Squirrelly Sunday Open Thread

TwainThere is literally nothing of value being reported in the news this morning. It’s all squirrels. The press is so bored by tamping down all the important shit that they are covering fictional beer. We’re doomed.

This is an open thread.

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76 Responses to Squirrelly Sunday Open Thread

    • leslie says:

      One of the more recent (at this time) comments speaks to a thought that keeps running through my brain . . .

      “…Be careful what sort of bed you make, you might be forced to lie in it. Maybe in a few years you’ll be prosecuted retroactively under some sort of anti-American activities commission, this time with real teeth. Think on it…”

      When I woke up this morning, I was listening to a report about the bakers in Oregon who were fined, lost their business, and now have a gag order imposed because they refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple (because the bakers felt they could not honor something directly in conflict with their religious beliefs). I wondered how long it will take for government to ban specific religions or religious practices that some people will think of as “hateful” or worse. And how long will it be when my own beliefs will be considered treasonous. And then how long will it be before I am considered a criminal. or you”? or TCH? or liberals? or conservatives? or non-believers?
      It’s a “”be careful what you wish for” thought. This truly is becoming a nation of the insane and they are the ones running the asylum.

      • elliesmom says:

        At the party I attended over the 4th, the conversation drifted to the bakers in Oregon. One of guests challenged one of the other attendees, who is the manager of an Abercrombie store. She said, “I’m fat, and while you’ll let me come into your store, you won’t sell me clothes that fit me. I don’t match your image of what you want your customers to look like. I feel discriminated against. I think your store’s image is hateful and promotes bullying of fat people.”
        He told her if she felt discriminated against, she should lose weight. She explained her mother was fat, her father was fat, and her grandparents were all fat. She believes her weight is genetic and can show him how much she eats and how it would not make most people fat if they consumed that many calories. She pointed out there is more scientific evidence that her “fat condition” is genetically based than his “gayness” is.
        This was all very light-hearted, but the Abercrombie guy was a little stunned that a good friend thought he personally was promoting bigotry and bullying toward anyone. She did make his “distaste” for fat people public knowledge, which was disconcerting to him. She explained she already knew it was part of him, but she still liked him and enjoyed his company anyway. Just as she hoped he would understand if she thought he had a right to get married, but not to the wedding of his dreams. She would like to be able to shop at his store, but she understood clothes her size were down the mall a bit at Lane Bryant.
        As I said, this conversation never got heated, but sometimes the best weapon is a mirror.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        “More and more levers of civilization appear to be in the hands of the clinically insane.” – Mark Steyn

      • foxyladi14 says:


  1. Lulu has the report:

    After looking around at pieces written for the public for the intertubes by the right AND the left it is apparent that none of them get it over the Trump phenomenon. At first I thought they just couldn’t figure it out because they are stupid. Then I thought they were simply too far removed from the vast majority of people who live in this country. Now I think they don’t want to get it because they had already mapped out a meme for 2016 and it is all fucked up now. In 2008 this was done for Obama but it never got off track really and they steamrolled him in. 2016 is not working out.

    The illegal immigrant crime wave has been going on for a long time. People who don’t respect borders don’t respect civil laws. They do what they want. It is very easy to progress in criminality from stepping out of a river or over a fence or overstaying a visa to identity fraud, lying on a welfare or hospital admittance form, or driving around without insurance. They tell themselves this is a very rich country, I’m poor at the moment, and somebody ought to help me out. The costs are nebulous due to the complicated society and economy, do-gooders at churches and think tanks want to help me out and politicians and employers like to pass the costs on hidden in the muddle. The next illegal sticks up a convenience store or commits sexual battery. If identity fraud is ok why not a little nookie with a minor? Crime progresses. If you can rationalize financial or drug crimes why not the rest?

