Weekend Pentecost Open Comments

This Sunday, the Church commemorates her birthday. Christianity began with the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What followed was a period of fifty days where the apostles and other disciples basically hid out in fear for their lives.

Despite being with Jesus for the roughly three years of his ministry, they had their doubts about just who he really was. They had to have been the densest holy men ever to walk the face of the earth.

Jesus, being the Incarnate Word, the Son of God, knew all about their weakness and promised to one day send them an Advocate to help them. That Advocate was, of course, the Holy Spirit. On Pentecost Sunday, the Holy Spirit descended upon them and gave them the wisdom to know what to say and do, and the strength and courage to go forth around the world and spread the Gospel.

This event marks the birth of the Church. That institution has continued under the leadership of holy (some not so much) men in an unbroken line from St. Peter through Benedict XVI, all guided by the Holy Spirit.

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136 thoughts on “Weekend Pentecost Open Comments

  1. Welp it’s “Gun Show” Saturday!
    Took Small Back-Up Dawg out to P cranked up the coffee pot, and now I’ll drink my coffee and check FLUSH my E-Mail box.
    Mornin’ Gang

  2. Well, my Portfolio is down a little over 6% in the last week. I’m NOT liking that “Hopey Changy” thing. :sad:

  3. Well, you boys have fun drooling over the hover-bike, I’m going to fire up a practical small craft, namely my electric lawn mower, and cruise it around the front yard. :)

    I’ve been craving some clot-busting exercise all week while I was chained to the keyboard, and now’s my chance. The grass is vey uneven from a steady diet of city water, but a few places are now tall enough to need a mow.

  4. Good Morning all
    I got a bunch of running around to do so I’ll just leave y’all this post.

    Today, in 1776, the Continental Congress appointed a “Committee of Five” to draft a declaration on independence. The wheels were set in motion.

    Kleenex Alert. A Korean young man that ran away from an orphanage when he was five and lived on the streets selling gum for 15 years heard a singer in a nightclub he was selling gum in. He was so impressed by the singer’s voice that he taught himself to sing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BewknNW2b8Y

  5. From the Saturday agenda dept…………..we have another pair of BACA kids to help today – and sometime soon I need to shop for the BIGGEST water gun I can find (even considered one of those pump up garden sprayers – depending on how FAR they can shoot)………….our annual BACA kid’s campout is in 2 weeks where the entire crowd is armed to the teeth with water weapons – complete with redneck water slide and lots of other fun stuff

  6. #8 OletimerLin “Tissue Alert” indeed!
    Here’s kid that has lived on the streets since he was 5 and tried to do better, and we have folks in this country siting on their FAT A$$E$ living in the projects, collecting welfare and eating better than I can afford on the “Lone Star Card”. Then they B!Tc# and call me greedy because I want to keep a little of MY money!
    Beam Me Up Scotty!!!

  7. Well I’m off to the Gun Show, wish me luck, I’ll be LQQking for one of these. :grin: It’s been years since I’ve owned a 1911 and since it’s the 100 year anniversary of this great weapon, I figger that I need to get one.

  8. The farmer took his son to town on Saturday as usual, and the son took his pet rooster along with him for the ride. Once in town, the boy asked his Dad if he could go to the picture show while Dad was taking care of the weekly shopping duties, and Dad said OK. As the boy tried to purchase his ticket, the attendant told him that he could not take his pet rooster into the theater. The boy stepped around the corner and put the rooster down his jeans and returned and entered the theater, sitting next to a couple of elderly spinsters. After a while, he decided that since it was dark it would do no harm to relax his jeans a little and allow the rooster to breathe better. As he is watching the movie, one of the spinsters turns to the other and says “My gosh, would you look at that.” The other looks and says “I’ve seen one of those before, and so have you – it’s not a big deal.” The other one says “You’re right about my having seen one of these before, but I never seen one that could eat my popcorn.”

  9. Stole from HotAir comments. Heh

    @Agam_T Agam Tapaktuan
    #PalinEmails show the Governor hard at work. #WeinerGate shows @RepWeiner hard, at work. Totally different thing. #Sheesh

  10. SPRINGFIELD! (Colt’s were ‘gone’ by the time I shopped for a .45)

    The one in the pic is a Ruger, so I’d thought you’d been led astray. Springfield is probably the best value. Buy a Colt and essentially all you get that’s different from the Springfield is the logo.

    I’ve owned two of these in the past.

  11. #2 Sarge: Way cool. Now imagine a very light weight composite fuselage to give it some more aerodynamic lift with speed and a high speed processor to help work the control surfaces with the help of a gyro and you have the recipe for large scale personal aircraft, perhaps even commuter craft.

  12. Oh Sarge, By the way, I scooped your #98 yesterday with my #68 by 1 hour and 59 minutes -thbthbthbthbthbthb!

  13. #17 Sarge: How long was the slide/barrel on that beauty? How well did it shoot and how accurate was it? I shoot one of these and am very proficient with it.
    I also use one of these but MINE IS NOT FOR SALE. AT 30 paces, with that weapon, I can put every round in the space of an eyeball.

