Open Thread, Monday 11 March 2013



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Z. Malfoy is a practicing Catholic-with-an-"interesting"-past. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education (Spec. Voice) from Loyola University New Orleans, and has since taken a few business courses to expand her knowledge base. In her free time, she studies belly-dance, alchemy, theology, and various skills related to self-sufficiency. She also enjoys reading science fiction, refreshing her French, and watching anime. She recently started with learning Krav Maga and Russian.
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34 Responses to Open Thread, Monday 11 March 2013

  1. ZurichMike says:

    For today’s photo and yesterday’s artwork, I offer Gerard Manley Hopkins “Pied Beauty”:

    GLORY be to God for dappled things—
    For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
    For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
    Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
    Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
    And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

    All things counter, original, spare, strange;
    Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
    With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
    He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
    Praise him

  2. Aussie says:

    hey guys, there are so many twists and turns here in OZ that it is hard to keep up…. but I have to tell you about the fact that one of the most eminent jurists in Australia has offered an opinion on the AWU scandal relating to our current PM and it is damning. The man in question is also a former Governor-General.

    • Good to hear it. Sometimes it’s encouraging to know that lefty tyrants like JuLiar aren’t completely immune. Is this one just a sex scandal, or is it more?

      • Aussie says:

        It is more than a sex scandal. A lot more.

        What is very devastating to Juliar is an unsolicited opinion from one of the most eminent judges in Australia. The opinion has come from StephenJ (an indication that this is a judge is the J at the end of the name). There is only one former judge of the High Court who has that name and he is the former Governor-General, Sir Ninian Stephen. The man is now 89 years old and continues to be active in the law courts (he works on NAFTA stuff). His opinion given in a post on Michael Smith News is an indication of the criminal offences that have been committed. He then gave a tutorial on how a judge should address a jury in this matter, and again it was devastating for Juliar.

        The issues under discussion is a false Power of Attorney relating to a property that was purchased in Victoria.

        There are other issues associated with the original scam, especially the duty of care of a lawyer.

        The sex scandal is tied up in these matters because it involves her former lover who was a union official and a married man.

        In the meantime the Victorian Police Fraud Squad continue their investigation.

        • Let’s hope for a good resolution on that. ‘Good’ meaning that she goes to jail and does serious time.

          • Aussie says:

            In the meantime we have to wait.

            I am still knocked out by the analysis of Sir Ninian Stephen. When I worked out that the person making the “reserved judgement” was the former Governor-General and High Court judge, I admit that I was totally knocked out.

            The evidence is very clear regarding the criminal actions that took place. The issue right now is how long it will take the Victorian police to complete their investigation. I am actually hoping that the first arrest will be of the former lover, i.e. Bruce Wilson. He needs to be arrested over a series of matters including the supply of materials for the purpose of blowing up a building which could have led to loss of life. You can thank some very straight thinking and honest union men for the incident never happening. They buried the detonators and got rid of the geli.

            • Wow! At least your Victorian police seem to DO investigations. Our Justice dept is just a tool of the administration, and it never investigates anyone associated with the administration. They don’t even pretend any more.

              • Aussie says:

                they are only investigating because the two former Police Commissioners, the odious Christine Nixon and Simon Overland were removed from their job.

                The current Police Commissioner, Ken Lay is not a political appointment. A complaint was made and the Victorian Police acted upon the complaint.

                There is things happening every day at the moment. The latest happenings involve the same person who made the complaint to Victorian police and Gillard misleading Parliament. I should write about it.

                The other big thing which is the attack on our freedom of speech actually has me laughing because one newspaper has printed a series of photographs likening Conroy to Josef Stalin. Then they apologized for it, but that apology was to Stalin. Today they had a picture of this dickhead Conroy in a grass skirt stating that the Fiji government is pleased to see that Australia is following their lead. Hilarious stuff.

  3. Great Moments in History. From Doug Ross, a few years ago.

    • barnslayer says:

      Waste of a good car if you ask me but what the h*ll… the friggin taxpayers are pickin up the bill… WHOA!

    • Umm. Found On Roadside Dead! Fixed Or Repaired Daily! Yeah since it was gonna be an American car to bury the scumbag in…..naah it still is an insult to the American car!

      • I spent years as a rugrat being driven around in a (roughly) 1968 Ford Fairlane station wagon, and I hate to say it, but the quality sucked pretty bad, and not just because it had non-Ralph-Nader-approved sharp edges for us kids to get impaled on during accidents while not wearing seat belts, which we never did. We bought it new, but it couldn’t have been more than a few years before the floorboards rusted out and we started losing kids through the holes. Most of them found their way back home, or just caught up to the car at the next spot it broke down. 🙂

  4. Awwwww. Another little girl with better gun-handling training than Diane Feinstein.

  5. We need a cute dog photo today.

  6. We continue to work our way through Son#2’s Russian Officer MRE that he ordered from some military surplus / radiator repair / borscht shop in the Ukraine. The vegetable ragout wasn’t bad. The dried fish looked disgusting but were edible. The fruit tea was good but had little pieces of dried bread in it. The processed/sanitized cheese-in-a-tin was surprisingly tasty, but had a weird oil slick on top of it. So far, it’s not bad. Just wish there was more of the good Russian chocolate. 😦

  7. solaratov says:

    Just a thought…………………………….

    To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harrassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed, and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.

    – Pierre-Joseph Proudhon


  8. Harvey says:

    All I can say is, Boycott Colorado!! 😦

    • Coyote says:

      Boycott EVERYTHING Colorado.
      Let them, their businesses get NOTHING from which to tax.
      No income, no taxes, no power.

      Burn ’em.

  9. Now I just can’t understand why these are the worst states to do business in?! Could it possible be liberally connected?

    From least worst to the WORST. Ahem BTY Texas was ranked #1 State to do business in AGAIN.



    Rhode Island






    New Jersey




    New York


    • barnslayer says:

      New York…. if you can make it there you’ll make it anywhere…. except maybe California.

      • Hawaii can be pretty darn forsaken. If you are Hauoli and didn’t make it here, you’ve got a long swim home baby. Don’t worry bout the sharks if they didn’t get you while you were on land (in Hawaii) they are the least of your worries on the swim home. Fortunately for me this is home! And I am completely outnumbered by the sharks! But I also have secret ammo! 🙂

        • barnslayer says:

          I know the Nisei (Japanese-American) troops of the “Go For Broke” 442 Regimental Combat Team referred to their white officers as “howlies” (my guess on the spelling) because they yelled a lot. Is that a play on the word “Hauoli” ?

          • I’m not sure, and the Hawaiian guys know better, but my understanding was that “howlies” was just an anglicized spelling of the Hawaiian word “hauolis,” which is their word (mostly derisive) for whites. I didn’t know some Japanese used the same word. Is it possible the word isn’t really Hawaiian, but Japanese? There’ve always been a lot of Japanese in the Hawaiian Islands. Maybe the 442 just borrowed the word from the Hawaiians?

    • Coyote says:

      God Bless Texas.

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