Wednesday March 22nd – Open Thread

Tomb of the Unknown ChristmasOur Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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117 Responses to Wednesday March 22nd – Open Thread

  1. Garrison Hall says:

    Although he was a contemporary of J.S. Bach, Sylvius Leopold Weiss composed passages so lyrical they sound modern.

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  2. nimrodman says:

    Media shocked to discover that spring breakers are boisterous and ill-behaved:

    American Students on Spring Break Chant ‘Build the Wall’ on Mexico Cruise


  3. nimrodman says:

    Refuse to acknowledge your white privilege … and you’re racist
    Acknowledge your white privilege and … you guessed it … you’re racist

    (because it makes you complacent and you then don’t combat “racism”)

    Scholar: White People Acknowledge Privilege to Make Themselves Feel Good, Avoid Addressing Racism

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  4. Millwright says:

    Hell, I’ll go on record as being “racist” ! For most of my many decades I’ve favored the human race ! But given its current animus and self-loathing I’m beginning to lean to favoring the Betelegusians, or the Antarians ! Considering the current state of human relations I might even consider favoring the Canopeans !!

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    If you are ever confronted by someone who accuses you of being a racist, don’t try to deny their accusation because they will simply claim that your denial “proves” them right. Instead, turn the accusation around and question their understanding of exactly what is and is not racist. Most of the little snowflakes, whether “of color” or not, have no real experience of racism and, really, aren’t even able to properly define the term. Telling these arrogant twits, that they don’t know the first thing about racism—have never in their pampered little lives experienced anything even close to racism—stops ’em cold. They’re so accustomed to being given credit for being an authority on race that they can’t even imagine someone, especially someone they labeled “racist” actually challenging them in this way.

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  6. Di says:

    Not sure if anyone else here is following Lee Stranahan but something is going on:

    Liked by 4 people

    • Serena says:

      Scary! Hope he doesn’t lose his job or his life. God please protect him and his family.

      Liked by 1 person

    • BigMamaTEA says:

      I watched that last night Di. I sent Lee some links to info I had, maybe more pieces to his story.

      Lee is also kind of a whiner. He’s always been that way. But he’s having some kind of power struggle with Matt Boyle at BB which apparently is is direct supervisor. That’s what the job issue is.

      Lee is on a story, and feels that it would be beneficial to have an audience of 4 M. viewers in a Spicer briefing. Matt said no. But, Lee did get an apartment in DC, leaving his wife to raise 5 kids while doing so. Too much drama for me.

      I did send some links of his article to some folks though.

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  7. Lucille says:

    Today I decided to go home again…to the little southern California country town I grew up in. So I hopped on the Google Map Excursion and tapped in the address where my family lived and where I resided until 1963 when the lure of the big city called to me.

    Our house is still there…with a smaller yard than I remembered…and the big garage in which I recall seeing my Mom and Dad kissing one time. Fond memory. Such sweet people they were. The big walnut trees are gone…one from the front yard and one from the back. They appear to be missing from the entire area, as are the open fields with the “No Trespassing” signs which we ignored in order to use them as short cuts to our friends’ dairy to watch the cows being milked.

    Almost nothing is the same. It’s delightful to see that the beautiful First Methodist Church remains on the main east/west drag. That was where the school district arranged for us to have our “Release Time” to study the Bible during school hours. However, the American Baptist Church our family belonged to is no longer there. Glad my parents can’t see that.

    Everything is charmlessly built up. The 1800s houses our school friends’ grandparents owned have long since been torn down. The huge acreage of the high school is completely full of buildings and playing fields unlike when my sister and I were there. Don’t know where the junior high moved to, and it appears our grammar school has become an “adult” school. In my mind’s eye I can remember walking the newly installed sidewalks to all the schools–kindergarten through 12th grade.

    It appears that my mind’s eye and a few photographs will have to suffice for everything which was experienced in that peaceful little place. Though there is a saying–“You can’t go home again”–the mostly good and happy memories remain…and being cherished, can be brought out to view anytime which pleases.

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    • amwick says:

      This tugged at my heart. I was born in Pasadena, but my family moved all the way to CT before I turned three. More than a half century has gone by, no, it has flown by, and I have never been back, not to that house, that street, not even that state. My mother always said how much she loved it. She is gone now, so all I have are dim memories.


      • Lucille says:

        I love Pasadena and the beautiful old homes. Lovely to drive through. Attended a Rose Parade once…perhaps 1961. That was a big deal to come in from the far reaches of San Bernardino County to the cities around L. A. One of the guys would get permission from his folks to drive their car and we’d all pile in for an adventure. The innocence of that time for most of us is heart-tugging and, of course, gone forever except in the mind.

