Sunday Open Thread – January 25th

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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121 Responses to Sunday Open Thread – January 25th

  1. F.D.R. in Hell says:

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  2. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    Excuse me, but do you realize there’s only eleven months ’til Christmas !!

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  3. allhail2 says:

    Great night at Monster Jam in Orlando. Wife, kids, friends with more kids, and in-laws. Tailgated for a couple hours before and a little after (to let traffic clear). Couple of newbies in the group = Minds blown. One of my favorite nights of the year. We’ll buy next year’s tix tomorrow.

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  4. justfactsplz says:

    Just heard excerpts from Cruz, Perry, Palin, Huckabee, and Walker from today’s summit meeting. Also Trump and Fat Boy. Bush, Romney, and Rubio did not go. Cruz, Perry, Palin, and Walker were on fire. Santorum was there too and was good.

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  5. MaryfromMarin says:

    Great day in SF today–here are some media reports about the Walk for Life/West Coast:

    Thousands join antiabortion march in S.F. [still photos]

    http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Thousands-march-in-anti-abortion-protest-6037870.php

    Anti-Abortion Activists Host ‘Walk for Life’ Rally in San Francisco [video]

    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Anti-Abortion-Activists-Host-Rally-in-San-Francisco-289685881.html

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  6. lovemygirl says:

    OK, American Sniper gets my vote as a movie well worth seeing. I had honestly forgotten how he died (and if you don’t recall, don’t look it up). That really got to me at the end. Good story and just enough effects without overwhelming you or the plot. Oh, and not too gory as far as Hollywood goes. We were debating whether to let our daughter see it but decided to purchase the DVD and decide when later.

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  7. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Morning Ms.WeeWeed, Stella, Sharon, Tex, Nye, and All. More snow moving in, 4-6″ today thru tomorrow. Stoking the fire, going outside to crank up the JD, carry some more wood up.

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  8. texan59 says:

    Mornin’ all. Coffee’s on. It’s a frosty mornin’. 🙂

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  9. texan59 says:

    Our dear friend Clarice and her take on the week. This week – “Obama’s Glozell Diplomacy”. Hint – she’s not impressed. 😆

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/01/obamas_glozell_diplomacy.html

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  10. texan59 says:

    No good deed goes unpunished. Woman was told – if you see something, say something. Apparently the local cops don’t feel the same way Big Sis did about this program. They popped Granny for callin’ too much. 🙄

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/exclusive-bronx-woman-arrested-311-calls-article-1.2089172

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  11. texan59 says:

    Missed this yesterday. If you’ve got little ones in school, or have had, or will have, take a minute to read this. Because you can read this, and they probably can’t. Share it with their teachers. Watch their heads explode.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/01/whatever_happened_to_phonics.html

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    • Menagerie says:

      I knew how to read when I started school, and phonics was mumbo jumbo to me. The teachers finally left me alone because I was the best reader in the class. I have always been convinced that I read better because I did not learn phonics, and also that I spell better. Or used to, pre Alzheimer’s.

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      • texan59 says:

        I was a phonics kid, so I admit that I’m partial to that school of thought. I see my grandkids being taught the whole words method and it doesn’t seem to be working all that well for them. They don’t like to read either. Makes me sad. I’m the only one at Rancho el Gordito who reads much and I just think they’re gonna miss out on a bunch while they sit around and watch funny cat videos. Nothing wrong with watching a video, but after awhile, they pretty much all look the same to me. Whilst I was looking around the interwebz, I found one of your awards that your momma must’ve set aside. 😉

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      • stella says:

        You probably picked up the concepts on your own, or with the adults in your family at an early age. It wasn’t formal teaching, but taught nonetheless. My DD could read very well by the time she entered school. Every day she and another girl were sent to an upper grade class for reading. She hated that (because they were singled out as different).

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    • stella says:

      This just emphasizes how important it is to teach your children to read yourself. It’s quite easy to do, and phonics is key.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I am a big proponent of phonics. Children learn in different ways, that is very true. But, the fact that so many children cannot read today should be enough to make it clear that this just isn’t working.

