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Apr 24 2012

Open Thread


Via The People’s Cube, on a tip from TED.

59 Responses to “Open Thread”

  1. Bob Roberts says:

    Christopher Newsom and Channon murdered by Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins, George Thomals, Eric Boyd and Vanessa Coleman
    On the night of Jan. 6, Christian and Newsom were leaving a Washington Pike apartment complex when gunmen confronted them. The pair, inside Christian’s Toyota 4Runner, were taken to a rental house on Chipman Street near Interstate 40 and Cherry Street.

    Both repeatedly were raped, according to authorities. Within a few hours, Newsom was shot, his body wrapped in bedding, set afire and dumped alongside nearby railroad tracks.

    Christian remained alive for several more hours. She was raped and strangled, and her body was discarded in a trashcan, according to investigators.

    All five suspects, including the four accused in the slayings, have given statements about the killings, most implicating each other. Authorities have amassed a mound of evidence, from fingerprints to DNA.

    After filtering the results of the survey, Skyscanner concluded the most sought-after spot on a standard aeroplane is seat 6A.
    The finding supports previous studies that have suggested the front six rows are the most popular for ease of getting off the plane, reduced engine noise and a better selection of food. Nearly half of those surveyed agreed this was the optimum section of an aircraft.

    OBAMANOMICS: Home prices fall in most US cities for sixth straight month
    Home prices dropped in February in most major U.S. cities for a sixth straight month, a sign that modest sales gains haven’t been enough to boost prices.
    The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home-price index shows that prices dropped in February from January in 16 of the 20 cities it tracks.
    The steepest declines were in Atlanta, Chicago and Cleveland. Prices rose in Phoenix, San Diego and Miami. They were unchanged in Dallas.

    How moonbat teachers treat the less fortunate in New Jersey
    A New Jersey father says he was so desperate to save his autistic son from he calls the bullying of teachers that he sent him to school with a hidden tape recorder.
    You’ll never believe the shocking things the teachers were caught saying.

    A new survey claims to have pinpointed ‘the perfect seat’ on a typical passenger aircraft.

    A 2-year-old Akron girl who was reported missing last night has been found safe in Springfield Township and 2 people have been charged with abduction.
    Police say 21-year-old Bianca Martin, 24-year-old Tremaine Watters, and a Steven Diamond took the girl to a home on Pressler Road in Springfield Township. The trio were apparently trying to get $15 that they had loaned to the girl’s mother.

    GE CEO defends tax rate after protesters disrupt speech
    GE spokesman Gary Sheffer said the company paid a 25 percent income tax rate in the United States in 2011 — and a 29 percent rate globally.

    In total, GE paid $2.9 billion globally in income tax in 2011, Sheffer said.

    GE said it paid a 7 percent U.S. tax rate in 2010 because it had lost $32 billion in its financial services unit and because of other tax breaks, Sheffer said. “We paid income taxes and we paid another $1 billion in taxes across the U.S. — state, local federal.”

    SNL alum on Obama: ‘What a f**king asshole’ [AUDIO]
    In an interview with “Clerks” director Kevin Smith, Lovitz, a registered Democrat who voted for Obama in 2008, bashed the president for his class warfare rhetoric and the notion that the wealthy don’t pay their fair share in taxes.

    “This whole thing with Obama saying the rich don’t pay their taxes is fucking bullshit, and I voted for the guy and I’m a Democrat. What a fucking asshole,” Lovitz said.
    “First they say … ‘You can do anything you want. Go for it.’ So then you go for it, and then you make it, and everyone’s like, ‘Fuck you,’” Lovitz said. “[Obama] is the perfect example. He’s amazing. He [claims he] had nothing … and the guy ends up being at Harvard. He’s the president of the United States. And now he’s like, ‘Fuck me and everybody who made it like me.’”
    Lovitz also criticized Smith for “masquerading as a 99 percenter” — a reference to the Occupy Wall Street movement that the director said he supports.
    Later on in the podcast when Lovitz’s diatribe against Obama really started to heat up, Smith suggested that the government would come and shut down the podcast.

