TGIF Open Thread


I got nothing. It’s been a long, busy week for me.

The SF Giants and Washington Nationals play game one of their divisional series today at noonish Pacifico time. Jake Peavy is pitching for SF and some guy named Stasburg is pitching for the Nats.

ICYMI, the Ebola epidemic is all Rick Perry’s fault. Rick Perry and the Duggars, the Jehovah’s Witnesses and stay-at-home moms.

And Sarah Palin.

My mom is ready for the Giants game.

My mom is ready for the Giants game.

About Dr. Myiq2xu

Unless President Donald J. Trump pulls a hat out of a rabbit real soon, on 1/21/21 I will wake up in a socialist banana republic.
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154 Responses to TGIF Open Thread

  1. The Klown says:

    • votermom says:

      They hired him Tuesday and he got a fever the next day. He must have already been infected for several days before that. WTH are they doing hiring infected ex-pats?
      All these journalists need to be quarantined before coming back here.

      • Lulu says:

        I think these are self quarantining from what I read. But the leader of the group is a frigging physician so I would hope she has enough sense to do that. This should be mandatory and medically supervised. Why the CDC is not doing this I do not understand.

      • Constance says:

        They shouldn’t have any trouble keeping Ebola under control in a USA hospital. All nurses and lab techs are already concerned about catching other nasty diseases like Aids (which is hard to catch) or a weird hepatitis so they are always careful of all bodily fluids they encounter. For all they know any new patient could be carrying nasty bacteria and viruses or even prions. They have lots of disposables and facilities for sterilizing everything they use.

        • lildoggy4u says:

          When HIV education got out Infection Control practices were extremely beefed up not only in hospitals but also you’ll notice policemen always wear gloves when handling suspects.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Will these words come back to bite him? The GOP ads just write themselves these days, but I fear they’ll manage to screw it up.

    โ€œI am not on the ballot this fall. Michelleโ€™s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.โ€


  3. DeniseVB says:

    This really pisses me off. The National Mall never has the money or staff to maintain GRASS on the Mall so they let some guy haul in tons of sand to create ART (that you can only SEE from the top of the Washington Monument?) Meanwhile the NPS has shut down many popular public events on the Mall to PROTECT THE F**KING grass. Like Laura Bush’s National Book Festival that was moved to a building nobody can seem to find. The artist claims it’s a composite portrait of the “faces on the Mall”, many are seeing Obama. GAH ! /rant

    • DeniseVB says:

      Yep, I’m holding my breath that some stooooopid Republican doesn’t go off on a Lady Parts or Teh Gheys rant between now and Nov 4. Dems have orgasms over those sound bytes.

    • The Klown says:

      By today’s standards Rhett Butler is a rapist and Pepe LePew is a sexual; predator.

    • DandyTIger says:

      You know, technically, even though it’s just movies and they don’t tend to have sex (well, non porn), shouldn’t it still be illegal to film love scenes of any kind in CA? That is, unless their talking and asking certain questions along the way (gets in the way of filming), it’s sexual assault.

    • The Klown says:

      Every Democrat-controlled city and state should pass the same law. Make them all sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. Then post notices along both sides of the border showing where the sanctuaries are.

  4. HELENK3 says:

    Editor’s note: Bloomberg News is reporting, citing an anonymous White House official, that an unidentified man posing as a member of Congress made it into a secure area backstage at President Obama’s appearance at a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation awards dinner in Washington, DC, last week. We’ll continue to monitor reports on the apparent security breach and update if more information comes to light. – Aaron

  5. votermom says:

    How to get 4000 twitter followers overnight: use a profile pic of a cute young blonde, then tweet that you read the Koran and converted to Islam. Then wait for the jihadi offers of marriage to pour in.

    • votermom says:

      Typical pre-election unemployment numbers

      • leslie says:

        We just had 2 new Starbucks open in my town. If they hire everyone for part time work, they create 20 -30 new jobs right there. When the unemployed I’ve up looking or they run out of unemployment comp, those “folks” are dropped off the unemployment roles. It’s all sleight of hand with govt. both parties.

