Thursday Open Thread – February 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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83 Responses to Thursday Open Thread – February 21st

  1. texan59 says:

    Mornin’ all. 😀


    • stellap says:

      I saw that, but haven’t had the stomach to read it yet this a.m. Hi there, Tex!


      • texan59 says:

        Mornin’ Ma’am. How’s the weather up your way?


        • stellap says:

          One word – cold. Tomorrow we should add the word – snow.


          • texan59 says:



          • michellc says:

            We are having wonderful weather, I’m waiting around to see what it is this afternoon. We started off with snow yesterday morning then it warmed up, the sun came out, melted most of the snow yesterday afternoon, then we had rain that turned to sleet last night. Now this morning we have rain that keeps switching from rain to freezing rain to rain. Thunderstorms with hail is supposed to be on it’s way. One thing about Oklahoma if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few hours and it will change.
            I’ll take the rain, we need it, I’ll even take the snow, but the ice I’d prefer not to see.


    • Patriot Dreamer says:

      Today, [concern about] Marxism is out of vogue, and the Chinese are our friends and are lending us money in order for our government to continue to exist.

      Scary if people really think that. 😯


  2. stellap says:

    NBC Declares War On Christians

    Why aren’t the writers at SNL churning out weekly skits about Islam – or the Prophet Mohammed? Where’s the mock movie trailer for “Jihad Undetonated?” Where’s the television show called “Good Muslim B****es?” Or the magazine essay about “The Myths of Mohammed?”

    I suspect we all know the answer to why.


  3. stellap says:

    Texas bill would block police from enforcing new federal gun laws


    • texan59 says:

      I read that last night. Mr. Steyn certainly does enjoy the ol’ Three Stooges poke in the eye routine when given the opportunity. 😆


  4. texan59 says:

    Gov. Perry sent a letter to Magpul – before CO Dems passed gun legislation.


  5. stellap says:

    John Kerry threatens to bore the world to death with excruciating first speech as Secretary of State

    Why should U.S. citizens be the only ones to suffer?


  6. texan59 says:

    If any of your libtard friends start whining about the sequester, please share this with them.


  7. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all! Friday-eve…

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  8. texan59 says:

    For those of you who have not done so, I would encourage you to read about “Silent Cal”. Arguably one of the best republican Presidents ever. While I haven’t read this new bio yet, I did read another recently and it was quite enlightening.


  9. michellc says:

    Corpse Found In LA Hotel’s Water Tank
    Tourists staying at a Los Angeles hotel bathed, brushed teeth and drank with water from a tank in which a young woman’s body was likely decomposing for more than two weeks, police said.

    Elisa Lam’s corpse was found in the Cecil Hotel’s rooftop water tank by a maintenance worker who was trying to figure out why the water pressure was low Tuesday.
    “The water did have a funny taste,” Sabrina Baugh told CNN on Wednesday. She and her husband used the water for eight days.

    “We never thought anything of it,” the British woman said. “We thought it was just the way it was here.”

    What she described was not normal.

    “The shower was awful,” she said. “When you turned the tap on, the water was coming black first for two seconds and then it was going back to normal.”


  10. mung says:

    Admin, did you get my email yesterday?


  11. cajunkelly says:

    30 hours without a cigarette folks! 🙂 OK, so I’m using a “Blu” e cigarette now and then, but can’t take more than a couple of hits. Makes me dizzy!

    In addition, stopping smoking has jacked with my daily meds. 😯 Feels like I’ve got narcolepsy. Gotta cut the doses back gradually or I won’t be trustin my self to drive.

    But hey, I can deal with that! No smoking, less meds…that works. 🙂


    • aliashubbatch says:

      YOU CAN DO IT! 😯


    • Patriot Dreamer says:

      Yay! Keep it up!


