Happy Easter! (Open Thread)

Easter 2015
Open Thread

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Miscreant Liberals Don't Believe 'Death to America' Means Death to America
  • Paul Hooson

    Happy Easter as well….A blessed day among Christians of fresh hope and renewed faith…

  • Commander_Chico

    Happy Spring Fertility Festival.

    Good summary in the LA Times about the $10 billion wasted on the corporate welfare program misleadingly known as “missile defense.”

    http://graphics.latimes.com/missile-defense/

    http://cdn.happyplace.com/assets/images/2013/03/5158920eea909.jpg

    • Paul Hooson

      The Czech Easter ritual where you get to playfully spank girls looks sort of like kinky fun if American Easter doesn’t really appeal to you, Chico, my friend. – But, more seriously, not every American defense project has always yielded the greatest of results, but dangers from around the world make these experiments in defense necessary. Under Putin, Russia has developed a new class of tanks better suited to attack the United States from the Arctic that will eventually be remote controlled and fully robotic. – Russia’s new strategy to develop more robotic weapons and those suited to functioning in very cold Arctic temperatures should be a real concern to American war planners if one country believes it can wage war with few losses to it’s side in the time of war. Future robotic war should be a major concern as making war more, not less likely in the future…

      • jim_m

        Chico does not object to our enemies making war. He only objects to the US defending itself.

      • Commander_Chico

        According to Steve Hawking, Elon Musk and now Steve Wozniak, robots will kill us all eventually.

        It’s not the robots, it’s the AI. Skynet.

        • jim_m

          It’s not the robots, it’s the AI.

          Nope. It’s just the paranoia.

          [Edit] And with Hawking I’m willing to bet it’s the ALS that gets him.

  • Scalia

    Luk 24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

    Luk 24:2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.

    Luk 24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

    Luk 24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

    Luk 24:5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

    Luk 24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

    Joh 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

    Joh 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

  • Walter_Cronanty

    I wonder if any of the 13 million illegals will have to pay?

    Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) said Californians will face heavy fines for taking long showers.

    Brown said, “This executive order is done under emergency power. It has the force of law. Very unusual. It’s requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border. It affects lawns. It affects people’s — how long they stay in the shower. How businesses use water.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2015/04/05/gov-jerry-brown-californians-to-be-heavily-fined-for-long-showers/

    • jim_m

      I like how the news anchor keeps harping on the fact that agriculture is only 3% of the Cali economy. Clue phone: While it is only 3% it employs a disproportionate number of workers, and it is one of very few industries that is dependent upon water for its function.

      But then I suppose like most leftists, she doesn’t give a damn about the thousands f workers who would lose their jobs or the millions of people who wouldn’t be able to afford the increase in food prices. I suppose she feels the world would be better off if they all starved.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        I think V. D. Hanson has written extensively on the topic of Cali’s drought. I think the following is relevant to your quote of the news anchor “It’s now popular to deride California agriculture in cost-benefit terms, given that its share of state GNP (anywhere from 4 percent to 8 percent, depending on how one counts related industries) supposedly does not justify its huge allotted consumption of state water (anywhere from 65 percent to 80 percent). But note the irony: California supplies a staggering percentage of the nation’s fresh vegetables and fruits; it’s among the most efficient producers in the world of beef, dairy, and staple crops. One can purchase an iPhone 6 or a neat new Apple watch, but he still must eat old-fashioned, pre-tech food. There are no calories in Facebook, and even Google can’t supply protein. On the other hand, I can live without an iPad. Who is to say which industry is essential and which isn’t? Insulin and antibiotic production constitute a micro-percentage of GDP, but is their water usage less important than Twitter’s? Is a biologist who studies bait-fish populations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta really more important than a master tractor driver whose skill gives broccoli to thousands?”

        http://www.city-journal.org/2015/cjc0402vdh.html

        • jim_m

          Indeed. The left cares not a whit about how high food prices go. The elitists on the left are perfectly happy with the idea of food prices going through the roof. It would allow them to get the great unwashed of this nation further from them and under greater degrees of control by the government.

          Virtually all famines today are caused by governments affecting the distribution of food. The left has no problem with starving people for political purposes. Hell, they celebrated the Soviet cause Ukraine famine and continue to do so to this day.

          • LiberalNightmare

            Look at it this way, the same people who have been managing the water in california,now get to manage our health care.

            Feel better?

          • jim_m

            Um, no.

        • WHO’S THE BUSTER

          What may very well happen, however, is a change in crops.

          I like to eat almonds, mainly because of the health benefits, but I recently learned that it takes a gallon of water to produce one almond. Hmmmm…that seems like a lot.

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            I live in Michigan and we are fortunate to be sitting on the world’s largest reservoir of fresh water (although we allow Nestle to suck out millions of gallons at a negligible cost for bottled water) and I remember the Southwest states eyeing it a few years ago. I imagine that a pipeline will again be proposed in the near future.

            At that time, Michigan (and other states that border the Great Lakes) tried to enforce their rights, but quickly found that the federal government made it clear that the water belongs to all Americans.

            Canadians, on the other hand, had different ideas and this will eventually be an issue. The “borders” intersect many of the Great Lakes, but putting a “drain” on one side may be viewed as theft.

            I always thought residing in the “Saudi Arabia of water” would provide a substantial economic benefit to the region, but perhaps not.

            Oh well, I can still take long showers and our tap water is fantastic.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Or, you could have the coastal elites, but never the anti-human wing of environmentalism, come to their senses and recognize the wisdom of the plans put forward decades ago for water projects sufficient for California’s growth in population: http://www.city-journal.org/2015/25_1_california-drought.html
            The Scorching of California
            How Green extremists made a bad drought worse