As of now, I am in control here, in the White House

54 Responses to Sunday Open Thread || December 13, 2015

  1. I’m way behind on my reading. I’m up to 2009. Now I realize I haven’t missed anything! Except it’s worse than I thought it would be even back in 2009!

    Alas. Auntie ‘Em!!! What’ll we do. (If this is still the first post, sorry for the 6 year old coffee.) The next 12 months are gonna need more than coffee.

  2. I see that Army lost to Navy…again.
    Many, many years ago, a bunch of neighborhood vet’s would get together and watch the game, 3 Marines, 1 Navy, my brother and 1 Air Force, also my brother and me, Army.
    But over the years, they started family’s and some moved out of state.
    We still keep in contact, but getting together is nearly impossible but we do it every 3, 4 years or so.
    Been flying solo these last few games, sure miss the ribbing, half time quick game, first to score wins.
    Lots of beer and chow.
    Just rambling here folks.
    Fell asleep in my recliner during 3rd quarter and missed that exciting last quarter, must be getting old.
    Thanks for listening, stay safe and take care.

  3. I know Mark Twain said everything, but I liked this one…

    “I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter’s evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream… I know how the nuts taken in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old people’s tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting.”

    • Sam Clemens was wise.
      Old people’s tales and jokes are folly to those that have not embraced history.
      They prefer to live in the moment as opposed to comparing the moment to what has happened in the past.

      History does repeat itself, but it never lies.

    • Wonderfull!
      I’m not sure where I read or heard this story, but a young man was arguing with a much, much older man, ” what can you teach me, or tell me about life ?” The old man replied ” if you pay attention, I’ll tell you how to live to be my age.”
      Something close to that I think.

      • “The old man replied ” if you pay attention, I’ll tell you how to live to be my age.”

        Too many of our youth dismiss the wisdom of the wise ones.

    • Some Mark Twain fun trivia.

      1. Twain was responsible for the publication of President Grant’s autobiography– “Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant”. Grant was an excellent and popular writer, and published many newspaper columns after the Civil War. He was having trouble getting his act together writing his autobiography toward the end of his life, and Twain stepped up, helped him financially, and eventually published the book just after Grant died of cancer. It was very successful and benefited from a marketing campaign devised by Twain. Grant’s wife eventually received about $450,000 in royalties, a massive amount of money at the time, obviously.

      2. Twain was also good friends with Nikola Tesla, the great scientist and inventor. Tesla reportedly cured Twain of a bad case of constipation using a charge of electricity. Twain liked to hang around Tesla’s laboratory and the two friends would use Tesla’s X-ray gun against sheets of undeveloped film to capture the images, including several x-rays of Mark Twain’s skull. Twain also helped Tesla financially in tough times.

      Weird, no?

      • Never heard those..cool… Speaking of history, the bible I talked about a few threads ago just arrived–yes on Sunday. It weighs about 20 lbs and is crumbling…I am almost afraid to look for wherever in it they recorded fam events…It seems so I don’t know…substantial. Am working up to it–I did find a few separate pieces of paper recording births…back to 1831…Some family names–Anne–my grandmother was Ethel Anne–but they all end in Lawrence–so maybe that is a coincidence–that was not my grandmother’s maiden name. She came from Norway and her last name was Klansrud. Anne is my sister’s middle name, too. This gives me an odd feeling–how it weaves into life. Hard to describe. Makes me want to take a more long view…

        • Star, I would take it to someone that can restore it.
          A text that old can be destroyed by someone that is curious but not educated in restoring old documents.

          Good Luck.

        • Star I am glad you received it. My Mom gave me several tablets and sheets of paper that Grandpa kept notes. Notes on verde the events. Notes of his time in WWII, and simple notes of the price of certain food items. My point. I am trying to figure out what I can place them in. Not just plastic folders. I will than give them to my sons. If you come up wit an idea for your papers, let me know.

          • Lee, there are conservation certified folders, etc. that might work out for you. I quick call to a local university or historical society can point you in the right direction. Just tell them what you have and they’ll know (should know, anyway) what you need.

        • Star, sometimes city libraries, if they are substantial as I suspect yours is, can offer a lot of free help on how to handle and conserve old books and manuscripts. Surely there’s an antique book dealer there who might offer the same help. Old books are tricky to deal with. Perhaps one of the local or state historical societies, or even the State Library (there must be a good one in AZ) can help, as well. Or a local philanthropist might be willing to pay for needed repair and conservation of the Bible. The hunt is on!

          • Good advice, guys. Looks like I have a project…I recontacted the woman who sent it and asked where in the book (it’s six inches thick) the fam info is…so I don’t have to handle it too much. The thick embossed cover already fell off. Will keep you posted…on OT days.

      • Weird, no. Interesting, yes. The stuff of history — you have to love it. I feel sorry for the left and those they have educated to have missed this. They are a humorless lot as well.

