Open Thread, Wednesday 1 May 2013

His Flintlock Rifle.  Art by Randy Steele.


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48 Responses to Open Thread, Wednesday 1 May 2013

  1. barnslayer says:

    Nice artwork! The perspective is a little puzzling. Is the gun being given up or is the subject showing off the craftsmanship?

  2. ZurichMike says:

    Good Gertie! Is that an assault weapon? What were you thinking by posting it? I am soooooooo offended. And as I glance over to the margins, I see some bearded dude with a sword — *another* assault weapon. Yikes! Don’t you know I live in an assault weapon-free state of mind? Excuse me now, I have to have some alfalfa juice to settle my nerves.


    • Didn’t the nice picture of Gorebull counteract all the assault weapons you see? Or is he an assault on any state of mind? 🙂


    • Says the guy who lives in a country where every household is required to have a loaded assault weapon ready at all times for national defense. 😉

      • ZurichMike says:

        To say nothing of the skeet shooters and long-range target shooters (still a very popular hobby here). In Zurich there is a fall holiday called “Knabenschiessen”, literally “boys’ shooting” — a target competition for young boys. Recently it’s included young girls — and I believe for two years running a girl has won the competition by a huge margin.

        • Right! And we all know how violent that makes the Swiss girls and boys. The crime rate in Bern and Zurich is just… What? Pretty much non-existent? But our rulers told us that guns CAUSE crime! And Chicago had 6 murders just last night? And guns are illegal there? Hmmmm. Maybe we should move the White Hut to the south side of Chicago. Congress, too. Make them meet in an abandoned VFW building or something.

        • texan59 says:

          ZM – you are living in a country that has entirely too many festivals. You need to get back to TX for a while and go to the Mosquito Festival in Clute, TX, or Watermelon Thump in Luling, or the Strawberry Festival in Poteet. Those are real festivals with rednecks in bib overalls. And guns! 🙂

          • ZurichMike says:

            Things I miss from Texas: BBQ at The County Line restaurant in Austin, Blue Bell Tin Roof ice cream, Shiner Bock beer, the River Walk in San Antonio, Hippie Hollow and then watching the sunset at The Oasis, country and western dancing, people who remember their manners. Happiest time in my life was the 6 years I spent in Texas from 1982-1988.

            • texan59 says:

              I got all but one of those. Never did Hippie Hollow. Too much ice cream and barbecue! Blue Bell brought out a new one last year – Happy Tracks – swirled fudge with mini peanut butter cups in Homemade Vanilla. 😯 I’ll swap you some of your chocolate for a tub of BB any time. 🙂

            • Coyote says:

              Texas. Or Bust.
              It’s a country all it’s own.

              If I have to explain, you are beyond understanding in the first place.

              • ZurichMike says:

                This is an old but goodie of rules for visiting Texas:

                1) Don’t expect to find filet mignon or pasta primavera at the local restaurant. It’s a cafe — They serve hamburgers and chicken fried steak. Let them cook something they know. If you confuse them, they’ll
                kick your ass.

                2) Don’t laugh at the names (Merleen, Bodie, Bubba, Bobby Ray, Curley,Tammy Lynn, Billy Joe, Sissy, Clovis, etc.). Or we will HAVE to kick your ass.

                3) Don’t order a bottle of pop or a can of soda. In Texas it’s called a coke. Nobody gives a damn whether it’s Pepsi, RC, Dr. Pepper, 7-Up or whatever — it’s still a coke. Accept it. Doing otherwise can lead to an ass kicking.

                4) We know our heritage. Most of us are more literate than you (read some J. Frank Dobie). We are also better educated and generally a lot nicer than you. Don’t refer to us as a bunch of cowboy hicks, or we’ll kick your ass.

                5) We have plenty of business sense (e.g., Howard Hughes, H. Ross Perot,Southwest Airlines, Dell computers).Naturally, sometimes we have small lapses in judgment (e.g., Ann Richards). However, we are not dumb enough to let someone move to our state just so they can run for the US Senate. If anyone tried to do that they would get a serious ass kickin’.

                6) Don’t laugh at our Civil War monuments. If Lee had listened to Gen. Hood you’d be paying taxes to Richmond instead of Washington. If you visit the Alamo, take your hat off and be properly humble, or we’ll kick your ass.

                7) We are fully aware of how hot it gets and high the humidity is, so shut up about it. If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen, or we’ll kick your ass.

                8) Do not attempt to eat tamales without first removing their corn husk casing. Everyone will instantly know that you’re a Yankee. DO NOT,under any circumstances, complain that the chili is TOO hot or contains no kidney beans, this will get your ass kicked into next week.

                9) Don’t talk about how much better things are at home because we know they are not. Many of us have visited Northern hell-holes like Detroit, Chicago, and DC, and we have the scars to prove it. If you don’t like it here, Delta is ready when you are. Move your ass on home — before we kick it.