        It was my mother’s way to always have framed family photos sitting on the cabinets and end tables. Keeping up the tradition, all through my home there are dozens of photos of family, friends, and pets, many of which were taken in front of our house or homes of relatives. They help keep the memories alive.


  8. nwtex says:

    LA Mayor Expands Protections For Angelenos In US Illegally
    March 21, 2017 5:50 PM

    LOS ANGELES ( — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is expanding protections for immigrants in the country illegally.

    An executive order signed Tuesday asks city officials to follow the Police Department’s policy of not investigating people to determine their immigration status. It applies to the fire chief and chiefs of airport and port police.

    Garcetti marked L.A.’s “Day Of Immigrant Action” by “showing solidarity” with people receiving legal consultation at the downtown offices of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).

    “We feel very secure that it is a violation of the constitution to put a financial gun to the head of any state or city,” Garcetti said.

    Garcetti says immigrants are the engine of L.A.’s economy, with nearly two out of three residents foreign-born or the children of immigrants

    The mayor has repeatedly expressed his support for state Senate Bill 54, which would prohibit local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities, thus creating a border-to-border sanctuary “state”.

    (article and a short video) –>

    Elsewhere I heard that mayor say that ppl can refuse to open their door for Fed agents unless they have a warrant–nwtex

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    • nwtex says:

      … the above should say Court Order NOT warrant

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    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      Yes, I should hope they can refuse entry to any law enforcement person (barring hot pursuit or emergency) unless there is a warrant. Inconvenient as it may be for law enforcement, protection against unreasonable search and seizure is a considered a fundamental human right in the United States.


      • nwtex says:

        “I should hope they can refuse entry” What I heard the mayor say is they don’t have to open the door….entry is another thing.There are numerous circumstances where LE needs access no time to get on the phone and speak to a judge.

        In any event hearing this has made the illegal aliens and the criminals amongst them verrrry happy.


    • amwick says:

      On Hannity last night (?) I believe he said that 36.6 % of all federal crimes are committed be illegal aliens. I thought this was staggering. Well, perhaps it was Tucker, but I am quite certain of that statistic. 😦

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  9. citizen817 says:


    Cops accused of intimidating, threatening, then poking fun at faith

    Religious liberty in America, assured by the Constitution, became a battleground under President Obama when he tried to force nuns to pay for abortion drugs, insisted America wasn’t really a Christian nation and fined Christians for practicing their faith.

    While President Trump has vowed to restore and protect religious rights, some of the Obama-era cases aren’t over, including the one brought by Mary Ann Sause after police officers ordered her to stop praying in her home.

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  10. nimrodman says:

    Notice how – more and more – whenever we hear about welfare fraud and food-stamp fraud, there’s a “WTF-kind-of-name-is-Agbapuruonwu?” name associated with the story?

    Nigerians now are not only running internet fraud out of Nigeria, they’re running fraud directly out of Virginia:

    “Police say Helen Agbapuruonwu, mother of four, collected food stamps and Medicaid benefits from 2010 to 2016, while here husband, Fidelis Agbapuruonwu, was earning $1.5 million as a lawyer in Washington, D.C., NBC News 4 reports.”

    Wife Of DC Lawyer Worth $1.5 Million Arrested For Taking Food Stamps, Welfare

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  11. Dora says:

    William Merritt Chase – Peonies (1897)

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    • smiley says:


      when you’ve got it, flaunt it…and WMC sure had it 🙂

      perfect painting, in every way.

      not just the gorgeous flowers, the tomato-red silk contrasted with her hair & skin, the reflections in the brass, the delicate fan, the gossamer tapestry, the color contrasts, the composition and art-of-placement…his drawing ability & painterly technique….

      what a feeling he must’ve had, painting it.

      terrific accomplishment.

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  12. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  13. smiley says:

    Sunday Brunch


    ca 2011

    Dan McCaw ~ American Expressionism/Abstract ~ Contemporary



  14. 3x1 says:

    Anybody else notice nearly all Drudge articles are going to: WaPo, NYT, WSJ, LA Times and other pay after x free articles per month sites?

    Wonder if he’s getting pressured to link to lefties (or worse, getting kickbacks via higher pay per click throughs?)



  15. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
    John 14:27 (KJV)

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  16. duchess01 says:

    Thank You, Jesus, for blessings received and prayers answered!

    Liked by 5 people

  17. TheLastDemocrat says:

    New topic: We learn that the CIA potentially can eaves drop on many of us through our devices – our Samsung TVs, etc.

    For the average person, it is too much to understand – what Wikileaks is, what the CIA has been doing for decades, how our devices are subject to being hacked, etc.

    However complicated the details, the simple story is out there. And there does not seem ot be any general alarm?!

    So, I began pondering why.

