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Apr 22 2012

Open Thread

Jeff Neely of the GSA.

On a tip from Varla.

51 Responses to “Open Thread”

  1. Screwy Puppy says:


    This weekend has been stagnant with things to be outraged over. Which is nice. I have relaxed.

    My Earthday post is just a Nuclear Age reminder of Survival.

    Saturday I had a failed “100 redirects across 100 top level domains” post. I hope to rectify next Saturday.

    It’s a geek thing.

  2. Sam Adams says:

    Orrin Hatch (sorry…) Senator Orrin Hatch has been forced into a primary in Utah, despite being a US Senator since 1976. He is not amused; he has already spent $5 million, but it wasn’t enough…or his message just wasn’t convincing enough.

    Orrin..(sorry…) Senator Hatch is trying to convince everyone that he is a real conservative, and if re-elected he will help to rein in the federal budget (assuming that the republicans take control of the senate). I have yet to hear how, under Hatch’s watch, Ginsberg, Kagen, and Sotomayor became members of the Supreme Court.

    One of the things that may be haunting Hatch (sorry..) Senator Hatch is a comment he made about the TEA Party members a few years back:

    “These people are not conservatives. They’re not Republicans,” Hatch angrily responds. “They’re radical libertarians and I’m doggone offended by it.”

    Then Hatch, a former boxer, turns combative. “I despise these people, and I’m not the guy you come in and dump on without getting punched in the mouth.”

    Senator; it probably isn’t a good idea to tell your constituents that you despise them. If you tell people who have voted for you in the past that you despise them, don’t expect much love in return.

  3. nobody says:

    Well, you can bet if his hands are not in your pockets, they are some other thing that I don’t want to mention.

    Burn in HELL!

  4. Screwy Puppy says:

    OMG! Three posts at April 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm and I’m first!

    No wonder my mutated right leg looks like a rabbit’s foot!

  5. AC says:

    A smug mug like that almost makes you hope for Bernanke to finish the job quickly.

  6. Tim from TK says:

    A brief video summarizing laoist thought:

  7. Bob Roberts says:

    Actually the Zimmerman/Martin case is NOT the primary ignition point of the Obama race war – it’s been ongoing in LA for some time, apparently.

    Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition has a ways to go in Los Angeles, where Mexicans and blacks are killing each other at record rates. The action is particularly hot in South Central Los Angeles and in nearby Compton, two areas that have undergone a dramatic shift during the last two decades from virtually all black to half or more Hispanic.

    Most of the schools in these areas are now majority Latino, something I could not possibly have imagined when I was in high school in the early 1960s. By that time South Central and Compton had made a transition from virtually all white during the 1930s to virtually all black. They remained that way into the late 1970s, when the effects of illegal immigration from Mexico first began to be felt. By the 1990s, entire neighborhoods had been transformed. Terry Anderson , a black auto mechanic from South Central, describes what it was like at the end of the decade:
    Today, teenagers can’t get after-school or entry-level jobs—something to put on a resume. When I was 16 and 17, I had jobs at McDonald’s, Burger King, Jack in the Box. Now these jobs in L.A. are held by 30- or 40-year-old immigrants—100% Spanish-speaking and probably 90% from Mexico.

    We have schools here that used to be 80% to 90% black and now, after a period of 10 years, are 80% to 90% Latino. As this trend spreads, blacks either can move to other neighborhoods or watch their children stuck in schools listening to Spanish all day. Yet nobody speaks up for our children the way pro-immigrant organizations do for immigrant children. As a result, our children are getting the equivalent of half a day of school. Why should our children be deprived?

    My two-bedroom house near the Coliseum is worth about $100,000. A comparable house two doors away sold for $135,000 and the buyers put five immigrant families in it. A black family can’t pay that and can’t live like that. In the American culture, we have one family to a house. Each of my immigrant neighbors has seven or eight children, while we Americans have two or three. Before long, all these children are going to need a place of their own. Does a black homeowner have to put four families in the house and a fifth in the garage in order to survive? A for-sale sign in our neighborhood causes panic. We know who will get that house. There will be 20 to 30 people living in it, they will keep goats, they will grow corn in the front yard, they will hang their wash on the front fence. It’s a culture clash.

