Open Thread, Friday 28 February 2014

Art by Michal Kus.  This is whimsical art, but it reminds me of a place that really exists.  It only looks like this in the rainy season, but it’s a fascinating place, called the Gates of Lodore near Dinosaur NP, where the Green River flows out of the Colorado part of Browns Park, through a split mountain, on it’s way south into Utah.  In the 1870’s, Ann Bassett’s uncle called it “stone mouth swallows river” in his diary.  I consider it one of those places that defies science, since it’s hard to imagine how a mighty river could be made to naturally flow through a chasm in the highest point of the only mountains in an otherwise flat and desolate place.

Another such place is Paradox Valley, CO, where the Dolores River flows crosswise, wrong-way, through a long valley surrounded by cliffs on almost every side.


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74 Responses to Open Thread, Friday 28 February 2014

  1. Georgia Tech student burned by his own Molotov cocktail. Musta been an evil Tea Partier! Wait. Iranian, you say? No news here. Move along!

  2. Gavin McInnes on his daughter’s “f*&#@ng insane” Common Core math assignment.

    I guess Gavin got fed up with trying after the first one.

  3. Harvey says:

    Liar, liar pants on fire…

    One wonders whose deep pocket is funding Mann’s lawyers.

  4. Wild beavers sighted in England for the first time in 500 years.

    Also from the Guardian: Michelle is suddenly the head of the Dept of Agriculture?

    And more unbadged Russian troops quietly invading Ukraine.

  5. Silent, “unknown” soldiers taking over Ukraine. Where’s the UN???

  6. Meanwhile, in Venezuela, the Nazi helmets are “a nice touch,” according to David Burge.

  7. Oh, great. My only granddaughter lives within a few dozen miles from Flint, MI. Wonderful.

    The Top Ten List Most Dangerous Cities:
    Flint, Michigan
    New Haven, Connecticut
    Rockford, Illinois
    Hartford, Connecticut
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
    Richmond, California
    Odessa, Texas
    Paterson, New Jersey
    Springfield, Massachusetts

    • Pistol Pete says:

      I was born and raised here in Rockford.Our crime isn’t that bad,mostly shootings and drug deals.Much of the problem is we’re about an hour Northwest of Chicago and get a lot of the escapees from there.Everybody knows where the projects are and know enough to stay out of the line of fire.

    • barnslayer says:

      What political BS results in NYC not being listed? The authors should put on a nice suit and take a stroll through the Bronx, much of Brooklyn and don’t forget Central Park or the subway.

      • This comes from the FBI, and they must have been gerrymandering these results like a sonofagun, because they leave out the most notorious places of all. Many spots around NYC should show up, like you say. Maybe Harlem isn’t what it used to be. But what about the Bronx, or half of friggin’ New Jersey? What about Miami? Or Memphis? Or much of South Chicago? Or half the Inland Empire near LA? Or the bad parts of San Diego/Tijuana? They mention Richmond, but not Oakland proper. Really??? Flint but not Detroit???? Not NEW ORLEANS???

  8. Bob posted this 2 days ago for George Harrison’s birthday. I missed it then, but I think we could all use a little more sun today.

  9. TEPCO covering up so much, Japanese Prime Minister had to fly into Fukishima in the middle of the night to talk to low-level workers to determine if he should evacuate 50 million people.

  10. The only reports we will get from Fukishima will be “glowing” ones I’m sure!

  11. Pistol Pete says:

    We Kennedys don’t have to abide by the laws you commoners do.
    Why don’t this corrupt bag of hypocrites just go away?

    • barnslayer says:

      They’ve been flaunting their elite “above the law” status for decades. What I don’t understand are their adoring fans.

  12. Red Square has an interesting piece on the cross between old Soviet posters and American pin-up art in the 2014 Olympic calendar.

  13. solaratov says:

    Fitness…very important…



  14. barnslayer says:

    Tribute to communism

    • Yeah they won’t show that in public schools anywhere in the USA! What The Hell Happened America??? I know what happened!!! You don’t know who your enemy is anymore!!! Why??? Oh that’s right I forgot we can’t discuss this subject cause we might offend somebody??? History repeats itself!!!
      I remember in middle school (in Iowa) when the kids use to barf in class because they were forced to watch (in the lunch room with the lights off) the films showing the masses of Jews being lead to and slaughtered in the chambers. Now this could never be done without Even then we had the weak links with the teachers arguing why the Germans had to do it and it was just war yada yada yada….
      In todays world the kids don’t even know where USA is on a map or where any other country is as far as that is let alone what is good and what is EVIL. Because EVIL can’t possibly exist or their whole warped lives is a lie!!!
      We are history and really weak because of our lack of GOD in our lives. Hell we don’t even know who God is anymore? How could we possibly know our enemy when he doesn’t exist in our minds or eyes???
      Now more than ever we need our “band of brothers” to be united at our core principles that will bind us together and give US a belief that’s worth dying for once more.
      FOR OUR GOD!
      FOR OUR FAMILIES! (Man, wife and their children)

