Wednesday Open Thread – January 2nd

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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53 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread – January 2nd

  1. Sharon says:

    Great News! Mark Levin just tweeted that he’ll be cutting his vacation short and will be back on air both Thursday and Friday.

    I’m cutting short my vacation. I’ll be back on air Thursday & Friday

    — Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) January 1, 2013


  2. Sharon says:

    The US, Japan, Britain, as well as the Swiss, Scandies, and a string of states around the world, are actively driving down their currencies or imposing caps.

    They are tearing up the script, embracing the new creed of nominal GDP targeting (NGDP), a licence for yet more radical action.

    The side-effects of this currency warfare — or “beggar-thy-neighbour’ policy as it was known in the 1930s — is an escalating leakage of monetary stimulus into the global system.


    I’m betting the contents the article linked above are significant…..and having said that, I’m hoping someone can interpret/shed some light on its contents (for us lesser minds)….What caught my attention is the apparent movement toward world market monetizing…and whatever that means.


    • howie says:

      Printing money to pay the bills is what. Monetizing the debt. A race to see who can print faster. We will win. The GOP lead balloon of cutting medicare and social security while leaving welfare and the useless agencies to fatten up and bloat, is the loser of the year. The so called opposition has run up the white flag. Lets hope Obama is a merciful king.


    • czarowniczy says:

      Look back at the Soviet Union (apparently the POtuS is). They had currencies that were all interlinked and largely predicated on their and the union’s production. The Soviet Ruble had no international value while some of the Bloc countries’ currencies did based on what they produced and sold overseas, largely to countries who were trying to use them to destroy the Russian empire. There were always stories about the huge loads of gold and diamonds the Russians had locked away, the Russians largely responsible for these rumors as they tried to buoy their currency. The system didn’t work due to the disparities of production and the valuation of that production. A Bloc member like Romania had a lesser industrial base than Poland or East Germany and as the USSR valued industrial production higher than agricultural production Romania’s currency was worth less inside of the Bloc. Even Russia suffered as with a worthless currency tied to internal production and much of the inefficient system trying to satisfy the basic needs of the public while maintaining world-class military and space programs didn’t leave them spare money to modernize their production so they were always a few decades behind their ‘enemies’ in the West. I believe the POtuS and his Leftist ilk are trying to do that with the (cough, cough) Free World – drive us into a mutual economy with ‘experts’ managing production and dictating consumption and distribution. It’s the only way they can end what they see as the disparity in global goods distribution between the 1st and 3rd worlds. By trimming the US’s military to a smaller and cheaper defensive force and sharing the US’s huge gold supplies with an international monetary source we could have internationally controlled production, pricing, distribution and consumption.
      “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing n Perfect Harmony…” ad nauseum


      • Sharon says:

        Thank you for your comment on this. I had not understood the impact of Russia domestic/internally dependent monetary system. I probably still don’t, but this helps.

        Your last sentence “By trimming the US’s military…and sharing the…huge gold supplies with an international monetary source….”…..well, I guess that knocks us down to size, doesn’t it? It’s been obvious that that is his intention.

        So in light of the linked article, and the overview of your comment–does this mean Timmy G really is a world-class-smart financial traitor?….or is he just a useful tool? Or is Bernanke’s role the key? None of those are sarcastic questions with opinions behind them. I’m askin’…..


        • czarowniczy says:

          The key is the group(s) behind Obama. I’m betting there isn’t a huge group of moral philanthropists pushing for world equity – I go back to Pat Paulson’s “What’s in it for me?”. Whoever’s pushing him has their own butts covered and I’m sure they have a positive monetary stake in the outcome. The stepchildren of Marx, the Soviets, were as crooked and money-hungry as the system they railed against, they had all of the luxuries that they denied their subjects on philosophical grounds. I’m of the belief that Obama’s being used, they let him have his little spot in history as the leveler of the Great Satan and advocate of the African poor while they loot the pantry. I’ve worked with enough politicians not to trust ANY of them, they’d all sell their mothers into slavery for the right price. I’d say Timmy G has a clear view of the subject but remember, under the interpretation of the US Constitution used by the courts for the last 100 years or so NO ONE REALLY OWNS ANYTHING in the US, you just have exclusive use of it until some level of government wants it. Buy gold at your own risk, FDR made private ownership of gold except in very limited areas, illegal until the 70s when the law was overturned. Land is yours until someone in the government wants it and then -poof – it’s gone. Your earnings used to be sacrosanct until the governments decided to tax them and rip them away for FICA. I just wish Mr G would make that while he can show you how to make money he can’t tell you how to keep it or its fruits – because you can’t.