    Last summer I think was the tipping point. Hordes of people with NO REASON to be here ran for the border and were not only allowed in, they were treated with respect and freebies. The collective “What the hell?” was shut down, shouted down, and the general and usual shaming began. It was supposed to be over, settled, and done. Oh well we can’t do anything about it now. Illegal immigration for the benefit of employers, political parties, and do-gooders everywhere had won. Only it hadn’t. The crime wave which had been carefully hidden, glossed over, rationalized, and ignored popped out like a nasty pimple. The reaction was horror by the public, rationalizations by idiots like the SF sheriff and Rubio (now ranked 10th!) who had to scramble and spout nonsense. Selectively enforcing laws while making up new ones is now standard operating procedure. The only argument both left and right have to this is “racism”. And condescension and butt hurt that their plan for 2016 got sidetracked. Notice I did not say the word Trump once. This isn’t about him. This is about are we a sovereign nation or just a pack of fools.

    Sanctuary cities and stories like Steinle & Shaw could be a winning strategy.

    • piper says:

      Sing it loud and clear – excellent read.

    • 1539days says:

      For my part, I think Trump is petty, vindictive and makes his money catering to people’s vices. There was a point in 2012 where every candidate got a bounce, won a primary, then faded from existence. Trump won’t win New Hampshire because they don’t care about immigrants. Many of the people defending Trump are actually fighting bad immigration policy because Trump has few positive characteristics.

      I’d love it if we reached that tipping point on anything, but it’s not happening. John McCain was supposedly an “open borders” guy, but he was 100 times better than Barack Obama. In 2010, we learned that McCain would also get tough on immigration if his job was at stake.

      For me, the best thing people can do to make immigration policy sane is to elect Republicans. Trump’s loss is going to piss off supporters and make them stay home. That means we’ll end up electing Democrats and Mexicans will be granted dual citizenship at birth (in Mexico) by 2024.

      • elliesmom says:

        I think the solution to the whole problem is just to annex Mexico. If we invaded, a good portion of their population would be on our side. LaRaza should be pleased. They’d be “home” again.

        • Constance says:

          I like this solution. That way we get all the natural resources and the productive citizens along with the criminals.

        • 49erDweet says:

          It’d probably save us fence construction money! They already have a hardened southern border.

      • I share many of your concerns. Not only am I concerned about the documented historical ties between Trump and the Clintons, I’m worried about some of his rhetoric and the fucking Overton Window.

        It’s like all anybody hears is “Mexicans-Illegals-Crime”, lather, rinse, repeat. They love it. They don’t hear the rest and they don’t think about it. He also said he wants to make legal immigration easier, which I hear as making some form of what the Obama admin has done legal. Just bring ’em over for work permits, whydoncha, so I can build my hotels, kinda stuff. That’s going to work out so well.

        People hear him say Obamacare is not working and they shriek with glee. But he also said we have to take care of people on Medicaid. that we have to provide them with health care and other services. NO, we DON’T. Many of the people on Medicaid are receiving multiple layers of aid, and making the worst choices with every aspect of their lives because they can. They’re doing record levels of hard drugs and breeding like cockroaches. I’ll happily give you up to three chances and you can even have a couple of kids while you’re fucking your life up IF you’re seeking help, but I don’t think we should be paying for people to do this to themselves, and especially their 8-12 kids. Tie every inch of that aid to voluntary birth control & mandatory government work, not submitting applications to prove you’re “looking.” At the very least. But is Trump talking about that? No, because he either doesn’t see it, doesn’t care, or like everybody else on the right is scared about 47% shit.

        We’ve got at least two Americas, probably more like five. The America we need to be worrying about is the America that attacked that woman’s car in Chicago and the America that is feeding bodies into the young, predominantly black (& hispanic) mobs that have been raging across this country for four or five years. They are all coked up on drugs and Obama’s race rhetoric, they don’t have shit to do or money for anything, thus nothing to lose, and they are itching for a real, unified fight. As soon as they figure out how to move past their 12 city blocks, or hanging out at the state fair while they Tweet with their smart phones, we are fucked. Call me raycist if you have to, but this is some dangerous shit.


