Tuesday Open Thread

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  1. DeniseVB says:

  2. DeniseVB says:

    I didn’t watch the speech, but the consensus on Twitter Right is whether to be concerned about his cough or the fact he only gave a 14 minute speech?

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    • Anthony says:

      “Dr.” Jill lmao

      • lyn5 says:

        Good morning, Dr. Anthony!

        • lyn5 says:

          My hubby’s psychologist sister puts PhD after her name. Don’t know if she demands being called doctor.

          • elliesmom says:

            Professionally, I can see it because a lot of the public doesn’t understand the difference between going to see a psychiatrist, a psychologist, or a psychiatric social worker. Signing letters to her clients with PhD after her name is different than signing her Christmas cards that way. ED had a string of professionals helping in his mental and emotional care. All of them, including the one with MD after his name, introduced themselves to him using their first names. He had to have it explained to him why one of them had to have an MD because there was medication involved. Had that been a better relationship, we could have eliminated the others, but he needed to be there.

            Dr. Elliesmom 😉

          • lateblum says:

            Also, there is the issue of being able to bill for insurance reimbursement. And, I assume, licensing as well as other professional situations may require a doctorate. As far as personal use of the title of “doctor”, I have had many relationships with many doctors – MDs, PhDs and DOs – and I noticed that the only ones who insisted on being called “doctor” outside of the professional setting, were those who suffered from “status anxiety”.

          • Back when I was working in pest control I had a customer who insisted on being called “doctor.” He ran the IOOF Retirement Home and he was a “doctor of divinity.” My law degree says “juris doctor” but I never asked anyone to call me “Dr. Klown.”

          • elliesmom says:

            I was in Jill Biden’s field. The only time I was ever introduced using the title “Dr” was when the virtual school I worked for was going through the accreditation process, and the head honcho was introducing her staff to the accreditation team. She knew because it was on my resume, but my colleagues heard it for the first time in that meeting. There were three curriculum divisions, and all three of her curriculum administrators had completed an Ed.D. or a CAGS, but no one knew that except her. She introduced all three of us as “Dr.”, but I was the only who had done the dissertation. But as I’ve said here before, a dissertation for an Ed.D. is not a huge undertaking.

        • Anthony says:

          🩺⚕🥼🚑🏥

  5. Gojoy says:

    Waiting for the Wreaths Across America convoy to pass through my town. Trying not to cry in front of my neighbors. I have a reputation to uphold.

    • Constance says:

      I read there were dueling electors in 7 states. Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan, Wisconson, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. It is not being covered anywhere but Epoch Times and other Independent new sources.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Yep 😉

    • elliesmom says:

      When I discovered wine.com had no restriction on their ordering for shipping to RI, I ordered a few bottles to see how it worked. I live about 5 miles from a liquor store so it’s not a big deal to drive there, but the shop is currently only doing curbside pickups, and I like to browse for wine. It cost me $23.50 to get the wine from wine.com delivered, but tucked into the box was an invitation to “join” wine.com for $49/year. I’d get free shipping with no minimum order and discounts on the wine. When ED was alive, we bought more than wine at the liquor store, but for me it’s nearly 100% wine, and I don’t need to browse for an occasional bottle of tequila or a six pack of cheap beer to make onion rings. One trip at year to the curb will handle that. So I gave myself wine.com for Christmas, and Santa made a delivery this morning. I haven’t finished all of the wine from the first order, but now my wine rack is full, and I can make beurre blanc sauce or boeuf bourguignon without making an appointment at the liqour store. I “joined” the Bakers’ Club at King Arthur so now I can bake anything I want, too. What does the woman who has everything buy for herself? 🙂

      • lateblum says:

        💕💕💕

      • Gojoy says:

        I’m so old I only buy things I know my daughter would like to inherit.

        • elliesmom says:

          When I down-sized, I invited my kids to come and pick over the pile I was getting rid of immediately. Then I explained to them that in the future I wouldn’t be acquiring anything new without getting rid of something I already have so they should show me what they hoped to inherit. If I decided it was getting replaced while I was still alive, they could “inherit” it early. I’ve been pretty good. I had to buy a couple of pieces of furniture when I first moved in because what I had in the old house didn’t fit here, but after those original purchases, I haven’t bought anything. I have fewer dishes than I had when I moved in. The only new artwork has been gifts. I’ve been giving serious thought to moving again far enough away the kids probably wouldn’t want to pay to move things back. The idea of just putting a few clothes, my sewing machines and my professional KitchenAid in the car and starting fresh is an appealing idea, and as someone who has a houseful of things with sentimental value, I’m not sure where the urge is coming from.

