Saturday Open Thread – January 31st

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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157 Responses to Saturday Open Thread – January 31st

  1. robertnotsowise says:

    American Sniper Friday gross as of 9pm PST with theaters reporting:

    $7,160,917

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  2. Hubby was gone for a week. Hanging out listening to the hi fi. Cheers to those we’ve lost so far in the oncoming storm. Sad about the contractors that got dead in Asscrackistan 😦

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  3. Lucille says:

    Judicial Watch’s Weekly Report – JANUARY 30, 2015 – covering the following subjects:

    IRS Cover-Up Expands to Justice Department

    Exchanging Terrorists for an Army Deserter?

    Will Senate Endorse Obama’s Lawlessness?

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/weekly-updates/obama-irs-should-face-justice/

    Wonderful that such a fine man and patriot as Tom Fitton continues his great work on behalf of America. Thank you, Tom!

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    • I have long been an admirer of and contributor to Judicial Watch. As far as I am concerned, they are the only organization truly fighting the administration’s illegal and unconstitutional actions. That article was a great summation of current activities. Thank you for posting it.

      Wonder how much time our dear leader spends polishing his Erickson hypnosis skills?

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  4. doodahdaze says:

    Negative interest rat mortgage finally here. I Denmark.
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-30/denmark-you-are-now-paid-take-out-mortgage

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  5. MaryfromMarin says:

    A long article, but a good one:

    The Absurdity of Life without God [William Lane Craig]

    “…Modern man thought that when he had gotten rid of God, he had freed himself from all that repressed and stifled him. Instead, he discovered that in killing God, he had also killed himself…”

    http://www.reasonablefaith.org/the-absurdity-of-life-without-god#.VMe74q4yOlM.twitter

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  6. TexasRanger says:

    Chris Kyle – American Sniper

    Part-1

    As you know the movie has just been released about CHRIS KYLE. (American Sniper.)
    Many of you may not be familiar with our TEXAS HERO !
    Please read this about his funeral.
    You may want to see the movie.

    TEXAS GOODBYE
    This is why America will remain strong. We take care of our own as well as others who may not deserve taking care of. I just wanted to share with you all that out of a horrible tragedy we were blessed by so many people.

    Chris Kyle was Derek’s teammate through 10 years of training and battle. They both suffer/suffered from PTSD to some extent and took great care of each other because of it.

    2006 in Ramadi was horrible for young men that never had any more aggressive physical contact with another human than on a Texas football field.

    They lost many friends. Chris became the armed services number #1 sniper of all time. Not something he was happy about, other than the fact that in so doing, he saved a lot of American lives.

    Three years ago, his wife Taya asked him to leave the SEAL teams as he had a huge bounty on his head by Al Qaeda. He did and wrote the book “The American Sniper.” 100% of the proceeds from the book went to two of the SEAL families who had lost their sons in Iraq .

    That was the kind of guy Chris was. He formed a company in Dallas to train military, police and I think firemen as far as protecting themselves in difficult situations. He also formed a foundation to work with military people suffering from PTSD. Chris was a giver not a taker.

    He, along with a friend and neighbor, Chad Littlefield, were murdered trying to help a young man that had served six months in Iraq and claimed to have PTSD.

    Now I need to tell you about all of the blessings.
    Southwest Airlines flew in any SEAL and their family from any airport they flew into … free of charge.

    The employees donated buddy passes and one lady worked for four days without much of a break to see that it happened.

    Volunteers were at both airports in Dallas to drive them to the hotel.
    The Marriott Hotel reduced their rates to $45 a night and cleared the hotel for only SEALs and family.

    The Midlothian, TX Police Department paid the $45 a night for each room. I would guess there were about 200 people staying at the hotel, 100 of them were SEALs.

    Two large buses were chartered (an unknown donor paid the bill) to transport people to the different events and they also had a few rental cars (donated). The police and secret service were on duty 24 hours during the stay at our hotel.

    At the Kyle house, the Texas DPS parked a large motor home in front to block the view from reporters. It remained there the entire five days for the SEALs to congregate in and all to use the restroom so as not to have to go in the house. Taya, their two small children and both sets of parents were staying in the home.