    NOTE: Obama makes out as if he and Michelle were dirt poor and yet he went to Columbia and Harvard?

    Government Files First Criminal Charges In BP Oil Spill – FOR DELETING TEXT MESSAGES!
    The obamunists are desperate to shore up Obama’s fading hopes for re-election by showing they’re getting tough against BP.

    EEOC ruling that gender confusion is covered by Title VII is a ”sea change” that opens the doors to gender confused everywhere to destroy businesses with frivolous lawsuits
    Now to get a huge settlement, all you have to do is claim you are confused about what your gender is and you feel like others aren’t treating you in a way appropriate with whatever gender you really can’t figure out if you are or not and it’s easy street for life!

    Top Republican senator boycotts immigration hearing
    Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, said he won’t take part in Tuesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing on Arizona’s immigration law and said the whole exercise — coming a day before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the law — smacks of another effort to pressure the justices.
    That accusation comes just a few weeks after the GOP accused President Obama and fellow Democrats of trying to intimidate the high court in the days following its oral arguments over the new health care law.

    Obama inJustice department assuring Florida has substandard firefighters.
    The Justice Department sued the city of Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday, claiming its use of written tests to determine promotions in the city’s fire department discriminates against American-Africans.

    Apparently Holder believes American-Africans are less literate than everyone else and deserve some sort of extra credit to even the field?

    Isn’t that racist?

    Moonbats mothers expressing their love to thier children
    A mother managed to slip a long kitchen knife past security at a Baltimore social services building and used it to stab her infant daughter in the face and neck Tuesday, police said.

    The group Free Market America says the environmental agenda has “been infected by extremism” and has “become an economic suicide pact.” So, to mark Earth Day, it put out this dramatic video outlining its arguments. “If I wanted America to fail” is quickly piling up views today. Power to them.

  2. nobody says:

    Someone wash the couch that Sandra is sitting on, please.

  3. Bob Roberts says:

    As senator, Obama missed votes on student loan bill he now wants to extend

    In 2007, then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama missed two votes on the student loan interest bill that he now wants Congress to extend.

    Obama twice skipped the Senate vote on the College Cost Reduction and Access Act when the bill came to the Senate floor first in July and again in September of 2007, according to public records.

    The bill, introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and signed into law by President George W. Bush, first cleared the Senate in July on a 78 to 18 vote, with Obama as one of only four senators who didn’t cast a ballot. Obama did not cast a vote again in September, after the House and Senate had ironed out different versions of the bill. He was on the conference committee assigned to merge the House and Senate versions of the bill.

    Green Activists Trash Parks on Earth Day

    This was the scene at Fort Mason park in San Francisco after Earth Day activists were through partying

    And the scene in Dolores Park, San Francisco, California

    (See link for photos).

    Moonbat Spills Yogurt on President in Boulder

    The president is in Boulder, Colorado giving a campaign-style speech at the University of Colorado. Reportedly, on his way to the speech, he decided to stop for a bite at “The Sink … a divey kind of place that seems more about the beer than the food,” according to the the pool report. The report continues:

    While greeting people outside, a young woman spilled yogurt on the president. It appeared to hit his pants. The president wiped himself off with a towel and made a wry comment about the Secret Service, but pooler couldn’t hear his exact words.

  4. Bob Roberts says:

    Look at the expression on Sandra’s face. Real “deer in the headlights” look!

    Look how happy & relaxed the Romney family looks in comparison.

  5. Bob Roberts says:

    Predictably, Democrats (and some hopefully a few soon to be out of work Republicans) are pushing to abandon the budget compromise.

    It happens all the time that Congressional leaders will trumpet a budget agreement that allegedly saves the taxpayers trillions of dollars–not now, of course, but in the “out years.” But the out years never come. Tax increases are rarely deferred to the out years; they take place now, when it counts. But spending cuts? Never today, always tomorrow.

