General Discussion, Friday, March 3, 2017


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  1. texan59 says:

    It’s Friday kids. Finally. Coffee up y’all, so we can get through this day without stranglin’ somebody.

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  2. texan59 says:

    This one comes real close to makin’ me wanna choke his wind off, or at least throat punch him. Jorge and the Mooch. Any more questions about the UniParty? I don’t have any. 😈

    Liked by 4 people

  3. MaryfromMarin says:

    ^^^ Looks like a living slinky ^^^ .

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  4. czarowniczy says:

    Was going to mention…in one of the most Christian big cities in the US a few churches have set up ‘drive thru’ stations for receiving ashes. As many agencies and businesses are closed on Shrove Monday and Sin Tuesday, being off for long services or lines in church is a no-go with a lot of bosses. The hierarchy of each church involved have…to use and expression…blessed the practice as it’s the receipt of the ashes that’s important and not the location.
    Local news is treating the practice as a circus, trying to make it look as if there’s something perfunctory and comical about it. They don’t come right out and attack it, just the way they present the activity. Part of their anti-religion agenda, problem with religious-based violence is religion – no religion, no violence.
    I slso note that you do not see any on-camera news persons with ashes any more.

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  5. czarowniczy says:

    City councilperson answered back that New Orleans isn’t a sanctuary city as there is no legal definition of a sanctuary city.

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  6. patternpuzzler says:

    This day in American History: March 3

    1634: The first tavern in Boston opens (Samuel Cole)

    1812: US passes first foreign aid legislation, for victims of a Venezuelan earthquake

    1815: US declares war on Algiers for taking prisoners and demanding tribute.

    1842: Massachusetts restricts factory workers under the age of twelve to a ten-hour workday, a forward looking but an unenforceable law.

    1845: Florida is admitted to the Union as the twenty-seventh state

    1855: At the suggestion of Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, Congress appropriates $30,000 to import Egyptian camels for service in the Southwest. Davis’ plan is to fight Indians by mounting howitzers on the camels’ humps, but the project fails for lack of experienced camelteers.

    1873: US Congress & government retroactively raise their own salaries

    1871: The Indian Appropriation Act nullifies all treaties with the tribes and makes Indians wards of the federal government.

    1931: “Star Spangled Banner” officially becomes US national anthem by congressional resolution

    1931: Cab Calloway records “Minnie the Moocher” (Jazz’s 1st million seller)

    Yes. Really. Humps with Howitzers.

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  7. amwick says:

    Good Morning All…
    Sunny and coldish here in Myrtle Beach..I have started yet another puzzle and realized that it is too big to work on my table… 24″ x 30″

    I found this, brand new at a thrift shop…..

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  8. WeeWeed says:

    TGIF, y’all!

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  9. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ Czarina! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Phlox! (aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest πŸ™‚ 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG πŸ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Doughnuts for coffee!

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  10. Wooly Phlox says:

    I don’t know what to think of this. It seems most commenters at AT have a dim view of the author, so I take it with a heap of salt.

    What is Mattis thinking? In the comments some have noted that you don’t become a General nowadays on merit, but on political prostitution and selling out, and that a Colonel with a backbone would be better suited for Defense. I don’t know.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Okay. That’s it. I think I may go back to bed and stay there until Monday. Then, I will venture out again and see if the world is still tilted to the side. {sigh}

      Liked by 3 people

    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Keep your friends close, your enemies closer. Now Gen Mattis, has a very, very, strong work ethic. Now would want to be dismissed from your position a political appointee or incompetents…. now think about that…..overload that Ruck, “explain to me why you wrote this stupid staff paper”……


  11. auscitizenmom says:

    Seriously, I can’t decide whether to laugh or cry. SMH
    “College Student Suspended after Challenging ‘Oops!’ and ‘Ouch’ Rules against Free Speech”

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  12. Wooly Phlox says:

    I love me some PDT.

    Donald Trump is President of the United States of America. And he tweets. I mean HIM, himself. By his own volition. When he wants to, and whatever he wants to.

    Obama wasn’t allowed to do that by ValJar and his other handlers. Because Obama was never in charge of even his own life. Sad!

    Can anyone imagine being Obama, waking up and looking in the mirror each morning and realizing that fact? That he was never really in charge?

    I’m betting Obama is really frikikin’ depressed right now, because he sees what a leader really looks like in Trump.

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Nope. Will never happen – Teh Won is a malignant narcissist. He is/was/and-forever-will-be the be-all/end-all best Leader the World Has Ever Seen. THE Legend in his own mind.

