Open Thread, Monday 17 February 2014 – Presidents Day

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Portions of the old Soviet recon satellite, Kosmos-1220 reentered the atmosphere around 6 p.m. Moscow time on Sunday.  Sightings indicate the final descent was over parts of Saudi Arabia.  No camels were killed.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/02/15/russian-reconnaissance-satellite-to-hit-earth-sunday

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69 Responses to Open Thread, Monday 17 February 2014 – Presidents Day

  1. texan59 says:

    If you were considering sending your kid to U. of So. Carolina to become a social worker, here’s one of the textbooks. 👿

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/17/textbook-reagan-was-sexist-conservatives-think-people-are-evil-and-lazy/

    • This was some cutting edge stuff; just outstanding period work, acting, photography, writing, everything. For those interested, Ambrose Bierce, the original writer had an interesting life (and mysterious death).
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrose_Bierce

      But it reminds me of something. I was just reading about Richard Donner, who directed 6 episodes of Twilight Zone back in ’63-’64 (but not this one) along with a bunch of other TV shows, like Get Smart and a good number of movies. He directed a Michael Crichton adaptation ‘Timeline’ just recently, and I was amazed how such an experienced director could direct dialog that sucked so bad. The movie was full of decent actors, too, and the acting was terrible anyway. Every time Frances O’Connor opened her mouth I wanted to shoot myself. I liked the overall movie, just cause it was fun to watch, but it was just shocking how a seasoned TV director who did Twilight Zone could do such a lousy job 40 years later.

  2. Pistol Pete says:

    After Bode Miller won a bronze medal to become the winningest athlete in in American Winter Olympics history,NBC hack Christen Miller began peppering him with questions about his dead brother until he broke out in tears.Congratulations on keeping up NBC’s reporting standards,you worthless poser.
    ‘So,other than that,Mrs. Lincoln,how did you like the play?’

  3. texan59 says:

    “The United States of Decline” 👿

    http://www.nationalreview.com/node/371248/print

  4. Interesting Blaze story about landing in crosswinds.
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/17/crazy-landing-shows-pilot-pushing-airplane-landing-gear-to-the-brink/

    The Delta pilot was really critical of this landing, but IMO this is not really a bad crab hop, considering the conditions. You can tell from the vicious wing flex and severe crab that he’s fighting huge gusts in addition to the bad crosswind. This may be one of the hardest things commercial pilots have to do. Ideally, he’s supposed to rotate (yaw) just before he touches down, like the Delta pilot says. But with gust like this, you can’t judge exactly when touchdown is going to be, and you have to err on the side of slamming it down early. If you don’t, and you rotate early, you end up off the runway and people burn to death. Seems like a kind of a stupid criticism to me.

  5. texan59 says:

    Over 1350 peer-reviewed articles slapping down glo-bull warming nutbags.

    http://www.populartechnology.net/2009/10/peer-reviewed-papers-supporting.html#Rebuttals

  6. I just noticed that we got 4 views today from the Palestinian State. WTF is that? There’s a Palestinian state now? And the friggin’ arabs are still bitching about Israel? Was I asleep when this happened?

    I thought there were “partially-Palestinian-controlled territories” within Israel. Are they a country now? Is there a Palestinian President? Has Barack visited yet? Or just Kerry? Where am I? 😯

  7. freedom1781 says:

    Study: Democrats more likely to think astrology is scientific, less likely to know Earth revolves around the sun

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/02/17/study-democrats-more-likely-to-think-astrology-is-scientific-less-likely-to-know-earth-revolves-around-the-sun/

    These idiots vote! We are so f#cked!!

  8. Knight4GFC says:

    Oh heck yeah!!! Now that is real!

