Friday February 9th – 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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218 Responses to Friday February 9th – Open Thread

  1. Can someone please give a quick IG primer:

    Who does the IG give his report(s) to?
    Does the IG recommend specific charges be brought against certain people?
    Who makes the final decision to indict someone?


  2. BigMamaTEA says:

    Okay fellow treepers…..let’s talk about what happened last night on House/Senate tee-vee…

    Here’s the vote counts:
    Senate voted approx 1:30amEST (HR1892)- Y- 71- N- 28 – NV-1

    House voted approx 5:30amEST (HR 1892 – Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018) Y- 240 – N- 186 NV-5.

    Now, at least since ObieCare was passed in the middle of night on Christmas Eve……the Senate, no matter which party is in charge…..takes a House Bill that has already been passed, and adds a ginormous spending monstrosity to it, and calls it legal, pretending that because the Constitution states that all tax/revenue bills must be generated by the House.


  3. BigMamaTEA says:

    Anyone who wishes to take a look; here’s what both Chambers passed “in the middle of the night”
    before both Chambers took today off, and won’t be back until Mon. in Senate and Tues. in the House.

    640-ish pages, agreed to by a choice few, behind closed doors, then printed at midnight Wed-Thurs night, and presented to congress-criminals yesterday morning.

    From the scuttlebutt heard during speeches late last night……”This bill grows government by 13 percent and breaks spending caps Republicans fought for when Obama was president” and “Leadership is telling conservatives to support this bill or risk shutting down the government and hurting the military.” (And this is with no Amendments allowed)

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  4. BigMamaTEA says:

    Yesterday and last night I took the opportunity to skim through some of the bill now.

    At a time when a sane GOP majority could be accomplishing so many historical reforms piggybacking off the tax cuts, INSTEAD….Republicans (TurtleHead) are busting the budget caps, bailing out Obamacare, and helping the hospital cartels.

    The House already passed a budget continuing resolution (CR) Wed. funding the government through March 23, but rather than cutting spending and defunding Planned Parenthood or sanctuary cities, Republicans increased spending by $12 billion.

    In addition, here are some of the things I picked out of the two-year budget agreement between Schumer and McConnell…….

    This deal deep-sixed the Budget Control Act (BCA) and bused the budget caps by at least $300 billion over the next TWO years.

    ****Many of the programs being increased, such as health care programs and community block grants, are the very ones Trump promised to cut in his budget blueprint last year.

    **Because Republicans so desperately want more and more military spending – over and beyond what Trump’s budget blueprint called for – without first auditing the waste in the Pentagon and getting control of the runaway Middle East urban renewal projects, they have allowed Democrats to milk them on non-defense spending. As House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said yesterday, “the budget caps are our leverage.”

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  5. Red Frog says:

    I love me some Joe.
    Run, Joe, run!


    • dawg says:

      In all fairness, when I heard Potus say “its a hard time for him right now, we wish him luck, he’s done a great job in the WH”, I KNEW the left was going to attack him for those VERY words.


    • Bendix says:

      I heard that Porter disputes how the one ex got the black eye.
      If he pulled another out of the shower, years ago, is that even something you’d call the police for?
      I am not saying the man didn’t do these things, I’m saying that they are not necessarily fact, and I would not knock a person who had served me ably, over unproven and probably unprovable, at this point, allegations.


  6. BigMamaTEA says:

    After reauthorizing CHIP for 6 years two or three weeks ago; it will now be extended another 4 years. This is a full 10 years more of a program without any reforms and without repealing even part of Obamacare that overlaps with it.

    Reauthorized $7 billion for community health centers.

    Reinstated another $5 billion in DSH (disproportioned share hospital) payments designed to compensate hospitals for emergency and indigent care that goes unpaid by patients. The problem is that just like Obamacare subsidies were designed to obviate the need for CHIP, the Medicaid expansion, which is now a cash cow for the big hospital conglomerates, was designed to eliminate the need for DSH.

    The Debt Limit was to expire mid-March…..they unilaterally raised it until after the election in exchange for … nothing with the Demonrats. But what’s another trillion-dollar deficit between
    friendly parties?

    Not only are they not repealing Obamacare, there is a parallel agreement to pass the insurance bailout to grow the “reinsurance program,” despite the fact that the insurance cartel is flush with cash.

    $80 billion more in disaster relief added.

    The Rubio-Lee-Earnst Ivankacare plan to create a new federal entitlement of paid family leave. But fear not, it will all come from Social Security supposedly.

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  7. BigMamaTEA says:

    Also in this porkulous thing….there is…..A tax credit for hybrid cars.

    A tax credit for certain two-wheeled electric vehicles.

    A tax credit for “energy-efficient homes.”

    A four-year extension of a tax break on rum.

    A tax credit for mine equipment.

    A property tax break on racehorses.

    A tax credit on solar water heating, and an income tax deduction for movie and theater productions costing under $15 million.

    That’s all I had time to pick out of that TurtleHead/Schmuckie arrangement so far.

    ***Then TurtleHead stated that next week, the Senate will work on Immigration.

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  8. Jim Barker says:

    I keep getting emails from the RNC, claiming to be President Trump, asking for a donation. Can someone let me know what the actual President Trump donation link could be?


  9. thinkthinkthink says:

    Anyone want to guess what kind of article Sundance is feverishly working on now?
    I’m thinking economic.


  10. Bendix says:

    Rush Limbaugh brought something up today, which most of us have been puzzled about:
    I just could not understand, how could anyone actually live in a place where your beautiful daughter gets shot dead, by a criminal who was actively supported by people your taxes go to, for taking care of you and your loved ones? How could people tolerate this misuse of government funds, and disregard of the law?
    And then, to have a nasty-minded jury let the guy off completely, just to teach a lesson about who’s really calling the shots, how could anyone tolerate life in such a place, with such people?

    Well, according to Rush today, they can’t. They are leaving.
    How sad, to be pushed out of their homes with the willing complicity of the people they elected and paid.

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  11. duchess01 says:

    The Individual vs. Globalism
    February 09, 2018
    by Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News:

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  12. BigMamaTEA says:

    Is This Photo ‘Proof’ Trump’s Been Cavorting With 2 Prostitutes?………….

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  13. kinthenorthwest says:

    Heard this on my way to work today & wanted to share..


  14. A2 says:

    As the ‘peace’ Olympics proceeds, a reminder of:

    “Out of North Korea: A story of loss, escape, and renewal”
    “My grandfather’s death at the hands of Kim Il Sung’s regime set up a trajectory of events that would lead my family to their ultimate deliverance. The arc of fate would eventually carry them to America, among a wave of Korean immigrants that would settle in the US during the ’60s and ’70s. They built a new future for themselves in the homeland of those American heroes who, as inscribed at the Korean War Veterans Memorial, “answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.”

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  15. dogsmaw says:

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  16. 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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  17. bessie2003 says:

    The rancher, Cliven Bundy, is suing the State of Nevada, and Clark county. Here is a link to the Pahrump Valley Times news article on this story:

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