Thursday Open Comments

I know this is Holy Thursday, but this is too cute to pass up. Here’s a group of doctors…well, just watch.

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61 thoughts on “Thursday Open Comments

  1. We weren’t married the first time but me and my Sweetie had a 5 yr skip after a year. In many ways it just the right thing to happen.

  2. Good morning Hamsters. We have 68 and lots of humidity at 6, and prospects for relief are nil at the moment. The Bunny is not likely to tote in cool air along with the basket of eggs on Sunday.

    Regarding the OC opener, we always knew that anesthesiologists get paid to wake you up not put you to sleep, which is the easy part of the deal.

  3. Time for outdoor stuff again today – mow lawn, trim bushes, cut brush, etc. We’ll see just how many of these chores actually get completed – Don’t want to do everything all at once because then there would be nothing else left to do later – right? And the IPB’s that just started this year in the area where I cleared brush last year are coming on strong, so let’s hear it for IPB’s. I’ll be harvesting some seeds from them when they mature and scattering them in my bluebonnet patch. BTW, hummingbird season is also getting into full swing. Have a great day one and all, but don’t do anything you don’t want the ducks knowing about.

  4. bonez

    Ann Coulter, frequently lambasted as a Trump floosie, is not happy at all about the Syrian bombing.

    I gotta say that I am conflicted about Trump bombing Syria. I understand both sides of the argument and usually I easily choose one side or the other. But not this time.

    Colter makes a good argument against especially when she points out our historical blunders of outing one guy only to see a more oppressive regime come in. I might add that since the gauntlet has now been thrown down for the “sake of the children” what about these other countries that abuse their population? Trump is sparking for a fight with Norko, why have we not taken that leader out before now. China with their human rights issues and the list goes on. If we are going to be the worlds defender are we not obligated to destroy all repressive regimes?

    This country has gone to war several times since WWII and we have not won one war since. One of the reasons is we no longer have the resolve to win. We go to war more concerned about winning the hearts of the people than destroying the enemy. You win a war by breaking things and killing people. After we have pounded the enemy into complete defeat then you work to win the hearts of the people. We try to fight wars with a politically correct eye to insure we do not bomb mosques when we know bad guys are in there. That is crappola. Before I support another war or even military action, Trump will have to convince me that he is willing to do what it takes to win the war. Colter is right and I blame Bush for a big part of the mess we are in now. Bush did not fight the battle to win.

  5. #9 Squawk: The last DECLARED WAR was WWII and we won that one. All the rest were some sort of “police action” or some other such non-war nonsense. Of all them, we actually won in Iraq, Gulf War I, but we failed to win the peace, ditto that for Gulf War II. I agree that war is about completely destroying the enemy and making them beg for peace. Kill enough of their people and destroy enough of their $#!t and they will call it quits. The hard part is trying to get the USA hating left (LSM, academia and entertainment) to come on board and actually support the effort. The Viet Nam war was won on the battle field but lost in Paris.

    Fighting a war on PC terms is suicidal, which is why the left seems to insist on it.

  6. I’m off to a slow start today. Finished the 1040 yesterday, and put the files on a memory stick, but forgot to send it upstairs to be printed. Now printed, folded, envelope addressed and stamped, ready to go to USPS when Hubs takes his noon outing. Nothing was withheld this year, so no refund, nothing owed, it was just tedious paperwork.

  7. Bonez
    Yeah technically you are correct, the last declared war was WWII. But yanno what……… a “police action” is just a politically correct nome de plume circumvent of constitutional conventions to make the WAR palpable to the American public.

    A war is a war and we ain’t won since WWII.

  8. Another point I want to make about a declared war v. police action is that with a declared war, the lefty congress, media, entertainment, and academia terds put themselves in jeopardy when they do stupid things that undermine our effort. The B!tch Jane Fonda straddling an AA gun comes to mind.
    Either of the shooting types of war get young men killed, the undeclared type get them killed for darned little in return to the country and really should be avoided.

  9. The difference with this is the whole “weapons of mass destruction” thing. It’s been the position of the US that use of NBC weapons will be responded to forcefully.

    Bronco drew a bright red line then went off to ride bicycles in his mom jeans.

    Trump is actually trying to deal with it a little.

