Thursday Open Thread – May 7th

tomb of the unknown - memorial dayOur 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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196 Responses to Thursday Open Thread – May 7th

  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    Fred on Baltimore:

    Ballmer: A Race War in Slow Motion

    http://www.fredoneverything.net/Ballmer.shtml

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  2. hebejg says:

    G’mornin all.
    Peeling crawfish tails for a quiche in the morning. Will add finely minced shallots that were softened in a lil’ butter and crawfish juice, a bit of pimento and a lil’ green onion.
    It’ll be done 30 mins. after reville.
    Col. Ken, the coffee is set-up, just push the start button when you get in.

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  3. lilbirdee'12 says:

    Good morning to all. Here is a message from Franklin Graham. This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. It most certainly is time for healing and a spiritual revival is greatly needed.

    Today, May 7, is the National Day of Prayer. Our country is broken; morally and spiritually. As a nation we need to turn back to the God of our fathers. I urge you to pray for America, pray for our president and our leaders, pray that we would have a spiritual revival in this land. Check out the National Day of Prayer website for more about how you can pray and for special events in your area.

    http://nationaldayofprayer.org/how-to-pray-for-america/

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  4. allhail2 says:

    Mornin’ y’all, and good night. Been going since 7:30 AM yesterday. I’ll grab some coffee from pot #2 later on.

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  5. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  6. nyetneetot says:

    E-Breakfast!

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  7. smiley says:

    Morning, everybody
    keep smiling
    🙂

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    • Vivid Blue says:

      Thanks for that article Wee. I chuckled a bit about his, ” Here’s a Red Alert to all people who wish to be left alone by cops: Obey the laws”.

      All the FTP group go around looting, burning, assaulting, vandalizing and then say cops are picking on them when they get arrested for… (wait for it) breaking the laws. 🙂

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  8. texan59 says:

    Coffee up y’all. Get through today and you’ve only got one more. 🙂

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  9. Vivid Blue says:

    Now reading bed time stories to your children is privileged and unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children and we should feel guilty. smh
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417997/professor-if-you-read-your-kids-youre-unfairly-disadvantaging-others-katherine-timpf

    And mornin’ all!

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  10. texan59 says:

    Everyone shakes their head each election cycle when places like CA get more and more blue. Here’s one of the ways they do it. We have to pay attention to every little court decision in every corner of the country. 🙄

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/05/9th_circuit_courts_democratic_campaign_contribution.html

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  11. mazziflol says:

    It gave me a chuckle:

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  12. stella says:

    Fun!!

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  13. stella says:

    Speaking of new powers by the FCC over the internet. Internet Access Taxes are, for the time being, not being applied because of legislation originally passed in 1998. That legislation has expired, and the moratorium has been extended repeatedly, the current expiration date being October 1, 2015. My own state is waiting to see if the consumer protection is again extended. If it is not, there is no question in my mind that my state will begin to add taxes to my monthly bill. There is a need for permanent protection via legislation. Please read:

    http://www.mywireless.org/federal-issues/internet-access-taxes/

    The average rate at which other communications services are already taxed:

    Telephone and voice services are taxed at more than 17% on average.
    Cable and video taxes are about 12% on average.
    For perspective, the average sales tax is only 7%.
    

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  14. Polk University, Fl..
    Student failed for refusing to condemn faith
    Professor used classroom to spread anti-Christian views
    Video–> http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/student-failed-for-refusing-to-condemn-faith/vi-BBjl3jV?ocid=iehp

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    • Elvis Chupacabra says:

      “Polk State College, formerly known as Polk Community College, is a public state college located in Winter Haven, Florida, USA. Polk State College is a member institution of the Florida College System.”

      Public? It’s time for the State government to get involved by defunding….

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  15. auscitizenmom says:

    Intruder breaks in, fights with husband who shoots him dead. Authorities are checking to see if any charges will be filed??????????????????
    http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/2015/05/07/70939944/

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    • Elvis Chupacabra says:

      Considering that it’s called the “Make my Day Law” and the perpetrator busted down the door, I’ll wager that he will not be charged. But they ARE in Boulder, where the air is thin and the people are Left of Lenin, so anything, up to and including murder charges is possible.