    What has taken legs? The baby monitoring hacking stories.

    But otherwise, nothing. Why not?

    my tentative answer at this point is this: the “conspiracy theory” brush has been developed specifically so that when any “deep state” activities would come to light, those who are alarmed could just be painted with the “conspiracy theorist” paint brush.

    Roe v. Wade allows abortion based on the “right to privacy.” It took a few court decisions to create this unspecified right, and apply it to – of all incongruous things – abortion. So, the “Left” is highly charged on this right-to-privacy issue, but about the NSA, etc., gathering and monitoring all kind of stuff? Nothing.

    My guess is that the story is so complicated that upon hearing the complicated story, the general populace just hears “conspiracy theorist” versus a genuine concern.

    There is another part to all of this – the signal from leaders or some authorities about what should and should not concern the general populace. I don’t know how this works, but it seems to work pretty well.

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  18. dogsmaw says:

    Supreme Court Justice Confirmation Hearing, Day 3 The Senate Judiciary Committee entered its third day of testimony on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court.

    I hope this is a working link, my iMac is video proofed so its on my iPad…besides that I need more than one device to keep up with the rest of you 😛


  19. aliashubbatch says:

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  20. BigMamaTEA says:

    Ya know, I’m beginning to think that this Gorsuch hearing might just classify under DiFi’s torture restrictions. Sleep Deprivation, emotional distress,….

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  21. BigMamaTEA says:

    EXCELLENT Article.

    “Obama Must Testify”

    FTA…..Ten Questions that ask: What did the President know and when did he know it?It’s time.
    As the House and Senate investigations start up, with the House Intelligence Committee hearing from FBI Director James Comey today, there is someone missing from the witness list. That would be: Former President Barack Obama.Again, let’s recount just six stories previously cited in this space…………..


  22. G-d&Country says:

    I wonder if they have the classes at Hampshire that teach progressive students how to physically fight.
    Hampshire used to be liberal and you could not say anything mean – funny haw that “progresses” to beating people up over nothing.
    Hampshire College Student Charged After Assaulting A Basketball Player For Culturally Appropriating A Hairstyle
    Carmen Figueroa, a student at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, has pleaded not guilty to various charges of assault and battery stemming from a January 27 incident where she accused members of Central Maine Community College’s women’s basketball team of “culturally appropriating” their braided hairstyles. When the CMCC players did not remove the braids from their hair, Figueroa and another Hampshire student then proceeded to pull the hair of one of the players, started a fight, and stomped on a player who had been knocked to the ground.

    Off to work now. Have a MAGA day!

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  23. quintrillion says:

    A flashback to great America


  24. andeclain says:

    Security incident at the British Houses of Parliament. Man shot after stabbing policeman. Car driven into crowd. This sounds very familiar.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Janie M. says:

      And so it begins, andeclain. Just received a NY Post email alert regarding this tragedy. No one is immune.

      Liked by 2 people

    • greenmakescents says:

      DailyMail describes him as an “Asian nifeman” Guess they corrected the spelling error, but still running with the “Asian” meme.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Janie M. says:

        greenmakescents, Surprise! Surprise! From the NY Post:

        British Parliament attacker was radical Muslim cleric

        By Danika Fears and Natalie Musumeci March 22, 2017 | 3:39pm

        The terrorist behind the London rampage was identified as Abu Izzadeen, a radical Muslim cleric who’s been convicted of inciting terrorist acts in England, law enforcement sources told The Independent.

        Izzadeen, a well-known Islamist extremist formerly known as Trevor Brooks, was born to Jamaican parents in the UK and converted to Islam when he was 17, according to The Guardian.

        In January 2016, Izzadeen — who was killed by cops Wednesday — and another Islamist militant were sentenced to two years in prison for breaching the Terrorism Act by leaving the UK without notifying the police, the BBC reported.

        They were found on a train in Hungary that was headed for Bucharest, Romania, in Nov. 2015.

        In 2008, he was convicted of inciting terrorist acts and funding terrorism after giving hate-filled speeches at the Regents Park mosque in London.

        A 2014 Live Leak video shows activists of the “British First Defence Force” clashing with Izzadeen and notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary as they walk down the street during a protest in London.

        “That was Abu Izzadeen – a man who says he wants to die as a suicide bomber,” an activist says to the camera.

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        • greenmakescents says:

          Janie M…Just clicked on the nypost link and, well, according to the update, he no longer is the suspect, his name has been withdrawn. It seems he is in prison, right. Are my eyes seeing the same person they claim is in prison being hauled off on a stretcher (suspect photo same article first red link), same nose and sideburns? The media is in a panic, at one time they could get away with it, now not so much.

