Saturday Open Thread w/more Lily


Lily loves her mom’s bellydance veils.



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  1. Myiq2xu says:

    Lily and her mom were sick all week. Dad was sick last weekend. The boys are apparently immune.

  2. Myiq2xu says:

    COMEDY GOLD: Jason Whitlock Interview of Shaun King Devolves Into Total Shit Show

    The highlight is when SK tells JW “I’m blacker than you”.

    • DeniseVB says:

      King is such a racist. What difference does skin color make? His character sucks giant turd balls.

      • Underwhelmed says:

        Been thinking about this. They say they want to end racism, but in fact what they want is privilege based on race. Because they (the BLM crew and their followers) believe they are perpetual victims, the greatest sufferers in human history, they take any comment like I’m colourblind, or content of character over colour of skin, as a rejection of their pain. If you treat them like you treat everyone else, without factoring in their melanin content, then you are rejecting their self-appointed status as the Most Important Victims Evah, which means you must be a racist bigot. There is no way out of this trap, when you start to engage.

  3. Myiq2xu says:

    Medicare follies:

  4. Myiq2xu says:

    • leslie says:

      This made me giggle. Does *Oxford not have a women’s’ studies course? Too, too funny.

      *or wherever she went.

      • mothy67 says:

        Sadly I know this. She went to Princeton and her next big film is playing Belle in Disney’s live action version of Beauty and the Beast due out next year.

  5. Myiq2xu says:

  6. Dora says:

    This is it, right here. This is why we need him.

  7. Dora says:

    Somebody here likes possums, right? No? Well, the photos are spectacular and worth a look anyway. 🙂

    Dog Adopts Orphaned Opossums, Gives Them Awesome Rides On Her Back

    • cynic says:

      I looked, nice dog, but since I’ve had to watch one eat the bird seed under the feeder for the past two afternoons (aren’t they suppose to be nocturnal?), I’ll still go with yuck.

      • leslie says:

        cynic, how are you? I saw your part of the state was hard hit by the winds yesterday; trucks overturned , damage to property, etc… I though of you when I saw the weather news. I was babysitting and the wind nearly picked me up while carrying the 2yr old. It tore the fence down from the neighbor’s yard, and 87K lost power over this way.

        • cynic says:

          Doing fine here, thank the Lord. Hubby went to a 3-day music thing in IA, and I’m here by myself. Kept thinking that something was going to happen, as it usually does when he goes away (seriously). I only ventured out to get the mail and saw all the branches and sticks that I’ll have to pick up today. Our Christmas tree, that was on the burn pile, has mysteriously disappeared. I suppose it’s over in the next county!

          I’ve been Spring cleaning, knitting, and ordering seeds. Quite proud at all the stuff that I’ve discarded. We’ll be turning one of the bedrooms into the grandbaby’s room. She’s at 27 wks., and I’ll be babysitting full-time. After reading the conversations that you grandparent’s had here this week, I feel I’d better start getting prepared.

          Sorry to hear about your back problems, and hope the acupuncture works. My mom and two sisters all had back surgeries (one has had 2, and the other has had 3), so I’m very cautious.

          • piper says:

            Cynic and Leslie,
            Loved the temp here yesterday (55*) but couldn’t walk or ride my bike which I so desperately want to do because of the wind blowing abt 60 to 70mph. Could feel it as I drove around in my Avalon. Spent abt 30 minutes so far picking up branches and garbage from willow tree and neighbors. Today our temp is hovering around 46*.

          • cynic says:

            Not clearly written. Daughter is at 27 wks. Baby due late May.

          • cynic says:

            Piper, I hate the wind so I only spent about 5 minutes outside. We use to have a weeping willow and hubby absolutely hated cleaning up from it, so he cut it down. I miss the look of it, but it was large, the branches hung over the driveway, and we had to constantly trim it back to keep it from hitting the cars coming in the drive.

            Also, how do you like your Avalon? We have 2, and we’re thinking of replacing the ’95 (with almost 250,000 mi) to a newer model.

          • piper says:

            Understood what you wrote about you dd and gc – our brains are wonderful that we can read something and fill in the correct info. as needed.

