Open Thread, Thursday 1 August 2013

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Chris Prevost’s Curtiss P-40N-5 Warhawk in the paint scheme possibly similar to the P-40s that Solaratov’s father flew in Puerto Rico and New Guinea. Maybe.

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72 Responses to Open Thread, Thursday 1 August 2013

  1. barnslayer says:

    This variant was armed recon (hence the 2-seater configuration).

  2. solaratov says:

    From Hot Air this morning……

    Armed government agents raid animal shelter to euthanize baby deer

    posted at 10:21 am on August 1, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

    In Wisconsin, yet another example of the government’s overzealous attempts to punish citizens for good-faith interactions with wildlife, even if they’re saving said wildlife. This time, an armed raid to capture and euthanize a fawn at an animal shelter, which was on its way to a wildlife preserve. Government is just a word for things we do together, Bambi:

    It was like a SWAT team,” shelter employee Ray Schulze said.

    Two weeks ago, Schulze was working in the barn at the Society of St. Francis on the Kenosha-Illinois border when a swarm of squad cars arrived and officers unloaded with a search warrant.

    “(There were) nine DNR agents and four deputy sheriffs, and they were all armed to the teeth,” Schulze said.

    The focus of their search was a baby fawn brought there by an Illinois family worried she had been abandoned by her mother.

    “When it made a little noise, it sounded like it was laughing,” Schulze said.

    Schulze videotaped the fawn they named Giggles during the two weeks she was there. The Department of Natural Resources began investigating after two anonymous calls reporting a baby deer at the no-kill shelter.

    The warden drafted an affidavit for the search warrant, complete with aerial photos in which he described getting himself into a position where he was able to see the fawn going in and out of the barn.

    Agents told staff they came to seize the deer because Wisconsin law forbids the possession of wildlife.

    So, they took the deer and killed it. Mercifully, I guess, the state has chosen not to press charges against this animal shelter for the horrible crime of trying to rehabilitate a deer abandoned by its mother in an animal shelter and transfer it to a wildlife preserve in Illinois, where wild deer are permitted by law. Apparently, if the shelter had had a state-issued permit for keeping a wild deer, everything would have been fine, which suggests keeping one is not inherently dangerous, despite that being the Department of Natural Resources’ justification for killing the fawn.

    The representative of the animal shelter gave the government far too much credit:

    “I was thinking in my mind they were going to take the deer and take it to a wildlife shelter, and here they come carrying the baby deer over their shoulder. She was in a body bag,” Schulze said. “I said, ‘Why did you do that?’ He said, ‘That’s our policy,’ and I said, ‘That’s one hell of a policy.’”

    And a government spokesperson literally likened the raid to a drug bust:

    “Could you have made a phone call before showing up, I mean, that’s a lot of resources,” WISN 12 News investigative reporter Colleen Henry asked.

    “If a sheriff’s department is going in to do a search warrant on a drug bust, they don’t call them and ask them to voluntarily surrender their marijuana or whatever drug that they have before they show up,” Niemeyer said,

    Previously, the government goes after those who try to save woodpeckers, eagles, save their families from bears, and the Kennedys are predictably treated with leniency after trying to save a sea turtle:

    No bigs: Kennedy brothers violate Endangered Species Act rescuing sea turtle

    Sigh: Indiana man faces possible jail time for nursing bald eagle back to health

    👿

  3. What A Hoot says:

    Ugh! Commie relatives posting on fb! And then to have the perfect, eloquent and concise (which was a feat for met) answer get lost when power went out!

    “The problem, as I see it, is America has never been a socialist nation so most people don’t understand what real socialism is so it becomes a fear mongers propaganda tool.
    The Myth Of Socialism http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/08/01/the-myth-of-socialism-2/

    We are so losing this race to save the country; Maybe we lost and the focus needs to be on resuscitating it — it does still have a heartbeat, right?

    • What A Hoot says:

      The quote is what was posted. Not only is liberalism a mental illness it is and/or a symptom of low IQ and missing the critical thinking part of the brain.

  4. What A Hoot says:

    This is written by The American Conservatives of Color on their facebook. Don’t know who does fb and who does not so copy and pasting in full. If I can find their actual webpage will link.
    “>> LIBERALISM = UNHAPPYISM <<

    Here is a little song I wrote
    You might want to sing it note for note
    Don't worry be happy
    In every life we have some trouble
    When you worry you make it double
    Don't worry, be happy……
    -Bobby McFerrin

    I've reached the conclusion that liberals, especially the hard left ultra liberal/progressives, exist in a state of being unhappy discontents. I don't mean these people never smile, have no friends & just sit around in the dark sulking all day. It's not so much that they're 'unhappy people' as much as they're constantly unhappy with their own, their nation's and the world's situation. They're just never happy with the way things are and thus always on a war path to change things.

