Saturday Open Thread – April 25th

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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340 Responses to Saturday Open Thread – April 25th

  1. lilbirdee'12 says:

    Am I first ? YAY !! Happy Caturday Everyone !
    Let’s start this out with a fine young man, more impressive each time i see him.

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/tom-cotton-stresses-importance-of-amendments-on-iran-deal-bill/

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    • Dixie says:

      I really like Tom Cotton.

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    • canadacan says:

      I love the part about Iran being a third-rate outlaw country.
      Senator Tom Cotton speaks up for the hostages.No discussion is even possible without their release according to his guidelines.This man sets the bar where it needs to be for discussions with Iran.
      Facts are facts: Death is tugging at our elbow everyday while Obama is playing games with Iran .
      Nobody spells it out more clearly than Tom Cotton.
      his first child his first son is about to be born.He is terrified for his future.
      Let’s face it if this continues I may not have to worry about money for retirement

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  2. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Yes you are First! Yes First in war, In our hearts, and minds of our countrymen. Stoking the fire, more wood, little bit of coal, and another glass of Tex’s sipping whiskey!

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  3. czarowniczy says:

    Our cats just say: “Every day is Caturday”. OK. except for the 17-year old one who just says “All you kittens get offa my lawn!”.

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  4. nyetneetot says:

    HA! Seventh!!!

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  5. Wondering why it's so quiet says:

    The leftist noise machine has gone quiet about the Walter Scott shooting for the last week or so. That’s the opposite of what happened after the Ferguson Follies and the elevation of St. Trayvon.

    I wonder if “the narrative” has already started to collapse. Does anyone know?

    If the video of Michael Brown robbing the convenience store didn’t shut them up, then whatever is going on with the Scott shooting must be pretty big.

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  6. Murse says:

    “Photo Catches Clintons at Secret Nuclear Meeting They Denied Ever Happened”

    http://www.mrctv.org/blog/clintons-caught-another-lie-photo-evidence-bills-meeting-frank-giustra

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  7. carterzest says:

    More moon battery from the People’s Republic of Portland.
    #SweetCakes bakery: 135K payable to a lesbian couple for damages for refusing on religious grounds to bake a cake. Another feather in the cap of The Gay Agenda.

    http://www.kgw.com/story/news/local/2015/02/02/ruling-gresham-bakery-discriminated-against-same-sex-couple/22760387/

    and Brucilla: Bruce Jenner: ‘I’m A Republican And A Christian’

    Bless her little heart

    http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/24/bruce-jenner-im-a-republican-and-a-christian/

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  8. Murse says:

    There is a wolverine on the NYC council:

    “NYC Councilman on Pro-Palestinian Activists: ‘They’re Angry’ ‘Because Hitler Didn’t Finish the Job, Only Wiped Out Half My Family’”

    http://cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/nyc-councilman-pro-palestinian-activists-theyre-angry-because-hitler-didn-t?

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  9. nyetneetot says:

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  10. Margaret-Ann says:

    Happy weekend everyone! I’m hoping for a good one.
    I’ve had a catastrophic Friday 🙂

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  11. carterzest says:

    and I present you, “The Ripper”
    The new normal for the new police state. Walmart Salem today.

    http://www.kgw.com/story/news/2015/04/24/salem-police-incident-turner-road/26310791/

    “Merica!

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  12. Lucille says:

    Judicial Watch’s April 24th Weekly Update with the topics:

    “JW Lawsuit Exposes ‘Clinton Cash Machine’
”
    Quote: Judicial Watch’s independent work resulted in exposé after exposé this week on how Hillary and Bill Clinton corrupted the State Department.

    “Foreign Nationals Stealing Our Elections?”
    Quote: …we felt it important to join with the Allied Educational Foundation to file an amici curiae brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of Arizona’s and Kansas’ efforts to add proof-of-citizenship requirements to a federal voter registration…

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/weekly-updates/jw-exposes-clinton-cash-machine/

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  13. JohnP says:

    My little contribution for Saturday. Both wounded by IS mortar shells in January. Now back on the line.

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  14. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  15. JohnP says:

    Forgotten hero of the Armenian genocide, Hemoyê Shero.

