TGIF and Azaleas Open Thread

Happy Spring !

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194 Responses to TGIF and Azaleas Open Thread

  1. Somebody says:

    Oh my that is breathtaking Denise! What a beautiful place.

  2. Dora says:

    Happy Tax Day.

    • DeniseVB says:

      We paid ours a few weeks ago, I figured it was enough to fly Air Force One for about a minute. You’re welcome Obamas 😛

    • Lulu says:

      File an extension like I do. I never file on 4/15. F that bullshit.

    • leslie says:

      Taxes are actually due on Monday this year. I don’t really know why.
      Oh and I really agree with Lulu.
      I have my best friend whose bday is today and her sister was born on the Fourth of July. A real all American family…… 😉

      • Propertius says:

        Friday is the Muslim day of prayer. 😉

      • Constance says:

        Because it’s Emancipation Day celebration in DC. My family were indentured servants/prisoners of war so I wonder if that was ever made illegal because they were indentured longer than their life expectancy. Since there is still slavery in the world you would think that Emancipation Day would be a day of reflection on the problem.

        • Jadzia says:

          Aaaaaand clearly I should’ve scrolled down before commenting.

        • leslie says:

          I’m sorry to hear about your family’s difficult history. This Emancipation Day is little known and likely even less cared about unless used as a political tool.

    • Jadzia says:

      I heard it was later this year because of a DC holiday? (Emancipation Day maybe?)

  3. swanspirit says:

    It may be finally warming up here in my neighborhood.Happy Spring!!!

    • DeniseVB says:

      Oh, I hope so. Hasn’t been a very “springy” April down coast from you. When the flowering trees finally bloomed, a nor’easter blew through and knocked them all off. Sigh.

      • AFVet says:

        Looking at 1 full week of 70’s here.
        No rain ’til next Friday.

      • Jadzia says:

        It’s been very “springy” here but not for me because of this !@#$!#@$!@$ dissertation. (Chapter 9, section 4 COMPLETED 15 MINUTES AGO). I am supposed to be done by Thursday and the plan was to spend one day doing NOTHING and then join a gym (you laugh but I LOVE the gym) the next day.

        And then my husband QUIT HIS FUCKING JOB. Which would have been GREAT INFORMATION TO HAVE before I spent money going to Rome instead of telling me the day after I got back, but whatever.

        So maybe extra work hours and gotta put the gym off a while longer. : (

    • lyn says:

      Yesterday it was 38 and snowed.

  4. swanspirit says:
    Great Op Ed by Donald Trump. If someone else already posted this, I apologize, but it is a great read.

    • votermom says:

      It was on the last thread but I’m glad you reposted it.
      It’s a great variation of the “are you better off now” question.
      I hope this line of argument will have the Bernie curious reluctantly nodding their heads.

    • AFVet says:

      Read that this morning.
      It is great.

  5. Dora says:

    NASA takes to Facebook to shut down climate change deniers in the most brutal way

  6. taw46 says:

    “German Chancellor Angela Merkel has accepted a request from Turkey to seek the prosecution of a comedian who read out a crude poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on German television.

    “The government will give its authorization in the case at hand,” Merkel told reporters on April 15, adding it was up to the courts to decide on the comedian’s guilt or innocence.

    Under section 103 of Germany’s criminal code, the federal government has to authorize prosecutors to pursue a case against comedian Jan Böhmermann, who is accused of insulting a foreign leader. ”

    • Somebody says:

      Sheesh how many times can Merkel jump the shark? I guess maybe she comes by her fascist tendencies honestly huh? Just for shits and giggles I pulled a poem out of my ass in about 3 minutes about her. Everyone feel free to add to it, let’s have fun while we still have free speech…….so sad what is happening to Europe. No matter the outcome of this election we all need to take notice of what is happening in Europe and push back hard against the same happening here.

      There was a woman leader from Germany
      That destroyed her country so readily
      A slave to her globalist masters it seems
      She long ago sold her soul to achieve her leadership dreams

      She opened the borders and welcomed in
      Hoards of invading young Muslim men
      Now women aren’t safe to ride the train
      Something so predictable to anyone with half a brain

      The citizens must fall in line and be PC
      Nobody is allowed to question her policies
      She threatens her people who dare to speak out
      Suppressing free speech or any measure of doubt

      Now she moves to prosecute a comedian
      Who told the truth about a leader in a foreign land
      Truth must be suppressed at all costs it seems
      So the globalist can realize their destructive dreams

    • Jadzia says:

      Well, here’s my lawyer-geek question that has nothing to do with the merits of the case. Um, since when does a sovereign nation prosecute a person based on the request of a foreign nation? What? Let Turkey prosecute the guy if it’s that upsetting to them.

