Gluten-Free Open Thread

FYI: The lead singer of The Counting Crows (Adam Duritz) is not black or biracial. In his own words, “I’m a Russian Jew American, impersonating African.”

I decided to be nice to NBD and not post a bunch of oldies music.


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112 Responses to Gluten-Free Open Thread

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Nah, we old farts here don’t care about NBD’s fweelings so we’re not afraid to let ‘er rip 😀

  2. lyn says:

    Saw The Cowsills twice in Montana …

    • AFVet says:

      I saw them at a car show in San Antonio.

    • NewOrleans says:

      I only recently discovered the Cowsills. By name, at least. ‘The Rain, the Park & Other Things” is one of those 60s songs (before my time) that I have loved my entire life. I only knew it as ‘the Flower Girl’ song girl, though. And I vaguely remember them being the inspiration for the Partridge Family.

      I recently saw a documentary about them and it was fascinating! One of the brothers died during Hurricane Katrina and the sister, Susan, lost her home – and all the family’s memorabilia – at the same time.

      They still tour and sound fantastic!

  3. And a workshop on “Teaching for Social Justice” sought to challenge colonialist and racist pedagogies.

    “We will challenge Eurocentric pedagogical approaches that not only under-prepare students for the realities of our increasingly multiethnic, multilingual, globalized society, but are also rooted in colonial and racist ideologies that stifle the voices, identities, and realities of students of color,” a description states.

    There was also a “Deconstructing Racial Microaggressions” workshop in which attendees pledged to address racial insults at their schools.

    • lyn says:

      There are two types or people–nice or asshole. It’s your choice.

    • 49erDweet says:

      There will continue to be racism in schools and society as long as someone can make money off it.

    • lateblum says:

      I’d like to know who’s teaching about how to handle macro aggressions like having a gun pushed into one’s stomach and being told to “hand over your keys/phone/money/purse/ watch”? We have car-jackings in broad daylight with witnesses in white neighborhoods by those very individuals who cry about police brutality, racial bigotry, white privilege.

  4. This song is from back when George was still in the closet. The woman in the video is supposed to be a fashion model but she is too curvy for that career.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Re-commenting here…..oopsied on the last thread……

    To be fair, I’m probably the only Star Wars fangirl who liked Jar-Jar Binks, but the similarity to Debbie Wasserman Schultz is kinda, scary 😉

  6. DeniseVB says:

    She died way too young, also Maya Rudolph’s mom……

  7. DeniseVB says:


  8. CiscoKid says:

    Missed the last thread.
    See any transgenders in the Chinese Army?
    I may have missed a few.

  9. DeniseVB says:

  10. CiscoKid says:

    From WeaselZippers.
    “Democrats See Chance to Win Back Working-Class Whites”
    About 400 comments say “no way in hell”!

  11. Venus says:

    Speaking of ancestry I hate that Ancestry DNA commercial where this American black lady finds out her dna is mainly Nigerian and she says she wants to find out more about her CULTURE.

    Ancestry is not the same as CULTURE. Her CUlLTURE is American.

  12. helenk3 says:

    please read the whole article. the part of obamacare that no one talks about

  13. helenk3 says:

    just for NBD

  14. Dora says:

    What a shame. Not!

    • elliesmom says:

      It’s usually best to let the market decide these things. She had a good thing going, but she had too much hubris. Nemesis got her. (She should have read more VDH.)

    • DandyTIger says:

      She might be rethinking that demand she made for more money to continue on FoxNews.

      • Lulu says:

        I’m amazed at the speed and velocity of her downfall. I figured it would take a few years for her to be completely off tv but it looks like it may be about 18 months after setting herself on fire at that debate with Trump. She’s pushing fifty and she doesn’t have time for a “reinvention” like a young woman would. Not enough “talent”, too diva, and too many burned bridges. Bye.

        • lateblum says:

          There’s always “The View”… Or will she have to jump to yet another network?
          I know — Morning Joe can have her. Then Joe will have to decide whether to keep the divorced woman he loves, or break up another marriage.

          • DeniseVB says:

            LOL ! Ms. Megyn just got too big for her britches, at least in her own mind. I thought of The View for her also. Nah, too much competition from the Queen Bees, Whoopi and Joy, they’d eat her alive.

    • DandyTIger says:

      LOL. Davos was a bit tongue tied.

      • Lulu says:

        And Sansa is kicking ass and getting shit done! While Jon and Daenerys are all pride and feewings oh oh oh feewings and the navy is Crackened. And I LOVE Diana “Killing your son was ich! And this poison is tasty!” Rigg.

  15. mothy67 says:

    Olenna had the best line.

  16. Dora says:

    This is what we are up against.


    FLASHBACK: Google Changed the Definition of Fascism

    Someone put this reminder up on reddit and it’s one we should keep in mind as the right-wing is silenced. Google changed the definition of Fascism from “centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition” to “right wing system of government and social organization” this year.

  17. DeniseVB says:

    1958. How cool were these guys 😛

  18. Jadzia says:

    Guess who gained 10 pounds in Rome? I don’t think that even I can eat 35,000 extra calories (especially when walking 6-8 hours/day in 90 degree heat) in a week and given that the elephant-ankles thing suggests a BIT of water retention, I’m guessing that if I’m good, all of it except for maybe 2 of it will come off pretty quick.

  19. Dora says:

    It’s not going to change the way I vote, but I hope it brings sense to some democrats. If that’s possible.

    • Lulu says:

      I guess putting them in a truck trailer to San Antonio is out of the question. Call it the San An-Tone Express! Sorry that was mean. NOT!

  20. Dora says:

    I wouldn’t have believed this if I didn’t read the description!

    • elliesmom says:

      When I’m at Walden Pond and the commuter rail to Boston zips on by blowing its horn because there’s a street grade crossing on the line near the pond, I’ve heard lots of tourists say things like “Thoreau must be rolling over in his grave. A train going through his wilderness.” The reality is the train predates his retreat to the pond by about 10 years. He could have hopped a train to Boston any day of the week. Just another political fraud. I don’t know a lot about the history of the railroad, but I do know it was an accepted way of travel much earlier than most people think, and it played a huge part in our history, and not just connecting the two coasts.

      • Dora says:

        I don’t know if he was a political fraud, but I have heard that Thoreau often went home to Mama for his meals during those 2 years in the wilderness. 🙂

        • Lulu says:

          An early form of living in mom’s basement while navel gazing, pontificating and general goofing. Also he had a tiny house. Descended from Progressive Puritan scolds. It all makes sense now! It beats working.

  21. Dora says:

    This is what she thinks?

    • Lulu says:

      All the Dems got left is shit-talking. Priebus was told to quit. Spicer got pissed off with Scaramouche getting his gig. Leakers are scattering, Priebus is not going to get to do gate guarding duty, and the war council is being set up. There is going to be a gigantic budget showdown with Congress. Trump is going to be Mean Daddy and say NO. The public will love it. The media and swamp will be hysterical and told to grow up and snap out of it.

  22. Dora says:

    The media is a disgrace!


    MEDIA SILENCE: President Trump Has LOWERED National Debt By BILLIONS

  23. Dora says:

  24. Dora says:

    Oh sure. They look like they’re having a ball! 🙂

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