Open Thread, Thursday 10 April 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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50 Responses to Open Thread, Thursday 10 April 2014

    • Here are a few things you might not know about John Wayne:

      1. Real name: Marion Mitchell Morrison. At times, he used the middle name Michael. No one knows why. He took his stage name from Revolutionary War general “Mad Anthony” Wayne.

      2. He got his start at the Fox Film Corp. Before he became famous for his role in John Ford’s Stagecoach, he played, among other things, the lead in the serial The Three Musketeers, an Alexander Dumas classic (like the Count of Monte Cristo).

      3. He was married 3 times, and all 3 wives were of Hispanic descent. His first, Josephine Saenz, was Panamanian and, being a devout Catholic, never recognized the divorce. His second, Esparanza Baur, was a Mexican film actress who tried to shoot him after he wrapped Angel and the Badman in 1947, thinking he was having an affair with costar Gail Russell. Of course, Esperanza had been one of his affairs when she was a former co-star of his, so she perhaps had reason to worry. These marriages reflected Wayne’s fascination with Central and South America, and he became involved in Panamanian politics, especially, and owned an island off the coast of Panama. He requested that “Feo, Fuerte y Formal” be put on his tombstone, meaning “Ugly, Strong and Dignified.”

      4. Raised a Presbyterian, he was also a nearly life long Freemason, becoming a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, but converted to Roman Catholicism before his death, according to son Patrick and grandson Matthew, who was a priest in the California Diocese of Orange.

      5. While he claimed to be a socialist in college, he became a staunch conservative and anti-Communist and supporter of the Vietnam War.

      6. He wore a hairpiece much of his later career, but often appeared in public without it.

      7. Settling in Orange County during much of his life, he kept a yacht, the Wild Goose, in Newport Harbor which became listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. One of the airports in Orange County, John Wayne International Airport, has a large bronze statue of him in cowboy garb.

      8. On a personal note: We (Grunt’s family) have close friends from Newport who also kept a boat in Newport Harbor at the time that John Wayne was sailing his. They exchanged greetings with him every now and then. Two of the women were little girls at the time, and they tell us that they also walked to school by John Wayne’s home in the Newport area. When he was at home, he would occasionally set his dogs on them just for fun, knowing the dogs would not hurt the girls, but it made them shriek in mock fright. Apparently it made him laugh. We were in Newport for our daughter’s wedding last year, and we made sure to fly into John Wayne airport to pay our respects to the big cowboy in bronze. It’s still a beautiful place. Even if it IS in California.

  1. GM puts 2 engineers on leave for the investigation of deadly ignition switch flaw.
    Guess what? Any engineer who’s ever worked in heavy industry will tell you these facts:

    1. If there’s a deadly flaw, the engineers knew about it and suggested a redesign.
    2. If it didn’t get fixed, it was because management rejected it as “too costly” and threatened to fire any engineer who disagreed.
    3. If it was really a deadly flaw, at least one engineer probably already quit over it before you heard about it.
    4. If there’s ever a public enquiry, the engineers who didn’t quit will go to jail; the managers responsible will never be named. Ever.

    • zmalfoy says:

      . . . The process of discovery wouldn’t uncover the documentation from tne engineers– emails, memos, etc– detailing their efforts reagrding the flaw?

      • Only if someone has made an effort to save them. Post-request purging of records usually doesn’t happen at the lowest levels, so if there’s a record or a presentation in an engineer’s files that exonerates him, it will show up. Expect any records above that level to not exist.

        I’ve seen Boeing and Lockheed engineers quit and be fired over deadly flaws they were ordered to overlook. Often, management looks at engineering as an obstacle to profit and, at best, a necessary evil. Nothing they say is trusted, unless it promises income quickly. If ONLY 2 engineers are taking the blame for this GM flaw, you can bet they are almost completely innocent.

        • zmalfoy says:

          Wow. There’s a reason I do almost everything over email and that’s so everything is documented out the @ss. In the contracts world, if it isn’t in writing, it doesn’t exist. If I was ever ordered to do something against my best judgement, there would be hell-raising emails send, CCd to everyone in the office and higher ups and the legal dept. . .memos put into the record . . .

          I and some of my supervisors have, on occasions, written memos that we signed and placed into contract files to register our disapproval of the contract, and that we were finishing it and awarding it against our better judgement. We also put the emails into the file, so it’s very clear who made what decisions and why.

          Maybe we hang out with the lawyers too much, but sometimes, there’s good reason to live in a CYA environment

          • True!

            And don’t get me wrong. I don’t always blame management for disregarding engineering judgment. It’s their jobs. The lower-downs need to keep perspective, and sometimes, they need to be told to “disregard.” But sometimes, it’s criminal, and sometimes, they don’t seem to know the difference.

            • You should know about those kind of things ehb Grunt? kind of like feet versus meters 😉
              Sometimes people just make mistakes and management needs a head on a plate because of pressure.