    Yezidi tribal leader in Shingal, saved with his Fighters around 20,000 Christians during the Armenian genocide from 1915 in the Shingal Mountains.
    When the Ottoman / Turkish pursuers demanded the surrender of the Christian refugees, Hemoyê Shero decided to defend the Christians.
    “The Ottomans sent their messengers to the Yezidis in the Shingal Mountains and demanded in a letter the surrender of the Christian refugees, otherwise the Yezidis themselves would suffer the consequences. The Yezidi tribal leader tore up the letter and sent the messenger back to the Ottoman army – without clothes.”
    “How can I accept to surrender the Armenians to the Ottomans, who came seeking help to us? I promised them and swear by my honor to defend them and don’t deliever them to the Ottomans, as longs as a tear left in me. If my sons and I have to die for it, so be it!”
    The local knowledge Yezidi hid the Christians in caves and under ledges. When the Ottoman/Turks attacked Shingal from the South, the Yezidis returned fire and held over 2 months. many of the Ottoman soldiers were killed, also a lot of the Yezidis lost their lifes.. nevertheless, it was possible to force the Ottomans to retreat. Several Christian families remained in Shingal and settled in the region where they live partially until today with the Yezidis.
    *The Ottoman Turks massacred at least 1,5 Million Armenians, 950,000 Pontus Greeks, 750,000 Assyrians and 400.000 Yezidis during the Genocide 1915-1916. They still deny it.

    http://wherelibertydwells.tumblr.com/post/117269746520

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    • Now that is a profile in courage right there.

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      • JohnP says:

        The Ottomans exiled many of the genocide victims in Syria and Iraq, then came back later to eliminate them. Many starved, some were hunted down, the Ottomans tried to turn Kurd against Amenian, Christian against Yazidi, some went along to survive, and some fought back. The Kurds admit that many chose to turn in others to survive. It was an evil time, dominated by evil men.

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  16. JohnP says:

    IS sneak attack across the Euphrates north of Sarrin fails miserably.

    Fifteen boats crossed the river before dawn, with over 100 thugs. They immediately entered three local villages and killed the local police. The YPG & FSA counterattacked. They captured 17 IS, recovered the bodies of 25 more. There are at least 20 trapped in a farmhouse. The remainder retreated to their boats, which coalition jets then destroyed.

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    • lovely says:

      IS sneak attack across the Euphrates north of Sarrin fails miserably

      Reading that is a cheerful start to my morning. Thank you for all your informative and inspiring posts 🙂

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    • czarowniczy says:

      First thing I’d ask is ‘why did they attack?’. Was this a probing attack, a move to gather intel, spread fear before a major attack, a diversion, an attempt to show the West that ‘we are still capable of offensive actions’? We can cheer the loss of a few fighters but I get the feeling that this attack may have been meant for other than to gain and hold territory – a hundred fighters well out of the supply chain that would sustain them sounds more like a raid where they were expecting heavy casualties.
      They are not as casualty-averse as we are, they look at this war as a meat grinder war of attrition and will play as long, hard and dirty as it takes to either gain or lose. The loyalties the ISIS supporters (including Turkey) have flipped and flopped as political realities dictate and I’m betting that ISIS sees the ability to consolidate some gains even if they have to settle, short term, for half a loaf through negotiations with emotionally and morally exhausted Western and local forces. It looks as if ISIS is the driving force here right now, the ‘coalition’ is reactive and isn’t all that proactive, and if ISIS can play the political and financial interests shaping up in the area they may come out with a foothold yet. If you ask ‘how long can ISIS hold on’ you should also ask ‘how long can the Kurds hold on’ as both are about in the same boat militarily.

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  17. smiley says:

    the religion of peas.
    a totalitarian ideology of zero tolerance.
    thank G-d, Christ Lives.

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  18. lovely says:

    Here’s hoping this works 🙂

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  19. JohnP says:

    Won’t make the news.
    Cairo / Nina / Health Directorate announced that the Egyptian Oriental province, about the high numbers of casualties in the governorate, 310 cases with symptoms of poisoning today, “Friday” has raised Maximum preparations East hospitals in anticipation of receiving new cases.

    The spokesman for the holding company for drinking water and sanitation Sharqia Brigadier Mohi Serafy, that the water released from the Abrahamic water plant perfectly good Sharqiya, was withdrawn after a number of samples from the station and proven quality.

    The spokesman pointed out that the production capacity of the plant Abrahamic water of 68 thousand cubic meters per day fed the province, and in the case of water tampering would have led to the poisoning of the citizens of the entire province.

    He pointed out that there is a particular group is working to raise panic and anxiety in the minds of citizens, where the resort of mosques and loudspeakers out to provoke anxiety and panic among citizens, likely to be all the injured had drank poisoned water sold in the streets .
    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ar&u=http://ninanews.com/&prev=search

    Smells like Arab Spring, does the Koran allow the poisoning of fellow muslims?

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  20. smiley says:

    isn’t their “messiah” lurking in a poisonous well somewhere?

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  21. stella says:

    Apparently Diane Sawyer is shocked that Bruce Jenner is a Republican (and a Christian). The fact that he has decided to become a woman is just interesting:

    http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/24/bruce-jenner-im-a-republican-and-a-christian/

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    • stella says:

      Love this comment:

      Oh my God it would be absolutely amazing if the first transgender senator was a Republican.

      JENNER FOR SENATE 2016!!