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    • A couple of things. First, did ValJar prevent him, or did O simply not do it? On Twitter President Trump is instantly connected with people who voted for him or want to know what he’s doing, etc. Did O’s handler’s prevent him, or did O not opt to do it because he was better then the “little people”?

      Second, i don’t think he’s depressed. he may be, but I’m leaning towards him being angry. The problem with him being angry is that there’s no telling what he might do because of it.

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        Barack was a marionette, his whole life, up to and including his two terms.

        Of his own volition, he was only ever allowed to golf, to vacation, and to play “Brewster’s Trillions” Every other thing he did or said in 8 years, except off-mic, he was told to do or say. Every other place he went, he was told to do so. Unless it was another round of golf, or another spendy vacay, or another attempt at emulating Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder.

        Trump is not similarly leashed.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          He was telling other kids when he was in Kindergarten, “I’m gonna be President!”

          He’s one of the most amazing people in American, and World, History.

          Because he was planned and made by other people, from before conception.

          Obama is an anomaly, I believe. Frank Marshall Davis and Barack, Sr. and Saul Alinsky and Jeremiah Wright and many others made this person. Find some young woman, impregnate her, and make that baby Our Communist/Islamist President.

          They actually did it! They made a guy! It’s almost unbelievable, but it happened. Some people actually played God and made a person, and successfully guided him to the presidency of the United States, where he remained a marionette.

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          • Wooly Phlox says:

            Seriously. Has that ever been done before?

            We’re gonna make a baby. Then we’re gonna make him President.

            It has, now. They actually did it.

            If I was part of the crew that made Obama, I’d be pretty arrogant right now.

            Because it’s never been done before, by mankind.


            • Wooly Phlox says:

              What are Barack’s handlers going to do with him now?

              SecGen of the U.N.? Yeah, right.

              They’re going to drop BHO like a bad habit.

              I’ll offer up my landscaping services for their single-wide.


              • Wooly Phlox says:

                Remember: Barack is not, nor has he ever been, in charge of his own life.

                Oops. I see him in Bankruptcy court, when the Dems drop him like a hot potato.


          • auscitizenmom says:

            I think there is so much truth in that.


    • auscitizenmom says:

      Oh, come now. ValJar is telling him what a good boy he is. And, he is gleefully rubbing his hands together thinking about all the trouble he is going to cause for our Genuine-President Trump. I don’t think he is introspective enough to care about not being a real leader.That was never his goal. Community disorganization is, and was, his goal.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Wooly Phlox says:

        It’s one of my favorite photos of Barack. It says so much.

        Liked by 2 people

        • The Tundra PA says:

          Indeed. It says everything you need to know about who he is, and the relationship between them. He is the proud 1st grader who comes home with a gold star on his homework. She is the proud mommy telling him what a good boy he is.

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  13. stella says:

    Thoughts on Associated Press β€˜fact checking’!uZXIZZVbEhz486oZxKAuRw/


    The Associated Press in a self-described β€œfact check” examined President Donald Trump’s claims from his Congressional address.

    The Associated Press would serve readers better if it stopped ankle-biting and, instead, refined readers’ understanding of key problems faced by our country. [Hint: even the New York Times, no friend to Trump, supported the accuracy of most of Trump’s claims.]

    TRUMP: β€…β€œAccording to the National Academy of Sciences, our current immigration system costs America’s taxpayers many billions of dollars a year.”

    APβ€…β€œFACTS”: That’s not exactly what that report says. It says immigrants β€œcontribute to government finances by paying taxes and add expenditures by consuming public services.” β€” But Trump says exactly what the report says about first generation immigrants.

    TRUMP: β€œWe’ve saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by bringing down the price” of the F-35 jet fighter.

    AP β€œFACTS”: The cost savings he persists in bragging about were secured in full or large part before he became president. β€” But after Trump had been elected and tweeted about overruns

    TRUMP: β€œSince my election, [many companies] have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs.”

    AP β€œFACTS”: Trump is taking credit for corporate jobs decisions that largely predate his election. β€” But, the announcements were made after Trump’s election.

    AP β€œFACTS”: The best measure of whether more jobs are actually being created is the monthly employment report issued by the Labor Department . . . on March 10. β€” But that is different than what Trump claimed.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      Trump is using rhetoric, and, as usual, the AP assumes he is using dialectic.

      It’s almost an axiom at this point.

      The Left assumes the right is using dialectic. They don’t take Trump, or any real conservative seriously, but they take every single line literally. We, on the other hand, take Trump seriously, but we DON’T take every single line literally, because we understand the difference between rhetoric and dialectic.

      The same people, the same Progs, do the same thing with the Bible, and despite the fact that we’re not killing witches, assume that we take every line therein literally, too.


