Saturday Open Thread – January 11th

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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66 Responses to Saturday Open Thread – January 11th

  1. Here’s a movie recommendation from Eleanor, a big follower of the Hands of Fate…

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  2. doodahdaze says:

    I wonder how many people are going to tolerate this. This is as if the democrats went after the NAACP. They must think their base voters are just as stupid.
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/368171/website-top-house-republican-drops-opposition-amnesty-fred-bauer

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Ah yes, our good white, liberal, DemocRATic mayor Mitch Landrieu (Sen Landrieu’s brother) was endorsed directly for reelection by the POtuS who ignored the other two candidates, both black and long-term local political folk. After being chosen by the POtuS the mayor went to the local DemocRATic Executive Committee to beg for their endorsement BUT – failed, Instead it went to one of the challengers, a longtime Morial group insider. To those unfamiliar with the irony, the ex-mayor of New Orleans, Marc Morial, is a POtuS insider and CEO of the Urban League. The third realistic candidate, head of the local NAACP, received the endorsement of…well…the local NAACP.
      This is going to be a race-based election, thought it won’t be cast as such (DemocRATS racist? On nonononono). One of the main issues is that the current mayor has not done enough to get minority-owned businesses larger cuts of the public works pie. It’s also going to be a test of how well the black political power groups have recovered post-Katrina diaspora. I don’t expect the election to be a public blood bath – local DemocRATic powers will work to keep that contained – but I expect there to be a huge Band-Aid business behind the scenes. Now that the city’s back in business with hundreds of millions of tourist and government dollars sloshing around the public coffers the leeches will be hungry for some good Creole cookin’.

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      • WeeWeed says:

        Anyone up against Katrina-Mary yet, Z?

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Republicans are trying to field some hopefuls but I’m seeing more activity in planning Saints tailgate parties than I am Mary Landrieu opposition. There’s still plenty of time for the State committee to squander the political capital handed them and pull defeat from the jaws of victory. We’re seeing well-done commercials showing Mary being a major factor in the passage of Obamacare but no viable candidate coming out to capitalize on it. This looks like another patch-together oppositional campaign where someone will be thrown in too late to do much good. I’m watching the mayoral race to get an idea how November will go.

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  3. doodahdaze says:

    Another unconstitutional unopposed policy by the Obama. Some animals are more equal than others.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/01/09/obama-promise-zones-poverty/4392779/

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’, kids! Happy Caturday.

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  5. stella says:

    Why America Is Headed Toward Bankruptcy In 13 Terrifying Quotes

    http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2014/01/11/why-america-is-headed-toward-bankruptcy-in-13-terrifying-quotes-n1777362/page/full

    The “good” news just keeps on coming. I’ll make an effort to find something really good to post, and get back to y’all.

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  6. stella says:

    Grand kitties snuggling on a snowy, cold, day. It’s Caturday!

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  7. texan59 says:

    New process for filing VA disability claims causing uproar. Not sure if I disagree with the Feds on this one.

    http://news.msn.com/us/va-under-fire-for-proposed-disability-filing-rule

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  8. stella says:

    Why This European Is Bullish on America

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304367204579268124177018840?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304367204579268124177018840.html

    Most people think of oil and gas as fuels, but to Ineos they’re “feedstocks” for making things. Ineos turns petrochemicals into plastics and related materials in massive plants known in the business as “crackers.” Cracking is the chemical process by which natural gas and crude oil are broken down into ethylene. From ethylene, Mr. Ratcliffe says, “you produce polyethylene, polyester, PVC—all the world’s biggest plastics,” which make up the stuff of modern life. Everything from soda bottles and fleece jackets to car bumpers and computer cases comes ultimately from the natural gas or oil that petroleum companies pull out of the ground.

    I wonder if those folks who want to shut down oil and gas production ever think about this aspect of their place in the modern world. Wonder if they are willing to give up plastics. I rather doubt it.

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  9. stella says:

    Daily pot tied to age of first psychotic episode

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/daily-pot-tied-age-first-psychotic-episode-155332322.html

    In a study of adults who experienced psychosis for the first time, having smoked marijuana daily was linked to an earlier age of onset of the disorder, according to UK researchers.