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          • Janie M. says:

            Wow! That was a quick retraction, greenmakesscents. It was the British media that initially identified the perp. And yes, the person on the stretcher does bear a resemblance to Izzadeen. Obviously, if he is still incarcerated, it can’t be him.

            You have to admit that style of beard is very popular among the perp’s hate preaching clan in the UK, who would “lecture” in public places and there was no shortage of the idjits. I have read about them in the Daily Mail (found it shocking). Don’t know if the government still permits that practice.

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      • andeclain says:

        The British media blame all these things, e.g. the paedophile rape gangs, on “Asians”. If I was Chinese or Japanese, I’d sue. Doubtless we’ll also be hearing that he was mentally disturbed.

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        • Janie M. says:

          andeclain, always seems the fall back position is the perp was “mentally disturbed.” I would say a demographic which wants to conquer and kill us infidels because we don’t subscribe to their beliefs is mentally disturbed but not in the purview of psychiatry but ideology. It angers me that the populace (including politicians) in Europe don’t properly call them what they are – “Middle Easterners” not Asians (which makes them appear more benign). When I think of an Asian demographic – Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Thai and Nepalese come to mind. They share the same Mongoloid genetic stock and similar physical features. Don’t know where the Indians and Bangladeshi fall.

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  25. dogsmaw says:

    Coming to a theater near you from Chicago…shall we say, we need more than one can to hold these worms…

    Blog: Oh-oh! Rahm’s private emails are spilling the beans


  26. smiley says:

    vintage photo of women protesting forced wearing of the hijab in Iran, after the Islamic Revolution, 1979.

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  27. Lucille says:

    IRS Gives “After School Satan Club” Tax-Exempt Status in 10 Days


  28. Sepp says:

    Here is a link to a page on an Orthodox Christian website to articles, books, and websites regarding the religion of Islam. The page was set up several years ago and has not been updated, but has information of value.

    Orthodox Christian Information Center

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  29. Lucille says:

    More on the Sharia front…Barbarians….

    Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, a prisoner in Saudi Arabia who was sentenced to death as a minor, faces “death by crucifixion” after a final appeal has been dismissed. He was arrested in 2012 when he was just 17, during a crackdown on anti-government protests in the Shiite province of Qatif. According to the International Business Times, Al-Nimr was accused by the authorities of participation in illegal protests and of firearms offences, despite there being no evidence to justify the latter charge.

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    • Janie M. says:

      Lucille, I frequently see Ali’s story over at the Gatestone Institute whenever I read articles there. Wish there was some way to whisk this young man out of that country to safety.


  30. Ad rem says:

    She said what???

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  31. Janie M. says:

    You know those spammer from foreign countries who send you emails promising you a fortune? Some have claimed to be Nigerians. I delete them but this guy actually responds. Brave soul. His trolling of the spammers is pretty funny.

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  32. BigMamaTEA says:

    Well, it pains me to say this again, but, credit given when due……MsNancy Graham, has done a good job during Gorsuch’s hearing.

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  33. ZZZ says:

    Thoughts on this?

    Murdered Reporter Had ‘If Anything Happens To Me’ Letter Containing Proof


  34. BigMamaTEA says:

    AND, the Gorsuch hearing is done for the day. Judge Gorsuch is excused from the Committee.

    ‘Committee resumes tomorrow at 9:30amEST. With both sides (shameful) witnesses for and against the Confirmation.


  35. nwtex says:

    (the doggie is okay)

    OMGosh! I am hesitant to post this but decided I would because it is pure LOVE
    Tears will roll when you see the photos…and that is the truth! I can hardly breathe! You’ll have to go to the link to see that sweet baby because I didn’t want to just…,boom…put it right out there. The photos are too touching for words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Photos: Santa Monica Firefighters Rescue Dog from Apartment Fire
    22 March, 2017

    A Santa Monica firefighter performs CPR on an unconscious dog rescued from an apartment fire Tuesday

    …“After 20 minutes, the dog began breathing on its own and regained consciousness, even regaining the ability to walk around,” officials said, noting that the dog was transferred to a local animal hospital for further treatment…

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  36. nwtex says:

    ^ Well, I reconsidered and will post one pic.

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  37. The Tundra PA says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    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. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    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.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  38. BAM says:

    Twitter apparently is cracking down on terrorism accounts. The article notes 2 lawsuits in Europe, but I seem to remember seeing at least one here. I wonder how serious the “cracking down” will be however.


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  40. nwtex says:

    I feel so badly for his children and grandchildren. A friend of one of his teenage daughters tweeted that her father was a science project….she responded saying that wasn’t a nice thing to say.
    It wouldn’t be quite so harmful had he left town, never to be seen again, and did it in private.Terribly sad.
    I wrote more but erased it as I was being waaaay too judgmental.


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