Wednesday Open Thread

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  1. swanspirit says:

    Love love love peonies!!! And we hebcolors.💓

  2. swanspirit says:

    John Cole’s latest idiot rant. He’s so mad at anyone who won’t get vaccinated. I won’t bother to paste any of his inane drivel.Because nowhere in his peevish drivel, does he mention the importation of literally millions of unscreened, and unvaccinated people at the border, being allowed in and distributed around our country. That seems to have escaped his inflamed observations.

    https://www.balloon-juice.com/2021/07/27/anger-at-the-unvaccinated/

    • foxyladi14 says:

      President Trump does Not agree! 😡
      We The People are the super-majority, often the silent majority; but we are the majority. We are the productive, taxpaying, hard-working members of society that ask nothing more than to be left alone from the overbearing influence of government in our lives. Enough is enough. We are not going to go backwards in fear of a virus that has over a 99% survival rate.

    • lateblum says:

      That distribution of unvaccinated, Covid-positive illegal immigrants even made the news in a CBS news report in Chicago. This morning. Color me shocked.

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  4. Dora says:

    Again!

    • elliesmom says:

      There are no big cities in New England. Boston, the largest in all 6 states, is 21st in the nation. It’s about the size of Nashville. Jacksonville is 50% larger. In comparison, the third largest, Providence is 144th, about the size of Newport News. It’s so rare a city occupies an entire county in NE I can’t think of one. All of Boston is in Suffolk County along with the cities of Revere, Chelsea, and Winthrop. Across the river, Cambridge is in Middlesex County, which includes Revere’s ride through the “villages and towns’. When you get covid data from Suffolk County, everyone there lives in a city atmosphere, but when you look at Middlesex County, a lot of it is suburbia and some of it is still farmland. What that does is make the city of Cambridge look “safer” from covid than Boston, and Concord look more dangerous than Plymouth. Neither is true. The same thing happens in RI. I live out in the sticks where there have been no deaths from covid and the only hospitalizations are out of our one nursing home, but our county stats include the city of Providence.

      This kind of thing is why Mark Twain’s popularization of “There are three kinds of lies- lies, damn lies, and statistics” is impossible to trace to the original source. It’s too true no matter who said it first. Our governments at the national, state, county, and local level are using statistics to their own advantage to “prove” whatever narrative suits them at the moment.

      The only really interesting part happens when the narrative conflicts for the different levels of government, and they have the same numbers to work with. When our governor wanted to make the number of covid cases look high for the city, she expressed them as the number of cases per person for just the city of Providence. When she wanted it to look like things were getting better, she used the numbers from Providence County instead. The numbers weren’t lies, but how she used them wasn’t exactly truthful. From here on we can be pretty sure the numbers used to set policy at every level have been carefully curated.

      • votermom says:

        I’ve been playing around with the CDC page with its map and report on covid cases
        when you look at number of cases it gets quite silly
        I found a county with “Moderate Community Transmission” (yellow) with only 11 cases total
        https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

      • lateblum says:

        Chicago is only one part of Cook County. But a few months into last year, someone must have decided it would be more honest(?) to separate Chicago from the rest of Cook County. So for the year, we saw different sets of stats for the county and the city. Of course, there are also “collar counties” around Cook County. I’m not certain how their stats are counted in Illinois. I haven’t been paying attention of late.

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  9. Mothy67 says:

    I have been thinking about my suicide statement. How I was ready to cancel myself. I welcomed this woman into my home. My brother is going to build a life with her. He is my priority. Wouldn’t I be remiss if I had no concern? I wouldn’t have said anything here if I thought for a second it mighthit home. I am rewatchin 13 Reasons Why. I am not thrilled. Maybe the YA novel its based on was better. I wish I could enter a monastary in Russia for a few months. Today in twitter world it seems every emotion matters. Was it always like this. Is eveything now a very special episode. Without adversity does anyone grow. Twenty years ago I was A Law & Order SVU watcher today I can’t make it through an episode. A glance in a bar is now akin to rape. Where is courage? Are we saying goodnight to all things remotely masculine?

