Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (Open Thread)

May the Luck of the Irish be Yours Today!

Did you know that  the St. Patrick’s Day custom came to America in 1737 and was first celebrated in Boston, Massachusetts?  That’s  274 years of  major celebrating and beer drinking!   Today, people celebrate the day with parades, wearing of the green, and drinking beer.    So lads and lasses have a bit o’ the Irish on us!    Cheers!

259 responses to “Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (Open Thread)

  1. Here’s another example of government inefficiency and outright scariness:

    “Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has ordered a second air traffic controller to be on duty overnight at Reagan National Airport, after the lone controller was unavailable early Wednesday as two passenger planes were trying to land. …

    The two D.C. airliners, carrying a total of 165 passengers and crew members, landed on their own shortly after midnight after attempting to contact the control tower and receiving no response.

    The tower normally is staffed by one air-traffic controller from midnight to 6 a.m. The on-duty controller did not respond to pilot requests for landing assistance or to phone calls from controllers elsewhere in the region, who also used a “shout line,” which pipes into a loudspeaker in the tower, internal records show.

    Both planes–an American Airlines Boeing 737 flying in from Miami with 97 people onboard, and a United Airlines Airbus 320 flying in from Chicago with 68 people onboard–landed safely, within minutes of each other.

    The planes’ pilots took matters into their own hands, broadcasting their progress as they approached and landed. They also were communicating with controllers at a separate facility in the region that does not handle landings. … The incident, which the National Transportation Safety Board also is reviewing, is the second time in as many years that the tower at National has gone silent, said a source familiar with tower operations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak for the FAA.

    The previous time, the lone controller on duty left his swipe-card pass key behind when he stepped outside the tower’s secure door and was unable to get back in, the source said. A controller at another facility mentioned that incident as the pilots were trying to land Wednesday morning.”

    SO where-the-f-word WAS the controller this time? Not even in the tower because s/he didn’t hear the LOUDSPEAKERS? This is the freaking NATIONAL airport in DC.

    BUT NOT TO WORRY: The Barry Administration is INVESTIGATING. Let me guess: nobody’s head will roll BUT the taxpayers will be lectured on the absolute necessity to raise taxes and HIRE MORE UNIONIZED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. SEIU? Of course!

  2. See New Link Above in the Header… “DAILY COMMENTS!”

    New Comments to articles get buried quickly so a list is being provided on where to check for them when they aren’t showing in the sidebar.
    Let us know if it works for you.

    • Good idea, Bridgette. Would it be better to list in reverse order, with today at the top and then backwards in time? It will be a big help to those who complain that they can’t find where we’re conversing on a particular day.

  3. John Nolte: Sickening: Westboro Baptist Church to Protest Elizabeth Taylor’s Funeral
    Mar. 23

    It’s impossible for me to hate these people more than I already do, so let me just say that I would sure like to be there when Jesus throws Fred Phelps and his followers out of his office and into the pit of Hell.


  4. Those Darn Birthers”
    by William Lolli, ©2011

    “Birthers are lawyers and veterans, active and retired military, housewives and teachers, students and doctors, Republicans and Democrats. I have met Birthers from all walks of life. They are as diverse as the American people, and they love this country with the purest love—because they don’t care if they are laughed at, mocked or spit upon for their beliefs.

    And they won’t quit until they know the truth.”


  5. Enough already!

    Democrats advance ‘lesbians-as-role models’ plan
    ‘Costly state mandate targets children for sexual brainwashing’

    March 23, 2011

    A band of six Democrats in the California state Senate voted today to advance a bill that has been described as “the worst school sexual indoctrination ever” and would require that school children be taught to admire “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual” role models.

    S.B. 48 is sponsored by state Sen. Mark Leno, who boasts on his website of founding a business with his “life partner, Douglas Jackson,” who later died of AIDS complications

    Randy Thomasson of the family-promoting SaveCalifornia.com said parents “don’t want and children don’t need ‘LGBTIQ’ role models in school.”

    “S.B. 48 micromanages public schools by forcing teachers, administrators, local school boards, textbooks, and instructional materials to promote a gaggle of sexual lifestyles that disturb parents and confuse kids,” Thomasson said. “This costly state mandate targets children for sexual brainwashing, behind the backs of parents, teaching boys and girls to admire those who engage in homosexual, bisexual or transsexual behavior.”

    He explained that if S.B. 48 becomes law, children as young as 6 years old will be subjected to mandatory lessons about same-sex “marriage,” bisexuality and individuals who choose to undergo sex-change operations.


