Wednesday Open Thread – January 23rd

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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83 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread – January 23rd

  1. ytz4mee says:

    Morning, all!
    The “Word of the Day” at is “Gorgonize”.
    I like it.
    It’s very timely – and applicable to teh Won.
    Welcome to the New Reich.


  2. Sharon says:

    Perhaps they see Assad’s position weakening internally. It has been rumored that the Syrian president and his family have taken up residence on a Russian warship where he maintains communications with his inner circle of advisors. If true, it would be a clear sign that Assad does not trust his own advisors.


  3. Sharon says:

    Erick made a good point via RedState the other day.

    What I am finding is that among conservatives there is too much outrage, piss, and vinegar. It makes our ideas less effective. We have become humorless, angry opponents of the President instead of happy warriors selling better ideas. We are not even selling ideas.

    I think Dan Riehl’s got a point in quoting Erick Erickson…and then continues to write his own thoughts as well. I’m not interested in pounding on myself about it, but I do know that I want to be proactive in my own thinking and how I use my time, and not get stuck just being everlastingly offended by Prog Bama.

    That’s one reason I appreciate those on the site who focus big picture, and that’s why I’m doing more reading now on the history of our Constitution, the history of totalitarian movements and the biographies of those who have been effective in the middle of some serious messes over the centuries.

    What do you think about Erick’s and Riehl’s concerns? Can we have a tipping-point where we turn a corner and become increasingly proactive and responsive, and less reactive and angry? What should we continue to be angry about and where is anger a waste of energy? I’m not sure…


  4. lovemygirl says:

    I had not been on twitter in ages and forgot the IDF is one I follow.
    Those “wicked” Israelis. 32,574 tons of goods entered Gaza last week.


    • Sharon says:

      Isn’t that something?! I’ve followed the stats on their relief deliveries before.

      Reminds me of the Mark Twain quote, “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

      There is nothing more difficult to silence than deliberate lies. Especially when the liars can see that the lies usually have the desired effect on their chosen audience.


  5. WeeWeed says:

    Hump day with Ramirez! Mornin’ y’all!

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  6. WeeWeed says:

    Hah!! I told ya’s that hair was so 60’s…..

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  7. texan59 says:

    Local news just published a prior mug shot of the guy who started the Lone Star College shooting. Looks like one of Trayvon’s© brothers. No link yet.


  8. ctdar says:

    Benghazi questioning today.


    • WeeWeed says:

      “I do not recall…….”


    • ctdar says:

      err, I have a headache


    • ctdar says:

      Here’s a lift from Lucianne commenter. 😆
      Reply 5 – Posted by: sagman, 1/23/2013 6:58:51 AM     (No. 9133597)
      Transcript: Benghazi Hearing, House Foreign Affairs Committee:
      CHAIRMAN ED ROYCE (R-CA): Welcome, Secretary Clinton. Where were you when news broke that our consulate in Benghazi was under attack?
      CLINTON: Whaaaa?
      CLINTON AIDE: The Secretary just returned from Mali, sir. Her hearing’s been damaged by an RPG round fired at her Humvee. [repeats question to Clinton]
      CLINTON: Fatigued after an overseas trip, I suffered a fugue episode just as I arrived in the Situation Room that night, Mr. Chairman.
      ROYCE: Who gave the order to ´´Stand Down´´?
      CLINTON: I’m told I was unsteady on my feet and the president asked me to ´´Sit down.´´
      ROYCE: Do you and the administration take responsibility for lax security at the Benghazi compound?
      CLINTON: Mr. Chairman, I. . . . [sways, then falls forward, smashing her forehead on the table. Her personal physician attends her.]
      DOCTOR: A fainting spell, Mr. Chairman. Slight concussion, perhaps. She insists on continuing.
      CLINTON: [appearing dazed] You were asking about Ben Gazarra’s problem with Social Security Administration?
      ROYCE: Let’s move on. Did a YouTube video provoke the attack?
      CLINTON: No. It was the result of overmedication.
      ROYCE: Why did Susan Rice cover for you on the Sunday talk shows?
      CLINTON: Rice loses moisture if it isn’t covered while it simmers, Mr. Chairman.
      ROYCE: Madame Secretary, I ask again: who is ultimately responsible for the Benghazi debacle?
      CLINTON: That was a political station, not a church, sir. There was no tabernacle there. Anyway, I take full responsibility for whatever it is that happened I don’t remember. Now, excuse me or I’ll feint [sic] again.
      ROYCE: But, but . . . where was the president when. . . ?
      CLINTON: Whaaaa?


    • ctdar says:

      The sucking up begins, sen mendenez is the NJ guy that had the illegal immigrant sex offender in his office which was not released til after his re-election. 👿


  9. WeeWeed says:

    Dang. Looks like the brilliant Matt Damon’s film “Promised Land” is a pile. And not a pile of money.


