Friday Open Thread – April 17th

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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220 Responses to Friday Open Thread – April 17th

  1. Col.(R) Ken says:

    It’s Friday!

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  2. kinthenorthwest says:

    Just posted this on Thursday not realizing we had Friday’s Open.
    Still trying to wrap my head around this. On what planet can this be construed as a good lesson for students ..
    Maureen Faulkner, the wife of the police officer who was murdered by Mumia Abu-Jamal, spoke out on a now suspended New Jersey teacher who had her students write get well letters to her husband’s killer in prison. Watch more

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  3. MaryfromMarin says:

    No introductory remarks necessary:

    Obama Administration Knew of Illegal North Korea Missile Technology Transfers to Iran During Talks

    http://counterjihadreport.com/2015/04/16/obama-administration-knew-of-illegal-north-korea-missile-technology-transfers-to-iran-during-talks/

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Mary I had read this story today, it’s sad, really sad this is happening. I would have intercepted these items, then reprogram, to blow up upon activation. Maybe this was Hillary’s deal, so Obola will split the money.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      What you have to have in the back of your mind when you see ‘North Korean anything-military technology transfers’ is that you should be also be thinking ‘Chinese military technology transfers’. The Chinese, or so I’ve heard, frequently use North Korea as a cutout when transferring illegal technology/equipment to icky 3rd parties. The Chinese and NKs may have a somewhat contentious relationship at times but they still have lost of uses for each other – not the least of which is NK’s desire to have a foot in the door with a Russian ally on its doorstep. Rumors are that a lot of the nuke technology the NKs marketed to other countries was Chinese – after all, doesn’t it seem a bit suspicious that a country that couldn’t produce enough food to feed its population could produce enough meth base to give ever NK resident a pound or so, functional nuclear bombs that took ,minimal testing to perfect and the technology to produce a dual-use accurate missile system with orbital capabilities? Can’t get all of that on eBay.

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  4. MaryfromMarin says:

    Grid vulnerability (I learned a couple of sobering things):

    Putting America in the dark

    http://counterjihadreport.com/2015/04/16/putting-america-in-the-dark/

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      This article ties into your other article about moving back into Cheyenne mountain, Colorado. An EMC explosion would put us back into 1860s. Everything with a chip would be fried. Excellent read.

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      • MaryfromMarin says:

        A couple of years ago, I read a book about an EMP explosion: One Second After, by William Forstchen. Very frightening scenario.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        The mountain was built back in the early Cold War days when Soviet missiles were not that accurate – it was designed to survive a near miss and keep on ticking. It became rather obsolete after their missiles became as accurate as ours.
        At one point the government tried to give the cave away but it’s ownership would have been too expensive for mere mortals so it ended up a sort of a stepchild to Space Command/NORAD – many a new Space Command/NORAD officer spent a few weeks up at the cave on watch, freezing his *** off as some of the modules inside do not have heating. They even have some places that have 60s/70s era computers still in use – they provide a nice heat source in winter. They have a nice space junk tracking mission there, though in the intervening years that may have been passed to a more updated facility in the area.
        As the AF has control of Peterson I’m rather sure that in the event of an EMP, considering the AF tests all of its front-line aircraft for EMP resilience, their missions will survive, along with great senior NCO billeting and top-tier military feeding. The Army at nearby Ft Carson will ensure that its soldiers have the best in round rocks and spears.

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      • Sharon says:

        The Amish and old-coots-who-know-stuff would suddenly be in high demand.

        Add: It occurs to me that all of the progs’ digital equipment would quit on them, too.

        In terms of “working equipment” we’d all be in the same fix. In terms of surviving and thriving, we would NOT be on the same ground: the progs would need the normals to survive, and the normals will be charging whatever the traffic will bear to provide goods and services.

        Law and order would return to many communities instantly as those with weapons and ammo provided it.

        Beatings of random citizens at service stations would decline rapidly.

        Politicians would suddenly mark vast areas of their territories where they could no longer safely go.

        Crooked administrators at the VA would suddenly be irrelevant as a few good nurses and doctors began to effectively develop workarounds to save as many lives as they could, and veterans across the country would show up as possible to provide support in whatever ways were needed.