      • lyn says:


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    • SHV says:

      This is interesting:
      “Hiring Grandparents Only”: 230K September Jobs Added In 55-69 Age Group; 10K Lost In Prime, 25-54 Group”

      The 5.9% unemployment is manufactured bullshit for Nov. elections. 4 of 5 jobs temp and/or low wadge and “falling” unemployment rate due to more people dropping out of workforce.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Surprise ! October! Keith has a post up sprinkled with skepticism on the timing from Obama’s rousing “the economy is great” speech the other day.

      • Constance says:

        That sucks! I know several guys who are retiring early from Boeing engineering jobs. My daughter got her engineering degree and EIT certification 18 months ago and it took her 11 months to find a regular job, she found lots of part time temp work drafting. Of course she is a Civil so she was never going to be a Boeing engineer like her dad but kids with engineering degrees are not getting easy jobs right out of school like it is implied in all the STEM hoopla.

        • The Klown says:

          • Constance says:

            HA! Let’s let our own citizen kids take those jobs and “contribute mightily to US innovation!” BTW my daughter’s temp drafting jobs paid $15. an hour. Also she applied for around 200 jobs, interviewed for about 25 and had 5 job offers over an 11 month period. She was finally hired by a firm who hired 3 women engineers and a woman CPA in one month as they were having equal opportunity problems when they bid jobs. So a young man with an engineering degree probably has even more trouble finding work. And her Daddy had a lot of engineering contacts.

    • Constance says:

      Well I’m not unemployed but I only work 10 hours a week now. Yeah I could find another lab job but likely at less than half of what I used to make. And I had to sacrifice my chance at unemployment insurance to keep the 10 hour a week job. They take the salary from the last 5 quarters you worked and calculate what the unemployment would be from that. so now that I have worked 10 hour weeks for a year and 20 hours a week for 5 months before that, my unemployment when this job runs out will be nothing. But I won’t show up on any unemployment stats. AND I am not happy about my situation. I’m hoping to work as a pot trimmer or run the extraction apparatus in the new pot industry in my state.

      • 1539days says:

        Part of the reason the unemployment rate is down is because unemployment benefits stopped after 2 years and Republicans would not renew it. Obama bitched about it, but then used that to pretend the people who can’t collect anymore are off the roles.

  6. votermom says:

    We’re in the best of hands

    • Lulu says:

      They also have the paid commenters out blaming Texas. The CDC has jurisdiction and is supposed to be telling local health officials what to do. There is going to be a big fight soon over the blaming and CYA of the CDC and WH. Ebola dude specifically told the ER screener he had not been exposed to any communicable diseases even though the was in a cab that carried someone dying of Ebola to two Ebola hospitals and the entire neighborhood he lived in getting sick. He also lied on his exit form from Liberia.

      • votermom says:

        5 sherrif deputies entered the apartment Wed night unsuited
        WTH CDC?!/11687/7a76f383827ce922881e5b4aeb647310

        • Lulu says:

          Yes! The CDC is supposedly giving no guidance to anyone. It is all by the seat of their pants. State law was invoked to ask the family to stay in but they wouldn’t, even sending a kid to school, so they issued an (court?) order and had to deliver it and explain it to them and set up an armed guard because they are “tired” of staying in. Thus the exposure in the contaminated apartment. There is going to be a jurisdiction fight over who is responsible for what and who pays for it. This is supposed to be the CDC’s baby and they are funded to deal with it but aren’t. Thus blaming the state for what is not even their responsibility unless they agree to do it. Stuff like decontamination (federal rules apply like federal highway permits and federal hazardous burn facilities,etc) is supposed to be done by the CDC but they aren’t doing it. I think they just want to deal with the science stuff and not the human problem.