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    • Moishe Pipik says:

      I don’t know. I think “whole word” is the only way to become a proficient, fast, reader.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        If that is true, then why are children not learning to read?

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      • Les says:

        Phonics produces more fluent readers than whole language. Learning to read words by sounding out phonemes allows readers to constuct meaning through context. If you read using only memorized sight words, you don’t have skills to decipher unfamiliar words. Phonics, combined with word stems/root instruction, is the easiest and most enjoyable way for kids to learn to ready fluently and with meaning.

        Like stella said, if you don’t grow up in a print-rich environment you are pre-disabled anyway. Most learning and social/emotional disabilities are NOT organic. At least 80% are caused by familial circumstance. Bad parenting matters. If your parent only exposes you to text-speak because they are buried in FB and Twitter all day, you might have troubles when you get to school…

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      • taqiyyologist says:

        Logos.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logos

        Words matter. I am one who also digs phonics, as well as other logical systems.

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    • nyetneetot says:

      How many other topics/subjects that the college educated “experts” inflict upon the public are there?

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      • Les says:

        Education is never the culprit. Political nuts are the problem. I hate for people to shy away from learning because the liberals are trying to claim college as their bastion. Many conservatives have post-secondary education. Liberals pretend they own all the knowledge. It isn’t true.

        Most of the stupid people I know I met in college, but you have to know that going in so you won’t be surprised. If you stay away from the “arts” and focus more on the “sciences” you can avoid many of the libtards. Don’t take Feminist Studies or Black History, stick with Western Civ and US History.

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        • nyetneetot says:

          I intended for it to be a rhetorical question, however my lack of education is not to blame for my poor word choice. It’s laziness.

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        • Les, what school? I didn’t take civics and I would have jumped backwards through hoops to avoid taking US History at my school. I had this distinct impression that I didn’t want to know what my school would teach about my country, at all.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      All of these new-fangled ways to learn how to read — reminds me of the “Think System” of Harold Hill in “The Music Man” where just be thinking you could play an instrument would automatically make you an adept.

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    • seven100 says:

      My mom said I taught myself how to read. She said that when I was about 5 she found me completely engrossed in her copy of Grimm’s fairytails. After careful questioning she claims that she believed I was comprehending the material. I still remember that musty paperback with black and white illustrations. I love books, wish I could lay hands on that one now. The next year was all about the stash of Natural Geographic mags in the garage.

      After my mom died, gramps would take me to the library once a week. It was tedious for him I think, but he was so patient.

      I never really read age appropriate material. I remember plowing through all the James Bond novels when I was 10. Books are good.

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      • seven100 says:

        Sorry, National Geographic

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        You might find the history of Agatha Christie interesting. There was a BBC TV show about her life. They said she taught herself to read at about 3. She had a tutor, or a nanny, who apologized to her mother saying she couldn’t stop her. There were some pages supposedly written by Agatha when she was 4. Her handwriting was beautiful and what she wrote was unbelievable for a 4 year old. She was as interesting a person as any of her characters.

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    • doodahdaze says:

      They are just a communist front group. Anti-American Leftists.

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    • Lou says:

      white privilege, blah, blah, blah. I personally believe most of America has afro-fatigue. I don’t think the Republicans are necessarily better than the Democrats in most aspects (to me they’re all just politicians who both give welfare handouts and support Section 8 Housing), but I do believe a lot of converts voted R because of this nonsense.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Am I missing something here? “Twenty-one of the SPLC’s Senior Staffers are white, or about 88% of the team.” And, blacks are only about 11% of the population. Sounds about right to me. Oh, excuse me, I guess when they say “diversity” they mean all black or majority black.

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  12. texan59 says:

    A good one. “Who Said It” 😆 😆

    http://toddyoung.house.gov/who-said-it

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  13. Michael Dixon says:

    Good morning everyone. Just watched Donald Trump’s speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit What a stark contrast he would be as president to what we have now. He’s not a candidate yet, so we’ll see.