        Those of us who matured in and worked in the world of IBM Selectrics, punch cards, and manual flow charts (for inventory and transport of materiel) would be very useful creatures and we would love helping.

        It would not necessarily be all bad if everything digital ground to a halt. My opinion. The worst scourges within our population would be the least able to care for themselves and survive. Works for me.

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        • doodahdaze says:

          I remember life without computers and gizmo’s it was great. Wonderful.

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        • MaryfromMarin says:

          There’s more to it than just everything digital coming to a halt. One big example: if basically all transportation is out of commission, then NO deliveries of medications. Once everything in the pharmacies is gone, it’s gone. Think of the implications of that. Insulin and psychotropics/antidepressants, etc. Gone.

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          • Sharon says:

            I am fully conscious of all of that….and took it into account in the statements I made. I have had discussions with the pharmacy manager here about “what happens next” – don’t have what it takes to go into it right now.

            The “implications of that” are that people would die of things they were dying of in the 1950s. Obviously.

            We cannot pretend that Ameritopia would be worth living in. If there’s a price to be paid for giving up the illusion, I’m willing to do it.

            I am on only one medication and it would cost me significantly in terms of day-to-day sense of well being if I were to lose it. Oh, well.

            That’s my opinion and my attitude toward what is happening. We no longer have the luxury of pretending that “we have to hang on to what we have” and use that as motivation – essentially a motivation from fear, instead of a motivation from righteousness.

            All partial thoughts, I know. And probably not understandable in this context.

            When it happens we will then know exactly how we will do and how we will respond.

            Kyrie Eleison

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            • MaryfromMarin says:

              I understand what you are saying, Sharon.

              My comments came out of being presented (in the book) with situations which had never occurred to me before–horrific and yet totally credible scenarios–and which hit home forcibly in more ways than one.

              And I agree, there is no use in any kind of pretending.

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        • rashomon says:

          I just knew there was a reason to keep my Selectric! Also have a few solar-run calculators. Bookshelves of tomes on every topic. Works for me, too.

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          • nyetneetot says:

            The problem is that modern electronics technology is to delicate for an EMP. Most would have some damage rendering them useless, including solar calculators. wind up watches run the same risk. Old tube technologies would survive but there would be no power source. The Selectric may actually survive since it is more mechanical driven by solenoid (as I recall).

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    • lilbirdee'12 says:

      If our govt. is not prepared for an EMP at this point, well…just plain insanity. My memory is a little fuzzy but I seem to recall Rumsfeld testifying around ’04/05 before a congressional hearing about the dangers of this type of attack. Of course, warnings of possible attacks from various means abound in many hearings monthly/yearly and not much is ever really discussed by the uninformed public, sadly.

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  5. Millwright says:

    Since openers here were about drinking, does anyone know what a “tontine” is.? I just got an Email from one of the (very) few surviving Doolittle Raiders, Lt. Col. Robert E. Cole, Doolittle’s co-pilot, seeking donations to fund the final production of a videography of the post-war lives of the surviving raiders.
    BTW, I’m looking at “The Giant Begins To Stir” a LE print by William Phillips signed by this gentleman.

    https://secure.campaignsolutions.com/avc/list/bfc/donation1/?initiativekey=G0MTMGRJHLOA

    Speaking of “vulnerability”, a Mr. Chris Roberts was taken from his arriving flight at Syracuse, NY and questioned for several hours by the FBI. Seems Mr. Roberts recently discussed the vulnerability of airplanes to hacking on Fox News. Apparently Mr. Robert’s credential with the USDOD, the FBI, etc weren’t considered germane in this “arrest”. Shows just how discombobulated our government has become. Mr. Roberts is probably lucky the DHS didn’t get involved.

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  6. True Colors says:

    President of Zimbabwe: I don’t want to see a white man

    http://news.yahoo.com/mugabe-tells-africa-media-dont-want-see-white-151947058.html

    April 10, 2015 11:19 AM

    Johannesburg (AFP) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe walked away from a group of journalists in South Africa commenting “I don’t want to see a white man”, television footage showed Friday.

    Mugabe was visiting Soweto, heartland of the anti-apartheid struggle, on Thursday on the final day of his state visit to South Africa when he approached a group of reporters.