              • Awwww. That’s cruel! 😀 It turns out that the feet-meters thing WAS just an engineering mistake, and it cost a mission, but no lives, thankfully. And it wasn’t me! 🙂

  2. zmalfoy says:

    Matt Walsh has written an excellent essay on the subject of Modesty. And how it’s not just for girls . . .

    • Outstanding piece by Matt! This guy is a philosopher and a word-smith:
      “Nowadays, virtues have to be defended at a conceptual level. The world has always had unvirtuous men and women, but rarely has it been populated by so many people who deny the fundamental and intrinsic importance of virtue itself.”
      I’m putting Matt on our blogroll. I hope nobody objects.

    • Modesty is not a fad!
      Very well said and written.
      Ultimately, like anything else [which many fail to acknowledge], it is all between the person in the mirror and God. No excuse/excuses will ever change that fact!

  3. Knight4GFC says:

    HHS Secretary Sebelius resigning on heels of ObamaCare rollout

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who was the face of the president’s health care law, is resigning from the Obama administration — a decision that closes one of the rockiest tenures in Obama’s Cabinet.

    Sebelius leaves the administration after the tumultuous launch of the Affordable Care Act exchanges last fall. Despite calls for her ouster from Republicans at the time, she stayed on until the enrollment period ended at the end of March.

    A White House official said President Obama will formally make the announcement on Friday, and nominate White House budget office director Sylvia Matthews Burwell to replace the outgoing secretary. The Senate would have to confirm Burwell to the position. Read more here:

  4. Knight4GFC says:

    The Great ‘Gay’ Deception Grows: Woman Listed as ‘Father’ on Birth Certificate

    Late last month, in an absolute break with reality, Emilia Maria Jesty became the very first baby born in the state of Tennessee to have a woman listed as the “father” on her birth certificate.

    The baby’s biological mother, Valeria Tanco, and her lesbian partner, Sophy Jesty, were “married” in New York, and later moved to Tennessee. Their “marital” status became the subject of a flood of last minute court filings in the days leading up to the baby’s birth.

    In mid-March, as the due date drew near, Judge Aleta Trauger issued a preliminary injunction requiring Tennessee to acknowledge their “marriage.” The state has since appealed that decision to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Trauger also noted in her ruling that under existing Tennessee law, Jesty could not be recognized as a parent to Emilia and would not be permitted to make certain medical decisions on behalf of the child. But, of course, as it turned out, the law meant absolutely nothing when it came to the homosexual “right” to deviancy.


  5. Knight4GFC says:

    A good read.

    What Would the Framers Think of Evicting Churches from NYC Schools?

    A new court ruling has determined that churches can no longer rent public school facilities.

    Churches in New York City can be evicted from the schools. Despite the good they do in the community, they could be out in the cold.


  6. Knight4GFC says:

    Trey Gowdy Destroys Lois Lerner for Abuse of 5th Amendment Privilege

    With passion, eloquence, and plain-spoken analogies, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) explodes over Lois Lerner’s declaration of 17 self-serving exculpatory assertions followed by refusal to answer any questions about those assertions on the grounds that doing so might incriminate her. Read more here:

  7. Knight4GFC says:

    “When Obama controls our guns and ammunition, our money, our healthcare, the environment, the land, our resources, and law enforcement, he won’t have to control food and water, though he is moving into those areas as well. And the more Obama pushes, the more likely the push back. This means it won’t be long before civil war breaks out, that is, if the power elite continue their aggressions and provocations, and if the opposition insists on survival.”

    The Coming Civil War: Total Government Control at the Point of a Gun

  8. Knight4GFC says:

    Muslims Sew Mouth and Eye Shut of Christian Girl as Punishment for Beliefs

    There is no limit to the ruthless abuse of their fellow human beings which these people who follow the supposed “religion of peace” feel compelled to inflict. There proclamations of Islam are belied by the acts that they carry out in its name.

    The young lady pictured made a comment, consistent with her Christian faith, which upset her employers in the town of Palmelkh, Saudi Arabia. She uttered the “blasphemous and intolerable” words: “Jesus Christ, peace be upon him, is a personal Savior.”

    These tolerant, peaceful people responded in outrage and quickly took matters into their own hands… Read more here:

  9. Knight4GFC says:

    “…Gun Owners of America, in a post in Ammoland, characterizes the BATFE ruling as a “strained and perverted reading” of what constitutes armor piercing ammunition. The ruling constitutes government fiat without any statutory authority whatsoever, according to the Second Amendment advocacy group…”

    Feds Declare War On Affordable and Plentiful Imported Ammunition

  10. Knight4GFC says:

    “Red Dawn”: Supporters Rally to Defend Family Facing Showdown With Feds

    …More than 100 supporters violated a crudely taped off “First Amendment Area” to rally in support of the Bundy family, erecting two flagpoles with the words “We the People” attached, above a flag which read, “Liberty Freedom For God We Stand”. The first amendment area stood empty, with one sign nearby declaring, “1st Amendment is not an area…” Read more here:

  11. Knight4GFC says:

    IF this is true… then things just might get veeerry interesting.

