Monday Open Thread – Winners/Losers Edition

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  1. DeniseVB says:

    Hoping Lulu brings her last comment from the last thread over here, definitely a Winners/Losers topic. If not, be sure to take a peek…..

  2. DeniseVB says:

    The Daily Mail is a wealth of fun stuff today:

  3. DeniseVB says:

    And Kanye West is still an capital Ahole. Not only ass grabbing Kim, but fake storming the stage when Beyonce lost …. photos and flashback to his storming Taylor here:

  4. Lulu says:

    Repost from down below. Thanks DeniseVB!

    I came home Friday night from a trip to sell my mother in law’s house. I was tired Saturday and just noodling around on the intertubes. I came across the latest Rotherham report and read it in one sitting. in all of its ignominy.

    It is full of classism, stupidity, greed, laziness, jealousy, and hubris. The bureaucrats and piss ant elected officials who were responsible for pretty much everything in this small city are careerists who used any excuse to ignore problems which grew exponentially over time. The people who live there are viewed as sub-human by their betters who are all Labour party hacks. Especially young girls and young women who are treated with open contempt by social workers and police. Much has been made of this bunch of bums being afraid of being called racists. This is obviously a ruse. They are lazy, hateful, cash bonus seeking, do nothings who used this as an excuse to allow thousands of poor children to be groomed and violently raped by a psychotic Muslim minority who had gained a bit of political influence in the town. They sought rewards for writing reports, hiding data, and bullying whistle blowers. This applied to the police also and THEIR report hasn’t even been issued.

    What stuck me was the parallels in the bureaucracy in the US under Obama the Great. We heard the same garbage from the VA administrators who got grilled by Congress last year. They fail upward. They draw enormous salaries like their counterparts in the UK, do great harm, and cannot be gotten rid of due to too generous employment rights. The good thing in the UK is that they are looking at criminal charges against many of these cretins by a Tory government. Perhaps our next president will do the same because doing nothing while children are being raped or veterans are dying from neglect is criminal and should be treated as such.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Thanks Lulu ! I felt chatty this morning too and sometimes we east coasties just need a new thread 🙂

    • 1539days says:

      And they claim there aren’t no-go zones.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I remember when Fox was forced to apologize for that claim. Sigh, this is Obama’s world, hug Islam, f**k everyone else. Our U.S. Presidents are supposed to set the moral example for the worrrrrrrld and Obama could care less.

        • 1539days says:

          It’s a matter of degree. A FOX reporter explained to Hannity that France has dealt with Muslims by keeping them out of the tourist parts of Paris and the Muslim neighborhoods ring the city instead. It’s not that the police can’t go there, they just don’t go there. If no one calls for the police, the police don’t patrol. Parts of LA were like that at one point, too.

          Because the no-go zones are undocumented, they don’t exist to progs.

    • piper says:

      Shaking head in disgust and asking where are all the feminists and women groups who should be screaming about this tragic real violation of girls and women. How much outrage is there about sex trafficking and slavery in this world. Very little in the news but we receive much news about Lena and her so called college rapist, the mattress carrying coed, Kim and her oversized tush – in fact daily TMI about her entire family, vaginal cleaning and exercises………… and more.

    • piper says:

      The sad truth is that too many people are fixated on themselves and only care if it affects them in some way.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m using a wiki link for general info since it’s hard to find msm news about Sharia Law (d’oh msm). This should be the main goal of our modern feminist friends, ban it !

      There’s one case where the ban was overturned as unconstitutional because it would hurt Muslims’ fweelings. Thanks Obama donors.

  5. piper says:

  6. Lulu says:

    “University of St. Louis Historian Thomas Madden says Obama’s comments reveal an ignorance of history.
    “I don’t think the president knows very much about the Crusades,” Madden told ABC News. “He seems to be casting them as an example of the distortion of Christianity and trying to compare that to what he sees as a distortion of Islam in the actions of ISIS.
    “The initial goal of the Crusades was to give back lands to Christians that had been conquered, due to Muslim conquests,” Madden added.”

    If you want to be an ignoramus just go to Columbia or Harvard. Then you can say stupid shit with great certainty.

    • piper says:

      And for that privilege you get to pay tuition that is more than some people’s yearly salaries and be called the ‘Elite.’ The inequity – maybe the good Rev Al and his merry band of protesters should shut down a major freeway or two to bludgeon the peasants from going to their jobs or homes.