  14. #17 Sarge: How long was the slide/barrel on that beauty? How well did it shoot and how accurate was it? I shoot one of these and am very proficient with it.

    7 Inches on the barrel length, all stainless frame. The longer barrel didn’t add any accuracy, but the inertia imparted by the additional mass moving forward into battery tended (IMHO) to bring the nose down making a second shot a bit quicker, and more accurate than on the standard barrel. I’ve always wanted to get another and try a compensator on it.

    The Hi-Power, again IMHO, is probably the perfectly designed semi-auto pistol—the absolute apogee of John Browning’s brilliance. Were it chambered in .45 ACP it would be perfect the perfect pistol, period. It’s ease of operation and comparatively low recoil makes it a good full sized pistol for casual shooters who might need the comfort of a few extra rounds.

    I also use one of these but MINE IS NOT FOR SALE. AT 30 paces, with that weapon, I can put every round in the space of an eyeball.

    I couldn’t count the number of Mk I’s and Mk II’s I’ve owned. Another brilliant pistol that is perfect for the job for which it was designed. A dream to shoot, nail driving accurate right out of the box. The 10-22 is the same way, or at least has been in the past. Ruger makes some good weapons—they just should stay away from 1911’s. Its—-improper.

  15. #25 Sarge: I would love it if Browning would produce a 6″ version of the HI-Power in 9mm and .40. I have only owned 1 ruger .22 so far and I still have it after 22-23 years.

  16. Well I’m back from the Gun Show, the Ruger just came out and are sold before they make it to the dealer, I did get me a Para GI Expert though. I’ve been thinking about buying it for a couple of years. I wanted a “Plain Jane” 1911 that was a lot like the original only a little tighter (no bells and whistles). I’ll pick up a Ruger later on.

  17. 1 ruger .22 so far and I still have it after 22-23 years.

    First one I ever shot was my Dad’s. It would have been a Mk1 as I was only about 12 years old at the time—bout 1965 or so.

  18. I did get me a Para GI Expert though. I’ve been thinking about buting it for a couple of years.

    Izzat one of them 14 round jobs?

  19. Scrolling back up;

    A Ruger 1911. Seems almost——sacrilegious.

    You are entitled to your opinion, but I think that Ruger making a 100 year 1911 is pretty neat. Ruger is a great company and makes fine weapons. It’s one of the largest in the country now.
    I have 6-7 Rugers, (only one long gun Mini 14). If you want to be authenic you HAVE to go with the Colt, fine gun but over priced IMHO. If I wanted to spend the frieght on a Colt, I’d add a couple of C-Notes and get a Kimber. BUTT that was not what I wanted, see my #28. KatFish mentioned the Springfield and it’s a fine weapon but so are a lot of the others.

  20. Izzat one of them 14 round jobs? NO, single stack, it’s a carbon copy of the old Colt and has the military parkerized finish and hard rubber grips.

  21. You are entitled to your opinion, but I think that Ruger making a 100 year 1911 is pretty neat.

    Its kinda like a Japanese bike to a Harley rider—–

  22. Its kinda like a Japanese bike to a Harley rider—–
    Not even close, Jap Bike disposable a Ruger is not disposable, their single action revolvers are the strongest on the planet.

  23. I spent about 3 hours fishing and didn’t catch anything. Neither did Oldest Son and neither did another fellow in our group. The only person to catch anything was my cousn-in-law and that was one catch. It was a catficsh with a yellow belly (distinguishing it from the “Katfish” who apears on Hamous’ website ;) ). Cousin-in-law decided to let his catch go since he didn’t like the taste of those fish. So while I enjoyed the cmpany, the fishing sucked. It was boooooooorrrrrrrrrrrring. Perhaps a place where I could actually catch something would be more exciting. So, I guess it’s safe to say avoid Lake Woodlands if you want to fish.

    We did get to see a water snake try an engulf a fish down its throat. That was cool.

  24. their single action revolvers are the strongest on the planet.

    Now there you’ll get an A-MEN

  25. Funny what happens when you find out the perv you’ve been defending has been in contact with a 17 year old girl.

    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued a statement Saturday calling on New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign.

    “It is with great disappointment that I call on Representative Anthony Weiner to resign,” Wasserman Schultz wrote. “The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Representative Weiner’s continued service in Congress is untenable.”

    snip

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also announced Saturday that she was calling on Weiner to resign.

    “Congressman Weiner has the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents, and the recognition that he needs help,” Pelosi said in a statement. “I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a Member of Congress.”

    Why, it only seems like yesterday that Pelosi was saying that he should stick it out.

  26. I spent about 3 hours fishing and didn’t catch anything

    I’m not much of a fisherman either but they tell me fish don’t bite when it’s so hot out, or in all matter of weather conditions. How they know that 20 ft underwater I have no clue. Guess they don’t like to sweat or get rained on.

  27. The Mercatus Center is the renowned free markets think tank and research center at George Mason University in Virginia. They just published this study ranking the 50 states based upon a variety of criteria evaluating the level of personal and economic freedom for the individual citizen.

    They have included an interactive map of the states.
    Only one state ranked highly in the Northeast. Surely someone here knows which one.