    Think about how our president campaigned and won. "Hope and Change" was his slogan for the 2008 election. Prior to his first swearing in he quipped, "We're just five days away from fundamentally changing America." Well, why the need for all this change? You typically want to change something if you're not happy about it's current state. And this is the mantra of left-wing liberalism, "we've GOT TO change all this because the way it is now stinks." And this is how they feel about seemingly everything.

    In his presentation to our Denver chapter two Saturday's ago my friend Andy Peth said something very profound, "left-wingers want their preferences to be your laws." How true is that? [btw, Colorado Springers, Andy will be giving this same presentation on August 10th at our local meeting, you do not want to miss it!]

    If a conservative doesn't want to purchase a 40-ounce soda, what does he/she do?? NOT purchase a 40 ounce soda; get a smaller one instead. But if a left-wing liberal doesn't want to purchase a 40-ounce soda, what do they do? …Pass laws so that *NOBODY* can purchase a 40-ounce soda.

    If a conservative doesn't want to smoke he or she doesn't buy cigarettes, doesn't smoke. But if a left-winger doesn't want to smoke they pass laws banning it for everybody. A conservative thinks a clip that holds 20-rounds is too large for her firearm, she buys a 10-round clip. A left-wing liberal has the same thought and they're standing on the capital steps waiving signs decrying how NOBODY should be able to purchase & own a 20-round clip!!

    A conservative doesn't think prayer prior to a high school football game is appropriate (not that any true conservative would), he simply withholds his child from the prayer session. But a liberal? "We've got to end that practice! Not my children nor ANYONE'S children should be out there praying!!"
    "….well, not to this Jesus, anyway"

    And this list goes on and on and on. They're perpetually not happy with something, and so seek to pass laws to make their level of unhappiness the rule of the land for EVERYONE, whether everyone else was also unhappy about it or not. Left-wing liberalism is a perpetual state of "This sucks, we need laws to change it to the way I want it to be!" And if you don't believe it, look no further than NYC mayor Micheal Bloomberg.

    As most of you know, I'm a big Facebooker. Our two Facebook pages (ACofC Facebook & RMBC Facebook) get visited and thoroughly bombed every day by this brand of unhappy often down right angry left-wing idealogs. Their participation is as predictable as the sunrise. Inevitably they come on & spew emotion, name-calling, vileness. Precious few, I'd say less than 5%, (and we get a lot of them) approach discussion from a stand point of logic, reason, statistics & factual analysis. No, it's always some form of "Because you don't think the way I think, believe the things I believe, you're all idiots." (and I'm being very nice here) Now am I describing all people who have a liberal world view? No. But hard lefties, absolutely. They're simply not happy.

    Were it not for being discontent with the present state of things. Were it not for the constant drive to change things so that "I'll be happier with them." Left-wing liberalism would cease to exist. They're getting 'hope and change' by the buckets full right now & have been for 4 1/2 years. But go on left-wing websites, blogs, facebooks and what do you see? People ranting and railing about virtually everything. We're getting out of Iraq & Afghanistan as we speak, yet on these sites posts are dedicated daily to "George Bush and Dick Cheney's phoney war on terror!!" Rare is the leftist blog or column filled with praise, adoration and thanksgiving. 99.96% of the time it's some version of "this sucks!"

    From a political point of view, these are just plain unhappy people. For the moment anyway, they're running the show. But you know what? Sooner or later people get tired of sucking on lemons. Mark my words friends, the tide is turning. More on that later."

    • What A Hoot says:

      Here is their website. They have some good things to say. http://www.acofc.com/

    • barnslayer says:

      Liberals are either professional victims or their enablers (limousine liberals etc). The former can never be happy because they rely on the guilt of others. The latter… I’m not sure. They feel so guilty about the plight of the professional victims that they feel driven to help them. Unfortunately for us they want to help them with tax money. Maybe they should try giving up all their own $$$ to see if it cures them.

      • Pistol Pete says:

        You’re spot on.Liberals want to do everything they can for those less fortunate than themselves….as long as they don’t have to reach into their own pockets.Its some kind of a twisted pathology.Check any of these dems’ tax returns,they give nothing to charity unless they’re planning to run for national office.I’ve waited tables and I delivered pizzas part time for years.I got a $1 tip from one black lady on Christmas Eve.They never even give a thought to leaving a gratuity even though you work hard to please them,and they are the rudest,most arrogant,demanding people on the planet.They don’t give.They just take because they feel they’re owed.

        • You got that right, Pete. Our daughter was a bartender in Aurora, CO for years, and she had a regular who was a retired editor for the Denver Post. A notorious, dyed-in-the-wool, professional liberal. He sat in the bar all day taking up her time, spewing liberal nonsense, nursing the same beers for hours, and his tipping was abysmal. I mean, really insulting. After being there all day he’d leave a dollar. Or change. That’s just the way they roll. His family life was pretty interesting, too. [And by “interesting” I mean pathological.] He had a fairly hot and interesting wife, but he just ignored her. Spent zero time at home. Total loser.