    • leslie says:

      That was my favorite item of last week. I think I may have quoted it to someone. Thanks for posting it.

  7. piper says:

  8. Myiq2xu says:

    Tay wuz robbed!!!

  9. elliesmom says:

    Day 3
    “Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
    Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
    Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
    Hides hills and woods, the river and the heaven,
    And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end.
    The sled and traveller stopped, the courier’s feet
    Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit
    Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
    In a tumultuous privacy of Storm.”
    EMERSON, The Snow Storm.

    • votermom says:

      Do we need to send a bulldozer to dig you out of the snow?

    • DeniseVB says:

      I saw that Boston closed it’s schools for two days. Stay safe and warm!

    • 49erDweet says:

      Westies have been undergoing three days of unrelenting mist showers driven from the Pacific by punishing offshore breeze storms. It’s been rough. Had to use windshield wipers twice! Dadgum global warming!

      • piper says:

        Sending you my violin for the injustice. Stay dry 49er and stop running thru the puddles.

        • 49erDweet says:

          The worst of it was the constant barrage of Weather Alerts. For mild weather! If we ever had a real storm I think they’d shutdown Starbucks, which would confuse most of the teachers, YD included.

      • DeniseVB says:

        It’s hitting 70 today, then back to the teens by the weekend. Typical coastal Virginia February. We close schools if there’s “a chance” of snow. 🙂

        Have you guys gotten enough rain yet ? Obama’s playing golf in Palm Springs this weekend after he gives a technology speech (or something) elsewhere on the coast. Last year it was a speech on the drought then teed off at a swanky, well-watered golf course. Optics!

        • 49erDweet says:

          No, not enough in general but a few locations might be close. They keep forecasting deluges and we keep getting mists. We still have deep well water reserves so never fear, your arugula will be grown and shipped on time.

        • Somebody says:

          A technology speech? Gosh it would be so sweet if a large number of displaced tech workers showed up to protest and let O know exactly what they think of expanded H1B visas. Perhaps the recently laid off SoCal Edison workers can round up a group, they could try and get some of the laid off IBM workers to join them too.

    • piper says:

      Stay safe and warm Elliesmom. I’d loan you my snowblower but you never know when we in downtown Wisconsin will be hit with another snow storm.
      From the Fox weather report
      NEW ENGLAND, including Cambridge, Mass., above, and parts of New York State are hit with a new round of snow, as a storm threatens to bring up to 2 feet, creating treacherous travel conditions for a region that has been hit with a succession of wintry weather.

      • elliesmom says:

        The problem is there isn’t a place to put it all. The piles at the end of our driveway are taller than I am. Before the current round of snow, the piles in the supermarket parking lot were at least 15ft high.

        • cynic says:

          Let’s hope for a nice, gradual, thaw. I live in a town with two rivers, and we’ve been getting many of those ‘100 year floods’ in the last 10 years! There’s been such a build-up in the suburbs, that it all ends up 90 miles down river.

        • piper says:

          Same here – our driveway piles range about 3 to 4 ft. high. I’m guessing some of our snow from the main thoroughfare / freeways gets dumped in Lake Michigan although motorists need to careful making left hand turns because of high snowbanks.

  10. piper says:

    Before I sign off I want to thank everyone for their support and compliments during my stay in the dungeon. It’s now well-stocked with coffee, other beverages and food, painted, decorated with artwork, and cardboard boxes for kitty sleepovers. Enjoy the TV but you’ll notice that NBC and MissNBC is missing from the channel line-up – sorry.
    Foxy, I’ll mind my manners now that I’m back upstairs with the gang.

  11. Myiq2xu says:

    Politicians are notorious starfuckers. Wait until the 2017 Grammys – Bo and Mo will be there acting like groupies.

  12. piper says:

    Stolen from another site.

  13. piper says:

    Another stolen image from Noquarter

  14. Myiq2xu says:

  15. piper says:

    The new college liberalism – okay, I’m a thief

  16. Myiq2xu says:

    • lizzy says:

      Brain damage requires a functioning brain. I don’t think that was part of Gwyneth’s original equipment.

  17. Myiq2xu says:

  18. Myiq2xu says:

    The ending is the best part.

  19. Myiq2xu says:

    This was gonna be the topic of my morning post that I don’t have to do now:

    All of those are relevant, but consider one further, broader dynamic at work: The Right is finally coming around to the understanding that what mainly distinguishes it from the Left is not its general preference for muscular foreign policy, its not always convincing defense of the Judeo-Christian tradition, or even its relatively faithful reading of the Constitution, as important as those things are. Rather, the fight between Right and Left is about coercion.