    We started our morning off here in Americus, Ga., at an even 30 degrees F. It will warm up into the 60s today.

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  14. texan59 says:

    Not much of a hockey fan, but this is pretty impressive pre-game stuff. 😯

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  15. texan59 says:

    They just found some security video from Gillette stadium. 😆

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  16. Lou says:

    http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2015/01/convicted_detroit_killer_apolo.html

    killer claims black lives matter and doesn’t apologize to murdered son, but apologizes to …..
    just watch it, but it’s really sickening. this would make MHP proud.

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  17. auscitizenmom says:

    A man who was in a coma for 12 years came out of it and says he was aware of what was going on around him most of the time.
    http://www.naturalnews.com/048388_vegetative_state_coma_conscious_awareness.html

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  18. Josh says:

    At the checkout yesterday I saw, on the cover of a magazine, a story about Jessica Lane Chambers. The story is still alive by some.

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  19. F.D.R. in Hell says:

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  20. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    Sorry to get serious. RIP Joe Franklin. 😦

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/25/us/joe-franklin-obit/index.html

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  21. taqiyyologist says:

    The Shadow of Crisis Engulfs the United States.

    Posted on January 24, 2015 by TMH

    By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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  22. taqiyyologist says:

    Again with the serious.

    “When did we decide to be the kind of society that mocks virtue? When did we turn into the pudgy, freckle faced bully in all of the 90′s teen sitcoms who points and laughs at the studious kid just because he’s well behaved and does his homework? Maybe it’s always been this way. I don’t know. What I do know is that, these days, we are lost. It’s not that we do terrible things (although we do), it’s that we either don’t know or pretend we don’t know what we should be doing.

    “We run around like decapitated poultry, colliding with each other and bumping into walls. And when someone with their head on straight, or with their head on at all, suggests a clear direction, a course of action, or a change of behavior, we descend upon them like crazed hyenas. When someone simply says, “hey, that there is not good, but this here is good, so we should probably do this rather than that,” we pounce on them and rip their guts out, then hang their entrails from a bridge as a warning to anyone else who might get a little bold one day and think about developing a moral compass.”

    More at link.

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    • Josh says:

      “Maybe it’s always been this way.” No, it hasn’t. And now I’ll go to the link and read since I’ve pondered these same thoughts for quite some time now.

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      • TheLastDemocrat says:

        This guy explains how the problem is that “we” are cultivating a lack of ability to use plain ol’ discrimination – we cannot call the shot between good and bad when we see it…

        My description does not do this video justice. Liberal turns conservative when he realizes “they really do hate America.”

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  23. Josh says:

    “After a New Jersey high school teacher confiscated a 16-year-old student’s cellphone during class Thursday, the student attacked the 62-year-old teacher and slammed him to the floor, police and school officials said.”
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/01/24/h-s-teacher-confiscates-students-cellphone-during-class-then-something-sickening-happens/

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      When I was in junior high, if one of us had so much as put our hands on a teacher, we would have been taken to the principal’s office and expelled. Period.

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      • taqiyyologist says:

        Several of my elementary-school teachers had paddles with drilled and routed holes in them, for better aerodynamics. Mrs. Norris, of the beehive hairdo, had a nice stained one with ten holes.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          Yeah, one school I went to used one of those in the classroom. I think there were at least 30 kids, maybe more in that class. I was terrified of the idea of being paddled because, if I had, I would have gotten worse when I got home.

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  24. elvischupacabra says:

    Five of the possible 2016 GOP POTUS contenders have Texas connections of varying degrees!

    http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/election/presidential-election/article8086794.html

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  25. Elspeth says:

    An inspiring article from the American Thinker:

    Dad, the Elderly White Woman, and Race Exploiters
    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/01/dad_the_elderly_white_woman_and_race_exploiters.html#ixzz3Prbo3bby

    …Interracial random acts of kindness happen every day in America. And yet, the Left (Democrats, Hollywood and the MSM) is constantly using race to manipulate and bludgeon white America. Public schools teach white kids to feel guilty for injustices that happened long before they were born. They are even taught to feel guilty for having been born white (white privilege). Americans are afraid to disagree with or criticize the president lest they become marginalized – branded racist.