  9. Knight4GFC says:

    Caddell Bombshell: GOP Establishment Wants the IRS to Go After the Tea Party – See more at: http://www.teaparty.org/caddell-bombshell-gop-establishment-wants-irs-go-tea-party-34941/#sthash.vh1XfriN.dpuf

  10. Knight4GFC says:

    (Daily Caller) – A textbook used in several University of South Carolina classes describes former President Ronald Reagan as an avowed sexist who refused to appoint women to government positions because he thought they belonged in the kitchen and bedroom. – See more at: http://www.teaparty.org/textbook-reagan-sexist-conservatives-think-people-evil-lazy-34925/#sthash.Esp4B0Ty.dpuf

  11. Knight4GFC says:

    The tea party group cited Mr. McConnell’s dramatic vote last week to extend the nation’s debt limit and polling that suggests he could lose to the eventual Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, in the general election. – See more at: http://www.teaparty.org/tea-partiers-mcconnell-step-aside-matt-bevin-34948/#sthash.fNJwyb5d.dpuf

  12. Knight4GFC says:

    “In simple terms, gun owners numbering in the thousands — perhaps tens of thousands, maybe totaling 100,000 — have simply ignored the December 31 deadline to register their firearms and thereby add their names to a de facto gun-owner registry.”

    Connecticut Gun Owners Ignore Registration Deadline
    http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/17649-connecticut-gun-owners-ignore-registration-deadline

    • I saw that. Just unbelievable. I’m not even sure there’s an age limit. So if your 40-year-old son pisses you off, you can have him euthanized? Great idea. 🙄

      • Knight4GFC says:

        😯 I am never going there… with my Dad. 😉

        On a serious note… I wonder why God hasn’t just vaporized us yet. I can’t imagine the world was worse prior to the flood than now. When innocence/little ones are harmed… that is just wrong.

        👿

        • I think that under their laws, you’re allowed to get your dad euthanized, as well. So, it all comes down to who has better lawyers. 😀 Good question about why God hasn’t vaporized us yet. It’s got to be getting close.

          • On the serious side….When we lose our way and cannot even protect the innocent (unborn) we have no foundation to stand on anymore. This is surely the greatest most singular terrible act of our times. From this all else is down hill. “This is our will God, Screw what You think…we know better than You!” If this is what you’ve fallen for…so help you God! I just boil over on this subject! 😦

        • zmalfoy says:

          I ask this sometimes and, in fact, I seem to recall a passage in the Bible that addresses this. God forestalls Judgement on account of His Mercy, desiring that as many people as possible be saved.

          That said, God is certainly capable of running cost-benefit analyses, and when He sees that the Mercy-Salvation Laffer Curve is starting to bend down, He’ll cut it all off. We just gotta trust that He has a better view on that chart than we do . . . and endure faithfully in the meantime . ..

        • Shalini says:

          Because He’s God and He doesn’t think like us. Thank God for that!! 🙂 When God gave us His only Son, so we may be saved by His sacrifice, He wasn’t thinking of the good people. (Good, BTW, being a relative term. Even the saints weren’t good with the kind of perfection God is.). He doesn’t see in terms of the “world” like we do. He sees in terms of individual souls. To Him, even single soul saved is worth extending His mercy. This is something I wanted to talk about a lot in the past few months, but I blame mental and physical fatigue for my lack of participation. 🙂

          I see many comments talking about “us” vs “them” and talk of “enemies” in this site. Always remember, even though human beings are capable of great evil, as witnessed throughout history, they are still eligible for Christ’s mercy. The real enemy is and will always be Satan. Sure, human beings can be and are agents of satan oftentimes, but they are not beyond saving. He knew many will reject His mercy but He will not deny mercy even to the worst of us if only we repent. The greatest commandment is to love God above all else and that means to fulfill His will even if we don’t understand it. And His will is to save us. We have to fight against evil and we shouldn’t enable evil doers but the best way to do it is not to destroy them but to lead them to Christ to know the beauty of His salvation. To deny them the joy of salvation is to deny Christ the joy of saving and satan wants that more than anything else. Every time when a soul is led to heaven is when satan is defeated. A soul destroyed while still revelling in evil is a soul lost to God and that is no Christian victory.

