Happy Thor’s Day!

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231 Responses to Happy Thor’s Day!

  1. votermom says:

    cold week ending the year here

    • elliesmom says:

      It’s bitter here, too. Ellie only goes out when she absolutely has to. I filled the bird feeders yesterday. They’re all empty again today. I usually only fill them twice a week. No relief for at least a week.

    • DeniseVB says:

      15 and flurries here. WTF Virginia ?!

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        The first winter I lived in VB there was far colder than normal. They suggested that migrated with me from Pennsylvania. Except by all of those with lilac bushes . I was invited to several homes to see the lovely blooms that spring because it rarely was cold enough and long enough for them to get more than a couple sad little flowers.

        Snow flurries. OMG! Good thing school in on break – no need to cancel.

    • DandyTIger says:

      18 degrees here. Damn you global warming.

    • swanspirit says:

      20 whole degrees here. Might go up to 24 today. Down to 14 tonight. Yeeesh.

    • Dora says:

      10 degrees on Long Island. Might reach 22 later today.

    • lateblum says:

      It’s been in the single digits all week. Today there’s talk it could get up to 15. Right now it’s 7 and that’s higher than it got yesterday. I’ve been wearing long underwear beneath heavyweight sweat pants and a hoodie. I didn’t go outside at all yesterday. Not even to do laundry. Today I have to go out and I’m already rejecting even the idea of it.

    • lyn says:

      It’s 26 and foggy. The fog never lifted on Tuesday. Yesterday was clear.

    • constance says:

      73 and sunny with beautiful cloud formations here on Maui. And what a stunning Thor’s day photo! thanks Votermom. S

  2. mothy says:

    Cold as hillary’s left tit here.
    7 degrees

  3. Dora says:

    He’s got a nice body, but he’s too young for me. 🙂

  4. Anthony says:

    Its in the teens in NYC, gonna be worse when I get to my out of town office. Maybe my pain meds might make it feel tolerable?

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Ok Obama, here’s how a former President sends out Christmas greetings you slug!

  6. mothy says:

    Just putting this out there in the ether I have decided I’d really like to win the powerball and megamillions both this week.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Good Lord, make these people go away. Trump didn’t break you, his supporters did. Free speech has consequences, just ask the NFL 😛

  8. Dora says:

    Mr. Jefferson was a smart man.

    ==

    Thomas Jefferson said:

    Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world.

    (Letter to John Norvell, June 14, 1807)

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  11. elliesmom says:

    Here we are near the end of the first year of Trump’s term, and his approval rating is the same as Obama’s at the same time. Obama had a first year of uninterrupted adulation, and Trump has been nothing but demonized by the press. It sort of makes me wonder where we’d be if the press had reversed its role.

    • mothy says:

      Or if the polls weren’t skewered.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Since Trump declared his candidacy in June 2015, I have never gotten a call from a pollster.

        • Somebody says:

          I got one……kind of. It was technically for my 31 year old daughter during the 2016 GE. They called a couple of times asking for her and finally I just told them I was her and took the poll.

          It’s unusual though that we haven’t had more. We have TWO landlines and we live in a swing state. We were overwhelmed with pollsters during the 2008 and especially during the 2012 cycle, but now crickets.

        • blowme0bama says:

          I seem to remember getting one as well, but I was over the age of 50 and they weren’t interested in my opinion.

  12. mothy says:

    Alabama election could be the proverbial straw with regards to integrity.
    Moore is not backing down. Should he prove fraud it might prove to disinfect the entire process. One can hope.

  13. Dora says:

  14. foxyladi14 says:

    It is cold, Happens a lot this time of year. 😀

    • DeniseVB says:

      I hear it’s called Winter ? 😛

      • elliesmom says:

        I have no problem with winter. It might even be my favorite season, but sustained weather in the single digits is more Midwest than New England. By the end of the week we might be able to skate on the lake. Two years ago we went canoeing the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Granted, that was extreme weather, too. 🙂

  15. lyn says:

    ❤ Bill!

  16. Underwhelmed says:

    And if this isn’t an indictment of today’s liberals, I don’t know what is. Side over principle is the rule now. Sad, and wicked.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/12/27/dershowitz-my-liberal-friends-dont-invite-me-to-dinner-anymore-n2427477

  17. Dora says:

    I hope Newt is right.

    ===

    The great political surprise of 2018 will be the size of the Republican victory.