  7. swanspirit says:
    Can I suggest adding Don Surber to the blog roll? He has been hitting it out of the park ! I follow him on Fb too. Great uplifting read.

    • Somebody says:

      I would like to see McNorman added in the friend’s list. She comments here and several of TCH regulars are regulars at her blog.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      Many Americans, and especially Trump supporters, have had it with:
      Anyone named Bush
      Anyone named Clinton
      Anyone who’s held political office
      Political correctness
      Illegal immigration
      Massive unemployment
      Phony “official” unemployment and inflation figures
      Welfare waste and fraud
      People faking disabilities to go on the dole
      VA waiting lists
      TSA airport groping
      The Federal Reserve’s money-printing schemes
      Wall Street crooks like Jon Corzine
      Michelle Obama’s vacations
      Michelle Obama’s food police
      Barack Obama’s golf
      Barack Obama’s arrogant and condescending lectures
      Barack Obama’s criticism/hatred of America
      Valerie Jarrett
      “Holiday trees”
      Hollywood hypocrites
      Global warming nonsense
      Cop killers
      Gun confiscation threats
      Stagnant wages
      Chevy Volts
      Clock boy
      Pajama boy
      Mattress girl
      Boys in girls’ bathrooms
      Whiny, spoiled college students who can’t even place the Civil War in the correct century.
      …and that’s just the short list.

    • Lulu says:

      On Surber: Hillary MERKEL Clinton. Bwahahhah. Separated at birth?

    • Jadzia says:

      Jennifer Hudson is so beautiful. And brave; I can’t imagine going on after what happened to her family.

  8. lyn says:

    I think we’ll be seeing more of this.

    “The Citadel is considering a request from an admitted student that she be allowed to wear a hijab in keeping with her Muslim faith, a move that would be an unprecedented exception to the school’s longstanding uniform requirements.
    “If the request for the traditional Muslim hair covering is granted, it apparently would be the first exception made to the Citadel’s uniform, which all cadets at the storied public military college in South Carolina are required to wear at nearly all times.”

  9. driguana says:

    You all have probably already seen this video already but I must add that if you are from Pittsburgh, or know Pittsburgh, then you know that only a “jagoff” would mess with a Pittsburgh beta male.The term is not to be confused with “jack off” which has a totally different meaning. But here are the general dictums for qualifying as a “jagoff”. Have a glance and then watch the video again.

    Official Pittsburgh Jagoff Dictums

    1. Argumentative

    2. Defends points of view that are non-defensible

    3. Is never ashamed/shameless

    4. Can be a perfectly normal looking person

    5. Enjoys the discomfort of others

    6. Doesn’t care about another’s point of view

    7. Assumes that everybody else is less intelligent

    8. Lives in a constant state of denial

    9. Always goes back on their word

    10. Always speaks with authority even when they know nothing about the subject

    11. Always puts the blame on others

    12. If they don’t know the answer, they will make it up with conviction

    13. Lives in a completely illusory world.

    14. Mostly have sex with themselves.

    15. Can be male or female.

  10. votermom says:

  11. Dora says:

    Trump and the RIGGED SYSTEM.

    I and several others said in August, that Donald Trump’s only hope of securing the Republican Nomination was to completely overwhelm the system with so much popular support that it would DESTROY the Rigged system. . . . We are closer to that happening than most people realize,

  12. elliesmom says:

    Thank you for all of your good thoughts and prayers. Last night went well. Nothing unusual for a child who was removed from her home by social services and bounced around the system for 10 years. My friends are just a little overwhelmed by the responsibility of taking her on and are being rushed because the space the child is occupying in a group home is needed. One of them is afraid the girl will end up in another bad place if they don’t act quickly. The other is afraid if they move too quickly, they’ll end up the bad place. They are her mentors now, and she spends most weekends with them, but if she moves in full time, they will also have to deal with her and school, which is a huge responsibility since she has had major behavioral issues in school. While nothing was resolved last night, where each of them is coming from is now understood by the other. Whatever they do, they’ll do it together, and the girl will be loved either in their home or under their watchful eye. Social services has concluded that whatever happens, they stay on as mentors because it’s been the first positive thing this child has experienced. There were tears and laughter last night, but mostly they left united.