  8. Bob Roberts says:

    Unlike the fact of multiculturalism, this ideology by the same name is a fallacy that poses a vital threat to America. Indeed, it is a tool of the political left for changing the country’s educational and political institutions. A variant of cultural relativism, it posits an explicit denial that Western and American civilizations have anything in them superior to other cultures. Further, the ideology entails the assertion that Western and American civilizations are actually worse, that successes for the past half millennium are the product of exploitation—namely colonialism, and slavery.

    Well, that of course is horse hockey. In point of fact, colonialism and slavery are universal and not distinctively Western. The British conquered India and ruled it for 300 years, but before the British there were the Persians, the Mongols, the Afghans, and Alexander the Great. As for slavery, it has existed in all cultures: ancient India, China, Greece and Rome, and in Africa. American Indians even practiced it before Columbus corrupted them. What’s uniquely Western isn’t slavery but abolition—the movement to end slavery developed in Western civilization. As author and academic Dinesh D’Souza, himself an immigrant from India, has stated, “Never outside the West have slave-owners and potential slave-owners proclaimed principles condemning it, and expended blood and treasure ending it.” Moreover, Western civilization has produced the height of all civilizations in certain respects, to include literature. As Saul Bellow pointed out a few years ago, there ain’t a Tolstoy of the Zulus or a Proust amongst the Papuans.

    Read the whole thing here: Multiculturalism: Would Jesse Jackson be better off living in Uganda?

  9. Bob Roberts says:

    OBAMANOMICS: 1 in 2 new graduates are jobless or underemployed. Well, it also helps if the college bound pick a major that has job potential once they graduate, degree in hand.

    By the way, the whole “Secret Service” scandal down in Columbia hit home: Two sailors and two Marines based in San Diego are among the 11 service members under investigation for alleged misconduct in Colombia, a military spokesman said Friday.

  10. berlet98 says:

    “The Hunger Games”

    The movie based on Susan Collins’ young adult trilogy, The Hunger Games, has less to do with hunger and games than it has to do with violence, mayhem, and just plain silliness.

    The entire premise of the film is predicated on an absurdity and the action punctuates that absurdity with such elements as arbitrary rule changes in the 74 year old government-mandated tradition of kids killing kids for the entertainment of the elite and teenagers making decisions that are even dumber than the choices often made teens.

    As the teens pursue one another, two contradictory rule changes that radically alter the games are implemented via strategically-placed loudpeakers in the forest; when a group of five form an unlikely alliance to track down and kill the protagonist and trap her in a tree, they decide to build a campfire and party rather than smoke her out with a fire under said tree.

    To backtrack, in a futuristic, apocalyptic world, the all-powerful, wealthy, centralized “Capitol” government of Panem conducts nationally-televised annual holiday festivities featuring 24 poor kids aged 12 to 18 chosen by lottery from twelve, outlying, impoverished “districts.” With no consideration of their physical prowess to fight to the death of all but one participant, following a few days of training, the two dozen “tributes” are let loose to wreak havoc on one another while the ruling class watches the progress of the blood-letting on TV.

    The winner? After murdering all the others, he or she gets to go home to the dismal life of poverty he or she had left before getting “lucky” in the macabre sweepstakes. The winner’s reward after grueling, bruising days of being hunted like an animal is more akin to a booby prize.

    “The Hunger Games” does incorporate redeeming features, including the central character, Katniss Everdeen, played by 21 year old Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence. . . (Read more at

  11. Bob Roberts says:

    US introduces $60 LED light bulb Been waiting for an affordable LED bulb. Not convinced the wait is over. Then again: Philips has arranged discounts with shops that will sell the bulb meaning some could buy it for only $20

    And, note:

    LED bulbs face competition from compact fluorescent lights which are almost as energy efficient and cost a lot less.

    Sales of more energy efficient bulbs are being aided by official moves to end production of higher wattage incandescent bulbs.