    Purported agreements about what federal spending will be years from now are utterly meaningless. Congressmen will make a deal, brag about the ostensible savings in the press, and then walk away from it the moment our backs are turned, as the Democrats (and a handful of Republicans) did today. A compliant press, always anxious to see federal spending skyrocket–Why? That’s a question for another day–will never blow the whistle. So I don’t want to hear about spending cuts in the out years, or, as in the present case, next year. Spending is either cut right now, or it isn’t cut at all.

  6. AC says:

    Neighborhood watchman confronts two of Trayvon’s homies (video, language warning)

    Shockingly, moonbats would have a problem with this.

  7. AC says:

    Bob, Boehner gave us a budget worse than Pelosi’s, and we can count on too many Republicans to bury their heads in the sand when it comes to the problem of the unfunded liabilities.

    Congress is already talking about lifting the earmark ban so veterans can pull the strings of the freshmen and pay them off with pork.

    Only a presidential veto will stop this nonsense. The Congressional favor factory has become too efficient of an engine of compromise.

  8. Bob Roberts says:

    Obama’s message is now clear:

    The Maldives is the location of the new Austrian language institute and a training center for Navy corpse-men. You can get there by taking the Intercontinental Railroad.

  9. IslandLifer says:

    Do you really think Romney will nix SoetoroCare?

  10. Anne says:

    Girl gets kicked out of her prom for wearing a Confederate flag dress.

    Also, remember the boy who was not allowed to wear a kilt to his prom?

    Remember: If you are white, you are not allowed to do anything to celebrate or honor your culture or traditions.

  11. Zilla says:

    I have a post up at my place which exposes a massive institutionalized cover-up in the medical community that keeps people from being diagnosed and treated for illnesses which, when not caught early, become devastating and debilitating, and when these people get the advanced late stage form of these diseases, the medical community denies that the illness exists and further hampers treatment – and then the handful of honest doctors who try to help them risk losing everything through standardized persecution. The cover-up denies people their medical freedom, and if Obamacare is not repealed, the rest of you will be facing the same sort of fuckery unless you are very wealthy and politically connected:
    I hope some of you can stop by, it may be the most important thing I’ve worked on to date.

  12. Judith M. says:

    That’s not a “deer in the headlights” look, Bob, Fluke is an Gynroid (female version of an Android). Her engineers haven’t yet perfected the subtle micro expressions that would make her look more like a real human being.

  13. American Infidel says:

    Man, that nasty chick fluke’s box must be as loose and flappy as an old school semi-inner tube….kinda like trying to fuck a lake, right?

  14. Obama continues to eradicate family farms in favour of his union cronies:

    Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores

  15. Totalitarianism: These agencies are unaccountable to congress or voters.

    Obama and Democrats brag about their New Super Agency that Bypasses Congress

  16. Zorro says:

    The Romneys are a nice looking family. Sandra Fluke is a chankla (way below average) face.

  17. silverfiddle says:

    We need to continue giving government funded contraceptives to liberals. They are performing self-extinction.

  18. Dr. 9 says:

    Bob Roberts says: April 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm
    “Look at the expression on Sandra’s face. Real “deer in the headlights” look!…”

    That’s from all the Kool-Aid the Demoncrats have been feeding her.

  19. FrankW says:

    Sorry doc, but to paraphrase the commericial “Not only is she a drinker, shes the maker”.
    She is of the pure liberal faith. And just for the record I have never heard her say she is not a slut.

  20. StanInTexas says:

    Looks like Chris ‘Tingles’ Matthews has doubled down on his abject stupidity in calling the GOP the Grand Wizard Party.

  21. Bastiat Fan says:

    Actually, the fact that Sandra “Fluke Me, Fluke Me NOW!!!” has not reproduced IS, in fact, a success story.

  22. AC says:

    Updates to the Matthew Owens racial mob beating

    As usual, people rush to the defense of the attackers, claiming they’re good kids and not bothering anybody, then claiming that the kids are the victims, not the beaten man in the ICU.