          • Sharon says:

            Yeah, “no one really owns anything”….I have figured that out, but didn’t realize the seeds for the destruction go so far back. As you lay out the pieces, however, I recognize them. The business of property rights is quite unique to the US…that I have known….but until I started repairing my lack of understanding, (via Mark Levin a couple years back) I had not pieced together the roots of that, and now you lay out sort of the “end of it” as well.

            It’s not a very nice ride, and I’m getting too soon old and too late smart, as my Dad used to say.


  3. WeeWeed says:

    Happy hump-day, kids! “Exit of EPA Boss A Protest” 🙄


    • texan59 says:

      Whatever it takes to get her out of there. Why does she think he’d green-light it? That would actually create jobs and that’s just not how he rolls.


  4. Arkindole says:

    Now that the Washington Kabuki has a brief intermission, and everyone is taking a good nap, we should watch this State level action very, very carefully:
    I see this as a water test for the coming national issue. A fold at the state level, in addition to the failure of the GOP as a whole, opens the door for hostilities.


  5. WeeWeed says:

    And a little “Highway to Hell” might be the ticket this morning, too….


  6. Josh says:

    NOW, we have a hatchling!
    Eagle Cam / North Fort Myers /Dick Pritchett Real Estate
    Don’t watch if you have a hard time with the whole Circle Of Life thing.


    • cajunkelly says:

      Haven’t spotted the baby yet, but just watched as some person pulled in, parked on the grass and began approaching the nest. grrr

      Guess he thought better of it and left.


  7. cajunkelly says:

    Mr. Davis said he’d come to the floor Tuesday after speaking with two constituents who’d called his office begging him to vote against the cliff deal, which extended tax cuts for most Americans, allowed rates to rise for the wealthiest and included $330 billion in other new spending such as the expanded unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.

    He told those constituents the unemployment benefits were too critical to too many Illinois residents for him to vote no.

    So this jackass based his yes vote totally on extended unemployment benefits? I repeat; jackass 👿

    DH and I were discussing these endless unemployment benefits last night. It is my opinion that a large number of the recipients have, by this time, learned to live within that income and thus, feel no compulsion to actually look for work. Remember the idiot who said unemployment was actually a good thing as it gave him more time with family?
    Add to that the fact that the longer a person is out of work, the harder it is for them to re-enter the work force. Huge gaps in a resume’ trigger arched eyebrows.

    I wonder if the jackass has considerd that when a depression hits there’ll BE no money left in that unemployment cookie jar. I wonder if he considered that the huge increase in taxes coming, less employers will be inclined to hire.

    Nope, the jackass just voted for his continued re-election….nation be damned.


    • cajunkelly says:

      Also from that article:
      For Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican who voted against the legislation, there was a slight victory even in his defeat: “I just wanted to thank so many on the other side after all these years for finally acknowledging publicly that 98 percent of the Bush tax cuts helped the middle class.”

      Rep. Bill Pascrell, New Jersey Democrat, who voted for the bill, pointed to low-income Americans who will continue to get a higher Earned Income Tax Credit from the federal government — including, he said, 563,000 New Jersey families, who will average more than $2,100 in payments.

      Someone needs to remind the filthy librul progs who voted for the gimmes included, a quote from their beloved JFK:

      And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.

      The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe – the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

      In fact, I think it’d do the filthy progs a lot of good to go back and read that entire speech, to see how far they’ve fallen. I’m sure they’d cringe in horror at all the mentions of God.


      • texan59 says:

        “I think it’d do the filthy progs a lot of good to go back and read that entire speech, to see how far they’ve fallen.”

        Don’t bet the farm on this one.


        • cajunkelly says:

          Not to worry. I wouldn’t bet a plug nickle on anything re a filthy prog except they they will continue to conduct themselves as filthy progs.