          • swanspirit says:

            I have been looking at my home, and all the things that I have accumulated over the years, and the urge to simplify, declutter, or just move with a few things, has been bubbling up here and there. I have a lot of things of sentimental value, and while I don’t want to part with them, that urge to clear things out, and super simplify, is still there.

          • Somebody says:

            I can help if you want to leave things in RI for your kids. I’ll give you the code for a mini storage in NJ, you can stop by there on your way south. No living room furniture or mattresses, but pots, pans, dishes, glasses, utensils, a small kitchen table and chairs, bed frames, drapes, drapery rods, end tables, a TV stand, art work , rugs and other assorted items. Almost all the bare essentials for a two bedroom, two bath apartment.

          • elliesmom says:

            Thank you, and I will keep it in mind. I moved from a very early twentieth century house (1904) full of antiques to a ranch with high vaulted ceilings in the living room. I made it work by picking and choosing what I kept. I had twice as many rooms before so there was a lot more furniture than I needed here. But my house looks like the kind of place you’d like to spend a cozy winter in. If I move to a red state, which would be part of the plan, odds are it will be much warmer than here. South Dakota isn’t on my list. I’d be thinking a “beachy place”. I know how much it costs to move, and I wouldn’t need to be looking for furniture with a long life so in the long run it would probably be cheaper to just buy furniture when I go there and pick out what “fits”. My patio furniture might be worth shipping. The rest of the stuff I’ve enjoyed, but after I left my china closet behind for my daughter because it was too tall for the dining room ceiling here, I got past the grief of parting with furniture. I plan on giving Crash my grandmother’s treadle sewing machine as soon as she learns how to sew anyway. This is all just musing at this point, but I find I need to talk about something like it’s real to get the momentum going to make it happen.

  7. foxyladi14 says:

    Massive Wikileaks drop
    I expect there is going to be a significant amount of news being generated by the latest Wikileaks data drop.

  8. Dora says:

    I felt my blood pressure go up went up when I read this

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    Obama Trolls President Trump Over “Birther” Issue: ‘I Was Able to Get Away with’ Not Being Born in the US (VIDEO)

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/obama-trolls-president-trump-birther-issue-able-get-away-not-born-us-video/

  9. Dora says:

    • lyn5 says:

      Double needle dick.

    • DeniseVB says:

      • lyn5 says:

        Received a fundraising email from Mitch. My reply: Fuck you, Mitch, for enabling corrupt China Joe Dementia whose party committed voter fraud.

        • DeniseVB says:

          RNC is doing it too, they just go right to the recycle bin. The Christmas card from the Trumps was nice and we got one for a long ago donation, so I kept that, even if it did have RNC marked on the back as having sent it. They didn’t ask for money though 🙂

    • Constance says:

      So I guess this means that Kamala can resign her Senate seat now? I mean what is she waiting for?

      • lyn5 says:

        Exactly.

        • Constance says:

          I guess Newsmax put out a statement saying “The electors voted, Biden is President elect. We do realize there are court challenges.” Uh, no. There was massive fraud. We will see who is inaugurated January 20, 2021, Biden is not my President, Republicans are not my Party. Newsmax is dead to me.
          Then I see these Durham investigation blurbs, not sure who is putting them out…”Durham is making speedy progress! He has added more prosecutors” So the F**k what! I’ve been hearing that for years. Nothing ever comes of it. I mean did they actually indict someone’s office assistant finally? No, that is not good enough, I wanted a Roger Stone style perp walk years ago. I think we are expected to act grateful or something, and that just makes my blood boil.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Let’s see if FB will share today, because this made me ROTFLMAO………..

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  15. foxyladi14 says:

    #FightForTrump

    America is growing weary of the Republican Party not fighting for the truth or @realDonaldTrump Instead they cower to special & foreign interests. #WeThePeople will not be treated like fools.@POTUS won the election & everyone knows it.#FightForTrump https://t.co/sgpQsW0Oms

    — General Flynn (@GenFlynn) December 15, 2020

  16. foxyladi14 says:

    GOP Electors at Stop the Steal, D.C. today

    • Constance says:

      Thanks, that was good. I’m grateful for these guys. But their talk doesn’t start until at least half an hour into the clip.