  6. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/24/us-libya-usa-poll-idUSTRE72N1JN20110324

    Reuters) – Only 17 percent of Americans see President Barack Obama as a strong and decisive military leader, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken after the United States and its allies began bombing Libya.

  7. Islamic Group Places $2.2 Million Bounty on Head of Koran-burning Florida Pastor
    March 24, 2011

    Well, Florida pastor Terry Jones has gone and done it. The evangelical minister, who threatened last September 11 to burn a copy of the Koran and then backed down in the face of public pressure, has made good on his incendiary promise. With 30 people present as witnesses, he set fire to a copy of the embattled religious text.

    And, as happens in the event of real or imagined slights, the other shoe summarily dropped. No sooner had Jones fired up his Bic than an Islamic “court” in Pakistan found him guilty of the crime of desecrating the religion’s most holy book. The court then issued a fatwa—loosely translated as “death order—against him, as is their wont.

    But here is where the story gets interesting. Pakistan’s Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a banned Islamic organization and suspected terrorist group, announced a bounty of 10 crore rupees for anyone who fulfills the fatwa on Jones. In case you’re wondering, that amount is equivalent to around $2.2 million—not exactly chicken feed. What ever happened to 72 virgins?


  8. 19,000 jobs and a billion plus in wages lost since drilling moratorium
    March 22, 2011

    Meanwhile, President Obama was in Brazil telling the Brazilian people how he just couldn’t wait to help them drill for oil off their shore and, by the way, we’d probably be one of their best customers.

    To use one of our president’s favorite words lately, this is simply “unacceptable”. In fact, it’s simply wrong. The American petroleum industry could be significantly contributing to the recovery, providing royalties and taxes to the federal treasury and helping bring gas prices down with increased production. Instead it faces an intractable foe in its own government.

    Meanwhile, Obama is out and about touting the wondrous opportunity new oil finds off the coast of Brazil offer that country:


  9. America’s New Nomenklatura

    Posted 03/29/2010 06:51 PM ET

    Government: With the passage of health care reform and the ongoing boom in federal hiring, it’s becoming increasingly clear that America is now run by a new, privileged class of bureaucrats.

    For those who remember the old Soviet Union, it was a grim place — at least for average citizens. But not so for those in government. Contrary to the official ideals of equality and a classless society that the ruling communist regime espoused, the USSR created a privileged class of party members inside government — the nomenklatura.

    This semipermanent bureaucracy earned higher incomes, got better health care, ate better food and had greater job security than average Russians, the much-despised proletarians. Today, our bloated federal government seems, in significant ways, to be creating this same dynamic.


  10. Saturday, March 12, 2011

    Hussain Al-Hussaini, alleged OKC Bombing John Doe II, arrested in Quincy, Mass
    Will Justice Finally be Served?

    by Eric Dondero

    Pamela Geller, wrote a guest report here at LR, back in April of 2010 “Oklahoma City Bombing – Muslim Terrorist Connection, ignored by Mainstream Media”:

    Last weekend was the terrible anniversary of the Oklahoma Federal building bombing. Worse still is the Democrats’ exploitation of OKC to demonize patriots, tea partiers, senior citizens and great Americans working to save this great nation from the scourge of the party of treason and, worst of all, the cover-up of the OKC Islamic connection.

    Hussein-al-Husseini, an Iraqi soldier in Saddam Hussein’s Army, sat beside Timothy McVeigh in the Ryder truck financed by Ramzi Youseff (Khalid Sheik Muhammad’s nephew). The Oklahoma City bombing, 15 years ago, was the first heinous Islamic terror attack on American soil.

    See the Chairman’s Report “The Oklahoma City Bombing: Was there a Foreign Connection” by Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Chairman, 2007, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee. Excerpt:

    Cont’s @ Link –


  11. Friday, March 25, 2011
    Arizona Teacher’s Shocking Letter
    Arizona State Senator Lori Klein reads a shocking letter from a local teacher.

    U.S. taxpayers are funding a Marxist inspired, criminally minded “5th column” within their own public school system.


  12. The Crazy Never Stops: Anti-War Protest in L.A.
    March 24, 2011 – 2:38 pm – by Zombie

    On Saturday, March 19 anti-war protests were held in major cities around the country to mark the eighth anniversary of the Iraq invasion. This has become an annual ritual, the Saturday closest to March 19 having by now evolved into a leftist holiday, the anti-July 4.

