Valentine’s Day, TCH Edition <3

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  1. Somebody says:

    What a cute wiener dog! Happy Valentine’s Day to all crawdadders. Happy Singles Awareness Day for everyone single, for those that are not single I hope you and your SO celebrate your love today and every day.

  2. votermom says:

    Happy loVe Day everyone!!!

  3. Dora says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day Everybody.

    It looks to me like the folks up in Canada are smoking something strange.

    Former Canadian Defense Minister claims the Illuminati is REAL and has technology to reverse climate change but wants to keep it secret to help the petroleum industry

  4. lyn says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    (It’s early our West. I got up to feed the cats.)

  5. Dora says:

  6. swanspirit says:

    Happy Valentines Day, everyone! Everyone here is a sweetheart! Am thinking of Mothy too, hugs

  7. Dora says:

    Oh how cute!


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  8. helenk3 says:

    here is the video of Piers Morgan on Tucker last night
    I do not think that omarosa is his valentine

    • Ann says:

      If you don’t want to deal with all the ads and popups on the daily caller, that is the youtube link.

      It starts out … meanwhile on the View – another reality show from Tucker, and just gets better when Piers Morgan gets on. LOL

  9. DeniseVB says:

    THIS. is. CNN. I can’t even……

    • lyn says:

      What harassers! Just donate the stuff to women in prison. WTF is wrong with these women?! They need to stop being exhibitionists. It is a mental illness.

    • Ann says:

      I read a story last year about a judge reprimanding a county (or city) jail for allowing a woman (all women in the jail, not just the woman in front of her) only 3 pads for the entire length of a period. The woman was standing in front of her with menstrual blood on her, and no pants because they had been bled all over. They were bleeding into their clothing not because they were crazy protesters, but because they did not have a choice. It was simply a gross story.

      This is where my leftover bleeding heart liberal sides with the people sending the pads and money. There is a minimum of basic human dignity. Give menstruating women who are behind bars sanitary pads and tampons.

      On Tuesday, Specht said the DOC “will now provide female inmates with sufficient feminine hygiene products.”

      So the outrage worked. Good.

  10. Venus E. Lee says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day

  11. helenk3 says:

    last night there was a discussion on tv about this. one person brought up mailing costs. I have a question who said the food had to be mailed to their homes? Why not central locations and the people have to come and pick it up? I remember stories of how during the depression people stood in line for government cheese

    • swanspirit says:

      Not everyone can go pick up packages. There has to be so etching for the truly disabled, and transportation can be costly for non drivers.

      • swanspirit says:

        * Has to be something

      • Lulu says:

        How do they get their food now? If shut in someone does it for them. The same would apply to a basic “staples” box. Meals on Wheels could deliver some of them to really frail elderly or disabled folks. For a small fee of course. Remember they will get a lot more food for the dollar because it will be wholesale.

        • Constance says:

          Uber or Lyft vouchers?

        • DeniseVB says:

          Churches used to be responsible to take care of shut-ins in their communities, let them start doing that again to keep their tax exemptions 🙂 On the upside, and good news for my future much older self, local grocery stores are starting to deliver your groceries. Amazon just contracted Whole Foods in the area to deliver for them.

    • elliesmom says:

      There’s no reason the government couldn’t have pre-boxed staple groceries sized for families. They get delivered to grocery stores, and people take a voucher to the store and pick up their box. People currently on food stamps must have a way of getting groceries. If they have them delivered, then the box gets delivered. If they go to the grocery store now, then they pick their box up at the Piggly Wiggly, Stop and Shop, Jewel, Winn Dixie, or WalMart, etc when they do their grocery shopping. Stores currently have to process EBT cards and WIC vouchers so they’re already participating in the program.

      • Lulu says:

        Absolutely. Just like food banks. They manage to get to grocery stores, etc. These are the same arguments used for inability to get an ID to vote. It is nonsense.

    • Anthony says:

      I’m going to be odd man out here. As long as you can only buy food with an EBT card, people should be able to shop for themselves and buy what they want.

      The idea of the government sending you monthly food rations gives me the heebie jeebies. No cash back, liquor or tobacco through the cards, only food. I’d expect “government food boxes” in North Korea, not here.

      There are many seniors who depend on food stamps to supplement their fixed income. My neighbors who need food stamps are already mortified. How about we take government benefits away from illegals and only make them available to legal citizens? That should put $180B per annum back into the program.