  17. Mothy67 says:

    I just started watching Virgin River. Surprised I like it. Nothing new. Fish out of water. Will they or won’t they? I tend to go with darker stories, but I am hooked. The Mel character was driving me nuts. Where had I seen her before? Imbd- Moira the younger version of the maid on American Horror Story’s first season. Reminds me of Northern Exposure which I loved.
    I also watched The Prom last night and found it very entertaining for a light disposable musical. I really enjoy those big dance numbers. Liberal critics bashed it. I guess it didn’t insult the midwest enough.
    When covid is over I am taking my tv into the woods and shooting it.
    I wake up everyday in time to get ready for my nap.

    • elliesmom says:

      Virgin River is based on a Harlequin Romance. My Russian lit prof said Anna Karenina was a Harlequin Romance with a dash of Russian angst. He gave me a new appreciation for trashy romance novels when you have time to waste. The same thing holds true for TV shows. If you have two hours a week to watch TV, you choose carefully. When you have time to spare, you watch shows like “Revenge”. I binge watched “The Practice” while I did my laundry the other day. It’s basically a show about a group of doctors who just keep swapping sex partners, but on a rainy day when your hands are folding laundry, it’s entertaining. If you can find “Why Women Kill” with Lucy Liu and Ginnifer Goodwin somewhere, you’d probably like that one , too. It’s a dark comedy about a house. Three different decades. Three different couples. All in the same house, but at different times. Someone always ends up dead.

      • lyn5 says:

        A lot of the cheesy Christmas are based on Harlequin Romances, but I enjoy them.

        • elliesmom says:

          It’s like food. Everyone should have some space in their diet for things you eat just because you like them. You don’t worry about their nutritional value. You just like them. I have a friend who says it’s “wasteful” to eat “empty calories”. She only watches “valuable TV” and only reads “worthwhile” books. She’s also a miserable person to be around most of the time. The one good thing about this pandemic is she’s afraid to leave her house. I’ve read “War and Peace”. If I want to read 200 pages of fluff, I earned it.

      • Mothy67 says:

        Jane Eyre is Cinderella albeit a feminist version.

        • elliesmom says:

          There was nothing quite like taking a lit course that covered the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, and William Makepeace Thackeray, and being the only woman in the room. Not quite as much fun as a class in science fiction lit with a bunch of science nerds, but close.

        • swanspirit says:

          I love love love Jane Eyre. I just finished rereading Persuasion, and Cold Mountain. I am trying to keep my hands still, because my tendonitis is in both hands, but the right is worse, and it’s painful. Very frustrating, at the time of year when I want to be doing so many things. But for me, reading is a passport to paradise, so it’s nice to indulge myself.

  18. foxyladi14 says:

    Hearings continue.

  19. Mothy67 says:

    I am so sick of the sensationalism of the kung flu virus. The past month and a half they have had free walk-in and drive thru testing sites all over the county. Duh. Testing more is going to give you more positive results. And if you can get yourself to a kiosk with the sniffles it’s not plague level. Ten new deaths in the county. Five associated with ltc’s. One was in 20-s. No word on the prior health of that person.
    The local media is acting as if people are dropping dead in the streets. It’s worse than in the spring. I am suspect. We were getting 27 a day and now that there’s a vaccine they skyrocket to 1000 plus a day.
    A local restaurant is being savaged. She got herself an attorney and refuses to close or mandate masks. Place was packed on Saturday. Two off duty sheriffs had lunch there and Karen saw it on facebook and reported them to department. They are suspended and quarentined. Huh?
    Everything is suspended again. In class (2 days/wk) continues until Christmas break then it is assumed no return until late spring. So urgent and deadly why are they waiting another week? No sports.
    Yet the health commissioner was on the fake news going on about how safe busses are. Okay so if I sit in a bar or restaurant I die, but a 45 minute commute on a bus or plane poses no risk. How stupid do they think we are? Rhetorical.
    The last holiday which was spent with extended family is last Christmas! No Easter egg hunts, no picnics or trips to the lake for the summer get together holidays. No Thanksgiving. A year of isolation for many. The reporters never ask the most obvious questions. Why is Africa apart from the middle east and South Africa barely touched? Why impose the tyrannical restrictions during the summer months when spread was low. Wouldn’t it have been better to have let it loose then when the odds of catching it were lower and thus moved towards herd immunity? Why does China only have 85,000 cases. Fauci is saying masks until late 2021? I seriously doubt my free mask I get when I walk in grocers does shite. I have no reason to believe anything from the news.
    It is very troubling to watch how so many question nothing they hear from the propagandists.