      He can take over Barbara Boxer’s seat.

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      • georgiafl says:

        God forbid! Gender Identity Disorder is (despite political move by APA) a mental disorder.

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        • waltherppk says:

          Likewise is homosexuality a mental disorder IMO, which became politically incorrect to identify for what “mental confusion” it is, identified correctly IMO as CONFUSION since biblical times. It is highly likely that at some level in the “gender identity issue” affecting Bruce Jenner that homosexuality is an undeniable factor, and that a “sex change” type of faux medical intervention is not something that will somehow reconcile a bona fide biological mismatch with the psyche of the person, but in the alternative is an extraordinary effort to indulge a delusion that is the product of fundamental CONFUSION. Certainly there can be hormonal factors that contribute to the psychological aspects of sexuality, gender identity and sexual orientation, however science established long ago through twin studies that the most usual manifestation of these sexual orientation and gender identity is psychological and individual CHOICE. No hormones prescribed by any endocrinologist nor sexual “reassignment by a plastic surgeon” and psychotherapy can change the fundamental genetic sexual identity using current technology. It seems more easily understandable how this kind of gender identity confusion could arise in a normal genetic male than a normal genetic female since the male does naturally have the genetic sequencing for both sexes, but the appearance of “gender identity confusion” for genetic females as well as for genetic males is a tremendous additional evidence that the gender identity anomaly is in fact a psychological disorder, and not primarily any genetic problem or “hormone problem”.
          If this is a bona fide “medical problem” then it is more ethically in most cases a medical problem for a psychiatrist, not a surgeon.

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        • Yes. The fact that he claims to be a Christian while simultaneously deciding he wants to be a woman does not encourage me. Does he truly believe that the God he claims to worship made him incorrectly?

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          • waltherppk says:

            You don’t have to dig very deep to find anomalous irrationality about other things completely unrelated to sexuality or gender as an unequivocal evidence of a more general kind of confusion that typically does reside in the same minds of people who have abnormal or “alternative” sexual orientation or gender identity issues. Dig a little beneath the surface and these tend to be some mentally screwed up people about things that are a lot more general. In a word the “alternative” state of mind to sanity is well …..being nuts.

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          • waltherppk says:

            Such people with such “problems” are generally NOT “otherwise normal” about all other kinds of perspectives about different things in life so that their sex or gender issues occupy some isolated niche as a personal peculiarity that just makes them unique “individuals”.

            There is a template of more general bizarre thinking that is included as a collateral effect of the distorted thinking that must become acceptable to “rationalize” as being “good sense” so much that simply isn’t good sense that resides in the mind of people so affected. When someone starts making serious compromises in their own mind about what is rational or “normal” as contrasted with what isn’t, a kind of denial about their own thoughts and behaviors is implemented, that is a slippery slope onto which anything else gets the same “rationalizing” type of analysis so long as it serves their agenda. A perverted, distorted lens through which to see the world is the result.

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          • Dixie says:

            I saw a bit, unintentionally, of Diane Sawyer’s interview with him today. The contradictory comment he made about being attracted to women all his life just doesn’t jive. So he’s a transgender who wants to be converted so he can become a homosexual? Weird.

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        • John Denney says:

          One of the former popes stated that a man who has undergone a sex change operation is nothing more than a mutilated man.

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  22. texan59 says:

    Goodness gracious, it’s rather busy around here this mornin’. Coffee’s ready. Drink up. Sounds like a few of ya’z definitely need it. 😆

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  23. lovely says:

    Amazing

    [img]http://www.newslinq.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/detention.jpg[/img]

    The ignorant dangerous tyranny of academia.

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    • lovely says:

      Sorry folks 😦 It really is worth a look.

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        • Justice_099 says:

          I had a similar thing happen to me in the 4th grade. The teacher was trying to demonstrate the operation of electricity by making a model of an electric motor. She was not succeeding (and I always got WAY overly excited about this stuff) so I jumped in and corrected her and made it work. She was very upset with me and sent me to the principal’s office for it. I got in a lot of trouble for things like this. The nail that sticks out gets the hammer.

          Thankfully I transferred to another teacher’s class and he recommended me for an advanced program in science, so I could experiment and invent to my heart’s content! That same teacher also was so impressed with one my writings that he submitted it to the young author’s contest for me and I was nominated. He also helped learn how to play the piano.

          So there are good and bad teachers. Thank you, Mr. Wells!

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          • Justice_099 says:

            I assure you that my spelling and grammar was much better then. lol

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          • Justice_099 says:

            And as a side note, Mr. Wells was also my first black teacher. A great man that truly loved and believed in his kids.

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          • lovely says:

            In college I had a very heated discussion with a visiting “mental health expert” who was recommending to future mental health workers that people with disorders on the psychotic scale of mental illness could be brought to healthy thinking by exploring what made them disordered in the first place and coming to terms with it.