    But after apparently spotting an unwelcome face, he suddenly turned on his heel with the brusque remark: “I don’t want to see a white man”.

    Mugabe’s comments were caught by South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) cameras as he left a memorial museum for the 1976 student uprising in Soweto.

    The Hector Pieterson Museum honours about 200 unarmed black school children killed by white police during demonstrations in June 1976.

    Mugabe, 91, regularly throws barbs at western nations and former colonial powers.

    He used a press conference with President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday to attack the UN security council, the United States and Britain.

    Mugabe’s two-day trip was his first state visit to South Africa in more than two decades.

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    • Roy says:

      Here’s an idea for an exchange: Let Mugabe send all his white to the US and the US can return an equal number of his blacks.

      Alabama: “#WhiteGenocide” message covered up

      “In Birmingham, Alabama, a massive “#WHITEGENOCIDE” was sprayed on a wall which could be seen by thousands of drivers each day on the i-59.”
      http://whitegenocideproject.com/alabama-whitegenocide-message-covered-up/

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      • I love your idea, but “equal number”
        How about we offer a 10-for-1 deal?

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      • Here’s and idea for Mugabe. Send all foriegn aid back to the senders and start issuing
        some loincloths and eating berries and roots. Trillons into Africa. Trillons stolen and put in the pockets of dictators. Idi Amin leaves on a mountain top with lots of money and far from the fray. Everything done in Africa for one hundred years has been a failure. Here’s an idea for the New Black. Load them up on military buses, put them on military planes, fly to ISIS territory. Parachute them out and let the flash mobs begin. Just my thought.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Mugabe’s never been a big supporter of International Brotherhood Week – unless the Brotherhood’;s constructed entirely of brothers. Mugabe’s been confiscating white-owned land and property for a long time. At first the international press covered it but as the process became institutionalized they all backed off, in some cases even excusing his theft.
      If a white leader had engaged in one-tenth of Mugabe’s race-based practices the UN would have had one of its merry bands of blue bereted clowns whoop-whoop-whooping its way to set the matter straight. I have no doubts that Mugabe’s status as a black dicktator has made him immune to even cursory correction of his bad manners. Makes me wonder why the POtuS hasn’t scheduled a visit to Zimbabwe along with Kenya.

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  7. rashomon says:

    Ole Hilarity is truly desperate to hit every constituency. She doesn’t mention the billions o’ bucks she already has in her pocket to spend on her campaign. I seriously dislike this gal almost as someone else we know.

    http://news.investors.com/politics-andrew-malcolm/041515-747902-hillary-clinton-in-iowa-seeks-constitutional-amendment-on-campaign-money.htm

    Speaking of him, I love Texas tenacity:

    http://dailysignal.com/2015/04/08/texas-judge-delivers-blistering-rebuke-of-obama-administration-immigration-lawyers-misbehavior/

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  8. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Okay, another Ben is on the bar for everybody, got some work to do later this morning. See you in 9.

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  9. texan59 says:

    Coffee up y’all, it’s Friday. 🙂

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  10. JohnP says:

    The fun continues –
    NY math teacher suffers beating from parent
    Mom puts teacher in choke hold; niece punches her in face

    http://www.wcyb.com/news/ny-math-teacher-suffers-beating-from-parent/32415862

    The school district in question has a 37% graduation rate, and spends $24,000 per student on “edgimacashun”.

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  11. francesmuldoon says:

    Now here is something you don’t see every day..
    Japanese Game Show Where Contestants Get Handjobs While Singing Karaoke.
    Yep….
    And there is video (with the porn elements blurred out)
    Here is the link to the story on Buzzfeed.
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/nicholaswray/theres-a-japanese-game-show-where-the-contestants?utm_term=.in3XEy99g#.rwJMn28b32

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  12. georgiafl says:

    Zappp!!!

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  13. francesmuldoon says:

    And just when you thought you’ve heard it all…

    Woman Makes Yogurt From Own Vagina Bacteria
    http://www.supremeshares.com/woman-makes-yogurt-made-from-vagina-bacteria/

    I will reserve comment and you can just read it if you wish.