    • elliesmom says:

      When the Society of Women Engineers learned I was in charge of the internship program at the division of the company where I worked, they started recruiting me to become a teacher so girls would have another female influence in science or math. They weren’t teachers, and they didn’t understand the personality of a mentor is often very different from that of a teacher, and neither did I. One of the things I came to learn was how many people go into teaching because they’re tyrants. They need to control people, and it’s easier to control children than it is to control adults, especially when the kids are a captive audience. When kids are conditioned to obey without question, we get adults who follow rules without question. Now not every teacher is a tyrant, and some kids go through school without encountering so many they get conditioned, and some kids naturally resist. But we often hear about how schools are “indoctrinating” kids instead of teaching them, but the bigger problem is the conditioning to “follow the rules” without question.

    • swanspirit says:

      I don’t think the lock downs will stop while the politicians are benefiting from the transfer of wealth to the large corporations.

      “Lockdowns are the biggest transfer of wealth from small businesses to multinational corporations in world history. Company’s like Amazon are profiting massively now and absorbing small businesses.”
      https://www.investmentwatchblog.com

      The large corporations contribute massive amounts of money to the political party that reinforces the lock downs, and we know who they are.

  20. foxyladi14 says:

    Electoral College voted 306 for Biden. Republicans picked their own electors. Barr resigned.
    Dominion machines forensic report went public. How Hollywood censored people.

  21. Mothy67 says:

    I once talked to an addiction counselor about heroin users. She claimed that 30 day inpatient was a waste of money as 9 months should be the minimum to effect change. Are we being corralled into breaking the American spirit of individuality? The small business exemplifies the can do American. So do sports. I do not see any of the mom and pop businesses around me surviving. How can you hold on for a year with little or no income? I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone. Police are bad and must treat violent criminals with kid gloves, but lord forbid if you walk the wrong way up an aisle in the supermarket. Public lashings for you. It is all absurd. Hollywierd can go back to work, but a diner owner is fucked? How is putting food on the table not essential, but a teen CW show is a necessity?
    If you feel unsafe stay home. Masks in stores don’t bother me if the store demands. That is their option. Everything can be delivered. Order in if you are afraid. I don’t see how isolation is healthy. The doomsday people won’t stand for others going on with life. Seriously I think the damage done to kids is going to be profound. I know a few kids at brat’s school have been in complete lockdown since March. No friends. Only scrabble and game nights. We don’t have big yards. Ugh.
    I just think this is the worst apocalypse ever.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I stopped drinking and smoking on Oct 5, cold turkey because of that pesky ass kicking stroke. My daughter was more worried I’d have serious DT’s some time later, and I never did. The strongest meds I was on was a daily aspirin to chew and tylenol for night leg cramps. Other than bp, cholesterol, and some heart rotor rooter med (plavix?). Now I wonder, maybe I wasn’t drinking that much to have withdrawl symptoms. Of course, one of the docs was a fanatic about exactly how much I drank on more of less days of the week? I said cranberry and vodka nightly as a nightcap. He marked it down as alcohol abuse !!!!! Oh well, I don’t miss it.

      • elliesmom says:

        I enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, but if I eat my main meal at lunch, I don’t want wine because even one glass at that time of day means it’s nap time. I’ve never had a doctor tell me a glass of wine everyday is “alcohol abuse”. That being said, with the situation as it is at the local liquor store, I went for weeks hoarding what wine I had so I could cook with it instead of drinking it. When I gave up caffeine, that was a real withdrawal, though. Headaches and nausea. I occasionally drink something with caffeine in it now, but I have no urge to go through that again so I limit how much and how often.

      • Mothy67 says:

        I cut way back a few weeks ago. I was buying the big bottle of vodka. I am my own worst bartender. I am not 25 anymore. I felt like crap, but without anything to do it escalated. I miss people and the cold weather has made it worse. When it was warm and I walked the girls I’d encounter people in their yards and chat for a few minutes now everyone is inside. I used to go to the local pub a few times a week and have a few bourbons with a beer back. I am too much of a miser to get shitfaced in a bar and I rarely drank at home. Isolation had me imbibing daily out of boredom. I cut back not for health reasons, but because if I didn’t I might have to stop forever. Um, that’s a no. I switched to mostly wine which I sip and get tired before I get drunk. It also got boring.

      • swanspirit says:

        I wish I could drink. My body doesn’t tolerate alcohol, and I like wine, and Amaretto. One glass of wine, and my face and chest turn bright pink, and I need a nap. I have never heard one drink a day is abuse. I heard it was good for your blood pressure.