        • I never loved history in school, but later came to crave it…I wrote the Jane’s catalog one yr in my freelancing days–and learned that Fred T Jane, a Naval artist circa 1915 was quite a card–his hobby was kidnapping people and he loved explosives…Later, of course, he went on to found the military publishing empire and also involved with MI-5. A friend and I wrote a screenplay called DREADNOUGHT loosely based on Jane–it attracted some interest in in London, but the producer died. However, doing the research in the Library of Congress, finding a newspaper story of one of Jane’s fake kidnappings brought history as alive as anything could for me. If kids are not delving into history, they are missing out big huge giant time.

        • Yes, it’s the stories behind the stories, or the completely unexpected pieces of history that always grab me.

          Here’s one for you–

          I know you’ve heard of the WW2 era actress Hedy Lamarr. She was a pretty good actress and very beautiful. Turns out she was also some sort of electronic and mathematical genius and tinkered around with electronics as a hobby, and created several inventions. One of her inventions changed the course of history.

          ” Her most recognized work came from co-inventing a frequency-hopping wireless signal for guiding U.S. Navy torpedoes to their targets.” (from story cited below).

          Her invention was so far ahead of its time that the US Navy actually didn’t use it in WW2–they couldn’t quite figure out how to apply it. But later on, her patent was re-discovered and became the basis for jamming-proof technology, and radios used during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Her invention became the basis for modern day GPS technology, the Bluetooth system in headsets and phones, and U.S. military guided missiles.

          Pretty cool, eh?

          http://www.nbcnews.com/id/46848978/ns/technology_and_science-innovation/t/hedy-lamarr-hollywoods-secret-weapon-inventor/

          • The other day, my sister mentioned a movie she saw on Sobibor–the concentration camp where the Jews fought back. The author had been in my screen group in DC–Richard Rashke! And he discovered Sobibor in a footnote while looking at something else in the Library of Congress. L love that place–almost holy to me.

          • There’s a lot of stuff to be found in footnotes. I was reading a book one day about Quebec history. I give two lectures a year about Quebec history to a local institution, so I know quite a bit about the topic. There was a footnote referencing the “Papineau Rebellion” (1837-1839). I had never heard of it, and I’ve read a lot of Quebec history. So I dug in and lo and behold found a lot of information. After more digging, I discovered my great, great grandfather Joseph was involved, and was captured by the British near Montreal (he and others were trying to break into a British ammunition cache) and sent to a prison called the Longbottom Stockade for five years just outside of Sydney, Australia. I also found three diaries written by prisoners there and he was mentioned in all three. Lots more to the story, but essentially, your point—there are family stories out there for all of us, and learning about them is great fun.

  4. I agree with Trump, although I have not read the book. Rove should go:

    “People that have read it tell me that @KarlRove book is terrible (and boring). Save your money! @FoxNews should can him, no credibility!”

          • Yea, Morris is off the stage as far as we can tell. He was also an extremely odd duck, something very weird about him. Morris and Rove are just two of the many bow-tied parasites who live off the system posing as political “experts”. It’s basically a racket.

          • I call him the toe sucker–didn’t he get nailed sucking some woman’s toes? After his adamant bad calls on elections, Fox canned him, I heard. Also–that Wayne Simmons guy who used to come on talking about terror–some phony–he’s gone.

  5. Former FBI counter terrorism agent John Guandolo has been making the media rounds lately (not the MSM offshoots of the Ministry of Propaganda) and in addition to pointing out the terrorist’s connections to Mosques in America he also contends

    “As this Handbook makes clear, the Muslim Brotherhood has operatives in our federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, our military, but, most importantly, advising our senior leadership in our national security apparatus…Once the control the Muslim Brotherhood has within the U.S. government’s decision-making process is understood, it becomes clear America faces an insurgency inside our homeland, which requires a very different response, especially from local law enforcement.”

    Discussion on Ace of Spades Book Thread Today.

    Link to book, which I think is an important read. This is real and we are so not handling it with any degree of seriousness IMO. Even with everything that is going on not with ISIS and our own attacks in the country I don’t see it changing any time soon. Lots of talk. We will be Europe sooner than any of us are admitting. Special Snowflakes. Anyway, link to book:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0988724502/?tag=aoshq-20

    • And I am in Mod Jail. Go to Ace of Spades Book Thread today John Guandolo to see what I am talking about, if you are so inclined. MB terrorists in America and in our government.

      • To be clear,MB operatives, not terrorists, in our government. In today’s America, of Obama and Jarrett and Lynch it is important to make that distinction.

    • And, to put the frosting on the cake, Obama purposely and intentionally brought these MB agents into the government of the United States of America.

      That’s where we are. Imagine the little secrets, deceptions and subterfuge we have not yet discovered about the Obama Administration. And the MSM, the Congress and other watchdog agencies sleep quietly in the corner.

  6. Here’s a story that will raise your eyebrows. Headline from the Daily Mail. Coming to a neighborhood near us?

    “Inside Britain’s Sharia courts: There are now EIGHTY-FIVE Islamic courts dispensing ‘justice’ across the UK. What really goes on behind their doors will shock you to the core”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3358625/Inside-Britain-s-Sharia-courts-EIGHTY-FIVE-Islamic-courts-dispensing-justice-UK-special-investigation-really-goes-doors-shock-core.html