          These people are malignant. I want nothing to do with them and am severing contact with those in my circles.
          When the poop hits the pop re guns, I don’t want them to feel connnected to me enough that they’d expect help. nyet
          I’m circling the wagons and any wagon occupant who doesn’t subscribe to self reliance and personal responsibility ain’t welcome.


  8. waltherppk says:


    • rumpole2 says:

      Happy New Year Walther… we have not crossed paths in a while 😀


      • waltherppk says:

        Happy New Year to you rumpole2 and to all the rest of this merry crew of truthbringers.

        What’s good for early in the morning seems good for early in the year too. So thank you for another year Lord.


    • cajunkelly says:

      Ahhh one of what I call the old brush arbor hymns. 🙂 Thanks for posting it. Haven’t thought about this one for a *long* time.

      Of course the voices of the brush arbor singers weren’t near as polished, and it seemed the one who couldn’t carry a tune was the one who sang the loudest. 🙂

      I’m sure that voice, no matter how rough, was received on high just as well, and perhaps moreso, than those who sang well.


  9. michellc says:

    This honestly gave me a headache.

    First it was “LGB” – liberal shorthand for “lesbian, gay and bisexual.” Then they added a “T” for “transgender.” That’s cross-dressing. You know, fellas like 45-year-old Clay Francis (aka, “Colleen”).

    Mr. Francis enjoys macramé, long walks on the beach, wearing lady knickers and showering fully nude with 6-year-old girls.

    Because it’s illegal to “discriminate based on the basis of gender identity,” and since it’s the only “tolerant” thing to do, this brave bellwether of the persecuted LGBT victim-class has secured the “civil right” for him and other men to fully expose themselves to your daughter in the locker room at Olympia, Washington’s Evergreen State College.

    But slow down, Dad. According to the law, if you have a problem with Mr. Francis baring all to your baby girl, then you’re the problem. You’re a “transphobe” (“homophobia’s” evil twin sister, er, brother … whatever). Deck this sicko for terrifying your first-grader and you’re off to jail while “Colleen” is off to the “Human Rights Campaign” for a commendation as the latest victim of an “anti-LGBT hate crime.”

    There’s more at the link but I promise you it gets worse. I thank the Lord I was born when I was. Morality was dwindling away while I was raising my kids, but thank the Lord I don’t have to raise kids in this society.


    • cajunkelly says:

      I’ve been saying for the last several years that this “protected class” BS is eventually going to end up giving pedophiles protected status. They *too* were “born that way”.

      DH and I have close friends who live alternative lifestyles. Thank God none of them are militaristic about it. If they were, they wouldn’t be our friends I guess. Neither of us give a poot in a hurricane what a person does inside the privacy of their home as long as it breaks no laws (minors involved, etc.) but we have zero tolerance for it being shoved on us in public. I personally abhor extreme PDAs in public no matter which genders are involved, or how many. I don’t want or need to have someone’s sexual or lifestyle preferences exhibited with an in-your-face attitude while I’m out in public.

      DH and I don’t want or need to display our heterosexuality in public. We simply expect the same courtesy in return.

      end rant


  10. WeeWeed says:


    I met a fairy who said she would grant me one wish.

    Immediately I said, “I want to live forever.”

    “Sorry,” said the fairy, “I’m not allowed to grant eternal life.”

    “OK,” I said, “Then, I want to die after Congress gets its head out of its ass!”

    “You crafty bastard,” said the fairy.


  11. michellc says:

    There’s things in this article for everyone to disagree on, but there is a few things I think we can all agree on and a few that should make us weep regardless if we 100% agree or not it’s not too farfetched to consider it may just be true.

    Romney lost because the conservative virtues – the traditional American virtues – of liberty, hard work, free enterprise, private initiative and aspirations to moral greatness – no longer inspire or animate a majority of the electorate.
    The simplest reason why Romney lost was because it is impossible to compete against free stuff. Every businessman knows this; that is why the “loss leader” or the giveaway is such a powerful marketing tool. Obama’s America is one in which free stuff is given away: the adults among the 47,000,000 on food stamps clearly recognized for whom they should vote, and so they did, by the tens of millions; those who – courtesy of Obama – receive two full years of unemployment benefits (which, of course, both disincentivizes looking for work and also motivates people to work off the books while collecting their windfall) surely know for whom to vote; so too those who anticipate “free” health care, who expect the government to pay their mortgages, who look for the government to give them jobs. The lure of free stuff is irresistible.