    After members of the elite media have spent two years savaging President Trump, lying about Republican legislation, and reassuring themselves that Republican defeat was inevitable, the size of the GOP victory in 2018 will be an enormous shock.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/12/28/newt-gingrich-get-ready-for-great-political-surprise-2018.html

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  19. lateblum says:

    Sorry… Now even my iPad is frozen! Can’t correct anything. Hence the double post.

  20. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Fucking honkies.

  21. DeniseVB says:

    This made me think of myiq, high profile (and very wealthy!!) lawyer likes him some cray-cray girl too. First date …..

  22. Dora says:

    Alabama certifies Doug Jones’s victory over Roy Moore in Senate election

    Alabama has certified the result of Doug Jones’s upset Senate victory, clearing the Democrat’s path to Washington just hours after his Republican rival filed a lawsuit asking for a new election.

    On Thursday afternoon, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Attorney General Steve Marshall and Secretary of State John Merrill – all Republicans – signed off on election results from all 67 counties. After late-counted provisional and military ballots were added to the total, Jones defeated Republican nominee Roy Moore by 21,924 votes out of more than 1.3 million cast.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/12/28/roy-moore-asks-alabama-court-for-a-new-election/?utm_term=.35371ce9c7a9

  23. taw46 says:

  24. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Is this still playing in theaters?

  25. helenk3 says:

    I like this idea. You could even make money on this. get the glasses at a dollar store or a thrift store or yard sale. buy the candle wax make these and sell them . good way for teens to make spending money

  26. Myiq2xu™ says:

    That would start my heart beating.

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  29. helenk3 says:

    http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/366639-cuomo-pardons-61-people-ahead-of-the-new-year-including-18-immigrants

    if only democrats would show 1/2 the concern for American citizens as the do for immigrants they might be worth more than a warm bucket of spit

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Does this mean they are now free to be picked up by ICE and returned home country after having homing beacons inserted some sensitive place where they would be hard to remove?

  30. Dora says:

    Very Sad.

  31. helenk3 says:

    https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10307

    how much does it cost to go to college now? And why are people paying it?

    • Cisco says:

      “Abolition means we must destroy it, not reform it. No voting is going to help. No writing your congressperson. We need to smash white supremacy.”
      All I’ve heard is a lot of rhetoric about smashing.
      Still waiting.

    • John Denney says:

      If it were Big Pharma or Big Oil and prices were going up like Big Ed’s, there’d be full blown Congressional investigations.

  32. helenk3 says:

    for some reason I have been having a problem posting links to Aftermath lately. Do not know why they will not show up.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I never could post links from Aftermath, his website was like built in the 90’s. Great talent, but I did understand how we old farts hate “new” things. I think his son was trying to bring him up to the 21st Century, haven’t checked in awhile, is he at least on FB or Twitter now?

  33. helenk3 says:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/12/a_seedy_groping_pervy_atmosphere_at_obamas_doj.html

    between gun running and sexual harassment the dept of crime was a busy under holder

  34. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

    • 1539days says:

      So now they just say Trump spent 1/3 of his presidency golfing.

      • Somebody says:

        My goodness let’s go back and tally up the percentage of Obama’s time spent golfing. Obama rarely made it into the Oval before 10am. POTUS Trump has already had his daily briefing and multiple meetings by then. Trump works much later too…….and Obama rarely worked on the weekends so we have to deduct all of that time as well as his golf outings, basketball, ESPN time and celebrity get togethers.

        A true apple to apple comparison. I’ll put all my money on Trump winning that contest. Obama had zero work ethic.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I followed Keith Koffler’s blog for years…..Obama’s normal working day started at 11 a.m. ended at 3 p.m. most of time he wasn’t travelling or going to a photo op church service. He golfed almost every nice weekend at Andrews, took 6 hours for a 4 hour round. Flew Joe down from Delaware on Saturdays on AF2, flew him back up after, only for Joe to return to DC on AF2 on Sunday. BO took many 3-day weekends, never heard a peep from the media what a slouch he was?

    • DeniseVB says:

      I swear, just lock the media in the maintenance shack like Obama did. Or put them on lockdown in their vans/buses.

  35. Dora says:

    Try to watch this without feeling a chill.

    ==

    Boiling Water Turns To Snow In Record-Low Weather (Watch)
    A freezing researcher on Mount Washington shows off the power of sub-zero temperatures to make snow from a steaming kettle.
    https://patch.com/new-hampshire/across-nh/boiling-water-turns-snow-record-low-weather-watch

  36. Dora says:

    So funny. 🙂

  37. Cisco says:

    Now what kind of a deal is this?
    Snippet from NYT.
    BEIJING — China said on Thursday that it would temporarily exempt foreign companies from paying tax on their earnings, a bid to keep American businesses from taking their profits out of China following Washington’s overhaul of the United States tax code.