      However, here in the Great State of Texas, breaking into my home, especially at night, pretty much means you are essentially as dead as fried chicken once you cross the threshold.

      I’m just shocked that any of the good, tolerant, lefties in the People’s Republic of Boulder would have a nasty old gun in their house. I’m sure they are now outcasts among the beautiful elites of that fine community and will henceforth and forever be considered anathema at cocktail parties and the soon to be trendy ‘Ready for Hillary’ confabs.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Be sure and listen to the 911 call. The operator asks if the man is dead and the woman shouts, “I don’t care. He tried to kill my husband.” The way I figure it, the intruder would be better off if I didn’t check him, because if I did and he moved, I would shoot him again.

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  16. Chip Bennett says:

    So, did I miss the discussion of the NFL Wells report being released, which concluded that the Patriots’ game balls were* deflated, and that Tom Brady is* a lying cheater?

    ( * “more likely than not”, of course… )

    The Colts lost that game straight-up; but poor Tommy Boy’s reputation is in the crapper.

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  17. Margaret-Ann says:

    Lord, give me patience because if you give me strength then I’m gonna need some bail money. 😉
    And a happy, joyful, safe Thursday to all! 🙂

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  18. John Galt says:

    Serial creeper strikes again.

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  19. goodoldboy66 says:

    Anne Arundel County police say 31-year-old Cpl. Michael Flaig was arrested Tuesday in Baltimore for biting a mans testicles. Definitely a graduate of the Obama / De Blasio Police Re-training Academy.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OFFICER_MAN_BITTEN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-05-07-08-46-56

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  20. rashomon says:

    The best comment from my daughter (tallish Nordic blonde married to a third-generation American from China) commenting on a recent haircut for her male 10-year-old anticipating the Bazzzzeball season in south Texas:

    “He’s got your hair…the Cherokee part of our family.”

    Which is true, but…?

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    • JohnP says:

      Isn’t genetics fun? My grand-daughters are in order – German, Japanese, Italian, Polish, Scottish, English, and Sauk indian.

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      • rashomon says:

        And in seriously, more crucial ways, as I have learned recently, and wanted to share when I had more information together,…(not yet)…we have genes souped with epigenetic factors that lend to more specific ways of treating illnesses.

        Track your family history as far back as you can define it. Genetic DNA matters.

        (To JohnP: all those Irish genes my family thought they had, are actually French Huguenots serving as mercenaries on behave of Protestants in the multiple wars of Europe. Ah, are we the brain-pool of the odd mercenaries as that we risk lives for on behalf of …individual freedoms?)

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        • JohnP says:

          My father was always told the family name came from dirt poor Irish. Then I traced the family tree. We are not really Irish, we are descended from one of two English/Scottish brothers that came to Ireland to fight at the Battle of the Boyne. At one point they led a charge that closed a critical gap and as a result they were awarded estates in Carnmoney and Belfast.
          At least I found no murders or cutthroats.
          Sorry Dad.

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          • stella says:

            I love genealogy too. A lot of Scots were “sent” to Ireland by the British, or voluntarily relocated, in the 17th century. Most of them were lowland Protestants. I recently discovered that my 4th great grandfather may have fought during the French & Indian War, went back to the Scottish Highlands after that war, then came to the Province of New York in the early 1770’s. He was an empire loyalist, and shipped up to Canada after the Revolution.

            Actually, I have two 4th great grandfathers who were loyalists. Both settled in New York, then went to Canada. One was a Ross and the other a Fraser.

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  21. BigMamaTEA says:

    Hello world. Reporting from “ground zero” where the first tornado hit in Oklahoma. All well at my place; but neighbors 2 miles east got wiped. Running on generator and propane due to lack of power (we’re testing our preps, we did good! ha!) Years ago I bought a Mr.Coffee that runs on propane, (I did REALLY good!)

    Off to go help shovel my neighbors living room. Taking plenty of pics. I’ll log on later, gotta get ready for more storms tonight.

    God speed.

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    • smiley says:

      they’ve all got “plights”.
      yep… no plights, no pity party.
      no grievance INDUSTRY.
      nothing to BLAME .
      no downtrodden underclass.
      no anger, riots, burning, looting in the streets.
      no beheadings !