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  14. manickernel says:

    Next time your wife tells you to fix the stopped-up toilet.

    http://gizmodo.com/italian-mans-quest-to-fix-toilet-led-to-amazing-archaeo-1698019974

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  15. JohnP says:

    As a former Purchasing Agent this one really hits home.

    Contractor pleads guilty to supplying defective parts for NC bridges
    RALEIGH, N.C. — A highway contractor pleaded guilty Thursday in a scheme to supply defective components to bridges in North Carolina, authorities said.
    Joel De La Torre, 33, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to federal charges of making false statements concerning highway projects and aggravated identity theft. He will be sentenced in July, when he faces up to seven years in prison and $500,000 in fines.
    Defects were found in October 2011 in elastomeric bridge bearings – slabs of rubber reinforced with multiple layers of steel and placed underneath bridges to absorb shock – that had been shipped to 25 highway projects throughout North Carolina and installed on 19 of them. The steel plates in 1,270 bearings were exposed, creating the potential for the material to corrode and weaken, authorities said.

    Read more at http://www.wral.com/contractor-pleads-guilty-to-supplying-defective-parts-for-nc-bridges/14586949/#vXPX62Vr8FqWxhfb.99

    What child buys anything from a source without checking it, let alone something that is this critical?
    Was the price too good to pass up or did the buyer need to fulfill a minority content for the contract?

    This is Delgado Elastomeric Bearings corporate office.

    Enough said.

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    • Roy says:

      “Was the price too good to pass up or did the buyer need to fulfill a minority content for the contract?”

      I’ll take “minority contract” for the Daily Double.

      Minority contracts, like affirmative action, are degrading the US. In a decade, retiring to a 3rd world country will be a lateral move.

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      • JohnP says:

        It wasn’t too bad. I was the “Minority Content Lead” for 9 years for a multinational. I blew the rest of the corporation away with REAL minority held firms. The goal was 6%, and I always maintained 6.5 to 6.9. But I never trusted any fool off the street and I never made appointments, just showed up – Surprise! If they couldn’t do the job or didn’t smell right I just left. I’ve seen all the scams, the subcontractors, ghost owners, and fake addresses. My guess is Chicago in the 80’s had only about 10 to 15% that were REAL minority firms.

        If I had Google Maps back then I would have saved a lot of gas and shoe leather.

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        • Roy says:

          “My guess is Chicago in the 80’s had only about 10 to 15% that were REAL minority firms.”
          Daley machine and crony company officers for the bid and minority workers then, I guess.

          The government is bad. I know a minority GS15 GAO retiree. That’s all I dare say about that.

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          • JohnP says:

            I remember it well, almost every alderman had his favorite “minority” firm.
            (Someday I’ll explain how we eliminated the unplanned and unreportable profit from the C-130 communication system upgrade. It was very creative and quite legal.)

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        • I worked for a minority (Hispanic) contractor for over a decade.
          The owner was Hispanic but every every manager, lead person, and financial was Caucasian.

          I always got a kick out of the customer’s faces when – after documents were filed, e-mails sent, and phone calls made – we would walk in to a kickoff meeting and none of us were Hispanic.

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    • Millwright says:

      Makes me wonder about the quality of the CEs and their inspectors on the jobs where the defective bearings were installed.

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  16. RC Barnes says:

    96-KA-00186-COA – Mississippi Supreme Court
    #JusticeforJessica
    Let’s stop playing and get the real players in Batesville / Cortland
    Also has a house full of illegal Muslim
    In New York #Fact
    So what’s up with Champion?

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  17. JohnP says:

    It should be an interesting day in Ramadi. There are two A-10 Warthogs in the air over the city right now.

    Prototype of the GROUNGHOG

    Fired only once.

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    • rashomon says:

      That looks like my old Volkswagon with a nose job.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      A-10s yes, Apachees’ even better, or you could use your pilots as FOs call in MLRS, with some B-52s dropping napalm to prevent the spread of disease. One must always keep a clean engagement area!

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      • JohnP says:

        How good are the A-10s at night Colonel?