    That the Left has become much more intensively coercive in recent years has not gone unnoticed among conservatives. In Liberal Fascism and elsewhere, Jonah Goldberg has popularized a longstanding view of the left-wing philosophy that in the United States calls itself “liberalism” — though we cannot in good faith call it that — that connects it with the nakedly coercive, antidemocratic, and anti-constitutional tendency of Woodrow Wilson and the progressives of his era, and with the various nasty totalitarian movements that inspired them and were inspired by them in turn. It’s not that we expect Robert Reich to come marching up Fifth Avenue wearing jackboots (the Pride March ain’t what it used to be) but that managerial progressivism is fundamentally corporatist in the sense that Mussolini et al. used the term: It conceives of formal political power and economic production as a single unit to be kept working in harmony, like a well-tuned engine, by such experts as the state recognizes as suited to the task. In theory, these men are to be guided by evidence meeting scientific standards — they are to be the sort of disinterested and dispassionate pragmatists that exist mainly within the narrow confines of Ezra Klein’s cranium.
    The problem, as various capital-”F” Fascists and National Socialists and Communist politburos and Vox readers all discovered in their turn, is that even if these dispassionate and disinterested managers existed — and they don’t — bureaucracies do not have the collective cognitive firepower to replace markets, or even to intelligently guide them. From the Soviet five-year plans to Obamacare, all central-planning exercises begin in hubris and end in chaos.

    And when the chaos comes, the natural thing to do — the imperative thing — is: find someone to blame. The planners and schemers are intellectually incapable of dealing seriously with the fact that the project that they have set for themselves — substituting their own judgment for that of the billions of better-informed parties in the market and coming up with superior outcomes — is an impossible one. But once you’ve accepted real limits on what planning can do — on what government can do — then you have at some level essentially surrendered to conservatism.

    And that means that somebody, somewhere, must be a racist.

    This is why I lost my old religion of liberalism.

    2008 is why I quit being a Democrat, but I’ve come a lot farther than that in the last 7 years.

  20. DeniseVB says:

    Why on earth did they run a 40 year old photo of Hillary with their spammy grammy tweets ?

    • Somebody says:

      Not only did they run such an old picture, but their grammar is incorrect. The tweet says “Who run the world? Girls.
      Proper grammar would be “Who RUNS the world? Does she have 9 year old staff sending out tweets for her? Perhaps she’s hired a bunch of foreigners and English is their second language?

      • DeniseVB says:

        Trying to be ebonic hip hoppy for the Obama supporters? Dey lika dat 😉 Spamming a trending topic is such a big Twitiquette no-no so this backfired on her supporters in more ways than one. Good.

  21. HELENK3 says:

    Samsung advises customers to avoid discussing personal information in front of their Smart TV – @bbctech

    WTH IS THIS?????

    • Somebody says:

      OMG honestly, when will his 15 minutes be over?

    • fif says:

      He is such an idiot. So any time Baby Kanye’s fave performer doesn’t win it’s not “artistry?”

      • Lulu says:

        He only does this to white artists. He is a racist. And an attention whore. He should be banned from the awards if he can’t act like a gentleman since everyone else somehow manages.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I noticed he picks on the white artists, didn’t that “Happy” guy beat Bey too ? Oh wait, he’s black.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Found it, Pharrell Williams (black) did beat Beyonce (racist Kanye’s crush) …..


          “Sail Out,” Jhené Aiko

          “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé

          “X,” Chris Brown

          “Mali Is…,” Mali Music

          **WINNER** “Girl,” Pharrell Williams

          • Lulu says:

            Some of these artists need to get in his face and tell him to knock it off. It makes them look bad too since he only does it to whites. They appear to be fine with what he does since he doesn’t go after them.

  22. Somebody says:

    Denise are you going to see the pre-Broadway showing of Gigi at the Kennedy Center?

    • DeniseVB says:

      I wish ! Never quite worked out a trip up with the theater buddies this year. We did Camelot last year, but that was mostly for the swoon worthy Brian Stokes Mitchell.

  23. Myiq2xu says:

    • Somebody says:

      I’ve always wanted to see Europe, perhaps I should start a gofundme account. //sarc

      • Lulu says:

        A local girl started one because her mother would not buy her a trashy prom dress. Her mother wanted her covered up a little. They made her take it down. And grounded her.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Not sure if it’s still up, there was one raising bail money. I thought gofundme’s were heavily vetted and verified ?

