Open Thread, Friday 17 January 2014


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45 Responses to Open Thread, Friday 17 January 2014

  1. zmalfoy says:

    Cair Paravel?

    Lovely painting!

  2. ZurichMike says:

    OK, from the sublime to the ridiculous. This perspective in the painting reminds me of the penultimate scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Go to 1:20:50 at:

  3. ZurichMike says:

    By the way, we went to Marrakesh right after Christmas. Photos can be found at:

    Also check out the album of our Russian icon — it is still a source of wonder and awe for us.

  4. Knight4GFC says:

    “An explosive intelligence report made public this week revealed that officials knew it was a terrorist attack that killed four Americans on September 11, 2012—and they knew right away. It also revealed that the lapse in security was preventable, based on intelligence the U.S. already had about the area.

    These new answers are unsettling.”

    Why Did the Benghazi Story Change?

  5. Knight4GFC says:

    “Hey, you never want to let a crisis go to waste, right? If the people are demanding that the government back off of its multitudinous domestic spying programs, you’d better get something in return. Why not use the scenario to put the man who may be history’s most ideologically biased AG into a position where his recommendations can chart a course for a variety of intelligence agencies?”

    ‘Hey, let’s get Eric Holder more involved in this!’
    Obama’s ‘major’ NSA reform proposals are about what you’d expect

  6. Knight4GFC says:

    “According to the organization’s findings in its Open Doors 2014 World Watch List, released last week, Christians are still by far the most persecuted demographic on earth — and the trends are getting worse. In 2012, the group’s annual report documented the martyrdom of more than 1,200 Christians. Last year, there were more than that martyred just in Syria, where the Obama administration and a coalition of its allies — mostly European governments and Sunni Arab dictators — have been arming and funding jihadist rebel groups.”

    Christian Martyrdom Doubled in 2013, Persecution Growing

  7. Knight4GFC says:

    “The chief justice’s silence during a January 15 hearing on a First Amendment challenge to the law was duly noted in news reports on the hearing and was even included in a New York Times headline. While it is not unusual for a justice to refrain, as Clarence Thomas usually does, from taking an active part in the oral arguments, the Roberts silence was notable for two reasons: The chief justice usually engages freely in the rigorous verbal sparring that takes place between the judges and litigants in Supreme Court hearings; and Roberts will cast a crucial vote that could decide the case in a likely 5-4 ruling. Noting that Roberts asked no questions at the hearing, Times reporter Adam Liptak added: ‘His earlier opinions suggest, however, that he is likely to provide the fifth vote to strike down the law.'”

    Chief Justice Silent in High Court Hearing on Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

  8. Knight4GFC says:

    “‘In China, I was disallowed from performing public religious services due to the lack of religious freedom in. I never imagined that when I returned home to the United States, that I would be forbidden from practicing my religious beliefs as I am called to do, and would be forbidden from helping and serving my faith community,’ Leonard said.”

    Catholic Priest Target of Retaliation by Feds, Complaint Claims

  9. Knight4GFC says:

    “Excerpted from The Washington Times: Movie producer Harvey Weinstein announced for the first time on Howard Stern’s radio show that he is making a full feature drama to try to destroy the National Rifle Association.

    Mr. Stern asked Mr. Weinstein on Wednesday whether he owned a gun. The Hollywood heavyweight replied that he did not and never would. ‘I don’t think we need guns in this country. And I hate it,’ the producer said. ‘I think the NRA is a disaster area.’

    Mr. Weinstein then revealed his secret project about the gun rights group. ‘I shouldn’t say this, but I’ll tell it to you, Howard,’ he said. ‘I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this head-on. And they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.’”

    Ignoring Fact That Gun Control Caused The Holocaust, Jew Harvey Weinstein Announces Meryl Streep Film That He Promises Will Destroy U.S. Gun Manufacturers, NRA

  10. Knight4GFC says:

    Shades of KGB spotted at Olympics
    Russian sources fear terror attacks elsewhere will draw safety officers away

  11. Knight4GFC says:

    Israel accuses U.S. of generating artificial crisis
    Aware of ‘far worse’ comments by Obama administration officials

  12. Knight4GFC says:

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is forcing a USA women’s hockey team goalie to remove a reference to the U.S. Constitution from her mask before the Sochi Winter Olympics because the IOC views it as propaganda.

    Jessie Vetter, the goalie, has a “We the People” inscription on her custom mask that also includes “depictions of the Statue of Liberty, a screaming bald eagle and a ‘USA’ shield to show ‘figures that scream ‘America.’” More here: IOC Forces US Goalie to Remove ‘We the People’ from Mask Before Olympics

  13. Knight4GFC says:

    Wow… Mrs. Right?

    “Amou, 80, is single and open to a relationship. He enjoys smoking a relaxing pipe packed with animal feces to bide his time waiting for ‘Mrs. Right.'”

    Iranian Man Does Not Wash for 60 Years, Smokes Animal Feces

  14. Knight4GFC says:

    [WATCH] If you thought Obamacare’s marketing plan was lacking a Richard Simmons dance-off, you’re in luck

  15. Knight4GFC says:

    “The huge bitcoin haul — approximately 29,655 of the digital things — was formally transferred to the U.S. government several months after it was seized from the server of the black market website Silk Road; the government claimed the digital currency was used to facilitate money laundering, prosecutors announced Thursday.”

    Feds to sell $28 million in seized Bitcoins

  16. Knight4GFC says:

    “Russian President Vladimir Putin says gays should feel welcome at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, but they must “leave the children in peace.”

    Putin told volunteers Friday that gays visiting Sochi “can feel calm and at ease,” and vowed that there would be no discrimination at the games. But he emphasized that, according to a law banning homosexual “propaganda” among minors, gays cannot express their views on gay rights issues to anyone underage.”

    Putin says gays welcome at Sochi Games but must ‘leave children in peace’

  17. Knight4GFC says:

    “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
    Let me walk upon the waters
    Wherever You would call me
    Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
    And my faith will be made stronger
    In the presence of my Savior”

  18. Watch out NRA. Weinstein and Streep are gunnin’ for ya!

  19. zmalfoy says:

    50 ways to “Honor” Michelle Obama on her 50th Birthday

    My list:
    Find a better diety than Michelle. Like, Loki, Innana, or even better, YHVH.
    Call in the Exorcists
    Go to Church
    Get your soul back from that jack@ss demon you sold it to
    Stop idolizing a woman who dresses like a mid-scale hooker and whose full-time job is “beard”

  20. Knight4GFC says:

    Oops! My bad…

    “The Environmental Protection Agency has told farmers and ranchers it is sorry for handing private information about them over to environmental groups, but agriculture advocates who fear attacks from eco-terrorists say it’s like closing the barn door after the horses escaped.”

    Ranchers, farmers fear eco-terrorists after EPA releases private info

  21. What A Hoot says:

    I find this story a bit off. A four year old. A rifle under the bed. Could point at, pull trigger, and hit cousin? In Detroit. Anyone else doubt that is how the kid got shot?

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