Monday’s Open Thread

Kicking off a new week !

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65 Responses to Monday’s Open Thread

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda used a photo from The Masters golf tournament for the weekend thread 😉

    • lateblum says:

      You can save it and use another time. It was simply breathtaking. I thought it was even more beautiful this year than in the past. But that’s perhaps I watched a program related to The Masters this year and hadn’t in the past.

    • Constance says:

      Wow! We have diverse and beautiful gardens in the Northwest so I am used to seeing them but that is gorgeous!

  2. Dora says:

    One of my favorite places.

    • swanspirit says:

      In the darkest part of the night, a ships captain cautiously piloted his warship through the fog-shrouded waters. With straining eyes he scanned the hazy darkness, searching for dangers lurking just out of sight.

      Then His worst fears were realised when he saw a bright light straight ahead. It appeared to be a vessel on a collision course with his ship. To avert disaster he quickly radioed the oncoming vessel.

      “This is Captain Jeremiah Smith,” his voice crackled over the radio. “Please alter your course 10 degrees south! Over.”

      To the captains amazement, the foggy image did not move. Instead, he heard back on the radio, “Captain Smith. This is Private Thomas Johnson. please alter your course 10 degrees north! Over.”

      Appalled at the audacity of the message, the captain shouted back over the radio, “Private Johnson, this is Captain Smith, and I order you to immediately alter your course 10 degree south! Over.”

      A second time the oncoming light did not budge. “With all due respect Captain Smith,” came the privates voice again, “I order you to alter your course immediately 10 degrees north! Over.”

      Angered and frustrated that this impudent sailor would endanger the lives of his men and crew, the captain growled back over the radio, “Private Johnson. I can have you court-marshalled for this! For the last time, I command you on the authority of the United States government to alter your course 10 degrees to the South! I am a battleship!”

      The privates final transmission was chilling: “Captain Smith, sir. Once again with all due respect, I command you to alter your course 10 degrees to the North! I am a lighthouse!

  3. Dora says:

    How did we ever become such a peaceful country? (sarc)

    ===

    Portland rioters barricade door and set fire to ICE building with federal agents inside: ‘

    The mob chanted: ‘Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground!’

    https://www.theblaze.com/news/portland-riot-ice-building-fire-antifa

  4. swanspirit says:

    You really have an eye for beautiful flowers Denise. This one his breathtaking.❤

  5. lateblum says:

    I’m trying to spend less time online these days. (I’m not being very successful.) I just saw this article (which I linked to via a tweet).
    https://pjmedia.com/culture/rabbi-michael-barclay/2021/04/11/we-must-not-be-bystanders-to-the-anti-semitism-of-ilhan-omar-and-the-foreign-affairs-committee-n1439078

    One of many paragraphs that struck a chord in me was this:

    “ But the Nazi Holocaust is unique in all of human history. Nowhere before had there ever been a systematic genocide against a people for no practical or theological reason. The Nazis did not kill Jews for monetary gain, and in actuality, the concentration camps were extremely costly to the Nazis. The Nazis were not fighting a religious war with the intent of converting Jews (a Jew who had converted was still considered Jewish by the Nazis and sent to the camps), and in fact even being ¼ Jewish qualified a person as a “Mischling” (mixed blood) and was a death sentence. They were not trying to convert the Jews, only to kill them. The Holocaust was a unique project to destroy the “sub-human” Jews for no practical or theological reason but purely out of hate.”

    Of course there’s much more. It is a reminder that anti-Semetism is alive and well in our government. I feel so discouraged.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      I agree. 😦

    • swanspirit says:

      They were trying to “purify” the species, and anything that wasn’t Aryan, or The Master Race, were undesirable and extinguishable. That included blacks, ” defective” or disabled, and anyone imperfect or flawed.
      They had breeding programs with volunteer acceptable German men and women. Hitler, himself, wouldn’t have been acceptable.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      The Jews were not the only victims of the Nazis. But while Gays, Gypsies, Communists, and others were sent to concentration camps where many died of starvation and abuse, only the Jews were marked for extermination. But the logistics of identifying, gathering up, and exterminating six million people were daunting.

      The “death camps” were the application of German efficiency to the Final Solution. They were built in Poland to hide them from the German public. Finding troops willing to work in the camps was a problem, as was the expense of executing that many people. Last but not least was the problem of disposing of all those dead bodies.

      As the war began to go badly for them that the Nazis began diverting more and more resources to killing the Jews.

    • swanspirit says:

      That article about the variant, only mentions infections. It doesn’t say if the variant is more lethal, more virulent, or if there were any deaths. It doesn’t say that the survival rate is less than 99.95%

      • elliesmom says:

        What other articles say is the South African variant isn’t any more lethal, but it’s better at attaching itself to human cells so it spreads faster. That might cause more deaths because more people will get sick. The prognosis is everytime a new variant of the virus appears, the pharaceutical industry is going to add additional virus pieces to their vaccines, and everyone is going to need a booster shot. Does that surprise anyone?

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    Never forget, never forgive.

  11. lyn5 says:

    Free-ride Cindy!

    President Biden is preparing to nominate Cindy McCain, the wife of late-Republican Sen. John McCain, to an ambassadorship in Western Europe, according to a news report Monday.

    McCain is being vetted for the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. World Food Programme, based in Rome, Italy, two sources told Politico.

    https://justthenews.com/government/white-house/biden-allegedly-set-name-cindy-mccain-ambasadorship

  12. helenk3 says:

    my favorite place on earth

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  16. Miranda says:

    A senior police officer should know the difference between her taser and her gun. Good LORD.
    https://abc11.com/police-minnesota-officer-meant-to-draw-taser-not-handgun/10509339/

    • foxyladi14 says:

      smdh! 😡

    • lateblum says:

      She needed more training on how not to get so anxious. They all need more training. The environment is so explosive that every interaction now seems like a racial riot waiting to happen. This is a tragedy that, given the tensions in MN, will likely happen more than once.

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  19. threewickets says:

    These are truly bad people in retrospect. They are the Klan. But the correct casting is Nic Cage for Joker Bush, Tom Cruise for Riddler Bush, Jack Nicholson for Penguin Bush, Cary Grant for Superman Bush, and Daniel-Day Lewis for Grand Wizard Bush. As it sort of has been.

  20. Dora says:

    Local Officials Fence Off Restaurant For Defying Lockdown Orders, Fine Them $50,000

    A California city erected a chain-link fence on Saturday around a local restaurant that refuses to obey COVID-19 restrictions, according to reports.

    https://dailycaller.com/2021/04/12/tinhorn-flats-saloon-burbank-california-fence-defying-lockdown-covid-19-orders/

    • lateblum says:

      I’m watching a series on PBS about WWII and Hitler, naturally, and the power he and the German Army as they swept into Scandinavia. I’m learning how little I know about Hitler and his bullying as he took over Europe. I would feel as helpless as I do now. And I have even greater respect and awe for the citizens who risked everything as they hid and/or smuggled people out of their countries. I wish I could be so brave. But I am not. And i am ashamed that when I now see these severe injustices over arbitrary rules that governors, mayors, just plain evil people are making to they, too can be the Führer.

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