Monday January 22nd – Open Thread

Our 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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228 Responses to Monday January 22nd – Open Thread

  1. BigMamaTEA says:

    Senate adjourned until NoonEST tomorrow.


  2. BigMamaTEA says:

    The House is now beginning to vote to accept the Senate’s vote, of the House, of the amendt. of the amendt, blah, blah……..

    10 min speeches, mostly preening for the cameras.


  3. Lucille says:

    More on the pathetic Hollywood scene….

    Who is responsible for Natalie Portman’s claim of ‘sexual terrorism’?
    By M. Catharine Evans – January 22, 2018


  4. BigMamaTEA says:

    House is now voting.


  5. BigMamaTEA says:

    House vote to approve CR as amended……..Y- 266 – N- 150 – NV-15


  6. thinkthinkthink says:

    John Witherspoon – a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the president of the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) for over two decades who taught an American president (James Madison) and a vice president (Aaron Burr), as well as 39 congressmen, 21 senators, 12 governors, nine Cabinet members and three Supreme Court justices – concluded:
    “Some nations have given parents the power of life and death over their children.
    But here in America, we have denied the power of life and death to parents.”

    Quoted at:

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  7. BigMamaTEA says:

    More WINNING!

    “Supremes join Trump to dismantle Obama power grab
    ‘A victory for the rule of law and for accountability in government”


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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      More from the article above….sorry, hit comment too fast

      …….”The Trump administration has worked virtually nonstop since the inauguration to unwind and withdraw some of the environmental campaigns launched by Barack Obama, and on Monday the Supreme Court joined in.

      The justices ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot provide a hedge of protection preventing courts from reviewing its actions by requiring such appeals be heard only in some courts…….”

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  8. BigMamaTEA says:

    Now 1 min. speeches (which usually means b.s.preening from the C.B.caucus) in the House.


  9. BigMamaTEA says:

    On the “normal” House calendar……The House would not be in session due to a previously scheduled “home district week.” The weekend ruckus delayed that.

    After these one minute speeches, the House should adjourn (Per McCarthy, Maj.Leader) until Monday, NoonEST with vote votes at 6:30pmEST.

    Tues. The House will meet at 10:00amEST, recess for some period of time, then reconvene with all House members to be on the Floor no later than 8:20pm in preparation for the Bi-Bicameral meeting of both Chambers, for the State of the Union, from President Donald J. Trump!!

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  10. BigMamaTEA says:

    IMO some of these 1 minute speakers have been tossing-back a few this whole weekend!

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  11. BigMamaTEA says:

    The House just adjourned until Thurs, Jan25th, 4:00pmEST.
    (This is not what Leader McCarthy said earlier, so who knows.)

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  12. oldiadguy says:

    I first saw this over at Sputnik news. Here is a local (non Russian) source for the story.

    The more I see of the “new breed” of officers the more I wonder how they got hired and/or who is training them. Slamming a handcuffed prisoner head first onto what looks like concrete and then dropping your body weight on them is insane. This “officer” is fortunate that he didn’t kill or cripple his prisoner with that move.

    I don’t care what kind of story that the officer and his POA attorney come up with, that is an excellent example of excessive and an unnecessary use of force.

    Obviously this guy didn’t hear of pain compliance control of uncooperative prisoners. Pressure point control or joint manipulation would have been more appropriate and would have had little or no chance of causing an injury to the handcuffed prisoner.

    I bet his department wonders while large segments of their community hate the cops. Here is a clue. It is allowing that type of nonsense by their officers and then claiming said conduct is an appropriate use of force.


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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I am not disagreeing with you at all. But, I did notice something. ” Aeiramique Blake said the girl felt she was being discriminated against and refused to leave, which led to the altercation.” If people would quit teaching their children that they are being discriminated against, etc. then that would stop some of this behavior. Obviously this girl was a problem and it is probably because of what her family taught her.

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  13. oldiadguy says:

    Here is an article from Bill Binney over at Sputnik News.

    Take care and stay safe

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  14. thinkthinkthink says:

    Painting a Lion (2 mins) in honor of our Lion.


  15. auscitizenmom 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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  16. dianeax says:


    @pnehlen: Jesus is the Messiah. He is One with the Father and the Holy Ghost.

    Jews (and others) who do not acknowledge this fact will burn in hell.


  17. BigMamaTEA says:

    This just came up in my twitter feed. (I happened to have Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” on in the background when this came up. Perfect!)

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  20. Katherine McCoun says:

    Thursday, January 25th, the TN District 14 is voting in the GOP primary for our State Senate nominee. This is a special election as our State Senator, Jim Tracey, was appointed to the state level Dept. of Ag position: Director of the Rural Development. Congrats to Senator Tracy on a position in the Trump Administration.

    Back to this Thursday’s election. Sundance has taught us that the GOPe wanted us to be discouraged and uninvolved and we needed to the opposite, becoming not only involved in the national races, but also the state and local races too. I have become involved with our county GOP party and it is very Not GOP”e”! Conservative, delighted with President Trump, disgusted with Corker, etc. But this race is seeing some unusual Uniparty activity!

    I am not clever enough to figure out all the reasons why but I do suspect that a) the state level GOPe (Haslam, Corker, Alexander, et al.) Do NOT Joe Carr to win as he is a fighter, stands on principle and already has a Very Strong track record against illegal immigration here in TN from his time as a TN Representative and b) the state Uniparty Do want Shane Reeves, his primary opponent, to win as he has a long association with Randy Boyd, Uniparty candidate for governor. I think that they want allies in the Senate to work with the gov and they must have big plans.