          • Shalini says:

            Heh! Great verse of the day!! 🙂

          • Knight4GFC says:

            You are absolutely right! Please know that this is me marveling at that! I know the answer, however, still it is mind blowing. I thank God that I am not God.

            As for “us vs them”, and “enemies”, any enemy of God, or enemy of “the way of Christ” is my enemy. Is it possible for their souls to be saved? Of course! And for that, I pray. Until their fruits change from that of evil, they are my enemy, as they are God’s. For Jesus to say what He said about “harming the little ones”, I couldn’t be more severe myself on the matter.

            There is a time and place for everything, so long as the fruit is of God. There have been many a saint in the past that have taken some “pretty” extreme measures in fighting the enemies of the “way of Christ”. And Christ’s way is True Freedom for all. That freedom is ever so under attack these days.

          • Knight4GFC says:

            I will add that you, Shalini, are such the merciful and good person a site like this needs! 😀 I mean, after all, if it wasn’t for women like you, us men would probably have killed eachother off by now. Darn! Maybe that’s why I’m still single. 😉

          • Wonderfully said, Shal. I completely agree. It is very important to understand that our “enemies” here on earth are only dupes of Satan, and he is the only real enemy deserving of our complete rejection. The dupes must be loved and hoped for, still, even though they work against us and against God. I’d like to continue this discussion more, because I think this is the great question of our times, as Christians, but I have to work today. Let’s hold the thought! I believe strongly that most, if not all, of the strong words you read here that alarm you are expressed in the simple conviction that we must resist evil, even if it means drastic measures. That does not preclude loving our enemies. We are commanded to do so. But keep in mind that when the Israelite’s faced existential threats in Egypt and in the desert (meaning that their very existence was threatened), God was quite clear that they were to violently resist the evil in their midst, even killing if necessary. He made it VERY clear; so clear that he said “you MUST do this,” or YOU will be held accountable. But how far we allow our worldly enemies to threaten our existence is a very difficult question. In some cases, we must allow them to take our lives if we are called to martyrdom. But do we allow them to take our freedoms or kill our children if we can prevent it? Perhaps not.

          • There have been many a time when I have had to tell a human (that God Loves) to remove themselves from my property because they are my enemy doing the work of Satan. When you have a human that wants to take away the Pearls of Great Price that God gave me I have to do everything in my power to defend those Pearls even if it cost me my life! Do I know who my enemy is? You`d better believe it! If you don’t know who your enemy is how can you win any battle let alone a war! But I draw lines in the sand! If any human being (which God Loves) comes across my property line and threatens my family with bodily harm I must not sit idle and let them be unjustly harmed. It is my duty as a man, as a father and as a protector to stop the enemy from carrying out his/her or the devils intention! If it cost me my life then so be it! God give me the Grace and Courage to do so!
            Now what is the difference between that and Spiritual warfare? Should not I be as intent to carry out my duty to protect my Pearl of great Price? Am I not responsible for my children? When I have any person who enters (or tries to LOL) my property with the intent to take these Pearls of Great Price that I have I ask them one singular question…Do you believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man? Of course they try and skirt the question and go around it but I won’t let them and I demand an answer before I WASTE one precious moment of my time! I promptly kick them out of my property and let them know that they are doing the work of the Devil!!! They want to take my Pearls and feed them to the swine! Do I know who my enemy is? BTW I am at war! War with those who want to take my Pearls away from me and my Family! I have sacrificed, suffered many burdens, countless atrocities procured by other human beings intent on destroying my beliefs, and endured over 40 years, of conscious decisions, of trials and tribulations to walk this path of Christianity that I FREELY chose/choose! I walk this path by CHOICE, by FREE WILL and at a price that most would not understand. But I must warn anyone who comes between me and my PEARLS! Do not @#$%^&^%$#@ with my right to choose what my GOD so freely gave me, as a gift, what I believe in and who WE are!!! If you don’t believe that is your choice (you are a lousy gambler) but leave me and my beliefs alone! What I believe in is what GOD gave the world when He sent His Son to die for us! FREEDOM!~ Freedom to choose!
            I also want to acknowledge that what Shalini has said is absolutely true! I m not trying to take away anything from what she posted here. It is just two different sides or point of views and thank God for that. Women on whole are a facet of God that man does not have nor will he. A beautiful compassionate, caring and loving side of God that we men love. They are what makes us whole! (PS GOD knew what He was doing…LOL). We are both made in the image/likeness of God. Each has his/her own parts to fulfill and creates a balance in life. But don’t expect men to be exactly as women are. Not possible! Each has his/her own place. So I mean no disrespect to anyone here. Just want to clarify how I feel on this subject. The subject of the ENEMY!

