Saturday Open Thread

I just spent the past 5 hours cleaning and “un-packing” Mom’s house. My sister helped and brought 2 assistants. Mom’s trash bins are full, there is a 33 gal garbage can full of stuff to be shredded, and we hauled a truckload of stuff off to Goodwill. Her old nasty loveseat has been replaced with a nicer but used loveseat/recliner.

Now I’m gonna rest and recuperate, then go to Fresno to see Mom.



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150 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. swanspirit says:

    You are an exceptional son. I hope your mom gets well soon, so she can come home and enjoy your efforts!

  2. Ann says:

    TWO protesters, and this is news? But the DNC debacle was not worth noting by the MSM after day 1?

  3. elliesmom says:

    Did you ask Mom before you got rid of her loveseat? If you put a recliner in my house without asking me if I wanted it, you’d be in a lot of trouble. Especially if I couldn’t get my loveseat back. It’s great you did some housekeeping for her. I hope you didn’t take something she really loved to Goodwill. I learned the hard way with my father-in-law. 😉

  4. votermom says:

    Prayers for mom!

  5. Mt.Laurel says:

    That was lot of work – congrats on getting so much accomplished. Give your sister a big hug and thank those helpers. You all have done a wonderful thing for your Mom – once people get to a certain age keeping things in check become more difficult and most will not ask for help – heck they think things are fine. My mother was always a neat freak but even she, as she got into her 80s, had piles of stuff everywhere. I pared her belonging way down (we had a big old three story Victorian with full basement) to move her in with me but brought more than I should have as I wanted her to feel at home. My neighbors kindly tell me that my condo looked like a cozy B&B once I had Mom’s stuff placed. Positive thoughts being sent to CA.

  6. Myiq2xu™ says:

    The rarest play in baseball is the triple play:

  7. helenk3 says:

    Good for you for helping Mom. Hope she gets to come home soon to see the love her children have for her. It would have to help her heal.

  8. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Hot Air:

    So the hot new conspiracy theory floating around the interwebs this weekend, and one that Snopes was quick to jump in on in order to try and separate coincidental facts from conspiratorial conclusions, is that the Democratic Party ticket fix was in from 2008. Let me try to paint the timeline.

    In 2008, when Hillary Clinton was in the process of getting kneecapped in the primaries to then-Senator Barack Obama, she had a national co-chair of her campaign – Debbie Wasserman Schultz, now exiled former chair of the Democratic National Committee. Once it became clear that Obama would indeed get the nomination, Wasserman-Schultz, along with the rest of the Democratic Party, save the birthers, who had their origins in the Hillary campaign, got on board the Obama train full-throated.

    So we know the grand deal, or we at least think we know the grand deal. Obama needed reconciliation. He needed unity. The 2008 primary was brutal between the Obama and Clinton camps. So he offered her the Secretary of State position, a position she would eventually pilot like the captain of the Hindenburg. In return, Obama would support Hillary when it was her turn in 2016. But was there more to it? Did Hillary want more than just his endorsement? Was there the baseball equivalent of a player to be named later in the trade?

    Hillary never stopped wanting to be president. She was just was going to have to wait for eight years. But how could she take the steps necessary and maneuver so she wouldn’t be faced with another loss in the primary in 2016? Well, the strategic thing would be to have a plant become the head of the DNC so that if a thumb on the scale had to take place, she’d at least own the thumb. That’s where Barack Obama and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz come in.

    By 2011, when Hillary should have been thinking about growing security concerns in Benghazi that were coming in to her office, that were rejected every time, the DNC had a chairman who was doing just fine, having accepted the position at the request of President Obama in 2009. His name? Tim Kaine. You might have heard of him recently. He had no intention of stepping down, but the President called and changed his mind.

    Virginia Senator James Webb was retiring as Senator, and Obama wanted to have Kaine run for that seat. Kaine originally declined, happy with the job he was doing, but the President can be very persuasive, and perhaps dangled a carrot down the road if he would take the assignment temporarily.

