Open Thread – May 4, 2012

What are you thinking about today?

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74 Responses to Open Thread – May 4, 2012

  1. chopper says:

    On May 4th:
    1626 – Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on Manhattan Island. Native Americans later sold the island (20,000 acres) for $24 in cloth and buttons.
    1776 – Rhode Island declared its freedom from England two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
    1863 – The Battle of Chancellorsville ended when the Union Army retreated.
    1905 – Belmont Park opened in suburban Long Island. It opened as the largest race track in the world.
    1916 – Germany agreed to limit its submarine warfare after a demand from U.S. President Wilson.
    1932 – Al Capone entered the Atlanta Penitentiary federal prison for income-tax evasion.
    1942 – The Battle of the Coral Sea commenced as American and Japanese carriers launched their attacks at each other.
    1942 – The United States began food rationing.
    1946 – A two-day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay ended. Five people were killed.
    1961 – Thirteen civil rights activists, dubbed "Freedom Riders," began a bus trip through the South. 1970 – The Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded.

  2. chopper says:

    1979 – Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first woman prime minister.
    1981 – The Federal Reserve Board raised its discount rate to 14%.
    1989 – Oliver North, a former White House aide was convicted of shredding documents and two other crimes. He was acquitted of nine other charges.
    1994 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed a historic accord on Palestinian autonomy that granted self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
    1998 – Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was given four life sentences plus 30 years by a federal judge in Sacramento, CA. The sentence was under a plea agreement that spared Kaczynski the death penalty.
    1999 – Several severe tornadoes hit the Midwest U.S. overnight. At least 45 people were killed.
    1999 – Manuel Babbitt was executed for killing Leah Schendel in 1980. Babbitt had received a purple heart for his injuries in Vietnam while on death row.
    2000 – Londoners elected their mayor for the first time.
    2003 – Idaho Gem was born. He was the first member of the horse family to be cloned.
    2010 – Pablo Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" sold for $106.5 million

  3. Lanna says:

    The left's latest plan to eliminate the debt:

  4. Lanna says:

    Does the $13 million recently awarded to a couple who were the victims of internet libel set precedent for prosecuting trolls? Easy to get their internet addresses and their slime trail is easy to follow.

  5. Oregontea says:

    I'm thinking today that our resident troll is going insane.

    The slide into the hell that is liberal insanity has taken over its life.

    Pity the poor troll.

    Please don't feed the troll.


    I apologize in advance for anything me, or my cousins say here.
    We have Tourettes Syndrome, and can't help ourselves.
    That, and Pedophilia is the family curse.

  7. Cowboy Logic says:

    Jobs Report

    They have just released the April Jobs Report, and the numbers are abysmal.
    The Government had projected 170,000 jobs being added.
    The actual number id 115,000.

    They missed that one by a mile.

    Add that to the number of people who have simply given up, and Unemployment is not at the 8.2% that the Government projects. The real number, I would guess, is closer to 20%

    • Red47 says:

      That explains why the news outlets are going so heavy on the lower unemployment files. Because the actual numbers don't tell the whole story.

    • 10ACS1 says:

      Exactly right. The dirty little secret that the water carriers always want us to disregard, is the labor force participation rate.

    • ladykrystyna says:

      I heard Doug McInytre this morning mocking this very thing: only 115,000 jobs are created but somehow the unemployment numbers keep going down.

      And I've heard some say that it's "closer to 10%", and they are right of center folk, but I think they are even low balling it. You are probably more correct than any of them.

      We need 225,000 a month to just break even.

      • Red47 says:

        88 million people have stopped looking for work, so far. Several million jobs have just vanished. That is how the percentages look better than reality.

        • ladykrystyna says:

          Yup. I hope most people are at least realizing that the numbers they are pushing are a lie.

  8. Red47 says:

    I am trying to decide if my local conservative Republican fundraiser is worth attending. Michele Malkin is the featured speaker. Is she just going to yell for an hour and be mad? Has anyone heard her speak? Is $65 for dinner and a good hollerin' worth it? I could just donate.

    • Petroglyph says:

      More than worth it Red. I'd jump on the chance to see Ms. Malkin.

      • Red47 says:

        My husband doesn't like her much. I think she has improved considerably and I always enjoy her opinion. Maybe I will go alone and network!

    • NotKennedy says:

      Depends on what else is on the menu! I have read her material for many years and she has talent as a writer as well being a genuine journalist who actually does the work for her stories and reports. But… somewhere along the way, something happens to good writers and reporters when they get involved with show biz.

      I prefer to think of Malkin as a conservative and leave the stigma of Republicanism as a collateral burden of finding an appreciative audience.

  9. Red47 says:

    If we write something and delete it, and the person has their email notification on, does the person still get the deleted comment, or has that changed?

    • Petroglyph says:

      If you delete it immediately, they will not receive it. If you leave the post there for at least 45 seconds then delete it, they will receive it.

  10. Syrin23 says:

    "A shocking U.S. Army manual that describes how political activists in prison camps will be indoctrinated by specially assigned psychological operations officers contains numerous clear references to the fact that the policies do apply domestically to U.S. citizens."


    • Deusexmachina says:

      Thank God, I'm not a political activist…

      • TanksSherman says:

        Sorry Deuse, the evesdropping facility in Utah has information proving otherwise…..assimilate or die.

        Oh well, there's always the Butch and Sundance option…..

