Sunday Open Thread – April 12th

Tomb of the UnknownOur 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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88 Responses to Sunday Open Thread – April 12th

  1. texan59 says:

    First. 😉

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  2. MaryfromMarin says:

    I wouldn’t like to think that all this arguing is mostly optics:

    Senators focusing on bill to limit nuclear deal with Iran

    Seriously??>>> “Democrats also want to strike a part of the bill that requires the Obama administration to certify that Iran has not directly supported or carried out an act of terrorism against the United States or an American anywhere in the world…” <<<???

    http://counterjihadreport.com/2015/04/11/senators-focusing-on-bill-to-limit-nuclear-deal-with-iran/

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  3. texan59 says:

    More horse manure from our friends at the EPA. We gotta have new, new stuff cuz the new stuff that replaced the old stuff is worse now than the old stuff…………but this new new stuff will be much better. We promise. We think. Now pay up sucka. 🙄

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/04/12/feeling-chill-epa-ban-on-common-coolants-has-lawmakers-industry-worried/

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  4. nyetneetot says:

    Breakfast from someone not first this morning.

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  5. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  6. JohnP says:

    Police to Arrest Mom of Quadriplegic Man With Cerebral Palsy Abandoned in Cobbs Creek Park

    http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Quadriplegic-Cerebral-Palsy-Abandoned-Woods-Philly-Cobbs-Creek-Park.html
    Left to die in the woods while mommy spent five days with her boyfriend.

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    • JohnP says:

      Her son spent 5 days in the rain with only a wet blanket and a bible the temperature dipped below 40 at night.

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      • “….. with only a wet blanket and a bible….”

        And a will to live, apparently.

        Humans are amazing beings.

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        • JohnP says:

          FYI – I ran across this on the internet for people who want to cut the cable.

          I purchased the Rabbit on a whim and like everyone else, discovered that it’s a kind of Meta-search engine for online content. Nothing Special, but nice and convienient. My search continued until I bought and tried the Google Chromecast. Chromecast has a deficiency in available Apps, BUT does allow you to stream anything in the Chrome Browser. Once i connected the Rabbit TV to my pc and Connected wirelessly through Chromecast, Now you’re talking! The Rabbit uses your browser and has an resolution upgrade to shows connected through the Rabbit. This allows for a higher than normal quality stream using Chrome and “Beamed” to the TV via Chromecast. Anyone looking for a way to curb their monthly expenses? Here’s your answer: Local TV antenna-Rabbit TV- Chromecast. This Trinity will allow you to watch virtually everything you now watch on Cable or Satellite for less than 75 dollars.

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    • stella says:

      Evil.

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  7. Stormzx says:

    Seems like the most dangerous place to be these days is either at McDonald s or Walmart, 3/21/15 family gets in brawl with AZ police officers leaving one officer wounded and one man dead.

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  8. auscitizenmom says:

    Cat shows who is boss.

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  9. texan59 says:

    Better late than never. Coffee up y’all. 🙂

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  10. texan59 says:

    Our dear friend Clarice takes on Madame Ka-Ching this morning. Rather enjoyable. 🙂

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/04/call_her_madame_kaching.html

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  11. cajunkelly says:

    Cooper is growing SO fast! It’s almost impossible to get him to sit still for a picture, so in frustration I plopped him on the kitchen counter…..tada! 😛

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    • JohnP says:

      Dachshund mix?

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      • georgiafl says:

        Speaking of mixed breeds, one of our neighbors had a female beagle who went into heat and therefore was followed everywhere she went by all the male dogs in the neighborhood.

        Soon she was obviously pregnant. When she finally gave birth, there was a variety of beagle mix puppies, one from each of the neighborhood males…and the photo was priceless because of look of shame and embarrassment on the mother beagle’s face.

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      • cajunkelly says:

        Uhhhhh that’d be a big neaux. 😛 He’s pure bred LH English Cream, with a long line of Champions in his parents’ pedigree. He’ll eventually be all cream except the tips of his ears, maybe a bit on his shoulders and the tip of his tail. He was totally black when he was born. The color change happens very quickly. This color began in the UK, hence the “English”. His great, great, great grandfather has a UK registration.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      My reaction was LOL. AWWWWWWWW!!! Just tooooooo precious.

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      • That was my reaction, too!

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      • cajunkelly says:

        Thank you auscitizenmom. 🙂 We too have always owned and loved mutts. This time I was looking for a specific behavior trait….these dogs are known to be the exception to the sometimes manic personalities so many dachshunds have. 😉 Our Fred (our 12 year old rescue dachshund) has always been one of those exceptions and after losing Chelsea we wanted a “fit” for him, regarding his age and his calm demeanor.
        Of course Cooper is a ball of energy now as a pup. 😛 Bless his heart, Fred is being so patient and tolerant of him. But it’s a heart melter when Fred decides he’s still got some puppy in him and runs laps around the back yard with Cooper. ❤

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    • Dixie says:

      Really cute dog, pretty kitchen…..love your backsplash.