    Donna Brazille was the interim chair of the DNC after Kaine stepped down, and was in line to become the permanent chair, until Barack Obama came out and recommended someone unexpected as chair – Hillary Clinton’s former campaign co-chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. That move had to certainly make Hillary happy, didn’t it? But now we get back to the carrot dangled to Tim Kaine to get him to reconsider and run for a Senate seat he didn’t want, and to step down from a job he was happy to have and didn’t want to leave so soon. What could that carrot be? Could it possibly be something like taking the Senate seat for four years and then parachuting onto the national ticket as Hillary’s Veep? That’s the conspiracy theory.

    Snopes notes that the timeline is basically correct, that all these events did take place. As for proving the backroom deal between Obama and Hillary, with the players in the trade being Kaine and Wasserman-Schultz, Snopes can’t prove or disprove it. But that’s the fun about the innertubes. Speculation can run rampant, especially on a weekend after a political convention that was manipulated to make sure that the Bernie Sanders people got screwed over every which way possible.

    When you look back at this chain of events, post-DNC hacking scandal, it sure is a lot easier to understand why there was a thumb, a fist, hell, a side of beef, on the scale against Bernie Sanders and his supports in the 2016 primary cycle.

    Bernie voters, you sad saps, you never had a chance. Now, we can reasonably suspect that the chance you didn’t have goes back eight years. We can also deduce that the Democratic Party is a top-down organization, not a grassroots organization. They claim to be, of course, but the power at the top has nothing to do with the will of the people in its base. It’s a club where only the opinions of a couple of members count.

    I was surprised that DWS wasn’t fired after the 2014 election. Now I know why.

    • dm says:

      There was definitely a deal in place between HRC and BO 2008…included campaign debt relief, a top spot in his administration, and his endorsement. These other “things” were just grease for the wheel…it’s all a conspiracy theory, so to speak. If any of the bernouts are still doubtful, then obviously they didn’t take a look at history – 2008. They would have been prepared had they bothered to research it.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Why not Hillary on top of the ticket in 2008? Obama as VP? Double historic too. He’s still in his 50’s and would have been prime to run for President now. I probably still would have voted McCain/Palin because I absolutely adored Sarah.

        • Mt.Laurel says:

          Because they realized they could push him in earlier than expected and he could do more damage faster using the race card to bash over peoples heads.

      • Constance says:

        The Bernie Bros are the voters who just came of age this last 5 years and oldsters who want to be thought of as forever young. They have no idea what went on in 2008 they were 10 to 16 years old. They are very idealistic and they have been given good reason not to like Hillary. The Obots of 2008 are a different group and they are the ones who trashed Hillary in 2008 not the Republicans. I don’t see the Obots ever voting for Hillary either. Of course given Hillary’s job performance she totally trashed her own reputation. I really think if the Green Party and the Libertarians could come to some sort of agreement they could get more votes than Hillary. The Dems were stupid, they should have put Hillary up in 2008 with Obama as the VP then run Obama in 2016. Media like to talk about how divided the Republicans are I don’t see how they ever put the Dem party back together and if they do I don’t see the blue collar people ever fitting in with all the little pampered progressive twits.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Hmmmm, and that DNC kid that was killed a few weeks back from a “botched robbery”, only nothing was taken and had two shots to the back ? I think we’re leaving Conspiracy Theory behind us now … this is mob warfare.

      • elliesmom says:

        No one will convince me Andrew Breitbart died of natural causes.

        • DeniseVB says:

          And Breitbart’s coroner tech(?). And Scalia.

        • Myiq2xu™ says:

          Who was the congresswoman who was supporting Hillary and died in a solo car wreck just before the 2008 convention? Stephanie Tubb Jones?

          • DeniseVB says:

            I peeked at wiki, appears to be natural causes, but I did see Marcia Fudge won her seat.

            On August 19, 2008, while driving her car, Congresswoman Tubbs Jones suffered a cerebral hemorrhage due to a burst aneurysm in her brain. Police had noticed erratic driving and identified the unconscious Tubbs Jones after her vehicle left the roadway and came to a stop in a field.[10][11][12] She was taken to the intensive care unit of Huron Hospital, a satellite of the Cleveland Clinic, where she was put on life support. Due to hemorrhaging, she remained in unstable and critical condition.[13][14][15]

            Tubbs Jones died August 20 at 6:12 p.m. EDT of complications from the brain hemorrhage.[2][3] A special election was ordered by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland for November 18, 2008, to elect a successor to serve out the remainder of her term.[16][17] Warrensville Heights Mayor Marcia Fudge, the Democratic nominee, won the election.[18]

          • taw46 says:

            Remember Bill Gwatney, close friend of the Clintons and a super delegate? Killed right before the convention, assassinated in his office. Chased the shooter by car, then killed him. I don’t remember them ever giving a reason for that murder of Gwatney. Sure have some weird things happen with the Clintons, huh?