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        • Col.(R) Ken says:

          1st GW, AF boys/girls hung a maverick off the wing pod, connected video monitor into the cockpit. That’s why the Apachees led the way, 1st night of the air attack. Thought the upgraded A10s with the F-16 bombing computer/ FLIR. Last I had heard was full upgrade FLIR and JDAMs lazor guided was 2003.
          Personally I prefer my AH-64, with full load at night! Why? Have done it!

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          • czarowniczy says:

            2nd nature to them – we had them at the LA AFRes unit I was attached to. They’ve always been right on the edge for nighttime battle – war don’t stop when the sun goes down any more. No place to hide, just make your peace and wait for the special delivery.
            Big problem is that, once again, the AF is trying to dump the A-10. They tried that a couple of times as they want state-of-the-art, highest-tech zoomies, this low-tech shooting up stuff on the ground crap ain’t what the silk scarf crowd signed up for. Plans are as they have been for previous fighter aircraft the AF wanted to replace the A-10 with, for an air superiority plane (the F–35 this time) to be retrofitted with a pod that will do the boring, non-sexy dirty work the A-10 does. Other problem is that the F-35 won’t be able to use night vision equipment or carry more than 4 bombs and missiles to support troops on the ground. As for that gun thingie, they may be able to slap a pod on the plane but, as with the old F-4, it’s gonna be a stepchild arrangement.
            Ah Ha! So let’s transfer the A-10 to the ARMY! Yeah, solution! Nope, AF vetoed that option years ago. Seems that when the AF and the Army split the sheets in 1947 part of the agreement was that the Army would not have anything that could be construed as a ground attack craft – the attack helicopters were an issue when they first came out but fancy wordmanship, coupled with the AF’s repulsion for anything that flies under the speed of sound and has a propeller, saved the chopper. The AF heatedly refused to allow the Army to take over the A-10s and a mopey agreement worked out by Congress kept the A-10 alive (and lots of soldiers) – but grudgingly.
            The AF says that some of the hang-on pods it has for its first-and-foremost air superiority aircraft can be taped on to provide close support but many military who’ve been under fast movers as they target danger-close bad guys might disagree. Bottom line seems to be that the AF deems mano-a-mano ‘Snoopy and the Red Baron’ combat more ‘mission critical’ than pulling the grunts’ cookies out of the fire. Too harsh? Remember that the AF won’t give the A-10 to the Army to protect its own troops as their pissy little nearly 70-year old agreement says the Army can only have attack aircraft with propellers on top.
            Watch the A-10 saga play out, the AF’s trying to kill the plane once and for all again and the next few months may be critical.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        BTW, on his 1st day in office the POtuS signed the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and one of the Convention’s protocols prevents the use of any incendiary weapons – we ain’t gonna be droppin’ no napalm. There’s a weasel clause to the protocol but it’s so unlikely our Weasel-in-Chief would use it that you can kiss our using it again good-bye.
        Wonder what the Koran says about using napalm/incendiaries on Christians, Jews and assorted infidels?

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    • crossthread42 says:

      See My comment below, Ramadi is considered “lost” by Iraq Officials as ISIS lays Siege, to the City as thousands try to Flee..

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      • polk8dot says:

        So does the WH. Earnest said openly in the press briefing yesterday: ‘We do not consider Ramadi significant to the security of the US’ (paraphrasing). As clear an indication as there can ever be that they are hoping everybody will just forget about the town and its people and move on.

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      • Sharon says:

        That’s ok. There’s a whole new generation of American soldiers already in Iraq who are prepared to bleed and die to try to regain what obama sold to Isis. /sarcfury

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  18. rashomon says:

    Why are five Wal-Mart stores in diverse areas (TX, CA, OK, and FL) suddenly closing up for “plumbing problems” when no plumbing permits have been issued, according to ABC News? All 2,200 employees, while receiving paid leave for two months, were not given notice and part-time workers may not be eligible for severance. Very odd.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/wal-mart-suddenly-closed-5-135231172.html

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    • Dixie says:

      Someone asked that question yesterday. Sundance responded. I’ll try to find the response.

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    • Dixie says:

      Here it is: (I hope there aren’t any rules against me copying and pasting it again here.)

      sundance says:

      April 16, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Most likely cause = Positive (self-identified) Listeria Tests.