    Texas ranks #14 and here is a quote from their analysis:

    Texas has slipped in the rankings and has much room for improvement. Texas enjoys one of the lowest tax burdens in the country and state spending is relatively low. Gun control is better than average, but the state falls short on open-carry laws, stricter-than-federal minimum age for purchase rules, and dealer licensing. Alcohol is less regulated than in most other states (although localities can interfere extensively in this realm), and beer, wine, and liquor taxes are low.

    The bottom five:

    Massachusetts
    Hawaii
    California
    New Jersey
    New York

  28. #38 Sarge: from your linkie:

    The news comes on the same day that it was revealed the disgraced congressman cannot quit because he cannot afford to due to credit card debts and having nothing to fall back on should he lose his $156,117 salary.

    This details the little Weiner’s situation:

    Members of Congress are not eligible for a pension until they reach the age of 50, but only if they’ve completed 20 years of service. Members are eligible at any age after completing 25 years of service or after they reach the age of 62. Please also note that Members of Congress have to serve at least 5 years to even receive a pension.

    So the congress terd-nozzles can retire after 5 years and reaching age sixty wissin2 but we plebian masses in flyover country who actually have to earn our living and retirement now have to work until age 67 to receive only a small portion of the SS dollars we paid into the system. Oh how wissin sad for the little weiner, he did not have 20 years nor is he over 50, so . . . . . . Oh well, it could not have happened to a nicer guy:>)

  29. Texpat, my guess was New Hampshire and I confirmed that on the interactive map. But SURELY it can’t be #1! Unbelievable to me.

  30. Sorry Tex, no can do on the “Texas enjoys one of the lowest tax burdens in the country…”.

    That’s a myth that continually needs de-bunking.

    Check any retirement website that ranks the states relative total tax burdens. Texas never ranks in the top ten. Reason: sky high property taxes.

    Solly cholly.

  31. mharper42

    NH has always been an anomaly among northeastern states and particularly in New England. Notice that after first place New Hampshire, there is not another northeastern state until you reach Vermont at #30. Of course, where I am located, New Jersey and New York, rank dead last.

    New Hampshire is, by our count, the freest state in the country. Depending on weights, however, it really shares the slot with South Dakota. New Hampshire does much better on economic than personal freedom and on fiscal than regulatory policy. Under unified
    Democratic control in 2007–2008, the state saw a respectable increase in freedom. A smoking ban was enacted, but so were same-sex civil unions. Taxes, spending, and fiscal decentralization remain more than a standard deviation better than average, and government debt actually went down slightly. Gun laws are among the most liberal in the country, but carrying a firearm in a car requires a concealedcarry permit. Effective retail-tax rates on wine and spirits are zero.

  32. #45 Lawrence

    Many, if not most of those commonly seen, the best places to…fill in the blank…are concocted with faulty data and criteria. So, let me put it this way – I don’t believe any of them. Most are thrown together by the same journalists who believe methane from cows causes global warming, couldn’t pass an 8th grade mathematics test and most likely have no first-hand knowledge of the places they recommend.

    One of the problems with these rating systems is they never take out the federal tax burdens which totally skew the numbers for different states.

    Read this by the Tax Foundation. Texas ranks number 4.

    Also, if you want to nitpick this GMU Mercatus study, call them. Their number is listed at the site. However, I have been reading their material and the work of their members for years, long enough to trust what they publish.

    Second, this is a study ranking comprehensive individual freedom. It includes many tests in its data, of which taxes are only one, and they are all available for you to read at their website, in Excel if you want it.

    If there are problems with the study, and there may be, I suggest you write them with your findings.

    I’m too busy for this. I have to go to Home Depot and buy some doors.

  33. Tex, I’m satisfied with my belief on this topic.

    Just pointing out something you may not want to take at face value, that’s all.

    The advice is worth what you paid for it.

  34. Mharper42

    Who knew? They have Home Depot in New Joisey… ?

    HE!!, they have a Wally World in Playa Del Carman, Mexico for gosh sakes! :wink:

  35. Pyro, I liked your Che-Mickey avatar so much better. It’s harder to take you seriously as Homer.

    /sez the raccoon

  36. Ya know, if I weren’t so tired from all my yard work and watering, I could prolly pop in 40 more posts all by myself. :)

  37. Sovereign Citizens move to Texas. These guys are kooks.

    BANDERA, Texas — The Bandera County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning Thursday to citizens about an anti-government movement known for acts of domestic terrorism.

    The law enforcement agency said followers of The Sovereign Citizens Movement have been known to carry out violent acts, including killing law enforcement officers and other public servants.

    (snip)

    in last May, a father and his teenage son opened fire on two police officers with an assault rifle during a routine traffic stop in West Memphis, Ark. News reports said the incident was sparked by the suspects’ refusal to present a valid driver’s license. The officers were killed in the shootout and the father and son died in a second shootout with officers a short time later.

    Bandera County Sheriff’s Office Issues Domestic Terrorism Warning

  38. RE: my #59 (first link);

    The only question is: Will Peter King finally listen and hold a congressional hearing on right-wing-extremist domestic terrorism, too?