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    • Dixie says:

      is there ANYBODY out there who represents US??? Yoohoo?! Anybody there?

      Nothing. Certainly NOT Jeh Johnson. I consider him clutter….he should be eliminated.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      It’s time to fire Jeh Johnson and get rid of “Homeland security” brown-shirts

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  22. Lucille says:

    “Cody Wilson’s War”
    Posted by Bob Owens on May 7, 2015

    “Cody Wilson founded Defense Distributed with the goal of wiping out gun control worldwide…”

    http://bearingarms.com/cody-wilsons-war/?utm

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  23. yankeeintx says:

    I just came across this on facebook and realized I’m old 🙂

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    • smiley says:

      I remember Skelton.
      never was a fan though.
      he never made me laugh.
      too dopey or something.

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      • yankeeintx says:

        Back in those days, we had one TV in the house. Dad liked Red Skelton, so we watched Red Skelton 🙂 I will admit I do like this:

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          I adored Red Skelton. We always watched him and laughed our heads off. Yes, we had only 1 TV, too. And, I just loved this. 🙂

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        • Margaret-Ann says:

          THX for posting. It’s been a while since I’ve seen this. Love it ♥

          We had one TV also. One channel (soap operas during the daytime). People across the street had two channels (other one was daytime game shows). I spent a lot of time at their house. 🙂

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        • Dixie says:

          Well now…..I feel better. I’m not the oldest one here after all. We also had only one tv. At risk of undoing my feel good status, it was not color. The first thing I ever watched was Howdy Dowdy and the Mousketeers. I loved Annette Funicello and the Ed Sullivan Show. And the Beetles!

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          • smiley says:

            Howdy Dowdy
            LOL, Dixie 🙂
            do you remember Kukla, Fran & Ollie ?

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            Honey, I don’t know how old you are, but I first saw TV in 1953, when we came back from Gitmo. It was in a cabinet and the screen was about the size of a plate. I thought it was the most amazing thing ever. It was many years before color TV came out and I finally got one in 1974, I believe it was. A friend who went to Viet Nam left it with us to use.

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            • Dixie says:

              Sounds like we are only a couple of years apart. We’ve come a long way in the last 60 years. My Grandma didn’t have electricity and only an outhouse, which I hated, and gritty linoleum floors and it was cold….feather beds and quilts cold. We lived in town and had electricity but only an icebox, no refrigerator. My Mom and Dad got their first TV in 1956 and I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

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              • auscitizenmom says:

                We were considered the “rich folks” by our kinfolk. My dad was in the Navy, so we had indoor plumbing, etc. I never even heard of TV until we went back to Norfolk and stayed in my parent’s friend’s house and they had one. I was 6. A lot of my kinfolk still didn’t have indoor plumbing into the early 60’s. Truth was we were scraping by ourselves. Mom and Dad sent $50 a month home to help support her mother and father until they died. That was a huge chunk of their income at the time. My prom dresses were either borrowed or bought at Goodwill.

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            • stella says:

              We got our first tv in 1952, and we may have been the first in the neighborhood. I remember that all that was on was ancient cartoons and the fights. At least that’s all I remember. A couple of years later I remember watching the Milton Berle Show on Saturday nights, I think it was. And I watched Soupy Sales at lunch time.

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              • justfactsplz says:

                We got our first t.v. in 1955. I remember watching the Lone Ranger, Hop A Long Cassidy, Roy Rogers. and Gunsmoke. Oh, yes, and the Lawerece Welk show.

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                • stella says:

                  I remember them all! A bit later we started to get special programming on Saturday. Black Beauty and Sky King were favorites.

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                • justfactsplz says:

                  I could go on and on. How I miss the good clean entertainment we had. T.V. today has a lot of immorality and evil. I guess I liked horses and cowboys. I also remember Have Gun Will Travel and Rawhide.

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                • auscitizenmom says:

                  I especially loved the westerns.

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          • BigMamaTEA says:

            I remember getting our first COLOR tv. You guys are old. HA!

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        He was like an adored uncle to me.

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      • Lucille says:

        Sometimes people that we admire for the entertainment they bring us are not what they seem. A good friend of mine was doing a small bit on one of his shows. She was no prude but a seasoned veteran of the stage where you hear all kinds of salty talk. Well, she was shocked at his subject matter.