    • elliesmom says:

      Being concerned about your brother’s choice is different than jumping to the conclusion this woman is responsible for her husband’s suicide. It would be like one of us questioning what you might have done that would give a young person the idea of exposing himself to you. I’m willing to believe you did nothing, and I imagine it would cut you to the core if one of us jumped to conclusions and accused you of coming on to the kid. Obviously, a few of us have had suicide hit very close to home. To suggest without knowing this woman that her negligence contributed to her husband’s death was a bridge too far for us. My first thought was to let it pass, but my niece gets asked by well-meaning people, “Wasn’t there something more that could have been done?” The answer is “No, there wasn’t anything else in her power she could have done, and please stop asking her and making her feel worse than she already does.”

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  11. DeniseVB says:

    My new Olympic Shero and did you know there’s only one 50 meter pool in the state of Alaska?

    • lateblum says:

      That was so wonderful to see. Learning what she was limited to (in her training) where she lives, as well as what some others have had to do to keep fit and well trained was eye opening. The woman weight lifter from the Philippines, who won the Gold medal, had to use water jugs to keep fit. That was really astonishing.
      I’m not a big Summer Games fan, but I have seen some amazing achievements. I positively hurt while watching the women’s mountain bike race the other day. I happened to turn on the tv when it was on and I was going to turn it off but got caught up in this event. If anyone hasn’t seen it, I think it might be on YouTube? But I’m not certain. It’s worth a watch. At least the last part of the race, which is all that I saw.

  12. lyn5 says:

    “Whether it’s the fascist show trial in the House or the political prisoners in D.C. jails, John Hayward explains what’s really going on.”

    https://www.bookwormroom.com/2021/07/28/john-hayward-says-what-needs-to-be-said-about-the-jan-6-show-trial/

    • lyn5 says:

      Thankfully, John Hayward doesn’t have that problem — or, at least, he doesn’t have it when it comes to the horrors Democrats have inflicted on America as they’ve politicized both the Constitutional rights of speech and assembly and the entire criminal code. Here’s John Hayward’s Twitter thread, turned (verbatim) in the prose I find easier to read:

      The 1/6 rioters should be treated with the same severity as Black Lives Matter rioters. Since that is not remotely possible, all else is political theater and raw exercises of power, and I am weary of pretenses to the contrary.

      I’m weary of our ruling class sending the message that your home, business, and personal safety are at the mercy of violent Demcorat-approved grievance groups, but don’t you DARE do anything that makes the aristocracy in D.C. uncomfortable.

      I’m tired of hearing the Abolish the Police Party demand limitless scrutiny and aggressive defunding of the police who protect the rest of us, but unquestioning support and increased funding for the police who protect THEM. Why not protect the Capitol with social workers, huh?

      There are Democrat-controlled parts of the country where theft has literally been decriminalized, and not just during Democrat-approved riots. You have to stand and watch helplessly while your business is looted every day. But the rules are different for THEIR place of business.

      The entire premise of the theatrical 1/6 hearings is supposedly that further “insurrections” are a serious threat that must be proactively addressed. That is FAR more true of Democrat-approved grievance riots. They were vastly larger, deadlier, and more likely to occur again.

      No group that might contemplate barging into the Capitol was given billions of dollars in funding by politicized corporations, as BLM was. None of them enjoys anything like to [sic] the political and media support of the 2020 rioters, who even got a pass from coronavirus restrictions. Democrat-approved rioters were even given free passes from coronavirus restrictions.

      Every rule on the books was bent and broken for them. Prosecution for their offenses has not been zero, but it hasn’t exactly been thorough. The message sure as hell isn’t “never do this again.”

      The Democrat Party normalized and celebrated political violence for months before the Capitol riots. Let’s have some hearings on THAT. Let’s talk about how incredibly dangerous it is for one Party to think it has a monopoly on grievance-mongering, street theater, and violence.

      Let’s also have some hearings about how one Party thinks it has a monopoly on questioning the outcome of elections. We could roll video of top Dems, including sitting officials, doing that for HOURS. You want theater? I’ll make the popcorn and bring the tapes.

      I’m not really interested in hearing any Democrat, or their GOP footstools, give tearful speeches about sacred democracy while their party systematically destroys every bit of protection for our elections and wantonly undermines every outcome they don’t like. We have every reason to fear the full power of bloated, hyper-politicized government being turned against Americans who dissent from the ruling Party.

      Show trials designed to establish the predicate that dissenters are potential violent terrorists are not exactly reassuring. There is no need to excuse or valorize anything that occurred on 1/6 to be disgusted by this week’s political spectacle. Our media tells us that “context” is everything. Well, in the full context of 2020, hysterics over 1/6 are absurd and hypocritical.

