Open Thread, Wednesday 13 March 2013

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41 Responses to Open Thread, Wednesday 13 March 2013

  1. freedom1781 says:

    This sh!t has got to stop!!

    Guns of Law-Abiding Husband Confiscated After Wife’s Single Voluntary Mental Health Visit

    “I asked them at what point where they notified. They said between 24 to 48 hours after I was in the hospital.”

  2. solaratov says:

    Harry Stamps’ Obituary…………………………..

    Harry Weathersby Stamps

    December 19, 1932 — March 9, 2013

    Long Beach

    Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

    Harry was locally sourcing his food years before chefs in California starting using cilantro and arugula (both of which he hated). For his signature bacon and tomato sandwich, he procured 100% all white Bunny Bread from Georgia, Blue Plate mayonnaise from New Orleans, Sauer’s black pepper from Virginia, home grown tomatoes from outside Oxford, and Tennessee’s Benton bacon from his bacon-of-the-month subscription. As a point of pride, he purported to remember every meal he had eaten in his 80 years of life.

    The women in his life were numerous. He particularly fancied smart women. He loved his mom Wilma Hartzog (deceased), who with the help of her sisters and cousins in New Hebron reared Harry after his father Walter’s death when Harry was 12. He worshipped his older sister Lynn Stamps Garner (deceased), a character in her own right, and her daughter Lynda Lightsey of Hattiesburg. He married his main squeeze Ann Moore, a home economics teacher, almost 50 years ago, with whom they had two girls Amanda Lewis of Dallas, and Alison of Starkville. He taught them to fish, to select a quality hammer, to love nature, and to just be thankful. He took great pride in stocking their tool boxes. One of his regrets was not seeing his girl, Hillary Clinton, elected President.

    He had a life-long love affair with deviled eggs, Lane cakes, boiled peanuts, Vienna [Vi-e-na] sausages on saltines, his homemade canned fig preserves, pork chops, turnip greens, and buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread.

    He excelled at growing camellias, rebuilding houses after hurricanes, rocking, eradicating mole crickets from his front yard, composting pine needles, living within his means, outsmarting squirrels, never losing a game of competitive sickness, and reading any history book he could get his hands on. He loved to use his oversized “old man” remote control, which thankfully survived Hurricane Katrina, to flip between watching The Barefoot Contessa and anything on The History Channel. He took extreme pride in his two grandchildren Harper Lewis (8) and William Stamps Lewis (6) of Dallas for whom he would crow like a rooster on their phone calls. As a former government and sociology professor for Gulf Coast Community College, Harry was thoroughly interested in politics and religion and enjoyed watching politicians act like preachers and preachers act like politicians. He was fond of saying a phrase he coined “I am not running for political office or trying to get married” when he was “speaking the truth.” He also took pride in his service during the Korean conflict, serving the rank of corporal–just like Napolean, as he would say.

    Harry took fashion cues from no one. His signature every day look was all his: a plain pocketed T-shirt designed by the fashion house Fruit of the Loom, his black-label elastic waist shorts worn above the navel and sold exclusively at the Sam’s on Highway 49, and a pair of old school Wallabees (who can even remember where he got those?) that were always paired with a grass-stained MSU baseball cap.

    Harry traveled extensively. He only stayed in the finest quality AAA-rated campgrounds, his favorite being Indian Creek outside Cherokee, North Carolina. He always spent the extra money to upgrade to a creek view for his tent. Many years later he purchased a used pop-up camper for his family to travel in style, which spoiled his daughters for life.

    He despised phonies, his 1969 Volvo (which he also loved), know-it-all Yankees, Southerners who used the words “veranda” and “porte cochere” to put on airs, eating grape leaves, Law and Order (all franchises), cats, and Martha Stewart. In reverse order. He particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil’s Time. It is not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. This can only be viewed as his final protest.

    Because of his irrational fear that his family would throw him a golf-themed funeral despite his hatred for the sport, his family will hold a private, family only service free of any type of “theme.” Visitation will be held at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport on Monday, March 11, 2013 from 6-8 p.m.

    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Jeff Davis Campus) for their library. Harry retired as Dean there and was very proud of his friends and the faculty. He taught thousands and thousands of Mississippians during his life. The family would also like to thank the Gulfport Railroad Center dialysis staff who took great care of him and his caretaker Jameka Stribling.

    Finally, the family asks that in honor of Harry that you write your Congressman and ask for the repeal of Day Light Saving Time. Harry wanted everyone to get back on the Lord’s Time.

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    Ol’ Harry sounds like quite a guy. I thought y’all might get a kick out of this.


  3. To my Catholic friends, congratulations on the selection of a new pope!

    • zmalfoy says:

      ^_^. And a Jesuit, no less. I’ll have to learn more about him, but what I’ve seen says that he’s theologically conservative, which coupled with Jesuit intellect might be a very dynamic combination. Also, from Argentina. . . which is new. . . Although, his parents were from Italy, so there is an Italian connection. . .

      • freedom1781 says:

        Meet the New Pope! Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina

        Even though I’m not Catholic, this was interesting to read:
        “Pergoglio is known as a “straight-shooter” who has no problem calling things as he sees them. Crushing dreams that he will take the church in a more liberal direction, he subscribes to the church’s most conservative wing.”

        • zmalfoy says:

          I was just about to link this. I am cautiously relieved, at the moment, and cautiously happy. As with all things, I will wait for his actions in the coming months, as I did with Papa Ben 16, but I am encouraged that they chose a man who does not mince words, is known for vocally supporting Catholic Doctrine. And, I am personally biased toward the Jesuits, despite their left wing trying to maintain dominance.