          • Myiq2xu™ says:

            Plane crashes, suicides, murders, accidents . . . it’s a long list.

        • Constance says:

          I agree! Breitbart was killed.

    • 1539days says:

      I’m more inclined to believe that the Democrats are corrupt by nature and there are not many elected Democrats to fill these jobs anymore.

    • AFVet says:

      “Thumb on the scale”, describes it perfectly.

  9. CiscoKid says:

    Must have strong stomach to read. Again, this time a muslim “cleric” marries a child.
    Hillary want to increase more of the religion of peace.

    • lizzy says:

      I’m glad they told us he is holy; I would think wholly perverted piece of pig shit. Six year old children should not be married.

  10. Underwhelmed says:

    You’re a good man, Charlie Brown.

  11. Myiq2xu™ says:

  12. CiscoKid says:

    EOT —

    Rahm called out specifically on “sanctuary” policy

    “The mayor of Chicago, the IG report noted, has been defiant, stating publicly, ‘We are not going to turn people over to ICE, and we are not going to check their immigration status. We will check for criminal background, but not for immigration status.’

    “This is a big deal. This OIG report is the clearest statement yet from the federal government that sanctuary policies like California’s and Chicago’s obstruct immigration enforcement and violate federal law.”

    Expect more of this should Hillary get elected.
    More Democratic Party lawlessness.
    Lifted from SCC blog.

    • DeniseVB says:

      My Hillary friends are still all about the lady parts and not much beyond that. I want to smack the sh*t out them !

      • mothy67 says:

        My Hillary friends were let down by convention.
        And my sense is that it was about lady parts. She was not maternal. Terror has shown its face and they hit kids Nice cannot be ignored. Go ahead fuck with a parent. Its a,whole new ball game. She was as clueless as her fake smile.

        • taw46 says:

          She thinks she will never have to worry. She has been surrounded by and protected by men with guns since Bill was governor.

  13. Dora says:

    This has been deemed offensive. But to whom – the subject of the mural or the people who have to look upon it as they pass?


    Swimsuit mural of Hillary Clinton creates a stir in Australia

  14. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Mom update:

    They are moving her back to Merced. They (Fresno Heart Hospital) discovered “a mass” on one of her kidneys. More tests and stuff to happen.

    My sister was there when they gave the word and she called me. Glad I didn’t drive up there for nothing.

    • lateblum says:

      Shoot, Klown. I’ll continue to keep my fingers crossed………and my prayers ongoing.

    • taw46 says:

      Will keep you and Mom in my thoughts. Prayers.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Glad they can do those tests closer to home. If they suspected anything far more serious they may have kept her there. Sending positive vibes !

    • blowme0bama says:

      Yeah, that’s prolly good news that they figure her heart’s okay.

    • Underwhelmed says:

      Bugger. Thoughts and prayers to you both!

    • swanspirit says:

      Kidneys are easier to deal with , than cardiac issues
      .Glad she will be closer to home!

    • Venus says:

      praying for your mom (((myiq)))

    • lyn says:

      Keeping your mother and you in my thoughts and prayers. ❤

    • Somebody says:

      (((Klown))) I’m sure this news has thrown you and your family for a loop and you are all no doubt concerned about the implications of “a mass”. I’ve been in your shoes with my father.

      ***It is imperative that you get the best imaging possible, they are not all created equal.***

      We were told by a small local hospital that my father had kidney cancer, based on imaging. Additional imaging and testing at Mayo Clinic found it was simply a cyst. Had we not insisted on a 2nd opinion, Dad would have been started on treatment for cancer he didn’t have.

      My thoughts and prayers are with you, your mom and your entire family.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      If her heart checked out OK that can help her system deal with other things that crop up. Cysts are the most common – will just keep positive thinking going. You Mom is lucky to have such children.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Crap. Prayers for your mom.

    • Constance says:

      So sorry your Mom (and family) are going through all this. Kidney problems that are solvable can really make a person feel awful. You are in my prayers.