      You can’t say THIS city is sacred ground, but THESE cities must be abandoned to mobs and criminals as lawless wastelands. Hell, most of D.C. outside the Capitol IS a lawless wasteland. You shrieking potentates can see murder factories through your barbed wire fences.

      You can’t say THESE cops are sacred avatars of law and order whose actions merit no public scrutiny or investigation, but all the rest of them are trigger-happy racists who should be micromanaged, distrusted, disarmed, defunded, and replaced by community organizers.

      You can’t say THIS politicized violence is totally unacceptable and should be prosecuted unto the end of time, but THESE people are allowed to use violence and vandalism whenever they feel the system is not addressing their grievances quickly enough.

      You can’t tell me the 1st Amendment must be bypassed to silence “disinformation” because it might lead to “insurrection,” while embracing media outlets that spread Hands Up Don’t Shoot lies with wild abandon, resulting in real and immediate crime and violence.

      When people who spent four years role-playing as “the Resistance” against a “stolen election” suddenly start telling us dissent and resistance are treason that will be punished without mercy, we know exactly what’s going on. It’s a grim story repeated throughout human history.

      By all means, let’s have universal respect for universally RESPECTABLE elections. Let’s have zero tolerance for political violence. Let every American’s property be treated with the respect afforded to a congressman’s office. These hearings obviously aren’t about that. /end

  13. jadzia1971 says:

    Minor piece of good news–the great unwashed are no longer banned from shopping centers. This is good news because shopping centers are where the vast majority of supermarkets are located. Basically, a supermarket is the anchor store in a French mall the way that a department store is the anchor in an American mall. That was a big part of the reason people were so pissed off.

  14. lyn5 says:

    What happened?

    • elliesmom says:

      The only thing I’ve seen is she was given a score for her performance, and then the score was lowered because one of the stunts she did wasn’t rated as difficult as the one she was supposed to complete. While Crash is in a “Gymnastics for the Perpetually Clumsy and Awkward” class, which she absolutely loves, the shows she invites me to have some gymnasts that might have real potential. It’s not unusual for scores to be adjusted, and if you want “10s”, you don’t want to go first because the judges need to leave room for someone to be better than you are. Whatever has upset Biles is emotional. She doesn’t seem to have been physically hurt in any way. I would say it might be in the realm of “hissy fit” unless there was already an underlying mental illness except “diva-itis”.

      • swanspirit says:

        GMTA. With a bit of perfectionism thrown in for good measure.
        When I was in High School, I never got a grade other than an A, except for possibly an A+. I was accustomed, and driven, to getting those grades, when one of my teachers gave me a ((((D)))) 😮😭 on an assignment I didn’t complete on time. I almost had a nervous breakdown. I was openly weeping. I went to my favorite teacher and told her I wanted to join the convent.
        She burst out laughing right in my face. In a kind way. We had a nice little talk, and when I was finished crying, and she was finished laughing, I was in a much better place, and grew up a little. I didn’t feel like a failure, because I wasn’t perfect.
        Someone needs to help Simone Biles.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Simone will be fine since she has her designer gym wear label doing well and a multi-million dollar Visa endorsement deal running during the Olympics and maybe beyond. Poor dear 😉

      • jadzia1971 says:

        I think that in a sport like gymnastics, where you can get killed if you aren’t focused 100% and land wrong (remember Julissa Gomez?), it’s probably better to err on the side of caution. Did Biles make her own choice to withdraw, or did the team medic/coach make the call? The reports I’ve read have been a little bit ambiguous–I know she said something about focusing on her mental health, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she is the one who made the call.

    • SHV says:

      Listening to local sports radio call in while driving and a former collegiate diver called in about Biles. Caller said she had been diving for 15 years and was on scholarship in late ’80s. At a meet she wasn’t feeling mentally quite right but told herself to “suck it up”. She did a dive, lost track of her position in the air, first time it had happened, and hit her head on the board; didn’t break her neck but that was her last dive. She said that Simone also mentioned losing her air position and that is extremely dangerous for divers and gymnasts.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        I read somewhere that she had aerial disorientation during her bad vault. That’s incredibly dangerous stuff at her level.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      I wonder if these new positive cases happen to be the illegals being let in and shipped all over the country.