    Joe Carr is running against Shane Reeves, a supposed “new comer” to politics. Reeves is far from a newcomer as he has been involved in politics for 20+ years, just not as a candidate or as an office holder. Mr. Carr has been involved in politics both as a candidate and as an elected official for a little about 12 years, serving several terms as a State Representative and then running against Lamar Alexander in his ’14 primary and against Diane Black in her ’16 primary.

    What has frustrated me is the dirty side of the campaign, the negative ads and mailers. Mr. Carr and Mr. Reeves had a handshake agreement to not go negative and that was blown out of the water, BIGLY. And, as usual, the negative ads against Mr. Carr are twisted and untruthful, and Mr. Reeves is offering very little actual substance as far as campaign and issue positions so the negative is all he has. Mr. Carr’s record as a State Representative is so good that if attention were drawn to that it would be a cake walk for Mr. Carr. I guess that is why they went negative.

    This is the Uniparty part. Mr. Reeves has received an endorsement from the Tennessee teacher’s union, a liberal organization and has received donations from a Planned Parenthood lobbyist. This spelled RINO to me as these endorsements and donations do not line up with his supposed positions. And he must be getting BIG bucks from somewhere because I have received 6+ mailers, most focused on negative, 2 just today! And these are little, postcard mailers either. They have robocalls, polling, huge signs everywhere (but not as many in yards) and a negative, smear ad focused campaign. Who is pouring so much money into his campaign and why?

    I figured at this level, if we elect carefully vetted candidates, kind of like a farm team, we would get better state gov and then better candidates for the federal offices. But the Uniparty isn’t stupid and they are either working hard to get Reeves in or working hard to make sure Carr stays out. He came close to defeating incumbents in the primary, twice. Maybe they are worried if he is elected he will stand a better chance against either Alexander in ’20 or in a Congressional race for Black’s seat? I don’t know but I am surprised by all that is going on for a State Senate seat! Eye opening experience.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      By the way, I am not discouraged or ranting (although it sure looks that way!). I am just sharing my experience as I know it was surprising to me so thought others might learn from it.

      I just wish I was as clever as Sundance and other commenters here because there are loans from Boyd’s TN development office that went to Reeves and then Reeves donated and managed Boyd’s campaign and then…dots to connect and money trails to follow! And twisted negative smears to reverse and explain. Same tricks used on the national stage right here in country counties of TN!

      I am making lots of phone calls for Mr. Carr (I am still not very good at it, get tongue tied, trip over my words, etc. but maybe some voters will check out his website or remember that Mr. Carr was key for Nashville not becoming a Sanctuary city and vote for him despite me!). Since Mr. Carr was instrumental in passing tough TN laws on immigration and our No Sanctuary City Law that prevented Nashville from becoming a hideout city last year, I am focusing on that issue. I have a full data base of voters for our county (cost $35 in our county) and I am focusing on those who voted R in the Presidential primary, ’16 as that was a hot button issue then as it is now.

      Mr. Carr supported Cruz in the primary but was instantly on the Trump Train as soon as Cruz was beat and was a strong fundraiser for Mr. Trump and active campaigner for him during the general here in TN.

      Turn out has been Very light, three thousand some votes for the entire district in early voting. Makes me think that phone calls make an even bigger difference if the person I am calling and reminding to vote decides to support Mr. Carr. Fingers crossed!

      In case you live in TN district 14, here you go for the issues and where to vote.

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        Well, this day’s thread is pretty much over so I guess it won’t be in anyone’s way if I post once more about Carr. We need MAGA supporting elected officials at every level of government and I am just looking back at Carr’s track record on immigration, years before we had President Trump’s leadership on this issue.

        Here he is supporter AZ

        and getting Immigration bills passed for our own state

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Katherine…sorry this is so late, been busy this week.

          So far, it sounds like this Joe Carr fellow is the ticket. Just the fact , that there seems to be a concerted effort to keep him out, is a big flag!

          And yes, it’s going on at the state levels too. It’s sad, and it’s sick. But, for now, you have to learn to play the game in order to correct it, and the fish rots from the head down, and you can never let up your guard. Even though my state has term limits for state legislature, and a limit of 100 days/year for State Legislative session…they can still do a lot of damage to Liberty in 100 days!!!

          But, what disgusts me the most is the long-term power grab by the Feds, and the States all got suckered a long time ago, and then state-wise the new guys sometimes get corrupted because they just follow “how it’s always been done” which is how the FEDS have managed to steal the STATE’S power over the last 100 years!

          This thing was set up so that the majority of any government power, resided with the STATES individually, except for 19 AGREED upon things. It’s a lot easier for THE PEOPLE to go to their State’s government, than it is to go to DC to get redress!!!! (I think you know that already, but you never know how many read threads at their own pace)

          Somehow, we’ve got to bolster up our STATES to take back their power – AND eliminate 90% of what they are doing in DC!!!!!


      • Katherine McCoun says:

        One thing I have found while making phone calls is that a number of people are so sick and tired of the negative radio ads and the huge number of mailers (some have counted 10 in 2 weeks from Reeves!) that they are disgusted and plan to not vote at all. Sad results because that puts us in dangerous territory of having no say of the nominee and who we have as our GOP to vote for in the main election.

        Seems to me the Uniparty plays the same game on the local stage as they do on the national stage.

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  21. Phokencougie says:

    Just thought of this one!

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