Tuesday Open Thread 

Journey of the Three Magi to Bethlehem by Leonnart Bramer (1596)

8 comments to Tuesday Open Thread 

  • Scott M.

    Jimmy,how are your parents doing after that sad incident with the methhead? I wish them all the best.

    • Thanks for asking, Scott. They’re doing okay – I’ve been getting daily email updates from Mom. Psycho Meth Guy has a hearing today and is expected to be sent to the local mental institution.

      Apparently the guy is under some bizarre delusion that his mother (who apparently is quite wealthy) bought all the land that my folks and their neighbors live on before she moved to California, which is not true, but he literally believes that their houses belong to him. That’s why he’s so fixated on them, which is what has everyone worried about when he gets out. The whole thing has added a ton of stress and anxiety to what is normally the best time of the year for my family.

  • Oregon cop accidentally tases a co-worker, buys him a “sorry you got tased” cake.
    http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2017/12/deputy_accidentally_shoots_tas.html

    Well, at least he got a nice photo op out of it. And some free cake.

  • The irony of this story is that this is a situation where victims of human trafficking have kind of won the lottery: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/12/12/north-korea-exports-women-to-china.html

  • Had a little trouble figuring that painting out at first. For a moment I thought one of the Wise Men had a magic carpet.

    Wait! What a great idea for a holiday TV special! If anybody makes it, I claim copyright!

  • Raoul Ortega

    It’s almost time for Darth Leia to make her appearance!!

    “(Heavy breathing) Luke (pause) I am your sister!”

    “Noooooooooo!!!!”

  • JimmyC

    A couple of random thoughts:

    1) I don’t live in Alabama, so I have no personal stake in Roy Moore getting elected. But however that election goes, let’s keep something in mind: Bob Menendez, John Conyers and Al Franken (despite his claim that he will “maybe resign someday”) are all still employed by the Democratic party, and liberals couldn’t care less. So their moral condemnation of Moore means next to nothing. Personally, I’d be fine if the GOP let him go and replaced him with another pro-life Republican, but the left-wing hypocrisy on this is just too much to take.

    2) Yesterday a terrorist attacked the Port Authority in New York, injuring himself and several innocent people, and nobody seemed to care. Everyone just shrugged it off. I’m very glad that he was so incompetent that his attack failed to kill anyone, but that was just pure luck. How many people have to get hurt or die before it matters? This is what scares me. The jihadists hit us so hard on 9/11 that we woke up and hit them back, hard. They seem to have learned their lesson from that and are now just doing a series of small attacks, letting us get accustomed to them. Once we’re completely numb to it, they’ll start stepping it up and we’ll react like the frog in the proverbial boiling pot, until we’re back to more 9/11 scale attacks again. We need to react to this stuff, to have zero tolerance for it, or else we’re just playing into their hands.

    • Rufus

      JimmyC, I don’t think “jihadists…learned their lesson from that and are now just doing a series of small attacks, letting us get accustomed to them.”

      The attacks on U.S. soil on September 11th, 2001 were in conjunction with Osama bin Laden’s declaration of war against the United States. I don’t recall his exact list of grievances, but, like the American Colonists in the Declaration of Independence, he did specifically list his reasons in a document notifying the U.S. and the world in advance. I know some of it involved U.S. bases in Muslim holy lands, sacrileges committed near or in Mecca and other violations, in his view, of Islamic law.

      The World Trade Center had specific meaning to bin Laden, as did the Pentagon and other sites he targeted. It is a safe bet that if Osama bin Laden were alive and could figure out another way to kill 3,000 Americans in a morning he would do that, regardless of what our reaction might be.

      There’s a lot more to the rest of the conflicts, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Bangladesh (where this latest guy is from)… I think most of the terrorists who have committed atrocities in the U.S. since 9-11 would have been happy to kill 10 times as many, 100 times as many, 1,0000 times as many. I don’t think anyone is holding back in hopes we don’t strike back too harshly, or in hopes we grow accustomed to terror.

      The reality is that it is, thankfully, hard to kill hundreds or thousands of people in the Unites States and other 1st world countries. Look at Israel. They are surrounded by hundreds of thousands of people that would kill Jews in Israel daily if they only could.

      However, I agree with you regarding the result. Since it is hard to lodge continual, similar attacks that cause mass carnage against technologically advanced, wealthy nations, our enemies are reduced to small attacks, which does have the affect of desensitizing many to terror. But desensitization is not their goal. Killing us is their goal. The more, the better, the sooner, the better.