Good Morning Thursday

Enjoy the sunrise at The Crawdad Hole ….

Open thread.

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137 Responses to Good Morning Thursday

  1. votermom says:

    I kept waking up every hour thinking it was morning.
    I need a reboot.

  2. Somebody says:

    Today is Thursday which means tomorrow is FRIDAY!!

    I hope Klown is enjoying his reading or gardening or both.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    From the wayback youtube machine, “Mrs Clark Griswold” singing in “Hair” …..

  4. DeniseVB says:

    For pete’s sake, let it go anti-Trumpers!

  5. DeniseVB says:

    I have a hunch Uppity isn’t Feeling the Bern ?

    • elliesmom says:

      I like to drop by Uppity’s place every once in awhile to watch the pretzel making.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Like the pretzel makers on the right, wish I’d see more support for their candidate than the bashing of the one they hate.

        • leslie says:

          It’s hard to justify supporting someone who is “less than” she was before. The uppity women are staunch supporters, but I think have some difficulty with identifying achievements since 2008. Unless “being the most traveled” SOS, sitting by while Benghazi burned and the US ambassador (and others) were murdered, having an unsecured email server sitting in a CO bathroom and sending unauthorized, secret emails carelessly count as stellar achievements.

      • foxyladi14 says:


  6. DeniseVB says:

    Nice video 🙂

  7. Dora says:

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Actually, I think this is kind of cool. Putin reminding us of what a weak ass military Obama runs.

    • leslie says:

      Russians are denying this. They are saying that they “turned around as quickly as possible” when they “noticed” the ship. (Heard on mid-day news report)
      Buncha liars.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    True story 😉

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Milo event at Emory LiveBlog with photos and videos. I LOL’d ….. he’s fearless !

    • Anthony says:

      Milo could have been my grandson had I remembered to have kids in the 80’s. ❤ him!

    • Lulu says:

      They always look exactly the same. Are we sure it isn’t the same 23 people going all over the country appearing at these things? They have scowls and cocked hips, they wear hats and grandpa’s driving gloves and have the slack-jaw look.

      • Somebody says:

        They look like losers and misfits to me, which would make sense. If you don’t fit in with the main stream you find a group you can fit in with…..enter the SJW cause. They love pliable, attention hungry pawns.

  11. elliesmom says:

    Some friends are coming over for a casual dinner tonight. Taco buffet and pineapple upside cake. They asked if they could come over to talk about their plans to adopt a young teenage girl. Everything has been going along well. They’ve been mentoring her for about 6 months. She spends most weekends with them. Next step would be full-time foster parenting and then adoption if the fostering goes well. The target date for adoption would be the spring of 2017. They have been in consultation with family services, but the girl is not yet in the loop. She’s not supposed to know what’s going on until they commit to full-time fostering, but I’m pretty sure she’s aware of the plans. She’s a smart cookie. 😉
    A week ago they met with her social worker for a full disclosure of her past. When they bring her to our house, she likes to help me in the kitchen, and she’s a chatterbox so I have some idea that it’s not all pretty. Whatever our friends heard in the meeting, it’s causing one of them to want to put the brakes on. Maybe not say no, but slow things down a bit and see how it goes before making a bigger commitment. They have apparently been having some heated discussions. Their plan is to talk it out at our house tonight. Normally, I would run away from hosting this as fast as I can. But I grew up in a family with biological kids, adopted kids, and foster kids. My folks had big hearts. What I see is a lonely little girl who needs a home, and a couple with enormous room in their lives for a child. All foster kids, and especially teenagers come with baggage. Unless they found out this little girl is an orphan because she killed her parents. . .
    So tonight Elliesdad and I are going to be mediators. Well, he’ll mediate, and I’ll advocate for the kid. There will be margaritas tonight, but not until they go home.

    • Lulu says:

      Do they have other children, if yes are those children good with it? Even if they are adults often the other children feel pushed aside and parents do not listen or shame them if they are not. Just saying.