  23. whotothewhat says:

    Eco Marxist celebrating Vladimir Lenin birthday trash park and S#$% all over Gaia

    Marina Partiers Leave Behind Massive Fort Mason Mess

  24. czuch says:

    Fluke,,,,,,,,,,,,picture a hot dog inna hallway.
    Its like 17 times a day folks. What school is that?
    GPA anyone??? What really goes on in study hall??

  25. Bob Roberts says:

    Judith M. says: April 25, 2012 at 4:55 am
    That’s not a “deer in the headlights” look. Fluke is an Gynroid (female version of an Android). Her engineers haven’t yet perfected the subtle micro expressions that would make her look more like a real human being.

  26. Bob Roberts says:

    Bastiat Fan says: April 25, 2012 at 8:42 am
    Actually, the fact that Sandra “Fluke Me, Fluke Me NOW!!!” has not reproduced IS, in fact, a success story.
    Hence that title on that photo.

  27. Joe says:

    She has that look on her face because sitting with her legs crossed is such an unnatural postion for her.

  28. Bob Roberts says:

    I believe someone else already linked this here, but here it is again – IF I WANTED AMERICA TO FAIL!

    Democrats causing food shortages – Popeye fighting mad! Gov’t gives away money to turn spinach into energy.

    Marine Corps kicking sergeant out for criticizing Obama. He’s a local.

    Supreme Court casts doubt on Obama’s immigration law claim Obama’s lawyer blows it again!

    FOXNEWS mole served with warrant. He’s had it coming!

    L.A. Moonbat kids do the darndest things! Surge In Alcohol Poisoning Cases Tied To Teens Drinking Hand Sanitizer.

    Al Gore inducted into the Internet ‘Hall of Fame’ in Switzerland. Expected to give speech detailing how he invented Internet.

    Worker Killed By Exploding Beer Keg At Brewery. Defeating Obama one moonbat at a time.

    Obama’s ‘consumer czar’ got interest-free loan from Harvard. Seems this administration is full of idiots who got free rides – this one apparently got $430 while pretending to be a law professor! Does that put him in “the 1%”?

    Senator’s bright idea to save USPS Wind farms?

    Another good example of why we need less gun laws. Grandma Foils Robbery By Getting Into Shootout With Suspects.

  29. Bob Roberts says:

    Joe says: April 25, 2012 at 11:54 am
    No doubt!

  30. Bob Roberts says:

    Teardrop Racist – “What we do know is he is black”.

    Oh, wait, he said “back”, not “black”. It’s easy to mistake hispanics for other “races” I guess. Then again, in some of the sketches from victims’ descriptions, he does look like he could be black, or half black/half hispanic.

    His victims are mostly latina, two blacks were the apparent exceptions, and he speaks fluent Spanish, supposedly.

    What’s interesting is the wide variation in composite sketches, almost as if it’s a gang doing this as some sort of ritual, though from the story it seems DNA evidence suggests all attacks were by a single man.

  31. Bob Roberts says:

    This kid has a promising career as a Democrat in government! Lowell First Grader Runs Up $80 Tab For Lunch On School-Issued Card

    “It’s a card with her ID on it and it has a scan code and when she goes up through the line, she swipes her card. I have never authorized use of that card,” Doucette said.

    So, since the parent never authorized the school to issue the card or her daughter to use it, does she owe the money?

  32. Bob Roberts says:

    NOTE: Apparently that story about Obama’s czar getting $430K at Harvard was about a 2 year period, making it $215K, still ridiculous, but not doubly ridiculous as originally stated.

  33. Sinister66 says:

    Bob Roberts says:
    “Look at the expression on Sandra’s face. Real “deer in the headlights” look!

    Look how happy & relaxed the Romney family looks in comparison.”

    Kinda hard not to look happy and relaxed when your worth over 250 million.

  34. chuck in st paul says:

    that picture says what’s right about both world views – conservatives believe in family and country and do their best to raise and elevate both; libtards believe in infantile self satisfaction and abortion on demand. The results are demonstrated aptly by that picture. Apparently time will cure a lot of this idiocy.