      • swanspirit says:

        You would have to wonder, and some of them have to be, those cases. They have known Covid + illegals packed into hotels in Texas. But wear your useless mask.

  15. Helen Kenney says:

  16. Helen Kenney says:

    https://thegreggjarrett.com/pelosis-jan-6-committee-is-a-charade-that-smacks-of-a-cover-up/

    get the hook and get them off stage. their acting is terrible

  17. Helen Kenney says:

    https://spectator.org/jan-6-committee/

    it ain’t working nancy

    • elliesmom says:

      Everytime I try to link it for you, WP says it’s a duplicate comment. Sinclair Lewis is a “dead author”, and his works, including this one, are available for free. If you can’t find it, I’ll link a couple of sites at the posse.

    • lyn5 says:

      I wrote an amazon review with the AT info:

      From the United States
      MT Cowgirl
      5.0 out of 5 stars Biden touched America here.
      Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2021

      This is a perfect novel for the Biden administration. Democrats, the propaganda media and the Big Tech Oligarchs are the totalitarians.

      From Patricia McCarthy (American Thinker):

      “Windrip is Lewis’s version of an American Hitler and/or Mussolini. But consider the parallels with the current occupant of the Oval Office. Windrip outlaws dissent (consider the Biden administration’s partnership with Big Tech to censor opposing opinions). He, Windrip, imprisons his critics just as Biden has jailed anyone present at the Capitol on January 6. Biden has his own Minute Men, the FBI, as well a couple of other paramilitary groups in service of his agenda — Antifa and BLM. They are his shock troops, who, like Windrip’s thugs, terrorize his opponents, freedom-loving, independent thinking Americans.”

      My rule of thumb: always be anti-establishment.

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    Biden’s DOJ will do that here soon.

  20. Mothy67 says:

    It looks like the school is going with masks. Its absurd. The kids are together all the time. Non school sports stuff goes on maskless. We went to a conference with the guidance counselors. No masks no social distancing. Funny the woman who told her she looked like a drug addict was running it. She wanted to apologize. I said hush. Shay needed the lesson. Was it wrong. Yeah but Shay needs to know her decisions have consequences. She put a hoop in nose and an authority figure reacted. What did she want or expect. We had a long chat because the woman reduced Shay. She’s an all star in sports. Perfect grades a person she respected told her she looked like a hoochie momma rejected from a dinner theater version of The Breakfast Club starring Hunter Biden. She had always wanted a nose ring. I said no. She did it after her dad died. She was owning her person. I am religiously stupid but even I can take a break from being a moron once in awhile. It was healthy for her to exercise her autonomy. A school counselor labeling her the love child of Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan within days of her drug addict dad dying was not cool. Reaching Shay is difficult. She is kinda an asshole. How many thrown away children get raised by a great gay uncle who had multiple open hearts. I love my kid who is not my kid. She will not watch the last season of Shameless because Frank dies. She sees me as Frank?? I love rugrat she sees me as the worst person ever. I am a asshole.

  21. Dora says:

    Sad Picture.

    =====

    Covid Eugenics: Dr. Marilyn M. Singleton Calls on Fellow Physicians to Speak up and Act for the Benefit of Their Patients

    https://freedomfirstnetwork.com/2021/07/covid-eugenics-dr-marilyn-m-singleton-calls-on-fellow-physicians-to-speak-up-and-act-for-the-benefit-of-their-patients

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  23. Myiq2xu says:

    Ho Lee Chit

  24. lyn5 says:

    Well, Joe, you are a pedo potato with no brain cells.

    • jadzia1971 says:

      Macron and his mouthpieces recently said that people who aren’t vaccinated are uneducated and primarily come from the “classe populaire” (i.e., poor trash). WELL, IN THAT CASE I’LL SURELY RUN OUT AND GET THE INJECTION NOW! You’ve convinced me!

      I hate to flex on my education and degrees and career and academic publications, but boy it has been tempting to do that lately because I’m more educated than most of those fuckers. Of course, these are the same people that said that women who have large families are stupid and uneducated, so there’s that.

  25. Helen Kenney says:

    https://generaldispatch.whatfinger.com/fireworks-with-geraldo-dan-bongino/

    geraldo is getting on my last nerve. got thrown out of war zone for almost giving away military position to the enemy. . phoney al capone vault stunt. just not worth the time and trouble, do not know why FOX keeps in on

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    • Helen Kenney says:

      pelosi should wear a full face mask, but then again that would just hide her evil

    • 1539days says:

      Also, Nancy showed up in Chinatown in March 2020 because Wuhan Flu was just a racism disease.