        • Somebody says:

          I rarely drink, mostly because I’m a control freak and I get drunk easily. Once in awhile I have a drink or two.

          I think there is something about older women and doctors. I got grilled about my alcohol use🤣 I said I drink occasionally, nurse was like be more specific, did you have a drink last night? Anytime this past week? Answer to both was no. When was the last time you had a drink? I was like, let me think 🤔 My husband was with me, I turned to him and said “Honey was it May or June when we had those margaritas?” Nurse says “Are you serious?” Hubby and I reply at same time YES. She says fine, I guess you qualify as a social drinker.

          I’ve never had a doctor or nurse really question me and try to get specific about drinking. However, the surgeon’s office did and then I had to see my GP for surgical clearance. Completely different medical facility, but once again the grill on the alcohol and demanding specificity.

          Personally, I think it’s because of covid. It’s just another part of covid, you see on the news alcoholism is up, drug use is up, depression is on the rise. So I think doctors are asking a lot more questions. I got the same routines about drug use🙄 Nurse at surgeons office asked a boat load of drug questions, hell I didn’t even know what some of the stuff she asked me about was, never even heard of it. I don’t think she believed me or thought I was bull shitting her that I’m so naive or stupid or whatever.

          She finally asked me Mrs. X have you EVER smoked Marijuana? Yes I said. Aha she says, when was the last time you smoked Marijuana Mrs. X? Um, 1982 I think, might have been late 81. She was like are you for real? Once again hubby piped up and said absolutely. I explained he maintained and still maintains a security clearance and has random testing, so no we don’t fucking do drugs are we the only people you’ve ever run across that don’t do drugs? She says just about…..now THAT shocked me.

          My GP thankfully didn’t grill me about drugs, but I think doctors have the message to grill people about this stuff due to covid. They are probably padding the abuse stats like they are the covid and they’ll blame Trump for turning Americans into drunks and druggies.

          • mcnorman says:

            Sadly Somebody, the grilling is the government’s intrusion into healthcare. They have tick boxes that MUST be checked otherwise docs incur payment penalties. Those stats are then compiled by the intrusive electronic medical records which are then sent off to WHO. It’s sick. No one or thing should ever come between you and your physician. It really isn’t anyone’s business but yours.

          • Mothy67 says:

            I had the nurse ask me how many sexual partners I have had.
            I said today? Less than 5 , but I got up late. There’s a lot of none of your fucking business questions in obama care rules.

            Covid rules here for restaurants and bars limited the number of drinks you could have. I want these freaks out of my life. I guy who cut it’s dick off doesn’t get to make choices for me.

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  24. elliesmom says:

    It’s snowstorm time again. Depending on which weather service you check, I’m either getting 1-3″ or 6-18″. The snow is expected to start tomorrow night and continue into Thursday. Nowhere in the hourly forecast is the forecast at 100% so therein lies the discrepancy in the snow totals. I have the New England staples of milk and eggs. Tomorrow I will hard boil some of the eggs and make the proverbial loaf of bread. I have tuna fish and peanut butter. I will move what I might need out of the big freezer to the fridge freezer so I don’t have to open the big one. There are 6 gallons of water stored in the linen closet. All the flashlights are ready, my phone is charged and the backup charger is charged. The doggy food was delivered today along with a case of wine. It’s going to be close to freezing temps here through to Sunday, but not bitterly cold. Sunday whatever has fallen will begin to melt quickly. If the power holds, I will enjoy this first real snowfall. If it doesn’t, I have two dogs to keep me warm, and a pile of non-Kindle books. While sewing requires power, knitting doesn’t, and I still have lots of yarn. If I disappear, it’s most likely to happen sometime Thursday. If that happens, not to worry. I’ll see you on the other side.

    • Mothy67 says:

      Have you ever made your own wine? My grandfather used to make Dandylion wine. It was hit or miss. I tried to make prison hooch once out of curiosity without toilet water. Nasty stuff.

    • swanspirit says:

      Do you have a generator, or a fireplace/ woodstove?

      • elliesmom says:

        I have a fireplace, but it’s electric. No generator. It’s been on my list of things to do, but maintaining it and keeping it running during a storm isn’t easy unless I get a propane fueled one. Then we’re talking a rather large cost. I’ve only been frozen out of my house once in 5 years, and if it had only been me, I would have been fine. I do have places I can go if it gets too cold.

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    check out the replies

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