            His theory: Go back re-experience any horrific events in your childhood but have your adult self standing there holding your child self so that you would know that you were going to be safe and then your brain would rewire and you would be “cured.”

            The class didn’t end all that well for him.

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            • Justice_099 says:

              Psuedo-science! I am actually apalled how little real science has been focused on these disorders. They say it is chemical imbalances, but can’t really point to a chemical, or have diagnostic tools to measure for that imbalance, In fact, diagnostics of mental disorders borders on voodoo to me.

              There is very little reason in the 21st century that we are not able to properly and definitively diagnose mental disorders.

              To me, it is a breeding ground for pseudo-intellectuals like that expert.

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          • texasranchqueen says:

            I loved your sentence: “The nail that sticks out gets the hammer.” I will remember that one. Are you the originator of that line? I have not heard it before!

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        • texan59 says:

          When I was in kindergarten they were teaching the Pledge of Allegiance and told us to put the hand we write with over our heart. Took Mrs. Drazer a day or two to realize I was left handed and change her message. 😉

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        • baebeegirl says:

          I have. no. response. that would be verbally acceptable to my treeper family… 😡

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          • canadacan says:

            try this one on.
            In the 2nd grade I insisted on saying Z instead of Zed and in a Canadian classroom.
            My teacher Miss Robertson, it was her first year, made me stand in the corner.
            When the principal was informed by my American mother,she was informed that the the teacher was new and didn’t know any better

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        • Be Ge says:

          On the other hand, what do we want from teachers… To my understanding, the case is you mostly go (thanks to the status quo of the system) teach if you can’t do much otherwise. Rare bright people who do it out of passion are exceptions that prove rules…

          I used to similar stuff back in the school days, and yes, Justice_099 is right: the nail that sticks out gets the hammer. Something needs a change out there. I would support a plan whereby parents vote with their money for the best school for their children no exceptions — such as special checks that can only be used to pay for services of licensed educational institutions distributed directly to parents instead of the current distribution and redistribution of funds by the bureaucratic state machine. The institutions will end up competing for students. The taxpayers still end up paying whatever that is they are paying now — which I take to be somewhere between 10 and 15k USD per child per annum. The society in some time will get better educated young generation (although I have a fear there is no real demand for a generally more educated and more competent — in the areas of logic, math, science and critical thinking — a generation of young people, while the opposite demand very clearly exists).

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        • rashomon says:

          Well, when you have people such as Bill Ayres preaching his disinformation to all the future teachers and grad students, you get sloppy information in the classroom. His wife is just as bad, if not worse. I don’t want to live in their world, so I wish they would just move to Cuba or Venezuela or…just outta here. Who invites them to parade their evil discourse and, worse than that, pays them for doing so.

          http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/05/02/bill-ayers-to-university-students-americas-game-is-over-and-another-world-is-coming/

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        • Dixie says:

          So she’s wrong but she wants a kid to be punished because he pointed out the fact that she is wrong. This is one twisted world we live in……she should have the maturity to admit she is wrong and accept the consequences.

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          • Dixie says:

            He’s wrong…..not a she. But that doesn’t make any difference. HE still should know better. Obviously he is one spoiled rotten common core idiot.

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  24. Be Ge says:

    http://us.cnn.com/2015/04/25/asia/nepal-earthquake-7-5-magnitude/index.html
    G-d rest the victims in peace.

    Just as with the Haiti earthquake — an extra illustration to the fact that there really are no or almost no natural disasters as of today, but there are social disasters. Natural disasters of equal destructive power produce very different results on different groups of people. 7.5M earthquakes do not cause massive casualties in countries like Japan or Chile, but prove something next to an absolute disaster for nations like Haiti. Nepal is probably closer to Haiti in this respect, unfortunately for the Nepalese and the tourists.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Don’t put the Clintons in charge of Nepal relief money!

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      • Be Ge says:

        Unfortunately, there are people even more skilled vs the Clintons — when we are talking about the fine art of misusing / stealing from public funds, laundering money and using public powers for private purposes (the textbook definition of corruption).

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    • labrat says:

      Personal view of the earthquake from a friend in Nepal. (hope it’s public)

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      • wondering999 says:

        Prayers for your friend, for the people who were at the Lion’s Club Convention and for Nepal overall. I’ve been in a few earthquakes but only small ones. Please keep us updated on relief efforts, labrat.

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  25. auscitizenmom says:

    I want to make an announcement. Since my “like” link only works sporadically, anyone who feels slighted by me because you think you posted a great comment and I didn’t give you a “like”, feel free to consider it “liked” because there were many on this thread I would have “liked.” {sigh}

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    • amwick says:

      I think it is just wonerful that there is no dislike button. Either like or move on. One other website has a thank you boutton, which is also very nice.

