Wednesday January 30th – 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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244 Responses to Wednesday January 30th – Open Thread

  1. smiley2 says:

    Inside Kushner’s Immigration Plans

    Jan 29, 2019

    Jared Kushner acting as mediator…again… “ran a white board planning session at the White House with the Koch network ” see if the administration can replicate the same approach they used…and Kushner recommended…to pass criminal justice reform, in order to “overhaul” our immigration system.

    Daniel Garza, president of the Koch network’s LIBRE initiative, is all-in with his support for Kushner..

    …but others are not… like TEA Party co-founder and patriot, Jenny Martin, who sees border security and immigration reform as far more complicated issues than criminal justice reform, and who also (wisely) suggests that the White House should be more in touch with its base regarding any legislative deals.

    “Two senior White House officials…are stunned that Kushner thinks he could be the mediator who solves…immigration reform.”


    a lot more, at the link.


  2. Dora says:

    That’s a lotta dough!


    • Bendix says:

      I’m thinking universities couldn’t afford the fees of people they believe have the correct POV, if they didn’t get favors from the government.
      These places are exempt from local property taxes, because they are supposed to be “good for” a municipality.
      Then there are the students living there, most of whom aren’t paying any taxes but sales taxes, who get to sway local elections away from what the property owners want.
      If someone is looking to do some “reform”, this is a good place to start.

      BTW, think of all the for-profit colleges, such as University of Phoenix, the government has gone after.
      Are they really that bad?


  3. Dora says:

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    • Bendix says:

      This is mainly because Cuomo sat by and allowed the evil Sheldon Silver to protect sexual harassers and even rapists within the state legislature.
      Cuomo’s hand-picked ethics commission did not even look into whether it was an ethical breach for Shelly to pay off two of Vito Lopez’ victims with tax payer money.
      They weren’t even going to recommend that Vito should not be reelected.
      The women backing this radical attempt to become the pro-women candidate have to know they are standing on the backs of other women who were horribly victimized.

      Women in New York State have, and have had, full rights, even when it comes to human reproduction.
      There is no such thing as reproductive health rights, and Andrew Cuomo certainly isn’t giving anybody health.
      The Cuomos, two of the brothers, believe that rights come from the government, and the elder believes that he is the government.
      Kind of a God complex or something, isn’t it?
      Actually, I’m not sure which of the Cuomo men is the eldest. Mario’s “third son” is a convicted felon sitting in prison, while the governor and a journalist didn’t notice he was doing anything untoward.

      Come to think of it, I see a pattern. There were many areas under Andrew’s governorship that were screaming for attention, but he never noticed, just like he didn’t notice any rape or anything under Shelly’s reign of terror, and he didn’t notice that his closest aide was corrupt.
      No, he didn’t see any of that, but he did manage to “see” that women were having some kind of health problem that could only be cured by making sure viable full term babies could be killed for no reason at all.
      I’d call that crazy, wouldn’t you?


  4. Lucille says:

    Google may face RICO, defamation lawsuits over its partnership with SPLC
    JAN 29, 2019 4:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER

    The idea that opposing jihad mass murder and Sharia oppression of women, non-Muslims and others is “hate” is absurd, and the fact that so many people take it for granted is testimony to the deep pockets of the SPLC and the power of propaganda.

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    • Bendix says:

      I think that when these NFPs expand beyond their original mission, they should lose their tax-exempt status, and have to re-form under a new name, in the interest of “transparency”.
      I’m tired of these parasitic organizations hiding behind the name of an entity that ceased to exist long ago.
      If there isn’t the disparity in justice, in the South, based on poverty and race, that there used to be, the organization formed to alleviate that problem should go out of business.
      Not keep using the old, once noble cause as a cover for radical political activity.


  5. Lucille says:

    Microsoft’s “fact-checker” NewsGuard labels proven hoaxes “credible,” blacklists factual stories Leftists dislike
    JAN 29, 2019 2:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER

    NewsGuard has Jihad Watch blacklisted also, not because they can show that anything we report is actually inaccurate, but because we don’t toe the Leftist line.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Dora says:

    The states are getting crazy!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. TreeperInTraining says:

    Dan Coats. Paging Dan Coats. You have a phone call at the front desk.

    It’s Iran, I think….about that yellowcake.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Dora says:

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  10. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Anyone else wondering about the Houston Police Shooting?……………………………..

    Liked by 1 person

    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      No Knock raid
      No body cams
      Three different accounts of the drugs purchased, from whom and where.
      Two elderly homeowners with no criminal history.
      The unarmed woman ‘attacks’ LE who is armed with a shotgun……………….

      Liked by 1 person

  11. BigMamaTEA says:

    Senate tee-vee just adjourned. (early today) until tomorrow, Thursday at 10:00amEST.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. BigMamaTEA says:

    My daughter’s “Days of the week” socks were cute until we got to Saturday

    Liked by 8 people

  13. Bendix says:

    The logjam is starting to break, in the strange impasse around the Schoharie Limousine crash investigation.
    Most people I’ve heard from tend to fault the county DA in this matter.


  14. Dora says:

    Hang on to your hat.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. andyocoregon says:

    Chris Hansen’s legal problems.


  16. czarowniczy says:

    Those 45 violent criminals that the NOPD took off of NOLA’s streets in a huge roundup two days ago? Well as of COB at the revolving door courthouse 31 of them were back on the streets.