    “…The Federal government will no doubt step up their efforts, as they are facing the possibility of a widespread rebellion resulting from their actions against a private citizen whose only “crime” was to graze his cattle on the land his family has used for this purpose for over a century. It would not be at all surprising to see the President of the United States call up National Guard troops and more militarized law enforcement officials for fear of having this spiral out of control. A declaration of martial law to go along with already established First Amendment Areas is not out of the question…”

    UPDATE: Up to 5,000 Armed Militia Members Will Be Arriving in Bunkerville, Nevada Today

  12. Knight4GFC says:

    Christian Woman Attacked, Murdered by Islamists in Egypt

    Another report has come out of Egypt detailing the brutal murder of a Coptic Christian by an Islamic mob. According to an eyewitness, a woman identified as 25-year-old Mary Sameh George was pulled from her car in a Cairo suburb by an Islamic mob who reportedly had seen a cross dangling from her rearview mirror.

    The Washington Times reported that the eyewitness said George was attacked outside a church where she had driven to deliver medication to an elderly woman. The witness said members of the mob jumped on top of the woman’s car, smashed through the roof, and dragged her into the street where they brutally beat her to death.

    According to the eyewitness, George was beaten so savagely by the out-of-control Islamists that pieces of her scalp were ripped off her head. Mob members reportedly stabbed the Christian woman several times and slit her throat before setting her car on fire… Read more here:

  13. Knight4GFC says:

    BLM Rangers Brought in From Out of State for Nevada Ranch ‘Emergency’

    ‘They’re almost like a hired gun’

  14. Knight4GFC says:

    Two photo captions that should remain indelible:

    Mary, Martyr for the Cross; Obama, Muslim Brotherhood Enabler

    The horrific, only-days-ago murder of Coptic Christian Mary Sameh George, in a suburb of Cairo, can honestly be laid at the feet of shameful Muslim Brotherhood booster President Barack Hussein Obama.

    A true evil that should be shouted from rooftops, it went down with neither whisper nor whimper in the nothing-to-lose Mainstream Media of the Free West, with only the courageous, American columnist/author Raymond Ibrahim calling attention to it.

    Rioting Muslim Brotherhood supporters attacked the Virgin Mary and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church, opening fire on it and setting parked cars aflame on March 28. Four innocents died in the attack.

    Parked by the church, where she was delivering medicine to an elderly, sick woman, Mary Sameh George was savagely mauled and molested before being murdered—all because a cross hanging on her rear view mirror easily identified her as a Christian.

    Nightmarish in impact, the eyewitness details of Mary’s death on the Egyptian program 90 Minutes, is not for the fainthearted:

    “Once they saw that she was a Christian [because of the cross hanging on her rear view mirror], they jumped on top of the car, to the point that the vehicle was no longer visible. The roof of the car collapsed in. When they realized that she was starting to die, they pulled her out of the car and started pounding on her and pulling her hair—to the point that portions of her hair and scalp came off. They kept beating her, kicking her, stabbing her with any object or weapon they could find… Throughout [her ordeal] she tried to protect her face, giving her back to the attackers, till one of them came and stabbed her right in the back, near the heart, finishing her off. Then another came and grabbed her by the hair, shaking her head, and with the other hand slit her throat. Another pulled her pants off, to the point that she was totally naked.” -Ray Ibrahim, ‘Muslim Brotherhood Slaughter Christian Woman’, March 30, 2014.

    “The eyewitness, as well as many others who have since appeared on videos, complained about Egyptian State Security and how it did not intervene—just like under Morsi, when St. Mark Cathedral was besieged, even as security stood by—how it knows exactly who the murderers are, and how one of Mary’s murderers, whom “everyone reported to Security,” was simply relaxing in his home, not even hiding.

    “Added the eyewitness: “Let me tell you, here in Ain Shams, we [Christians] know that every Friday is a day of death; that the day after Friday, Saturday, we’ll be carried to the morgue!”

    “In fact, the overwhelming majority of attacks on Egypt’s Christians occur on Friday—the day when pious Muslims meet in mosque for prayers and to hear sermons,” Ibrahim continued.

    “The significance of this fact can only be understood by analogy: what if Christians were especially violent to non-Christian minorities on Sunday—right after they got out of church? What would that say about what goes on in Christian churches?

    “What does it say about what goes on in Muslim mosques?”

    Obama, an unabashed supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, got away with blaming an obscure YouTube and a riot for the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi, Libya… Read more here:

    • Vicious murderers, relaxing in their homes, untouched by any law, until they get worked up again next Friday. This is really Obama’s demonic legacy. Egypt would not have descended into this without his direct help.

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