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  26. jc says:

    I’m curious what is going to happen to Baltimore motels this weekend when hordes of protesters arrive, that will be interesting. Apparently a lot are coming from DC by bus but if the busses leave at a reasonable time this evening they’ll miss a lot of the action.

    Will they get motel rooms and actually pay for them? maybe charge it and report credit card stolen tomorrow? Will Indian motels owners shut down for weekend to avoid damage or charge outrageous price on motel door? Thats a tough call

    Good weather for protest/rioting

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  27. jc says:

    Last FAMU bandmembers were adjudicated for killing gay drum major. Black on black crime at about 12:1 ratio or is it black on rainbow crime?

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  28. Justice_099 says:

    On hate:

    I used to work in retail while going to college. I did it for 6 years at one place and became pretty close to many of our regular customers. I remember one lovely black lady in particular. She would bring us in home-cooked meals all the time and sit and chat with us for hours sometimes.

    I don’t remember what lead up to this conversation but I remember telling her that I hate all people. She was shocked of course because if you ever meet me, you would know that I am probably one of the most compassionate, charitable, and generous people you would ever know. So she asked me to explain.

    I told her the reason I felt that way was because I loved people. And watching them hurt each other, disappoint me, and fail morally hurt me in ways that made me feel like I hated them. To be honest, I am not sure I have actually ever felt hate for anyone. I’ve tried to imagine what that felt like, but I just can’t. So, what I discovered in that conversation was that it was possible to love people so much that the frustration and hurt they bring on you can feel like hate. But it is not really hate, is it? I realized that I just might not know the real meaning of it, or perhaps I am truly incapable of it.

    My belief is that to truly hate someone, you must have loved them first. Only when you love someone are they truly capable of hurting you. They hurt you when you let them into your heart. I can imagine only very few instance where someone would be capable of such a strong negative emotion like that from me.

    Hate is an interesting emotion. I think we all use that word without really thinking about it.

    What is hate to you?

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  29. nyetneetot says:

    Tent City moves to Issaquah hiking land without permit (about a month ago).

    http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/2015/03/14/tent-city-4-issaquah-moves-no-permit/24783591/

    Mommy, where do all the extra voters come from that seem to vote for things nobody you ever talk to votes for? Why little Billy, they’re the homeless living in tent cities registered where ever they need to be. Hundreds of extra votes upon demand!

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  30. auscitizenmom says:

    Remember Lassie? Well, this ain’t Lassie.

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  31. auscitizenmom says:

    Annnnd, for all you cat lovers out there.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I can’t stop laughing about the Ameriquest commercial. 😀

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    • thefirstab says:

      Shadow!! You’re famous! (Looks just like my cat)
      Sign here, and I’ll make you a star….

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    • Dixie says:

      I loved the one on the bicycle (whichever it was) but the one that really got me was the tomato sauce one. The other day, my DH fixed a large bloody mary and carried it to the bedroom to his favorite chair…he tripped on the way and the bloody mary went everywhere…..chairs table walls lamp curtains….so I can identify with that guy.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        That was my favorite, too. I can only imagine how much effort it took to clean up the mess after your DH tripped. 😯

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  32. Justice_099 says:

    Was going to post one the many “Thug Life” cat videos out there, but the music in them is just foul. This is the cleanest I found. If you have the stomach for it, you should check out the Cat Thug Life series (perhaps with the volume off.)

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  33. John Denney says:

    Grrrr….
    http://news.investors.com/042415-749551-carbon-tax-may-be-better-deal-than-epa-climate-mandates.htm?nav=NewsLatest

    “Legal restrictions would be replaced with economic incentives that nudge — rather than force — individuals and companies to behave as the government wishes.

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  34. stella says:

    Does anyone here know anything about wild birds? I have two owls perched on a bench on my front porch. They have been there for at least several hours (since I first noticed). They aren’t very large, and they aren’t afraid of me. I was very close to them and talked to them, and they barely moved. Perhaps they are babies, but I wouldn’t know the difference.

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  35. Lucille says:

    “Media, Environmentalists Were Wrong: How the Gulf Coast Roared Back After Oil Spill”
    Stephen Moore / Joel Griffith / April 25, 2015

    http://dailysignal.com/2015/04/25/media-environmentalists-were-wrong-how-the-gulf-coast-roared-back-after-oil-spill/

    The Obama photo of his “inspection” of the disaster scene absolutely deserves a caption. Perhaps: “How am I going to refrain from happy dancing on camera at this agenda enhancer?”

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  36. labrat says:

    Hope this doesn’t get buried. It’s a very well done essay.

    View at Medium.com

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    • labrat says:

      My link seems to have disappeared before my very eyes? Weird.

      https ://medium.com/@aristoNYC/social-justice-bullies-the-authoritarianism-of-millennial-social-justice-6bdb5ad3c9d3

      I broke it up — put it together to go to article.