  15. lateblum says:

    Don’t know if this will show the way I’d like…

  16. DeniseVB says:

    Remember when the Bush twins were photographed “drunk” on the floor and the left going batsh*t crazy ? Payback is a bitch …. Hellllllo Malia 😀

  17. lateblum says:

    “There are reports that the police have shut down the entrances and exits to Incirlik air base where 1,500 U.S. soldiers are stationed. There are rumors that President Erdogan is shutting down another coup attempt – he accused us of collaborating with the military that allegedly attempted the coup, so this could be a precursor to an anti-American action by the despot.”

    Read more:

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  19. lateblum says:

    Speaking of addictive behavior . . . I’m gonna step away from the keyboard…..

  20. Venus says:

    Can’t vouch for the site, but I agree with this analysis 100%

    Interesting article —

    [snip] The failure of the DNC is symptomatic of the intrinsic flaw of the Hillary campaign. She must defend the status quo. This has meant a status quo DNC. A candidate from eight years ago wheeled out the same tired rhetoric of eight years ago to win over an electorate that created Donald Trump to reject the legacy of the last eight years. Half of her own party voted to reject the last eight years with the breakout success of insurgent Bernie Sanders. If she could barely put down a revolt in her own party led by a 70-year-old Jewish socialist from Vermont even with hundreds of millions of dollars, name recognition, the support of a sitting President, and a party system actually rigged to nominate her, how does anybody expect her to stop the most remarkable political phenomenon in American history?

    All the President’s men cannot resurrect the political zombie which should have been laid to rest in 2008. This election year will be the year of judgment. The media has controlled the discussion for decades and the Democratic political machine has gone unchallenged by an impotent Republican establishment. After six years of betrayal, the American people have found their voice in Donald Trump, the instrument of righteous popular retribution against a downright evil political class. And this year, at long last, Hillary Clinton’s time has come; and she is beyond salvation.


    • Venus says:

      The key sentence ^^ above is:

      If she could barely put down a revolt in her own party led by a 70-year-old Jewish socialist from Vermont even with hundreds of millions of dollars, name recognition, the support of a sitting President, and a party system actually rigged to nominate her, how does anybody expect her to stop the most remarkable political phenomenon in American history?

      It feels like Trump has all of the momentum. Everything in the news is about Trump; though they hate him, even the liberal elites can’t stop talking about him.
      This election really isn’t about Hillary potentially being the first female president, or about Hillary potentially winning at all. This is about whether Donald Trump will win or lose. He is the protagonist of this narrative. Hillary is the antagonist. Some (insane) people will always want the antagonist to win. But it always just feels like the protagonist will win, because that’s almost always what protagonists do.

      Scott Adams said a few weeks back — “A referendum on Trump means Trump wins because whenever an elections is a referendum on a candidate, that candidate wins.”

      • taw46 says:

        Seems like he can win this. The media has tried everything to tear him down, he just gets stronger. I am optimistic. But I do worry about what is yet to come. They won’t go quietly.

    • taw46 says:

      I thought that was a good article. Not familiar with that site, but will check out some other posts there.

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  22. Venus says:

    The “true conservatives” (who are now ALL IN for Hillary like all the other globalists) are pissed off at Trump for this statement on Khan and John Nolte for agreeing with it. Personally, I agree with it too and can’t say I give the first fuck what the globalists think:

    • taw46 says:

      Angie, just saw you had posted this. Good for Trump! I also posted an article just below this.

  23. taw46 says:

    For those of you on Twitter, you know the left, media, and the NeverTrump people have found their latest incident to use in order to attack Trump. That would be the Muslim father who spoke at the convention. This is a good article about this whole “outrage”.

    • Venus says:

      Guess that’s the price we’ll have to pay to have one Muslim hero — I can live with it.

      • taw46 says:

        That article is good. While honoring the father and his son’s sacrifice, he also questions why he held up the Constitution and said what he did, implying non-citizens have rights under that document.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Once again Ambassador Stevens and hundreds of others lost under the incompetent watch of BO and HC were unavailable for comment.

      I too would have liked to have heard the mother. My guess is she might have been able to elicit actual sympathy/empathy for the loss of her son as well as all the sons and daughters lost and not turned into her words into nothing more than an obnoxious hate filled and ignorant rant .

