Friday Open Thread

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  1. 1539days says:

    Are those flowers sitting on the floor?

    • DeniseVB says:

      They sure are. Casual Friday? 😉

      • foxyladi14 says:


      • Mt.Laurel says:

        I am reading backwards. I think someone took a pic of flowers they were sent so the sender could see what they looked like and posted online. I have done this but just send in an email or text. So often when you send flowers long distance it’s like the game rumor. By the time it gets to the end, it is nothing like the original concept.

  2. Dora says:

  3. Dora says:

    Drink for a casual Friday. 🙂

  4. Dora says:

    Don’t Answer!

    • Anthony says:

      I’m full of answers. They’re not going to like any of them.

      • Mothy67 says:

        I think I will play the video of “Karen” getting arrested through my doorbell should any of them slither on up.
        How is that safe anyhow. Vax ed can still spread (?) so lets send people door to door. Idiots the whole lot.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        I was actually surprised recently when my doctor asked if I had been vaccinated–no–and if I wanted to–no. That was the end of the conversation. She didn’t say boo to me. Kind of surprising because she herself had covid pretty early on and she is, shall we say, not shy about sharing her opinions about most of my decisions.

        • 1539days says:

          Shit’s getting real on the vaccine front. Myocarditis and lipid nanoparticles are terms starting to bubble up in vaccine conversations and it’s not good.

          • jadzia1971 says:

            Agreed. I am SO GLAD that I prevailed on my ex to put the brakes on my teen sons being vaccinated.

          • Constance says:

            When I was a kid I had some virus that caused terrible mouth sores and general sickness. Since then I would break out in mouth sores during stress like the death of my parents or finals week but they would go away if I took L-lysine for a few days. Since I took the Pfizer shot I keep getting the mouth sores again and now I’m just taking L-lysine everyday because as soon as a miss a day they come back. I know it’s the shot causing this. My advice is don’t take the shot and I will not be taking any boosters.

        • Anthony says:

          I’m having trouble trusting them lol. Mine said “You’ve been around for a while. You know what you’re doing.” Kinda spooked me 🙀

    • DandyTIger says:

      I have lots of land where I can hide bodies. Happy to answer.

  5. taw46 says:

    The update on the building collapse in Surfside/Miami: 4 confirmed deaths and 159 unaccounted for in this tragedy. Last night there were many photos of people missing, so sad as it always is in these situations. And worry for the brave rescue crews who are risking their life/safety looking for survivors in the rubble. 😢

    • votermom says:

      so awful
      praying for more survivors to be rescued

    • DeniseVB says:

      So sad….and scary how something like that can happen. Any clues what happened? Just hope it wasn’t anything nefarious since a lot of Jewish people were reported to have lived in that building.

      • taw46 says:

        All speculation at this point, it will take time to determine cause. Experts believe there are probably multiple factors that contributed to the collapse. The building was undergoing a mandatory 40 yr inspection and no major problems had been identified prior to this collapse. And no, terrorist activity is not suspected. (It isn’t just that building, the whole area is home to many Jewish people.)

        • DeniseVB says:

          Thanks for the updates ! I usually find a local news channel to follow or the Sun Sentinel.

          • taw46 says:

            Yes, I have access to a local Miami tv station. They have been covering this non-stop since yesterday. They have been respectful and factual (so far), not like most media coverage we see at times like this. They are also on Twitter. @wsvn

        • Constance says:

          It’s very suspicious. It went straight down like a controlled demolition. Buildings that are going to fail give clues to people with structural knowledge and it was supposedly being inspected. It looked like the recent planned demolition of that AP building in Gaza. Flashes of light and then straight down in two events.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      That shot really did look like a controlled explosion. I have seen several in person. Also familiar with sink holes and how they can swallow up an area but that collapse looks to be underlying structural flaw/failure or a bad combination of structural flaw/failure and just the right environmental factors for it to have come down so. No matter the cause, Very scary. And will haunt the survivors and the rescue workers.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    I was wondering why this story disappeared, surprise, surprise, surprise, it WAS an accident….