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        • smiley says:

          same with Jerry Lewis.
          I thought he was very funny with Dean Martin, but later on, I saw him perform in Vegas, and he was a little nasty & raunchy, a little mean actually.
          some comedians seem to have a latent mean streak in their private lives.
          Lucille Ball, too.
          very funny in her early years but later on she wasn’t, so much.

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        • yankeeintx says:

          I’ve heard those stories too. Sadly, all of the raunchy stuff that was once behind the scenes, is now part of the broadcast. My kids laugh when I tell them that there was no cussing on TV, and that Lucy and Dezi slept in twin beds. Tarzan and Jane was considered indecent, and commercials were tame. I miss those days.

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          • lilbirdee'12 says:

            So do I, yankee…miss those days of innocence and freedom. Never locked our doors or windows. Good people, good food, quality education, etc. Hard times but good times.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          WHAT?! Red Skelton was a normal human being?!

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          • Lucille says:

            Ah, no…I won’t repeat what my friend related to me as it is beyond disgusting. But it was not normal thought nor speech nor subject matter that in any way is approved by society. That is why it was so shocking to both the men and women who heard him.

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    • lilbirdee'12 says:

      Walking down memory lane. I dearly loved Red Skelton ! We also had no electricity, bathroom was out on the back porch and you didn’t dare get out from under those quilts in the morning till Grandma started up the fire. There is no breakfast like one cooked on a wood stove. What I wouldn’t give to have a feather bed again like we had back then. I didn’t know there was a TV until I was 8. Kids these days have no idea how good they have it. Wow those were certainly the days. Thanks for video, watched before but bears repeating again and again.

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  24. John Galt says:

    2nd Circuit: Bulk collection of phone data by the NSA is illegal.

    http://pdfserver.amlaw.com/nlj/NSA_ca2_20150507.pdf

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  25. rashomon says:

    First, credit to SD and the CTH investigative reporters who have set a new standard for all the J101 students…do they still exist? Maybe credentials should be given for those who survive SD and Treeper standards?

    My 2nd moment is delayed for an emergency…but keep trudging, Such a heritage you are leaving! Go for it.

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  26. texan59 says:

    Well, this tells me all I need to know about those crazy kids over in Iran. They’re gonna build a Formula One track that’s gonna be like “beautiful” and stuff. They must really be telling us the truth about that uranium thingy. 🙄

    http://www.espn.co.uk/f1/story/_/id/12816106/iran-plans-build-beautiful-f1-circuit

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  27. stella says:

    Twins have different fathers, judge finds in paternity case

    http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/twins-fathers-judge-finds-paternity-case-30881899

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  28. doodahdaze says:

    Prepare for lib splodey heads as polls are wrong again. This time in UK. Conservatives win election.

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    • John Galt says:

      Obamanation rules: N word used — teacher entitled to space to destroy

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      It was really hard to tell what actually happened as this started. I thought they said they boy was pushing against the teacher, but it looked to me like the teacher was doing the chest bump type thing to the boy who should have never used the n word for any reason. I can’t condone the teacher fighting the student, but I wonder.

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  29. dmoseylou says:

    Americans Should Prepare Themselves For The Coming Obama-Sponsored ISIS Homeland Terror Attacks
    http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=32944

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  30. 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.

    Lord Jesus, tonight we ask for protection over the good citizens of Baltimore and for the police that are attempting to keep the city safe.
    Keep watch over and protect all that are in the path of the storms across our country.

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  31. Sandra says:

    Baltimore mayoral candidates pandering to the gangs ?

    http://www.citypaper.com/news/freddiegray/bcpnews-gang-member-says-dixon-for-mayor-she-says-shes-been-mulling-a-run-20150507,0,2495106.story

    I thought this was most interesting:

    State Sen. Catherine Pugh, who ran against Rawlings-Blake last election and had $120,000 in campaign cash in August, has also met with the gangs over the last week and helped self-described BGF member Robert “Meech” Tucker see his family Monday before he was taken to Central Booking on gun charges after he was apparently maced by police while trying to dispose of a weapon.

    Is Pugh planning to run again ? The next election is 2016. The primary is April 5 2016.

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