  35. StanInTexas says:

    Sinister, your jealousy is noted.

  36. J says:

    Zimmerman has black roots through an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather – the father of the maternal grandmother who helped raise him.

  37. J says:

    So apparently Zimmerman is a White Hispanic Black.

  38. wingmann says:

    NOW THIS is sure to make the race batin’poverty pimps heads explode!
    “He was raised in a racially integrated household and himself has black roots through an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather – the father of the maternal grandmother who helped raise him”.

    So he is a jewish/Black/mexican democrat who is white…Got it?This is just too rich.

  39. berlet98 says:

    Susan Sarandon Blacklisted!

    You would think that with his past, sleazey connections President Barack Hussein Obama would be ultra-tolerant of fellow leftists-liberals-radicals but that’s not always the case, especially when they become an embarrassment in an election year.

    It was perfectly acceptable in 2008 for Obama to be bosom buddies with revolutionists William Ayers, Bernadette Dohrn, Jeremiah Wright, and other professed anti-Americans. Most voters knew about those illicit associations–or should have known– yet they elected Obama anyway.

    When Obama appointed to high offices such reprobates and revolutionaries such as Harold Koh, Kevin Jennings, John Holdren, Van Jones, Dawn Johnson, Mark Lloyd, Chai Feldblum, and a slew of other sick fruitcakes, it seemed obvious that our president didn’t give a damn what Americans thought of his extremist background or of his far out nominees and his supporters didn’t seem to give a damn, either.

    That view now turns out to be incorrect. Obama is in fact occasionally selective as to who is awarded the Obama imprimatur and who is consigned to executive oblivion. Apparently, the aging actress and radical poster “girl,” Susan Sarandon is now on the Anointed One’s S-list.

    Denied a White House security clearance, Sarandon also claims her telephone has been tapped and that the government maintains a dossier on her. It all sounds like paranoia except that her whining might have a basis in fact. . .

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  40. Sinister66 says:

    StanInTexas says:

    Who wouldnt want 250 million.
    Just think about it even you would be able to quit relying on social security and medicare.

    Damn and I probably only have till the end of the year till I need to shut my business down.

  41. FrankW says:

    Just to get it out of the way. The Marine that was discharged after making derogatory posts concerning bammy is legit. He was correctly charged and punished. When you sign the paperwork, you understand you have voluntarily suspended your normal free speech rights.

  42. AC says:

    Who wouldnt want 250 million.

    A citizen of the hopey changey land known as Zimbabwe?

  43. Mary says:

    Remember: If you are white, you are not allowed to do anything to celebrate or honor your culture or traditions.

    Anti-racist is a global codeword for Anti-White

  44. J says:

    America’s post-racial president never bought into a post-racial America

  45. Bob Roberts says:

    I see “J” already noticed this one:
    EPA Official’s ‘Philosophy’ On Oil Companies: ‘Crucify Them’ – Just As Romans Crucified Conquered Citizens

    Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) took to the Senate floor today to draw attention to a video of a top EPA official saying the EPA’s “philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies – just as the Romans crucified random citizens in areas they conquered to ensure obedience.

    Inhofe quoted a little-watched video from 2010 of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official, Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz, admitting that EPA’s “general philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies.

    More of the story is emerging – including a legitimate cause to have been suspicious of Martin, who may well have been involved in previous burglaries in the neighborhood!

    Though civil rights demonstrators have argued Zimmerman should not have prejudged Martin, one black neighbor of the Zimmermans said recent history should be taken into account.

    “Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I’m black, OK?” the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. “There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood,” she said. “That’s why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin.”

    At least eight burglaries were reported within Twin Lakes in the 14 months prior to the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to the Sanford Police Department. Yet in a series of interviews, Twin Lakes residents said dozens of reports of attempted break-ins and would-be burglars casing homes had created an atmosphere of growing fear in the neighborhood.

    In several of the incidents, witnesses identified the suspects to police as young black men.