          First question though– named after St. Francis of Assisi, or St. Francis Xavier who was one of the first Jesuits and a missionary to Borneo and Japan. (He was, in fact. one of the primary evangelists to Japan, IIRC).

          • freedom1781 says:

            With Pope Francis being a Jesuit, I would think that it would be the latter, but I did hear someone mention that it might be the former since St. Francis of Assisi is a popular saint. (Even I know about St. Francis of Assisi.)

          • Shalini says:

            St. Francis of Assisi, because of his humility. At least, that’s what my dad told me as soon as it was announced that his papal name would be Francis.

            My family had to subject ourselves to the atrocity that is called CNN because our cable operator doesn’t offer EWTN or anything remotely bearably conservative. That 45 min wait was horrible with Anderson Cooper talking to people who wanted a pope who would ordain women priests. *Rolls eyes*

            I say this because I don’t know whether it was just CNN or generally poor audio but we couldn’t hear Cardinal Tauran’s announcement properly and blinking at each other still not knowing it was. And then after some time they finally announced that it was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio and my, oh my, was that the brightest smile that I have seen on my dad’s face in recent times or what. He immediately, and very excitedly, said that that’s who he was praying for. I, rather embarrassingly, had no idea who he was except for his and was a bit startled. But dad being dad was full of information and before the news channels can beat him to it, told us that he is a Jesuit (Dad always will have a soft-corner for Jesuits because, well, my ancestors were converted by St. Francis Xavier.), very humble who rides a bus and cooks his own food and that he got the second highest votes next to Cardinal Ratzinger during the 2005 conclave when he seemingly requested not be elected pope (And for that little leaked piece of information, someone needs the confessional stat.). His only worry was that they may deem him too old. I am more than cautiously happy because dad was sure about Cardinal Ratzinger last time, too. He knows his cardinals better than most people. I trust him. But as Pope Francis asked of us, we need to pray for him as this certainly isn’t going to be an easy job.

            I kind of like the fact that he apparently had a showdown with that horrendous woman that Argentina has as president.

            • freedom1781 says:

              Yes, indeed, we need to pray for Pope Francis.

              Good to hear from you, Shalini! How are you doing?

              • Shalini says:

                Getting by, Freedom. Things have been happening here and I am trying to sort things out, so coming online hasn’t been on my mind at all. But this, my relief and joy, I had to share with you all. In fact, as soon as I saw the white smoke come out of the chimney (Which, I am not ashamed to admit, I had been staring at for over an hour. :-|), I thought of writing “White smoke, Guys!!!!” before I realized I should probably go alert my family first after which it was family time filled with prayers and anticipation followed by dad’s almost giddy dance, so 4GFC had to wait. 🙂

                How are you doing, Freedom? I haven’t been around but I had been praying about your job situation that even if this door ends up being closed, God shall guide you towards the window He has kept open for you.

            • zmalfoy says:

              Shalini! So glad to hear from you!!! ^___^!

              And yes, praying for Pope Francis I! He’ll need all the assistance he can get in this troubled world!

            • zmalfoy says:

              Also, glad to see your Dad knew who this guy is– a good sign!

            • Sorry you had to put up with CNN for that news, today, Shal. They have been the worst at covering these events with any measure of objectivity. If we could just get them to be half that critical when they cover Islamic events, then maybe they’d be tolerable. Almost.

              I agree that it’s a good sign that he’s not afraid to box with Pres. Kirchner. She’s a piece of work.

            • ZurichMike says:

              Oh, *there* you are, Shalini! I have missed you on the boards! Hope you are doing well.

              • Shalini says:

                Hey Zoph and Zmike! Good to *see* you guys, too. And I am not just saying that. When I came back online yesterday, after a longtime, and went about idly reading all your comments some time, I realized how much I truly miss being a regular. 🙂 Hope all is well with you guys.

                Oh and Barn! Sorry! I missed your birthday. Wish you had a very blessed birthday! 🙂

                But unfortunately, I’ll have to stay away for awhile again. I can’t say, not now, but can you all please take some time to pray for me. I would be very grateful.

              • ZurichMike says:

                Of course!

              • Of course, Shalini. Prayers on their way! 🙂

              • barnslayer says:

                Thanks Shalini! Prayers headed your way.

  4. freedom1781 says:

    Profile: New pope, Jesuit Bergoglio, was runner-up in 2005 conclave

  5. freedom1781 says:

    New Pope, Francis I, Known As Humble Man With A Focus On Social Outreach

    “He accused fellow church leaders of hypocrisy and forgetting that Jesus Christ bathed lepers and ate with prostitutes.

    “Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit,” Bergoglio told Argentina’s priests last year.”

    • Thanks for all these great news items, Freedom. Interesting stuff. I’ll echo Zoph and say I’m cautiously hopeful about this guy. My biggest happiness here is that this is a man who has the cojones to stand up and say what’s right, and I can’t wait to see him clash with Obama over something. Maybe he’ll call him out about weaving abortion funding into Obamacare and making it mandatory. Maybe he’ll ask him why he needs to play golf every friggin’ day while his country falls apart. If he sides with Obama on gun control, however, I may have to convert to Zoroastrianism or something. 😯

  6. freedom1781 says:

    Pope Francis I is first Catholic pontiff from the Americas; he is known as a humble intellectual

  7. barnslayer says:

    Algore to sue Vatican for smoke … air pollution. Oblamer promises to tax Catholics if they don’t buy sufficient amount of carbon credits.

  8. From Muir on Rand Paul:

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