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      • I’ve seen this article before. He’s right to a degree (I don’t believe in social justice. If it was ever useful, it is far too corrupt by now to be of any use.). The people who claim to be the most tolerant are the most intolerant, and as we saw in the UVA boondoggle, they will lie, cheat, and ruin people’s lives to advance their agenda.

        For all the hysterics about rape on campus, I’m still not allowed to be armed at the one I attend, which has the potential to make me a de facto victim of any lunatic who decides to waltz onto the property and commit felonies. Everyone is excited to have problems. It lets them feel like they have a cause to rally behind. No one wants to fix those problems. Then everyone would have to put their signs and hashtags away and go and live quietly.

        Honestly, living in peace is all I want, but every round of hysterics draws a line, and people have to take sides. Facts are not racist. Truth is not sexist. Half the problems we have in this country are created by people who go out and look for them. And denying that facts are not racist and truth is not sexist gives the social justice crusaders something new to whine and rampage about. Telling the truth is so revolutionary in these days, it’s offensive. Some people could stand to be a offended a little more.

        Alright, I don’t know where that spiel came from, but I think I’m finished. I’ll get off the soapbox now.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Labrat, wipe your glasses, it was there and I clicked on it and it worked.

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  37. lilbirdee'12 says:

    A Miami law enforcement doesn’t salute the American flag. Oh, did I mention she’s a mooslem. Do you think that might be the reason or was she merely not paying attention or maybe she’s just a little too stressed lately ? Yes, that was sarcasm. Investigation underway, lol. We’ll see.

    http://allenbwest.com/2015/04/watch-what-this-muslim-police-chief-just-did-goes-against-everything-that-is-america/

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  38. auscitizenmom says:

    This is another email from the Bundys:
    “Friends,
    I have made a short video for you. Please watch, it will help you better understand what is happening in Nevada right now.
    Sacred Nevada Water Watch Video on Youtube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfFZTdBq-Xc
    Do Nevada legislators support the federal take over of Nevadans water rights, or are they just ignorant to the facts that the waters are being stolen from the Nevada people?
    Yesterday in a late assembly floor session, Jim Wheeler stood in testimony against AB408. AB408 was a bill that made it illegal for the federal government to own water rights in Nevada.
    Jim Wheeler testified that AB408 was messing with Nevada water laws and that water was too sacred in Nevada to be doing this. So this question is in order. If legislators such as Jim Wheel, Robin Titus and Chris Edwards are so concerned about Nevada’s water, then why do they support the federal government in stealing thousands of water rights from the people of Nevada?
    To help bring some light to this bloody massacre of individual water rights in the west, let me explain. The Nevada Division of Water Resources maintains a water rights registry where all of the deeds to Nevada water rights are listed.
    You can view the actual deed, see who originally established them and see who owns them now. Most water rights were created by our pioneers who established the rights by being the first to beneficially use the water.
    In 1880 the State of Nevada created the water right registry and made it possible for our pioneers to file their rights with the state. Common law in Nevada and most other states make it so that in order to hold on to water rights you have to prove that you are putting the water to beneficial use. If you fail to use them, someone else may prove beneficial use and the right becomes theirs. This good law keeps an individual or a corporation from hoarding water and not allowing people to benefit from it.
    So this is where our un-recognizable federal government comes in. Knowing that water is a limited resource and one that will warrant wealth and power (especially in the future), desiring that power for themselves.
    The federal government began a campaign against the citizens of the Western States to steal away their water rights. All they have to do to accomplish this, is get those that own the water rights to stop using them. Once the owner stops using them, then they can file up on the right and make it theirs.
    You may be asking yourself has this really ever happened? In Nevada alone the BLM has done this 2715 times, the U.S. Forest Service has done it 2313 times, the Department of Interior has done it 26 times, and the National Park Service has done this 14 times. Those 4 federal entities in total have stolen 5068 water rights from individuals in Nevada alone.
    With supposed power to regulate people off the lands, the federal government restricts ranchers, miners, loggers and many other land users from the use of the lands and therefore the waters. They then use the states own registries to file claim on these peoples rights due to the lack of use. In some cases these federal agencies have later leased or rented the water and other rights back to the very families that they stole it from.
    Making the family pay a fee to use what these federal agencies claim as “their right”. In other cases the federal government have forced the water rights owners to give up claim of the water in order to continue to use the land.
    There are several other adverse ways in which these agencies have manipulated the resources away from families that have established these rights thought hard word and much suffering. Time will not allow for me to explain all of them, needless to say our federal government is in business for themselves and not for the people.
    You may recall a year ago I was tazered three times for protesting a convoy of federal agents. Around 34 over aggressive federal agents in 13 armed vehicles were escorting a BLM dump truck pulling a backhoe, they had just come off the mountain range on the Bundy ranch.
    These federal agents were trying to keep the protesters from seeing what was in the dump truck. Coming from behind I sacrificed my ATV by driving in front of the dump truck. After the initial crunch I calmly stepped off and demanded to know what they were doing in our mountains with that backhoe. After experiencing a dog attack and a 50,000 volt doubled barbed shock of my life, three times in a row.
    I kept my strength and crawled upon the dump truck to see what was in the back. What I saw was even more shocking to me than a taser. They were up in the mountain tearing out the water infrastructure my family and others had established over a hundred ago. Pipes, concrete, cut up water, tanks and so on is what I saw.
    As you may have put together, they were after my fathers water rights. He owns 11 of them, they are deeded to him and filed in the state water registry. If the feds could remove the cattle (which they tried, killing around 60 head).
    Then destroy any way to use the waters, making it impossible for may dad to claim beneficial use. All they would have to do after that, is claim those waters for themselves, the same way they stole the other 5068 water rights in Nevada. You may also find it interesting that grazing rights in Nevada are deeded with stock-water rights. Destroying the Bundy’s waters was killing two birds with one stone in the eyes of our so called federal government.
    Now we have come full circle. AB408 was drafted to restored the water rights back to the people and preventing these grievous actions from happening again.
    So why would Jim Wheeler, Robin Titus and our very own representative Chris Edwards fight against this?
    I hope it is out of ignorance, I hope it was simply because they are disconnected with what is really happening in the state.
    I hope they just simply do not realize how the people of this state are suffering. After being up in Carson City, Nevada’s capital for much longer than I wanted and experiencing what I did, I am left to wonder.
    Ammon Bundy
    I would like to personally thank the over 14,300 acting supporters of this bill.
    And also the hundreds of thousands that have been keeping an eye on my family.”