    Imagine two restaurants side by side. One sells its customers fine cuisine at a reasonable price, and the other offers a free buffet, all-you-can-eat as long as supplies last. Few – including me – could resist the attraction of the free food. Now imagine that the second restaurant stays in business because the first restaurant is forced to provide it with the food for the free buffet, and we have the current economy, until, at least, the first restaurant decides to go out of business. (Then, the government takes over the provision of free food to its patrons.)
    One might reasonably object that not every Obama supporter could be unintelligent. But they must then rationally explain how the Obama agenda can be paid for, aside from racking up multi-trillion dollar deficits. “Taxing the rich” does not yield even 10% of what is required – so what is the answer, i.e., an intelligent answer?

    Obama also knows that the electorate has changed – that whites will soon be a minority in America (they’re already a minority in California) and that the new immigrants to the US are primarily from the Third World and do not share the traditional American values that attracted immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is a different world, and a different America. Obama is part of that different America, knows it, and knows how to tap into it. That is why he won.

    If this election proves one thing, it is that the Old America is gone. And, sad for the world, it is not coming back.(I don’t know that I’m ready to wave the white flag and say it’s not coming back but these last two sentences of the article makes we weep that the first is true and I’m really afraid the last sentence may be true as well.)


    • Sharon says:

      I tried to get friends and acquaintances to pay attention what was happening in Zimbabwe 5 years ago. They just looked at me with a raised eyebrow, wondering why on earth I was intrigued by that. This article was published June 14, 2007.

      Zimbabwe will collapse within six months, possibly leading to a state of emergency, says a leaked briefing report for aid workers in the country.

      Rampant inflation will mean shops and services can no longer function and people would resort to barter, it said.

      “The memorandum is talking about a situation where there is no functioning government or a total breakdown,” an unnamed aid worker told the UK Times.

      Zimbabwe’s inflation is already 3,714% – the highest rate in the world.

      Business quotes were now valid for just one day or even one hour, said the report written by consultants and sent to workers at the United Nations and other aid agencies.

      I was intrigued by Zimbabwe because in terms of the stability and commerce of African nations (Zimbabwe got its independence from Great Britain in 1980) the nation formerly called Rhodesia was a beautiful and functional country in so many ways. The ideas and assumptions that took it down were different only in detail from the ideas that the left has been pushing in this country for decades. It was about 5 years ago (pre-obama-visibility) that I first became aware of the baseless assumption [by friends and relatives] that “The United States is too big and too strong and too American to fail as a nation.”

      That scared me spitless, because I knew that a nation whose everyday citizens made those kinds of assumptions about non-existent guarantees would not have the sense to recognize its own vulnerabilities.


  12. waltherppk says:

    Anybody familiar with KrisAnne Hall ? I caught part of one one of her talk radio broadcasts while on the road and it was interesting what she was saying. She is a conservative and a constitutional lawyer.


  13. ctdar says:

    Can vote in US elections without any ID but must have proof of American Citizenship to move a bus


  14. Sentenza says:

    Hey sundance:

    Must by another one of Obama’s daughters:

    When the transaction was denied, she assaulted a store clerk, pushed another employee to the ground and left the store with the iPads, reports


    • Sharon says:

      You and F.D.R……the avatars/names—you do know, don’t you, that there would be the itty-bittiest sense of disappointment if I met you in person and you didn’t look exactly like that??….’course I don’t look like a meadowlark either, so I suppose it’s all fair. 😉


  15. texan59 says:

    About the only thing funnier than Christie choking on his donuts is this one.


  16. WeeWeed says:

    Aw, man, Patti Page has gone away….

    Always loved “Tennessee Waltz.” 😦


  17. stellap says:

    Nuclear accident or attack in Iran? Isfahan.


  18. ctdar says:

    Hollyweird Ultimate Hypocrites…do as I say not as I do:


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