      • elliesmom says:

        They have two adult boys. One is married, and he and his wife seem perfectly fine with it. The older son is special needs, but lives on his own. He’s at about the same level of maturity she is. It’s hard to say what he thinks about it. He’s self-absorbed in establishing his own independence, which pre-dates the girl becoming part of the picture. When the couple created a space for her in their house, they very carefully didn’t give her his old room although it probably would have been a better space. The younger son and his wife painted his old room and decorated it for her.

        I understand what you mean by feeling pushed aside. The kids who were added to our family arrived suddenly because of unexpected deaths. We didn’t have much time to prepare, and my parents had to deal with grief as well as creating space for the new arrivals. There was a adjustment period for all of us. But I didn’t feel any more pushed aside by the arrival of a foster big brother than I did by the arrival of a biological little one. I didn’t have a say in either one. 😉 I just kept hoping somewhere along the way they’d find me a sister. I had to wait for one of the boys to get married for that.

        • votermom says:

          One of the moms in our kids school told me she adopted her daughter because she was adopted herself. She said she hopes one day her kid decides to adopt too.

        • foxyladi14 says:

          ❤ Em

        • Lulu says:

          If they have thought about it and talked about it is what matters. Too often the other kids are simply an afterthought and then if things get tough or go wrong the other kids are not “there” for the parents or the kid. I have seen it happen and it is sad. I hope it goes great for all of them.

    • votermom says:

      Good luck!
      I know you don’t believe in prayer, but I’ll be praying for everyone at your house tonight.

      • elliesmom says:

        All prayer appreciated. I might not believe in a supernatural being, but I do believe in the power you get from knowing someone is thinking about you and sending good thoughts.

        • lyn says:

          Hoping that love and kindness will win.

        • leslie says:

          You and that family will be in my thoughts.
          Best of luck tonight.

        • Somebody says:

          Well I’ll be sending my positive thoughts your way EM. I hope you and your husband can help your friends figure this out. It sounds like they really care about this young lady. Obviously none of us have any idea what the social worker told them, but I hope they keep in mind that her life hasn’t been a picnic and that could have played a role.

          It’s tough to be a teen that nobody wants. That is such a tough age anyway and then to be unwanted on top of that. It’s next to impossible to find homes for teens too. It may be all she really needs is security, love, and encouragement. Should she find those there is no telling where her life might take her. Without them we can all guess how her life may turn out; although if she’s strong she may have it within her to pull herself up by the boot straps even if this doesn’t work out.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Kewl SB. ❤

    • DeniseVB says:

      What a lucky young woman to have this opportunity for a family and lucky for them, to have a friend like you em 🙂

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      Unless they found out this little girl is an orphan because she killed her parents.

      Is that a deal-breaker?

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Gothamist report on the Bernie rally at NYC’s Washington Square Park last night, photos and funny comments at the link (“too bad they didn’t turn on the fountain”). Kinda hoping he upsets Hillary in NY, the Dems have a revolution of their own and that should be a fun convention too 😀

  13. DeniseVB says:

    UK Daily Mail ….

  14. votermom says:

    • elliesmom says:

      Yesterday my book club discussed “Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant. It was nice to talk about a book that celebrated life.

      • votermom says:

        What books does your group typically read?

        • elliesmom says:

          I’ve only belonged a couple of months, but they seem to like memoirs either factual or fictional. Last month was “The Aviator’s Wife” about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. “Boston Girl” this month. Next month is “All Over but the Shoutin” by Rick Bragg. June is “Orphan Train” by Christine Kline. The librarian who facilitates chooses the books, though, so it might be what she likes. I’ll read just about anything. I enjoy the discussion. I think Eliiesdad might come, too, if the books were less chicklit. They also have a group that meets in the evening four times a year. The next meeting is months away, and they haven’t chosen the next book yet. I’m hoping it’s something he might like to read, too. While the librarian choosing the books feels a little bit like getting assigned reading in school, it does eliminate the bickering about what books to read.

          • votermom says:

            It’s a nice way to make new friends.