    • votermom says:

      That’s wonderful!

    • helenk3 says:

      please make sure she knows that she is not “less than”, that she has value. If will make a huge difference in her behavior.
      Good for your friends for taking the time to help this girl. A lot of people would not

      • elliesmom says:

        That part is coming along swimmingly, and her behavior has improved enough over the last six months while under their wing that leaving the group home is becoming an option. No one thought the behavioral change would happen so quickly, which is why my friends have been caught off guard a bit.

    • swanspirit says:

      Wonderful news. One of the absolute best and vital things a child needs , after love ,is structure,over an extended period of time; no matter how they rebel against it. Sometimes, just providing that smoothes other rough patches out.

    • DeniseVB says:

      My Mr Rogers twit looked like it nested under your update em. This is to clarify it’s not.

      Sounds like a lot to consider for this young lady and her potential new parents. Why not full time foster parents to give living with her 24/7 a test drive ? Their concerns about behavior may be eased once she has stability.

      • elliesmom says:

        Their concern is if they take her in as full-time foster parents, and it’s more than they can handle, they’ll be another family that fails her. The three of them are doing well in the current arrangement. She comes Friday night and stays until Sunday afternoon. But it’s all low-stress for her. She isn’t allowed to bring any schoolwork with her, and my friends are limited in how much social interaction they can expose her to. We went through some vetting so she could come to our house. If they take her on as foster parents, the expectation is she’ll go to the local public school, and there are huge issues with behavior in school. It’s how she ended up in the supervised group home. They’re older folks. Not as old as Elliesdad and I are, but too old to be her natural parents. Under the best of circumstances it takes a lot of energy to raise a teenager. One of them thinks she can handle it, and the other isn’t sure. The ideal arrangement would be for her to be in a foster/adoptive home with younger parents with my friends in the grandparent role. Always there for her, spoiling her just a little, and keeping a watchful eye. Unfortunately, that might not be an option. They’re loving, kind people already emotionally attached so I’m sure they’ll find their way.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Before I or any of my natural siblings were born, my parents took in two young cousins and a baby after their dad was killed and their mother deserted them. The owner of the store below their little apartment called my grandfather saying he thought the boys we up there alone and would it be alright for them to enter the apartment and check. My parents called them back and arranged for the store owner and his wife to look after them in until my parents could come for them. Their life up to then has been a little – unsteady shall we say. The last thing they needed was to be taken to the police (no social services in those days).

      Family members from the other side always resented that my parents took a proactive stance. I have never been sure if the whiners understood what would have happened to those boys otherwise . Too concerned about appearances. And no – no one on from that side actually ever offered to take them in to their own homes. Just complained that my parents doing so made them look bad. They are still whining over 70 years later.

      It is never an easy decision and there are always pros and cons on both sides. Will keep your friends in thoughts and prayers no matter which course they pick. There are mines on all sides.

      • elliesmom says:

        I have one biological brother, an adopted brother, and two foster brothers. The adopted brother preceded me. The two foster brothers arrived when I was 5. They sandwiched the adopted brother. My younger brother came into the world just as the younger foster brother was joining the Navy. The adopted brother was my father’s nephew. His mother died, and his stepfather didn’t want him. The foster brothers were my mom’s nephews. Her sister died, and their father was a deployed sailor. The boys came to live with us originally until he could get stateside, but the arrangement was working well enough they stayed. Their dad continued to be a part of their lives and was a significant part of mine, too. There’s a reason besides my being a good friend that this couple thought I might have some insight. 🙂

        • leslie says:

          That you are a good person is reason enough. But with your family history and your nature, anyone would value your insights.

      • Jadzia says:

        My mother grew up in long-term foster care (ages 2-14) and she always considered her foster parents “Mama” and “Papa.” With 2 exceptions they are the only people on her “side” of the family I ever met. And they were pretty old to have a little girl back then! They had 8 grown children when they took her; her “siblings” were old enough to be her parents.

  13. helenk3 says:

    I used to here just to get away from it all

  14. lyn says:

    I love this song.