      Now put your man bbd’s on and stand up! Act like a man and lead! Be humble like a man and love those around you! Be a smart man and stock up! Be steady like a man and keep the ridges imprinted on your index finger permanent! Be strong like a man and keep yourself free from that which makes you weak!!!

  15. barnslayer says:

    Six Contradictions Of Socialism In America

    1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.

    2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.

    3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.

    4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.

    5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

    6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

  16. Knight4GFC says:

    And the Christian persecution continues…

    “In the latest violence against Christians in the Middle East, the BBC reported that the bodies of seven Christians from Egypt were found on a beach near Benghazi, Libya, February 24. The individuals, all young men, appeared to have been murdered execution style, with gunshots to the head and chest.

    While Libyan police said that the motive for the killings was unclear, Christians have been targeted in the region over the past few years as political unrest continues, with Muslim extremists attacking churches and individual believers for sharing their religious beliefs with others.”

    Seven Egyptian Christians Executed in Benghazi, Libya

  17. Knight4GFC says:

    “Dear Sir/Madam:

    We are returning your application for assault weapon certificate and/or large capacity magazine declaration because it was not received or postmarked prior to January 1, 2014 as required by law.

    As a result, you have the following options for your assault weapon …

    1. Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable;

    2. Sell the assault weapon to a licensed gun dealer;

    3. Remove the assault weapon from the state, or …

    4. Relinquish the assault weapon to a police department or to the [state’s] Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection….


    Lt. Eric Cooke, Commanding Officer, Special Licensing and Firearms Unit”

    Connecticut Gun Confrontation Brewing Over Registration

  18. Knight4GFC says:

    “…the ruling diminishes Fourth Amendment protections from unreasonable searches and seizures. In this case, it was the three dissenting liberal judges on the court who gave the majority a lesson in how the Fourth Amendment is designed to restrain police power. In previous decisions, the court has ruled that anyone objecting to a warrantless search provides sufficient deterrent to such searches. This would apply even in cases where other residents approve such a search. In a word, it just takes one who knows his rights to be able effectively to defend them. Following Tuesday’s decision, that is no longer the case.”

    Supreme Court Expands Police Power at Expense of 4th Amendment

  19. Knight4GFC says:

    A sad disappointment.

    “Backing away from the controversy fueled by widespread negative media coverage, on February 26 Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (shown) vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have amended Arizona’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act so that business owners could avoid participating in activities contrary to their religious beliefs.”

    Arizona Governor Feels Heat; Ices Religious Freedom Bill

    • solaratov says:

      Gotta finance that National Civilian Security Force somehow, pard.

      Between this and the guns that ATF is shipping into Chicago, they should be operational soon.


  20. Knight4GFC says:

    “Apparently newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t get the memo from President Obama today about being your Brother’s Keeper. De Blasio is blocking four charter schools – run by the Success Academy charter school network – from opening or expanding, rolling back an offer made to the charter network by his predecessor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to co-locate in spaces not being fully used by the traditional public school system.

    “The cumulative impact of de Blasio’s actions virtually halts charter school expansions,” the New York Post reported.”

    De Blasio Kicks 700 Kids Out of High-Performing Charter Schools

  21. Knight4GFC says:

    Defense Official Denies SEAL Team Six Operation Was Compromised
    Families left without answers on operation that left 30 American troops dead

  22. Knight4GFC says:

    An interesting read.

    The ex-Israeli soldier who led a Kiev fighting unit
    ‘Delta’ has headed ‘the Blue Helmets of Maidan’ of 40 men and women – including several IDF veterans – in violent clashes with government forces.

  23. Knight4GFC says:

    “…L&L Classic Auto may have a deal for you.

    The Wendell, Idaho, salvage yard is selling its stock of thousands of cars, as its 79-year-old owner considers finally retiring after over a half-century in the business.

    And he’s throwing in the 80 acres of land they’re sitting on for free.”