  10. #15 dave
    He kinda had a point about how much he had previously paid in taxes through his business.

  11. BOOM!!!

    A great show but much, much, much more is needed to defeat ISIS.

    The MOAB is also known as the “mother of all bombs.” A MOAB is a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition that is America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb.

    The bomb was dropped by an MC-130 aircraft, operated by Air Force Special Operations Command, according to the military sources.

    They said the target was ISIS tunnels and personnel in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/afghanistan-isis-moab-bomb/index.html

  12. Several years ago there was a report of China gassing some folks. Did we go in there? Nope. I guess it is only in the mid-East that we get upset over the use of NBCWMDs. Oh yeah and the Norkos too.

    Look here is my point………….. We have a real problem in this country of not finishing what we get involved in.

  13. #19: Limbaugh was speaking of the MOAB being dropped just now. He mentioned a blast radius of 300 Meters. I am trying to imagine a 600 yard circle being incinerated and blown to bits with one bomb. . . . .

  14. Muzzie on muzzie conflicts are best left to muzzies. Same in the wards. This weapons of mass destruction concept is another PC ruse to try to keep the US from ever using nukes should the need arise. Now a little pop here and there for strategic negotiating purposes is no problem. Anyone who looks at the Syrian deal knows that it was not a strategic strike for military purposes – merely an act of sending a message ; to who we don’t know for sure – maybe the Russians, maybe the Chicoms, maybe the Norks; but for certain not for the Syrians – no one cares what they do in the first place provided they stay at home to do it. My $.02.

    BTW, it’s a little after noon, and I’ve already got half my yard mowed. At this rate I should be able to drag it out to an all day deal, although actual mowing time is probably about 1 hour. That will save me plenty to do tomorrow, so at least I don’t have to worry about having nothing to do.

  15. Here’s a relaxing scene: the Inwood Pine tree located at White Oak Conference Center in near northwest Houston.

    It occurs to me, had the petition drive in 2011 failed to persuade Houston to buy the former Inwood Golf and Country Club from the golf course real estate flippers who had acquired it in 2010, this picturesque pine tree probably would have been bulldozed. The flippers envisioned the extensive fairways with housing developments on them, and the Clubhouse and its grounds as retail. Now the Clubhouse is the Conference Center, occupied and managed by the Near Northwest Mgmt District, and the fairways are managed by Houston Parks and Harris County Flood Control.

  16. #23 from the comments:

    Neat fact about the MOAB: It kills not by concussion, but by consuming all oxygen over the blast area. The bomb doesn’t have to penetrate into the deep caverns because it sucks all the air out of them so the murderous killers inside die of suffocation. It’s probably a more peaceful way to go than beheadings and crucifixions. MOAB. Fear us, savages.

    The same article mentioned a kill zone a mile wide. Having murderous terrorists die of suffocation kind of gives me the warm and fuzzies or something.

  17. The same article mentioned a kill zone a mile wide. Having murderous terrorists die of suffocation kind of gives me the warm and fuzzies or something.

    It would depend on how the caves were constructed. Multiple turns and blast doors would minimize the effect.

    If it was just caves, then yah, a bunch of blue skinned jihadis will be found inside. If they were built as bunkers and designed with the knowledge of our capabilities, then maybe not.

  18. Cameo peacefully crossed the Rainbow Bridge into endless green pastures late this morning.

    Her breathing condition had gotten slowly worse since the breathing hole in her windpipe inexplicably started slowly narrowing a couple of months ago. Combined with the recent heavy pollen barrage that put her allergies in overdrive and increased the mucus flow, cleaning the opening twice a day barely kept up with keeping her mostly comfortable. Increasing heat and humidity so early this year made it hard for her to breathe normally, something that happened every summer for several years, getting worse every year. We worried she had pneumonia again.

    Decision made on Tuesday to stop asking her to go on when it was now obvious we couldn’t help her more, and what was available was slowly backsliding. Made arrangements yesterday for the vet to come this morning and the burial to happen shortly after that in our back pasture. The post mortem exam confirmed it was the right decision. No pneumonia but a shocker discovery of a problem in her windpipe and bigger shocker that the adrenal gland had totally shut down and calcified, producing no hormone at all. This situation would have stealthily killed her, totally unrelated to the breathing issue, in a most cruel way while going virtually undetected.