    • stellap says:

      You can do it, kelly! I quit over 20 years ago. At the time I was smoking 3 packs a day, but I quit cold turkey and was able to finally make it stick. Every time you crave a cigarette, remind yourself that the urge will pass if you can just wait a few minutes. The whole quitting thing sucked big time for a long time (I dreamed about smoking for at least a year). I didn’t feel great (they used to tell us that we would feel wonderful without our cigs), I felt awful. Still, it’s worth it, so Yeah to you kelly!


    • ctdar says:

      Yea!! way to go ck !!


    • Josh says:

      Wishing you great success in your endeavor!


    • cajunkelly says:

      22 hours and hanging in there…from previous quits I know day 3, then day 7 is the toughest…thanks for your support every one….no choice, gotta do it, forever, this time


      • cajunkelly says:

        22 *more* hours…i think…hell…I”ve lost count, and perhaps that’s a good thing….I just know I don’t smell like firewood. 🙂


        • Ad rem says:

          You go girl!!! How ’bout checking in here every time the cravings get bad, and let one of us try to talk you down? (Promise I won’t post gross pics of lung tissue, but how ’bout a silly smilie? )  photo smoking_zps8369b0d5.gif


    • Annie says:

      My mother-in-law quit at age 80 after sneaking behind the barn at age 14 for a smoke and smoking those lung renching Lucky Strikes with no filter. She thought filters took away the taste. When my son was born he as an infant would really fussed when she held him because of the nicotine smell on her clothes, breath, etc. She stopped cold turkey and lived another 13 years enjoying her grandson but also keeping the 1/2 pack of the unsmoked Lucky Strikes in her buffet becoming so stale that she knew that taking a drag on one of them would make her sick. She did it so can you. Please, please be strong enough to beat the nicotine habit. I worked as a Respiratory Therapist in the hospital setting and saw the end result of 20, 30, 40 pack years of a cigarette habit; it was not pretty. And you know something, cajunkelly, all those patients that I treated never, never said they were soooo glad they started to smoke. Good luck and I will say a prayer for you that you will be strong through this trial.


      • Josh says:

        My aunt quit cold turkey as well after smoking since she was probably in her young teens. I couldn’t believe it when she did it. She was in her 60s I think and was a heavy, heavy smoker.

        Her three sisters (my mother was in there) never cared to quit. I used to say that you could dangle, in one hand, my mom’s children over a cliff and in the oher hand you could dangle her pack of cigarettes. She’d have worked to save the cigarettes first.

        I loathe cigarettes but fought, what little I could, against those that wanted to ban cigarette smoking in businesses. I felt, and still do, that a business owner has the right to run their business as they see fit.


    • texan59 says:

      Saw one of their print ads somewhere today. You is in high cotton with those fancy things. Good luck. Just don’t preach to us heathens who do not have the willpower. 😉


      • Ad rem says:

        Puddy don’t preach…..she did, however, sneak into your desk drawer and….
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      • cajunkelly says:

        I promise…no preachin….DH is trying to quit with me, but ya see, I kinda sprung it on him…just said “honey I’m quittin day after tomorrow…and he didn’t have the mental ramp up time.
        To his credit, he’s using the Blu e cigarettes more than he’s using the regular ones, and won’t smoke the regular ones near me…..he steps away.

        What’s amazing is that it’s only been 2 days for me and…not even a small cough this morning….

        I’ve always said no amount of preachin is gonna stop a person though…they have to reach a certain point mentally.


  12. ugh says:

    FL has record tourism year(2012), IMO the powers that be will not let anything jeopardize tourism. Race riots,,no way will that be allowed.


  13. stellap says:

    Was listening to local talk radio this am. A little while ago, Dave Bing, the mayor of Detroit, was talking about the Emergency Manager that is anticipated to be installed very soon by the State. Bing says it is absolutely necessary, but he anticipates “rioting in the streets”, and made a reference to the 1967 riots, which “didn’t help at all”. Malik Shabazz (NBPP) threatened a couple of months ago that there would be riots in the streets if the state took over the City of Detroit. We will see. I think the mayor is trying to forewarn the citizens.


