Open Thread, Friday 5 September 2014

Gravity Waves, over Tibet. From http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140901.html

Gravity Waves, over Tibet. From http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140901.html

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About zmalfoy

Z. Malfoy is a practicing Catholic-with-an-"interesting"-past. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education (Spec. Voice) from Loyola University New Orleans, and has since taken a few business courses to expand her knowledge base. In her free time, she studies belly-dance, alchemy, theology, and various skills related to self-sufficiency. She also enjoys reading science fiction, refreshing her French, and watching anime. She recently started with learning Krav Maga and Russian.
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32 Responses to Open Thread, Friday 5 September 2014

  1. solaratov says:

    It looks like the “official” story may be starting to fall apart. Interesting times ahead.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/09/05/top-cia-official-in-benghazi-delayed-response-to-terrorist-attack-us-security/

    • barnslayer says:

      It’ll be interesting to see who they wind up insulating against blame…. Barry, Hitlery or ???

      • Aussie says:

        Both are to blame

        • barnslayer says:

          Hi Aussie! No doubt about the blame. I was wondering who will get better protection since one thinks they are king and the other may run for president.

          • Aussie says:

            Heaven forbid if Hillary was ever to become POTUS. It was bad enough that her husband got to that position. He was a complete “f” up!! He was not nearly as weak as Barry Soetoro, but he hesitated and did not take out Bin Laden when he had the opportunity… and this led to the attack on the WTC.

    • barnslayer says:

      Free as in they grow their own or, more likely, I gotta pay for it?
      Next up…. potheads will be considered a disability. Can’t fire them (if they bother to get a job) and give them your seat on mass transit because uh… they’re high?

  2. barnslayer says:

    Moms Demand Action (anti-gun group) leader from Oklahoma has restraining order against her being within 300 ft. of a specific group of children and is forbidden to own forearms.
    http://bearingarms.com/moms-demand-leader-deemed-threat-kids-barred-owning-guns/

  3. solaratov says:

    The Five Nevers of Self Defense

    * #1: NEVER go with the assailant to a second location. Why do you think he wants you to go there? (There are actually several possibilities, but they’re all bad).

    * #2: NEVER give up your gun. This standard Hollywood trope, where the hero gives up his gun because the villain is threatening Sweet Polly Purebred or whomever, and then manages to free them both through some brilliant stratagem, only works in the hands of a trained and certified member of the Writers’ Guild. Don’t let him have your gun: just “Let him have it.”

    * #3: NEVER get in a car with someone threatening you with a gun, or even with someone who might threaten or harm you or who has an incentive to harm you.

    * #4: NEVER let someone tie you up. He doesn’t mean you well to begin with, and you have just made the decision to outsource your survival to him. Being bound is an intermediate station of the cross on the way to dusty death for many homicide victims.

    * #5: NEVER give up. Never give in. Never surrender. Run, fight, attack. In the aftermath of the Onion Field, LAPD Commissioner “Two-gun” Powers told his men to use any weapon they could, and pointed out that a #2 pencil can kill.

    via Weapons Man Go there and read it all. Interesting info in the comments.

  4. solaratov says:

    Well, this doesn’t sound like much fun at all.

    http://kottke.org/14/04/how-to-drink-all-night-without-getting-drunk

    If you’re going to drink all night without getting drunk, all you’re going to do is exercise your bladder and waste a lot of money. And I’m bettin’ that you still don’t pass the breathalizer.

  5. Knight4GFC says:

    I can actually see the fire and glow of the lava flow from my backyard.

    Lava flows toward homes on Hawaii’s Big Island
    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/09/04/hawaiian-volcano-observatory-issues-warning-as-lava-gets-within-1-mile-big/

    • solaratov says:

      Is the lava heading toward you, or on a path to be close, or what?

      • Knight4GFC says:

        No sir. I live uphill approximately 7-10 miles due North, Northwest of the flow as the crow flies. I can see right this moment, the red glow from the lava flow in the distance from my backyard.

        Other communities are in harms way as well as the town of Pahoa. An entire section of the eatern part of the Big Island is in danger of being cut off from the rest of society if the flow continues downhill and eventually to the ocean.

  6. Harvey says:

    Thank you for posting, zmalfoy. This is for you.

  7. zmalfoy says:

    Not all is lost in Maryland. Yet. Bongino is totally cool, and I’m really hoping he wins his race!

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/09/republican-dan-bongino-eyes-big-win-in-md06/

  8. solaratov says:

    ‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’
    Not what you’d expect from this blog, but I received this in an email tonight and thought I’d share:

    A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds,

    ‘What does love mean?’

    The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined

    See what you think:

    ‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’

    Rebecca- age 8

    ‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.
    You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’

    Billy – age 4

    ‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’

    Karl – age 5

    ‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’

    Chrissy – age 6

    ‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’

    Terri – age 4

    ‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’

    Danny – age 7

    ‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that.
    They look gross when they kiss’

    Emily – age 8

    ‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’

    Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

    ‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate. ‘

    Nikka – age 6
    (we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)

    ‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.’

    Noelle – age 7

    ‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’

    Tommy – age 6

    ‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.

    He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’

    Cindy – age 8

    ‘My mommy loves me more than anybody
    You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’

    Clare – age 6

    ‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’

    Elaine-age 5

    ‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’

    Chris – age 7

    ‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’

    Mary Ann – age 4

    ‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’

    Lauren – age 4

    ‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ (what an image)

    Karen – age 7

    ‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross..’

    Mark – age 6

    ‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’

    Jessica – age 8

    And the final one

    The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

    Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

    When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,

    ‘Nothing , I just helped him cry.’

    • Thanks for sharing Sol. Sometimes we can learn a lot from the “little ones”. Simple and truthful.
      Good to see you Sol. How are you feeling? The GFC household has been praying for you daily.

      • solaratov says:

        I’ve been feeling pretty good lately. There are, of course, bad days occasionally…but I know that they’ll pass. And, so far the chemo hasn’t made me sick at all. (My hair is falling out, though – but I’m told that it will grow back after chemo. I hope so. I’m gonna miss my mustache. I’ve had it since I was 18.)
        I do appreciate all of the prayers. I know that they make a difference for me.

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