    Thus, it is not surprising that Oprah’s propaganda movie Selma has bombed at the box office. Americans are burnt out with guilt trips, hoaxes, and lies about race, tired of being put on the defensive and beat over the head.

    …Despite the evil, divisive lies promoted by political hack race-baiters and the MSM, the truth is that Dad and the white woman in the Christian book store are representative of a majority of Americans. America is great because America is good.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      So much truth. I do believe this is the way America is. And, while most of the people I know have negative feelings about rude, pants sagging, young black men and rude, trashy looking black women with foul mouths, they are definitely not negative against all blacks.

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  26. MaryfromMarin says:

    I like my old flip-phone more and more after reading this:

    Edward Snowden: Apple iPhone w/Secret iFeature Allows Govt to Spy on You

    http://www.techtimes.com/articles/28517/20150124/edward-snowden-apple-iphone-with-secret-ifeature-that-allows-government-to-spy-on-you.htm … #RedNationRising #UniteRight #ccot #tcot #tiot

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  27. Les says:

    Do any Treepers live in a shipping container home/cob home/straw bale home/tiny house etc?

    I have been thinking about my retirement. I don’t want a big house to pay for or tons of belongings to maintain. I would rather garden and have an outdoor kitchen and spend more time traveling without being tied down by the high cost of living associated with a larger residence. (NO, I’m NOT a hippie. I swear.)

    I’m not sure I could do the “mobile living” thing, but this guy did a fantastic job with his “stealth hotel.” I travel by car quite a bit and totally understand why he has problems with hotels/motels.
    http://tinyhousetalk.com/80-sq-ft-cargo-trailer-stealth-tiny-house/

    ytz4mee seems to live a sustainable life (not in a boxcar, haha) and I was inspired by her “just do it” attitude. Anybody else living a more self-reliant life?

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Well, I already had a negative attitude about the whole idea until I saw it. I don’t want to live in one of those, but it is really cool.

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      • Les says:

        I always take Lysol and shower shoes to hotels/motels but I still get a little freaked out if I think about what happens in the rooms for too long. I try not to touch anything, especially with my feet. I would probably pass out if I took a blacklight in with me.

        I wouldn’t live in a shipping container (I think) but I would think about living in a smaller home (about 1K sq ft) made out of bales/cob/adobe with a rocket stove and solar panels. That doesn’t seem weird to me.

        If I had a spare $500,000, RVing in one of those big buses might be good. I like to read and fish. I don’t need a mansion for that.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          I have had to stay in motels and hotels lots of times, and the ick factor just gets worse.

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        • michellc says:

          I used to didn’t think much about staying in a motel/hotel. I always pulled back the spread and checked the sheets, checked the toilet and tub/shower, etc. That was about as far as my concern went though. Then one mini-vacation, the only kind we get, I did my routine and there was blood on the sheets. This wasn’t a cheap hotel either. I demanded a refund and then we had a hard time finding a room at another hotel. Since then I’ve been more concerned about what I don’t see.
          So now, I go buy cheap sheets, pillows and mattress covers when we stay somewhere. My DH thinks I’m just a little nutty.lol
          Bed bugs being talked about all the time makes me just as soon sleep in the car or a tent.

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            The whole bedbug thing freaks me out. I always check the bed thoroughly for signs of them and put nothing on the floor.

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            • michellc says:

              I was told that if you put everything in an airtight plastic bag for 2 weeks that it will kill bed bugs. That’s what I do with our clothes and then when I take them out I wash them in hot water and dry them on high heat. Same thing with our suitcases, I wrap and tape them in plastic and put them in the storage building.
              I’m far from a germaphobe, but just something about bodily fluids possibly being on the bed or bringing home bed bugs freaks me out. Besides just that we honestly have a hard time getting away, we don’t go away a lot because I just hate sleeping in a bed thousands have slept in. I think seeing bloody sheets warped my brain.lol

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  28. sundance says:

    Government Work:

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  29. Roy says:

    Does anyone here have any theories on what is happening with Delta and the bomb threats over the last week. My feed just alerted me to another potential incident and it’s getting to be too much.

