We Grew Up In America! We Could Do Anything! Open Thread!

8-9-14 7:00 PM EST: While I played an awful lot as a kid, including baseball, football and basketball leagues on various military bases, motorcycle riding, fishing, bicycle ramp jumping, long wheely riding, capture the flag, backyard football, dodgeball, and all that stuff kids seem to do much less of these days, I must admit to watching a lot of television too.

Learned a lot of stuff from that tube, back when it really was a tube...a black and white one until we finally made the jump to color and a real antennae. I wouldn't have known how to act with cable HD and a couple hundred channels back then. It seemed to always be snowing on the black and white tube no matter what I was watching, even if it was a scene filmed in an August Death Valley :-)

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Whoomp There It Is! Poljunkie Friday Night! Hip Hip Hooray!

8-8-14 8:00 PM EST: As long as music has been recorded there have been performers and bands known for having a number one hit song in their career – and just one hit. It may have been their first release or it could have come after years in the business. Some make fun of these songs. Personally, I embrace them, and if I were the artist, I’d be pleased to have the success even if only one song had become popular, like our namesake tonight and the band, Tag Team.

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Your Favorite Songs: Saturday Night PolitiBrew Open Thread!

8-2-14 8:00 PM EST: If someone were to ask me what my favorite song is, I don't think I'd be able to answer. The first one to pop into my head would probably be "How Great Thou Art". It's no secret that I like softer music genres. Love John Denver's music. Had the same chemistry teacher he did in Fort Worth, Texas. Her name was Ms. Stovall. Took chemistry 1 and 2 with her in High School. She said Denver was a "goof off". Guess that's why he never made anything of himself :-)

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Homeschool Mom Jailed For Ten Days Over Paperwork: Ireland

8-7-14 11:20 AM EST: Ok, so this happened in Ireland, which has in it's Constitution the guaranteed right of every parent raise their kids in the manner they deem appropriate. Oh, but then bureaucrats passed a new law that says parents must register their kids for homeschool if they want to go that route. But it's more than registering. What it is actually, is an application to register. In other words, it isn't simply a statement to the government saying here is what we are going to do. It is a request for permission, which homeschoolers there believe they already have. Permission already granted in their constitution. Ireland indeed. I know my ire would be somewhere other than land if this happened to me.

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You Need To Be Able To Take Care Of Business For Yourself!

8-6-14 1:51 PM EST: Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins, went to a small church on the outskirts of Raleigh, NC during a current, violent, crimewave, to tell people they need to arm themselves and be able to "take care of business" before his troopers get there. This echos what Police Chiefs across the country have also been telling people. In Detroit, that Police Chief, once a gun control advocate, is no longer voicing that previous opinion, but also letting people know they need to be armed. Many have heeded that wise advice.

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Murder in Armada, Michigan: Police and FBI Stop all Cars Entering

8-1-14 8:36 AM EST: Police and FBI in Armada, Michigan are stopping every car driving through that town, after a 14 year old girl was found killed and left in the woods near a trail she walked each day with her dog. Police/FBI think that since her walk was a routine, the killer may have had a similar routine driving through there each day at around that same time.

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Open Thread: Seven Girls, A Guy, And A Transitive Verb

8-3-14 8:00 PM EST: There've been so many songs written to, for, and about girls. Many have those girl's names as the title. If you're anything like me, your favorite girl is the one you married. Then comes your daughters if you were fortunate enough to have some. I have two.

Girls are wonderful. In High School my best friends were girls. That might be because I did the whole drama, vocal ensemble thing. Just grew up singing and never wanted to stop. I feel the best when playing and singing I suppose. Did baseball, basketball and football of course up until the age of about 15, but then it became all about the music...and girls. Girls love them some non-gay drama, musical guys. I'm not even kiddin'...and if some of you guys ever get a chance to do it all over again, try some of that.

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