  15. votermom says:

  16. Anthony says:

    Sanders arrives at Pope-less Vatican. His Holiness was on the Isle of Lesbos and on his way to Greece. I guess the reports that he was never officially invited have some truth to them…

    • votermom says:

      I hope the cardinals keep an.eye on the silver!

      • Anthony says:

        When the story broke I tweeted “Hope they hide the art before Sanders redistributes it”. Got a LOT of hate from #Bernouts, and gleefully read them for filth before blocking them.

        Not sure how I feel about Twitter yet – I’m getting the ‘new user high’, but fear it may contribute to my demise someday. In the meantime, I’ll just keep shooting my mouth off until something happens

    • Lulu says:

      Why did he go if the pope was going to be out of town? Is he chasing him to Lesbos too? Getting there is kind of hard right now. He could take a dingy from Turkey and live the experience I guess. What a dope.

      • Anthony says:

        He wasn’t invited by the Pope. Some bishop or cardinal extended the invitation, which wasn’t in his purview. The Vatican said it was a “breach of Vatican etiquette” on the part of both the bishop who invited him and Sanders who characterized it as an official invitation from the Vatican

    • DeniseVB says:

      A peek into the future of a Bernie foreign policy, keeps showing up but nobody’s home? Ha.

      • Anthony says:

        I doubt he’d ever be invited… 🙂

        • DeniseVB says:

          I finally caught up with the story, he’s attending some social justice conference? At the Vatican? 3 days before the NY primary? The guy is goofballs. There’s plenty of SJW happenin’ stuff going on outside all the Trump events in NY!

  17. Dora says:

    I love this picture used by the NY Post in their endorsement. I remember that Robert Moses stood in that exact same pose behind his desk for his photograph. (It’s in the Robert Caro book) I can’t help wonder if Donald Trump knew that. 🙂

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  21. driguana says:

    This is Roger Ridley, one of those great, relatively unknown musicians who performed on the Santa Monica boardwalk for years. Roger, however, had his moment in the musical sun when his version of Stand By Me started the Playing For Change movement that allowed musicians from around the world to play on the same song together. Roger was a gifted signer and this is a great version of a great song. He recently passed away. v=ookhzfSSeSg&ebc=ANyPxKpzD4RJi_1HKG2JwHUO9k5EaZFgN41L_Rlylo9NLf0t2KnzYKp5KYzhVh610sO9-BpmGHY9rR6g53eNZaF6XGcP7Nv-0w

  22. mothy67 says:

    I wonder why Drudge didn’t have a “Who won the debate” poll?

  23. DeniseVB says:

    LOL …

  24. Dora says:


    Bernie Earned Less in Year than Hillary Made in Single Speech

    • mothy67 says:

      He collects Social Security. How long did he work in private sector? Don’t federal employeess have separate retirements?

      • elliesmom says:

        Maybe he collects his wife’s. 😉

        • mothy67 says:

          I remember people complaining about Nancy Reagan collecting. I bet she paid more in than she got out. I believe she had every right to what she paid into.

      • Somebody says:

        All federal employees hired after 1984 have a thrift plan (401K), plus social security. That includes members of Congress, but excludes POTUS and VP.

  25. Myiq2xu™ says:

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    • DeniseVB says:

      Allahpundit was anti-Sarah Palin too. S/he wrote so many screeds against her commenters accused him of clickbait since at the time, since his posts would get at least 1k comments when Sarah was the topic.

    • votermom says:

      Ace is having another Trump meltdown again too. He’s calling out a pro-Cruz commenter who is trying to say “hey maybe all this hate at Trump us driving away Trump supporters and might be counter productive in the end”

      I really get the feeling Ace & Allahpundit & the rest are in a very cliquish group and ate un full mean girls mode right now.

  27. Dora says:

    Colorado “Stop The Steal” GOP Protest – Live Stream…
    Posted on April 15, 2016by sundance

    One live stream below:

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    The folks on Fox are liars!


  30. Venus says:

    Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post endorsed Trump.

    Worth the read. The most important line however is this:

    “He’s challenging the victim culture that has turned into a victimizing culture.”

    God, I hope so. I’m getting sick and tired of the tyranny of the minority.

    • Venus says:

      Oh look– GMTA
      A regular over at Hillaryis44 wrote this. It hits the nail so squarely on the head, it needs to be spread around:

      April 15, 2016 at 7:53 am
      April 15, 2016 at 12:03 am

      Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post:

      The Post endorses Donald Trump
      By Post Editorial Board
      “He’s challenging the victim culture that has turned into a victimizing culture.”

