Open Thread, Monday 7 April 2014

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51 Responses to Open Thread, Monday 7 April 2014

  1. texan59 says:

    Awesome April Fools. h/t Sooper

  2. Knight4GFC says:

    Even with all the difficulties created to deter us from exercising our 2nd Amendment rights, these numbers might be showing a promising future for our right to bear arms. Check this out:

    “More firearms were registered in Hawaii in 2013 than in any previous year, according to a recently released report.

    The state Department of the Attorney General said Hawaii’s police departments issued 21,544 permits last year covering a total of 60,757 firearms.

    That was 20.6% more than the previous record of 50,394 firearms registered in 2012.

    It also marked the third year in a row that a record number of new firearms have been registered.

    The report said despite the sharp increases in the number of firearms registered, the number of violent crimes committed with firearms has actually decreased each year from 2008 to 2012, the latest year for which data was available (see graph below)…

    …Of the firearms registered last year, 23,029, or nearly 40%, were handguns.

    Broken down by county, the Big Island continued a trend of a disproportionate number of permit applications. The report said Hawaii County, which has 14% of the state’s population, had 5,355 applications, or 24% of the state’s total, for a total of 14,458 firearms

    …Since the state began tallying such statistics in 2000, more than 180,000 firearms have been registered statewide some more than once. During that period there have been more than 75,000 registrations filed on the Big Island, but how many firearms that involved was not immediately available…”

    Read more here:

    Record Number of Firearms Registered in Hawaii in 2013

    • Broken down by county, the Big Island continued a trend of a disproportionate number of permit applications. The report said Hawaii County, which has 14% of the state’s population, had 5,355 applications, or 24% of the state’s total, for a total of 14,458 firearms…
      “What is even more important is that 12.7% of the 14% was reportedly purchased by a single clan. Known to be a conservative group that is being watched very closely, the GFC clan is heavily armed and considered a force to be reckoned with”! 😉

  3. Watch this just for a minute and note how obviously CBS faked the noise of the silent Tesla S car just to make it sound cool. They just recently admitted it, after people complained. Why not? They fake everything else. Hat tip: iOTW.

    • barnslayer says:

      I saw a Tesla going down W 58th St. After it passed I realized something was up with that car. It was absolutely silent. Of course it wasn’t going very fast either. I believe they have an onboard sound synthesizer to allow the sound deprived driver to select which real car he’d like to hear.

  4. Knight4GFC says:

    Keeping in tune with the OT pic above… Hawaii’s potential geological nightmares.


    “The Hilina Slump is a 5,000 cubic mile (20,000 kilometre³) chunk of the big island of Hawaii on the south flank of the Kilauea volcano. Between 1990 and 1993, Global Positioning System measurements showed a southward displacement of the south flank of Kilauea up to approximately 10 centimeters per year.[1] The slump has the potential of breaking away at a faster pace in the form of an underwater landslide. In Hawaii, landslides of this nature are called debris avalanches. If the entire Hilina Slump did slide into the ocean at once, it could cause an earthquake in excess of a 9 in magnitude and a megatsunami. Previous megatsunamis in Hawaii 110,000 years ago caused by similar geological phenomena created waves 1,600 feet (500 m) tall.[2] Were such a megatsunami to occur again, it would threaten the entire Pacific Rim…

    …On April 2, 1868, an earthquake in this area with a magnitude estimated between 7.25 and 7.75 rocked the southeast coast of Hawaii. It triggered a landslide on the slopes of the Mauna Loa volcano, five miles (8 km) north of Pahala, killing 31 persons. A tsunami claimed 46 additional lives. The villages of Punaluʻu, Ninole, Kawaa, Honuapo, and Keauhou Landing were severely damaged. According to one account, the tsunami “rolled in over the tops of the coconut trees, probably 60 feet (20 m) high … inland a distance of a quarter of a mile in some places, taking out to sea when it returned, houses, men, women, and almost everything movable.”[3]

    On November 29, 1975, a 40 mile (60 km) wide section of the Hilina Slump slid 11 feet (3 m) into the ocean, widening the crack by 26 ft (8 m). This movement caused a 7.2 magnitude earthquake and a tsunami that reached a maximum height of 47.0 feet (14.3 m) at Keauhou Landing.[4] Oceanfront properties were washed off their foundations in Punaluʻu. Two deaths were reported at Halape, and 19 other persons were injured. The shoreline at Keauhou Bay was dramatically altered…”

    Hilina Slump

    “The 1868 Hawaii earthquake is the largest recorded in the history of Hawaiʻi island,[1] at an estimated magnitude of 7.9 causing a landslide and tsunami that led to 77 deaths. The earthquake occurred at 4 p.m. local time on April 2, 1868. The aftershock sequence for this event has continued up to the present day…