  14. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Paula “All In” Broadwell’s promotion to lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves has been revoked (at least temporarily):


  15. stellap says:

    Unemployed mother-of-11 is keeping horse

    An unemployed mother-of-11 for whom a council is building a six-bedroom “eco mansion” is keeping her own horse despite being on benefits.

    She first became pregnant at 14, to a 23–year–old boyfriend, who has not been named.
    Her children are Sophie, 21, Toby, 19, Megan, 18, Angel, Jay, 14, Chloe, 13, Paige, 12, Emily, 10, Beth, nine, Ruby, seven, and Tilly Frost, two.

    She keeps Annie the horse at a paddock around a mile from her current home in Churchdown, Glos.


  16. WeeWeed says:

    Email of the day…..

    Pocket Taser Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife.

    A guy who purchased his lovely wife a pocket Taser for their anniversary submitted this:

    Last weekend I saw something at Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized Taser.

    I bought the device and brought it home

    Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn’t be all that bad with only two AAA batteries, right?

    There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target.

    I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and then thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised.

    Am I wrong?

    So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and Taser in another.

    The directions said that:

    a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant;

    a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; and

    a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water.

    Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries.

    All the while I’m looking at this little device measuring about 5″ long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference (loaded with two itsy, bitsy AAA batteries); pretty cute really, and thinking to myself, ‘no possible way!’

    What happened next is almost beyond description, but I’ll do my best.

    I’m sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side so as to say, ‘ Don ‘t do it stupid,’ reasoning that a one second burst from such a tiny lil ole thing couldn’t hurt all that bad.. I decided to give myself a one second burst just for heck of it.

    I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and…


    I’m pretty sure Hulk Hogan ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs! The cat was making meowing sounds I had never heard before, clinging to a picture frame hanging above the fireplace, obviously in an attempt to avoid getting slammed by my body flopping all over the living room.

    If you ever feel compelled to ‘mug’ yourself with a Taser,
    one note of caution:

    There is NO such thing as a one second burst when you zap yourself! You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor!
    A three second burst would be considered conservative!

    A minute or so later (I can’t be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape.
    •My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace.
    •The recliner was upside down and about 8 feet or so from where it originally was.
    •My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching.
    •My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs.
    •I had no control over the drooling.
    •Apparently I had filled my shorts, but was too numb to know for sure, and my sense of smell was gone.
    •I saw a faint smoke cloud above my head, which I believe came from my hair.

    PS: My wife can’t stop laughing about my experience, loved the gift and now regularly threatens me with it!


  17. Josh says:

    If minimum wage is increased most likely so will union wages:

    Unions to see benefit from higher minimum wage

    “Labor unions often peg their negotiated wages to the minimum wage. Increases in the minimum wage can therefore trigger new wage negotiations or immediate pay hikes for unionized employees”

    “Collective bargaining agreements with the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE) mandate that ‘[w]henever the federal legal minimum wage is increased, minimum wage [in the agreement] shall be increased so that each will be at least fifteen (15%) percent higher than such legal minimum wage.’”

    Read more:


  18. ottawa925 says:

    Ad Rem was the first person to officially welcome me to CTH. She was so kind and welcoming and so this is for her:

    How do you address a cat?

    You’ve heard of several kinds of cat
    And my opinion now is that
    You should need no interpreter
    To understand our character

    You’ve learned enough to take the view
    That cats are very much like you
    You’ve seen us both at work and games
    And learnt about our proper names
    Our habits and our habitat
    But how would you ad-dress a cat?