    Production of 100 watt bulbs has ceased in the US and Europe. Production of 60 watt bulbs has been stopped in Europe and is being phased out in the US. From 2014, incandescent bulbs of 40 watts or above will be banned in the US.

    Stock up now if you want to continue to use these.

    Mort Zuckerman: President Obama’s Economic Programs Have Failed

    The recovery has not yielded job vacancies, but here are five ways to cure our labor woes

    More than 15 million Americans no longer have that passport to Life. Think of it as roughly the entire population of the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Arkansas, Iowa, and Oklahoma, all standing idle—every man, woman, and child. The traditional breadwinners, namely men between the ages of 25 and 54, are among those hardest hit.

  12. Nathaniel M says:

    Ya know the gold chain and hairy chest just clinches it for me. That’s just money! In a freakin Vegas style tub.

    He looks like frickin Carl from Aqua Team Hunger Force:

  13. Obama is a Stuttering Clusterfuck of a Miserable Failure.

    And he ate a dog.

  14. Momster says:

    re: the photo–your tax dollars at work.

    Now we all need to pay more taxes just to be FAIR! November can’t come soon enough!

    Remember in November!

  15. forest says:

    That photo is invaluable. The political expert types still seem to be oblivious to what that will do to Obama. He believes in giant government hegemony, and that’s what it looks like. Smug Nomenklatura chugging expensive wine in a fancy hot tub on our dime – the statists 1%.

  16. Dr. 9 says:

    Hey, why not live it up. The worker ants, oops, i mean taxpayers, are not known for protesting too loudly, and even when they do, no one listens to them.

    As for Sen Orin Hatch; Personally, i’ve always seen him better suited as a hair dresser or interior decorator. He always seems to be far more concerned with how he looks than with how the country’s doing. And i was always amazed how he wasn’t involved in that notorious “page-boy” scandal in congress some years ago. BTW, he is no conservative!

  17. Silverfiddle says:

    Your government (not) at work…

  18. Bob Roberts says:


    Axelrod talks of a “Reign of Terror” initiated by Republicans in Congress because of their efforts to save the Constitution from the obamunist assaults.

    yeahRITE! Baynor cries at the sight of rainbows and kittens, and he’s engaging in a “Reign of Terror”. Pull the other two while you’re down there!

    Republicans efforts focus on saving this country from becoming just another 3rd world, or worse, dictatorship and THAT is called a reign of terror? HOW CIVIL OF HIM!

  19. JamesJ says:

    There are two glasses…..hmmmm…

  20. Bob Roberts says:

    IT’S MY GOVERNMENT Thankfully, even if that were true, it wouldn’t be for much longer. You know how much damage he will do between November and January?


    Admin. refuses to cancel spending.

    As someone mentioned earlier, like a bad rash, Olbermann is back! We need some industrial strength pest control to get rid of this guy. Must be hard for him to accept the role of sidekick. A bit player. He can’t last long in this role. You would think ABC knew better, but apparently not.

    Woman’s Torso Mistakenly Shipped To BJ’s WHOLESALE Headquarters.

    Third ‘smoking gun’ found at scene of murdered border patrol agent. Fast & Furious could be the Gift that Keeps on Giving this election season.

  21. Bob Roberts says:



  22. Bob Roberts says:

    JamesJ says: April 23, 2012 at 6:21 am
    He was hoping Bathhouse Barry would show up?

  23. A. Levy says:

    The reason we’re seeing the Demoncrats, and the rest of the Left, seemingly running the entire govt. and country is because the Republican Party has become the national symbol of weakness and ineptitude. They lack the fire, passion, and aggression, shown and used by the Left on every issue.

    Polls always indicate that the majority of this country (is not) liberal, and does not agree with Leftist policies. Those of us who are not part of the Left need to understand that the Republican Party is no longer viable or relevant.

    You can not hope to defeat, or even compete with the Left, from a position of weakness. The Republicans, in their idiotic desire to always “play by the rules”, don’t seem to understand that when you are the only team on the field playing by the rules, the outcome is a forgone conclusion. YOU LOSE!