    Arabians are a very stoic breed and can survive with many ailments that would likely kill other horses sooner. They are good at concealing discomfort.

    Contessa knew from her vantage point in another pasture what was happening. She called to Cameo numerous times and waited for a response that did not come. She accepted what had happened and peacefully started to graze. She’s visited the grave and paid her respects, will miss her for some time, but will go on with her life. She will mourn but is a realist. So is her species.

  19. Sorry to hear of this loss, Adee, although that time comes for all our loved animals that just don’t live as long as we humans usually do. Knowing now that you prevented some upcoming agony softens the loss. RIP, Cameo.

  20. How could anyone anywhere write such a descriptive sad yet serene setting for the passing of a loved one. Sorry for your loss, yet grateful for all that you did for her to make her more comfortable.

  21. Crossing the Rainbow Bridge for the Eternal Fresh Green Pastures is a much better place. My condolences to you and yours.

  22. #18 WB:

    If he’s upset about how much he’s paying in taxes, he’s actually in a position to try to do something about it. (But I bet he won’t). Otherwise, the taxes he paid prior to being elected helped pay for the guy that was his representative at the time.

    Regardless, that kind of thoughtless, arrogant outburst is not-productive, guaranteed to pizz off almost everybody and complicate the good things that he might be able to accomplish. Being a Congressman is hard, and (if you’re doing it right) usually thankless. If he didn’t want to be criticized, he shouldn’t have run for office.

  23. Adee;

    One of the blessings of having a horse for a friend and companion is that they live longer than many of our other animal friends. The sad part is that the extra time just gives us more time to become attached, so the parting is that much more painful.

    My profound condolences for your loss. May a gracious Heavenly Father comfort you and give you peace as you mourn.

  24. Adee;

    I’m sorry for that loss. Seems like God took her in the least painful way. I’m sure horse heaven’s a very nice place for Cameo to be.

  25. BAM!

    On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed a law reversing President Obama’s last-minute attempt to force states to direct family planning funding to Planned Parenthood and other organizations that commit abortions.

    “This week the pro-life movement had two huge victories: first, the swearing-in of Justice Gorsuch and now, President Trump will undo former President Obama’s parting gift to the abortion industry,” declared Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, in a statement on the bill’s signing.

    “The resolution signed today simply ensures that states are no forced to fund an abortion business with taxpayer dollars,” Dannenfelser argued. “Rather, states have the option to spend Title X money on comprehensive health care clinics that better serve women and girls.”

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/04/13/president-trump-signs-law-to-let-states-defund-planned-parenthood/

  26. Very interesting take regarding the United flight:

    3: “So what’s this ‘must ride’ nonsense anyway? They shouldn’t bump a paying customer for a free employee ride!” I’m afraid you’re going to have to take this up with the federal government, not United. And it’s actually pretty important to you as an airline traveler anyway. They were not ‘freeloading home’. That’s called non-rev and they have to wait in line behind your checkbook and often don’t make it home to their families if flights are booked (believe me, I know). No, this was a must fly, a positive space situation. In layman terms, it means that a crew must be flown to an airport to man a flight in order to avoid cancellation of said flight due to crew unavailability. This is a federal DOT regulation, not an airline one. The airlines are required to do so to avoid disruption of air traffic. In other words, if there are no willing volunteers and they need seats to get a crew somewhere to avoid disruption of aviation flow, they can, will, must by federal regulation bump people for the better good of the 1000’s. Why? Because one cancelled flight has a serious domino affect in the delicate, complicated world of connections and aviation law.

    https://thepilotwifelife.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/i-know-youre-mad-at-united-but-thoughts-from-a-pilot-wife-about-flight-3411/

  27. On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed a law reversing President Obama’s last-minute attempt to force states to direct family planning funding to Planned Parenthood and other organizations that commit abortions.

    The great thing about these laws revoking regulations is that the enable legislation (The Congressional Review Act) prohibits them from being re-instituted them without Congressional action:

    The law states that a rule “may not be reissued in substantially the same form, and a new rule that is substantially the same as such a rule may not be issued, unless the reissued or new rule is specifically authorized by a law enacted after the date of the joint resolution disapproving the original rule.”