  7. elliesmom says:

    I was talking to my idiot little brother last night. He’s working with a couple of his state legislators to pass a bill that would require any new homes built to be handicapped accessible. I asked him which handicaps, and that set him off. But it’s a serious question. I have a little experience with this. Not a lot, but more than he does.

    Will all new construction have to be single story homes, or will they all need elevators or stairlifts? He said the walls would have to be reinforced to support the weight of the lift, but most stairlifts attach to the stairs. It took the lift folks less than an hour to attach ours, and there were no adjustments needed to a house built in 1974. I had an electrician come in and add an electrical outlet that hid the wiring, but I didn’t need to. I just have a thing about wires and cables.

    Will all entrances to the homes have to have both stairs and ramps? He said just a ramp would be enough. Try walking up a wheelchair ramp with a rolling walker. It depends on why you have the walker on whether stairs or a ramp is better. Will all bathrooms have to have walk in tubs? We chose just a walk in shower, but some folks need a walk in tub. Why would you worry about the height of countertops when newer model wheelchairs will raise and lower their occupants to the right height to work on any counter? He mentioned doorways wide enough for a wheelchair. That’s probably the least expensive of all of the adjustments requiring hammers and nails a person in a wheelchair would have to make, and most wheelchairs fit through the doors of any house built in at least the last 25 years or so. I’m guessing current building codes are already sufficient. We had an issue with a doorway that needed a turn to get through, but moving the bed solved it.

    I am entirely sympathetic to the plight of someone who can’t live in his own house, but I also know it wasn’t difficult to find a nice house that was easily converted to make it accessible in a place we wanted to live. It did cost us some money to do the conversion, but why add it to the cost of every new home? Next up will be to require that everyone modify their homes so disabled people can easily come to visit you whether you have disabled friends or not. “It would make my liberal heart sing if laws were passed so there were no barriers anywhere to anyone.”

    • DandyTIger says:

      The problem isn’t just mandating things that can easily be done per house as a modification, but they’ll end up mandating nonsensical things that will make house prices skyrocket. IOW, they’re complete morons and can easily destroy the entire housing industry if left to their own devices. 🙂

      • taw46 says:

        Which apparently is the goal, at least for the Soros type people.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        They started down this road here by deciding there would be no more two and three story garden apartments or condos. Need five floors and elevators . And the ones actually being built are ugly as sin. they all look like those pics of blocks and blocks of buildings from behind the iron curtain. And you cannot tell where one ends and the next one begins.

    • Mothy67 says:

      Would his rules apply to a home built for me by me? Doesn’t seem legal that they could force me to accommodate visitors to a private home. I have a half bath on the first floor. A wheelchair wouldn’t fit. Would I have to have a lift to the second floor. I now this is for new constructions, but space can be a premium. An accessible bathroom takes up a lot more room.

      • elliesmom says:

        At this point private homes haven’t come under any accessibility laws, but privately owned businesses have. My brother works for a consortium that finds jobs for disabled people, and although he often has an overblown sense of his own importance, he does participate in a White House conference call about issues facing the disabled every month. Yesterday’s call was about getting disabled people vaccinated, and Kamala Harris was on the call.

        The legal camel’s nose in the tent to extend regulations that would force already built homes to make modifications may come through the lack of access to employment for disabled people. If we want to hire someone to do work inside our home, and accessibility issues prevent a disabled person from being eligible, then we might find ourselves subject to laws that have not been written yet regarding discrimination against the disabled. Because of our stairlift, one of the visiting nurses whose patient contact was mostly only on the phone was able to do Elliesdad’s weekly checkups. She loved having f2f contact and fussed over him, which he loved. One of the other aides mentioned the lift to her, and she jumped on the opportunity. She was a very capable nurse, and whatever disability kept her from climbing even a few stairs was not immediately apparent. I wouldn’t have known except she asked me to have the lift in position for her when she arrived.