      Mr Khan is the one who needs to read the constitution because he was way off base. But my guess he would not agree with most of it or the Mom would not have stood there looking frozen with fear like a deer in headlights.

  24. Venus says:

    In addition to statement Trump released he also released the full transcript of his talk with ABC — different from the way they presented it — SHOCKA:

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  28. taw46 says:

    Ok, is this his real account? Because if it is, I am done with the Khans. They were on MSNBC Friday night, had an interview with NYT, he is on MTP tomorrow. He has said Melania plagiarized her speech, Trump has no morals because he was married 3 times, and he is calling on both Ryan and McConnell to denounce Trump to avoid a constitutional crisis. And now the Post has jumped into this. They are stirring shit big time now.

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    • DandyTIger says:

      So the Dem parties new hero is about modesty for women. I hope the progs got the memo.

      • lizzy says:

        They had better learn fast or we will have epidemics of rape like Sweden and Germany with their invading Muslim hordes. Women are to be locked away, beaten and raped.

    • DandyTIger says:

      How does women being modest (read kept in their place) square with a woman running for president? Asking for friend.

      • lizzy says:

        Perhaps we should check with Benazir Bhutto. Her ghost could give tips on how to avoid assassins.

    • Constance says:

      The media must consider the Khans a win for Dems or they wouldn’t give him a voice. I just see a hyper critical, entitled immigrant who wants to impose a foreign cultures constraints on women on me and mine. I am sorry for the loss of his son killed by Islamic terrorists. I find the Trump women beautiful, well spoken, strong, well educated and they have had or do have impressive careers.
      I do think it reflects badly on Trump that he is married three times and has children with three women, but I am also divorced twice and so I see how it can happen. I wouldn’t marry again if Warren Buffet decided he wanted to marry a chubby, old broad in his own age range and asked me, so I think Trump is pretty optimistic trying marriage for the third time.

      • lizzy says:

        Just think, if Trump were Muslim he could have married all three wives at one time! Having grown up Mormon I am appalled by the notion pushed by Muslims of plural marriage.

    • lizzy says:

      He doesn’t mention blasphemy laws to destroy free speech.

  29. Island Girl says:

    Just precious

  30. Dora says:

    Something’s Happening Here . .

    Convoys Of Berserk Muslims Headed Against US Air Force Base In Turkey

    What you see on the news from Turkey are protesters shouting anti-American and anti-Israel slogans, but what most are not seeing are the miles long of convoys headed towards the Incirlik base where U.S. Air Force is stationed to stage a massive rally against the U.S.

  31. Dora says:

    In case you are suffering from white guilt, here’s a way to ease your pain.

    ‘Reparations’ Site Invites White People To Give Free Stuff To Minorities

  32. DeniseVB says:

    I found this twitter poll quite interesting by virtue it’s from a Bernie supporter.

  33. DeniseVB says:

    The faux rage of Trump getting his audience to boo a 4 star general disappeared quickly. I don’t usually use sundance as a source, but it’s quite a comprehensive peek into what was going on around the Petraeus scandal and Benghazi.

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  35. Dora says:

    Doesn’t sound like it’s going too well.

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  37. DandyTIger says:

    The progs are going hog wild over the Khan’s thinking they finally have the issue that will destroy Trump. And some nevertrump/elite are piling on too. They’re so predictable in their faux rage. They boo and hate all military and war heroes until they find a Muslim one. Now they’re behind him and his messaging including women need to be modest (comparing his wife to Melania). They actually went there. And then cleverly they are shifting their pollling methods to coordinate a message that this effort is working. It’s a full press coordinated effort. I’ll give them that.

    • CiscoKid says:

      Expect this every day until election.
      The Dem’s will use every dirty trick they’ve used in the past.
      Look what they did to Bernie. And that was jus a warm up act.
      Fortunately Trump isn’t a wimp and won’t back down, like Romney.
      I remember watching the Oprah show, only because Romney was going to appear.
      Right at start of interviews Cowprah asked ” is it true if you’re elected your going to bring back slavery.
      I waited about 10 seconds waiting for him to say “f**k you and walk off the stage, he didn’t.

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  39. DandyTIger says:

    I’m thinking this must be a parody account now.

  40. DeniseVB says:

    New thread up !

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