    What that means is 51 votes in the Senate can repeal a rule, but 60 may be needed for the repealed rule to go into effect again, since legislation containing the second version would be subject to a filibuster.

    What that means, is that those regulations are pretty much gone forever, never to return.

  28. In other words, if there are no willing volunteers and they need seats to get a crew somewhere to avoid disruption of aviation flow, they can, will, must by federal regulation bump people for the better good of the 1000’s. Why? Because one cancelled flight has a serious domino affect in the delicate, complicated world of connections and aviation law.

    Or, they could book the employees on a competing airline, or contract a charter flight to get them where they need to be. The law requires them to get the employees to where they need to be and it allows them to remove passengers from overbooked flights, but it does not force them to do that.

  29. It’s a good thing I was at a stopping point when I read the Cameo story and the Couch response.

    I’ve got something in my eyes. Or something.

    Damn allergies.

  30. I’ve been out of the loop today.

    The United Airlines incident has gotten more interesting while I was gone.

    UAL isn’t solely liable – if you’ve been paying attention.

    But a certain Schadenfreude is in order for the way this company has treated their customers and employees for many years.

    No crocodile tears for these quarters.

  31. Dearest Hamster friends,

    Your kind words and thoughts are priceless. Contessa has accepted what is and is mourning in her own way. She’s visited Cameo’s grave and will probably do so several more times before she would consider stepping on it, which she eventually will do. The donkey pair next door knew what was happening and paid attention until her manner indicated it was over. Most interesting to observe. They never uttered a sound. They didn’t have to, body language said it all both ways.

  32. On the United debacle that seems to be growing, umm stop digging. Whoever advised refunding all the passengers aboard their ticket prices at this point comes across as rather crass. It can’t possibly cover over the news that the doctor is still hospitalized and will need surgery to repair his nose and some facial injuries. Also possible back injuries have been mentioned in some reports.

    The lawyer said to be representing him dropped a not at all subtle hint that United really ought to agree to a settlement out of court in its own best interest rather than let it all come out in a court trial. Somehow I don’t think that suggestion is all hat and no cattle.

  33. Two hundred and eighty years ago Charles Wesley, an Anglican, experienced a spiritual conversion. A few days later his older brother, John, experienced a similar occurrence. While brother John was founding the Methodist church, Charles started writing hymns. 6000 of them.

    His first one has survived the test of time. However, tomorrow, I will be singing solo this updated version:

    https://youtu.be/kfU9T2nS0AA

  34. The United Story, and the wifey letter: (1) Let’s just assume that for our purposes the wifey of a pilot letter is a female, therefore, it’s probably safe to further assume that it will be sympathetic to the airline. It’s BS and misrepresents the situation. (2) The must fly idea. United had to be aware that they needed a crew at the destination and when and arranged for them to get there, but more than 5 minutes before scheduled departure. Once that passenger gets on board and seated, it’s too late to be changing stuff around. Cut them off before they are seated, knowing how many seats you need, and if the plane is full when they discover the need, make alternative arrangements to get them there. (3) Blaming the police rather than airline employees is BS again. The police didn’t just jump on that plane and beat that guy up on their own; somebody invited them on the plane and told them who needed whipped up on. Sorry United, can’t blame the police when they are acting as your agent and hired thug. (4) Now United wants to refund everyone’s ticket. That’s nothing more than tampering with the witness pool, knowing full well they are going to be sued. I think that’s also against the law.

    United did this all on their own, and their CEO made comments that further escalated the PR problem. I believe that it also turns out that the smear campaign the launched against the Dr. was a case of mistaken identity as well. I’m ready to give up on airline travel anyway and just let the internet transporter app take care of my air travel needs. Actually, that’s why I got my pilot’s license years ago, but that was before they had the internet transporter app.

  35. Sarge #44;

    Or, they could book the employees on a competing airline, or contract a charter flight to get them where they need to be. The law requires them to get the employees to where they need to be and it allows them to remove passengers from overbooked flights, but it does not force them to do that.

    I agree there’s room to critique United but there is room to view their decision in the lens of their inconveniencing four passengers in order to help make sure the flights for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of others run smoothly. I think United should have take care of this before passengers were seated. If I had my family with me and they offered $1,000 per passenger to give up their seats then that would be $4,000 for my family. Not a bad deal for me.