        • HELENK3 says:

          Hazmat crew arrives to clean texas apt

  7. HELENK3 says:

    the bloom is coming off the rose.

  8. The Klown says:

  9. HELENK3 says:

    possible ebola patient admitted to hospital in DC. just announced on FOX

    • lyn says:

      Now we’ll see flights to and from Ebola countries stopped.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Ebola guy did spend some time at Dulles enroute to DFW. That is one crazy busy airport. With the airlines contacting people on his flights I think they’re going to start a mild panic at the ERs since the early symptons are like the flu. I think it’s too early for those if they were just sneezed on.

    • Constance says:

      This is what I want to know. How long can the Ebola virus live on a surface. So if an Ebola infected person coughs and covers his mouth then touches the handle of his grocery cart then puts it back in the grocery cart corral when he is done with it and I come along next and take that cart and touch the handle and then eat some sample food using my hands how long does it take for the Ebola virus to die on the grocery cart handle?

      • Constance says:

        When I took a radioactivity certification class years ago they had us all pick up a piece of charcoal and rub the black all over our hands. Then they said don’t touch anything just listen and we will hand out notes at the end. Every single one of us came out with black soot all over our faces and lab coats no matter how much we thought we were being clean and careful and not spread the soot around (the point being you can’t see radioactivity but you spread it around the same as the soot) So with very few Ebola walking people, virus would be spread all over the place, we need to know how long it lives on surfaces and since viruses don’t metabolize outside of cells it could be a really long time. Why doesn’t the news tell us this information?

        • votermom says:

          I’m not from the CDC so this is just what I’ve gathered from reading: Good news is that Ebola is fragile and dies pretty quickly on hard surfaces – maximum a couple of hours. Bad news is that if it is on that surface and you are unlucky enough to touch it while it’s active, depending on the viral load it could go right through micro-cracks in your skin. You don’t have to touch your mouth/face or have an open cut (although that will make it easier for the virus).
          So if a sweaty person with Ebola symptoms touched that surface then you touched it very soon after you could get it.
          So grab the wipe first and use it to touch the cart handle.

          • Constance says:

            Yeah I’m going to wipe down grocery cart handles, stair railings, elevator buttons etc with a bleach wipe and actually I’m considering wearing “rubber gloves” in the grocery store although how am I going to eat samples with rubber gloves? I think we might need hand washing stations just outside of the grocery stores.

          • Constance says:

            I just read that there was a documented case of Ebola being passed on by virus in the semen of a patient who had been considered recovered for 7 weeks. That will complicate efforts to wipe out the epidemic!

          • Somebody says:

            I read similar things about ebola, the estimate was 2-4 hours though on most surfaces. That’s a pretty short life for a virus, but it would certainly expose a lot of people in Constance’s grocery store example.

            What I found very interesting when I was reading about it is that under optimum conditions it can live up to 15 hours. Optimal conditions were much cooler than I thought they’d be and lower humidity, like the upper 50’s to 60’s with 30-40% humidity. Gee doesn’t that sound like fall in many places…..YIKES!

            I read that they disinfect with chlorine, so I’m thinking bleach must kill it. I don’t know if the regular sanitizer wipes would do the job. I remember when my daughter was in chemo reading about C-diff which bleach also kills. If I remember correctly you need around a 10% bleach solution. Standard clorox wipes don’t have that high of a concentration, but you can spike them to get them up to that level. I used to travel with spiked clorox wipes and a spray bottle with a 10% bleach solution in it. Hopefully that ratio will kill ebola, but I didn’t read a specific ratio. All I know is I’m returning to my germ freak days and carrying my own spiked wipes.

          • votermom says:

            I tell ya, us germ freak anti-social introverts will survive the Ebolapocalypse

        • leslie says:

          Before I retire, I’m gonna take boxes and boxes of sterile gloves from the closet. I may start Monday when I go back to work. I hope to not touch a shopping cart or doorknob unprotected before I do that.