    “This is not a study about the association between cannabis and psychosis, but about the association between specific patterns of cannabis use . . . and an earlier onset of psychotic disorders,” Dr. Marta Di Forti, who led the research at the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College, said in an email.

    Among more than 400 people in South London admitted to hospitals with a diagnosed psychotic episode, the study team found the heaviest smokers of high-potency cannabis averaged about six years younger than patients who had not been smoking pot.

    This is why I am concerned about cannabis use by the very young, and why I oppose legalization.

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  10. LetJusticePrevail" says:

    I wonder what Gnatalie looks like without that weave?

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  11. stella says:

    Another excellent young man from the state of Texas.

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    • rashomon says:

      Now here’s a person who has paid his dues and is far, far more deserving to hold a political seat than somebody-else-we-know. I hope, one day, the populace will be embarrassed that they actually elected such a none entity to the presidency.

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    • WeeWeed says:

      And Ted Cruz..

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  12. LetJusticePrevail" says:

    And, while America is distracted by “Bridgegate” (LOOK…. SQUIRREL ———-> ),

    the Obama administration seeks to usurp even MORE power for the executive branch, through the Trade Promotion Authority “which would give the President’s representatives the right to sign treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership without giving Congress any chance to oversee and debate the laws that America is promising to pass.”

    In other words, yet another non-elected agency, answerable only to the president, would write our treaties and relegate Congress to the role of voting Yea, or Nay, but have ZERO opportunity to engage in the policy making process themselves. In effect, this completely removes the American people from the loop.

    http://boingboing.net/2014/01/11/trans-pacific-partnership-how.html

    FIGHT THIS

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  13. LetJusticePrevail" says:

    59 US Senators now favor sanctions against Iran over Nuclear Program, challenging Obama’s policy “deal” made in November.

    “The senators in favor include every Republican except Jeff Flake of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky aides said. Sixteen Democrats are on board including Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, a top ally of President Barack Obama. Many more are understood to be sitting on the fence.

    With the House of Representatives strongly backing more economic pressure on Tehran, the Senate is now close to the 60 votes needed to pass most legislation. And advocates are not far away from rounding up the 67 votes they would need to override a presidential veto, which the White House has vowed if the bill makes it out of Congress.”

    http://www.newser.com/article/111bdaa643dc4f4ca74bd0f2e3fd592d/59-senators-now-supporting-iran-sanctions-bill-as-showdown-looms-with-obama-administration.html

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  14. nameofthepen says:

    Hey, Treepers…the morning after celebratin’ Menangerie’s birfday partay:

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  15. nameofthepen says:

    For your Caturday enjoyment, I present….a collection of prime Cheezburgers:
    http://www.kirotv.com/gallery/entertainment/seattleinsider-funny-cat-photos-even-funnier-capti/gKD9/#4262048 🙂

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  16. WeeWeed says:

    So, Who Dat! 😆

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  17. ctdar says:

    Good Grief, yes to anyone wondering if that is a woman and yes she is from CT.
    I am so disgusted & embarrassed for my State.

    http://weaselzippers.us/liberal-dem-congresswomen-pen-scathing-letter-to-house-gop-demanding-they-stop-wasting-taxpayer-dollars-trying-to-save-babies-from-being-aborted/

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  18. WeeWeed says:

    Bar! Beer!!

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  19. I believe I’m the first to mention this – remember the horrid murder of WWII hero Delbert Belton? The two “good boy” teenagers being arrested? One of them being Kenan Adams-Kinard?

    The brother of this gem of a teenager, Jahvory Kinard, has been arrested himself, in another shooting case, not a murder but a very severe criminal case.

    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/jan/10/man-arrested-in-alleged-drug-deal-shooting/

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    • Auntie Lib says:

      Well, at least the two brothers will get to spend some quality time together. “The family that slays together, stays together” – more or less.

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    • LetJusticePrevail" says:

      Jahvory Kenard shot his victim in the chest more than once, but only faces charges for assault, and robbery? What about attempted murder? Oh wait… I guess they have to charge a few more white guys with attempted murder before they can add that charge to him. Gotta be fair, ya know!

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  20. stella says:

    I’ve always like beagles, but one reason I don’t have one is that they are so darned smart:

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