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    • Irish Eyes says:

      They’re still on my prayer list.

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      • Dixie says:

        Earlier on the open thread there was a question about what do we hate?

        My response was “bullies”.

        After reading this extensive email in full, I have come to the conclusion that there is no bigger bully than the government of the United States of America.

        So my new answer to that question is I hate the US government.

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    • Dixie says:

      I “liked” your comment because I appreciate the information, but I don’t approve of the content. Feeling bad for all the ranchers in Nevada.

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  39. michellc says:

    I’m getting sick of the word, “organic.” I went to buy some topsoil, potting soil and mulch. Bag after bag of organic topsoil, organic potting soil, organic everything. Organic is followed with dollar signs. I finally find someone and ask them where is just plain old topsoil, potting soil and mulch? She points me to the row with stacks upon stacks of organic. I tell her that I want plain old dirt, not organic dirt that costs 8 times the amount of plain old dirt.
    She tells me, “oh it’s over there,” and points to a place in the back. I ask her, “why isn’t all the dirt together?” She says, “because we don’t mix organic with non-organic.” I tell my husband, “I guess the non-organic might infect the organic.”
    So we grab a few bags of $2 dollar top soil and $4 potting soil and mulch, which is also by the non-organic dirt.
    When we check out the girl says, “we do have X brand organic on sale, it is much better than this and your plants will thank you for it.” I told her, “that is fine my plants will live with cheap dirt.” Thankfully she dropped it.
    I guess I could have taken the time to read the bags and see what made dirt organic, but I didn’t so I guess I’ll never know the difference between organic and non-organic dirt other than the cheapest bag of organic top soil was $10 and $15 for organic potting soil.

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    • WeeWeed says:

      “Organic” means grown/produced in Mexico with sewage. I’ll not have a dose, either.

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      • michellc says:

        Maybe the next time I should tell them my plants don’t want any Mexican poop.lol

        I told my DH that it’s nuts, I sort of get organic potting soil, no chemical fertilizers in it, but isn’t plain old top soil naturally organic?

        I best not get started on organic vegetables and meat or I’ll get my blood pressure up.

        This is just the first year I’ve noticed organic dirt or had to hunt for a bag of dirt.

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        • WeeWeed says:

          I’m NOT doing organic. I know what it means.

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          • michellc says:

            Where we used to live I’ve been seeing commercials on tv for their grocery store about them being the only store in town offering only organic chicken, plus a large selection of organic pork and beef and organic fruit and vegetables.
            I’m glad I no longer live there because they only have 2 grocery stores and one of them has always been nasty, so that would leave me having to go to WalMart. I’m not fond of catering to organic. Not that I buy much chicken because I have my own, but it’s just the thought that you don’t give folks an option kind of chaps my behind.

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    • MaryfromMarin says:

      Sorry, but “organic dirt” just cracked me up. How can dirt be “inorganic”? When it’s metal shavings or crumbled styrofoam, maybe?