    The San Francisco version of the rally was mostly rained out — only a handful of people braved a downpour to protest in the streets. So I have no report of my own. But fortunately Los Angeles had better weather, and fellow citizen journalist Ringo the Gringo was on hand to document the festivities. Several aspects of the full report just posted on his site “Ringo’s Pictures” reveal the malevolence and dementia at the core of the anti-war left.

    Ready? We’re going to Hollywood!


  13. See New Link Above in the Header… “DAILY COMMENTS!”

    New Comments to articles get buried quickly so a list is being provided on where to check for them when they aren’t showing in the sidebar.
    Let us know if it works for you.

    • I saw that Bridgette, I like it !! 🙂
      I hope I haven’t posted something (again) that has already been posted….
      It’s so hard to catch up at the end of the day as to what has already been posted during the day. I realy like the idea of having the new “Dailey Comments” option, it helps to catch up. I browsed the dailey comments, I did not notice the articles I just posted as already being posted but I may have missed them if they were. If I post anything that has already been posted, please buy all means remove my posting…TY

      • As you can tell I have a problem alway’s adding the “e” where it doe’s not need to be! My brain say’s no “e” fingers say yes “e” a constant fight since childhood….brain and fingers alway’s fightin, as you can tell fingers always win ! lol 🙂

      • It’s okay with me if we double post. Sometimes others miss when something is first posted, but the point is to get people to SEE what’s going on. Better to say it twice than have people miss it altogether.

  14. Supreme Court Sides With People; Federal Reserve Must Tell Us Who Received Money
    March 22, 2011 | Steve Stanek

    The Federal Reserve does not want the world to know details of “emergency loans” it made to banks in the financial panic of 2008, but the Supreme Court this week effectively said the Fed must tell us. It did this by today rejecting an appeal of a lower court ruling to force the Fed to reveal the information. This leaves intact a court order that gives the Fed five days to release the records.


  15. I like this comment I saw on FR regarding this –
    ” Gay Black Muslim Degenerate Anti American Communist Liberal Disgusting Mistake From Hell.”

    Sum’s the asshat pResident up rather nicely, ya think 🙂

    Obama admin introduces gay rights declaration at UN
    3/22/11 | Kathleen Gilbert

    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 22, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An upcoming declaration by the Obama administration will mark the first time the United States has endorsed homosexualist policy at the United Nations.

    The statement condemning any criminal punishment against homosexual activity and urging greater attention to rights related to sexual orientation is scheduled for delivery Tuesday at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, reported the Associated Press Monday.


    • LMBO, good one Bridge LOVE those “highlight’s” 🙂

      • I love the comment..it is so perfect!

        Have missed “seeing” you! But you are hot tonight!

        • haha, isen’t the comment perfect…fit’s the asshat well.

          Thank you bridge, for the nice comment. I’ve just been very busy with work. I’ve missed you all also. I haven’t seen any comments lately by Anoni or Alfy. I hope all is well with them, miss there input here as well, hope to see them back soon..

    • This will be important when third world countries stop stoning people to death, subjugating women, beheading people, cutting off hands, and doing other barbaric acts. Did they forget they are dealing with countries that are still living in the 7th century? Will the Muslim countries laugh about this coming from Obama?

      That UN Human Rights group headed up by Iran’s nutjob with Gadaffi as a member is one of the biggest jokes of all time. Do they really think they can teach the inhuman to be human?

      The bigger joke is that group looking at the US and our human rights record and making a determination. Thanks to Hillary for finding something for them to vote on..our “human slavery” problem. We do want to be on the same playing field as these countries.

      USA Traffics in Human Slavery says Obama Administration

    • I have a rant about that somewhere. It concerned Barry not seeming to have similar concern about the rights of women in Muslim countries.

  16. Fears rise that Japan could sell off U.S. debt
    Some analysts say that risk to U.S. economy unlikely
    7:31 p.m., Thursday, March 24, 2011

    Some lawmakers and market analysts are expressing rising concerns that a demand for capital by earthquake-ravaged Japan could lead it to sell off some of its huge holdings of U.S.-issued debt, leaving the federal government in an even tighter financial pinch.

    Others say a major debt sell-off by Tokyo is unlikely, but noted that the mere fact that questions are being raised speaks volumes about the risks involved in relying so heavily on foreign investors to fund U.S. debt.

    “This natural disaster in Japan concerns me that it could speed up what’s coming, because they are the second leading buyer of our debt,” Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, told The Washington Times. “Small degrees of differences in how much they buy of our debt, I think, can make a big difference in interest rates that we have to pay people to buy our debt.”

    Japan, which held some $886 billion in U.S. debt in January, is “a very rich country, with a very high savings rate,” Mr. Geithner said. [And they have a totally devastated country…no worries Tim! You just can’t go to them for anymore loans! That is why Obama went to Brazil..to set up some loans!]