    Only a hand full of SEALs went into the home as they had different duties and meetings were held sometimes on a hourly basis. It was a huge coordination of many different events and security. Derek was assigned to be a Pall Bearer, to escort Chris’ body when it was transferred from the Midlothian Funeral Home to the Arlington Funeral Home, and to be with Taya. A tough job.

    Taya seldom came out of her bedroom. The house was full with people from the church and other family members that would come each day to help. I spent one morning in a bedroom with Chris’ mom and the next morning with Chad Littlefield’s parents (the other man murdered with Chris). A tough job.

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  7. TexasRanger says:

    Chris Kyle – American Sniper

    Part-2

    George W Bush and his wife Laura met and talked to everyone on the Seal Team one on one. They went behind closed doors with Taya for quite a while. They had prayer with us all. You can tell when people were sincere and caring.

    Nolan Ryan sent his cooking team, a huge grill and lots of steaks, chicken and hamburgers. They set up in the front yard and fed people all day long including the 200 SEALs and their families. The next day a local BBQ restaurant set up a buffet in front of the house and fed all once again. Food was plentiful and all were taken care of. The family’s church kept those inside the house well fed.

    Jerry Jones, the man everyone loves to hate, was a rock star. He made sure that we all were taken care of. His wife and he were just making sure everyone was taken care of….Class… He donated the use of Cowboy Stadium for the services as it was determined that so many wanted to attend.

    The charter buses transported us to the stadium on Monday at 10:30 am. Every car, bus, motorcycle was searched with bomb dogs and police. I am not sure if kooks were making threats trying to make a name for themselves or if so many SEALs in one place was a security risk, I don’t know. We willingly obliged. No purses went into the stadium!

    We were taken to The Legends room high up and a large buffet was available. That was for about 300 people. We were growing.

    A Medal of Honor recipient was there, lots of secret service and police and Sarah Palin and her husband. She looked nice, this was a very formal military service.

    The service started at 1:00 pm and when we were escorted onto the field I was shocked. We heard that about 10,000 people had come to attend also. They were seated in the stadium seats behind us. It was a beautiful and emotional service.

    The Bagpipe and drum corps were wonderful and the Texas A&M men’s choir stood through the entire service and sang right at the end. We were all in tears.

    The next day was the 200-mile procession from Midlothian, TX to Austin for burial. It was a cold, drizzly, windy day, but the people were out. We had dozens of police motorcycles riders, freedom riders, five chartered buses and lots of cars.

    You had to have a pass to be in the procession and still it was huge. Two helicopters circled the procession with snipers sitting out the side door for protection. It was the longest funeral procession ever in the state of Texas. People were everywhere. The entire route was shut down ahead of us, the people were lined up on the side of the road the entire way.

    Firemen were down on one knee, police officers were holding their hats over their hearts, children waving flags, veterans saluting as we went by. Every bridge had fire trucks with large flags displayed from their tall ladders, people all along the entire 200 miles were standing in the cold weather. It was so heartwarming. Taya rode in the hearse with Chris’ body so Derek rode the route with us. I was so grateful to have that time with him.

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  8. TexasRanger says:

    Chris Kyle – American Sniper

    Part-3

    The service was at Texas National Cemetery. Very few are buried there and you have to apply to get in. It is like people from the Civil War, Medal of Honor winners, a few from the Alamo and all the historical people of Texas. It was a nice service and the Freedom Riders surrounded the outside of the entire cemetery to keep the crazy church people from Kansas that protest at military funerals away from us.

    Each SEAL put his Trident (metal SEAL badge) on the top of Chris’ casket, one at a time. A lot hit it in with one blow. Derek was the only one to take four taps to put his in and it was almost like he was caressing it as he did it. Another tearful moment.

    After the service Governor Rick Perry and his wife, Anita, invited us to the governor’s mansion. She stood at the door, greeted each of us individually, and gave each of the SEALs a coin of Texas. She was a sincere, compassionate, and gracious hostess.

    We were able to tour the ground floor and then went into the garden for beverages and BBQ. So many of the Seal team guys said that after they get out they are moving to Texas. They remarked that they had never felt so much love and hospitality. The charter buses then took the guys to the airport to catch their returning flights. Derek just now called and after a 20 hours flight he is back in his spot, in a dangerous land on the other side of the world, protecting America.