    “There is, however, a catch: To be eligible, foreign companies must invest those earnings in sectors encouraged by China’s government — including railways, mining, technology and agriculture” — according to a statement from the Finance Ministry. The measure is retroactive from Jan. 1 this year, the ministry said.
    Paging President Trump! China is up to sneaky 💩

  38. Myiq2xu™ says:

  39. helenk3 says:

    something to think about

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  41. DeniseVB says:

    Here’s a name I haven’t thought of for years, but she’ll be missed. R.I.P Rose Marie

    • Cisco says:

      Very good catch hk3👍
      I don’t expect to hear/see or read about this scandal by the msm, let’s say failing msm.
      So HRC’s State Department lost, I say embezzled a $ billion or more.
      Now the Pentagon can’t explain where 2 or three $ trillion went.?

    • Underwhelmed says:

      And hold a lot of press conferences.

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  44. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I hit 306 and change today. #DiarrheaDiet

    • DandyTIger says:

      Slow and steady is what we hear. But I kind of like Pen Juliette’s approach. Shock the system for a while to lose a lot. But not with starving, instead with something crazy like what he did. He hate only potatoes. Eat as much as you want, but you get real sick of eating them after a while. But keep at it enough to lose an initial amount that got things moving.

      http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/news/a39697/penn-jillette-weight-loss-potato-diet/

      • mothy says:

        Potatoes very bad if someone has type 2 diabetes.

      • elliesmom says:

        Without getting preachy, it’s an instant gratification thing. If you can be patient, you can slowly and steadily lose weight without a lot of deprivation. If you need to see a quick weight loss or lose motivation, then you need to make more drastic changes to get there. The problem only arises in how to keep the weight off, which is the bigger issue for most people. The more you’ve deprived yourself of things you like, the harder it is to keep the weight you’ve lost gone. Living on nothing but potatoes doesn’t work in the long run. My BFF has probably lost close to half a ton of weight in the 40 years I’ve known her, but she does it using diets she can’t stay on for the rest of her life. She spends one year losing 50 lbs, and the next year gaining it back.

        • DandyTIger says:

          The potato approach is meant as a shock to the system. Only for two weeks. Then gradually adding back in other foods. Probably meant as much to snap you out of your current habits as slapping the body around a bit. That worked for Pen, but no approach works for everyone. Whatever gets you there. Slow is the thing in the long run, but working on the brain a bit with some gimmick might be needed as well.

        • John Denney says:

          I did “The Zone Diet” (30-30-40 percent balance of calories from fat, protein, and carbs, respectively, for all meals and snacks) for a while and it worked very well, except that for some people (especially me) it causes constipation.
          The eye-opener was how out of balance the fat-protein-carb ratios get when you snack on chips and soda. A more balanced snack would be some multiple of an ounce of cheese (fat-protein) and half an apple (carbs).
          Whole milk has a pretty good balance, and a glass full is quite satisfying.

  45. mothy says:

    Season 2 of Humans is now on prime. Perfect British sci-fi to order in and binge. Ignore the bitter cold.

  46. Cisco says:

    “The population at the Cook County Jail has fallen below 6,000 inmates, its lowest point in decades, sheriff’s officials said Thursday.”

    “Cara Smith, chief policy officer for Sheriff Tom Dart, said the number has been declining for some time in part because of a drop in arrests, but the biggest change came some three months ago when criminal court judges were ordered to set bail only in amounts that defendants could afford to pay.”


    Since the order took effect Sept. 18, the jail population has dropped to 5,909 inmates as of Thursday, down by more than 1,500, Smith said.
    Meanwhile, property crime is up, robberies are up, carjackings are up. On the other hand, it’s a target rich environment for Concealed Carriers
    That’s the cause, here’s the effect.
    Murders in the U.S. rose nearly 9% last year, and one-third of that increase came from just a few neighborhoods in Chicago, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of the FBI’s annual 2016 publication, Crime in the United States.

    While violent crime (homicide, rape, assault, and robbery) also rose nationwide from 2015 to 2016 — over 4% — the data show the increase was not uniform, but rather concentrated in cities like Chicago and Baltimore.
    And what do Chicago and Baltimore have in common? A democrat-run local (and state) government with a State’s Attorney determined to make war upon the police.”
    Cut from SecondCityCop.

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  51. Dora says:

    This was the front page of the NY Daily News 70 years ago.