    First were the two Delta planes at JFK in New York. One from San Francisco to NY-JFK and the second from NY-JFK to Tel Aviv. Bomb threats.

    Next up was the Delta plane from Atlanta to Raleigh, NC, also a bomb threat.

    Then two planes, one Delta, one Southwest, to Atlanta Hartsfield. One plane from Portland to ATL and the second from Milwaukee to ATL. Bomb threats. These two were escorted in by F16s.

    Tonight’s Delta episode is a plane from Los Angeles to Orlando that was diverted to Dallas, No news on what caused it yet, but these bomb threats to Delta are adding up.

    Just kooks, just testing for reaction to see how the threats are handled? That’s 5 Delta flights and 1 Southwest.

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    • Roy says:

      I apologize for forgetting the dates, and I got two mixed up.
      1-17 Raleigh
      1-19 2@ JFK
      1-24 2@ ATL
      1-15 Orlando diverted to Dallas

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    • Roy says:

      I apologize for forgetting the dates, and I got two mixed up.
      1-17 Raleigh
      1-19 2@ JFK
      1-24 2@ ATL
      1-25 Orlando diverted to Dallas

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      • Les says:

        How do people get away with this when we all know they can track all communication? Throw away phones?

        Atlanta is often referred to as Black Mecca. I much prefer to fly in and out of Birmingham anyway when I fly out that way. And I actually prefer to drive if I can. Flying is a PITA now.

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        • Les says:

          I bet Anonymous. The crazy FTP Anonymous.

          *The FBI confirmed that the threats were made via Twitter. While authorities have not yet released information on the Twitter account responsible for the specific threatening tweets, someone calling himself “King Zortic” first posted messages to Delta on Twitter around noon that said, “I have a bomb on one of your planes, but I forgot which one when I left the airport. Can you help me find it?,” and “It was from Portland to Atlanta, I forgot the flight number, though. It was something like DL156 or DL 1556 I forgot the order.”

          Another tweet read, “It was smuggled through one of the back entrances because the airport didn’t have much security around one of the entrances so the bomb is at the back of the plane. Everyone will know when it’s detonated.”

          Messages later were sent to Southwest Airlines from the same Twitter account read, “A bomb was placed on SWA2492. It will be detonated at a random time of my choosing,” and “If anything happens to me I’ll make sure that more flights are targeted. I strongly suggest you don’t try anything stupid.”*

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  30. zephyrbreeze says:

    Horror in Louisiana: Convicted child murderer, sentenced to 50 years for snatching an 11 year old girl off his doorstep and murdering her, never claiming remorse or location of her body – serves only HALF of his 50 year sentence, with time off for “good behavior.” Outrageous.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2926066/Remorseless-killer-11-year-old-girl-gets-early-release-serving-just-HALF-50-year-sentence.html

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  31. zephyrbreeze says:

    Obama’s quagmires. Counter-factual thinking says – they could be worse. What happened to that word “Quagmire” by the way?

    http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2015/01/25/counter-factual-world/

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  32. czarowniczy says:

    It’s probably not that much to those born after the present open-information world began, but to someone who remembers heavy, black Bakelite dial telephones with fabric cords, and remembers having to use an operator to dial long-distance, the ease with which one can obtain information anywhere, while stuffing his/her cushioned posterior into an even more cushioned chair – it’s amazing.
    I just finished looking up, on line, my uncle’s (my namesake) birth certificate information on line, in England, and making an order for a copy, on line, using my credit card. His BC’s nearly 90 years old but up pops on the Brit site a scan of the page registering his birth and the info I needed to make the orde., Another helpful sight, owned by the Brit government, took my request and credit card number and – poof – it;s in the male, chap.
    Ahhhh, when I was born Fords were largely frowned upon and today….same. Something’s don’t change – GO BOWTIE!

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