    That’s a stupid question. **As reported** law enforcement HAS identified them and are discussings ways to deal with them.

  39. RE: Today’s oc;

    They had to have been the densest holy men ever to walk the face of the earth.

    I’ll take exception to that remark. I doubt wagonburner would withstand a small fraction of responsibility and endurence the 12 Apostles had. I know I couldn’t/wouldn’t. Instead of being “dense”, perhaps they could be described as being at awe with the miraculous events that unfolded before them. Events that made them special witnesses to Jeus Christ.

  40. #56 mharper42

    /sez the raccoon

    FWIW; You have the best my favorite Gravatar, even though I’m an old coon hunter from way back, they are certainly cute! Did I tell you about the old sow coon that lived in one of the storage buildings @ the Rocket Ranch? We saw her climbing up the outside drain once in a while, then one day there were 3 half grown coons climbing around on the bushes just outside of our windows. I have pictures. :wink:

  41. CRAP

    Pyro, I liked your Che-Mickey avatar so much better. It’s harder to take you seriously as Homer.

    He just changed it to “Paul Harvey”…..good….day.

  42. He just changed it to “Paul Harvey”…..good….day.

    I thought that one blogger returned. Was his name Don? I remember he moved to New York. I hope he and his are dong well.

  43. #66 Hammy

    When it’s a Republican behaving badly, they’re perverts, stupid, or incompetent, or any combination of the three, and are driven out on a rail.
    When it’s a Democrat behaving badly, it’s the result of a poor childhood or an addiction, and we are to be understanding, compassionate, and forgiving.

  44. Dave, my avatar is the face of a female raccoon we called Frowny. She brought her babies to us for 4 consecutive summers, taught them how to dip their food in water pans we keep on the patio. One of those babies grew up to be the only really tame raccoon we have ever seen, even though his name was Toebiter. As a pup, he wanted to taste everything, so it wasn’t safe to wear sandals when he was around. Later, he was so well behaved you could feed him grapes by hand.

    Night all.

  45. Only one state ranked highly in the Northeast. Surely someone here knows which one.

    LIVE FREE OR DIE!

    Texpat, my guess was New Hampshire and I confirmed that on the interactive map. But SURELY it can’t be #1! Unbelievable to me.

    The above is the State Motto of New Hampshire. Its on all the license plates. Compare that sentiment with “The Lone Star State” or “Sportsman’s Paradise” and you start getting the idea. Combine that with:

    ~No sales tax
    ~No income tax
    ~The only Right to Work state in New England.
    ~Low property taxes, unless you own property in the state but reside in another state, then they sock it to you.
    ~The only other tax in the state is a Room and Meals tax, which means that most of the revenue collected from that tax is being paid by tourists from out of state.
    ~There are no taxes on cigarettes or alchohol. That’s because the State sells that stuff. They buy it wholesale, sell it cheap, and they make a profit that goes into the treasury. Most of the cigarettes and booze sold in the state are sold in stores near the borders because its waaaaay cheaper than the stuff sold in MA, VT, or ME.
    ~First state in the union to have a lottery (started when I was in 5th grade) and all the money really DID go to education.
    ~It has a government that is closer to the people than any other state government in the country. How close? The NH General Court (which is what the Legislature is called) has 400 members in the House and 24 Senators. It is the 4th largest English speaking governing body in the world. There is one House member for every 3,000 or so residents. That means if you don’t personally know or met your House member, you’re not leaving your abode.

  46. morning everyone. I have been busy, busy, busy. A beautiful. balmy 70 this am on the ol’ homestead. Y’all need to get up and enjoy the morning before it gets miserably hot out.

    There really been much I’ve had to add to the comments so I’ve just been lurking when I’ve had the time.

    Out for for now.

  47. Who are these idiots trying to push more taxes? Stop! enough already.

    Big Government recently noted that the Texas legislature voted to ram through a California-style tax-hiking “Amazon Tax” bill.

    Gov. Rick Perry subsequently vetoed that bill, but Big Government has learned that Texas legislators have renewed their push for policy that is unconstitutional on its face by wrapping their proposal into SB 1, Texas’ fiscal matters bill, which is under consideration by the Texas House.

    http://biggovernment.com/capitolconfidential/2011/06/10/texas-conservatives-renew-push-for-tax-hike/#more-281968

  48. Gov. Rick Perry subsequently vetoed that bill, but Big Government has learned that Texas legislators have renewed their push for policy that is unconstitutional on its face by wrapping their proposal into SB 1, Texas’ fiscal matters bill, which is under consideration by the Texas House.

    Yep. We got Proven Conservative Leadership in the Texas House.

    But that’s gonna change soon——

  49. #70 Sarge
    Ok, you make a good case for NH. But you need a generator up there to ensure your survival during some of the winters.

  50. Okay, I am officially confused. How do you a hotel more gayz friendly? Pink bathrobes? Good grief.

    Mormons have been demonized as being anti-gay and even homophobic, yet Marriott International — run by one of the most prominent Mormons in the country — is trying to expand their clientele by marketing specifically to lesbians, gay, bisexuals, and transsexuals (LGBT).