            For many years I drove a Corolla which I absolutely loved but dh wanted me to have a larger safer vehicle so we bought a 2008 Camry with low miles which was a huge selling point but car turned out to be a yuuuuuuuuge lemon. Finally after many battery issues where Camry would sometimes start and sometimes not (spent many hours in shop and new batteries) I decided to sell it and drive my dh car, the 2006 Avalon, which turns out to be perfect for me although it took me a while to figure out all the dashboard images and control features. First time I drove the Avalon I was so scared that I would hit something as the car was so much bigger and powerful than my old 1998 Corolla but today I love all the features and have only one concern – avoiding the police due to my lead foot but do drive slowly in snowy and rainy conditions.

          • piper says:

            Definitely will get another Avalon when mine goes to car heaven.

          • smile says:

            Leslie, I had back problems and also pain in my right hip-leg joint which the chiropractors could not fix. It would hurt to walk with every other step. I started walking just 15 minutes each day, and within a month all the pain went away and has not returned back, even though I have stopped walking. So do try walking. It is a wonderful way to strengthen the muscles in the back.

          • cynic says:

            Piper, cruise control is the only way for me! We haven’t bought a new car since ’85. The only lemon we had was a Taurus. We originally bought the Avalon for the head/leg room. Dh and son are 6,2, and it worked perfectly for us.

          • leslie says:

            I’m happy to hear that you and Piper are doing well after that awful wind storm yesterday. It was frightening to hear as I sat hoping it didn’t wake up the g-baby. I bet you can’t wait for the arrival of the little g-baby. If you do some weight-lifting and running, you should do all weight after the baby turns 2. 😉
            The acupuncture is offering limited help with the pain., I went an entire 12 hours without pain meds after the last session. It was heaven. I’m back on the meds (non-addicting kind) but a lower dose for now. This is a first after only 4 sessions (or is it 5? I don’t know). Both my brothers have had the laminectomy surgery (much to my recent surprise) and swear by it. One of them had the surgery about 10 years ago. The other didn’t tell me how long ago it was. I wonder if this problem is hereditary.
            Any-who, stay safe. Can’t wait to hear about your little one’s arrival.

        • piper says:

          I also have back problems but have seen slow but steady progress since I joined a gym and found a wonderful trainer. She rocks in both her knowledge and upbeat personality. Acupuncture and chiropractic manipulations only worked for a few days before pain returned.
          Interesting how sitting on a huge inflated ball chair has helped strengthened my core.

          • smile says:

            Meant to post under Piper’s comment, but it is above her comment. 🙂

          • leslie says:

            Thank you Piper. I so appreciate hearing from others who have experienced these issues. I’ll have to look into the trainer part. I am a member of the senior center and it has a gym. I haven’t used it since I began childcare-ing. It is so late when I finally leave it makes no sense. and I guess I’m just lazy the rest of the days. I know they have trainers there. I’ll look at what the trainers do and how often I’ll need to use them. It is pretty expensive here for anything, and my income is so limited. but I am grateful to hear it has helped you,.
            Fyi: I was diagnosed with this issue nearly 30 years ago, and walking and exercise has kept me out of doctors’ offices all this time. So I know it works. 😉 I’ll let you know how this works out.( And I have been chiding myself for months about the lack of walking and other forms of exercise – other than PT) My brother swears by the inflated ball chair.

  8. Dora says:

    Spill it out Caleb. Spill it all out!

    Ted Cruz And A Cuban History Lesson

    Mr. Cruz, Your father did not fight against the dictator Fidel Castro. He fought for him.

    The so called “dictator” your father Rafael fought against was not Fidel Castro but the Cuban president who had at one time been ELECTED by the Cuban people and who was, agreeably at a precarious moment in time and perhaps too strongly injected into the leadership position by U.S. forces, backed by the United States government in hopes of keeping socialism at bay and U.S.- Cuban relations going well as they had been for many years.

    It was your father Rafael who went out into the streets of Havana, Cuba tossing homemade Molly Tov Cocktails at common folk’s homes and in those city streets with the other high school kids recruited by Castro’s soldiers of Socialism.

    • Somebody says:

      Dora that is very interesting information about Cruz’s father and his previous senate race, but Ted’s father isn’t running for POTUS. It certainly adds to the meme that Ted is not to be trusTED, but it’s too in the weeds for the average Joe.

  9. leslie says:

    I’m watching Rep. Clyburn of SC praising HRC and her work in the civil rights movement “before her name was Clinton,” This is the SAME asshat who started the “racist” name calling of the Clintons in 2008. Do they think none of us remember anything earlier than the day before yesterday????.? This hypocrisy just fragments my brain.