    • 1539days says:

      Code is like a 36 inch door know, which would be fine for wheelchairs, unless your disability is obesity.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        Fun little update: I am currently OBSESSED with documentaries on supermorbid obesity. And am very impatient for Hulu to come to Europe so I can watch My 600-Pound Life.

        • 1539days says:

          In the US, Hulu only carries a few seasons at a time. One does tend to lose interest after a while with it, though.

          • jadzia1971 says:

            I am a committed completist! I don’t understand this “few seasons at a time” nonsense, at least for shows that have already concluded. I have been waiting SEVERAL YEARS to see Season 6 of The Americans, because only the first 5 seasons were available on streaming or for purchase here. Worse yet, Netflix carries lots of individual, out-of-sequence episodes of American shows–Season 1, episodes 2, 7, and 10, Season 4, episode 3, that kind of nonsense. Who the hell is going to watch that?

  8. DandyTIger says:

    • Mothy67 says:

      Don’t forget the Vegas assassination. The left never would, never has let a mass shooting fade so quietly. They should have been chomping T the bit over that one and yet within very little time it was swept under the rug.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      And twice on Sunday Helen! 👿

    • Constance says:

      I really think AZ plans to pull Senator Mark Kelly and reinstate Martha McSally. That will be the end of the Dems chances to do anything. BTW it looks like the ballot inspection part of the audit is over. If you like to watch pros pack up and move it should happen anytime now. There is a much smaller crew there right now seeming to tie up details.

  9. Mothy67 says:

    Proggies and the left in general remind me of the scene in Life is Beautiful. The Italian elites are discussing Hitler’s wonderful ideas which involved euthanizing the handicapped. The betters thought he was brilliant because that’s what their ilk did. Progs always claim moral superiority and ignore history. I find them a vile group. They mask disdain for themsekves and perceived lessers with a fake superiority. Most are just flat out miserable fucks who cannot bear the contentedness of others. Listen to maddow, stelter, wallace. Unhappy people . it’s not righteous indignation its diseased mental toxicity that oozes from them.
    Has jenilyn been back at all I loved her rants.

  10. driguana says:

    Kunstler’s Clusterfuck for Friday is a really good one…

  11. helenk3 says:

    DOJ suing Georgia over voting law id, tell me something in this country you need id for many things. how do blacks survive if they can not get it? What an insult. think of how many times you are asked for Id when not voting.

  12. driguana says:

    So much strangeness going on here in South FL this past week. The Miami condo collapse seems to be part of a very bizarre scenario unfolding. In the small town that we live in, Delray Beach, we are literally being inundated by “refugees” from NYC, NJ, Pa and MA, many bringing their failed politics with them. Lots of confrontations starting to happen. Lots of tensions rising among various ethnic groups here, Haitians, African Americans, Cubans. Mexican and other Central Americans.
    Residents and visitors being attacked on The Avenue, our main street, by roving groups of black youth on bicycles. Huge rift between Gov DeSantis supporters and hateful Dems….as well as vaxxed vs non-vaxxed. Very strange times, indeed. Felt so safe here for a while….stories coming out now about Miami Condo collapse are very interesting…Trump family members lived near by, John McAfee had an apartment in the building, internal implosion. Miami seems like a tinderbox lately…keeping our fingers crossed and our hopes up. Lots more bodies are going to be found in that rubble….

    • Constance says:

      Who ever took down the building isn’t a white hat, there couldn’t have been more people home than at 1:30am. It’s like it was calculated to cause the highest death count. Contrast that with the AP building in Gaza where it was mid day and everyone was warned to get out hours ahead of time or the Nashville building demo that happened early in the morning after a loud speaker warned to “get out now”.

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  14. lyn5 says:

    Don Surber posted why creepy Biden was trending on Twatter yesterday:

    During a press conference on Thursday, President Joe Biden stopped talking normally to whisper into his microphone about how much he is spending.

    “Biden was trying to brag about how much money he was spending but the comments came across as creepy considering he was whispering into the microphone.”

    The volume does not matter because everything he says is creepy.

