Open Thread, Friday 16 August 2013

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Presented as a challenge to Harvey, this is one of the world’s more exclusive and beautiful hotels NOT in Dubai. But can she guess where it is? It’s where I’d like to be spending my Friday evening. Glass of wine at my elbow. Feet up on the railing. Watching the sailboats with Gruntessa. Ahhhhhh. Relaxing already just thinking about it. ย Maybe head down to this bar later in the evening. ย Just as soon as that winning lottery ticket shows up.

France, Bouches du Rhone, Marseille, La Caravelle bar, compulsory mention

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Fearless and Devout Catholic Christian First, Loving Husband and Father Second, Pissed-Off Patriot Third, Rocket Engineer Dork Last.
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33 Responses to Open Thread, Friday 16 August 2013

  1. Looks like something in Greece or Italy…

  2. Video of retired Marine Colonel speaking out at Concord meeting about the militarization of U.S. law enforcement. Amazing words. Hat tip: Pistol Pete and Blaze story.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/15/is-everybody-blind-city-council-meeting-erupts-in-applause-after-ex-marine-issues-dire-warning-about-u-s-building-a-domestic-army/

  3. Not really big news about Area 51, but as the article states, it indicates that things may be opening up about some of the programs going on there.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/08/16/cia-acknowledges-area-51-in-declassified-documents/

  4. texan59 says:

    A treatise on the muslim brotherhood. Sounds like this guy is wired in.

    http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/michael-j-totten/truth-about-egypt

  5. Expert says Walmart woes signal “collapsing economy.”
    http://www.moneynews.com/newswidget/Wal-Mart-Davidowitz-economy-jobs/2013/08/15/id/520624
    Wal-Mart issued weak earnings news Thursday, but the company isn’t doing anything wrong, says Howard Davidowitz, chairman of retail consultant Davidowitz & Associates. It’s merely suffering from a weak economy.
    “Wal-Mart is a terrific operator,” Davidowitz tells Yahoo. “They didn’t suddenly become stupid. … The economy is in a state of collapse. That’s what’s going on.”

  6. Harvey says:

    Isn’t it lovely the way outsiders are pulling the political strings in Colorado?

    http://thecoloradoobserver.com/2013/08/shadowy-dem-operative-looms-large-in-recall-fundraising/

    • I take issue with the red line arc.
      Bush “inherited” the Dot Com Bust and the 9/11 attacks.
      The passage of the second part of the Bush Tax Cuts in 2003 turned the econmy around.
      What changed in January 2007? The balance of power shifted from Republican to Democrat when Pelosi, Reid, Obama, Biden, Clinton, etc. took control of the House and Senate, and therefore majority control of economic policy and budgeting. Democrat majorities:
      – raised the minimum wage 3 times in 3 years
      – enabled, not prevented, the sub-prime mortgage crisis
      – passed TARP
      – passed Porkulous
      – passed “Cash for Clunkers” and other such programs.
      – passed Obamacare
      – have been deficit spending at roughly FOUR TIMES the rate of deficit spending during the 12 years or Republican majorities (Jan 3, 1995 – Jan 3, 2007).

      The red line arc shown in the picture above should start on January 3, 2007.

      Or, show two arcs… one from January 3, 1995 to January 3, 2007, and a second from January 3, 2007 to present.

      • All true. I didn’t interpret the red line as an incrimination of the Bush Admin so much as an attempt to show an approximation of a long term moving average and trend. The Bush years clearly show recovery from the inherited problems, as you say. The red line is not drawn from data but just added on by hand (by somebody – not me), and it chiefly shows the disastrous course we’re currently on. I just wish the data showed the last 3 years!

        • I don’t take issue with you, Grunt, but rather on whoever drew the red line on the graph. It’s clear on the graph that 2000-2004 was a downward trend, then 2004-2007 was an upward trend, then 2007-present has been a nosedive. There are two inflection points there, corresponding roughly to:
          A) The passage of the second part of the Bush Tax Cuts, and
          B) The shift in the balance of power from Republican to Democrat.

          If they wanted to show a longer term, then show the 12 years of Republican majority (approximately rising from $49k to $55k) vs. the last 6.5 years of Democrat majority (approximately falling from $55k to $50k).

  7. Good comments by some guy called “Barnslayer” over on Weasel Zippers about this article.
    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/08/16/hack-attack-sandra-fluke-and-abortion-barbie-team-up-for-emilys-list-event/
    Something about paying to send both Sandra and Wendy over to Cairo for a little vacation and attitude adjustment. ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Some good discussion, by a skeptic/atheist, about why the skeptic movement is really a bunch of un-skeptical, whiney, anti-social little girls.
    http://takimag.com/article/twilight_of_the_skeptics/print#axzz2cBGCnFrr

  9. Oooooh, the Feds ain’t gonna like this cartoon.

    • What A Hoot says:

      Isn’t it racist to NOT include a black scarecrow? I mean, really, it is not just a crzay asz cracker job. Scarecrow is an equal opportunity industry. So? Where is the gay scarecrow and the lady scarecrow and burka scarecrow and the Indian headdress scarecrow and the the the… Like I said, it would be racist to continue excluding black scarecrows.

    • Oooooh, the Feds ainโ€™t gonna like this cartoon.

      What do you want to bet that Chris Muir is going to get a visit from the Secret Service?

  10. What A Hoot says:

    Wow. Really sorry, gang. I just saw the ride side where recent comments are listed. I really unloaded the magazine from my semi-automatic comment machine. Good night.

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