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      • michellc says:

        That’s what gets me. Organic Humus as well along with organic cow manure and organic compost.
        My daughter said it was companies learning how to make money off of stupid people who see the word organic and are willing to pay 10X the price.

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  40. 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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  41. michellc says:

    Does anyone know anything about insects that eat just the leaves of Hydrangeas? It’s not holes, it looks like someone just ripped half the leaf off. I have sprayed and dusted and still everyday there are two or more leaves that have been eaten on.
    I’ve even taken a magnifying glass and looked all over it and can find nothing.

    I would suspect a rabbit by the way it looks except for I have a rabbit proof yard. So I thought maybe the dog was taking bites, so I started putting him in the back yard that is fenced off from the front and still have eaten leaves. None of my other plants are being bothered.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I found this.
      “Look for the telltale clean cut of the rabbit and the one-bit-of-bark-left-hanging angled cut of the deer (deer have an underbite) to figure out which one is harassing your shrubs, so you know what kind of fencing to put up — just around the sides 18″ tall or clear over the top.”
      http://greatlakesgardeners.com/community/index.php?/topic/561-who-eats-oakleaf-hydrangea/

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      • michellc says:

        Deer or rabbit can’t get into my front yard. Well, I guess deer could jump over if they wanted to, but they don’t get that close to the house because of the dogs. Rabbits are pretty much the same but they couldn’t get in if they wanted to because we have 2ft chicken wire around the bottom to keep chickens out of the yard.
        That’s what has me stumped, because other than the inside dog doing it when he goes outside or the barn cats, there really isn’t any other critters that get into the yard.
        It’s strange that it’s only the hydrangea because within 5 feet of it is a peony and a rose of sharon and along the same fence line are rose bushes.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          I know you mentioned that, but I looked at several sites and those were the only two animals that any of them mentioned. Before I was divorced I lived out in the country and we had 4 dogs. The deer wandered all around the house all the time. I found that surprising. The dogs were in a fenced area and I think the deer knew they couldn’t get out.

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          • michellc says:

            The deer come around here, but they stay clear of the yard.
            One thing about deer, there is never any doubt when they get into a fenced area because they always tear up the fence in the process.
            Now my blackberries are a different story, they love to eat them and even netting doesn’t keep them out. I guess eventually we’re going to have to fence them in.

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      • michellc says:

        I really think it’s some kind of insect, but figuring out what kind and what kills it is going to be a challenge.

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    • nyetneetot says:

      “Does anyone know anything about insects that eat just the leaves of Hydrangeas? …”

      45 minutes at 375F

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        NYE!! Now cut that out!!

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        • rashomon says:

          Yeh, nyetneetot, this is serious stuff.

          Try blending garlic cloves, Tabasco, cayenne or chili peppers and liquid soap (Ivory?) to spray or paint on the leaves, especially the under leaves where insects seem to thrive and any forks in the branches where they might lay eggs. Deer and rabbits usually do more damage a chomp one leaf segment at a time.

          You can put a leaf in a sealable jar with a piece of black paper (as school students use for arts and crafts), place in the dark, look for little critters in a day or two. The same soup still applies. The soap is critical to smother the eggs.

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        • MaryfromMarin says:

          He’s just recycling, aus. In (belated) honor of Earth Day.

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      • michellc says:

        I haven’t been able to see anything during the day on it, so I went out and looked at night. I found this creepy crawly cutworm looking thing. I don’t want to cook it or eat it.
        I knocked it off and squished it before thinking I should have taken a picture of it.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          Well, there you go. That is probably the culprit.

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          • michellc says:

            Now I just have to figure out how to kill it, because I’m sure where there is one there is more.

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            • auscitizenmom says:

              Get a picture and we will figure out what it is.

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              • michellc says:

                Yep, I thought that right after my first reaction of knocking it off and squishing it.
                I guess I’ll have to go out every night with a flashlight looking for another one.
                It looked a lot like a cutworm but they usually cut off at the base not leaves and I’ve never known them to get on flowers. I’ve always taken nails and stuck them in the ground around tomato plants to get rid of cutworms.

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              • michellc says:

                I just remembered a few years ago I had caterpillars eating my rose bushes. I had sprayed them several times and picked them suckers off but the more I picked off the more that came. Someone told me to put cardboard around the rose bushes and another told me to mix canola oil, dawn and water together and spray them. I did both, not sure if the combination worked or one or the other worked, but I’m going to try that and see if it works on this creepy crawly.

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  42. stella says:

    jordan2222’s daughter just stopped by, with a link to a video tribute.

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/03/18/farewell-dear-friend/comment-page-2/#comment-1395901

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  43. nyetneetot says:

    So I check the mail box today (the physical one) and I have a survey from the DNC. While I haven’t donated to the GOP, I think I’m registered as a republican. Is it a joke? Is it a trick?

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