    Advertising “beautiful,” “welcome,” “sexy,” “comfortable,” and “stylish” accommodations, the Marriott hotel is working hard to make their company as gay-friendly as possible.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/06/10/mormon-hotel-catering-to-gays/#ixzz1P4VdAfaZ

    In other news. I just found out it’s already to hot to be clearing shrubs and brush. Egad.

  51. Have any of you ever been concerned that others on the WWW might consider you to be a crazy person? Conversely, have any of you ever tried to make sense of some long winded commentary on some obscure topic that was an ancillary items to begin with? While that may merely mean that you are a Democrat, according to this article, you may be even worse than that, namely, crazy. Here are a few helpful tips to help you not be so immediately identifiable as a crazy, thus improving the chances that someone might actually read what you post. I found it works in the converse as well, ie., if you see stuff jumping off the page at you and you go ahead and read it anyway, you might also consider Rorschach testing.
    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/tips-for-not-appearing-crazy-on-the-internet/

  52. I am going back to being busy, people are nuts. It is supposed to help the fire department, for your safety. They can KMA.

    In late May, property owners in Cedar Falls, Iowa had their city government vote (6 to 1) in the second of three votes (the third vote will be held on Monday) to force owners to place lock boxes on their property giving the Fire Department access.

    http://www.redstate.com/laborunionreport/2011/06/12/cedar-falls-bureaucrats-to-property-owners-give-us-the-keys-to-your-property/

  53. Good morning Hamsters. Well, the low was 69 this morning at 6 and all was delightful until about 8:30. Summer arrives next week according to the calendar, but we all know it elbowed its way in weeks ago and sent Spring askew and stumbling out the door. Not very friendly.

    Hmm, regarding the personal freedom ranking of Texas, maybe I missed it, but I did not see any mention of the odious imposition of EPA and other Federal fiats on the state that most surely impact personal freedom and are not Texas born. Also their libertarian suggestions for improvement of personal freedom don’t seem to take into account the preferences of those who actually live here…. :(

    But then, they seem to be relative youngsters and somewhat idealistic.

  54. What was is, the New York Times which under the adnormaly high obsession to investigate and hurt a candidate that asked for its readers to help read through 24,000 pages of emails of Governor Palin? Here’s something to report on:

    One message sent by someone in Juneau, Alaska on Sept 17, 2008 said the governor should be “shot from one of the planes that shoot the very wolves that you ordered.”

    Five days earlier an email landed in her in-box saying she “must be killed.”

    It said: “She doesn’t belong to the NRA to support the right of each citizen to have weapons in an aim of self-defence, but just to support the right of every southern white citizen to shoot all non-white people legally! Sarah Palin MUST BE KILLED!”

    Another emailed death threat in the same month, while Mrs Palin was on the campaign trail as John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate, came from Antwerp, Belgium.

    It said Mrs Palin should be shot and that “only on that moment justice will be accomplished.”

    Sarah Palin emails: Enemies sent a series of death threats

    Then they can follow up with all time profound philosopher, Bill Meher.

    LENO: Now, Roger Ailes said that at FOX they’re going to scale back the rhetoric. Do you think this will last for any longer than a week or two?

    MAHER: No, because that’s the rhetoric they love. The Right-wing loves… the go-to rhetoric for them is ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to kill the people we disagree with?’

    MAHER: You know, they try to put across this false equivalence… No?

    (Audience members shout ‘No’)

    Really? Then, do you read?

    (Audience members shout ‘Yes’)

    Have you seen what people have said? Have you seen what Sarah Palin says? You know, she talks about ‘Don’t retreat, reload.’ She says it like a pull-toy that’s broken; every five minutes she says this. Michele Bachmann said she wants Minnesotans armed and dangerous. Allen West, a new congressman, said he wants his opponent to be afraid to leave the house. Left-wingers don’t talk that way.

  55. #84. I went to the link too and read their Analysis and Policy Recommendations.

    I was going to comment on them but didn’t care to further arouse the wrath of Tex.

    He said he’d been reading their work for years and trusted what they published.

    Who am I to nitpick anyway?

  56. #70 Sarge
    Ok, you make a good case for NH. But you need a generator up there to ensure your survival during some of the winters.

    And lots of blankets. And a couple of dogs. And a space heater. Candles, lots of candles. Three days worth of food at all times.

    The downside to New Hampshire, snow.

    You don’t shovel humidity.

    Its why I headed south as quick as I could. Texas is just the right blend of Liberty and weather.

  57. #80 El Gordo That was great, I liked this part;

    So those are my tips for appearing less crazy on the internet. If you want a role model, try to be more like Andrew Sullivan. When it was revealed in 2008 that Bristol Palin was pregnant and thus couldn’t physically have given birth to Trig Palin, even the most hardcore conspiracy theory nuts gave up on that one, but not Sullivan. He stuck with it despite it being “the government is concealing the fact that 2 + 2 = 5!” crazy. And yet he’s still treated by many as a serious pundit because he has the discipline to make it so it’s not blatantly obvious to a casual reader that he’s Kleenex-boxes-for-shoes, the-squirrels-are-spying-on-me, kung-fu-fighting-invisible-ninjas crazy.