    So first, your memory I’ll jog
    And say: A cat is not a dog

    Now dogs pretend they like to fight
    They often bark, more seldom bite
    But yet a dog is, on the whole
    What you would call a simple soul

    The usual dog about the town
    Is much inclined to play the clown
    And far from showing too much pride
    Is frequently undignified
    He’s such an easygoing lout
    He’ll answer any hail or shout

    The usual dog about the town
    Is inclined to play the clown

    Again I must remind you that
    A dog’s a dog, a cat’s a cat

    With cats, some say one rule is true
    Don’t speak ’til you are spoken to
    Myself I do not hold with that
    I say you should ad-dress a cat
    But always bear in mind that he
    Resents familiarity

    You bow, and taking off your hat
    Ad-dress him in this form: “O’ cat!”

    Before a cat will condescend
    To treat you as a trusted friend
    Some little token of esteem
    Is needed, like a dish of cream

    And you might now and then supply
    Some caviar, or Strassburg pie
    Some potted grouse or salmon paste
    He’s sure to have his personal taste
    And so in time you reach your aim
    And call him by his name

    So this is this, and that is that
    And there’s how you ad-dress a cat

    A cat’s entitled to expect
    These evidences of respect
    So this is this, and that is that
    And there’s how you ad-dress a cat

    Now, for Rumpole2 and Ad Rem

    And last the Unseen and Mystery Cat – SunDance


    • Ad rem says:

      Thank you so much Ottawa for the kind words and poetry. You’ve found the ideal vehicle to describe the delicate tastes and sensibilities that is teh puddy…LOL. I remember welcoming you to the Treehouse ….and I also remember telling you I wish we had a couple hundred more peeps just like you too! Well, I’m still waiting for that extra 200….so far you’re the perfect one and only Ottawa!  photo computer-aww-smiley_zps80fa8522.gif
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      • ottawa925 says:

        while I posted on you cool cats 😎 – I’m like the words of T.S. Eliot above … more of a dog personality, a simple soul, a clown, FREQUENTLY undignified, and easy going. I love the people at the Treehouse. We believe it or not are a Think Tank .. and I think The Treepers do a pretty damn good job too !!!

        as for me ….

        p.s. I’ve had two cats but not at the same time. Both Siamese. I was going with a guy that was kind of a Beatles (group) lover and he was with me when I picked the cat up. We agreed that the first female name mentioned in a song on the radio on the ride home would be what we’d call her. Named her Eleanor. All our friends thought the song was Eleanor Rigby … but it was the Turtles song Eleanor that came on the radio that day.

        The next cat naming was the result of a disagreement between my father and I. Again, on the way home with a friend I turned on the radio and the song that came up was Lola by the Kinks. I brought the cat home and showed my father. He said, what’s her name? I said Lola. He said, she doesn’t look like a Lola. She looks like a Trixie. I said … noooo … not Trixie. He said, yes … it’s plain as day she’s a Trixie. I said, well I’m calling her Lola. He said, that’s fine, but I’m callin her Trixie. So we just combined and she ended up being our little Lola Trixie. 🙂 They were both sweet cats and I will never forget their love and devotion … ever.

        p.s.s. re: Lola .. I told my boss the next day how I arrived at the name Lola, and he said to me… “You named your cat after a Transvestite ?!” 😯


        • Ad rem says:

          LOLOL….a transvestite kitteh??? Would you believe I went to school with the guys from the Turtles…then called Mark Voman and Howard Kaplan? Howard and I sang the duet (“You’ll Never Walk Alone”) at the end of “Carousel” for our senior program. Nicest and shiest guy in the world.. Mark, on the other hand, was a total jerk. Almost got our senior class graduation postponed by staging a pie fight on the senior lawn. Memories……. 😉


          • ottawa925 says:

            Well, funny you mention You’ll Never Walk Alone. 8th Grade graduation. A beloved teacher had for months prior worked with all of the full graduating class chorus, as well as working with smaller groups of 2 (duet) and 3, of which I was part. 3 gals called the Silver Bells. Anyway, that teacher died the night before graduation. When we arrived at school in the am we all learned the news and were devasted. One of the numbers for full class was You’ll Never Walk Alone, and many of the students had to walk off stage cause they could not continue to sing … so yes, Memories fer sure. Nice to share with you Ad rem. On another note, I too went to school with kind of a famous group … The Ides of March … Vehicle. Ottawa sings … I’m your vehicle baby, I’ll take you anywhere you want to go …

            So you had the Turtles and I had the Ides of March. Who woulda thought huh.


