Thursday Open Thread

Yesterday in my International Law course we talked about transnational crime including organized crime syndicates like the Yakuza.

62 comments to Thursday Open Thread

  • Dr. Schplatt

    Oh, Yakuza…I was going to go with ACORN…

  • Daniel Crandall

    Michael Walsh at NRO may not be the first, but no doubt he won’t be the last on this political meme when it comes to how conservatives should move forward:

    “[L]ay off the social issues. Let me be blunt: Conservatives have lost that war, and last night’s defeats are just the beginning.”

    Uh, yeah, NOT!

    Walsh’s advice is the same advice the conservative movement has been mouthing when it comes to the culture. Move on, that ship’s sailed, we lost. Yeah … and how’s that worked out for y’all?!?

    Demon-crats campaigns were predominantly on social issues this year since they had nothing else to run on (or did Walsh miss the whole “war on women” meme coming from the DNC!), and Walsh just wants to surrender; let them have the field. No, it isn’t the social issues that need to be dropped.

    What needs to be dropped are dumb-*ss politicians who can’t present articulate, reasonable arguments in the face of Demon-crat charges. Future Congressmen & women, Senators, and possible Presidential candidates must sit down with folks like Robert P. George, Wesley J. Smith Jr., George Weigel, and others and be grounded in arguments that prevent them from sounding like an idiotic fool who’s never considered the issue when asked – and they most definitely will be asked – about social issues.

    • Mike

      The thing is, Romney hardly touched social issues. He ran as a highly experienced and competent businessman with a clear record of success. And he lost. So it seems to me that Walsh has a solution in search of a problem.

    • JS Lawalin

      What Walsh is saying is strategically unsound. It’s hard to defeat an opponent when you’re always fighting on the ground of their choosing. In ’92, the recession was the overriding issue because the Dems made it so (“It’s the economy, stupid.”). This year, despite a terrible economy, the election was made to be about the so-called “War on Women”. If you let the Dems define the debate, they’ll win every time.

      • It’s not like the GOP didn’t fight that message. Half the country is literally too stupid, too vapid, or in the tank to think beyond bumper sticker logic.

        We won’t win an election debating big ideas with a populace that can’t think for more than 3 seconds.

        No… the tonic for this country is the shit storm that is coming.

        To paraphrase “Boss” from Cool Hand Luke… “this is the way they wants it. Well, they gets it. I don’t like it any more than you men do.”

        • JS Lawalin

          In my opinion, they didn’t fight hard enough. Nice guys finish last, especially in politics. The Dems had a competition to see who could be the biggest and loudest asshat, and it paid off. Rather than surrendering on the social front and trudging off to be the hapless Washington Generals again on some other Dem-defined battlefield, let’s get muddy and nasty. Let’s be the squeakiest dog toy for a change.

          • We tried and then you get the Rush Limbaugh fiasco on slut and the Ann Coulter retard brouhaha… with the media fully in the tank relying on Twitter and other surrogates to ridicule the War on Wimmins meme doesn’t reach the true believers.

            14 million voters stayed home from 2008. Folks were clearly not interested in voting for Romney for whatever reason. I agree we need to be less nice, but I’m not necessarily sure it would motivate people to come out from our side.

            Obama’s snide snarkiness brings out the Left — they thrive on mockery and denigrating opponents

        • Daniel Crandall

          “We won’t win an election debating big ideas with a populace that can’t think for more than 3 seconds.”

          – True dat!

        • Stephanie

          Guys I have a question: How come there are counties in FL that had over 100 percent of their population voting? Does anyone actually REALLY believe that 2 millions GOPERS stayed home? REALLY?
          They stole the election and no thats not sour grapes. Check the numbers. Do it against the counties population. We won this and they stole it. Too much vote fraud and then are rumors of vote skimming. I refuse to think that the efforts that the GOP with all of the cash we had and the effort lost because we didn’t debate correctly. BS I say. Its time we stopped blaming ourselves. Dammit.
          And a word to the men. Why is it that Conservative women are now having to lead this fight? Why? Every man I know in media is behaving like a whiny baby…acting like a leftist. Its time to lead. Time to start pushing back. They stole this from us. We were mugged. Period. For an analogy I WANT MY PURSE BACK GUYS SO ITS UP TO YOU TO GET IT BACK!

          • Calling Issa’s office re. Benghazi and Rep. Kelly’s as well re. Fast & Furious tomorrow. Grass roots boots still on the ground.

            • Stephanie

              Good! Thank you! I wish I could talk about the reactions I have seen. EVeryones so brokenhearted. You guys are the only last line of defense between us and sequester and ruination of our military and Obama’s evil designs.

  • Texacalirose

    … where am I … woooo … oh, yeah. It took my family and friends a while, but they were finally able to talk me down off the ledge.

    How is everyone doing? Here’s some interesting news:

    “Uses for Microfiber Cloths”

    To help make cleaning easier, manufacturers have introduced wonderful new cleaning products and equipment. I love microfiber cloths because they are so handy and do a great cleaning job. Try these hints for using them around the house:

    Keep several microfiber cloths underneath the front seat of your vehicle. Use them to dust off the dashboard, radio and steering wheel.

    • Looks like the autocorrect sabotaged your comment. What word were you trying to type instead of ‘interesting?’ :)

      • Texacalirose

        Ooof! I read the post to be about “transitional grime.” Sorry.

        But how about this:

        Bathroom, Kitchen
        Store a couple of microfiber cloths in these locations because they will clean and shine the chrome, spiff up mirrors and are great for wiping off the sink. When the cloths become dirty, toss them into the washing machine.