    …A firsthand description of the events was written by Frederick S. Lyman, a goat and sheep rancher at Keaīwa near the epicenter of the events.[6] A sequence of foreshocks began on March 27, with tremors every few minutes. They increased steadily in intensity, including one on March 28 that had an estimated magnitude of 7.1. The sequence continued until 4 p.m. on April 2, when the mainshock occurred.[1] One interpretation of this sequence of events is that they were related to the movement of two separate landslide structures on the south side of the island. The first, triggered by an eruption that began in the upper part of Mauna Loa’s southwest rift, involved movement of a block that extended seawards for at least 12 miles (19 km). The tremors over the next four days are regarded as aftershocks of the 7.1 event caused by this movement. The mainshock involved movement of the entire southern flank of Kīlauea on the basal detachment at an estimated depth of 9 kilometers (5.6 mi),[7] and was probably triggered by the earlier event.[1]

    The aftershock sequence has continued for over 140 years until the present day. The aftershock frequency fits a modified Omori (power law) for the first few decades and an exponential function thereafter…”

    1868 Hawaii earthquake

  5. Knight4GFC says:

    I love being a fool for Jesus Christ. The Cross is my salvation. I willingly take up my cross and follow in His steps. I like today’s verse of the day.

    ◾Galatians 2:20
    “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

  6. From Presidential edicts of ‘MyRA’ being for your own good and “will never go down in value” to Poland’s ‘precedent-setting’ confiscation of public pensions funds for the good of the nation’s debt load; and from the IMF’s “one-off” wealth tax ‘idea’ to Europe’s recent consideration of ‘wholesale savings confiscations and enforced redistribution’, it appears Marc Faber’s warning that “from now onwards, the bailouts will also be at the expense of the asset holders, the well-to-do people. So if you have money I am sure the governments will one day take away 20-30% of my wealth,” is becoming more likely every day. As the following mini-documentary explains, confirming Ron Paul’s warning that “there is more chaos to come,” Jim Rogers’ fear that “they won’t take our bank accounts…they will take our retirement accounts,” is coming true.

  7. This is tragic. I think “sudden and unexplained” means drug overdose. With 2 small children. I don’t know what happened, but she claimed to be actively, literally, haunted by the spirit of a woman who committed suicide 100 years ago, and by the spirit of her own dead mother. When the voices in your head are that loud, you need more than a rock and roll dad to keep you grounded. That’s real poverty. I pray for her soul, her husband and her kids.

    • barnslayer says:

      Guns are safer in the hands of American citizens. So stop giving them to Mexican drug dealers and moslems.

  8. Knight4GFC says:

    “Last week, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich (who co-founded Mozilla) was forced to resign his position because of his support of traditional marriage. The CEO gave $1,000 eight years ago in support of California’s Proposition 8. That small donation has come back to hurt his career as the intolerant left demanded his head on a platter once it was announced that he had been named CEO of the popular tech company…”

    HBO Star Bill Maher is Scared of the Gay Mafia

  9. Knight4GFC says:

    Shock Claim: Sharpton Was FBI Mob Rat
    Untold story of how activist once aided probes of NYC wiseguys – See more at:

  10. Knight4GFC says:

    “(Breitbart) – According to new statistics from the Labor Department, 16,000 new people sought U.S. unemployment benefits. This brought the seasonally adjusted figure to 326,000. In addition, the national employment holds at 6.7 percent. Meanwhile in Texas, the job market is booming and companies are expanding at a rapid rate.

    Texas Governor Rick Perry said the state is home to a thriving job market due to business-friendly policies and a predictable regulatory climate.

    Perry told Breitbart Texas, ‘We’ve been below the national average of unemployment for over 80 months. We have 1,000 plus people moving into the state per day. So even with the influx of people moving to Texas, we’ve been able to absorb them and to keep as many people employed as we can.'”

    Perry: Unemployment Figures Show Texas Keeping America Afloat – See more at:

  11. Knight4GFC says:

    Dozens Of Armed Protesters Gather At Texas Open-Carry Rally After Tasing, Arrest Of Man Walking Home With Loaded Rifle

  12. Knight, I have a hard time keeping all the Hawaiian fish names straight. Is this a good price for crap? 😀

  13. texan59 says:

    It’s just kinda hard to come up with a snappy retort to this kind of stupid. 🙄

  14. CA Democrats basically erasing Leland Yee and other 2 suspended senators from existence. Leland who?

  15. Jeff Dunham posts Achmed’s Selfie with his BFF.

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