      No big deal really, it’s just a bitch to get rid off. You’ve got to tear the gear down sheet metal to sanitize and eliminate. Then re-test at each step.

      More Big Corporations are self-testing now or contracting companies like Steritech to do self-tests due to Risk Management and Corporate Quality Assurance concerns.

      (*note public health departments don’t test for Listeria unless an incident happens and is traced back to the store.)

      So corporations self test to insure safety. And if a store gets a positive test – this approach would be par for the course and no-one would want the publicity. Happens all the time. No big deal, but drastic action is indeed needed just to be safe.

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      • francesmuldoon says:

        Is it just a coincidence then that these Walmarts are in the same States as the Jade Helm military exercise?

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      • rashomon says:

        Thanks, DIxie. I missed the earlier post. My Houston-area cousin was curious as one store has little meaning, but five in such diverse locations seemed odd especially without notice and no permits being pulled.

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    • ctdar says:

      I read earlier those Wal-Mart’s also had the most protests for higher wages…coincidence now they are all now without jobs?

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  19. JohnP says:

    Which is cooler? IS has drones…..the YPG has eagles.

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  20. JohnP says:

    BREAKING – A car bomb has gone off in central Erbil. The BBC is calling near the US conciliate. It’s actually more than 100 meters away.

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  21. crossthread42 says:

    Car bomb explodes/Detonates , outside US Consulate in Northern Iraq .. BREAKING A Blast & Gunfire reported in Central Irbil, which is unusual in the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.Fugitive Iraqi militant leader Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former right-hand man to Saddam Hussein, has been killed, He is partly responsible for the rise of ISIS.. Iraq city of Ramadi Just West of Bagdad, Has been considered lost, as ISIS militants lay siege, Iraqi official warns..

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  22. crossthread42 says:

    Anyone find it odd that Germanwings Flight 9525, has fell off the news cycle? Recently?

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    • rashomon says:

      The Germans just held a memorial service at which their president and the CEO of Lufthansa spoke regarding the 72 citizens the country lost. It was covered on one of the international news shows earlier this morning.

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  23. polk8dot says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/04/17/muslim-migrants-arrested-for-allegedly-throwing-christians-into-sea-after-brawl/

    Palermo, Italy – 15 African Muslim migrants from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea Bissau
    have been arrested after they threw 12 Christians from Nigeria and Ghana into the Mediterranean during their illegal boat crossing to Italy.
    ‘Tearful survivors from Nigeria and Ghana who had arrived in the city Wednesday morning after being rescued at sea. The 15 Muslims are accused of multiple homicide aggravated by religious hatred, police said in a statement.
    The surviving Christians, the statement said, only managed to stay on board by forming a “human chain” to resist the assault.’

    And the world still says NOTHING.

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  24. HarleyQuinn says:

    Last night while teaching my Economics Survey class, we were discussing the consequences of discretionary monetary policy, debasing the currency, and “bubbles”. During this discussion, a student asked, “Who is in charge of our country?”

    I thought he was making a sarcastic remark, but he was asking in earnest. I followed this rabbit trail, and gave a brief, impromptu lecture about the branches of government and checks and balances. I suggested that many believe that the checks and balances have been deteriorating recently. It seemed like he and many others were hearing this for the first time.

    Facing the reality of the ignorance of these young voters is very sobering.

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  25. I honestly don’t know what to make of all this. Things are so creepy right now, I guess anything is possible. Has anyone else been following the Jade Helm stories and the thing about the Walmarts closing? If so does anyone have any concrete thoughts on it?

    http://allnewspipeline.com/Wal_Mart_Underground_Tunnel_System.php

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    • Dixie says:

      Oh, sure. Report anything suspicious in a walmart parking lot to the mgr and you will disappear forever/s. Sarcasm related to the link above. Why else would they be asking people to report suspicious behavior regarding something in which DHS is involved. Crazy.

      I had been following the Jade Helm stories but had not made the connection with the walmart stores closings and did not know about the underground system.

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      • There are so many disinformation brokers out there I don’t really know which end is up half the time but most of the Treepers have their heads screwed on pretty tight so I thought I’d throw it out there and see what others thought 🙂 Thanks!