        • Deusexmachina says:

          They'll harvest those bird-brained tweeters and the fools that air their dirty laundry on Assbook before they get around to me, and, by then, This old wolf will be so far in the weeds that they'll never find me…

          • TanksSherman says:

            Perhaps. I think they will be coming for hunting license holders, CCW permit holders, recent gun registration applicants and small business owners…..

    • Oregontea says:

      Scary stuff, indeed.
      when the feces hits the rotating wind propeller, we better be on the "right" side.

  11. Red47 says:

    I am thinking that people who fall prey to scam artists are either incapable of their own defense or they deserve it.
    I got this email. Should I click the link? Do banks write gibberish when they send you anything? (Well…you know what I mean)
    Dear Account Holder,
    This notice applies to your online banking user password has been expired.
    Set up a new user password by following these steps:
    1. Log into your online banking by our "secure link for Expired Password" (that was their hyperlink title) and entering the temporary password below.
    Your temporary password is: cn34R%vnjerFD
    2. You will then be prompted to change your password.
    This temporary password will expire in 24 hours.

    • Oregontea says:

      This is a Phishing scam to get your personal information. Report it to your local police agency and do not respond, period.

      Your local police will be gracious and do nothing, as usual.

      • Red47 says:

        I never report these things. The authorities already know about them usually and unless a large number of people suffer damages, there is no action.

        • Oregontea says:

          I always report, the last 2 times I was the 1st to do so. Nobody wlsedoes for the reason, you state. That is why they get away with it.

    • Hank_Scorpio says:

      The best ones are the emails from Nigerian princes in exile that want to share their millions with you after you give them your bank account number.

      Another, more insidious, scam is the spyware. Users will click on something or download something they're not supposed to and all of a sudden they'll get an official looking pop up window that tells them they are infected with a virus that will send all of their information to identity thieves. The really bad ones shutdown anti-spyware utilities and lockout all administration utilities. They're given a link to purchase software to remove this virus. It only takes a few people out of the millions that get hit with this to fall for it and give up their info.

      If I had my way I'd create a special assassination force to hunt one of these people down, and then have them executed on Pay Per View. Something with lions or hungry bears I think….

      • ladykrystyna says:

        I've never fallen for the Nigerian prince one (or any of its many offshoots).

        But I did fall for the spyware one once. I can't remember why I panicked and just started hitting buttons, but I did. I wound up being okay in the end. And I've had the thing pop up once or twice more, but I just ignore it.

        I agree with your special force to get rid of people who do that kind of thing. Talk about parasites.

        • Hank_Scorpio says:

          Just one violent, painful death by hungry animal on Pay Per View to show the rest of the parasites what will happen when they're caught by my special team of assassins.

      • Red47 says:

        I have gotten several from Nigeria. They are so poorly written, they are always good for a few laughs. Usually there is some Christian plea involved–"because you are such a good Christian. The last one I got was because I am such a good Muslim. I was shattered. I thought they knew how good a Christian I am.

        The one we usually warn each other about is the one where someone wants to buy something from my website, and they want to send me a money order or some kind of odd arrangement. Always we make them go through the pay process on the website, then wait a week or two before the product is sent. They go away.
        They all should be punished outside of the American prison system.

  12. Holdmynose says:

    I am thinking about whether it is worth the time and trouble to challenge my property taxes. There are no comparables, no one is buying or selling.

    • Red47 says:

      Look up Clark Howard or Bill Handel on the Law. They usually have useful advice.

  13. 4arepublic says:

    The Obama Marxist regime will "officially" start their re-incarnation campaign tomorrow- Karl Marx's birthday. Coincidence? I don't think so.

  14. Syrin23 says:


    "On the disaster known as contemporary Economists: The dominant economists are truly terrible at one thing; They are terrible at economics. Occasionally they go beyond economics and they are abysmal on ethics. They are the leading opponents and dangers to democracy throughout the EU, in particular, but in America as well."

    LOL! Classic

  15. Syrin23 says:


    Supreme Court upholds the rights of law enforcement to FRAME YOU !!!!!!!!!

    • LibertyWriter says:

      √ √ √ √ √

    • ladykrystyna says:


      • Syrin23 says:

        EXACTLY !!!!!

        • ladykrystyna says:

          Wasn't there another case – not sure if it made it up to SCOTUS – where it was decided that it was protected speech to lie about being a veteran and/or lying about the fact that you got a medal. It was about the Stolen Valor Act.

          Made no sense. You don't have the freedom to lie. If you did, there'd be no fraud law! Or defamation!

          I guess the only thing I could think of is "where is the injury?" or "who has been injured?" That's my lawyer side coming out.

          But to say you have a 1st Amendment right to it, seems a bit absurd.

    • Rebas Thgil says:

      Liberalism disease, plain and simple.

  16. ladykrystyna says:

    Okay, calling all prayerful folk:

    Things for me have another chance of looking up further. I got onto Linked In about 2 years ago, but never really used it much. Just linked up with some people I knew. One of them was a friend of an acquaintance who worked in the legal field; specifically document review. I haven't kept in much contact with her. But she contacted me through Linked In yesterday with a possibly opportunity. A document review center is being set up in downtown L.A. and she asked if I were interested/still looking for work.

    What do you think I said?


    Anyway, I'm in contact with her, finishing up fixing up my resume and would love some prayers that this works out in one good way or another (full time/part time/contract/doesn't really matter).