  52. Dora says:

    This is a fun piece about the First Ladies’ fashion habits. Melania is naturally classy, so it’s probably not fair to compare her to anyone else, especially . . . never mind.

    ===

    Melania Trump is writing her own fashion rules as the most glamorous first lady in U.S. history.

    Fashion observers say Melania is doing for sleeves what Michelle Obama did for the sleeveless trend

    http://www.bizpacreview.com/2017/12/28/melania-trump-fashion-trick-sleeves-set-apart-michelle-obama-580636

  53. Dora says:

    I think he is trying to turn New York into another California.

  54. Dora says:

  55. Dora says:

    The Prince and the Community Organizer

    What happened to the dreams of Obama’s father?

    https://spectator.org/the-prince-and-the-community-organizer/

  56. Jadzia says:

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  57. Jadzia says:

    I’m in moderation!

  58. helenk3 says:

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/12/mystery-awan-brothers-court-date-disappears-calendar-postponed-twice/

    there really is something odd going on here. everyday more and more is coming out about this guy. what does he have on the dems that is giving him the protection?

  59. Dora says:

  60. Dora says:

    Barron Trump Gets What No other Child Has Ever Gotten In White House…

    First son Barron Trump may become the first child of a president to have his painted portrait hung up in the White House.

    In the unofficial portrait painted by artist Barry Wingard, President Donald Trump is seen hugging Barron Trump, now 11, at the Republican National Convention in July 2016, reports All That’s Fab.

    https://theusapoliticalnews.com/barron-trump-gets-what-no-other-child-has-ever-gotten-in-white-house/

  61. Dora says:

    Looks like a govt shutdown is coming!

    • blowme0bama says:

      And no one will notice a thing.

    • DeniseVB says:

      He may be forcing a shutdown so he can fire all the “non-essential” personnel 😀

      • Lulu says:

        Trump is making the Dems chose between foreigners and US citizens. Who is more important, who is their priority, etc. DACA stuff is way down the list of priorities even for Dems and is going even lower in the most recent polling. This pressure from DACA backers in the Dem party is dragging them into dangerous territory for an election year which is of their own making. They just lost a presidential election with Number One issue is immigration. Trump is goading them too.

  62. Dora says:

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      would not be surprised if after the top iranian mobsters took their cut and passed and agreed percentage along to terrorists that part of the supposedly impossible to trace cash boomeranged back to Barry/Hilly/Horsey/Soros . . .

  63. Dora says:

    I have a Magnolia Tree in front of my house. It’s beautiful and one of the most delightful experiences for me each spring is watching the pink flowers bloom. I would be heart broken if anything happened to that tree, and it wasn’t even planted by Andrew Jackson. 🙂

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  65. mothy says:

    Talk of dieting here and Bacon news got me thinking about how moronic a lot of do gooders are when it comes to telling other people what to eat. I have seen two dieticians in my life. The first tried to turn food into a chore. Eating became dreadful. I ate cardboard or felt guilt. I was not over weight. It was ascities for which I had to be drained of fluids. Multiple paracentesis usually means death. I spent two weeks in hospital with a bunch of organs failing. That was almost six years ago. While there my roommate was having bits of his feet cut off from diabetes complications. That scared the shit out of me. My blood work indicates pre type 2. This time I saw a realist nutritionist who happens to be a nurse and mother. She was so practical. Eat smart and exercise. I am in safe zone. Have to be tested at least a few times over a year. Blah, blah, blah. It got me thinking about product labeling this morning. Dork was having cereal and I read the box. It’s as bad as meeechelle’s school lunches. One cup with skim milk. When I ate cereal I filled up the bowl doused it in milk and continued to add cereal until milk was gone. My A1c went from 8.9 to 5.3 with very little effort. I walk after carbs. I do not try and substitute whole wheat pizza with low fat cheese. I have two slices of extra cheese with pepperoni and take a brisk walk. I do not have a diagnosis so my next blood work according to insurance rules doesn’t happen until July?????? I asked my D.O. what it cost. She said 19.95? WTF. I am getting one in February. I bought a home monitor. Not wise giving me medical equipment. I have track marks on my finger tips and I tested my whole family Christmas Eve. Anyhow my point is weight management needs to be approached realistically. I think most programs set you up for failure. Insulin is a hormone. Psychological depression impacts production. Miserable eating adds insult to injury.

  66. helenk3 says:

    https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/judicial-watch-doj-mueller-wanted-hide-truth-how-strzoks-biases-have

    a lot of political incest going on in mueller investigation. mueller recruited this bunch to take down trump

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