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  26. Lucille says:

    Oh, wow, thanks! A ruthless, communist, terrorist dictator pardons America and you can bet Obama loves it.

    “Raul Castro Pardons America”
    By Katie Nielsen
    http://www.myheritage.org/news/raul-castro-pardons-america/

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  27. BigMamaTEA says:

    Obie dancing to the destruction

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  28. rashomon says:

    You CAN’T Make This Up: “Biden to discuss sexual assault prevention at U. of IL”

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-biden-university-illinois-met-20150417-story.html

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  29. texan59 says:

    Since the regular barkeep is out-of-pocket, I thought we might go old school tonight. Drink up y’all. 😆

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    • nyetneetot says:

      I’m waiting to hear of news reports down there much like the old Godzilla movies. Cities in ruins. Smoke fills the sky. People abandoning cars on the motorways to begin running from the approaching “Weeeeee Weeeeeeed”!

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  30. BigMamaTEA says:

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  31. texan59 says:

    I think I went into spam. And all I was tryin’ to do was open the pub. 😆

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  32. auscitizenmom says:

    Oh, no. It can’t be!!

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  33. BigMamaTEA says:

    Nothing says transparency like the confiscation of cellphones!

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  34. BigMamaTEA says:

    Finally. One week after Ted Cruz expressed outrage to the LSM, Ft Hood Purple Heart recipients
    get benefits:
    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0N72FV20150416?irpc=932

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  35. nivico says:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/oklahoma-teen-convicted-in-slaying-of-australian-player-christopher-lane/

    DUNCAN, Okla.- A jury convicted a 17-year-old of first-degree murder Friday in the shooting death of an Australian college baseball player in southern Oklahoma.

    The Stephens County jury found Chancey Allen Luna guilty in the Aug. 16, 2013, death of Christopher Lane, who was shot in the back while jogging along a city street in Duncan. The jury recommended that Luna be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

    A co-defendant in the case, James “Bug” Edwards Jr., now 17, testified that he was a passenger in the car when it swerved toward Lane, and Luna fired the shot. Edwards testified as part of a plea agreement in which a first-degree murder charge against him was reduced to being an accessory after the fact.

    The car’s driver, Michael Jones, now 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as part of a plea bargain, but refused to testify for the prosecution. He is serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole.

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  36. 2x4x8 says:

    Marco Rubio got a nice boost after his announcement to run for the Presidency, a poll of Florida voters put him at 31%, ahead of Jeb bush’s 30%

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/04/17/rubio-just-caught-jeb-in-a-new-florida-poll-dont-start-planning-the-inaugural-just-yet/

    kind of puts into question the prevailing theory of Jeb Bush’s inevitable coronation as the Republican nominee, by staying in the top 3 in Iowa and New Hampshire then winning Florida and the money, momentum and expensive advertising causes everyone else to drop out

    thought it foolish to give up a Senate seat, Rand Paul was able to find a way to get around it, to have his cake and eat it too

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  37. zephyrbreeze says:

    I wrote this in a comment on another site. So many people have forgotten this history of abortion, that it bears repeating. Feel free to copy to paste wherever and whenever:

    Did you know that Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the co-founder of NARAL, (the National Association for the Repeal of (anti)Abortion Laws), who said he performed 15,000 abortions and oversaw another 45,000 as the director of the largest pro-life clinic in the world in New York City, an atheist Jew, saw the videotape of a live abortion via ultrasound, and was horrified to see the fetus react with a distressed expression to the suction tube probing to kill it.

    Dr. Nathan became a pro-life Catholic activist, and produced the film The Silent Scream, showing the video of the fetus during an abortion. In 1974 Nathanson wrote: “I am deeply troubled by my own increasing certainty that I had in fact presided over 60,000 deaths.”

    He wrote in his 1996 autobiography Hand of God, “I am one of those who helped usher in this barbaric age.”[1] Nathanson developed what he called the “vector theory of life”, which states that from the moment of conception, there exists “a self-directed force of life that, if not interrupted, will lead to the birth of a human baby.”

    Dr. Nathan said that when he started doing abortions there were only 4 articles on fetal development that year. By the time he was a pro-life activist, there were over 4000 articles on fetal development. He said when he saw the science and his understanding of the nature of the fetus change, he changed.