          • Pistol Pete says:

            Logic dictates if you have a ‘hot’ wife that you’re ignoring,there is never a shortage of attentive lads sniffing about.They would be more than happy to “feel her pain.”
            (I guess I better dust off all the Bubba clichés since we’re going to be stuck with Mme. Pantsuit if we survive the Kenyan.)

            • barnslayer says:

              Maybe not.

              • Care to bet on that? They’ve already started the campaign. Shrillary WILL be President in 2016. It’s pre-ordained. UNLESS she ends up in a plane crash or something, which is possible with the crowd she’s running with. Seriously, do you have a favorite beer, Barn? I’ll bet you a case of it that she’s duly elected. And that’s one bet I’ll gladly lose!

                What else would they be talking about at this meeting a few days ago?

              • Pistol Pete says:

                It’s no accident NBC is doing a 4 hour mini-series starring Diane Lane as Cankles,beginning in 1998 and its about the Monica thing.CNN is doing a documentary that they plan to open in theaters first.Make no mistake….they felt a little bad when they kicked her to the curb in favor of the half-breed.Black is the new bitch,remember?
                There is absolutely NOTHING that either the Arkansas grifters and the Chicago crime family could do that would get them in any kind of trouble.The palace guards will cover for them like faithful dogs.Cattle futures,Whitewater,the travel office firings,the bimbo eruptions,all the current scandals.You’ll never hear a word about it.”Old news,doncha know?’

              • I tell ya, after the bloody Benghazi scandal and the way they recovered from it so shamelessly and quickly, I’m convinced that nothing will ever be allowed to get in Hillary’s way. Remember, just like Barack, she’s from Chicago, too. 😯

          • barnslayer says:

            I see the same thing at work. The normal guy gets his work done and makes sure to pay as he can. The limo liberals bitch that “you’re too expensive” (I know I’m not) yet they live on Park Avenue in duplex or triplex condos… when they aren’t at one of their other homes. Some even have the nerve to push me for a price break. Not happening! If the average Joe is willing to pay, why the F*** do you think you should get a discount?
            Mrs. Barnslayer is wondering if North Carolina would be an improvement.

      • What A Hoot says:

        Just wanted to say I appreciate this discussion going on here.

    • Harvey says:

      A friend today was telling me about her son’s experience. He had been posting on Al Sharpton’s facebook page and called on Sharpton to stop fomenting racial division. I don’t have the exact comments to quote, but it wasn’t rude or obnoxious. Apparently, he is now banned.

  5. Whoa! Speaking of the liberal mindset. Pistol Pete just linked to this excellent essay by Dennis Prager on how Liberalism provides cover for immorality like nothing else.
    http://www.bernardgoldberg.com/liberalism-makes-it-easier-to-be-bad

  6. On Wednesday, Tea Party Senator Rand Paul took to the Senate floor to juxtapose the government’s treatment of impoverished domestic cities like Detroit and Chicago with the billions given in aid to Egypt, a nation in turmoil as the government topples for the second time in as many years.

    Calling out President Obama for continuing the aid to Egypt despite radical instability, Sen. Paul stated,

    “The once-great city of Detroit lies in ruins. 50,000 feral dogs roam the city. Abandoned houses litter the landscape. It is a bleak and forlorn future that await Detroit. Creditors clamor for nearly $20 billion in debt. City employees wonder if they will be paid. There’s not enough money to even replace the streetlights in Detroit. God-forbid that a major fire breakout. At some level, I think that the President does care about Detroit; but today, all I can see is the billions of dollars- the billions of American tax dollars- that he chooses to send overseas.”

    http://www.tpnn.com/rand-paul-obliterates-obama-where-are-you-mr-president/

  7. Famous Porn Star Finds Jesus: “I never found love in my life and was looking for it in all the wrong places … I have finally encountered the unconditional love of God, and I will never go back,” she said.
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/01/thank-you-jesus-one-of-the-worlds-most-famous-porn-stars-finds-god-leaves-the-sex-industry/

  8. Obama tweets photo of his next meal: (from Weasel Zippers)

  9. If he’s spending much time in Texas, he may need a bigger blonde wig.
    Exclusive Photo of Zimerman in Texas (Parody)
    FORNEY, Texas (BHN) – Through our unique sources, we have obtained an exclusive photo of George Zimmerman in his vehicle, after being stopped for speeding in north Texas Sunday (below).

    According to reports, Zimmerman notified the officer he did have a firearm in the vehicle, and sources say the officer observed “3 or 4 assault rifles, 2 shotguns, approximately 10 – 12 assorted pistols, a crossbow, several large knives, 1 samurai-type sword, 4 ninja throwing stars, and a ‘buttload’ of ammo” in the truck cab and glovebox.

    Zimmerman was let off with a warning after police determined he had no outstanding warrants against him.

  10. solaratov says:

    I just found a couple of photos today…

    Nose art on my father’s P-40 (7thFS Port Morsby, New Guinea)

  11. What A Hoot says:



    My Little Phony

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