    • leslie says:

      I have. MJoe on. They are calling out Bernie Sanders to prove himself and are hinting he is inconsistent. Can you believe that?!?!?!
      I’m leaving in a little bit. I have an mri on my spine scheduled for 8:30 this morning. So I hope to check back later.

      • cynic says:

        While I was doing the dishes, I turned on the tv and saw that MJoe was on! It was quite interesting. They went after Rubio, Frank Luntz, and FOX News. Seems Rubio cancelled a Townhall yesterday because he was filming with Luntz a segment for FOX. They went on to explain the FL connection between Rubio and Luntz.

        • lyn says:

          Read some chatter that Rubio canceled five minutes before his appearance, and they complained that Rubio suffers from anxiety. They also said Rubio probably didn’t want to make any mistakes that would affect today’s vote.

        • leslie says:

          Did you also see that Ted Cruz “surprised” them with a visit this morning? He appeared just as I was getting ready to leave for the MRI. It didn’t really look like Cruz, but that’s who they said it was…

    • taw46 says:

      So, MJ didn’t remind Clyburn of that little tidbit? Of course not.

    • Somebody says:

      I have to think surely the people of SC remember that, no matter if the pundits call it out or not.

  10. cynic says:

    Anyone placing their bets on who Jeb will endorse? You know the establishment won’t go with Trump or Cruz, and I’m thinking there’s bad blood between him & Rubio because Rubio didn’t wait his turn, so I’m thinking Kasich.

    • DeniseVB says:

      People who support Jeb and Kasich would probably never vote for Trump, Cruz or Rubio, they’ll probably stay home or force Walker back in the race 😉

      • Somebody says:

        I disagree, people who vote Jeb or Kasich would vote for Rubio and possibly even Cruz, but never for Trump. I only say Cruz because of the evangelical tie in. Rubio is pure establishment no matter what he or anyone else claims. The people who support Jeb and Kasich would 100% fall in love with Rubio, after all Jeb made Rubio.

        There may be some bad blood at this moment between them, but should Rubio get the nod, trust me Jeb and his family connections made Marco and Marco knows that. A Rubio administration would be a bunch of Bush retreads with a few of his Cubano buddies from south FL and a few of his new silicon valley buddies thrown in.

  11. Myiq2xu says:

    From Apple vs. FBI:

    Put simply, the FBI wants Apple to write some code that disables the delay feature. That way they can stream passcode guesses to the device at (literally) the speed of electricity. This will clearly be much faster. But is it a good idea?

    Once Apple has written this code it can be used with any iPhone. Some have proposed that the code specifically access one of the device’s ID numbers. If you look at Settings/General/About you will see several unique ID numbers: a serial number, the IMEI number, the ICCID number, the MEID. Any or all of these could be used – assuming Apple knows those numbers. Remember, without knowing the passcode there’s no way to access Settings/General/About. I simply don’t know whether that information is included in backups to iCloud.

    But it doesn’t matter. Once the technology has been developed, there will be many, many demands to have other iPhones cracked. And, since the technology is mainly software, there’s a good chance it will be leaked to the public. At which point hackers only need to figure out how to change those ID numbers. (Remember, this is the same U.S. government that gave away secret security information on U.S. government employees, many of whom currently or previously worked in the intelligence community.)

  12. AFVet says:

    Any cat lovers here ?
    Here’s an interesting compilation of cat facts.
    If it starts in the middle, scroll backwards.

  13. DeniseVB says:

  14. piper says:

    Very interesting articles about amnesty Rubio and ICE agents. Always thought Marco was a sleaze and this article substantiate my thoughts/ feelings.

  15. piper says:

    Denise and others who liked Walker and were surprised that he dropped out so early in the season.

    Walker’s wife, Tonette, who is 12 years older than him and an astute politician in her own right, assessed the candidates, field, timing and finances, and realized that they would be hemorrhaging money with little or no possibility of winning or even coming close to a win.

    Again Scott Walker is a doer not a charismatic speaker as we have seen here in Wisconsin. Given our current situation and the piss poor leadership of obama and his minions, people want someone to lead / govern our way back to prosperity / 1st world country.

    And although many think T-rump is the ‘man’, I will not vote for him due to his history which we will all learn about when Hillary is anointed by the Dems. and running. We can all deny and obsfucate about him but I’m sure team Clinton will be sharing their opposition research on a daily basis.

    Back to my corner and hopefully people will remember that wonderful adage about – We can agree to disagree without rancor and insults which only leads to hatred and divisiveness.