    We just wanted to share with you, the events of a quite emotional, but blessed week.
    Punch-line:

    To this day, no one in the White House has ever acknowledged Chris Kyle.

    However, the President can call some sport person and congratulate him on announcing to the world that he is gay? What the hell is happening to our society, our honor and our pride??

    LOVE ONE ANOTHER… HUGS

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Thanks for posting this. I sent it on to friends who did not know about the funeral.

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      • wanthetruth says:

        These make you cry but thanks for sharing what honor was done Chris Kyle.
        There are several u-tube. Videos that are interesting to watch, if you haven’t seen them yet. There is some funeral footage that will bring tears and hold your heart.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          I had seen several of the videos because links were shared here. But, I thought your summation of the funeral was very good, that is why I wanted to share it.

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    • yankeeintx says:

      The funeral was an amazing send off. So Patriotic and emotional. Jerry Jones also opened and staffed the concession stands to offer soda and water. When I reached for my wallet, the woman just waved her hand and suggested I take enough for the ride home. It was great that the motorcycle group (IIRC) Freedom Riders blocked the few protesters that were there. It was respectful and dignified, I’m sure Chris would have been proud.

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    • Dixie Darling says:

      Wow….just wow. And now I have tears in my eyes. Many thanks for that up close and personal experience. Restores my faith in humanity, especially Texans.

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    • rashomon says:

      For some reason, I would expect nothing less than this from Texans. Thanks for the recap.

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    • angie says:

      Thank-you, TexasRanger. I love that Texans thinks patriotism is cool.

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    • pspsst says:

      Chris Kyle and the military who fought for Our Liberty and Freedom — they are and will always be Bigger Than Life !!!

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  9. smiley says:

    Obama-Iran- Netanyahu
    “Israeli Officials :Obama Has Already Given Iran 80% of What They want in Nuke Negotiations.”
    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/

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  10. texan59 says:

    Coffee up y’all. It’s a play day. 🙂

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  11. Tkim says:

    Many deniers are Evangelical Christians. So to the Left, that’s a twofer.

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

    OK, I’ll lighten up… 😉

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

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  14. texan59 says:

    Seems as though Bronco Bama & Co. knew about Bibi getting invited to speak. 😯

    http://tiny.cc/ekxbtx

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  15. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ terrorist infidels!

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    • texan59 says:

      Mornin’ Miss Wee. 🙂

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    • Les says:

      I’m waiting to see if we paid the terrorists released from Gitmo. Because that would p*ss me off.

      I have read reports that we paid Qatar $5B, that we paid Uruguay to take detainee terrorists, and that BO tried to paid a ransom for Bergdahl (that was kept by the Haqqani terrorist group). Now I want to know how much we paid the “detainees” when we set them free.

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      • MaryfromMarin says:

        I think they got the deeds to Broadway and Park Place. And all four railroads. And the utilities.

        Guess who has the monopoly now?

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  16. lovelyd24 says:

    Netanyahu is Netanyahu that is why Obama and the Democrats do not want him to speak before Congress. They can’t handle the truth.

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

    Dat’s rite, it’s Caturday!

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  18. Michael Dixon says:

    Good morning, everyone. It’s sunny and bright here in Americus GA, in the southwestern part of the state. Migrating robins have come through my yard and turned the bird bath into their potty, so that must be dealt with. But first, another cup of coffee. Enjoy your day.

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

    OK, TIME OUT !!
    I can’t take much more of the insanity.

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  20. lovemygirl says:

    Well a foot of snow is arriving tonight and my project supplies didn’t arrive yet. I’m making some hiking sticks and a tripod for cooking while camping but alas, my wood and draw knives are in a truck somewhere. I’ll just have to sneak out and buy something else to clutter my house with but don’t tell my wife and daughter since after all, I make these projects for them. 😉

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Well now, thanks for posting that, suddenly my 54-degrees don’t be seemin’ quite that bad. I’m out thinning 8-year old oaks, they make great walking staffs and I’d mail you some but since you can’t get to your truck you most likely couldn’t get to your mailbox…..sigh, global climate change.