    One morning in July 2011, a black teenager walked up to Zimmerman’s front porch and stole a bicycle, neighbors told Reuters. A police report was taken, though the bicycle was not recovered.

    But it was the August incursion into the home of Olivia Bertalan that really troubled the neighborhood, particularly Zimmerman. Shellie was home most days, taking online courses towards certification as a registered nurse.

    On August 3, Bertalan was at home with her infant son while her husband, Michael, was at work. She watched from a downstairs window, she said, as two black men repeatedly rang her doorbell and then entered through a sliding door at the back of the house. She ran upstairs, locked herself inside the boy’s bedroom, and called a police dispatcher, whispering frantically.

    “I said, ‘What am I supposed to do? I hear them coming up the stairs!'” she told Reuters. Bertalan tried to coo her crying child into silence and armed herself with a pair of rusty scissors.

    Police arrived just as the burglars – who had been trying to disconnect the couple’s television – fled out a back door. Shellie Zimmerman saw a black male teen running through her backyard and reported it to police.

    After police left Bertalan, George Zimmerman arrived at the front door in a shirt and tie, she said. He gave her his contact numbers on an index card and invited her to visit his wife if she ever felt unsafe. He returned later and gave her a stronger lock to bolster the sliding door that had been forced open.


    Post recalls evening prayers before dinner in the ethnically diverse Zimmerman household, which included siblings Robert Jr., Grace, and Dawn. “It wasn’t only white or only Hispanic or only black – it was mixed,” she said.

    Zimmerman’s maternal grandmother, Cristina, who had lived with the Zimmermans since 1978, worked as a babysitter for years during Zimmerman’s childhood. For several years she cared for two African-American girls who ate their meals at the Zimmerman house and went back and forth to school each day with the Zimmerman children.

    “They were part of the household for years, until they were old enough to be on their own,” Post said.


    In 2004, Zimmerman partnered with an African-American friend and opened up an Allstate insurance satellite office, Donnelly said.


    The Retreat at Twin Lakes e-newsletter for February 2012 noted: “The Sanford PD has announced an increased patrol within our neighborhood … during peak crime hours.

    “If you’ve been a victim of a crime in the community, after calling police, please contact our captain, George Zimmerman.”

    Now it’s true Zimmerman didn’t know that Martin had been caught at school WITH EXACTLY THE TOOLS USED TO BREAK INTO HOMES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD and didn’t know MARTIN HAD BEEN CAUGHT WITH WHAT WAS CONSIDERED TO BE STOLEN MERCHANDISE. Note that they only caught ONE of the young black males involved in multiple burglaries even though two had been seen on several occasions. I cannot say for sure Martin was the other, but there is a reasonable suspicion he may well have been.

    It does appear Zimmerman may well have caught him casing homes, after which he might have gone and retrieved his “burglary tools” to go see what he could steal. Or it could just as well be that on this night he was just headed home and, by acting in what seemed a suspicious way, then by not going home but rather by deciding to confront Zimmerman and attack him, he sealed his own fate.

    One thing is certain – since I’ve consistently said NO TRIAL IS NECESSARY NOR SHOULD ANY TRIAL BE GOING ON, BECAUSE ZIMMERMAN CLEARLY FIRED IN SELF-DEFENSE WHILE BEING SUBJECTED TO A DELIBERATE ATTEMPTED MURDER, this and all my other comments can’t possibly be construed, by any sane person, as “trial by blog”.

  46. Bob Roberts says:

    Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that “no one knows” if gasoline prices in the United States will reach $9 per gallon, and acknowledged that the possibility is outside his control.

    $9/gal gas would be a mortal blow to the finances of the lower and middle class people in the U.S. and certainly SHOULD be a death blow to Obama’s re-election efforts.

    Despite that last bit, because of the first bit, I’d rather gas prices go DOWN from here.

    But it seems the obamunists are determined to force them the other way.

  47. Bob Roberts says:

    By the way, the media has another “favorite picture” of Martin – in it he looks, basically, white… well tanned, but white.

    What’s with this where blacks prefer to look white?

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