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      • cajunkelly says:

        thank you! DH just totally re-did our kitchen/dining/laundry room. He used the old style tin panel ceiling tiles for that backsplash. It’s not complete yet, just need to get the flooring done.

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  12. JohnP says:

    Warning- This flu that’s going around is dangerous. It is not to be taken lightly. In just 24 hours I went from just fine to pneumonia.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Take care of yourself and get well quick.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Prayers for a quick recovery JohnP.

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    • wondering999 says:

      A couple of relatives are recovering from bad flu cases. Although they don’t have pneumonia, they have been miserably feverish. I may have had flu already in December… coworkers sent me home and later told me I didn’t realize how sick I was. Laid me low, it did, for close to two weeks. (And I dread catching this month’s version if it’s different…) Hope you are strong again soon as possible.

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    • hoosiergranny says:

      Sorry to hear you’re under the weather. Those fast acting flus just don’t give you time to even know what’s hit you. Prayers for a rapid recovery. (And our granddaughter is still sharing her various bugs even at 14. She always has just a light case but puts me out for weeks.)

      Seems we have a nasty virus going around in the Indy area. Not the flu but causing congestion/cough/pneumonia that hangs on for weeks after the initial illness. For those of us with asthma or COPD, it is amazingly long lasting. Even my pulmonologist and his nurse have had it.

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      • cajunkelly says:

        Sounds identical to what DH and I had….not pneumonia but SO much coughing and congestion, and just when you think you’ve survived it, it’ll slap you down again.

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  13. JohnP says:

    Kentucky judge criticized for telling parents they fostered racist behavior in daughter
    A Kentucky judge blamed two parents for their young girl’s “constant fear of black men” after an armed robbery she witnessed, local reports said.
    The parents argued for a tougher sentence for the man convicted of busting into their Louisville home at gunpoint while their daughter watched “Spongebob Square Pants,” according to the Courier-Journal.
    Judge Olu Stevens blasted Jordan and Tommy Gray’s victim impact statement at a court hearing in February and again recently in a Facebook post he later deleted.
    Stevens contends the statement played no role in his decision to sentence the robber, 27-year-old Gregory Wallace, who pleaded guilty to the March 21, 2013, crime, to only five years’ probation.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ky-judge-told-parents-fostering-racist-behavior-article-1.2182039

    It’s not the thug that broke in who made the five year old fear black men, it’s her parents. Yeah sure.

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    • michellc says:

      I just looked at his FB page, he’s a real tool. I’m shocked he’s not in Holder’s DOJ or on Obama’s staff. He certainly has lots of things in common with Obama, selfies for one, he loves to post pics of himself and the other is the use of “I”, then he has in common with both of them an obsession with race.
      It doesn’t seem proper to me that a Judge would be commenting on FB the way he does. For those who don’t have FB, here are some of his posts:

      I was asked to provide additional context to the article that ran in yesterday’s paper. One month ago I received a letter by mail demanding that I publicly apologize for the Facebook post at issue. When I wrote a letter back indicating I would not apologize because, among other things, my comments were being misconstrued, he contacted the Courier Journal. Yesterday’s article and its aftermath are the culmination of his efforts.

      I will not be intimidated and I am not deterred. My decisions will not please everyone. It comes with the territory. But the Commonwealth’s Attorney has conducted a turnabout on the very matter at issue. In court and on the record, the Commonwealth indicated it was not relying upon the words to which I took issue and in fact had not even read them. Now the Commonwealth’s Attorney is defending the words under the guise of defending the victims. Victims need no defense from me. I stand on my record. My exception was with particular words, not victims. If you do not know me, it is your right to criticize me. If you do know me, you know that what was written in the paper is not me. I am not in the business of shaming toddlers and victims of crime. And my exception was not a factor in the ultimate decision. As for my “wrath”, I had none. I leave wrath to the Commonwealth’s Attorney and others disgruntled by the ultimate decision. I did not criticize the child. I cautioned the parents against racial stereotyping. I also admonished the Commonwealth that it should review its pleadings for sufficiency and appropriateness before filing them. To the Commonwealth’s Attorney, I respectfully state that if you add three adjectives (old, fat and white-bearded) to a description, you greatly impair the analogy. I do feel badly that some have misinterpreted my comments. But the Commonwealth’s Attorney and others can take comfort in this: I will continue to be guided by what is right, not what is comfortable or popular. If necessary, I will stand alone. I have no animus toward anyone. I have consistently been here for over five years. I look forward to continuing to see you on this medium and in court. Thank you for reading.

