God does work in mysterious ways.
    I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for
    you today, to guide you and protect you as you go
    along your way. His love is always with you. His
    promises are true, and when we give Him all our
    cares we know He will see us through.


  18. WeeWeed says:

    Christmas bar is ………………..Open!!!



  19. WeeWeed says:

    “Corn, Water and Wood”


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