WTF Wednesday Open Thread


I got nothing. Obama is supposed to give a speech today. I won’t be watching. I’m not sure why he is bothering us since he says he doesn’t need permission from Congress.

My across-the-street neighbor’s car alarm has been going off out front for over an hour. His bedroom is at the back of his house so he can’t hear the alarm. I’m thinking of going over there and keep ringing his doorbell until he answers.

It’s about a quarter to three.


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117 Responses to WTF Wednesday Open Thread

  1. Lulu says:

    A house alarm went off the other day down the street. It was almost a block away. It reverberated through my work/laundry/sewing room that has metal appliances and cabinets. It was incredibly loud. I felt like I was in a bucket. I finally walked outside and down to the street just as there were several police cars screeching up to the house. No one was home. A freaked out possum was found running around in the house being driven crazy by the alarm.

    • DeniseVB says:

      When home and car alarms became the norm many years ago, I’ve yet to have hear one go off that involved an actual “break-in”. When we bought our house it had an extensive alarm system that we immediately cut the wires to, especially that it was so sensitive it would go off if a dust bunny moved in the kitchen. At the time we had teenagers still sneaking in past curfew, not practical ! We keep the security up near the front porch though, seems to work okay.

      • The Klown says:

        I was working security at a concert/dance at the fairgrounds back around the mid-nineties. I was patrolling the parking lot with another guard when we heard a car alarm go off not far in front of us. Neither of us reacted to it because they were ubiquitous. We just kept walking until we were about 20 feet from the vehicle.

        That’s when we noticed the guy standing next to the car with a stereo in his hands. He looked even more surprised than we were.

        He ran, we chased, but he was more motivated to get away than we were to catch him. He practically levitated over a 10 ft cyclone fence topped with barbed wire.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Another possum! Are they taking over the world?

    • 49erDweet says:

      Over the years I’ve found the most effective way to deal with the regularly occurring false alarm being ignored situation is to ensure it is no longer “false”.

      • 49erDweet says:

        Some minor damage or attempted intrusion almost always swiftly brings an attitude adjustment to the hearts and souls of once-oblivious “victims”. Improves their hearing overnight.

  2. HELENK3 says:

    thought this was a very interesting insight to backtrack

  3. votermom says:

  4. Lulu says:

    “MPs said that his denials were hard to believe following a report that detailed how 1,400 children in Rotherham were sexually abused over 16 years. A series of reports highlighted the problems from 2002 but they were either ignored or suppressed by senior council staff and police.”

    “The Home Office researcher whose exposure of the Rotherham sex scandal was suppressed more than a decade ago was threatened by officers with the prospect of her personal details being passed to grooming gangs, MPs heard.”

    WTF!. A social worker researcher is threatened by the cops and told her personal identifying information would be turned over to the grooming/rape/prostitution gangs if she kept exposing them. The cops had to be in on it. It sounds like they were being paid off by the rapists and threatening violence or career ending accusations if anyone exposed their scheme. These children could be pimped out for 200,000 pounds a year. The PC and “bureaucratise” excuses may be a coverup to organized crime in the local government by at least some of the nasty cops who openly called these children “tarts” and “trash”. It would be convenient for pimp enforcers like crooked cops to think that way. How often does government protect criminals for money or influence. All of the damn time.

    • Jadzia says:

      The smoke started to come out of my ears when I got to the part (oh, in the 2nd paragraph or so) where he’s pontificating about how we need to pay more and make the profession more prestigious so that we can get more not-white-women to enter the profession. Something about that really rubbed me the wrong way–like improving teaching conditions, who cares about that, if it’s only white women doing the job? Who cares about them, right?

      • leslie says:

        Exactly! When I was young I taught in the Chicago public schools. It was where I wanted to a each, despite my husband’s objections. It was the black teachers who took a shine to me and “shared” their secrets on how to abuse the students so that I didn’t leave a bruise or break the skin or draw blood. They were teaching because the pay was good and the hours were great. They worked to retire. I wanted to “share” my feelings with good old Arne. He was stupid when he was in Chicago, and he hasn’t become any brighter since leaving.
        And he is one of the most insulting people in bronco’s horribly self-indulgent, useless and entitled administration.

  5. The Klown says:
  6. HELENK3 says:

    two administrations in one or one hand does not know what the other hand is doing

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  8. votermom says:

    Golf courses banning the black man!!!! Apartheid!!!!

    Obama Rejected From Top NY Golf Courses Over Labor Day Weekend
    President Obama was turned down at several top golf courses in Westchester while he was visiting the area over Labor Day weekend, sources tell NBC 4 New York.

    The Trump National Golf Club, the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge were among some of the elite courses that rebuffed the president’s request to tee off there, according to several sources who were told about the president’s advance team’s calls to the club managers.