          • Lulu says:

            I’m sure s/he was framed and not guilty. LOL. I know of a couple of small churches who used it to raise money for people who had nothing after their house burned down but that is about it locally except for prom girl. The churches were passing out the money so presumed legit. How exactly could gofundme vet stuff? It would seem impossible to do.

          • 49erDweet says:

            My teaching YD has used it successfully to fund essential classroom stuff for her bilingual dirt poor 3G students.

          • DeniseVB says:

            They do discourage fraud, but I guess it’s not illegal to send money for stupid reasons 😉


      • DeniseVB says:

        Reminds me of Lucy and Ethel holding a fake raffle to benefit the Ladies Overseas Aid 😉

      • GO. Just go. Paris smells London is always damp. Madrid is hot and they don’t speak Mexican but it is so profoundly beautiful. My favorite place was Lisbon. Gayest city in the world but no one seems to care. Country is 90 percent Catholic and has an official religion. As a tourist I was likely exposed to the more open people than if I had lived in a small village. Live and let live was how I sensed it.

  24. Myiq2xu says:

  25. Somebody says:

    Wow everybody is chatty at TCH today!! Surprising for a Monday morning. This open thread already has 90 comments and it’s not even noon on the east coast!!

    Back to Gigi, Denise……when I saw they were doing a pre-Broadway engagement at the Kennedy Center I just knew you were going Denise since it’s so close to you……but you’re not. Oh well perhaps you can see it on Broadway, a good excuse for another visit with your daughter, eh?

    We went to see Book of Mormon last night. I probably shouldn’t have laughed at some of it, but lightning didn’t strike me on the way home! Surprisingly, several of the actors traveling off Broadway doing Book of Mormon were in the original Broadway production including the lead!

    I don’t know if this happens in other cities, but in Jacksonville, Florida last night there were a number of Mormons handing out the actual Book of Mormon and inviting people to their church. I thought that was funny too…….but again no lightning struck me, so it’s all good!

    • DeniseVB says:

      I read where Jim Parson’s (“Sheldon Cooper” on Big Bang Theory) going to be playing God on Broadway this spring or summer. A comedy written by some Daily Show writers. It’s already getting lots of controversy, should be a hit. Parsons reading a phone book would sell out 🙂

    • 1539days says:

      Some of us can’t get out.

      • cynic says:

        I didn’t get a chance to respond yesterday, but I’m watching the British Baking Show as well. Martha is so sweet; such pressure for someone so young.

        I didn’t know that I would be watching this, and tend to go over and visit the UK Daily Mail on a daily basis. I remember the article on who won the competition. No surprises for me.

        I meet with a bunch of ladies every week at our local coffee shop. We knit, and talk about that show, and Downton Abbey. One woman in our group was born and raised in the UK, and I love her accent. We always go to her with questions.

        Spotted dick was mentioned on the show (Downton) a few weeks ago, and Judith had to educate us as to what it was.

        • 1539days says:

          Probably not as bad as you thought.

          I’m catching up on episodes, as I usually only ended up watching the last half. PBS doesn’t have the first two, so I watched 3. Up next is BinGate. I’m looking forward to that as I may have missed it entirely on the first run. The great thing about the show is that the contestants are characters without the need of the show to assign them character traits.

          I was watching Bread on steaming last night and Martha made a rye with egg wash. Paul warned her that might cause a problem. She did it anyway and he got a chance to reveal what the problem was (makes the rye dark faster, making you think it’s done before it is).

          • Underwhelmed says:

            Yes, because paying attention to the guy who knows all about baking is such a lame thing to do. I wanted to smack the silly girl. When someone who knows helps you, say thank you and do what they say!

          • cynic says:

            I haven’t seen that episode yet. I love the technical part of it, and am learning! Love to make yeast breads, and didn’t know that about rye.