    :grin:

  58. The constant drip, drip, drip of this Weiner thing just can’t be good for the Dems.

    Rep. Anthony Weiner took several pictures of himself grabbing his privates, part of a new batch of embarrassing photos that surfaced online Sunday morning.
    The gossip website TMZ.com posted 11 photos it claimed were taken in the House member’s gym, a private exercise facility in the Capitol complex that is open to current and former lawmakers.

    The photos show Weiner standing in front of a mirror, his BlackBerry pointed forward snapping shots of bare chest, often with just a towel draped over his genitals. There are also shots of him in the middle of the exercise room, with empty elliptical trainers behind him.

    I think they were OK with the House member sending pictures of his personal member to a college student. The exchange of mails with the porn star was no problem either. Lying for a week and demonizing a Conservative Journalist is actually a laudable act. They didn’t even seem to mind the chit chat with the 27 year old girl.

    But pics of his pecs in the House gym—-well now, they wont stand for THAT.

  59. Hmmmmm—

    The photos show Weiner standing in front of a mirror, his BlackBerry pointed forward snapping shots of bare chest, often with just a towel draped over his genitals.

    Can’t those Democrats keep their clothes on when they’re working out?

    It sounds like the kind of bad dream that only congressmen have — White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, stark naked, approaches you in the locker room to give you a piece of his mind for not supporting the president’s budget.

  60. #61 darren
    The apostles were clearly not getting the message throughout the Gospels. They lived with JC, traveled with him, were with him 24×7 (except for very limited instances) for three years, but they never really got the message that he was the messiah. Even after he told them.

    This has nothing to do with fear. They simply did not get it. Fear came in after the passion, when they were all huddled together in hiding. During this time, they not only had the fear, but still did not understand. It was only after the arrival of the Holy Spirit that they both understood and were no longer afraid.

    Only one of the apostles died from natural causes. The others were martyred in one form or another due to their successful efforts to spread the Gospel.

  61. Video flashback: Weiner didn’t mind tossing a Dem or two under the bus in 2010; Update: New photos emerge

    Here’s a great catch by Morgen at Verum Serum in which the Democratic embarrassment du jour opines on not one or two but three Democrats mired in scandal just 15 months ago. Anthony Weiner got chatty with Don Imus about then-Governor David Paterson, then-Rep. Eric Massa, and unfortunately still-Rep. Charlie Rangel … and he hardly offered unconditional support for any of them. On March 10, 2010, Weiner wanted Paterson to resign after the New York Times wrote that Paterson was being investigated for intervening with law enforcement on behalf of a staffer accused of domestic violence — for which he was never charged. He calls Massa “one taco short of a Happy Meal,” but the more ironic quip comes immediately afterward as Weiner mocks Massa:

  62. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that Florida exists in the same dimension we do — it’s very Twilight Zonish.

  63. Seen somewhere on the danged ol’ innernet this morning; RE Dems are now calling for Weiner to pull out. Exactly what did Weiner do that is worse than what Bill Clinton did? I mean supposedly Weiner really did not have sex with that woman, right?

  64. wagon #92;

    The apostles were clearly not getting the message throughout the Gospels. They lived with JC, traveled with him, were with him 24×7 (except for very limited instances) for three years, but they never really got the message that he was the messiah.

    Why would they follow Jesus if they didn’t think He was the Messiah?

    This has nothing to do with fear.

    I agree. In fact, it was based on love. The things the Apostles did not understand was due in part to the miraculous and overwhelming nature of what they witnessed happen to Jesus and what Jesus did.

    Fear came in after the passion, when they were all huddled together in hiding.

    Correct, it was overwhelming; even traumatic. To read prophecies of Christ coming to the world as the Messiah is one thing to witness it first-hand places the effect on an entirely different and higher level of understanding.

    All this has little or nothing to do with being “dense”. It has a lot to do with actually being there when these events took place. Christ was setting up for the first time His Church based upon apostles. Christ had the Apostles tarry with Him to learn of Him first-hand and then lead His Church after Christ ascends to heaven.

    You are correct in that the Apostles were not ready to lead Christ’s Church, nor have a full understanding, at least not to the level of understanding which mortal men should, of Christ without the Holy Spirit. I see this as not being fully enlightened, not “dense”. Being “dense” seems to connote an inability to learn despite having all the resources available to learn. The mere fact that the Holy Spirit was not fully given until the day of Pentacost does not make them “dense”.

    It was only after the arrival of the Holy Spirit that they both understood and were no longer afraid.

    The Holy Spirit was always with these men but not fully. What was unique about the Holy Spirit being manifested on the day of Pentacost is that this was when the Holy Spirit would always dwell with both the Apostles and believers alike. The presence of the Holy Spirit could, under my understanding having received the proper ordinances, then be felt on a constant basis. This is key for enlightenment; not a change in mental “density”.

    The others were martyred in one form or another due to their successful efforts to spread the Gospel.

    An unfortunate end to many believers of Christ.

  65. The old story about some politician being elected unless he is found in bed with a dead girl or a live boy may be true after all. At least Charlie Rangel believes it as it relates to the good Congresscritter Weiner.