      THAT is the narrative shift we are seeing now.

      I think it started the night of the mobs in Chicago closing down, then terrorizing the crowd who TRIED to hear Trump speak. It was so egregious and hateful with virtue signaling against their own potential voters siding with a bunch of spoiled and ignorant college kids acting out with paid Soros bums. It was obvious who was claiming to be a victim but in fact was the victimizer. It only got worse with the media pile on, the eGOP, Cruz and Kasich siding with the mob victimizers (against the people of the United States) to shut down free speech and right to assembly, to assault, terrorize, destroy property, and humiliate anyone who doesn’t agree with them and/or fall in line and shut up. That was March 11th. That is when the professional Republicans, media, institutional left with union and Soros money went whole hog. Trump was polling near 50% and they HAD to try to take him down and if the public was collateral damage so be it. The Michelle Fields stunt was March 8th. There were several “plot lines” going on to demonize and discredit Trump and his supporters that week. “Trumpsters” were poorly educated, deserved to die (National Review article dated March 17 by the lackey Kevin Williamson) has been rolling along for a few months but the special denigration and outright hatred was saved for this push so the blowback would be more difficult with so many threads going on at the same time.

      It worked. Trump’s polling went down. “Never Trump” got rolling, the eGOP consultant class and media hacks (led by Me-gyn Kelly with her master Murdoch pulling her paid for strings), the caucus and election fraud specialists, the agitating lefties with globalism money, now had something to do. The rage machine and echo chamber were fully employed and televised and blasted onto the internet.

      On or about March 28th Manafort is hired full time. He has said he had been observing and informally advising for a while. I bet. It was 1980 all over again only with 24 hours news cycle and the internet. Same old shit. Beating back entrenched global thievery is never easy.

      How to beatkick back the emerging narrative that Cruz, the media, the RNC, women, BLM, anarchists, social justice mobs, Mexico, and Muslims are being victimized by Trump? FLIP THE SCRIPT! It also immensely helpful that scummy RNC chicanery in caucuses, idiot Paul Ryan is so transparent and frankly bug-eyed creepy, Cruz has a zipper and truth problem, world events in mass invasion and criminality, and that Michelle Fields is such a bad actress (like you know guys ya) and can’t see CCTV cameras stuck all over a ceiling even wearing glasses.

      Exactly who is victimizing who? Me-gyn Kelly went begging to Trump after giving enormous air time to “Never Trumps” gals who are paid liars. Ailes went begging to Trump at lunch just after that performance to back track even more. Karl Rove is still going after Trump but privately saying “I think we can work with this guy so get used to it.” BLM is told by the Ohio State administrators to stop “victimizing” the university employees who are afraid of you and you will be expelled if you don’t stop terrorizing them with your bullshit. A Florida DA says a media hack plant was stalking Trump and is a fake “victim”.

      Trump is managing to become symbolic of an entire country held in terror by of the professional “victims” who are in fact the victimizers. The word is getting out and the obvious is becoming so apparent that even Ailes and Rove have to acknowledge it. Thanks Paul. Really, really good work.


      • DeniseVB says:

        Haven’t been over there in awhile, but am assuming Hillaryisnot45 ? 😉

        • taw46 says:

          They are for Trump (except for maybe a couple). Several weeks ago I started reading there again.

          • mothy67 says:

            Hillary’s picture is no longer on the header. I had never been to a blog until 2008. First one I found. admin there had great things to say about Trump back then. Whenn Trump decalred I went back there. Very pro Trump. Most there are pro Trump. . I could never vote for hillary. I think she’s a monster now. Almost evil.

        • Venus says:

          They are pissed that she is running for Obama’s 3rd term and are convinced that Obama plans to knock her out of the running at the last minute and install his choice at the convention (probably Biden).

          • leslie says:

            ^This^ is what I’ve been saying all along. Biden will run and Warren will be his mate (most likely).
            Thank for posting this Venus. I don’t think I’ve been this that blog in a very long time. It was an awesome post by “M”.

      • lyn says:

        Wow–that was great.

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  32. mothy67 says:

    What was the name of the woman who ran PUMA pac? She posted here years ago. Lived in or around Boston had kids was finishing a degree?

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