        • 1539days says:

          That rant was bigger than mine. Most people (like Lou Dobbs) believe that legal immigration is better than illegal immigration, even if we bring in people on work visas on the basis of wage deflation rather than scarcity of skills. I blogged about the BS of illegal immigrants “doing the jobs Americans won’t do.” Some of those jobs no one should be doing, but automation has been put of due to cheap laborers willing to injure themselves and go to the ER instead of Workers’ Comp.

          I don’t care if you are on the right of left. Supporting the crime of border jumping because you don’t like “the system” is like Mexican drug lords killing judges because they don’t like the verdicts.

          • You’re right, it was. I realized after I walked away that I kind of went off, but I wasn’t going off on you, just in general. I smell a stink on Trump, and about America and politics in general. Agree that illegal immigration is a big issue, but I don’t know that Trump is the guy to address that, and I suspect he’s just a squirrel with a bad toupee.

            Also, my use of “you” was in the universal sense.

          • Ivory Bill Woodpecker says:

            I suspect his bad toupee is a squirrel. 😈

    • AFVet says:

      Excellent rant.
      Karl Rove is up against a serious obstacle in Donald Trump.
      The “architect” is now going to have to dance to the tune of another fiddler.

  2. Chuck D trending on Twitter…

      • leslie says:

        “Wiping out history is akin to Nazi book burning” couldn’t be more accurate.” imho. The same slippery slope I was talking about above. I read a book whose title I wish I could recall. It was about a culture in which books that were not authorized by the gov’t were not allowed. So each person who opposed this law committed to memorize, word for word, one book. It was a living library. Of course it was fantasy. But I wonder if that is a precursor to what may be coming.
        I think this all belongs on tinfoil Tuesday’s thread……………….Maybe I awoke on the bizarre side of the bed this morning.

        • lyn says:

          This is what happens when people elect a cult leader who is a blank slate.

        • piper says:

          Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury published in 1953. It is regarded as one of his best works.[3] The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found.[4] The title refers to the temperature that Bradbury understood to be the autoignition point of paper.[5][6]

          Bradbury stated that he wrote Fahrenheit 451 because of his concerns at the time (during the McCarthy era) about the threat of book burning in the United States. In later years, he stated his motivation for writing the book in more general terms.

          • piper says:

            Is Fahrenheit 451 the book you described – read it many years ago, time for another read.

          • Mt.Laurel says:

            There is also a movie adaptation which is rather good. Not a Hollywood piece. It was filmed in England by a French director who did not speak English and from a screen play originally written in French . The film is somewhat stylized and slow. However given the book’s storyline, the stilted nature of the film actually works in its favor to capture the spirit of the Bradbury’s original piece. TCM occasionally runs it and it is one of those movies that is best viewed without commercials. Bradbury was actually rather happy with the film and even liked some of the changes they made as he felt many of the small changes worked better on screen.

          • leslie says:

            Actually it isn’t “Farenheit 451” I looked it up before I wrote my comment. And in looking it up, I decided I need to read this (Farenheit 451) again. I’ll see if I can find the book I’m referring to. It was a very weird novel – almost a fantasy. It was more recently written than “451”.
            Sorry, I’ve been out this afternoon, helping her look for a place to buy here. Now I’m going to pick up daughter #1 from O’Hare. She returns from her bike trip in the Dolomite Mts. in a little while.

          • leslie says:

            “her” in the above comment means a friend from another town. Don’t know what happened. That wasn’t what I thought I typed.

          • 49erDweet says:

            Relax. It’s only us.

        • Lulu says:

          It is also like the attacks on tombs, religious art, and public edifices by Cromwell’s fanatic Puritans, the terror of the French Revolution, going back to the Caliphate in Spain, and now ISIS destroying cultural, historical and religious history that they want to wipe out. It is also eerily similar to cultural destruction waged in Ireland and Scotland trying to obliterate languages and traditional styles of dress and food. Stalin did all of this. A MAJOR part of our history and culture is television. We are seeing attempts of a cultural purge

  3. Dora says:

    He is probably in San Francisco by now, safe from US and Mexican authorities!

    Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Escapes From Prison

    • leslie says:

      He has brothers who live in Chicago. They have been under police protection (per newsradio this morning) lest he return here and his gang retaliate against them. I guess they don’t approve of his livelihood.

  4. Dora says:

    You can’t make up stuff like this!

    Art exhibit inspired by Ferguson opens at Chicago gallery

    • piper says:

      Art created by a white woman as a way of cleansing her racism. Sorry I refuse to jump on this bandwagon of racism and racists. My ancestors also suffered under various regimes, complaining yes but always striving for a better life.

    • leslie says:

      Chicago is one of the most segregated cities. Why here? because she could. Does that mean she should? not by a long shot. Maybe she should have taken her white guilt to the same corner in Hyde Park as Susan Pedersen took her kids to the other night. I wonder how she would’ve handled the onslaught of a black mob attacking her. But an art gallery is a safe place. She won’t have to “rub elbows” with gangs or thugs or hardly anyone who doesn’t frequent the gallery area of the city. [And if the gangs, etc. do appear, there will be plenty of protection (and cameras) for all.]

      • Myiq2xu says:

        People who live in our major cities know where they are allowed to go and where they are not. There are no signs, but the residents know.

        If you are white and you go into a black neighborhood and you get raped, robbed and/or killed, nobody gets too upset because it was your fault for being there. It’s like climbing in a wild animal cage at the zoo. When black people kill black people in black neighborhoods people just shrug. Black people don’t care, white people don’t care, that’s just the way it is.

        People get upset when black people rape/rob/kill white people outside the ghettos, or when white people kill black people. Neither one of those things is supposed to happen.

        • piper says:

          Many years DH and I spent a romantic week in Chicago, visiting museums, eating at various restaurants and shopping on the Magnificent Mile. One day we took the el to Hyde Park receiving many stares on both the train and the streets, even a police car stopped and observed us for several minutes before taking off. As it was late in the day, we decided to retrace our steps and return to the hotel in the loop. No one accosted us or said anything offensive, just stared at a naive white couple strolling thru their neighborhood. Went the next morning and saw the Science Museum which we learned closes at 5PM so we would have only had 30 minutes to visit the previous day.

      • piper says:

        Just a minute, we have that distinction of being the most segregated city in the country being told this for many years by our betters and gubermint officials.

        “Milwaukee” comes from an Algonquian word Millioke, meaning “Good”, “Beautiful” and “Pleasant Land” (c.f. Potawatomi language minwaking, Ojibwe language ominowakiing) or “Gathering place [by the water]”

        • leslie says:

          “The most accepted name origin of Chicago is the Miami-Illinois word “shikaakwa,” which means “striped skunk” or “smelly onion”. That just about covers it. It also may refer to a water by-way in which a young woman died. She probably still votes democratic.

  5. piper says:

    Must read from Clarice – Obama killing the Left
    “Fed up yet?

    You can get sharpened pikes and pitchforks from my conveniently located shop on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. Better yet, work hard to oust these leftist elites; ridicule and resist them at every opportunity; and join together state by state to refuse to follow their ill-conceived dictates. Your choice, but do something, don’t just stand there.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/07/obamas_killing_the_left_lets_help_him.html#ixzz3fgzrr5yf

    • leslie says:


    • 1539days says:

      The article mentions that 70% of Obama voters in 2012 regret their choice. I know someone who regretted it about a month later. He’s big on gun rights and Obama’s response to Sandy Hook really ticked him off. I considered it near instant Karma.

      Arguing that Obama is good for conservative alternatives is missing the point. The left pushes their agenda in every way possible to see what sticks. This time, gay marriage will stick, Obamacare will stick more than it did and even immigration has little chance of moving. If they go too far (Jimmy Carter) and a conservative comes in, Democrats will reluctantly support a palate-cleanser (Bill Clinton) to modify the brand. When a blank slate like Obama came along, voters were dumb enough to believe his anti-partisan BS. 20-25 years from now, we’ll get the next Obama.