    Rangel said Weiner “wasn’t going with prostitutes. He wasn’t going out with little boys.”
    .

  66. 103 Darren says:
    June 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Sarge #100;

    You may want to reevaluate that; but thanks! :)

    Well;

    I’m so confused.

    According to Gordo’s #80, if you make long posts, you’re crazy. I’ve been known to make some long posts. You’d get little argument from some folks that means that I’m crazy.

    Now you’re making long posts, too———

  67. “…crazy people have this habit of self-identifying on the internet that allows sane people to skip over what they have to say before even getting to the crazy point.”

    Unfortunately sane people rarely have the ability to resist responding to the crazies. I know I can’t. But engaging them gives them the impression they are normal. I try and respond with sarcasm and ridicule instead of engaging their insanity. That seems to make them more insane. It’s fun to watch.

  68. Unfortunately sane people rarely have the ability to resist responding to the crazies. I know I can’t. But engaging them gives them the impression they are normal. I try and respond with sarcasm and ridicule instead of engaging their insanity. That seems to make them more insane. It’s fun to watch.

    Yah.

    I do that too.

  69. About the apostles and “density”: I don’t think it has a darned thing to do with mental acuity, rather it has everything to do with HIM removing the scales from the eyes. It doesn’t matter how sharp an individual is, if HE chooses to keep you blinded in an area YOU WILL NOT SEE IT. On the other hand, HE said a child will lead them – if HE chooses to reveal HIMSELF and HIS understanding to someone we would refer to as “a mental midget” and not the “brilliant among us” . . . . .well you get the idea.

  70. At this point, its overkill, but

    Congressional sources confirmed to TMZ that the backdrop is the House Members Gym in the basement of the Rayburn House Office Building.

    TMZ also confirmed that the pics were sent to at least one female. They were taken in the locker room and on the gym floor.

    Story is on Daily Caller, but no linkie here as there is a Weiner pic there

  71. Well this being Pentecost Sunday and the end of Eastertide, I have no legitimate excuse to keep the last of the Easter decorations out. They are so pretty and welcoming of Spring’s renewal of life. But it is time to put them away until next year. Their absence does not leave the emptiness in the house that putting away the Christmas things does, but then winter’s bleakness is outside as well. It has been so easy to pass them on the way to another room and think I’ll get to it later. Today it is Later.

  72. Wagon,
    As a side note , it’s never been clear to me that all of them were with him 24/7.
    And on apostolic density,
    There are several points in the story where these guys seem to be dense as a 2 lb. sledge!

    A glorious Pentecost to all!

  73. #111 Adee

    keep the last of the Easter decorations out.

    Time to bring out the summer (red, white, and blue) decorations? I have not had my collection of Easter bunnies out for several years. I look forward to seeing them again after I retire. We still have our birthday cards on the mantel from January and February.

    What little bit of extra get-up-and-go time I’ve had this year went into moving the sprinklers. :)

  74. And where’s Tedtam lately? Listen, girl, did you take that night job after all? Or are you out watering your garden?

  75. #113 mharper42. On point regarding hauling hoses/setting sprinklers can wear you out.
    That’s where a good share of my ambition has gone–watering the elephants. :)

  76. #112 shannon
    You get it.

    Those guys hung out with the Big Guy a lot over a three-year period.

    They watched him heal cripples, raise from the dead, walk on water, calm a stormy sea, turn water into wine, and other miracles. They even heard the voice of God himself come from a rent heaven say “This is my Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

    How much of a smack upside the head does one need?

    n.b. I have nothing but the highest admiration for the apostles. All of them did all that God asked them to do after Pentecost – at the cost of their earthly lives. All of them suffered untimely deaths; mostly very grisly death. I can only hope that should I face the same trials that I act as courageously as they.

  77. mharper

    I’m just getting after Hubby and I had an early dinner. Yesterday was crazy busy and I was one whupped puppy when I got home. Today was not as busy, but I’ve been out or busy most of the day.

    One of the things we did was go to visit my uncle in the hospital. He’s diabetic and a lifelong smoker. He almost lost both legs, but after major surgery it looks like he’ll get to keep them – for now. He did lose one big toe and a portion of his left foot, and they brought him back from rehab into the hospital to battle another infection in his groin, where they rerouted some arteries/veins to bring circulation back to his legs. His emphysema and heart problems aren’t helping anything.

  78. They watched him heal cripples, raise from the dead, walk on water, calm a stormy sea, turn water into wine, and other miracles. They even heard the voice of God himself come from a rent heaven say “This is my Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

    How much of a smack upside the head does one need?

    I’m gonna cut ‘em a little bit of slack.

    Nobody had ever seen the Messiah before.

  79. Bonecrusher #107;

    if HE chooses to keep you blinded in an area YOU WILL NOT SEE IT

    I very much agree.

  80. Shannon & Wagon;

    Besides the crucifiction, which was already talked about, could you send out a example or two how the Apostles were “dense”?

    18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

    21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

    Mathew 4:18-20

    These apostles seemed to know right away who Jesus was.

  81. 120 Darren says:
    June 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm
    Sarge #104;

    Ok, I get it now. My last one was a pretty long post, eh?