  24. J says:

    Dutch government near collapse…

  25. lao says:

    AC, regarding that conference: The Communist Party USA has kicked off a national meeting in New York this weekend, with 140 delegates from all over the country.


  26. J says:

    Hollywood Lefty Susan Sarandon Thinks the Government Is Following Her: “We Know We Were Under Surveillance . . . I’ve Had My Phone Tapped”

  27. J says:

    Occupy Portland Goons Call for Guns – Taunt Police “Eat D*ck!” (Video)

  28. Bob Roberts says:

    Lunatic Liberal Nonsense – Nothing Satisfies Them!

    Playing the Passion of St. Skittles for all it’s worth, the parents of Martin made a big thing early on about how terrible Zimmerman was for killing their son & not seeming to show any sign of remorse.

    So, at his public court hearing, Zimmerman made a point of issuing a clear and unambiguous statement of regret that things turned out the way they did.

    Of course, rather than just accept it for what it was, the parents just had to completely reject it and claim it was a ploy.

    You really can’t please liberals – they’re just constant haters who cannot find pleasure or contentment in anything.

    The sincere apology:

    “I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not,” Zimmerman said Friday.

    The response:

    “This was the most disingenuous and unfair thing I’ve seen,” Natalie Jackson, one of the attorneys for Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, said Friday after the hearing. “This was the most unmeaningful apology.”

    You just can’t do the right thing when liberals are involved!

    Now they find themselves compelled to apologize for the apology? Personally my response would have been, “Look, you whined about no apology now you’re whining about getting one. Grow up!”

  29. Bob Roberts says:

    AC says: April 23, 2012 at 8:37 am
    It only takes a handful of lunatics to run this country into the ground – evidence the Obama Administration!

  30. Bob Roberts says:

    AC says: April 23, 2012 at 8:08 am
    Well first, he’s not “Palestinian” because there’s no such country, never has been! That’s the farce about this whole thing – he isn’t “from Palestine” because, despite decades when Arab countries COULD have established a “Palestinian State”, THEY CHOSE NOT TO. So there’s no such thing as a “Palestinian” and no such place as “Palestine”.

    He came from a place – send him back there!

    You’re right.

  31. Bob Roberts says:

    If there is ANY justice, there will be arrests and prosecutions for this:

    Twitter lynch mob: George Zimmerman is out on bail? Let’s kill him!

    Check out the accompanying graphic. A certain troll is bound to wet his panties over it.


    Twitter lynch mob predicts riot if Zimmerman is acquitted

    Twitter lynch mob: Won’t it be great when Zimmerman gets raped in prison?

    Countless death threats against Zimmerman, man not proven guilty

    This still exists: @killzimmerman Twitter account

    ‘Someone Kill the Judge’

    Writing on a Twitter, someone named @Rick_Cobain writes, “Zimmerman released from jail someone kill the judge!!!!!”

    Zimmerman released from jail someone kill the judge!!!!!

    (@Rick_Cobain) April 23, 2012

    Already 25 other people have retweeted @Rick_Cobain’s call for murder

  32. Bob Roberts says:


    Mother donates kidney to boss, then gets fired. A “kind and generous’’ Long Island mom donated a kidney to save the life of her boss — who then turned around after she got what she wanted and helped fire the poor woman, according to an explosive new legal complaint.

  33. J says:

    Virginia Investigating Voter Fraud In 2008 Elections; “Results May Signal A More Significant Fraud Issue Than Many State Legislators Realized”

  34. JNN says:

    Looks like he waiting for his friend Keith Olbermann.

  35. Bob Roberts says:

    Time for a Special Prosecutor?

    White House cleared in Secret Service probe — by Obama’s lawyer.

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced that White House legal counsel has concluded no White House staff engaged in any “misconduct” in Cartagena.

    Now why do I have trouble believing a proper review was done?

  36. Bob Roberts says:

    Over and unnecessarily restrictive obamunists causing businesses to fold, jobs to be lost

    In California, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes says that by eliminating horseback rides to the backcountry, the National Park Service has essentially blocked the only access that many Americans, including those with disabilities and the elderly, have to wilderness areas. The new restrictions are the result of a lawsuit brought by environmentalists who say the activity may be a threat to nature.