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  21. czarowniczy says:

    I trust that all of you who attended the Fort Worth Stock Show over last weekend were duly polite and observant when the Moslem cleric, Imam Mouthed Bakhach, delivered the opening prayer.
    Since when did the Stock Show deiced to farm out the choice of the opening blessing to al Qaeda in Yemen? Sounds like there was bull in the stadium that wasn’t being ridden…

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  22. elvischupacabra says:

    Old Kitteh educates Young Kitteh about human behavior during the “Big Game” (the SuperbOwl)!!

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  23. stella says:

    You might want to consider adding these to your list of spring gardening supplies –

    Flower Shell Lets You Plant Seeds with a 12-Gauge Shotgun

    http://laughingsquid.com/flower-shell-lets-you-plant-seeds-with-a-12-gauge-shotgun/

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I think the mgmt. here at my apartment complex might frown on me using those in my patio area. 😯

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    • pspsst says:

      I LOVE IT!! I’d like to blast one into Barry’s DC and Chicago backyard. It might be too fertile there though.

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      • elvischupacabra says:

        That might be the first shell in my home-defense shotguns! Right now, it’s #8, and they get more lethal from there.

        Imagine the cops taking someone to Ben Taub so the medical residents can dig flowers seeds out of him!! 😆

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  24. zephyrbreeze says:

    BREAKING: Mugabe takes control of African Union

    (Supports my cockroach theory of politicians: “The worst of the worst politicians can have such an enormous de-moralizing effect on their constituency, (emotionally and ethically) that the good people give up, (or are murdered or jailed) opposition evaporates, and evil has free reign.)

    The brutal Marxist dictator who turned the ‘breadbasket of Africa’ into a proverbial ‘basket case’ of hyper-inflation and mass starvation has taken control of the African Union, an alliance of 54 nations and over one billion people.

    As Robert Mugabe was installed as the chairman of the bloc on Friday he called on his fellow African leaders to focus on “issues of infrastructure, value addition and benefication, agriculture and climate change in the context of Africa’s development”, ironically the exact areas he himself has failed address in almost 30 years of rule in Zimbabwe. Indeed, Mugabe’s control of the Southern African nation has been largely characterised by significant decline in these areas, along with serious abuses of human rights.

    When Rhodesia became Zimbabwe in 1980 after over a decade of bloody wars with Mugabe’s ZANU Marxist guerrillas, it was one of the richest nations in Africa, with vast mineral reserves and a highly developed agricultural sector. Although Mugabe rode to power on the back of resentment at white ownership of much of Zimbabwe’s industry and agriculture and a promise to redistribute this property and wealth to the people of the nation this programme has been mired by violence and corruption….

    [an opposition lead said]…that while it was bad news for Africa, Zimbabweans had more pressing concerns, such as surviving in a country which has recently seen starvation, 90% unemployment, and jail sentences for farmers attempting to grow food.

    more…

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/01/31/a-negative-signal-dictator-mugabe-takes-control-of-the-african-union/

    I developed the cockroach theory after Marion Barry was released from prison and RE-ELECTED as mayor of DC. I remember being incredulous that he was running, and thought he was delusional, but the corrupt people wanted a corrupt mayor. Makes me wonder what China has to do with all of this. Otherwise this defies sanity.

    “Barry came to national prominence as mayor of the national capital, the first prominent civil-rights activist to become chief executive of a major American city;[2] he gave the presidential nomination speech for Jesse Jackson at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. His celebrity transformed into international notoriety in January 1990, when he was videotaped smoking crack cocaine and was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials on drug charges. The arrest and subsequent trial precluded Barry seeking re-election, and he served six months in a federal prison. After his release, he was elected to the Council of the District of Columbia in 1992, and ultimately returned to the mayoralty in 1994, serving from 1995 to 1999.”

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

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    • zephyrbreeze says:

      Summary: Mugabe, 90, one of the most corrupt men in the world, has now become one of the most powerful in the history of the world. As a doddering, terrorizing monster, he’s obviously someone’s puppet.

      The selection of Mugabe “does dent the credibility and credentials of Africa”, he said.

      Lord have mercy.

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  25. zephyrbreeze says:

    Do the leftists now endorse “separate but equal”?

    Los Angeles female-only mosque may be first in US; aims to empower women

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/01/31/los-angeles-female-only-mosque-may-be-first-in-us-aims-to-empower-women/

    Alinksy Rules for Radicals says “make them live up to their own rules.”