  13. Knight4GFC says:

    “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will soon launch an initiative — the Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs (CIN) — ‘in order to assess whether government action is needed to ensure that the information needs of all Americans are being met, including women and minorities.'”

    FCC to Investigate How Broadcasters Select News Stories
    http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/17651-fcc-to-investigate-how-broadcasters-select-news-stories

    👿

  14. Knight4GFC says:

    “Under the proposed scheme, admittedly inspired by ‘FATCA,’ the Obama administration’s latest addition to the sprawling U.S. tax regime, governments and dictatorships worldwide will automatically share all private financial data on citizens with each other to extract as much wealth as possible from the public.”

    Globalists Unveil Socialist-backed New World Tax Regime
    http://www.thenewamerican.com/economy/item/17643-globalists-unveil-socialist-backed-new-world-tax-regime

  15. Knight4GFC says:

    “Donations to political strategist Karl Rove’s Crossroads groups decreased by 98 percent last year, declining to a combined total of $6.1 million, down from $325 million in 2012. This, despite the fact that Rove added a third group in 2013.”

    Karl Rove Groups’ Attacks on Tea Party Backfire
    http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/17617-karl-rove-groups-attacks-on-tea-party-backfire

    😈

  16. Knight4GFC says:

    A good read.

    “…The Constitution that the Founders so carefully crafted gave us something extraordinary: a government of law and not of men. Under such law, the God-given rights of the individual are sovereign and immutable. They may not be violated by government, no matter how compelling the reasons to do so may seem. Neither may the majority do so, acting through government for some supposed “greater good.”

    Such principles were not embodied in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution by accident. But the outcome could have been very different. The War for Independence could have ended in repudiation of rights, as was the case with the French Revolution. America’s experience was different, however, because it was blessed with the rarest of leaders who had faith, wisdom, and character: the faith to recognize that rights come from God; the wisdom to understand that the proper role of government is simply to protect God-given rights; and the character to fashion a government based upon such principles.

    Because the American people have gradually lost sight of our nation’s founding principles, the federal government has been able to assume vast powers beyond those specifically delegated to it by the Constitution. Gradually, America is becoming like the despotic Old World from which the Founders declared our independence. However, even during this decades-long backward slide toward despotism, the Constitution has remained intact, providing a powerful beacon of hope for those who still recall the faith, wisdom, and character of the Founders.

    So long as that beacon shines brightly, America will have a safe port to return to — and return she will, just as soon as sufficient numbers of her citizens become reacquainted with our founding principles. But dim or extinguish that beacon, and America — unable to find safe passage in the darkness — will most likely wreck herself on the collectivist shoals. This is why the Constitution must be preserved, and this is why today’s unconstitutional abuses of power must never be granted the legitimacy of constitutionality. This is why — in this age of little understanding — a new constitutional convention must be avoided at all costs.”

    The Constitution: Beacon of Hope for Restoring the Republic
    http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/history/item/17568-the-constitution-beacon-of-hope-for-restoring-the-republic

  17. Knight4GFC says:

    “The U.S. under Obama has stepped up financial support of radical Islamist, handing over millions of dollars in new aid to pay fighters’ salaries, said rebel commanders who received some of the money. The Obama administration refused to comment on any payments. In other words the Obama regime is talking out of both sides of their mouths as usual. While supplying Saudi Arabia with a record number of anti-tank (TOW) and anti-aircraft missiles since the Kingdom will never fight a conventional war of this magnitude without US involvement. The American taxpayer is basically paying to fund various radical Islamist groups who desire not only to overthrow Assad but attack the US in dramatic fashion.”