    • This whole string of comments makes me remember why I do not give up. I have known a lot of people that board the pity train. No you do not get to whine if you are going to an Ivy League have a driver and a housekeeper. Some weird psychosis takes over rich kids going to elite schools. They suddenly want to be poor. Poor is not fun. Kind of sucks eating an uncooked pasta noodle is not cute. It is base hunger. When your belly hurts so much you will eat anything you can comment on poverty. Til you really know abject hunger shut the fuck up. Real hunger is not a story told at affluent schools. Real hunger hurts. You throw up bile because your body is eating itself. Hunger is not some girl reading The Bluest Eye. Real hunger hurts it is not a story to make Oberlin girl’s feel good.
      I am the biggest asshole I have ever met. The character Sawyer on Lost is so much like me. Spend all your energy keeping everyone away when all you want to do is pull them close. I have to be tough because life gave me a rough deal. I have little bit of hard core do not fuck with me attitude. I care for my pup. I Will do whatever it takes to protect her. I know it is wrong but one day we were at the zoo and this guy looked at her I became an animal. I tried to rip out his throat with my teeth. He hit on 3 year old in a bathroom Bet your ass I was going to kill him. I was the one talked to.

  26. HELENK3 says:

    UC California students want colleges to divest from America.

    I would like to see America divest from them.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Isn’t the UC system public ? Fine, let them go private, taxpayers shouldn’t be funding ignorance. Their talking points sound like their lifted from those Soros funded anti-American groups too.

  27. Somebody says:

    OMG I’ve gotten 10 phone calls in the last 15 minutes from an inmate at the local jail. He keeps trying to call me collect, I get some recorded operator. He claims his name is Michael Bolton, hahahahahaha! I kept rejecting the calls, but he kept calling so I just blocked the number. I hope it works since it’s technically an operator calling. #annoyedashell

    Although an alternate # could be When a Man Calls a Woman.

    • That is funny.
      I just got a check for 350 from a hospital. Date of service was January of 2013. I had no idea I over paid. I also got a letter from Department of Human Services of Pennsylvania saying qualify for Medicaid. I do some free lance stuff but I have not had a job in years. I live off savings. I am looking to do something because I have watched everything on Netflix. I had to apply for Medicaid three years ago in order to set up a payment plan with the hospital. The process is stupid. I knew my assets exceeded the limit but I had to go through it. You have to report everything. I have plot in a cemetery my parents bought in 1970. I had to tell them about life insurance policies. I had no idea those things are worth money. I have 11. I think people were counting on me dying. Anyhow I knew I would not qualify but I had to go through it. I got rid of all my credit cards years ago because I am aware that I love poker. Waking up in Vegas or Atlantic City with no money and a receipt for ten thousand dollar advance is scary. I never wanted Medicaid nor do I think I deserve it. I was able to pay my bill but I can’t just walk into the bank and get ten thousand dollars. I have a loft on Ridge and Riverington I bought in 1987 for six thousand. It is worth a million now. Insane. Funny I had my first business on Orchard Street. I opened a coffee shop. . I had walls covered in books. I was told a coffee shop could never work in Mahattan. I made serious money when was there but I was going to Hunter so I had to be away. I got robbed blind. I am a poor kid I have felt shame that doesn’t make it an excuse. . The Occupy Movement disturbed me because they all seemed like whiners.
      I fought with my baby girl because she bought flowers I sat in the snow with her and cried. She means so much to me tons of stuff goes viral between us. She is my little girl I believe in her
      Have to say Rachel Mad cow is offensive. Melissa Harrs Perry is stupid. I want my baby girl to believe in herself. I want her to love. Mad cow is nuts. ANGRY bitter troll. Who would want that for a kid. I am hooked on Lost. I am so much like Sawyer and my brat is so much like Kate. Assholes with a conscience. I am lucky I get to participate in this small persons life. Who gets to do that?

  28. My mom went crazy. She was screaming about the baby girl getting flowers SHe was screaming I take care of m myself No one has ever bought me anything Wonderful you are so tough you need nothing. Goody for you some of us mortals rely on each other.. I find feminists so annoying because they assume something about me. I fight with my mom and my baby girl everyday all day. WE bicker. Who we are things are not gentle. Life can be a fight. You survive. Who wants to be some weak guy told he is special every day. I ran into a kid. She is my best friend but we do not get along. We argue all the time sometimes I think I am making her think and other times I just think she is a brat. I hate her sometimes. I L word her.She never shuts up. Talks and talks. I am effusive smart people are supposed to be silent. Make no sense to me if you are smart your instinct is protect. I do not think I am anything to write home about but I never stop talking. As a kid it was the only way to protect myself. When I read Beloved I weptt , throw it all down Sethe sword and shield. You have to let go of shit that confines you. Or you end up bitter. I do not want to be unhappy. I can judge no one I am so simple it hurts WHy choose to go through life hurting others

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