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  26. Stormyeyesc says:

    There’s an annual contest at Bond University, Australia, calling for the most appropriate definition of a contemporary term.

    This year’s chosen term was “political correctness.”

    The winning student wrote:

    “Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rapidly promoted by mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end.”

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    • pspsst says:

      Gold

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    • ytz4mee says:

      Trivia factoid:
      Doxology and doctrine both have their roots in the ancient Greek word “doxa”, which meant “subjective opinion”.

      May that win you a beer in some useless contest, somewhere, sometime …. 😉

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    • angie says:

      I looked it up and it seems that a Texas A & M students said it first pre -2006 but used “turd” instead of s_it.
      The reason I did research is because I wanted to make sure no one could “snopes” me when I send it out in an email. 🙂

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  27. TexasRanger says:

    Barack Obama prepares to sellout America yet again by buying Cuba’s friendship with American Taxpayer cash, Strategic asset give-always and surrendering our pride to the communist dictator Castro.

    And as usual, Baby Daddy Barack and Mama Baby Michelle are suiting up getting ready to vacation, celebrate and party down hard in Cuba all at the expense and embarrassment of the American people.

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  28. ytz4mee says:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-31/caught-tape-dijsselbloem-varoufakis-you-just-killed-troika

    This is a “sit up and pay attention” lesson.

    (a) The West refuses to believe that the newly installed Greek government are “true believers”. They are.

    (b) The new government has enormous political capital, and goodwill, from a broad cross section of the Greek electorate, which they intend to cash in and exploit.

    (c) The new government has been inspired by the actions of Iceland, and intends to turn bankster pushback to eleventy.

    Varousfakis is very aware he is in the driver’s seat. It seems Brussels is the party left flat-footed.

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  29. ytz4mee says:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31008193

    Even in Paris, along the tracks of the elevated Metro and RER, or in any small sliver of abandoned lot, you can see shantytown slums one would expect to see in Rio or Bangladesh, complete with open cooking pits and the ubiquitous satellite dishes.

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  30. doodahdaze says:

    Obamacare is about to come home to roost.

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  31. WeeWeed says:

    Bar! Beer!! Practice for teh superbowl! Cuttin’ up the cheeses and veggie sticks for lunch tomorrow….

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  32. John Denney says:

    This explains why Obama goes off the rails when he goes off the teleprompter.

    ” In my opinion, this is purposeful language, likely written by a very skilled speech writer — perhaps someone trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming or Hypnosis.”

    http://www.pennypresslv.com/Obama's_Use_of_Hidden_Hypnosis_techniques_in_His_Speeches.pdf

    Thank you, doodahdaze, for posting links about this yesterday.

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  33. 2x4x8 says:

    the Supreme Court has a case of Disparate Impact to decide on:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfisher/2015/01/21/disparate-impact-at-supreme-court/

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  34. BertDilbert says:

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  35. Michael Dixon says:

    It’s happening in Europe now; America is next, and soon.

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  36. 2+2 says:

    Add to Dumbest Thieves list:

    Tom Dees FOX13 Memphis
    Yesterday at 8:03am · Olive Branch, MS ·
    The cautionary tale may be…”Be careful with your bank robbing plans. They may not turn out well.” According to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department 35 year old Joseph Hammer of Byhalia walked into the Citizens Bank in the Victoria Community on Thursday afternoon and attempted to rob the place. Hammer allegedly declared he had a bomb and a weapon and stated he wanted a large amount of cash. Upon hearing this the bank tellers and one customer wanted none of it. So they all swiftly exited the bank and left Hammer standing in the lobby of the bank alone. According to reports Deputies arrived quickly to find Hammer still standing in the lobby. He had no bomb, no weapon and no cash. Hammer is in custody and the case is now being handled by the FBI.

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  37. texan59 says:

    Another one from the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” files. John Ellis’ website he wanted is owned by a couple guys who ain’t gonna give it up. 😆 😆

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/01/31/jeb-for-president-campaign-off-to-gay-old-start/

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  38. texan59 says:

    QOTD –
    “people are more likely to be persuaded by someone who isn’t bitter and cranky all the time. Nobody wants to listen to someone in dire need of an enema” – Jonah Goldberg

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