Open Thread, Friday 14 March 2014



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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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42 Responses to Open Thread, Friday 14 March 2014

  1. solaratov says:


  2. texan59 says:

    For all the math nerds. Happy pi day. 🙂

    • texan59 says:

      Saw your comments over at IOTW. Good stuff. When the old man doesn’t have much good to say about today’s cops, I listen. He was an IN State Trooper for several years back in the 60’s.

      • Thanks. IKWYM. I still have a lot of respect for most cops, especially State Troopers. The Troopers have always had a pretty good culture and respectability. But urban cops have always had a tough balance internally. The good ones (which I still think are most of them) have a hard time dealing with the crazy ones. When the leadership can’t, or won’t, control them, people really suffer.

  3. Wanna see Bill O’Reilly get yelled at because he’s not being hard enough on lefty politicians? This is GOOD.

  4. Aside from being really embarrassing, I find this really awe-inspiring how big the lies are here.
    “Over 4.2 Million people have signed up.” Huh. That’s not what I’ve read elsewhere.
    “You may find that for $100 or less, you can get really good health insurance.” Really? Where do I find me some of that $100 insurance? Is that per week? Per day? That’s got to be the biggest whopper I’ve ever heard.

  5. texan59 says:

    Whilst the Mooch got slapped down by the scrool-chirrens, she ain’t done with your plate.

  6. texan59 says:

    From over on Zuckerberg’s lair –

    Sally applied for a job in a Florida lemon grove and seemed to be far too qualified for the job.
    She had a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan and had worked as a social worker and a school teacher.
    The foreman frowned and said, “I have to ask you, have you had any actual experience in picking lemons?”
    “Well, as a matter of fact, I have,” she said:
    “I’ve been divorced three times, owned 2 Chryslers and I voted for Obama.”


  7. Greg Gutfeld’s tips on spewing expert BS while being interviewed by anybody. This could come in handy.

  8. Of all the Flight 370 theories so far, the Maldives one seems the most plausible.
    The “experts” are looking at their last heading toward the Indian Andaman Islands, but that would probably just be a “headfake” or a navigational waypoint. The next course change would be south over the Indian Ocean and west to Male, which has a nice airstrip controlled by a currently very hostile (or at least mysterious) Marxist/Islamic government. Perfectly within range. Out of sight. Out of mind. After refueling, nothing is out of the question, including Iran, Afghanistan, etc.

    I just did the math. Flight 370 would have landed at Male airfield at 3am local time. Not a bad time to escape attention at a tiny, out-of-the-way airstrip.

    • solaratov says:

      Is that runway long enough? The 777 needs a bit over 6000 feet to land – and 8000+ to take off.
      And, the 2014 aerial photo on google maps doesn’t show a hanger big enough to hide a 777 (if I’m seeing it right). There is one thing – but I can’t tell if it’s a hangar…or even a structure. It may be fresh asphalt/macadam. And I doubt that anyone wants to leave a huge stolen airplane just sitting outside to be seen by any passing satellite.

      Take a look and see what you think.


      • Yes, the runway at MLE is 10,500 ft, and the one on the south end of the archipelago, Gan International, is even bigger, I think. Correction: I was wrong; the one at GAN is only 8700 ft.
        But there are 6 or 8 strips scattered around the islands.

        But I didn’t mean to say I think it’s still there. You couldn’t hide it there. It would have had to refuel and left for Iran or somewhere north. The refueling at 3am would have been done long before anyone was alerted to the missing flight 2000 miles to the east.

        • solaratov says:

          OK. I thought you meant that MLE was the final destination. If they refueled, though, they could have gone to ground about anyplace. (I think I read that the range of that beastie is 6000miles+. Could be wrong, though)

          I’ve still got the funny feeling that our .gov – and the Chinese – know where it went and who has it. (Or who shot it down)

          Whenever it does re-emerge, though, there is gonna be hell to pay. 👿


          • Yup. Say…. maybe it’s in the same place where those 20,000 light missiles from Libya went. Or the Benghazi embassy attackers who didn’t get brought to justice. Or all the Ukrainian nukes they were forced to give up just before they needed them. Probably all in the Bermuda Triangle. Or maybe in John Kerry’s basement. 👿

  9. CNN having trouble with directions.
    What a bunch of maroons. Barbara Starr says the reports indicate either headings in a north-west direction, or “south-west” over the Indian Ocean, but instead of SW, they draw an arrow going south to south-east, in the wrong direction.

    Everybody’s still saying it’s “impossible” for it to have landed on an island. I still wonder why the hell not.

  10. For Bob: Jurassic Park raptor scene redone with cats.

  11. solaratov says:


  12. Knight4GFC says:

    “The official, who is involved in the investigation, told The Associated Press on Saturday that no motive has been established, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.

    The official said that hijacking was no longer a theory. “It is conclusive,” he said.”

    Investigators conclude missing jet hijacked, steered off course, official says

  13. Knight4GFC says:

    It’s a good thing that a small family farm is part of my life. The farm includes all sorts of meats! 😈

    “‘Footprint, you have to actually look at the whole footprint from the farm to fork, so to speak,’ Nelson said.

    Nelson emphasized that current European research has strongly encouraged ‘more of a plant-based diet’ to address ecological sustainability, but said it is ‘not strictly a vegetarian diet.’

    ‘[There is] remarkable alignment with the current guidelines,’ she said. ‘I’m not saying Americans really eat that, but the guidance is there.’

    At a previous meeting, Nelson said ‘eating more plants’ and ‘fewer animals’ is important to reducing America’s carbon footprint.

    Federal Dietary Guideline Committee Focused on ‘Population Behavior Change’

  14. Knight4GFC says:

    “Would you say that an element within the US government aiding and abetting America’s enemies during a time of war makes a difference? I would, and essentially that is what we are dealing with here.”

    We the people and the serious business of cleaning house. Insisting on hearing the truth about Benghazi would be a good place to start

    The Benghazi Difference

  15. Knight4GFC says:

    You don’t own your land. Big Bro rents it out to you. You must show respect and appreciation. 👿

    Wyoming welder faces $75,000 a day in EPA fines for building pond on his property

  16. Knight4GFC says:

    “And if a president does not faithfully execute the law, Mr. Speaker, what are our remedies? Do we just sit and wait on another election? Do we use the power of the purse, the power of impeachment? Those are punishments, those are not remedies. The remedy is to do exactly what Barack Obama said to do. To go to court, to go to the Supreme Court. And have the Supreme Court say once and for all, we don’t pass suggestions in this body, Mr. Speaker, we don’t pass ideas, we pass laws. And we expect them to be faithfully executed.”

    Rep. Trey Gowdy: How Does a President Rewrite the Constitution?

  17. Knight4GFC says:

    Oh yeah… since we the people give our dear Big Bro such a hard time about having too much control, they can just hand the bag over to another identity that answers to no one here! 👿

    “The United States will give up its oversight role when the current contract with ICANN expires in fall 2015, NTIA Administrator Larry Strickling said. He set out a series of four principles required for the transition, including that ICANN maintain the openness of the Internet. Some U.S. officials and businesses have expressed fears about the United Nations, or governments like Russia and China, taking over control of the Web.”

    Internet administration to shift from U.S. to global stage
    Read more:

  18. Knight4GFC says:

    Number Of Illegal Immigrants In US Now Exceeds Unemployed Americans

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