Katydid & Conman Open Thread


I have the most adorable grandkids:

Hoosier Mama: “Shopping at Kroger today, Connor pulled his beanie off, pulled a granola bar from it, ate half, replaced it, and put it back on his head. He’s just so full of win.”



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133 Responses to Katydid & Conman Open Thread

  1. Dora says:

    You are definitely right – you do have the most adorable grandkids:

    Thanks for posting pictures of them. It cheers me up in the morning to see those bright and happy faces.

  2. Dora says:

    Another Bush is getting into the fight. The republican party seems to be at war. I’m sure this latest rant will bring in support for Cruz.

    George W. Bush unleashes on Ted Cruz

    ‘I just don’t like that guy,” the former president tells donors.


    • Myiq2xu says:

      Cruz’s campaign, after initially declining to comment for this story, provided a statement from the senator Monday night.
      “I have great respect for George W Bush, and was proud to work on his 2000 campaign and in his administration,” Cruz said. “It’s no surprise that President Bush is supporting his brother and attacking the candidates he believes pose a threat to his campaign. I have no intention of reciprocating. I met my wife Heidi working on his campaign, and so I will always be grateful to him.”

  3. dm says:

    another ringing endorsement for Cruz!

  4. Dora says:

    Oh no – did he make a deal with Hillary? I sincerely hope not, but it was the first thing that came to my mind. 😦

    Jim Webb to consider independent presidential bid

  5. leslie says:

    What Dora said at the top of the thread.
    (I’m off to babysit again this morning. The hardest part of sitting for my gkids is leaving home. On some days if I forget something or leave something at home, I can bundle up the little one and drive back. But these days the little sweetie pie has a bad cold with fever, and messy diapers and I won’t take her out until she is well. (just like when I was the mom) So I have to do without whatever it is until 6:30 / 7:00 at night.) The best part of babysitting my gbabies is that I get to see them so often. I’m making up for the time I was working and couldn’t get to know them as well as I do now.
    Have a great day everyone.
    Later….. 🙂

    • cynic says:

      I just recently learned that I’m going to be a grandma!!! YEA! My daughter is due at the end of May, and I have volunteered to watch the baby full-time. I’ll be doing it at my house, however. Daddy-to-be works nights and will be sleeping during the day. Once he wakes up, he’ll come over, take care of the horse, and take baby home.

      Having colicky twins, this should be a piece of cake? Hubby is thinking of retiring next year, so I’ll have him around to help out if need be.

      Now, I’ll definitely have to learn how to sew Elliesmom! I want to be able to sew costumes as well!

        • Dora says:

          What wonderful news! I’ve always considered May to be the most beautiful month of the year, bringing warmth and flowers and sunshine. Next May will be bringing an extra special delight for you and your family. My sincere congratulations!

      • Myiq2xu says:

        The best thing about grandparenting (usually) is there is a lot less stress compared to parenting. You can relax and enjoy the kids more.

        Parenting (especially the first one) is stressful as hell, and you never seem to get enough time to sleep.

      • helenk3 says:

        congratulations. being a grandmother is fun. even when they grow up and you get to see their kids. You can write memory books that worry the parents thinking you might tell their kids what they did as kids. I did that several Christmases ago. Naturally you do not put in the stories that would give their kids any ideas. You can spoil them and just love them.

      • helenk3 says:

        grandkids are fun. one of the best things in life

      • elliesmom says:

        May is such a great month for a baby to be born. Both my son and my grandson were born in May. Summer babies get to go outside and feel the warm breezes on their tiny faces and feel the grass tickle their tiny feet. No need for lots of clothes to restrict their movement as they figure out how to control their limbs. I wonder if anyone has ever done a study about whether the season we were born in affects us later? I was a June baby and like my son and grandson, I love to feel the summer breezes and only wear shoes in warm weather when society dictates I must. Elliesdad and my daughter were fall babies, and they like to be inside with the AC going when it’s hot. Neither one of them ever goes barefoot. Crash is an August baby, and it’s hard getting her to wear clothes. My daughter gave up on shoes long ago. Anyway, congratulations on joining the Grandparent Club! Sewing tiny things is a lot of fun. Today’s babies are quite fashionable.

        • cynic says:

          Thanks everyone for the good wishes! I was really feeling melancholy, and missing those days of reading with my kids, making a fairy garden with my daughter, and all the holiday fun. Their announcement at our 36th wedding anniversary dinner adds another special memory. Oh, and they gave me an etched wine glass that says, “Grandma’s sippy cup”.

      • piper says:

        Congratulations Cynic. Here are some labels that you can attach to those lovely outfits you’re going to make for Precious.

      • leslie says:

        Congratulations!! Perfect. It’s a win-win-win for everyone. 😀

      • lyn says:

        Congratulations, cynic! ❤

      • 49erDweet says:

        You need to research and enact “10 rules for grandmas house”. The one I like is ‘chocolate milk counts as one dairy and one breakfast’.