  17. Very interesting point of view, from an author at FreeRepublic –

    The Middle East Uprising All According To Lenin’s Plan: Regionalism Then Global Communism
    March 22,2011 | PRV
    Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 9:50:27 PM by USSR Didnt Fall

    People continue to wonder, what’s with all the uprisings in the Middle East?

    Some say that the fact that food prices have jumped as a result of the Fed’s marxist polices and they would be partially correct.

    But if you step back and read from Lenin himself, the plan to create this NWO which has been trumpeted by the likes of Kissinger, both Bush’s, Clinton and now Obama which goal was always to empower international bureaucracies, create regional governments, destroy national sovereignty then merge it all into a one world communist system. (open border policy= regionalism)

    So why is the leftist media all of a sudden alarmed by these brutal leaders(Mubarak Gaddafi) after sitting silent for decades ?

    Simple, when the Soviets and Chinese install a puppet government, they empower the local leaders to advance their marxist agenda to various stages of subversion.(demoralization, destabilization, crisis, normalization)

    When their role is up they are not needed anymore and must be taken out of power and eliminated.

    Notice how this president cedes power over to the UN, which is nothing more than a Soviet Chinese controlled organization, who’s mission is to destroy Israel and America and create this one world communist utopia.

    Cont’s @ FreeRepublic Link –

  18. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/fear-mongers-of-the-west-hillary-clintons-favorite-real-news-channel-al-jazeera-slams-beck-in-muslim-brotherhood-puff-piece/

    Hillary Clinton’s Favorite ‘Real News’ Channel Al Jazeera Slams Beck in Muslim Brotherhood Puff Piece

  19. I came across this last night and it made me do a hummmmm….”maybe”…. a connection? to what is going on in Lybia / middle east right now? what say you?

    Obama raised $1 million for foreign thug’s election
    Democrat joined Libya’s Gadhafi among top contributors to Odinga

    Posted: October 14, 20089:27 pm Eastern
    By Jerome R. Corsi

    NEW YORK – Sen. Barack Obama, with a donation of nearly $1 million, and a son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi were among the biggest contributors to the presidential campaign of controversial Kenyan leader Raila Odinga, according to an internal document obtained by WND.

    The memo was prepared by the head of Odinga’s campaign finance accounting section, Shakeel Shabbir, as an official report delivered to the national treasurer for Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement party, or ODM.

    Among the 72 individuals and organizations that contributed money to Odinga’s 2007 presidential run in Kenya, Shabbir lists “Friends of Senator B.O.” as having donated 66,000,000 Kenyan schillings, about $950,000.

    Snip ~

    The officials became disaffected with Odinga after confirming he signed a memorandum of understanding with Sheik Abdullahi Abdi, the chairman of the National Muslim Leaders Forum, or NAMLEF. In the Aug, 27, 2007, agreement, Odinga promised that within six months of becoming president, he would “rewrite the Constitution of Kenya to recognize Shariah as the only true law sanctioned by the Holy Quran for Muslim declared religions.”

    Snip ~

    Odinga-Gadhafi alliance

    The ex-ODM supporters of Odinga also confirmed a long-suspected alliance between Odinga and Gadhafi that dates back to Odinga’s service as Kenyan minister of energy in 2001-2002.

    Shakeel Shabbir’s internal campaign finance memorandum was noted in Chapter 4 of “The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality.” At the time the book was published, however, the authenticity of the memo could not be proved.

    Research conducted in Kenya by WND this month confirmed Shabbir’s funding memorandum had been smuggled out of ODM offices by Christian former-ODM officials who had turned on Odinga after the agreement with the Muslim leader was verified.
    While several Internet sources posting the Shabbir memo have been taken down since publication of “The Obama Nation” brought it to international attention, it can still be seen here.

    As energy minister, Odinga was introduced to the family of Sheik Abdulkadir Al-Bakri, one of the richest oil families in Saudi Arabia. Through his firm Pan African Petroleum Limited, Odinga is believed to have made millions on a concessionary petroleum deal he negotiated as a silent partner in the local arm of Al-Bakri International.

    Cont’s @ Link ~

    And This ~

    Raila A. Odinga: Astute Businessman or Corrupt Politician?

    Posted on 18 September 2007

    The sudden ostentatious display of wealth by Raila Odinga has left many baffled. Unbeknown to the public, Raila is a fabulously wealthy man in his own right with a personal fortune estimated to be in excess of Kshs. 4 billion. Read how the man who wants to be Kenya’s next president acquired his wealth which includes investments in the lucrative petroleum industry and in manufacturing.