      I believe most trial lawyers have the basics of what it takes to try a case to a jury. What sets some apart is attention to detail. I liken it to one’s manner of dress. Almost everybody has a suit, but there are the little things that set one suit apart from another. Details. After five and a half years on the bench, I am convinced I have identified some of the details essential to great advocacy at trial. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying I have become the greatest trial lawyer by virtue of my experience. As I said on the campaign trail in ’09, that’s not my job. I am a trial judge. I preside over jury trials. A lot of them. More than anybody else. 117 felony criminal and complex civil jury trials as of the time of this writing. By the way, I love how some civil lawyers like to assume the imbalance that exists between civil and criminal trials somehow lessens the significance of my experience in civil jury trials. They shouldn’t get it twisted. I still see a lot of civil jury trials. I also love how some criminal trial lawyers assume you gain no additional experience by presiding over more jury trials than any other Circuit judge in the Commonwealth and teaching Criminal Procedure II to third-year law students. It is not rocket science. But I digress. I guess my point is that I’ve seen a lot. I know what’s good and what’s not so good. I’ve watched many juries. I’ve talked to many jurors after trial. I know a little about what is effective and what is not. I’ve taken some of my experiences and reduced them to writing. Some lawyers have read my 100 points of effective advocacy. I have since added more points and look forward to discussing some of them at the KBA NLP on Thursday. I advise that lawyers read them before practicing a case before me and certainly before trying a jury trial before me. But I understand that not every lawyer who appears in front of me is aware that I have reduced certain of my preferences to writing. That is why I placed a laminated copy of my Guidelines of Trial Practice and Court Decorum at each counsel table. Although not necessarily designed to be, they are a condensed version of some of my 100 points. A quick review will provide a primer for how to practice a case in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Copies are available online and through my secretary. In church, the Pastor often says “I wish I had a praying church” or “Somebody say Amen”. In court, I have a similar refrain: “I wish somebody would just take a few minutes with the laminated yellow paper.”smile emoticon Happy Saturday my friends. Let’s make the most of it.

      Here is a link to his FB for those who have FB:
      https://www.facebook.com/olustevens?fref=ts

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  14. JohnP says:

    Cruz dares GOP field: ‘Show me’ proof ‘you bled’ fighting Obama

    “Challenge every Republican to show their wounds.” “For far too long politicians have said one thing and done another. Everyone of us should ask any candidate that shows up in front of you, ‘You say you believe these principles, show me. When have you stood up and fought for them, when have you bled for them, and what have you accomplished?'” he said to cheers.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/cruz-dares-gop-field-show-me-proof-you-bled-fighting-obama/article/2562863

    I have waited so long for a conservative with the fire of a patriot in his belly.

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    • hoosiergranny says:

      OK, Cruz. Show me your wounds from standing with the tea party challengers of the Rinos in 2014. Oh, that’s right. You backed the incumbents even when the cheating was blatant. Now I’m just cautiously optimistic about your potential.

      While I like you, Ted Cruz, and you’ve done some things I really respect, you need to prove yourself, sir. One or two filibusters does not a hero make. Keep showing me that you are in fact a true conservative (which does not mean we need to agree on everything) and you may win my vote. But be careful. If you start flirting with the methods or tactics of the dark (left) side, you will loose me and my vote.

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  15. MaryfromMarin says:

    Upcoming event in the SF area. I am planning to participate. Any local Treepers interested?

    “Join us May 9th at the Golden Gate Bridge to fight human trafficking”

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    • wondering999 says:

      I WISH I could be in San Francisco. But good for you and please post about it afterwards, if you can participate.

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      • MaryfromMarin says:

        I will, even if I’m not able to go, wondering999. There is sure to be SOMETHING on the local news (as it is not a specifically right wing or Tea Party-related event!)

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  16. JohnP says:


    The combined forces of the YPG/YPJ and FSA have taken the La Farge Cement Plant intact. They are now just 40 miles from Raqqah.

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  17. lilbirdee'12 says:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your love and salvation to all. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

    Blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

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  18. kinthenorthwest says:

    Had to share this post from FB.

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  19. kinthenorthwest says:

    Just had to share this with all my friends on here for I know many of you will appreciate the wording of it. (Sorry if its a repeat).

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  20. michellc says:

    For our attorneys here, other than BART is there any other cases where an officer has been charged for meaning to use taser and instead uses firearm? BART is the only one I can find. We have a shooting by a Reserve Tulsa County Officer who shot a guy during a sting, he says he meant to use his taser and instead fired his gun. Watching the video it does sound as if it’s the truth.

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