    Club managers apparently did not want to inconvenience their high-powered and high-paying members over Labor Day weekend by shutting down their courses to accommodate the president.

    • foxyladi14 says:


    • lyn says:

      LOL. Karma loves golf. Is Holder investigating this? Will the IRS audit these clubs?

      • Somebody says:

        I’m sure the IRS is already all over it……but of course they were selected by a computer for random audits it’s not targeting or anything, just a coinkydink.

    • Lulu says:

      Join a club! It only cost about $500,000. If you aren’t a member you can’t go. If the members invite Bronco they get grief from the other members who may kick THEM out. He can;t be bothered to show up on time so everyone is inconvenienced and the White House refuses to schedule more that a few DAYS ahead of time. I know someone who is a golf pro who was talking about this. He said all the courses know about it. He said Bronco violates every rule of courtesy at the clubs ignoring tee times, goofing on the fairways, taking too long to play through, Secret Service frisking and detaining people who want to leave.

    • 1539days says:

      I’m surprised Obama din’t bomb the courses over that.

    • Erin says:

      That explains why 684 was shut down without warning trapping cars that Friday. No one was allowed on or off it. Exit 2 is for th Westchester County Airport.

  9. HELENK3 says:

    backtrack’s iraqization of America
    this article nails just what backtrack is doing to this country

  10. The Klown says:
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    • Somebody says:

      In jeopardy of doing that kind of damage? Sorry Chuckie that ship sailed long ago, put down the koolaid and open your eyes!

      • Lulu says:

        I dream of a regional party. A party where the only members are exotic beings in NYC, DC, Chicago and San Fran. They call themselves Democrats. They live in trendy mansions and something called Tiny Houses. They drive eco-cars that shoot fire out the rear end when the batteries catch on fire. They only eat free range chickens and cupcakes (made by small children in Mozambique). Each of them earns $15.00 an hour because anything else would be unfair. And Amanda Marcotte is their style goddess. This regional party was created by the genius and hard work of Brock O’Bama.

        • Somebody says:

          Free range or not, I think the chickens are out because PETA. Otherwise sounds perfect!

        • leslie says:

          your description of their living spaces made me LOL. I had never heard of “Tiny Houses” until recently from some very proggy people . . . in Chicago and Seattle. đŸ˜‰

          • Lulu says:

            We saw a parking lot full of Tiny Houses in Austin in the summer of 2013. My husband thought they were tool or equipment sheds so he stops to look. The usual suspects were there. But so were we. We looked. I went in one and was aghast that some one would stay more than on hour or two inside of one. My husband started to go into one and hit his head on the top of the door jamb of the front door. He backed out quick. We are not against smaller homes and think they are often a good idea but these are torture. The sofas were like church pews. Horrible. My ass hurt just looking at them.

          • angienc says:

            Tiny houses are smaller than a trailer & twice as expensive. But idiot progs can pretend their hip instead of living in a trailer, which is what they actually are doing. Denying reality is a common theme in progville.

  12. mothy67 says:

    My neighbors across the street have a Five year old and a two year old. I woke up to their fire alarm and had to throw a glider threw the front window. They were sound asleep. Bat shit crazy guy hurling lawn furniture into their living room did not wake them
    Their house was on fire. I had the baby in m arms and I had to punch the dad to make him wake
    Up. He hit me many times and threw me again
    st the wall.. HIs house was on fire and .I

    Had his two year old in my arms. He. Smashed my head against his wall.

  13. mothy67 says:

    I hurt sometimes I do not. Know what to do. DOLLY Parton , Linda Rondstadt and Kelly Pickled come through for Mr

  14. mothy67 says:

    F. U. C. K

    Votermom I can not write blue bayou. Caring about a brat makes me think about that song

  15. gumsnapper says:

    Politico reporting that Jay Carney has been hired by CNN. Gotta love the incestuous relations between the media and this administration. And they’re so blatant and shameless about it.

    • Somebody says:

      I guess being manager of his son’s boy band isn’t working out. I’m glad I don’t watch CNN.

    • votermom says:

      Hired by CNN? Isn’t that more like an inter-departmental transfer?

    • leslie says:

      Doesn’t Carol Costello work for CNN? She was talking about DV yesterday (but then, who wasn’t?) and I was reminded that she used to date, Rush Limbaugh until he found another wife.
      (I’m not certain how to strike through text on wordpress. Can someone help me?)

  16. DeniseVB says:

    I just peeked at tonight’s 9pm t.v. schedule on my cable guide, ABC, CBS and NBC are all giving the Presidents speech 15 minutes (9-9:15). That seems weird for a major address to the nation. So I expect a campaign speech to boost his ratings and nothing burger details about anything else.