  15. Dora says:

    “Que Mala! We Don’t Want You Here!” – Latino Trump Supporters Greet Kamala Harris as She Arrives in El Paso (VIDEO)

  16. driguana says:

    The title piece, A Circle of Tribes, to the forthcoming , fifth poetry book of my Pentatook series….been 5 long years getting them all together and published….but finally made it….

  17. driguana says:

    And now it’s back to work again on my screenplay, Doo Wop, about growing up in Pittsburgh in the late 50s-early 60’s. This is the original music piece, The Spin, that I wrote and recorded here in South FL a couple of years ago, now back in circulation…

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  19. Angie says:

    • elliesmom says:

      I’ve been trying to figure out where Jill shops off-the-rack because no designer has stepped forward to take a bow for dressing her. Dress Barn nails it.

      • lyn5 says:

        LOL. Jill is as pathetic as her moron hubby.

        • elliesmom says:

          It’s been on my mind that she must get a small allowance to spend on herself. She looks like she dresses off the bargain rack, gets her hair done at Supercuts, and never travels very far on a vacation. Shaving bandaids all over legs says she doesn’t get a regular professional grooming. She doesn’t seem to have any hobbies or collect anything valuable. If she did, it would be all over the Style pages. While I have no issue with choosing a shelter dog, it costs a lot less than buying a purebred German shepherd. Her doctorate is from an inexpensive university. It’s like the family has her on a very strict budget.

          • lyn5 says:

            Very interesting.

          • jadzia1971 says:

            If I was being photographed every day and had a penchant for not wearing stockings, I sure was hell would finish those laser hair-removal treatments that I got only halfway through a long time ago. (Would have finished them but I kept getting pregnant, ha ha.)

          • votermom says:

            Hunter too – even though he’s the bribe conduit, he has trouble raising $8K to pay off his hookers.
            It points to SloJoe being an abusive control freak.

          • elliesmom says:

            When Michelle Obama was being touted as a fashion icon, there was an ad that ran a lot that showed her outfit with a pricetag in the thousands, and then a look alike outfit you could buy for $300 or so. I keep waiting for the Bee to run one for Jill Biden that says you can look like Jill for $39.95 or find it at the thrift shop for $3.00.

      • Miranda says:

        Ross? JC Penney’s?

    • lyn5 says:

      I miss Melania!

  20. lyn5 says:

    Democrats’ bitches come in all genders.

  21. lyn5 says:

    According to the Pentagon, the U.S. intelligence community, and President Joe Biden, none of those is the greatest national security threat to the United States any longer. Instead, they all say explicitly and in unison, the gravest menace to American national security is now domestic in nature. Specifically, it is “domestic extremists” in general — and far-right white supremacist groups in particular — that now pose the greatest threat to the safety of the homeland and to the people who reside in it.

    In other words, to justify the current domestic War on Terror that has already provoked billions more in military spending and intensified domestic surveillance, the Pentagon must ratify the narrative that those they are fighting in order to defend the homeland are white supremacist domestic terrorists. That will not work if white supremacists are small in number or weak and isolated in their organizing capabilities. To serve the war machine’s agenda, they must pose a grave, pervasive and systemic threat.

  22. helenk3 says:

    be prepared for riots (peaceful protests) this weekend. Sentencing for chovan today. anywhere from 12 1/2 to 40 years. no matter how many years he sentenced to , if will not be enough for blm
    he will likely be epsteined within a year.

    • lateblum says:

      If riots – errrr “mostly peaceful protests” are planned for this weekend, I hope the weather continues to suck.

  23. helenk3 says:

    22 1/2 years sentence for chovin

    • elliesmom says:

      Make-A-Wish has a canned set of “wishes” they grant, and there are a lot of strings attached to most of them. Very few kids actually get a personal wish granted. My son was 17 when they showed up to offer him a trip to DisneyWorld. He asked if he could go with a friend who was over 21, but they said it had to be a parent. What 17 year old boy wants to go to Disney with his parents? Then they offered him a week at Paul Newman’s camp for sick kids. Average age of the campers was under 12. Next it was lunch with a member of the Red Sox. You can see Fenway Park from the hospital, and members of the team hung out at the clinic all the time. So my son asked Make a Wish for a puppy. They wouldn’t buy him a dog because they were worried about liability.