          • DeniseVB says:

            My friend belongs to a book club that meets monthly with rotating hostesses. The hostess gets to pick the book plus serve dinner and drinks based on the theme of that book. Sounds fun ! When it was my friend’s turn she was stumped so I recommended to her Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” and serve Lemon Chicken and Margaritas (at the time, Tina was playing Liz Lemon on tv). Worked out great !

          • elliesmom says:

            That sounds like fun. The night time club involves food, but I don’t know if it’s themed.

          • leslie says:

            Oh, tell me what you think of “Orphan Train”. I learned things I’d never known from that book. I ended up giving it to several friends for Christmas last year.

  15. mothy67 says:

    Why haven’t those that destroyed wall been arrested for destroying private property?

    • jeffhas says:

      Special Snowflake justice is like Rich People justice – it only exists for the poor working class.

  16. DeniseVB says:

    I think today’s a good day to stay home 😉

  17. DeniseVB says:

    I know, I know, Infowars, but they do a good job having these conversations without being condescending to the snowflakes, then enter a Trump supporter into the convo, priceless (h/t AfVet !)

  18. Dora says:

    700? Really?

  19. lyn says:

    h/t AFVet

    • AFVet says:

      Thank you ma’am. 🙂
      I almost posted that over here.
      You beat me to it.

    • AFVet says:

      Interesting,….he sounds a lot like Trump.
      Wake up America.

    • DandyTIger says:

      One place where he went wrong, he said americans keep electing the fat cats who don’t care about them. No, turns out american’s aren’t electing anyone. Two big private clubs, where you’re not invited, select their candidates however they want to. Only giving the false allusion party members have a say. Then you get to chose between two candidates. And even then, you don’t really get a vote that counts. Nope, the owners are way past even where George thought they were. Jokes on us.

  20. mothy67 says:

    The Chalkening

    Seriously is no irreverent student not going to make a spoof horror film?

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  22. DeniseVB says:

    Awwww, PJMedia is shutting down 😦

  23. lyn says:

  24. DeniseVB says:

    Great fun day, thanks all. If there’s no posts in the barn by 6-7-8 am ET schedule on 4-15, I’ll throw up, not literally, another open post. Or I may sleep in 😉 I promise it won’t be this /snork

  25. DandyTIger says:

    Nice collection of Hitchens clips about Hillary. Worth a watch.

    • CiscoKid says:

      “The Clinton’s never met a donor they didn’t like”.
      Now dammit, that’s funny… and accurate.

  26. Venus says:

    Mr. Cruz loses when people actually get to cast ballots. Voter disenfranchisement is not merely part of the Cruz strategy—it is the Cruz strategy………

    …….The great irony of this campaign is that the “Washington cartel” that Mr. Cruz rails against is the very group he is relying upon in his voter-nullification scheme.

    My campaign strategy is to win with the voters. Ted Cruz’s campaign strategy is to win despite them.


    April 14, 2016 7:18 p.m. ET


    • Venus says:

      Link to WSJ Trump op-ed.

      Sorry, I messed up on the cut & paste/

      • lyn says:

        Let Me Ask America a Question
        How has the ‘system’ been working out for you and your family? No wonder voters demand change.
        By Donald J. Trump
        April 14, 2016 7:18 p.m. ET

        On Saturday, April 9, Colorado had an “election” without voters. Delegates were chosen on behalf of a presidential nominee, yet the people of Colorado were not able to cast their ballots to say which nominee they preferred.

        A planned vote had been canceled. And one million Republicans in Colorado were sidelined.

        In recent days, something all too predictable has happened: Politicians furiously defended the system. “These are the rules,” we were told over and over again. If the “rules” can be used to block Coloradans from voting on whether they want better trade deals, or stronger borders, or an end to special-interest vote-buying in Congress—well, that’s just the system and we should embrace it.

        Let me ask America a question: How has the “system” been working out for you and your family?

        I, for one, am not interested in defending a system that for decades has served the interest of political parties at the expense of the people. Members of the club—the consultants, the pollsters, the politicians, the pundits and the special interests—grow rich and powerful while the American people grow poorer and more isolated.

