Weekend Open Thread

The flowers of August are beginning to look a lot like Fall which is only about a month away (or 3 months in coastal Virginia 😉 ) Happy Weekend !

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186 Responses to Weekend Open Thread

  1. swanspirit says:

    Beautiful colors!!!

  2. DeniseVB says:

    True story…..

  3. swanspirit says:

    https://www.flgov.com/2021/08/12/governor-ron-desantis-announces-expanded-monoclonal-antibody-access-in-florida-with-new-monoclonal-antibody-centers/

    This man is on fire! He has started a Rapid Response Team for the treatment of hospitalized patients with the Chinese killer bug.
    They are using monoclonal antibodies, the same tx that was used on President Trump.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida is increasing the availability of monoclonal antibody therapies by opening a rapid response unit to administer this lifesaving treatment in Jacksonville. In the coming days, the state will be exploring an additional long-term location at the Jacksonville Public Library, as well as other locations throughout the state.

    “I am proud to announce the opening of this rapid response unit to offer lifesaving monoclonal antibody therapies for Floridians,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “We also look forward to setting up a long-term site at the Jacksonville Public Library and additional long-term sites across the state. These treatments have been proven successful, with clinical trials resulting in a 70% reduction in hospitalization and death for COVID patients.”

    To find locations to receive monoclonal antibody treatments around the entire state, please visit floridahealthcovid19.gov.

    Additionally, monoclonal antibody strike teams are being developed to bring treatment directly to Florida’s vulnerable populations in long-term care facilities. Rather than having nursing home residents leave the facility to receive monoclonal antibody therapy, these teams will deploy to them to provide treatment.

  4. swanspirit says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9891873/63-people-Marthas-Vineyard-tested-positive-Covid-Obamas-60th-birthday-bash.html

    EXCLUSIVE: At least 74 people on Martha’s Vineyard have tested positive for Covid-19 since Barack Obama’s maskless 60th birthday bash – the most cases on the island since April
    A total of 74 people on Martha’s Vineyard have tested positive for Covid-19 since former President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday on Saturday
    The spike in cases is more than any week since April on Martha’s Vineyard
    Health officials note it’s still too early to know whether the hundreds of guests and workers at the maskless parties have contributed to the surge in cases
    ‘At this time we’re not aware of any cases connected to the Obama party,’ a Tisbury health agent and boards of health spokesperson told DailyMail.com
    ‘It’s a little too early and the only way we’re going to know is through comprehensive contact tracing,’ they added
    Hundreds of people attended the party, flying in from around the country and congregating under tents where partiers danced, ate and drank the night away

    • DeniseVB says:

      Those guests also flew back to their homes around the country taking those O-Cooties with them. LOL, sounds like a contest. Who’s spreading it faster, Dem parties, Sturgis gathering or DeSantis ?

      • elliesmom says:

        Martha’s Vineyard is currently over-populated with summer folk, but the ferry schedules change right after Labor Day signaling it’s not a summer place anymore. A lot more people than were at Obama’s bash will be leaving the island and taking their covid cooties with them. There’s just enough time for the virus to incubate before the last summer ferry leaves. The Obama guests “mingled” with the less prestigious summer residents and the locals. Several of the local eateries have shut down voluntarily because their staffs have tested positive. Maybe someone should make a gray tee shirt “I went to Martha’s Vineyard and all I brought home was covid-19”.

        • 1539days says:

          The waitstaff for the special people are local. Last year, it was BLM that spread it, now it’s the “only black life that matters” according to the Dems.

  5. Dora says:

    I will never be that hungry! 🙂

  6. Dora says:

    • elliesmom says:

      Is she still wearing her hospital gown?

      • Miranda says:

        I was wondering if it was a beach cover-up. That is a short dress, particularly for someone her age.

        • elliesmom says:

          Jill often looks like she shops at Forever 21.