    How Raila acquired his billions.

    Raila Odinga’s big break came in 2001 soon after he led his party, NDP, into a merger with KANU, the then ruling party. As Energy Minister in Moi’s government he was introduced to the family of Sheikh Abdukeder AlBakari, one of the richest families in Saudi Arabia with interests in petroleum drilling, petroleum exploration and export in the Middle East, Asia, USA and Africa.

    Through the Saudi contacts,Raila was initiated into the lucrative world of oil business and soon enough he had joined the league of gig independent oil importers via his firm Pan African Petroleum Limited.

    Industry sources say that one of the things that helped Raila make a quick buck in the oil business was a concessionary petroleum deal he struck with the Al Bakri Group where he was not only incorporated as a silent partner in the local arm of Al Bakri International but was also supplied with petroleum products from Saudi Arabia at subsidized prices which his firm would sell in the market at normal prices. That way,Raila was able to deftly beat the competition in oil business by occasional price undercutting.

    While still Energy Minister,Raila re-established and nurtured his links with the Libyan government of Colonel Muammar Gadaffi where again he not only did good business in oil importation but also got substantial material support during the 2002 general elections.

    Cont’s @ Link ~



    • Odinga, Abdi & Obama: Which Islamic MoU is real?
      by Horatius on July 8, 2008

      Raila Odinga (pictured, right, with Barack Obama in 2006) has admitted signing a Memorandum of Agreement, on August 29, 2007, with Kenya’s National Muslim Leaders Forum (NAMLEF) promising to share government power in exchange for Muslim support in Kenya’s violently contested 2007 presidential elections. Odinga is a cousin of Barack Obama for whom Obama campaigned in 2006.

      On February 24, 2008, I reported that the agreement Odinga signed was this one, in public circulation as early as November 9, 2007, posted on the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya’s website :


      • Obama, Odinga & Kenyan Jihad
        by Horatius on February 25, 2008

        Last night, I reported on Barack Obama’s active support of Kenyan candidate and Obama cousin Raila Odinga. What escaped mention was Odinga’s explicit plan to turn Kenya into an Al Qaeda terrorist incubator. A close analysis of Odinga’s MoU with Sheikh Abdullahi Abdi shows that — if Odinga had been elected as Kenyan president in the fall of 2007 — he would have made it impossible under Kenyan law for “any Muslim arrested for or suspected of Terrorism” to be tried anywhere but Kenya under Kenyan law.

        Kenyan law, in turn, would henceforth be exclusively Shariah law in “Muslim declared regions” — the “coast” and “North Eastern regions” of the country – see the map, below — now visited by hundreds of thousands of western tourists each year. [See Odinga, Abdi & Obama: Which Islamic MoU is real? for an updated, detailed discussion of two competing versions of the agreement.] Obama and Odinga supporters want to label as a “lie” the MoU version discussed here. However, the evidence suggests the opposite is true.

        It is no coincidence that this area of Kenya borders Somalia – for many years an Al Qaeda stronghold — site of the Clinton administration’s Bay of Pigs-redux, in Mogadishu, the event that serves as the basis for the movie Black Hawk Down. Also noteworthy is Kenya’s proximity to Tanzania, focus of much of George Bush’s efforts to save Africa and, arguably, where Bush is today most loved in the world.

        In these “Muslim declared” regions, the Odinga-Abdi agreement would outlaw – among other things – Farmer’s Choice, pork, other “haram products” and “women’s public dressing styles considered immoral or offensive to the Muslim faith” for all women, not just Muslims. At the same time, Odinga would establish a Sharia law court in every Kenyan “divisional headquarters.” One foreseeable result of these machinations is that Al Qaeda would be safe-havened in Kenya, free to foment mahem and terror around the world. Little wonder that Louis Farrakhan has endorsed Obama for president.

        The question every Democrat should be asking is how any American president – as Barack Obama seeks to become – could support a scheme so obviously designed to further the global jihad? Restated: With Americans like Obama, who needs Al Qaeda?


  20. Mar 25, 9:14 PM EDT

    Carter plans trip to Cuba at government’s invite

    ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter is expected to visit Cuba next week to meet with Cuban President Raul Castro to discuss economic policies and ways to improve relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

    The former president and his wife Rosalynn will arrive in Havana on Monday and stay until Wednesday on a trip under the auspices of his Atlanta-based Carter Center organization,
    spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said. It is not an official U.S. mission.


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