Open Thread, Saturday 27 July 2013 – I Know What You Didn’t Do This Summer

Here are some things you didn’t do this summer, if you’re an American.

You certainly didn’t watch an air show, because in the U.S., air shows have been canceled and patriotic flight teams have been disbanded. A third of all military flight groups have been grounded due to sequester. But you know where they are flying patriotic air shows? In Egypt, like in this photo of Egyptian fire jets flying in formation during a ceremony at a military base east of Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Sherif Abd El Minoem, Egyptian Presidency) Too bad you didn’t get to see it. You paid for it.


Another thing you didn’t do is tour the White House while visiting Washington D.C. If you were a Hollywood actress or a famous sports team or an Obama Campaign contributor, you had a pretty good shot at visiting the White House, though, like the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball champion Louisville Cardinals, shown here just last Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)  But you can’t go there, if you’re an ordinary tax payer.


Another thing you can’t do is go to Florida to see a Space Shuttle launch or even a heavy lift rocket launch.  Not if you’re an American.  The current administration has canceled those programs and pushed all such development into “the future.”  However, if you’re a European, you can be proud of your participation in the International Space Station or perhaps you could have seen this ESA Ariane 5 heavy lift launch Thursday from French Guiana.  (AP Photo/ESA, CNES, Arianespace)  Yup, there’s no time like the present to be an American.


About GruntOfMonteCristo

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25 Responses to Open Thread, Saturday 27 July 2013 – I Know What You Didn’t Do This Summer

  1. texan59 says:

    Well, that was all sweetness and light and topped with a unicorn fart. You just help me to despise the evil that inhabits the Casa Blanca a little more each day. 👿

    • Unfortunately, I didn’t make any of that up. Every one of those photos came from the AP Photos o’ the Week for THIS WEEK and they just seem to be rubbing salt in the wounds.

      • texan59 says:

        Oh mi amigo, I know that. I just don’t want to express my total disgust because I have no doubt that WordPress would bar me for life if I said what I really wanted to say. 😉

  2. texan59 says:

    It’s that day. Step-sons on their way to load up. 🙂

  3. Sarah on “phony scandals” and being muzzled by McCain campaign.

  4. Sorry to continue with the downers today… I recommend more coffee. Coffee helps! 🙂

  5. Oh, man! This is cold! 😯
    When Brandon Harker returned home from his eight-month deployment to Afghanistan, he was excited to reunite with his yellow lab Oakley, whom he had placed in the care of a friend. What he discovered, however, brought shock and disappointment.

  6. Syrian Christians being extensively purged by islamist rebels supported by the U.S.
    Quoted from JNS and CSI:

    According to CSI, before the civil war the city of Qusayr, located in eastern portion of Syria near the Lebanese border, had around 40,000 people, including 7,000 Christians.

    “In late 2011, the Sunni townsmen came and told us to either join us in anti-regime demonstrations or leave the town. If we didn’t, we would be killed,” Fadul Abu Yohanna Kasouhah, a Christian resident of Qusayr, described to CSI.

    According to Fadul, the Sunni Islamists in his village used the loudspeakers from the Mosques to name the Christian families by name and told them to leave.

    Fadul told CSI how his cousin was gunned down by Sunni extremists for refusing to leave.

    “My cousin Bater said, ‘We will not leave. This is our town, our land.’ He was recently married, and his wife was seven months pregnant. They shot him to death as he was going to work on his motorbike,” Fadul said.

    Eventually, the local Sunni extremists were joined by foreign Islamic jihadists and cleansed the town of Christians, according to Fadul.
    “In March 2012, many foreign jihadis came to Qusayr and surrounded Christian Street. They were joined by a mob of local Sunnis… The next day, all the Christians did leave Qusayr—870 families. Only two or three very old Christians stayed. Most left with nothing. No one helped us.”

  7. Members of Congress complain about State Dept interference in access to David Ubben, who waited on roof with shattered leg for 20 hours waiting for recovery in Benghazi.

  8. Saw a beautiful lever action rifle at the shipwreck museum at Whitefish Point on Lake Superior, Michigan, U.P.

    I’m not sure exactly what it is. Someone carved it very ornately to honor the dead of the Edmund Fitzgerald, which is the ship’s name carved on the brass frame of the rifle.

    The stock is a beautiful dark black walnut, and all the metal parts appear to be highly polished brass, possibly gold-plated. I can’t tell for sure, but it looks like some form of Winchester 1894, maybe a .30-30 or a .32, but it could be a .44/.45 pistol caliber or something else.

  9. solaratov says:

    More about ‘green’ ammo:

    BTW…are our enemies going to switch to environmentally sound ammunition? I mean, I’d just hate to think that some islamofascist might try to kill me with a dangerous, environmentally irresponsible chunk of lead.
    That’s so-o-o 20th Century.


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