    • mothy67 says:

      I have never read anything from you that approaches any insult. Trump has my vote. I will not vote for any of the others. Cruz strikes me as a highly unstable person.

      • lyn says:

        The establishment built Trump. I am not confident that he will make it through the primary, because the GOPe cannot be trusted. Trump has my vote too.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I had the pleasure of hearing Walker and Cruz speak at Redstate last summer and I thought that was a dream ticket.

      Here ya go. Notice he’s another gifted speaker w/o teleprompter or notes.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      I have no illusions about Trump. A lot of the stuff they throw at him is true. He isn’t a conservative. He has a fairly liberal history. He exaggerates and has a thin skin. He has said and done a lot of things that would knock any other candidate out of the race.

      But he is one of the relatively few options available to us this year. I wish we had better candidates to choose from.

      And regardless of what we think of him, he is currently leading the GOP pack.

  16. Myiq2xu says:

  17. DeniseVB says:

    Watching Scalia’s funeral mass on cspan, so beautiful, Catholics know how to rock these things.

    At least Obama didn’t go golfing, per Keith:

    President Obama will not be attending Justice Scalia’s funeral, which is an insult. But at least, despite the beautiful weather here, he will not be going golfing.

    • piper says:

      Not because he didn’t want to go golfing but someone must have the guts to tell him the ‘optics’ of him golfing would be disastrous for his getting his Justice choice thru the senate.

    • Dora says:

      Obama isn’t there, but someone else is and he’s making me sick! Ted Cruz is going from one person to another having his picture taken. He is politicking inside this beautiful cathedral! That’s disgusting.

      Even Brian Williams on MSNBC mentioned that taking pictures in church is not a usual procedure.

      The more I see of Ted Cruz the more he looks like a snake!

      • DeniseVB says:

        I think Cruz clerked for SCOTUS, so he would have been invited ?

        • taw46 says:

          He clerked for Justice Rehnquist, but said he knew Scalia for 20 years.

          • DeniseVB says:

            It’s why I want him for VP. Very smart man and knows his way around Congress and SCOTUS. He’d be a shoe in for future POTUS. He and Rubio are so young, as I keep saying, the GOP has a very deep bench, so I support the bloviating ahole who has a record of getting sh*t done, cleaning up people’s messes under budget and two years before the deadline 😉

          • taw46 says:

            I liked Cruz from the time he went to the Senate and wanted him to run, because of his background and his fight in Congress. Then in the last few months I slipped over to Trump. I haven’t liked many things about Cruz since Iowa. But I try to remind myself that political races are mean and dirty, seems more so this year. If Cruz were the nominee, I would vote for him.

    • leslie says:

      I was out during the funeral Mass. When I stopped at a local fast (but good) food place in the area, I had planned to take the food to go and eat in the arboretum as it was so beautiful out today. But I noticed that one of their many teevees – usually tuned in to sports – was tuned in to CNN so I got to see the recession. That was a real and very special surprise. I’m going to watch the rerun on C-SPAN now.

  18. Ann says:

    I just took a trip through all the “friends” links on the sidebar (looking for Denise’s blog… didn’t find it). What happened to all those people? Most haven’t posted a thing since 2012 or 2013.

  19. lyn says:

  20. mothy67 says:

    What time does the NV caucus end?

  21. lyn says:

    Does anyone know who is singing during communion at Scalia’s funeral? This brings back memories of my MIL’s funeral. The priest was waiting for us to start communion, but no one from her family went up. I waved for others to start.

  22. driguana says:

    Obama to speak candidly about democracy while in Cuba. Wow…Isn’t Obama speaking candidly about anything an oxymoron….oxymoronic, so to speak?

    • Somebody says:

      Oh sure he will, then he’ll make a dictatorial promise to empty Guantanamo and give it back to Castro…..because he’s our Dear Leader and he has a pen and a phone.

  23. Dora says:

  24. DeniseVB says:

    Proof Obama’s working hard today 😉 Saw this at MOTUS in the comments….nobody believes he carries his own stuff either.

  25. mothy67 says:

    It’s actually 11 months from today o will be gone.

  26. elliesmom says:

    I returned the nine year old to his parents today. We visited the natural history museum in Providence, explored the marina in Wickford with “field glasses”, baked chocolate chip cookies, learned to play backgammon, started on chess, and had fun with old TV shows on Netflix. The fancy restaurant in Wickford comped his lunch because he knocked their socks off with his grown-up behavior. Today he told me he “littary” had the best time ever. Now to rest up for the next visit from his little sister. 😉

    • piper says:

      An enjoyable time loved by both grandma and grandson.