      • swanspirit says:

        And ripped up President Trump’s SOTU that had the statement about the China virus

        On February 4, President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union Address, during which he addressed the threat to America from the coronavirus, saying at one point, “Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”

  26. Mothy67 says:

    I wrote this banal short story years ago I have limited intelligence. I called it Beep beep. It was stolen from Dreaming by Blondie. When I met you in the restaurant you could tell I was no debutante. I just adored those few words. I penned a silly story with Debbie Harry, Michele Pfeifer, Sophia Loren and Joan Collins sitting at a bar only hurling cliche love song lyrics at each other as insults. I never thought anyone might read it. An agent found it. I am beiing offered cash. Uh no Dolly is my godess. She told Elvis no about I will Always Love You. I wrote Beep beep I can’t let it be redone. It is mine. I’d give Nancy Pelosi a blow job in a dark alley with Donna Brazille fist fucking me as I ate spam with a sunny delight chaser before I’d let Hollywood fuck me. I own Beep beep. I’d ghost author Mein Ka

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  28. Mothy67 says:

    Ugh kindle hates me. I would ghost write Mein Kamf before I let Hollywood rewrite my words. They are mine. Not for sale. I’d whore myself for a large diet coke. I don’t have actual scruples. I write from time to time. Its mine. I plan on leaving everything to Shay. I don’t have any desire to become tomorrow’s JD Salinger or a a John Kennedy Toole. I am going to depart one day. I hope it will be later rather than sooner but I am only dancing on this world for a short while. What can I leave behind? Cat Stevens? I win if my girl makes the choice to hear how pathetic I is. What will she show tomorrow. I suck I am very confident I is asshole.

    • jadzia1971 says:

      I’d whore myself for a can of Tab. My law partner supposedly has cases and cases of it in her garage that she bought as a Christmas present for me. WHERE ARE THEY, LADY? I’M DYING HERE!

  29. lyn5 says:

    LOL.

    Who can reply?
    People @HeyTammyBruce follows or mentioned can reply.

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    h/t Angie

    • 1539days says:

      Today, someone at work was talking about the new claim that vaccinated people can spread Wuhan to non-vaccinated people. That directly contradicts the last two months of propaganda that every vaccinated person with a “breakthrough” infection got it from an unvaccinated person.

      Again, you can’t scare people into getting the vaccine. The worlds governments and medical “experts” spent 10 months with their thumbs up their asses saying we can’t treat you or vaccinate you. Now, the solution to a poorly functioning vaccine is more vaccine.

  34. elliesmom says:

    My BFF and I hope to be off to the zoo together tomorrow. The weather looks like it will cooperate. No kids. Just a couple of little old ladies with some cameras. She has an assignment she says she’ll share with me when we get there. The zoo is in the park where I go to do the biome count every year. We don’t count the critters inside the zoo itself, though, and I’ve never been inside that part of the park. Before the plandemic I was a frequent flyer with my grandson at the Natural History Museum there. The park is beautiful and huge. She says we’re going to “have a blast”, and what we’re going to do is in my wheelhouse. We were living together during my polar bear observation days so we’ll see. 🙂

  35. votermom says:

    • Helen Kenney says:

      bet that went over like a lead balloon. think there will be more and more of this as the benedicts keep insulting the American citizens

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  37. Helen Kenney says:

    when the video becomes available , it is worth watching. the ingram angle had a guest Josiah Lippencott. a military vet and what he had to say was really worth listening to.

  38. Helen Kenney says:

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/jul/28/mo-brooks-acted-personal-capacity-jan-6-rally-just/

    swalwell who should be investigated for giving info to a chinese spy, sues speakers at trump rally on 1/6. what a world we live in now

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  41. Cisco says:

    SOMEBODY,JUST SHOOT ME.
    Heres another great idea from Chiraq.
    dudes are in MAX SECURITY, but let them go and theyll bring peace an end to the gang warfare
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/maximum-security-cook-county-jail-inmates-pledge-to-change-ways-and-help-fight-violence-in-chicago-inside-victor-woods-unorthodox-approach/ar-AAMDE3V?ocid=msedgntp

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