      • swanspirit says:

        Congratulations!! When I became a grandmother for the first time, the realization that the child being born was the child of my child, and therefore my child as well; was so deeply profound and unexpected, and one of the brightest blessings of my life.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Canada’s new Prime Minister? Hubba, hubba….

    • votermom says:

      Apparently Canada’s gone full commie. Scott Walker was right – we’re gonna need a wall on the northern border too!

    • leslie says:

      Yum. 😉

    • Somebody says:

      He is hot. Politically however, he’s Canada’s W and Obama rolled into one……OMFG!

      He’s the son of former PM Pierre Trudeau. He’s 43 and came into politics only recently after doing all sorts of other things, none of which amounted to anything. I guess technically he doesn’t have community organizer on his resume, but he might as well.

      • votermom says:

        Check out his 3 musketeers look back in 2011

      • Myiq2xu says:

        Pierre and Margaret:

        Though the couple initially appeared to have a very close and loving relationship, the marriage soon began to fall apart. Margaret resented her husband’s constant work-related absences and was forced to raise her three young sons largely by herself. Beyond the normal extensive publicity that her high-profile position brought, on a few instances she made her own headlines. Margaret smuggled drugs in the prime minister’s luggage, made scantily clad appearances at Studio 54, and tore apart a tapestry in the prime minister’s official residence in Ottawa because it celebrated “reason over passion”.[5]

        Over time, the marriage disintegrated to the point that, as recounted in her book, Margaret had an affair with U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy. She was also associated with members of the Rolling Stones, including Ronnie Wood[6] and (according to Keith Richards’s autobiography, Life) Mick Jagger.[7][8]

        Suffering from stress and bouts of bipolar depression, she separated from her husband in 1977 and became a much-talked-about jet-setter.[9] She gave many “tell-all” interviews to Canadian and American magazines and appeared in two motion pictures. Pierre Trudeau won custody of the children and did not pay any spousal support. Margaret had a difficult time earning a living after her marriage. She wrote the book Beyond Reason about her marriage.

        On the eve of the 1979 election, in which Trudeau’s party lost the majority of seats in the House of Commons, Margaret was dancing at Studio 54 nightclub in New York City. A photo of her there was featured on many front pages across Canada. This added to the Canadian public’s growing unease about “what would happen next”.

  7. Dora says:

    Matthews Praises Trump for Going After Bush on 9/11: Dems ‘Never Had the Stones’

    Chris Matthews opened tonight’s Hardball by practically applauding Donald Trump for going after George W. Bush over 9/11, something he said Democrats “never had the stones” to do.


  8. Myiq2xu says:

  9. Dora says:

    It’s going to get mean. They are actually going to use their resources to destroy their own candidate? The more I learn about their tactics, the more I hate the GOP!

    Trump takedown: Panicked establishment readies for war against GOP front-runner


  10. Myiq2xu says:

    Hot Air:

    But that’s really not that point of the discussion in October of 2015. Trump once again came out and said some things which (according to the conventional wisdom) were supposed to be repulsive and politically suicidal. Jeb was drawn like a moth to a flame, jumping on the comments in what he saw as a moment where he could finally punch the bully in the nose. But in less than 48 hours the tables turned once again and Trump had the upper hand.

    I heard one pundit this morning who said that Trump has “de-boned” Bush at this point. The Donald managed to define Bush as the low energy guy who is generally wrong about things while Bush was still busy getting all of his fundraising bundlers in order. And at this point, even if Trump dropped out of the race tomorrow, Bush probably wouldn’t recover. It’s been a remarkable battle thus far and Donald Trump is rewriting the rules of how political warfare is waged. Simply amazing.

    • cynic says:

      Every time I think of JEBush, I think of Eeyore.

    • dm says:

      I believe the Donald is a master at a classic political “bait and switch”…interesting how having received the expected response(s) from Bush, a letter surfaces that the Donald authored prior to 9/11 predicting what was to come…he can certainly play Bush like a fine violin.

  11. Myiq2xu says:
  12. DandyTIger says:

    Way cute kids. Conner should so go into politics. 🙂

  13. Dora says:

    Some great pictures of Donald Trump going back years. Posted by a family friend.


  14. DeniseVB says:

    Oy. Vey.

    • helenk3 says:

      maybe this is why they will be importing more workers from other countries. they will be able to count

    • elliesmom says:

      In all fairness to Common Core, this was probably a math lesson on estimation skills, and the child didn’t understand that. Being able to “ballpark” computations is a valuable skill and something people without a natural sense of math and numbers have to be taught. I used to think estimation was a “well, duh” thing until I became a teacher and realized how many people can’t do it naturally.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Ok, that makes sense. This former remedial math student thought she did great !

      • DandyTIger says:

        Except that an equally valid “estimate” is to say 100 – 25 = 75. Maybe that would have been correct if the child used that and said it was an estimate. But notice the marked estimate is a bad one given the numbers.