    It was crazy, man.

  82. The trove of more than 13,000 emails detailing almost every aspect of Sarah Palin’s governorship of Alaska, released late on Friday, paints a picture of her as an idealistic, conscientious, humorous and humane woman slightly bemused by the world of politics.

    One can only assume that the Left-leaning editors who dispatched teams of reporters to remote Juneau, the Alaskan capital, to pore over the emails in the hope of digging up a scandal are now viewing the result as a rather poor return on their considerable investment.

    If anything, Mrs Palin seems likely to emerge from the scrutiny of the 24,000 pages, contained in six boxes and weighing 275 pounds, with her reputation considerably enhanced. As a blogger at Powerline noted, the whole saga might come to be viewed as “an embarrassment for legacy media”.

    ‘An embarrassment for legacy media’? I sure hope so.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyharnden/100091820/american-way-sarah-palin-email-frenzy-backfires-on-her-media-antagonists/

  83. The leadership then (during Messiah’s time) was corrupt as it is in our country today, both political and religious. There is nothing new under the sun:

    Eccl 1:9-11
    9 That which has been is that which will be,
    And that which has been done is that which will be done.
    So there is nothing new under the sun.
    10 Is there anything of which one might say,
    “See this, it is new”?
    Already it has existed for ages
    Which were before us.
    11 There is no remembrance of earlier things;
    And also of the later things which will occur,
    There will be for them no remembrance
    Among those who will come later still.
    NASU

    In Messiah’s time the political and religious leaders were one and the same; in our time they are mostly different but the corruption is still rampant.

  84. Carbon emissions over the past decade actually exceeded predictions by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), no thanks to the global economic recession. According to their anthropogenic global-warming theories, global temperatures should have risen significantly as a result. James Taylor at Forbes wonders what happened:

    Global greenhouse gas emissions have risen even faster during the past decade than predicted by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other international agencies. According to alarmist groups, this proves global warming is much worse than previously feared. The increase in emissions “should shock even the most jaded negotiators” at international climate talks currently taking place in Bonn, Germany, the UK Guardian reports. But there’s only one problem with this storyline; global temperatures have not increased at all during the past decade.

    The evidence is powerful, straightforward, and damning. NASA satellite instruments precisely measuring global temperatures show absolutely no warming during the past the past 10 years. This is the case for the Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes, including the United States. This is the case for the Arctic, where the signs of human-caused global warming are supposed to be first and most powerfully felt. This is the case forglobal sea surface temperatures, which alarmists claim should be sucking up much of the predicted human-induced warming. This is the case for the planet as a whole.

    If atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions are the sole or primary driver of global temperatures, then where is all the global warming? We’re talking 10 years of higher-than-expected increases in greenhouse gases, yet 10 years of absolutely no warming. That’s 10 years of nada, nunca, nein, zero, and zilch.

    Where’s the warming?

    About time global warming alarmists get treated in the same mocking tone as did birthers.

  85. Muslims threw rocks at Jewish worshipers praying at the Western Wall after Friday’s Muslim prayers. Police arrested three Muslim attackers. The violence occurred after security forces decided to allow Muslims under the age of 50 to participate in Friday prayers. Usually, men younger than 50 are barred from praying on the Mount if there is an intelligence assessment that riots are being planned. The incident was captured on the Western Wall Heritage Funds Kotel cam. Worshipers can be seen fleeing 11 seconds into the video.

    The Palestinian Authority has demanded control of the Temple Mount be handed over to it, and there have been reports that U.S. President Barack Obama supports this idea. However, incidents like the one on Friday have convinced many in Israel that the Muslims would not honor the rights of other religions if they were given power over the holy sites

    Well, duh. Didn’t Netanyahu make it clear that the only time religious freedom has been honored has been under Israeli control?

    New Video: Minutes After Muslims Under 50 Allowed to Participate in the Friday Prayers They Throw Rocks at Jewish Worshipers Praying at the Western Wall

  86. OK, Dave’s not paying attention BUTT “Life is Good” The Boy went to the gun show today to look for a Kahr MK40 and when he got back he came by here and I gave his Bride her birthday present, a 38 snubbie. If you recall, I gave her a Sig 22 Mosquito for Christmas a couple of years ago, she was new to guns but has become a pretty good shot and really likes the Boy’s Kahr K-9. Well, they had to go to the range and invited a couple of the Boy’s work buddies to go with them, neither one owns a gun so he brought his 9 MM and his 44 Mag Redhawk. They had a blast and the guys fell in love with the big 44, later they took it down to the rifle range, which has a maxium range of only 65 Yds, since this is an indoor range. They procceded to blast away at a man-sized target and couldn’t even hit the dang thing. The boy was not shooting so that everyone would have enough ammo but he grabbed the 44 and placed a single head shot into the target @ 65 Yds off-hand. :grin: That’s my Boy! They thought he was Dirty Harry!

  87. Finally got around to tryin ‘out some Shiner 102 today. I ain’t no pretty talker like some of you describing how well it went down the throat and all, but it and NASCAR went down damned good…..’course anything and NASCAR works out in the end….anyway, I liked it.

    :P

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