  36. El Gordo;

    Once that passenger gets on board and seated, it’s too late to be changing stuff around. Cut them off before they are seated, knowing how many seats you need, and if the plane is full when they discover the need, make alternative arrangements to get them there.

    EXACTLY!!! And, once passengers are seated United should look towards other means to get their flight attendants to their needed places via other means than forcing a seated, paying passenger out of his seat.

  37. My #55;

    Also, beyond $4,000 we’d also get complimentary tickets plus a free flight to our original place of destination. not a bad deal overall even if it would be stand-by.

  38. I’m certain that there’s a expodential combination of events that United could have done, but the one that matter is the one they did. I just can’t believe that they have boarded a flight, gotten everyone seated, and only then discovered they had employees (I even heard they were employees of a competing airline) that had to go right now, with no prior warning 5 minutes before departure. What if the plane had already pushed back from the gate? No, United owns this deal, lock, stock and barrel. Before the PR team finally arrived in the executive suite to sit the CEO down and let him know who actually runs the company, he was doing everything in his power to make it worse than it already was. And the concept that they are now attempting to tamper with the witness pool by paying them off is beyond the pale. They are a crooked outfit, and rotten to the core. I used to think no one would ever out do American Airlines in the rotten department – right up there with Comcast and the DMV, but United has taken over first place. So, let them pay the Doc about $10 million, his lawyers about $40 million, and a free lifetime on board pass with bar privileges, and he may go away.

  39. 57 Darren

    The allegedly random computer algorithm to choose passengers to bump will (amazingly) never pick you and your family with small children. The optics are too embarrassing.

    The United Computer will always choose retired or semi-retired middle-aged couples or aging geezers like myself traveling alone. I guarantee you it won’t pick someone with small children, in first class, business class or anyone flying on a corporate account.

    The management of UA are primarily a bunch of jackasses. Their employee morale sucks and just got much worse.

  40. The allegedly random computer algorithm to choose passengers to bump will (amazingly) never pick you and your family with small children. The optics are too embarrassing.

    That’s fine, I’d volunteer to leave before they have to use the computer selection. $4,000 sounds good to me. I’d even let my kids keep some of it. 🙂

    The United Computer will always choose retired or semi-retired middle-aged couples or aging geezers like myself traveling alone.

    I’ll force you back into your seat and leave “voluntarily”…for $4,000. 🙂

    The management of UA are primarily a bunch of jackasses. Their employee morale sucks and just got much worse.

    I spoke to a Southwest flyer I picked up from Hobby Tuesday night (his trip was from Hobby to just outside of Surgarland so we had lots of talking time). He said pretty much the same thing you and Shannon are saying about how United treats their passengers. He also pointed out that he has had to give up seats before with Southwest because all airlines overbook their flights in order to maximize profits. But the difference is that he and everyone he knew who were asked to give up their seats for a Southwest flight were always taken care of at the ticketing gate, not after the passengers were seated.

    Edited to add: I think once passengers are seated then that’s a game changer on how an airline could get crew to places where they are needed. I do not know much about the inside dealings with airlines but I would be willing to pay a private pilot to fly my crew to wherever they are needed and then structure my business to avoid as best as possible another situation where passengers are seated and *then* look to squeeze in flight crew needing to arrive at a flight’s end destination.

  41. If elements of being Kenyan born and running for president of a country sound familiar, it should.

    A Kenyan-born Mormon accountant from Salt Lake City is running for president of his native country after nearly 20 years in Utah.

    His name is Amram Musungu.

    The accountant grew up in a Protestant family and was just 14 years old when he met Mormon missionaries and decided to convert. Just three years later, Musungu said, he felt a calling to do missionary work in his native Kenya on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The church agreed, and the then 17-year-old Musungu started his 27-month mission a day later.

    “It taught me that you can go any place the Lord wants you to go,” he told The Salt Lake Tribune in 2008. “I plan things out, but Heavenly Father has other ideas. I rely on the [Holy] Spirit to direct my life.”

    I can relate to said missionary experience. God bless him and the best of luck to him and his family.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/this-black-mormon-in-utah-is-running-for-president-of-kenya_us_58ee6cb6e4b0bb9638e0aed7?ref=yfp

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