    How many people know this story, about Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the #1 world expert on Abortion? I thought the left was so enthralled with “science.” But they don’t believe this scientist’s theory.

    You can read about his transformation in his book:

    The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind.

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    • zephyrbreeze says:

      My comment was in response to this article about Obama’s absolutely incoherent reference to a pregnant woman’s “5 pounds of kicks.” Who talks like this, Dr. Evil? He is an abomination.

      “In a speech yesterday about working families–while trying to explain why he thinks too many women face “being reprimanded or fired for taking too many bathroom breaks when you’re pregnant”–President Obama let it slip that he knows unborn babies have feet that kick.

      “Too many women face unnecessary difficulties on the job, like the difficulty of being paid less than a man for doing the same work,” said Obama. “That’s a difficulty. Or being reprimanded or fired for taking too many bathroom breaks when you’re pregnant. Clearly that’s a man making that decision because they don’t have five pounds of kicks pressing down on their bladder.

      http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/obama-admits-unborn-babies-have-feet-kick

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  38. 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. Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. 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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  39. Justice_099 says:

    Here’s some good news for the day:

    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/04/17/forget-the-minimum-wage-gravity-payments-ceo-dan-price-sets-70k-happiness-wage.html

    CEO of Gravity Payments Systems cuts his own salary to $70k/year in order to give every employee a raise to $70K/year.

    I am curious what others think about this here. I am pleased by it because he is taking an approach that removed the government from the equation (and probably pissed off the government, I’m sure.)

    Although I am full on capitalist, I do still think it is ridiculous for a CEO to make so much more than their employees.

    Further, he explained to his employees that for the company to survive by doing this, it will be a challenge that will require their help to make it work. I have a feeling that these employees will be more empowered to find ways to reduce costs for the company and increase sales and profit. Not like unions that simply suck a company dry by demanding higher wages and stealing productivity.

    I say good luck to them! I hope that they can set an example and show businesses that it is possible to close this wage gap. The more money in people’s hands the more stimulus to the economy.

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    • zephyrbreeze says:

      Systems are complex and there are bound to be unintended consequences. $70,000 by the time they pay taxes will be a lot less than they think it is.

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      • Justice_099 says:

        Agreed. I make a smidgen more than that and it is not nearly as much as I thought it was going to be when I was in college making $20K. lol

        When you are making $20K, you are in constant crisis mode. Things don’t get taken care of because you simply can’t. But once you have money, you find all those things you really NEEDED to spend the money on sucking up your wallet.

        Sometimes I want to just get rid of it all and go back to living with a roommate in an apartment eating ramen noodles.

        And taxes. Nearly $40K in taxes this year.

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        • michellc says:

          $20 K used to go farther than it does today. I think back to when my DH had our first child that was about how much our bring home pay was. We of course didn’t think we were rich, but we were able to pay the bills, which cost a lot less back then, put food on the table which also cost a lot less back then, buy feed for the animals, once again it was a fraction of the cost today, buy car insurance, home insurance and property taxes and still had money left over to eat out once a week and buy the baby everything she needed.
          I don’t think that would be possible today.

          I hear of people all the time where families are living together, parents, their kids and their kids’ kids. I remember my parents telling me about families doing that during the great depression in order to survive. I guess what’s old has became new again. Yet since Obama has became President not many on the left are talking about people having to try to survive by sharing the costs.

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    • 2x4x8 says:

      read Atlas Shrugged

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  40. wondering999 says:

    A sibling asked if I knew about the ESPN reporter scandal. I didn’t until I googled. Lest anyone else go uninformed, here’s a linkie

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/espn-reporter-caught-on-video-in-mean-girl-tirade/

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  41. ctdar says:

    How one cop disarms violent suspect, watch the entire video:
    http://iotwreport.com/?p=282484

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  42. Margaret-Ann says:

    Just looked in on the two eaglets at Berry College near Atlanta. I’ve been watching the nest via webcam going on three years. Much improvement was made during the winter months. It is said that the nest is approximately 10-12 feet in width.
    http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/

    Happy Friday 🙂

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