    I called the local Fox station that seemed so piqued at the situation and asked if they’d check who’d posted the bails. I’d mentioned sometime back that there was a liberal group bonding the poor, disadvantaged and perpetually oppressed arrested (gettin’ the drift here?) out on bonds they couldn’t afford, bonds demanded by the few ‘realistic’ magistrates we have, designed to keep repeat violent criminals off the street. Fox newsroom didn’t seem too interested in digging into the matter.

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  17. czarowniczy says:

    LOVE IT. Jason Smollett, the black/gay actor on Empire, has claimed to have been attacked while in Chicago by two men of as yet unstated (at least on our news) race. He claims these men called him racial and homophobic names, poured a yet-unidentified chemical on him and placed a noose around his neck.

    As of news tonite the Chicago police have not been able to locate and witnesses and, in a city heavily awash in surveillance cameras, it seems he was conveniently attacked in one of the few areas NOT under camera surveillance. THe CPD has reviewed hundreds of hours of video from cameras in the area but…nada. Just today Jason, after being grilled by CPD just after the alleged attack, has remembered the suppressed detail that the attackers yelled: “This is MAGA Country” as they attacked him. The guy who memorizes lines from a script just forgot something as potentially reactive as two guys yelling “This Is MAGA Country”.

    The producers have temporarily cancelled filming Empire in Chicago while Tweets of support have rolled in for Jason, especially from the Usual Suspect Rat politicians. What wasn’t mentioned is that Empire’s ratings over the last few years have slid decidedly south making one wonder (especially a MAGA one) if we aren’t seeing a carefully scripted publicity stunt designed to help push ratings, especially as there were media questions just last December if Empire would see another season.

    I’d like to see a definite report on the alleged chemical poured on him though it’s been quoted on one network as bleach. I’d also like to see some definitive injuries on Jason. After all, two determined attackers who conveniently find him, and obviously know him if they’re demeaning his sexuality, don’t leave marks on his face? If they’re going to risk what, at least around here, charges of aggravated battery for pouring a chemical on him and a hate crime then why not beat him up a bit, charges wouldn’t be that much worse? Then there are those in-the-dumps ratings…

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  18. 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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  19. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  20. Sepp says:

    Saint Anthony the Great

    This native of Egypt embraced the monastic life in the 4th century. He combined prayer and manual labor for many years in his struggles against the passions and the fallen spirits.

    By God’s grace Saint Anthony was able to help his fellow Christians safely through the crisis of Arianism, as well provide spiritual guidance to his fellow monks in the desert.

    Saint Athanasios of Alexandria wrote a Life of Saint Anthony the Great that remains a classic of hagiography in many languages.

    Saint Anthony the Great is honored today.
    17 January (Church) / 30 January (civil)
    traditional Orthodox Church Calendar


  21. Badger 1 says:

    . . . Karl Marx


  22. covfefe999 says:

    I like to keep up on the people invovled in the San Bernardino terror attack. Remember Enrique Marquez, the guy who provided some guns to terrorist Syed Farook and who also engaged in a sham marriage to Syed’s brother’s wife’s sisterm Mariya Chernykh,? Anyway, Enrique now wants to withdraw his guilty plea! Survivors of the attack and loved ones of victims are upset now that they might have to deal with a trial. Totally understandable.

    The man who supplied the weapons used to kill 14 people and wound 23 others in the December 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack told a federal judge Friday, Jan. 25, that he wishes to withdraw admissions he made under a plea agreement two years ago, potentially setting the stage for a trial. Riverside resident Enrique Marquez Jr., 27, pleaded guilty in February 2017 to one count each of providing material support to terrorists and making false statements in the acquisition of firearms. In exchange for his admissions, the U.S. Attorney’s Office dropped related charges of marriage fraud, immigration visa fraud and lying on a federal document. […] Marquez, 27, had moved to Riverside and met Farook, his next-door neighbor, in 2005. Both attended La Sierra High. Under the future jihadi terrorist’s sway, Marquez converted to Islam, after which he adopted a radical philosophy, and by late 2011, the two were preparing to commit terrorist attacks, according to court papers. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Marquez admitted making plans with Farook to commit mass murder at the library or cafeteria of Riverside City College. The men also schemed to go on a killing spree along the eastbound 91 Freeway in Riverside during afternoon rush-hour, identifying a particular section of roadway that had no exits, according to the FBI. The defendant backed out of the terrorist plots in November 2012, after the arrests of four Inland Empire men who were gearing up to join the Taliban in Afghanistan. All four were eventually convicted and sentenced to between 10 and 25 years in prison. Marquez also engaged in a sham marriage with a Russian immigrant, who is the sister-in-law of 33-year-old Syed Raheel Farook, the terrorist’s elder sibling.
    Mariya Chernykh, 28, and Marquez went all-out to make their fake nuptials appear legitimate, taking staged family photos, creating a joint checking account and a back-dated lease that implied they shared a marital residence, enabling her to remain in the country and collect benefits, according to court papers.

    Mariya Chernykh was collecting benefits??? Because she was “married” to Enrique, do you think? or some other scam?


  23. czarowniczy says:

    I bought a block of real Wisconsin x-tra sharp cheddar from a small cheese fromagerie, some unsalted butter and pumpernickel. Suddenly the night isn’t all that miserable any longer.

    Liked by 1 person

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