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March 17, 2011 03:54 PM UTC

Thursday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read ‘President Can’t Swim.'”

–Lyndon B. Johnson


30 thoughts on “Thursday Open Thread

    1. Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey!

      Awarded “Artisan Whiskey of the Year” for 2010 by Whiskey Advocate magazine….support Colorado biznez!

      Not knocking Irish Whiskey, having done a tour in 2009 across this fine nation at all of the distilleries. My favorite being Locke’s Whiskey Distillery, in Kilbeggan. It’s now a museum, but they do age the fine products from the Cooley Distillery, which is the only independent whiskey maker in the country.


      Their two single-malts, Tycronnell and Connemara, are the two best Irish whiskeys made. The single hardest whiskey to get is Greenspot, which is only available at the Celtic Whiskey store in Dublin.

      Jameson and their ilk (aside from Red Brest) are just more mass-produced whiskey in a country that should be known for it’s hand-crafted spirits.

        1. Wrong part of the British Isles. Though to be fair, I like my single-malt to be of the peaty variety, not the smooth blends of Ireland.

          Personal favorites from Scotland include Talisker and Albelour, esp the special Christmas blend on sale at Argonaut….  

            1. well, they decided not to release any for the Xmas season. I haven’t seen any info on their blog or FB page.

              I’m hoping that it’s just coming out late…

              1. I think you may have missed the late release. I had some about a month and a half ago at The Rack House. They were already running low. Call today! And if it’s there, for crying out loud, go! Good luck.

  1. This was sent to another Ham and forwarded to our mailing list.  The sender happens to be the first JA I worked after I got my General and privileges to work on HF.

    Dear friend.

    Thank you very much for many many warm-hearted email from all over the


    We deeply appreciate your warm thoughts and expression of condolence and


    My wife Naoko and I are all okay.  NO DAMAGE.

    But, 3 hours power outages every day. Missing Item. Etc……

    We had another strong Earthquake last night. The center of the Earthquake

    was located  near Mt’ FUJI.  About 100km from here.

    We are still afraid that there are some aftershocks and the nuclear danger.

    Ken JO7CVU and his family are all okay. He gave me a phone call last Sunday

    via emergency satellite from Sendai in JA7. He was in his shack at the first

    big hit last Friday. He went to outside to see what happen, then saw a big

    Tsunami. He took refuge from the tidal wave on a hilltop.  Very close.

    He lost his shack and tower by the Tsunami. They were only about 100m inland

    from the ocean.

    My radio is all okay. I will turn my antenna to your warm room.

    We want to say to you all, ” ARIGATOU” from the bottom of our heart.

    Masa and Naoko.


  2. Please spare us Lynn Bartels’ Twitter feed:

    lynn_bartels I just pinched Rep. David Balmer for not wearing green. My rule is thongs don’t count.

    That made me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

  3. Beej, Libertad and the rest – don’t read this! We don’t need your brains splattered over your copies of the National Review..

    5 Ridiculous Things You Probably Believe About Islam

    #4. Our Founding Fathers Would Never Have Tolerated This Muslim Nonsense!

    Even if they were staunch Christians (or deists, whatever), plenty of the Founding Fathers had a healthy admiration for the Muslim faith. Thomas Jefferson, for example, taught himself Arabic using his own copy of the Quran and hosted the first White House Iftar during Ramadan.

    John Adams hailed the Islamic prophet Muhammad as one of the great “inquirers after truth.” Benjamin Rush, who was so Christian he wanted a Bible in every school, also said he would rather see the opinions of Confucius or Mohammad “inculcated upon our youth” than see them grow deprived “of a system of religious principles.” Benjamin Franklin once declared: “Even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach Mohammedanism to us, he would find a pulpit at his service.” Even George fucking Washington personally welcomed Muslims to come work for him at Mount Vernon.

    So, why all this Founding Father/Muslim love? Probably because Sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah of Morocco was the first world figure to recognize the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain in 1777. Another reason was that the Founding Fathers were smart enough to distinguish between terrorists and everybody else on the whole damn planet, as demonstrated in the Treaty of Tripoli in 1797. It was in this agreement that the U.S. declared: “The government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian Religion, as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Mussulmen [Moslems].”


    1. Ah, Cracked… sometimes it’s the dirty back alley of the Internet where a hobo is quietly shooting up, and sometimes it’s a voice for noble impulses like “common sense” and “religious tolerance.”  

      1. Most Irish bars book non-trad bands for St. Patty’s (which is for the best, probably – most St. Patrick’s Day Irish folk are out for drinks and a rollickin’ good time, not hours on end of jigs and reels, which they’d have a hard time hearing over the crowd anyway…)

        1. I was just complaining about the faux bands to my date!

          Although, I will be out for drinks. Many of them. Appletinis look like Irish Eyes (which I have all the time) from a distance.

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