    So, basically, based on what hasn’t even been proven, we lose access to wilderness and the economy takes another kidney punch from Obama.

    Losing the permits means that at least 15 companies that provided horseback rides are out of work this summer, along with an estimated 500 employees.

    “This is just another example of the Obama administration actively killing jobs,” Nunes said. “They have the authority to seek permission from the courts to put these folks back to work, yet they have so far refused to entertain the option.”

    “Ironically, the Obama administration is pushing backcountry horsemen out of business at the same time it is urging Americans to ‘get outdoors.’ The White House could demonstrate an interest in protecting these outdoor jobs with a simple act,” Nunes said.

    Rare honesty from the NYT!

    The Times needs to offer an aggressive look at the president’s record, policy promises and campaign operation to answer the question: Who is the real Barack Obama?

    ¶ Many critics view The Times as constitutionally unable to address the election in an unbiased fashion. Like a lot of America, it basked a bit in the warm glow of Mr. Obama’s election in 2008. The company published a book about the country’s first African-American president, “Obama: The Historic Journey.” The Times also published a lengthy portrait of him in its Times Topics section on, yet there’s nothing of the kind about George W. Bush or his father.

    ¶ According to a study by the media scholars Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, The Times’s coverage of the president’s first year in office was significantly more favorable than its first-year coverage of three predecessors who also brought a new party to power in the White House: George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.

    Power is top prize in Arizona immigration battle Do states have ANY right to regulate their borders once the federal government so obviously and consistently fails to do it’s REQUIRED part?

    There’s a deeper Constitutional question here. It is true that the Constitution gives SOME immigration regulation power to the feds, but does it PRECLUDE states from doing what they think is necessary when the feds won’t? Not sure if the USSC will consider these aspects of it.

    Kris Kobach, who helped write S.B. 1070, said the law was designed to help the federal government, not to compete with it. He said there is no federal law that conflicts with Arizona’s, but rather a federal policy by the Obama administration, which enforces the law selectively.

    Obama finally adding jobs – IN CHINA (this is a repost, but part II below is not! GM CEO says to add 600 China dealers in 2012
    By the way, note that I’m not AGAINST adding GM dealers in China. But you may recall Obama selectively shut down AMERICAN dealerships if the owners had contributed to Republicans.

    Obama finally adding jobs – IN CHINA, part II: GM to build 2013 Cadillac XTS in China this year Remember, since Obama essentially “nationalized” GM it’s been known as “Government Motors”

    Le Pen shocks France as far right hits historic heights

    While we do need more strict fiscal conservatives and more strict Constitutionalists in positions of power in Washington, and less moonbats EVERYWHERE, my concern remains that by electing far left moonbats like Obama, Reid, Pelosi and their ilk, chances actually improve for a far-right backlash. We don’t need that either. This country has been trending left for a long time. Going too far to the right is not a solution, but we do need to undo the damage done by years of moonbats in power.

  37. Bob Roberts says:

    GET YOUR HELEN KELLER SUNGLASSES HERE! Really? Naming eyewear for Helen Keller? Who’s dumb idea was this?

    A link between brain freeze and migranes

    Increased blood flow to the brain through a blood vessel called the anterior cerebral artery, and resulting increase in size in this artery, which is located in the middle of the brain behind the eyes, is implicated in the pain associated with brain freeze.
    When the artery constricts, reining in the response to this increased flow, the pain disappears. The dilation, then quick constriction, of this blood vessel may be a type of self-defense for the brain, the researchers suggested.

    This same mechanism may be related to SOME migranes.

  38. wingmann says:

    I had myself investigated,ahh,err by myself and I found out,err,ahhh we are good to go…everything is ahh,err hunky dory!


    This really is ALL our fault…especially if it continues.

  39. wingmann says:

    This is what”leads”our country…and he is only a heartbeat away……………..heavy sigh.

  40. J says:



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