      • Ann says:

        A lot of the abuses should have gone away with the cards.

        Back when I started as a cashier (a million years ago) all foods (except coffee) had to be from the USA. Change was these little bits of paper that got stamped, and of course, all the food stamps were contained in booklets. No ID was required to match the person to the booklet. The only thing we couldn’t accept was loose 5s and 10s that did not match the booklet jacket ID. Singles were fine (“change” had to be given in single food stamp dollars and the stamped papers).

        A little later, any non-prepared food could be bought with food stamps, and the coin change was given in cash. So, since you couldn’t buy stuff like soap or laundry detergent or toothpaste with food stamps, a lot of people totaled small orders to be $2.10, $5.25, $10.01, etc – so they could get XX cents in coin cash back, and use that toward non-perishable necessities. Of course, there were also people who used that change on beer and cigarettes.

        Contrary to the “welfare queen” stories so many people “knew”, I didn’t see much of the “steak and lobster full carts” being purchased except around the holidays (people would save a little bit of their food stamps each month to have extra for the holidays).

        The problem with the booklets was they could be sold and sold easily. Since we had no ID checks on who got what, if someone received $100 in food stamps via (5) $20 booklets, selling one booklet or two booklets a month for 50 cents on the dollar wasn’t difficult. The cards should have stopped that type of fraud (since you would have to sell the physical card – and how many months could you “lose” it? or take the person giving you the 50 cents on the dollar with you to shop).

        I am guessing the boxes would be to cut out Pepsico (Frito lay snack chips, etc), Kraft Heinz (and all the processed stuff), etc. In other words, the non-nutritional products put forth by the food industry that paid for such heavy lobbying that we went from “American only foods” to “anything and everything, especially junk foods” in the SNAP program of today.

        How do you cut out the middleman? Dropship delivery.

        • Constance says:

          OK give the food stamp people some choice in their box. Rice? Potatoes or bread. Meat eater or vegie. It’s not that hard to have them choose one of 5 box types.

      • Miranda says:

        I’m with Anthony on this. I also think it would cost more to prep and ship the food boxes than to provide the cards. I’d rather see the extra money be put into finding and dealing with fraud.

        • Lulu says:

          Wholesale prices on STAPLES. Mass shipping contracts like the USPS gives Amazon. More food for the tax dollars out of our pockets instead of it being captured by Walmart, bodega fast food, and “children” running out of food by the end of the month. It would be enormously cheaper, less fraud as it stands now, and people get MORE food to eat.

        • Constance says:

          Government food packer is a job uneducated Americans can do. In Seattle’s Roosevelt High School, in Seattle’s more wealthy north end the drop out rate was 30% last time I checked. That makes plenty of Americans who need this sort of work. These people need the work more than electronic account managers who are educated and have some job versatility.

      • elliesmom says:

        I support people getting help from the government with food when they need it. How that happens should be what works to get it to the people who need it in the most cost effective manner. If using EBT cards results in a lot of fraud, then they aren’t cost effective. If requiring a photo id to use them and holding the store owner accountable when ids aren’t checked would work, then we could do that. I need to present a photo id to purchase cough syrup and my license # gets punched into the register before the sale will go through so matching ids to EBT cards should be doable. There’s no reason why we can’t or shouldn’t limit EBT purchases to some foods and not others. Food stamps aren’t supposed to pay for all of your groceries. That’s why “supplemental” is in the name of the program.
        Personally, I think a lot of the problem people have with food budgets is people don’t know how to cook anymore. I can make “artisan bread” with just a bowl and my hands (no fancy tools) for about 50 cents a loaf. They also buy a lot of stuff for “convenience”. Buying your kids canned fruit in little individual tubs just about doubles the price and adds a lot of plastic to the landfill. We don’t teach kids how to cook, plan meals, and have a budget to stick to anymore. We went from only teaching the girls to teaching no one.

        • Lulu says:

          Agree that people don’t know how to cook. Or budget. Or meal plan. This applies to non-food stamp folks too who spend WAY too much on convenience and restaurant bills when they cannot afford it. And the general attitude that people have ZERO responsibility for themselves because of their age, or race, or everything victim-y.

        • Constance says:

          Amen to that!