  • Kit

    “Thank you both @BarackObama and @MittRomney for your campaigns. Godspeed to both of you in what the future holds for each of you.” -Steve Byrne, on twitter.

    That just maybe the classiest celebrity tweet on the election. I mean. . . wow! Day-am!

  • I got one satisfaction of out of the election results. They produced an opportunity to unfriend an obnoxious old friend on Facebook. Hit the road, Jack!

  • And so it begins…

    according to Fox News, defense contractor Boeing has begun sending pink slips to 30% of their management staff.

    I’m sure that had nothing at all to do with the election.

    • Texacalirose

      In other great news, McDonalds has reported a loss for the first time in a decade. Yay! Mich-hell’s message is working. No more fatty foods! Carrots! We want carrots!

  • Kit

    Oh, and today is my birthday!

  • JimmyC

    From a columnist over at American Thinker:

    This is a thank you note to a good man.

    Thank you for turning aside from a life of ease and security to run for the presidency against an incumbent.

    Thank you for enduring the slander of you, your family, and your faith perpetrated by a criminally negligent media.

    Thank you for calling things such as terrorism by their right name.

    Thank for selecting Paul Ryan as vice presidential running mate.

    Thank you — and your lovely wife — for demonstrating true love.

    Thank you for handling yourself with grace and equanimity in every situation.

    Thank you for your patriotism.

    Thank you for believing in America. It is to our eternal shame that America did not, in this time and place, believe in you.

  • Daniel Crandall

    B. Hussein Obama’s “Katrina” – Hurricane Sandy & subsequent storms. Or at least it would have been if those working in America’s Pravda/Isvestia Media Outlets weren’t … you know … Pravda & Isvestia.

    “FEMA packed up everything yesterday and left the area,” said MaryLou Wong, whose home in the Midland Beach neighborhood was destroyed. “They haven’t come back.”

    Read more:

    But FEMA did leave behind an 800 number or website Miss Wong can go to for help:

    “FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said the agency is helping, and urged people to go to or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

    ” ‘FEMA is part of a big team on the response and recovery to Sandy, and we continue to closely coordinate with our partners in and outside of government,’ Fugate said. [As long as we can work closely from our nice warm offices in Washington D.C.]

    So Bush had his “Brown-ie” moment. If this nation had anything resembling a real ‘fourth estate’ this would be B. Hussein Obama’s “Fugate-ie” moment.

  • Matt Helm

    Floyd, if you touch upon the Chinese Triads in class, show some Johnnie To flicks. Have the students refer to you as Dai Lo, and the catch phrase for the week should be, “Give me face!”

  • Loyal Goatherd

    I got my patch on and am now fighting the urge to smoke the eighth cigarette of the day. Yes, I’m quitting. For those who may have missed it in the “Happiness in slavery” post of yesterday, I re=post my comments here:

    Well, my employer called mandatory meeting for this AM, Open enrollment time. Small increases across the board, no major changes. (Sighs of relief were heard.) Oh! one small change as part of our wellness “incentive”, if you smoke cigarettes, cigars, a pipe, chew tobacco or snuff or use e-cigarettes, a decision must be made.

    One may enroll in a company sponsored cessation program at no charge and if one can certify 30 days tobacco free on April 15th and pledge to remain tobacco free forever more, no further action will be required. If one enrolls in the program and is unable to certify on April 15th, an unspecified consequence will occur on some future date if one is unable to complete the process prior. If one wishes to remain an evil tobacco user, the company will “incentivize” you to the tune of $600 a year! That’s right the company will pocket (it’s not going to the insurer) $50 a month on your disgusting dirty habit (that is totally legal, but who cares about that). Less than 20% of employees use these products, so for the more than 80% of you who do not use tobacco, this is of no consequence. (grumbles filled the room)(Minority decrimination! my thought)

    And one more small change, our insurance will now cover gender re-assignment surgery. (Loud grumbles filled the room) We were then warned that our company embraces diversity and we should shut up!

    So got that? Gender re-assignment is good and noble diversity, but having smokers and non-smokers is not diversity to be embraced.

    Now, I do smoke and use e-cigs to reduce the amount I smoke. I had planned my 30th anniversary quit attempt for the great american smoke out next week, but I don’t like coercion and my instincts tell me to resist. And I understand the company’s desire to reduce costs associated with smoking. But this screams 1984 Orwellian heavy handed un-personhood. It’s doubleplusgood. And e-cigs are water vapor that may or may not have nicotine in them, I sure don’t see the need to include them in this. And consider, the company will provide to enrollees the patch at no cost, nicotine replacement to assist in quitting, but using an e-cig to that same end is tobacco use. It’s almost like the statists won an election or something and are hell-bent on someone paying!

    So EP, I’m right there at the edge with you, just one nicotine fit away from unspecified consequences. :)

    So, last night, I put on the patch and endured the technicolor dreams, went to work today and fought my way through with just seven cigarettes. The whole time, I can see this scene over and over again. In my version, Christ is replaced in the dialogue with Comcast. “The power of Comcast compels me” I can see this quitting sh!* will be an adventure!

    • We’re all in this together, LG. I’ll be sure to finally post something from last week’s Dio Fund Raiser, with plenty of pics, to hopefully help get you through things a little easier.

  • Loyal Goatherd

    From Jake was here ‘s youtube channel i had great success singing this under my breath all day. Extremely NSFW

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