    • leslie says:

      Sweet. 😉

    • DeniseVB says:

      em, you’re such a fun gran ! You know, I wish more restaurants would comp well-behaved children, it might just promote better parenting incentives. As my first Tea Party sign provoked, “Stop Rewarding Failure and Punishing Success” (circa 2009 and I changed nothing under the Obama Congress 😦 )

      I used this tactic on my kids when they started basic (toddler level) public restaurant training at McDonalds. I took the toy out of their Happy Meal. No tantrums = toy. Make Mommy’s Lip Curl = toy to another kid in the restaurant. Grocery Store training was pretty much the same, let them pick out a candy bar and let them hold it while I shopped, if AT ANY POINT, the Mommy Lip Curl is launched, we put it back at check out.

      • elliesmom says:

        I walked him to the bathroom and was waiting outside the door for him when one of the waitresses, who wasn’t even waiting our table, came up to me and said she had`pointed him out to the owner as a kid who should be singled out as being ready to go out to any restaurant. She complimented him on his manners, his ability to order his own meal, and how he was conversational over lunch and not itching to leave. When we were finished, the owner brought over the check and told him it was for his grandparents but that he was the owner’s guest. Caleb was obviously pleased with himself. 😉

  27. piper says:

    Back from walk in the wonderful warm temp. – only a few icy spots on the path.

    Bronco is either watching cartoons or sports. Besides he can’t stand long enough for a state funeral. The man is a total freaking fraud selected by elites for whatever purpose then elected and cosseted by the media and cult members.

  28. mothy67, says:

    Kid had her first Tae Kwon Do tournament. Came in 2nd. So happy she was disappointed with 2nd but not devestated. She is very funny but I worry sometimes she is too hard on herself 17/24 0n a test is end of the world. She still gets straight A’s but she takes any slip to heart. She is not in an environment that screams win win. I think a lot of it has to do with ballet. She has taken dance for 6 years since the age of three. I think it taught her to focus. Sigh of relief that 2nd place was okay. She knew how she messed up and accepted it. So beautiful watching how they move on from childhood. She is now playing music in the shower singing away to Taylor Swift. Blank Space seems to be her favorite.

    • taw46 says:

      Congratulations to her!

    • votermom says:

      Awesome! Congrats!

    • DeniseVB says:

      What a wonderful program she’s in, especially that there’s not an everybody gets a trophy competition. {{{hugs to her}}} and proud Daddy!

      • mothy67, says:

        Oh no. Not daddy great gay uncle.

        • DeniseVB says:

          You are THE Daddy, any prick can be a bio-father. ❤

        • elliesmom says:

          You may not be her father, but you’re her Daddy. He’s the one who wants over you and protects you. Anyone can be a father.

          • mothy67, says:

            I consider her my best friend/ little sister. She requires no discipline and is quite often more mature than me. I don’t bargain with her. I give her a choice and do not back down. Delayed gratification was a big thing forme when she was wee. No PoorPoor Pitiful Me(I do torture her wth that song). She doesn’t have a normal famly life, so what. I’d never tell her I gave up New York to help raise her. Best thng I have ever done. Her mom has two kids but rarely bothers her. There was abuse wth my nephew and thnk it was hard for her to relate to her own baby. Let’s just say he took what he saw as his days after childbirth. I picked her up discarded in a welfare day care. She never went back she hasspoken with a profesional not because of any issues. Just wanted to make sure she didn’t spend her life wondering why. Address it now. She gets along great with her mom’s boyfriend. He even follows her annoying youtube channel.

    • mothy67, says:

      Am I wrong to want to see hillary schlonged? Eight years ago I tried my bestest to be a polite person with that GOTV noise. Now i loathe her.

  29. Myiq2xu says:

  30. DeniseVB says:

    Hillary won Nevada …

    Win or Lose, wasn’t she going to get all the delegates anyhow ?

  31. 49erDweet says:

    One could drive there overnight.

  32. 1539days says:

    The polls are closed in SC. Will Ben Carson show up for his own party or go back to Florida for more suits?

  33. 1539days says:

    Fox pointed out Hillary’s margin of victory in NV is based on black voters.

  34. taw46 says:

    MSNBC just projected Trump winner.

  35. Dora says:

  36. Dora says:

    What a wonderful night! 🙂

  37. 1539days says:

    Bush beating Kasich now.

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