  17. mothy67 says:

    I think this is kind of funny but I think it is kind of sad( really old song by Tears for Fears like 35 years old) My dad has COPD so I sit on the stoop to catch a smoke. I noticed my neighbors house was falling apart. I told them. He called me a puke. Wall of his house is collapsing.

  18. DeniseVB says:

    • leslie says:

      Gosh, how I wish he would (resign and golf for the rest of his natural life —-> anywhere)
      Good for The Donald to offer TehWon a lifetime opportunity like that. đŸ˜€

      • DeniseVB says:

        I think dues at any of his clubs is at least 100k year PLUS greens and cart fees, so that offer is worth millions over the next 40 or so years. Wow.

  19. Jadzia says:

    So I came to the frustrating realization this evening that the three years I spent in utter social isolation in the countryside has rendered me completely socially awkward when it comes to dealing with adults. I had to go to a little cocktail party for my new job tonight and cried when I got home, I felt so out of place and unsure of what to say and how to act. Are there any former SAHMs here who have had this experience? I wasn’t technically a SAHM, I was a WAHM, but the isolation was pretty similar.

    Maybe I should GTF off the Internet and interact with real people more often.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Two small points. The people you are interacting with here on this portion of the internet are more “real” than the bodies one see’s at most cocktail parties; and next time you’re uncomfortable in a social situation pick three or four other attendees and use your imagination to consider whatever weird colors and designs their undergarments might or might not be. Gets you away from thinking about yourself and places the others in a more human perspective. You might need to be careful and not laugh out loud or grin too much, though

    • elliesmom says:

      Maybe it was the other people at the cocktail party whose social skills need some polishing since they didn’t seem to know how to make the new person feel comfortable and at ease in the group.

      • Jadzia says:

        Well, many of them were academics, so you might have a point! That said, the few people I talked to were quite nice. (The wife of my boss at one of my other jobs, along with a colleague at that other job who I guess recognized me from a 5 minute meeting we had a year ago–is this making any sense?) It was just so awkward feeling that it was almost physically painful. It was like being back in 3rd grade and so shy that it hurt. Many of the people were new (I think), so it wasn’t like a Mean Girls thing. It really was me. I don’t know how to talk to people over 2 feet tall anymore.

        So I guess I’ll start thinking about their underpants, 49er.

        • leslie says:

          It really does sound painful. Luckily, you were able to find a couple of other souls to talk with for a while. I don’t know if this will help, but many years ago, when I WAS a SAHM, I was invited to a cocktail party at my neighbor’s house. My husband and I went even though I am really inept at these kinds of things. My husband said he’d stick by me for as long as I wanted. Sure enough, the moment after we arrived, he left to talk with a fellow he recognized. I thought I was going to be sick. But then I saw another mother from my kids’ pre-school. I recognized her as someone who never spoke with any of the other moms at the school so I assumed she was shy,too. I walked up to her and shared how happy I was to see her and that I was always nervous and uncomfortable at gatherings like these and being among people I didn’t know. She looked through me and said, how much she loved meeting new people, and walked away. I walked into my neighbor’s kitchen and started washing dishes. I’m not quite as uncomfortable as I used to be as I now ask people about their connection to the host, or something basic like that. But I really have to gear myself up because I don’t want to wash dishes if I don’t have to.

          • elliesmom says:

            When my husband first started his way up the corporate ladder, we were expected to attend a lot of cocktail parties. I was very worried about not being able to mix in well. At the first party, his mentor took me under his wing. He told me my job was to convince other people at the party I thought everything they had to say was the most fascinating thing I had ever heard, Most people would rather talk than listen, and I had the makings of being a very good listener. He already felt me hanging on his every word, and then he laughed. He was very right about people at a party, and I honed those skills. While I’m not as shy as I once was, when I’m in a new situation, I look for the people who want to talk instead of listen. It gets you into the center of the room and all you have to do is smile and nod.

          • Somebody says:

            Oh goodness Leslie (((HUGS))) to you and Jadiza(((HUGS)))

            The suggestion about imagining people’s undergarments is funny! Leslie has a good idea too about asking their connection to the host. Is this a group of people you will be around often in these settings? If it is pick a couple of them and find out a few things about them like their hobbies or something about their kids or their pets and ask them about those. Make note cards if you have to and sneak off to the bathroom to review your notes. Chances are if you bring up a subject they’ll either drone on about whatever you asked or they’ll reciprocate and ask about your kids or your hobbies.

            Special note regarding academics and I’ve had a lot of experience being around them. Many of them love to talk in buzz words and acronyms so learn some pertinent ones and they’ll accept you into the fold. Do NOT talk politics with them, if asked say you’re not much for politics and smile. Also, if by chance anyone gets sick or has a medical emergency do NOT ask if there is a doctor in the house because everyone of those assholes will jump up and yell “I’m a doctor”…..ask if there is a MEDICAL doctor in the house.