                10) Yes, we know how to speak proper English. We talk this way because we don’t want to sound like you. We don’t care if you don’t understand what we are saying. All other Texans understand what we are saying and that’s all that matters. Now, go away,or we’ll kick your ass.

                11) Don’t complain that certain areas of this state “smell” of oil. If your livelihood depended on those wells you’d soon learn to love the aroma. Besides, none of OUR lakes or rivers have caught fire recently.If you whine about OUR scenic beauty, we’ll kick your ass all the way back to Pittsburgh, PA.

                12) Don’t ridicule our Texas manners. We say sir and ma’am. We hold doors open for others. We offer our seats to old folks. Such things are expected of civilized people. Behave yourselves around our sweet little gray-haired grandmothers, or they’ll kick your ass-just like they did ours.

                13) Don’t think we’re quaint or losers because most of us live in small towns. We do this because we have enough sense to not live in crime-infested cesspools like Baltimore. Make fun of our small towns and we’ll kick your ass.

                14) DO NOT DARE to tell us how to cook barbecue. This will get your ass shot (right after it is kicked). Criticize the barbecue and you may go home in a pine box–minus your ass.

                15) Remember, the only reason you are lucky enough to be here in the first place is because we have not pulled the Border Patrol off the Rio Grande and put them on the Red River (where they really belong) to keep your ass out.

                16) Enjoy your visit.

              • ZM, Great list but two remind me of Atlanta before it became the land of transplants. The first is the one about Coke. The second is that Lewis Grizzard always used the line about Delta is ready when you are for people who complain about the south. Lewis Grizzard should be required reading because he loved the south and loved writing about the south.

              • Harvey says:

                That is a great list. Reminds me of the book Lone Star Planet by H. Beam Piper (it’s in the public domain so you can get it off the internet). Texans disassembled the Alamo and took it with them into space. Fun story.

  3. Heh! Bob’s thought of the day is pretty good. But scary! 😯
    “Years ago we had Johnny Cash, Bob Hope, and Steve Jobs. Now we have no cash, no hope, and no jobs. Please, God, don’t let Kevin Bacon die.”

  4. Mark Levin says “we are all being played for FOOLS…that there’s nothing conservative about this!” Gotta love it. Congress working for the corporations while trying to look like they are working for the people.

    • I really hate to say this but that was one of the main points the wall street occupiers tried to make. Well, some that weren’t having their strings pulled by the unions and corporations. Seriously, I believe that many of the occupiers were not that far away from the tea partiers and many would have realized it if the media wasn’t playing the two sides against the other so that DC could do what they pleased as we fought with each other.

      • Good point. I noticed the same thing, but there’s a lot of murkiness there, so it’s hard to tell sometimes. It would be good if all those who value freedom and despise tyranny, whether occupiers or tea drinkers could find common ground.

        • The problem of finding common ground is that for many the two groups end up being on total opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to social issues. I think that is part of the reason why the parties, especially the democrats make the social issues such a focal point. Well, it pretty much was the only thing they had to use in the campaigns to keep the women folk on the plantation last year.

    • texan59 says:

      McConnell is a snake. I do not trust him. He comes back toward the middle just often enough to keep the pitchforks at bay.
      As for the occu-poopers, there are some valid points made about the crony capitalism, but I’m not touching them with a 50 foot pole. This was their raison d’être for today.,0,5669501.story

  5. The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense…Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis…”.
    But muslim members of the armed forces and Afghan forces training with US troops will continue to be allowed to randomly commit “workplace violence” events as a way of spreading their religion by eliminating all others. Anything else would be racist.

    Sarah’s take:

  6. Ummm. Why is this Facebook brouhaha all about the emotionalism of people angry at being “allowed access” to this beheading video, and none of it about the fact that so many women are being summarily beheaded like this in the Middle East? Am I missing something?

    • Unfortunately we are going to see more and more of this. I mentioned a couple of years ago (on that other site that cut us off…sounds kinda familiar) that this would be coming to America soon. Because of the gangs doing it down south and in the East. Beheadings in particular the way they do it (not that there is a right way), goes against every fiber in our nature that God gave us. It is totally EVIL!!!
      Anyone who watches these kind of things should be sick to their gut because of how we should value life and respect it to the fullest.
      Evil begets Evil!!! Always will be it’s fruit.

  7. Eric Holder bravely concerned that we American bigots will retaliate against muslims for Boston bombings because, you know, we have such a gory history of vigilantism here, and it’s not like we’re under attack or anything. Thanks for taking care of us, Eric!

  8. Maybe Barack should just pack up? Why, yes. Let us help you.
    Hat tip: Pistol Pete.

  9. This guys is amazing.

    • texan59 says:

      I saw him and his daughter shooting on some channel last night. Looks like I might need a little more practice. 🙂

  10. From Maser Media. Hat tip: iotw.

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