    Obama to Supply Al Qaeda with Shoulder Fired Anti-Aircraft Missiles
    http://conservativepapers.com/news/2014/02/17/obama-to-supply-al-qaeda-with-shoulder-fired-anti-aircraft-missiles/#.UwLuEmeYbIU

  18. Knight4GFC says:

    “But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.” – Matthew 18:6

    Another damn good read!

    “…A phrase that has come up recently in this earth is “sexual orientation.” This is a phrase made up by homosexuals to try to make themselves look less filthy than they really are. The purpose of the phrase is to take the spotlight from what these perverts do, and put it on the notion that they are just poor, mistreated people, who simply are attracted to members of the same sex – as if they aren’t engaging in activity forbidden by God Almighty. “Sexual orientation,” as used today, has nothing to do with sexual activity (yeah, right), but only refers to who or what a particular person is attracted to. If you think that people of other “sexual orientations” are just fine, let’s see what other “sexual orientations” you would necessarily have to accept as wholesome and pure. If you’re not going to discriminate based on “sexual orientation”, then you must not discriminate against any of the following. Bestiality, pedophile, necrophilia., exhibitionism, fetishism, frotteurism, masochism, sadism, transvestitism, voyeurism. If you discriminate against any of these, you’re a hypocrite. These “sexual orientations” are generally known as “paraphilias”, and are mental disorders – just like homosexuality used to be.”

    Homosexuality and it’s Negative effects on Society
    http://conservativepapers.com/news/2014/02/16/homosexuality-and-its-negative-effects-on-society/#.UwLvl2eYbIV

    👿

  19. Knight4GFC says:

    “Today marks the five-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Commonly known as the stimulus, the nearly $1 trillion law was hailed as an opportunity to bring America into the “21st century.”

    Just two years after the bill was signed into law, President Barack Obama admitted, “shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.” While the law failed to create jobs as promised, it has provided plenty of examples of waste, fraud, and abuse.

    Five years and at least $816.3 billion later, here are 10 ways the government wasted taxpayer money…”

    The 10 Most Outrageous Stimulus Projects
    http://freebeacon.com/the-10-most-outrageous-stimulus-projects/

  20. Knight4GFC says:

    DHS Building National License Plate Reader Database
    Cameras can identify, track vehicles on watch lists
    http://freebeacon.com/dhs-building-national-license-plate-reader-database/

  21. Knight4GFC says:

    If these military assets were actually not available to support Benghazi in the face of ongoing threats, we must ask, Why not?

    Does Navy Map Alter the Benghazi Narrative?
    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/61220

  22. Knight4GFC says:

    Obama’s ‘big breakthrough’ coming by end of year
    Leaked: Official declaration of Palestinian state
    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/obamas-big-breakthrough-coming-by-end-of-year/#vYdjkakiw0ayxCKl.99

    • Well, this explains why the media is already recognizing the Palestinian State in databases, like our WordPress maps and such.

    • Knight4GFC says:

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded on Sunday, February 2, 2014 to Kerry’s speech. He said, “Boycott attempts are immoral, unjust, and will not achieve their goal.” Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz argued that “Israel can’t conduct negotiations with a gun pointed to its head.” He went on to say that Kerry’s comments were “offensive.” Naftali Bennett, the Economics Minister, charged that Kerry’s statements show him as siding with Israel’s foes. “We expect our friends around the world to stand beside us, against anti-Semitic efforts targeting Israel, and not for them to be their amplifier.” Ethiopian-born Member of Knesset Pnina Tamano-Shata, of the centrist Yesh Atid party, observed that Kerry’s statements at the Munich Conference “are irresponsible in my view and harm the State of Israel…” read more here: Israel Won’t Submit to Boycott Threats http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3121593/posts

    • zmalfoy says:

      So. . . 7 year “treaty” anyone?

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