  19. cajunkelly says:

    Well one thing for dang sure is true…

    A dog is smart enough to know outside is the place for the loo.

    (can NOT abide the smell of cat pee inside a house…when we bought this one I took a black light and went all over it…even in closets….cat pee glows in black light)


    • yankeeintx says:

      When I got this email, I thought of you!

      *Think about this after you read it…not ONE THING politically incorrect
      in what the Cajun Taxi driver says! He just speaks the truth!*
      *An Arab Muslim enters a taxi cab in Houma, Louisiana…

      Once he is seated, he asks the Cajun taxi driver to turn off the radio,
      because he must not hear music as decreed by his religion. And, in the time
      of the Prophet there was no music, especially Western music, which is music
      of the infidels. And, there was CERTAINLY no radio.

      So the taxi driver politely switches off the radio, pulls over to the curb,
      gets out and opens the back door. The Arab asks him, “What are you DOING,

      The Cajun answers, “In da time of da Prophet dere weren’t no taxis. So you
      get ya ass out and wait fa a camel!”

      **Gotta LOVE dem Cajuns!*


  20. stellap says:

    Got this email from the NRA today. Call if the spirit moves you!

    There are 20 U.S. senators, in particular, who hold the fate of your freedom in their hands.

    These senators represent states where gun ownership is respected and our Second Amendment freedoms are revered.

    But right now, they’re facing huge pressure from the gun ban lobby and Barack Obama to support Obama’s extreme gun control agenda!

    So please, call each of the senators below and tell them to vote NO on any gun ban…NO on any magazine ban…NO on criminalizing private firearm transfers…and NO on any gun registration scheme.
    Sen. Max Baucus 202-224-2651
    Sen. Mark Begich 202-224-3004
    Sen. Susan Collins 202-224-2523
    Sen. Joe Donnelly 202-224-4814
    Sen. Kay Hagan 202-224-6342
    Sen. Martin Heinrich 202-224-5521
    Sen. Heidi Heitkamp 202-224-2043
    Sen. Tim Johnson 202-224-5842
    Sen. Tim Kaine 202-224-4024
    Sen. Angus King 202-224-5344
    Sen. Mary Landrieu 202-224-5824
    Sen. Joe Manchin 202-224-3954
    Sen. Claire McCaskill 202-224-6154
    Sen. Mark Pryor 202-224-2353
    Sen. Harry Reid 202-224-3542
    Sen. Jeanne Shaheen 202-224-2841
    Sen. Jon Tester 202-224-2644
    Sen. Mark Udall 202-224-5941
    Sen. Tom Udall 202-224-6621
    Sen. Mark Warner 202-224-2023

    Spread your calls out over several days if you need to.

    And remember: It doesn’t matter if you do not live in these senators’ states – YOU NEED TO CALL THEM. After all, the votes they cast will affect you no matter where you live!

    Thank you for your hard work and dedication to winning this battle. Now is not the time to let up! Call each of these 20 senators as soon as you can.

    By working together, we can defeat the Obama gun ban agenda and save the Second Amendment!!!


    Chris W. Cox
    Executive Director


  21. ctdar says:

    Gov Malloy can not control his own son who has been arrested several times, the latest in an armed robbery but he has the nerve to impose restrictions & spit on the Constitution by infringing on the rights of law abiding citizens of CT. Hopefully this move will wake up enough 2nd Amendment lovers (I know they are here) and CT will finally vote him & the other libs out and retake the state.


  22. stellap says:

    Very interesting – I am not a Catholic, but found this article fascinating!

    There have been immoral Popes who had the power to change the church but they did not because they could not. The Holy Spirit is in charge and it will be fascinating to see whom He picks in the next few weeks.


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