  6. leslie says:


    • leslie says:

      I’ve been in the “lounge” for more than 8 hours now. Someone may need to restock.
      Just sayin’. The chocolate croissants were yummy. Thanks whoever left them. 😉

  7. Dora says:

    Take a tour around the world where the Confederate battle flag is displayed as a symbol of the South and its unique culture.

    Confederate flags spotted outside the US


  8. Dora says:

    Trump Preaches Peace Through Strength In Phoenix

    During his July 11 rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, GOP hopeful Donald Trump spoke of his love for the military and promised that, if elected, he “would have a military so strong that we would never have to use it.”


  9. mothy67 says:

    Miss USA Pageant on Reelz at 8 pm EST.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Love those. Usually things are so scripted and professional, it’s fun when things go off script. We have one controller in our local tower we call grumpy. So fun when he goes off.

      • helenk3 says:

        I laughed so hard at these.
        to this day when I hear someone say ” over and out” I cringe.
        when you say over it means talk back to me
        when you say out it means conversation is ended
        so when someone says “over and out” they are saying you can talk to me ,but I am not listening

        • DandyTIger says:

          Yep. When you have an instruction from a tower, you have to repeat it. But when you don’t, you can say roger. Never say over and out. The rule of what you say is: who you’re talking to, who you are, where you are, and say what you want. If replying to a tower instruction, it’s who you are, and repeat the instruction.

        • 49erDweet says:

          LOL. Years ago in LE our system used “That is all” to signify the end of a wanted broadcast. As if he were the boss, one obnoxious dispatcher used the phrase to end every conversation to officers. One night he made the mistake of saying it to the sergeant, who immediately snapped back, “No, it’s not”! Dead silence for five minutes. After radio traffic resumed he didn’t say it again. Ever.

  10. mothy67 says:

    Every article you read says Trump is bashing Mexican immigrants. None say illegal.

  11. Myiq2xu says:

    So Scott Walker’s candidacy announcement tomorrow will be buried by the news of the Iran “Nukes for Nothing” Deal

  12. Myiq2xu says:

    I have a really bad toothache. I see a dentist visit in my future.

    • helenk3 says:

      got any ora-jel in the house? it will numb it for a while until you get to the denist.

  13. piper says:

    Hope you enjoyed your visit – remember to turn off the TV and lights when you leave as we don’t want the Klown to complain about rising power costs. 49erD baked those croissants while waiting for U-Verse to hook him up again – something about parts being wagon trained from Tennessee or was that Kentucky (gin and bourbon).

  14. 49erDweet says:

    It’s a miracle and I’m outta the cellar!! The healing power of the sun is mightier than I thought.

  15. leslie says:

    I found the book! It’s entitled “The Angel’s Game”.
    From goodreads.com:

    “In this powerful, labyrinthian thriller, David Martín is a pulp fiction writer struggling to stay afloat. Holed up in a haunting abandoned mansion in the heart of Barcelona, he furiously taps out story after story, becoming increasingly desperate and frustrated; thus, when he is approached by a mysterious publisher offering a book deal that seems almost too good to be real, David leaps at the chance. But as he begins the work, and after a visit to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he realizes there is a connection between his book and the shadows that surround his dilapidated home and that the publisher may be hiding a few troubling secrets of his own. Once again, Ruiz Zafón ventures into a dark, gothic Barcelona and creates a breathtaking tale of intrigue, romance, and tragedy.

    I’m not necessarily recommending this book. It took me a very long time to finish it. It’s not really the type of book I usually read. It’s quite dark and tragic. But it stuck with me for quite a while. I was trying to come up with the title while driving to/from the airport just now. And here it is.

  16. Myiq2xu says:

    This was a good thread. I’m sorry I wasn’t here to enjoy it.

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