        No one forced anyone to cancel the vote in Colorado. Political insiders made a choice to cancel it. And it was the wrong choice.

        Responsible leaders should be shocked by the idea that party officials can simply cancel elections in America if they don’t like what the voters may decide.

        The only antidote to decades of ruinous rule by a small handful of elites is a bold infusion of popular will. On every major issue affecting this country, the people are right and the governing elite are wrong. The elites are wrong on taxes, on the size of government, on trade, on immigration, on foreign policy.

        Why should we trust the people who have made every wrong decision to substitute their will for America’s will in this presidential election?

        Here, I part ways with Sen. Ted Cruz.

        Mr. Cruz has toured the country bragging about his voterless victory in Colorado. For a man who styles himself as a warrior against the establishment (you wouldn’t know it from his list of donors and endorsers), you’d think he would be demanding a vote for Coloradans. Instead, Mr. Cruz is celebrating their disenfranchisement.

        Likewise, Mr. Cruz loudly boasts every time party insiders disenfranchise voters in a congressional district by appointing delegates who will vote the opposite of the expressed will of the people who live in that district.

        That’s because Mr. Cruz has no democratic path to the nomination. He has been mathematically eliminated by the voters.

        While I am self-funding, Mr. Cruz rakes in millions from special interests. Yet despite his financial advantage, Mr. Cruz has won only three primaries outside his home state and trails me by two million votes—a gap that will soon explode even wider. Mr. Cruz loses when people actually get to cast ballots. Voter disenfranchisement is not merely part of the Cruz strategy—it is the Cruz strategy.

        The great irony of this campaign is that the “Washington cartel” that Mr. Cruz rails against is the very group he is relying upon in his voter-nullification scheme.

        My campaign strategy is to win with the voters. Ted Cruz’s campaign strategy is to win despite them.

        What we are seeing now is not a proper use of the rules, but a flagrant abuse of the rules. Delegates are supposed to reflect the decisions of voters, but the system is being rigged by party operatives with “double-agent” delegates who reject the decision of voters.

        The American people can have no faith in such a system. It must be reformed.

        Just as I have said that I will reform our unfair trade, immigration and economic policies that have also been rigged against Americans, so too will I work closely with the chairman of the Republican National Committee and top GOP officials to reform our election policies. Together, we will restore the faith—and the franchise—of the American people.

        We must leave no doubt that voters, not donors, choose the nominee.

        How have we gotten to the point where politicians defend a rigged delegate-selection process with more passion than they have ever defended America’s borders?

        Perhaps it is because politicians care more about securing their private club than about securing their country.

        My campaign will, of course, battle for every last delegate. We will work within the system that exists now, while fighting to have it reformed in the future. But we will do it the right way. My campaign will seek maximum transparency, maximum representation and maximum voter participation.

        We will run a campaign based on empowering voters, not sidelining them.

        Let us take inspiration from patriotic Colorado citizens who have banded together in protest. Let us make Colorado a rallying cry on behalf of all the forgotten people whose desperate pleas have for decades fallen on the deaf ears and closed eyes of our rulers in Washington, D.C.

        The political insiders have had their way for a long time. Let 2016 be remembered as the year the American people finally got theirs.

        Mr. Trump is a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Greta has not been a Trump shill. She just doesn’t blindly follow the narrative of the anti-Trump media of the day. Telling that Fields would be so unprofessional as to call Greta that in public.

  27. lyn says:

    Be free.

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  31. Dora says:

    Maybe she has a sore throat.

    Why did Hillary Clinton leave Good Morning America in the lurch by pulling out of live town hall just hours before the event on Friday?

    Hillary Clinton will not appear at a scheduled live town hall on Friday morning

    The presidential hopeful was to appear on Good Morning America for the event

  32. Dora says:

    • votermom says:

      I’m not a Cruz supporter but that pisses me off – how very rude.
      I guess it shows that Cruz lacks a certain alpha quality too – can’t imagine Trump continuing to talk while people ignored him (or actually, people ignoring him while he talked)

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