      • Wooly Phlox says:

        It’s hard to believe that such stupid, stupid people can be so devious.


        • Sharon says:

          As long as they have a self-selected, listening, and believing audience the levels of their stupidity and deviousness are side issues.

          Successful lawbreakers can be highly successful in their chosen profession. Stupid and devious people can be highly successful in attaining their goals. The reason our nation is on the ropes is because the success rate of lawbreaking, stupid, and devious people has, for decades, be minimized by those who saw through.

          Saying what is so (on the part of observers) does not inherently shed much light on the impact of those who are skilled in lying. They have an audience: they have a very large, self-selected audience.

          Particularly in the wake of this election there seems to be a tendency on the part of long-frustrated Americans to go to yahooing as in, “We’ve got them on the run! Yea! Take THAT! And THAT!……” The name calling and recommendation of public shootings without due process of law is now coming from so-called conservative commenters who are present on any number of familiar blogs.

          I do not find it difficult at all to believe that stupid and devious people are successful. Believe your ‘lying eyes’, Wooly. Just believe your lying eyes. Stop looking for alternative explanations to their decades of success in persuasion and implementation – they are very, very good at what they do. They have both a domestic and international audience approving of and financing what they do. They do not experience much uncertainty.

          For one thing, the AP knows full well that their selected audience couldn’t care less about the difference between dialectic and rhetoric – the fact that they don’t is very useful to AP, and will continue to be in the future. The lack of internal thought processes, cause and effect, etc., on the part of most of our citizens will continue be a very useful thing to “the stupid deceivers.” As long as they get their way and retain their influence, they don’t care if they are called names.

          I have never assumed that just because Trump was elected, the ship of state would inevitably be righted. The domestic enemy is deeply invested, infesting every part of our national infrastructure, public and private.

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          • Wooly Phlox says:

            The name calling and recommendation of public shootings without due process of law is now coming from so-called conservative commenters who are present on any number of familiar blogs. I haven’t seen much of that in my internet travels.

            Stella’s Place is my self-selected audience. And I’m IN the audience. We’re just allowed to shout stuff out to the players whenever!

            I agree with every other thing in your comment, which doesn’t surprise me.


      • stella says:

        The thing is – Trump had the facts correct. The AP didn’t. In these examples we could take every line seriously.

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  14. stella says:

    Trump Schedule
    Friday, March 3, 2017

    10:25 am || Departs White House
    12:50 pm || Arrives Orlando, Florida
    1:35 pm || Meets with parents, teachers and students at
    Saint Andrew Catholic School; Orlando
    3:20 pm || Departs Orlando
    4:05 pm || Arrives West Palm Beach
    7:00 pm || Attends the RNC Spring Retreat Dinner; Palm Beach

    All times Eastern

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  15. John Denney says:

    Looking at the newspaper in the break room a few minutes ago, I realized inflection is everything.

    THE WALL street journal. πŸ™‚

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  16. The Tundra PA says:

    Just gotta say Stella, how much I love the frog pictures this week. I think Wednesday’s pair with bug eyes is my fav. This little guy today…I have to wonder what survival benefit is conferred by the tiger-stripe colors. Perhaps it makes him look poisonous to predators? Can’t be camo…

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  17. amwick says:

    The world turned without me today. ‘Spose it’s almost time to check in on it, but for now it can keep right on spinning. Lovely frog pics, crispy pancakes, who could ask for more?

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  19. Wooly Phlox says:

    Via Drudge:

    OMGoodness. She is shameless. Then again, no surprise. She’s a Democrat.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Wooly Phlox says:

      Self-beclowining of Democrats is fun to watch, I have to admit.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Wooly Phlox says:

        H/T Drudge and The Young Turks.

        View story at

        I never in my entire life thought I would see Establishment Democrats accusing their opponents of “speaking with Russians” and implying that it’s a bad thing to do so.

        Never. Wow. Maybe Republicans and Democrats “switched sides” again! You know, like they did, and everyone in college knows, in the 1960s, when Democrats became good people and Republicans magically all became racists! Now Republicans are in cahoots with The Russians! They switched sides! Again! Nope. nope. and nope.

        People don’t change. The narrative does, on a whim.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          Sometimes I think the Left hates Russia now because Russia switched sides.

          Russia is a nationalist government. It puts Russian people first.

          Since Beslan, their government has said NO to Islam and invasion.

          Russia has embraced orthodox Christianity again.

          You can see why the Left, created by the USSR, hates Russia now.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Wooly Phlox says:

            Russia is as diverse as it wants to be.

            And Russia has that choice, that national self-determination.

            That’s why the Left hates Russia now.

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  20. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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