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      I see this as the first shot out of the cannon and my understanding is that it would be a combination of boxed items and then funds for fresh foods. This is a metro area and there are a lot of opportunities to – shall we say -make trades with EBT/WIC and I have seen some very strange things over the years. I have also seen people who use the programs properly – as if they are on a set budget and try to make the best choices and allow some wiggle room for special occasions like birthdays and holidays.

      Although the boxes at first seem a bit off putting, if done right they could prove useful. Boxes could cover shelf stable items (pasta, rice, tuna. . .) and I would like to see toothpaste , deodorant, soap, bath tissue and other necessities included. Why people who truly need help cannot purchase basic hygiene items with said help makes my head spin.

      I also have no problem with a family buying a package of cookies or pretzels or ice cream or whatever. Loading up for one continuous party no – but people who truly need help should also be able to feel that they have some leeway to make choices – and you want people to keep in practice – or learn to make such choices.

      One thought I had is that they could have a few options to select from for each box. Limited but able to pick option/box that best suits a particular family’s needs.

      Something else that could be included with boxed items would be recipe cards/shopping tips to give idea how to use and what types of items/quantities to buy with discretionary funds.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Glad to see I’m not the only one annoyed by Jessica Tarlov.

    • Anthony says:

      My greatest fear is being locked on a set with The Howler Monkey 🐒 and Richard Fowler

      • lateblum says:

        I cannot listen to either most of the time. Tarlov needs a voice coach. Fowler needs to learn to STFU. I remember when Condi Rice was appearing before the Foreign Affairs committee. She could filibuster the question “please confirm your name for this committee”. And even though I personally admired her, I wanted to tell her to SHUT UP. I think Fowler was a protege of hers.

    • Dora says:

      I can’t listen to her!

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  14. DandyTIger says:

    Happy VD everyone!

  15. DeniseVB says:

    St. Valentine is a buzz killer, eh?

  16. Myiq2xu™ says:

  17. elliesmom says:

    What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Before my BFF moved to Florida for the winters, the four of us had a standing date to go out to dinner. Last year we were alone and got snowed in. Elliesdad fell in our driveway on Sunday, and I needed help from a neighbor who’s on the fire department to get him back on his feet and into the house. He doesn’t have any serious damage, but he is pretty sore and scraped up. So I’ve planned dinner in tonight. I have a tenderloin roast that’s going to be Chateaubriand, with bearnaise sauce, roasted potatoes, and fresh broccoli. A bottle of local red wine. French chocolate mousse and a raspberry dessert wine. I hope I’m not eating this alone, but whether Elliesdad joins me or not, this is my dinner. He pooped out on me on New Year’s Eve, and I put the rib roast I’d bought in the freezer. I planned that meal with all of his favorites in mind, and I ended up eating a bowl of soup. Tonight’s meal is some of my favorite things, and even if I eat it with Tucker Carlson, it’s on for tonight. I really hope ED is going to join me, and he says he’ll try. If I cook it anyway, he’ll find it harder to resist. It’s going to smell wonderful here.
    On another note, this is the 78th anniversary of the night my parents met.

    • Ann says:

      I am glad Elliesdad had no serious repercussions. My father falls on occasion and it is a helpless feeling for all waiting for the non-emergency fire truck.

      Dinner sounds awesome! What time should we be over?

    • votermom says:

      hugs to Elliesdad!
      Dinner in bed maybe?

    • DeniseVB says:

      I would crawl over hot coals for an em dinner 🙂 Hope hubby is feeling better ❤

    • lyn says:

      Hope Elliesdad joins you for dinner. We all would if we lived nearby. 😉 ❤

    • lateblum says:

      I’m sSorry about ED. I hope a little soreness is all he has and that he mends quickly and well. Your dinner sounds fabulous! I love reading your menus and food ideas. (I’m one of those people who doesn’t cook much. But I do cook more since the kitchen re-do a few years back.) Tonight it’ll be me and the Olympic skaters.I’ll be watching in the tiny back room while the rest of the apartment is (f I n a l l y) getting painted. I have no idea where I’ll sleep. I hope I’ll be able to get into my bedroom. It’s not being painted, but it sits in the middle of everything else that is (getting painted). The long-delayed (the painter had the flu and then developed pneumonia) and badly needed paint job has disrupted my life for months. And this week, getting the rest of the apartment ready took so much of my time and attention, that I failed to mail valentines to family and friends.
      I’m currently standing in my kitchen with my iPad trying to catch up at TCH. The scraping noise has stopped so I need to see what they are doing.

      Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody!!!

      • taw46 says:

        I was so happy when I discovered there was an NBC sports channel. So last night I watched pairs skating on that channel from 8:00-10:30, then watched the top ranked teams on NBC from 10:30 on. There was some beautiful skating last night.

        • lateblum says:

          #MeToo on all counts! My favorite pairs couple is the Chinese Sui/Han. I fell in love with them 3 years ago. I was so happy so see them again last night. 💕Figure skating! And speed skating, and snowboarding, and ski jumping, and . . . Winter Games are the best!

      • taw46 says:

        Glad the work is getting done. We finally got our new roof, five months after Irma. We are lucky, so many people still waiting. Next up are the impact windows, then the siding. Yay!

      • DeniseVB says:

        I know it’s cold outside, but do crack a window so you don’t succumb to paint fumes. 😛 Otherwise, how fun fresh new paint !!

        • lateblum says:

          Thanks… Opening the window was the first thing I did this morning. And now, it’s 50+ degrees! It’s a Win-Win. I even just went through the car wash!
          Happy Valentine’s Day! 😘

    • gram krakka says:

      Hope ED is feeling well enough to enjoy dinner with you tonight. Falls are so dangerous at any age.

      My 12 year old granddaughter broke her right pinkie finger when she fell Dec 23 while playing “grab azz” outside with the boys at a neighbor’s party. Christmas Eve her finger was x-rayed and splinted at a very busy emergency room. Last week she stumbled on a pile of mats while at syncro swim practice and sprained her right pinkie toe. She has needed help cutting steak, bathing & dressing. We are all so ready for her to heal and be able to do more for herself. Good times.

  18. Dora says:

    My grandfather’s name was Valentine, as was my father’s middle name.

    When I was a kid, I thought it was hilarious to be celebrating their name days. 🙂

  19. DeniseVB says:

    A little meteorologist humor for Valentine’s ….

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  21. lyn says:

    We have another Obama thing that will never get old.

  22. DeniseVB says:

    Forget the chocolate and candy hearts, here’s some real sugar to sweeten your day !

  23. Myiq2xu™ says:

  24. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • Somebody says:

      Logic is lost on them. I have a prog friend that takes exotic vacations all over the world quite frequently. We don’t speak often these days, but she stopped by to reconnect a couple of years ago. In the previous 6 months she had been to Italy and Greece, back to US to Las Vegas and CA, off to the ME then to Colorado back to FL when she stopped by. After leaving here she was off to Hawaii, Japan and Thailand.

      She sat at my house ranting about the evils of carbon emissions and climate change. Ranted about how all fossil fuels should be eliminated. It was truly jaw dropping.

      • Island Girl says:

        That is jaw dropping. Spent a few days at a fancy resort and it was mind boggling the amount of crap involved for everyone to get there and the amount of money spent,yet they stare at their phones 24/7. 🤢

  25. Happy Valentine’s Day, TCHers! Love y’all

  26. Myiq2xu™ says:

  27. Myiq2xu™ says:

    She’ll have to give the money back. Invalidating an agreement is called “recission” and it puts the parties back where they were before the agreement was made.

  28. Myiq2xu™ says:

  29. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I like how the reporter makes it seem like this is anything more than a press release from the Romney campaign.

    “two sources close to Romney”

  30. Myiq2xu™ says:

  31. Myiq2xu™ says:

  32. Dora says:

    Oh no! Not him again!


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  33. Dora says:

    Warning: This is sickening.


    ‘To my one and only’: Michelle Obama dedicates a romantic Valentine’s Day playlist to Barack – as former president gushes that his wife ‘makes every day and every place better’

  34. DeniseVB says:

    F**k, school shooting in Ft.Lauderdale area (Parkland?). 20-50 injured , still an active shooter situation. On Fox.

  35. Myiq2xu™ says:

  36. DeniseVB says:

    *Live* local station:

  37. Dora says:

    Oh Wow!

  38. taw46 says:

  39. DeniseVB says:

    Shooter caught, another crazy white kid, taken alive. That should piss off BLM 😦

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