      • 1539days says:

        Common core is designed to make math hard for people who can do math. Showing my work was horrible because I had to keep a second set of books in my head for the dumbed-down answer. It’s also why I’m glad I switched from physics to Engineering.

        It’s the soft bigotry of low expectations. It’s also right out of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron.”

    • DandyTIger says:

      Holy shit. Future generations of engineers should scare the crap out of everyone.

  15. helenk3 says:


    If you were looking for a job, you going to get screwed unless you tell them you are NOT a US citizen

  16. Dora says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think Webb would be more of a spoiler for Hillary. I follow his FB and his fans are disgruntled Dems. As an Indy, he’d have to have at least 15% in the polls to make it to the main debate stage.

        • Dora says:

          I would have thought so too. When I first heard about Webb, I had to wonder if he had made a deal with Hillary. I changed my mind about that, but it does seem as if the GOP is finding a use for him now. Politics is so dirty!

      • 1539days says:

        2012 proved that disgruntled Democrats are hard to turn to the GOP candidate. Republicans need to run hard negative ads to drive down the Hillary vote in the general.

  17. Dora says:

    I posted a tweet, but it’s stuck in moderation.

    It’s from John Nolte and claims that the GOP is planning to use Webb as a spoiler.

    Oh Drats!

  18. helenk3 says:

    I just listened to Jim Webb. I agree with what he said. If he does run i could vote for him.
    my pet peeve is why don’t the newscasters just shut up and let us listen to whom ever is speaking. That is the person I want to hear, not your opinion of what was said. i have a brain i know how to listen and decide

    • helenk3 says:

      Former Sen. Jim Webb: ‘I fully accept that my views on many issues are not compatible with the power structure and nominating base of the Democratic party’ – @frankthorpNBC
      See original on twitter.com
      2016 US elections
      Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announces he is withdrawing from Democratic presidential race, will think about all his options
      End of alert

  19. Myiq2xu says:

    Dear total stranger who called my house at 5:30 am to leave a message telling me you wouldn’t be at the meeting today because you are in Florida:

    1. You called the wrong number.

    2. You didn’t need to call back 5 minutes later to leave a message apologizing for calling so early because you are in Florida and you forgot the time difference.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      There are only a few numbers (like my mom’s) that I would answer the phone for at that time of the night/morning. I didn’t recognize it so I didn’t answer. But I almost answered the second one cuz I thought it might be important. it was a local cell phone number with the name blocked. So I thought about it and then finally I got up to listen to the messages.

      I almost called back just to cuss at the woman.

  20. helenk3 says:

    Dems stop sanctuary city bill. Kate’s law was and amendment to the bill.
    another case of dems saying “screw the American citizen” illegals come first.”

  21. DeniseVB says:


  22. NewOrleans says:

    From Morning Consult’s latest poll – released today:

    Real estate mogul Donald Trump continues to lead the field seeking the Republican presidential nomination with a whopping 40 percent of the vote, up from 34 percent in last week’s survey. Carson is a distant second, at 14 percent.

    No other Republican candidate breaks into double digits. Bush sits in third place at 6 percent, while Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are tied at just 5 percent of the vote.

  23. helenk3 says:


    Benghazi committee must be getting close to the truth. Dems threaten to quit

  24. Myiq2xu says:


  25. Dora says:

    This surprised me, but I’m sure he has his reasons. He always does..

    Trump: Jim Webb would be ‘wonderful as an independent’


  26. Myiq2xu says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Yep, that was in his campaign platform (in mcnorman’s link upthread). Also, Keystone’s a go for Trudeau. Canada really does want it but our crankypants environment Pres is blocking it.

  27. helenk3 says:

    Paul Ryan to speak to reporters within the next couple of hours

  28. DeniseVB says:

    Daily Mail has a nice photo roundup of the Trudeau family. He does sound like an “Obama” hopeychangey kinda guy, but I think he loves his country. We shall see….. 🙂


    A little trivia, Nixon toasted the 4 month old Justin “to the future PM of Canada”.

  29. NewOrleans says:

    Looks like her gimmick wore thin VERY FAST.

    Politico HEADLINE: Fiorina’s support collapses, Trump leads in CNN poll


    “Just 4 percent of Republican or Republican-leaning voters said they would cast their votes for her in a primary election, down from 15 percent in September.”

    • lyn says:

      The haters came out after her great debate performance. For them, it’s another one down.

      • NewOrleans says:

        Ah, the infamous ‘haters’ are the problem. Her inability to sustain the support she had has nothing to do with her. It’s probably because she’s a woman. It’s why she was fired from HP. It’s why she’s never got another business job, despite her supposed brilliance. It’s why she lost her Senate race. It’s that damn War on Women, I bet.

  30. Dora says:

    This is very sad. Another police officer killed and more violence comes to NYC. Bring back Mayor Rudy! 😦

    NYPD cop dies after being shot in the head

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