      My son’s Boston Marathon partner won a trip to see the Jaguars play from a seat in the owner’s box. He was in his late twenties and married, but his wife didn’t want to go so he took my son. They spent a week and a half touring Florida together and had a great time. When a member of the Sox found out lunch with a member of the team was being offered by Make-A-Wish, he took my son and a couple more of the older kids to lunch with the whole team. One of the nurse’s dogs had a litter of puppies, and she gave my son a beagle puppy. So my son wrote to Make-A-Wish to thank them for their offered wishes because he had been granted them all by others except for the week at the Hole-in-the Wall Camp. Since he was now 18 and too old for the camp, he asked for a ride around the racetrack with Paul Newman. He never heard from them again.

      • 1539days says:

        I read a Reddit thread about MAW and they’re really good at setting up Disney experiences. Everything else is pretty iffy. Like someone wanted to meet Taylor Swift or something, and they ended up being in a small group of contest winners and superfans and barely met her.

        I guess they’re pretty restrictive about the Disney trips, too.

  24. lyn5 says:

  25. lyn5 says:


    • lyn5 says:

      Chris Larsen @clarsen710

      Let this sink in. A Four Star General advocating for the termination (of employment) of someone in America because they found their speech unbecoming. This country was founded by people who spoke out against public “officials”.

      • lyn5 says:

        J.D. Vance @JDVance1

        I personally would like American generals to read less about “white rage” (whatever that is) and more about “not losing wars.”

        What I find so enraging about the Joint Chiefs’s pandering on progressive wokeness is that they know damn well the geography and politics of who dies in American wars. The conservative Americans you trash are disproportionately bleeding for this country.

        I’m glad you got your viral clip, General. Maybe you should try defending the enlisted folks, their families, and their values.

      • 1539days says:

        Termination of employment, we assume.

    • lyn5 says:

  26. lyn5 says:

    Marcus is a dumbass.

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  28. helenk3 says:

    I do not condone this or think it is right, I am amused at the outrage when the shoe is on the other foot. No outrage when statues commorating our history are destroyed, when a statue commorating black soldiers fighting in the civil war against slavery is torn down. no outrage
    but george floyd OMG get the doj, fbi and any police in the area to investigate and jail who ever did it.

    • Cisco says:

      It will never ever be the same..DuSable Drive, vomiting here.

      • lateblum says:

        The traffic report will be much longer and much less accurate once they have to speak the full name of Lake Shore Drive. Instead of the traffic being “on the eights” it will be sometimes on the eights, other times on the sixes, some other times on the tens. It will all depend on how quickly the reporter can say the new name.

        Also, I heard this renaming will lead to – wait for it – “racial healing” in Chicago. 🥴 🤢 🤮


        • elliesmom says:

          My house is between the two ends of a loop road named “Lake Shore Drive”. It’s barely wide enough for the FEDEX and UPS delivery trucks to pass each other, and it has fewer than 20 houses on it. Every time I see the street signs, I get a smile. I’ll have to ask my neighbors who live there if changing its name would promote racial healing. My one black neighbor who lives on the corner brought his white wife and biracial child to the neighborhood because when his job brought him here, he felt so welcome. (He repairs AC units.)

          • lateblum says:

            Well, if last night was any barometer of the “post Lake Shore Drive renaming ‘racial healing’”, I’ve got some news for Lori Lightfoot . . . I just perused my Twitter notifications and saw MANY shootings, both with and without deaths, reported from just last night.
            I guess all that goodwill will take some time.

  29. Mothy67 says:

    I got this text
    “In the name of Jesus Christ, I command you and your force to come out of him”
    It has a Chicago area code.

  30. Angie says:

    FYI: this will be a fine. That’s it.

    All those years of investigation & tax dollars spent starting with Mueller & this is all these dumb motherfckrs could find –and it isn’t even Trump personally. 🤣🤣🤣

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