            Most of all don’t let them intimidate you. You are a smart, successful, accomplished woman, don’t you forget that. You’re brave and adventurous too leaving the US and moving to France. I bet most of them have never gotten very far outside of their comfort zone. In fact I bet most of them never left school, they’ve never been outside academia because that is their comfort zone.

          • leslie says:

            Great advice, EM. I’m gonna remember that in the future.

          • Somebody says:

            Elliesmom is right most people do want to talk instead of listen……so listen to them drone on….smile and nod and drink, but don’t get too drunk or you’re liable to cut loose and tell some of them to piss off!

          • leslie says:

            Thanks Someody. I LOVE your comment about asking for a ” medical doctor”. I laughed out loud at that. I wouldn’t dream of talking politics w the groups around here… except the MDs I know who hate Obamacare.

          • elliesmom says:

            I got to do that when I became the boss’s wife. lol

          • Somebody says:

            I’m glad you found the doctor comment funny, tragically I was the patient in that particular event. It wasn’t a party it was a workshop, which by law was also a large open public meeting. My life was crazy back then, I had ten million balls in the air. That night out of nowhere I had a sudden, horrible headache and my vision went. It was like someone put white gauze in front of my eyes and then I puked. Seriously it came on suddenly like someone stabbed me in the head with a knife. Then I got weak like I was going to faint, so someone near me yelled “OMG is there a doctor in the house?”. This all happened in a matter of about two minutes.

            When the person yelled out for a doctor, I swear to you just about everybody in the room jumped up and yelled “I’m a doctor”. Luckily for me there was an actual medical doctor there, he was a neurologist to boot. I had worked with him on a couple of committees, nice man. Another lucky thing we were a couple of blocks from a hospital he and another person took me to the ER, he also called my husband for me. They ran tests but never really determined anything serious, it was deemed a migraine. I went for some follow up testing and they still never found anything. Several of us had many a good laugh later on about all of those piled higher and deepers jumping up and exclaiming they were a doctor.

            That was the one and only time I ever had anything like that and I hope it never happens again…….but a word of warning to all of you never, ever ask for a doctor in a room full of academics!

          • leslie says:

            Wow, Somebody! What a memorable story. I’m so glad that doctor was there and that everything worked out for you.

          • Jadzia says:

            God, how awful! I would have done the dishes, too. It helps to have something inanimate to focus on.

          • Jadzia says:

            Thank you, everybody. I really like the suggestion about just finding somebody who wants to drone on! I was sort of looking for that last night, but the 2 people I “knew” (i.e., had met them once before a year ago) are both a bit introverted. Maybe men are more fertile ground for that type of approach.

    • The Klown says:

      What I usually do in situations like that is get shitfaced drunk and make a spectacle of myself. I find that really breaks the ice.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Jadzia, I had similiar experiences through the years with my husband’s military career and hated every minute of it (and he did quite well despite me). It wasn’t until I was much older and after he retired, I realized I was an introvert. No, there’s nothing wrong with me, just a personality defect….lol. While I’m still a nice, sociable person and usually have a good time, I’m ready to leave as soon as I get there ! OH GOD, and when we had to host a social thingy at home, I was a wreck about a week before, then went to bed for two days after. Martha Stewart and her staff don’t live here ! It’s the “extroverts” who are our enemies, they make it look so easy đŸ˜€

      • elliesmom says:

        On the Meyers-Briggs scale I’m just over the edge into the extrovert range, which in my family makes me the life of the party.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Meyers-Briggs puts me in the *Sheldon* category, probably why I’m such a fan of TBBT, I get him đŸ˜‰

          • Jadzia says:

            Ha ha. I am fortunate (?) enough to already know that I’m an introvert. Even when I know and like people (which does happen OCCASIONALLY), social events are completely draining. That’s one of the basic differences between introverts and extroverts, right? Extroverts seem to GET energy from being around people; introverts (like me) find their life force drained after about half an hour at da party.

  20. mothy67 says:

    I. Had not seen Janice in forty years. I knew not that she was adopted. She spent everyday at my house when I was a kid.. SHe had really bad cancer. F U C K.. SHe told new She would have ended her life if she did not have my family. Funny thing is w are assholes. MY brothers are as bad as me.

  21. DeniseVB says:

    Speechifier: Megyn and Brett’s on it……so I’m watching Fox….ok, on mute now, that didn’t take long……will wait for the postgame wrap up now.

  22. 49erDweet says:

    I see Richard Kiel passed away this afternoon in Fresburg. Not.really much of an actor but a really nice guy in real life. His kids used to play our kids in soccer when they lived up in Coarsegold, CA.

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