          • Constance says:

            Good idea to stock up on gloves and the bleach wipes don’t smell bleachy enough to do the trick so I am spiking some bleach wipes at this very minute. I think 10% should do it, that’s a pretty standard dilution. God can you imagine an Ebola infected preschooler in a daycare?! Aaaaagggghhhh! And imagine any Dr. saying to the apparently recovered Ebola male patient…”So you are out of the woods, you can go back to work now but no sex for 3 to 6 months until your semen is cleared of virus”. Yeah right! young men will abstain from sex for months for the sake of epidemic control.

          • leslie says:

            Can you imagine all those blind young men covered with warts? lol

  10. DeniseVB says:

    I used to trust The Gateway Pundit, but Hoft has been getting a bad case of clickbait fever, hasn’t been too reliable. With that said, I post:

  11. The Klown says:

    Megyn Kelly Destroys Jen Psaki:

  12. lildoggy4u says:

    Listening to the radio yesterday I learned of a local businessman’s plan to erect the tallest flagpole in the US here in Miami that would rival the tallest US flagpole currently in Wisconsin. I recently saw that Wisconsin flag and it was magnificent. He wants to place it in a location so ships entering and exiting the Port of Miami will gaze upon our flag as the first thing they see.
    He proposed his project to the city 2 days ago as fully funded already and expressed how many hate emails he’s received since the proposal went public.
    I swear all I see in Miami are Cuban flags everywhere as well as flags from everywhere else in South America and Caribbean. If this is not approved I’ll be furious, especially since the park there was at one time Bicentennial Park, then the Challenger Park in honor of the shuttle disaster and now its just a sports arena for the Miami Heat placed on the water blocking all the public from enjoying our beautiful bay. I hate to say it but its most likely the immigrants who’ve taken over the city objecting to the American flag.

  13. The Klown says:

  14. DeniseVB says:

    Oh great, the same people(United for Peace and Justice) who put on the Peoples Climate March in NYC a couple of weeks ago are rallying their troops to take over Ferguson next weekend….

    Wonder which celebs will show up for this one?

  15. DeniseVB says:

    In front of the NatGeo museum in DC ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. HELENK3 says:

    wonder why small business are not growing and hiring???

  17. votermom says:

    Twitter says North Korea is under lockdown and they may get a new Supreme Leader soon (coup).

    • DeniseVB says:

      Posted a Gateway Pundit link up thread. Not sure I trust Jim Hoft, he’s sparked some rumors before ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • Somebody says:

      So the story Denise posted above may be true? She thought it was clickbait, haha!

      Interesting, perhaps his sister is taking over or maybe a military coup? Who knows? Somehow, no matter who ends up being the leader, I doubt much is going to change for the average NK.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I haven’t forgiven Hoft for making a big stink about “illegals shopping at NC Walmart with EBT cards !” The story went viral, but it wasn’t true. Just so happened someone on the Ace FB group lived near that town and knew the farm that …. takes their very legal migrant farmworkers on an end of picking season shopping trip with gift cards….I contacted Hoft with the new information and he NEVER retracted the story, or contacted me back. A coup in NoKo ? We’ll see. He did post other “credible” sources in that Korea “item”. Been waiting all day for backups ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. leslie says:

    First I need to say that the Fleetwood Mac concert was a m a z I n g. It was truly a feel good couple of hours in a world gone mad. I took pictures with my phone that all turned out looking like splotches of vast white light. My daughter took a photo of me underneath the “On with the Show Tour” marquee at the United Center(UC) and tried to tweet it to Denise @blogho. I don’t know if it ever actually made it. The UC was packed with a huge crowd of screaming, foot stomping, dancing, clapping, singing, whistling people -many of whom I was convinced would have to be carried out on stretchers or carted off in wheelchairs given the average age of the crowd. I’m not yet 70 and I was NOT the oldest in this crowd. I was also far from the youngest. It was neat seeing so many “older adults” with their adult children. I was certainly not the only mother with an adult daughter present. I don’t know just who was in tow. Daughter with mother, or mother with daughter.
    Our seats were right on the aisle and just a smidgen left of center. We were about 12 rows above the floor level. The floor was packed – as were all the levels including upper-most levels in the building. They don’t usually allow people in the aisle, but I guess we weren’t a threatening crowd and people were literally dancing in the aisles. Lindsey Buckingham (whose birthday is today) was amazing. My dtr was mightily impressed with his (massive) talent. Mick Fleetwood looked/played like a man possessed. Stevie Nicks sings at a lower range now (hey, at least she can still sing) and was awesome. The McVies were wonderful. Christie McVie got the longest and loudest responses from the crowd of nearly 25,000. I loved most of the visuals in the background. (except for the one with Buckingham’s face appearing like the face on the screen in the movie “V”) The backgrounds were soft, and subtly artistic, and other times quite animated and energetic. No silly pyrotechnics or explosions. The music and the musicians were THE focus. Really, people were ecstatic, elated and simply happy to be there. I am still experiencing such a sense of joy. If you can’t tell, It was wonderful and I loved being there to share it with my first-born daughter who is, in her own right, a big part of me and my life.
    Okay, enough. Here is a link to the photos and other bits of info r/t last night at the UC with Fleetwood Mac.

    • HELENK3 says:

      sounds like you had a great time and made some really great memories.

    • votermom says:

      Sounds like a rocking concert!

    • DeniseVB says:

      leslie, I didn’t get your tweet ๐Ÿ˜ฆ What a fabulous time that sounded like, thanks for sharing all the fun you experienced. Last rawking good time I had (and I don’t count New Kids On the Block with my then 8yo daughter) with the younger generation was at a David Lee Roth concert just after he first broke off from Van Halen. The only family member who would go with me was my youngest brother who was still a young twentysomething. I. Had. A. Blast. I still have a crush on the craggly DLR, but no such “cougary” anymore since he’s really almost my age now ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. votermom says:

  20. votermom says:

    ISIS beheaded another person, Alan Henning. >(

  21. driguana says:

    Here we go….Dallas/Ft. Worth area; Washington DC/Silver Springs/ Rockville and St. Paul/Minneapolis…all citeis with large Liberian populations…

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Shady Grove is very close to home. Not that I am surprised. There will be tons of people worried because there is a lot of travel between points in Africa and the whole DC area.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        WordPress is fighting with me again. Post was not complete.

        They did not plan for the selfish, but logical, repercussions from bringing back the first doctor for treatment. Then they announced the trials for a vaccine. More fuel to the fire.

        Nor have they planned for the fear that flu like symptoms – at the start of flu season – might not be just the flu – even if it is the flu. Each layer just adds more confusion.

        Or maybe someone planned but decided not to share with the frontlines.

  22. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy says:

    I was watching the Giants v. Nats game earlier. Peavy is such a hoot to watch, especially when he gets mad at himself. Cracks me up.

    Klown, I bet you breathed a sigh of relief when they got out of that bases loaded jam! (While my beloved Yankees did not make the postseason, I do enjoy watching good baseball, and this postseason is already providing that and more!)

    • The Klown says:

      I generally try to avoid drinking early but I was wishing I had some alcohol in the house right then.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Rev Amy ! My beloved Yankees too! Just so disappointed they couldn’t get Jeter to the playoffs for his last hurrah. Fickle baseball fan that I am, now rooting for Nats, our hometown boy is Ryan Zimmerman. Great game so far…..

  23. The Klown says:

    Say Yes To Rick Scott:

  24. DeniseVB says:

    myiq….how you not root for the Nationals….they have the USMC band on the field now ๐Ÿ˜‰ Aroogah!

  25. The Klown says:

    These Nats don’t seemed impressed by 98 mph fastballs.

  26. DeniseVB says:

    Ok, Nats lost in a hearbreaker. Too bad that last “hit” didn’t make it over the fence ๐Ÿ˜‰

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