    Field of thousands of classic car dreams for sale

  24. Knight4GFC says:

    Sarah Palin Has ‘I Told You So’ Moment After Being Mocked In 2008 For Saying Obama Weakness Would Encourage Russian Invasion Of Ukraine

  25. Knight4GFC says:

    This will make most parents warm and fuzzy all over. 👿

    Hospital Horror: Shaky Diagnosis Puts Family of Justina Pelletier in 13-Month Custody Fight

  26. Knight4GFC says:

    “The Los Angeles Times details how despite high hopes Obamacare deniers had for welfare-friendly Hawaii, thus far only 4,300 people have enrolled in Obama’s home state.

    That’s $27,906 per enrollee. Aloha! Which, fittingly, in can be translated in English to mean “hello” and “goodbye.”

    And of course, 4,300 is not the number of insured people– those who have paid for an Obamacare policy– just the numbers of people who have completed applications. And I suspect I know what SEIU employees have been doing in their free time.

    Aaaand… So do you.”

    Aloha Deniers! Obamacare Costs Hawaii $27,906 Per Enrollee So Far

  27. Knight4GFC says:

    “Jed Babbin and I recently conducted our own investigation of Benghazi. We found still more discrepancies in the record. Senator McCain and his colleagues will find our report on our website,

    The night of the Benghazi attack a security team based in Tripoli consisting of seven men—at least two of them Delta Force operators—was ordered to Benghazi. After delays they arrived between 4:30 and 5: 15 in the morning. A former SEAL with knowledge of the situation told us that the security team inflicted a large number of casualties on the attackers. It was during this attack that mortar fire took the lives of two every brave men, former SEALs Glenn Dougherty and Tyrone Woods, who were on the annex roof defending it. One of the Delta Force operators, MSgt. David Halbruner, received the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism in the fight. Another, rumored to be a Marine, may have received the Navy Cross. Both honors are second only to the Medal of Honor.

    There is more. One of the survivors of the attack was apparently injured so seriously that he was still receiving medical assistance at the National Military Medical Center near Washington as late as December 2013. Possibly he is still there. This wounded warrior and the others who fought so bravely that night have yet to testify before Congress.”

    The Current Crisis
    New Benghazi Witnesses
    Susan Rice’s “best information” has gotten better.

  28. Knight4GFC says:

    “In the pages of the JTRIG document obtained by Snowden and released by Greenwald, agents are instructed in ways to achieve two central goals: First, “to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets”; and second, “to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable.”

    Page after page, the document outlines how agents should “disrupt” the lives — online and real life — of targets, including instructions on conducting “false flag operations” online.

    False flags are defined in an online dictionary as an operation “designed to deceive in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities, groups or nations than those who actually planned and executed them.”

    Weaving these lies, convincing people that stories they read online are legitimate news stories with the villains and heroes accurately identified, is apparently one of the priorities for the Anglophone intelligence gathering apparatus.” More here: Government Agents Invent False Evidence to Destroy Reputations

  29. In  another sign of the developing internal crackdown, the state-owned news  agency RIA Novosti is being liquidated and merged with Voice of Russia  radio service to form a new agency—Russia Segodnya (Today), led by an  outspoken pro-Kremlin hate-propagandist, Dmitry Kiselyov (59). RIA  Novosti’s editor-in-chief, Svetlana Mironyuk (45), while definitely  always Kremlin-loyal, did her best to make RIA a reasonably professional news agency. Now, after being in charge of RIA for more than 10 years,  Mironyuk was unceremoniously fired to make way for Kiselyov, who is  being tasked with transforming RIA into an anti-Western propaganda  outfit. Former Kremlin insiders say the drastic reorganization of RIA  Novosti (and the looming Khodorkovsky “expert” trial) were in the works  for some time, as part of internal elite intrigue between so-called  “liberals” and aggressively anti-Western right-wingers or “siloviki”  (security services–connected figures) in Putin’s entourage. But the  recent move to go ahead decisively with both was stimulated by the mass  protests in Kyiv. According to former Kremlin insider Gleb Pavlovsky,  the decision to liquidate RIA Novosti and appoint Kiselyov instead of  Mironyuk was clearly made in response to the Maidan Nezalezhnosti or  Independence Square demonstrations in the Ukrainian capital  (

    After the 2004 “Orange  Revolution” in Kyiv that prevented Viktor Yanukovych from becoming  president through election fraud, and which featured mass demonstrations on the same Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Putin decisively turned to  anti-Westernism in internal and foreign policy. The fear within the  Kremlin that a Western-inspired democratic “colored” revolution may oust Putin’s regime has never fully dissipated. And today it is again  visibly in full swing. The fallout from Ukraine may be much worse than  any other recent disagreements between Moscow and the West—be it over  Libya, Syria or ballistic missile defense.

    Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly

    Published time: December 13, 2013 03:39

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