    • ctdar says:

      Ha, yeah right Matt, what top level actor in this day & age not know who is the money behind a film that he is top bill in?
      “The Promised Land,” which starred Damon and John Krasinski of “The Office,” was financed in part by Image Nation, a film company completely owned and operated by the oil-rich government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
      Damon was asked about the foreign-oil funding by documentary director Phelim McAleer at a Dec. 3 promotional event in New York. Philem McAleer, who directed the pro-fracking film “FrackNation,” asked Damon, “How does it feel to be a fully-paid advocate for an oil-rich Middle Eastern government – and doesn’t that really negate any artistic credibility… that ‘The Promised Land” might have?”
      Damon, who also serves as writer and producer of “Promised Land,” replied, “[T]he first time we were aware that Image Nation was involved with our movie was when we saw the rough cut and saw their logo.”


  10. howie says:

    Did the MSM spike the Texas shootout between the two Obamason’s?


    • WeeWeed says:

      Apparently not. I see no wailing and gnashing of teeth on my t.v. GUN FREE ZONE, don’tcha know, and sounds like both were armed.


  11. Josh says:

    I was curious about the flags at the inauguration – 13 stars, 21 stars & 50 stars.
    13 stars – Betsy Ross
    50 stars – obvious
    21 stars – B. Hussein Obama’s “home state” of Illinois
    57th Presidential Inauguration flags


  12. WeeWeed says:

    email of the day….

    Rrriiiiinnnnggg, rrriiiinnnngg,**

    **’Hi honey.****This is Daddy.**
    **Is Mommy near the phone?’**

    **’No, Daddy.**
    **She’s upstairs in the bedroom with Uncle Gabe.’**

    **After a brief pause,**

    **Daddy says,**
    **’But honey, you haven’t got an Uncle Gabe.’**

    **’Oh yes I do, and he’s upstairs in the room with Mommy,**
    **Right now..’**

    Brief Pause.

    **’Uh, okay then, this is what I want you to do.**
    **Put the phone down on the table, run upstairs**
    **And knock on the bedroom door and shout to Mommy**
    **That Daddy’s car just pulled into the driveway.’**

    **’Okay, Daddy, Just a minute.’**

    **A few minutes later**
    **The little girl comes back to the phone.**

    **’I did it, Daddy.’**

    **’And what happened, honey?’ **

    ‘Well, Mommy got all scared, jumped out of bed with no clothes on and ran around screaming.**

    **Then she tripped over the rug, hit her head on the dresser**
    **And now she isn’t moving at all!’**

    **’Oh my God!!! What about your Uncle Gabe?’**

    **’He jumped out of the bed with no clothes on, too.**

    **He was all scared and he jumped out of the back window**
    **And into the swimming pool..**
    **But I guess he didn’t know that you took out the water**
    **Last week to clean it.**

    **He hit the bottom of the pool and I think he’s dead.’**

    *****Long Pause*****

    *****Longer Pause*****

    *****Even Longer Pause*****

    **Then Daddy says,**

    **’Swimming pool? …………**

    **Is this 486-5731?’*

    **No, I think you have the wrong number……..


  13. Sharon says:


    Earlier today, the Department of Homeland Security took to its Twitter account to offer “tips” on how to deal with the winter weather:

    Tips for what to do during #winter storms and extreme cold #weather from @readydotgov:…

    — Homeland Security (@DHSgov) January 23, 2013

    The tip sheet, produced by DHS, under Secretary Janet Napolitano, reads:

    During Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

    – Stay indoors during the storm.

    – Walk carefully on snow, icy, walkways.

    I’ll be back in a couple of hours. I’m gonna go look for a bunch of stuff to break.

    About 55 60 years my sister and brother-in-law came from California to visit us on the farm in Montana. I was about 8-9 years old. He and my brother decided to get the big guns out and go out in the pasture to do some shooting. They came back to the house some time later laughing their fool heads off and told us BIL had used the 30.06 to shoot a fuzzy caterpillar at fairly close range as it was crawling peacefully across the ground. They also reported they could not find sufficient remains to do any kind of memorial.

    Now why on earth did that family vignette from over half a century ago come to mind right now.


    • aliashubbatch says:

      “Now why on earth did that family vignette from over half a century ago come to mind right now.”

      I don’t know, but that reminded me when I was a kid, my friends and I would each take a rubber band, snip it and snap bugs with them at the school playground. We even made a game of it and gave points for whatever bug was killed.

      Grasshopper (very common find) = 5 points
      Caterpillar = 10 points
      Butterfly = 30 points
      Bee or Wasp = 35 points


  14. WeeWeed says:

    I don’t know about y’all, but watching/hearing that ol’ b!tch lie/laugh all day long makes me wanta beer. I’m glad she finds death so amusing. So…..Bar’s Open!!

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  15. stellap says:

    The most outrageous way to share a coke (Rube Goldberg would have been proud):


    • cajunkelly says:

      I like this response to it:
      American Cowboy said…
      When I was but a cub my father told me, “Boy, don’t you ever throw the first punch in a fight. But if the other guy throws one then you fight, and you fight dirty, and you fight to WIN!”
      That is the problem with most conservatives today. They refuse to throw ANY punches. And if by chance they do toss in a jab here or there they are limp “gentlemanly” jabs. Nothing is going to change in the country until someone takes the gloves off and decides that winning is what matters not being polite and PC. The left unfortunately has already seen that, and are using it to their advantage now.


  16. texan59 says:

    Manti Te’O – “I briefly lied”. Kinda like being a “little-bit” pregnant methinks. While I am not a professional PR guy, I try to live by that old line – sometimes it’s best to quit digging. 🙄


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