          • Mothy67 says:

            I think Forever 21 is like Banana Republic. It can look nice on the rack, but a few washes and they turn to garbage. I tell brat all the time you can look at 21, but order from Nordstrom Rack. I avoid Nordstrom because it’s a bit steep, but the Rack has amazing bargains. They still do tailoring but I think it’s points based. Shay started dancing at 3. She has no fat waist is like 19 inches, but she has muscle. Especially in the caboose. It’s nearly impossible to buy her jeans. If they fit her thighs and rear there are inches at her waist. She can wear men’s but when she does she looks like a girl wearing men’s jeans. I wonder if we will soon see 3 d printed jeans. I’d pay 50 more to get her a proper fit. If they are good jeans they will last.

          • elliesmom says:

            Shay needs to look at jeans with a “curvy fit”. “Curvy fit” is not synonymous with “fat girl”. They come in size 0. She might have to look places that don’t necessarily cater to teens, but the jeans will still look like teen jeans, just fit better. Women who are into clothes and have a little cash expect their clothes to fit better than teens with a little cash do. She won’t have to pay more for them- just shop smarter. There are places popping up on line where you send your measurements and a pic of yourself, and they supposedly custom make you jeans, but a lot of them are scams. A good way to get a picture of a pretty young girl and her address.

          • 1539days says:

            She shouldn’t shop at Forever 41.

          • jadzia1971 says:

            You probably already know this, but a good seamstress (or tailor) is worth her/his weight in gold.

      • swanspirit says:

        No, it’s a dress, it just looks like a hospital gown. 🤕

      • foxyladi14 says:

        No! That is Joe’s! 😆

    • DeniseVB says:

      Heh, heh, bad Trumpies 😀 From what I understand they left for Delaware from DC on Thurs, now going back to Camp David? Who is his scheduler? Again, a President who uses Presidential transportation as his personal flying Winnebagos.

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  8. Miranda says:

    I saw a good meme for Summer in the South: “It’s Summer, but with pumpkins.”

    • elliesmom says:

      New England is just about halfway between the equator and the north pole, which makes our seasons track to the solstices and equinoxes. (around 41-44°N) People don’t rush the beginning of winter, spring, or summer, but the pumpkin spice and fall decorations seem to arrive earlier every year. Thanksgiving officially happens during winter, but there’s a tendency to include it as a fall holiday. I understand why mentally some people want to delay winter, but I’m not eager to cut summer short.

      • Miranda says:

        Lowe’s food has their full Halloween candy display out and filled. I topped up Aunt and Husband with Reese pumpkins 🙂

      • jadzia1971 says:

        I want my annual Pumpkin Spice Latte but I’m not allowed to go to Starbucks.

  9. Mothy67 says:

    It’s very sad what covid rules do to people who are grieving. Bad enough to lose someone, but to have to deal with all these rules. I personally don’t get the whole 3 day thing. My aunt has to schedule visiting hours. He had a family before my aunt. Grown children who have to fly in. There is no animosity but it’s an atrocity coordinating. He had his event last year so he spent the last 16 months isolating and now the people who mattered can’t get together. I’d rent a pavillion in a park. A wake in a restaurant following restrictions seems like the worst idea ever. She feels she has to do something. People are coming from out of state. Who’d want to sit six feet apart wearing masks. It’s supposed to be violent thunder storms . the state park has yuuge pavillions. I think an outdoor wake amidst mother nature showing her grit would be a romantic send off. He was an engineer with a passion for science and nature. I didn’t know him well but he cherished my aunt. He was that serious guy enamored by a free spirited woman. Suzie is the 1970’s. I just can’t see a somber dull restaurant being the appropriate commentary for his goodbye. We get violent storms often. It wouldn’t be the first time attendees huddled. Throw a kids birthday party in late summer and there’s a 50/50 chance of a storm. I looked at a boat or a private hall. The boat, more like ship, was not unreasonable, but because of covid they only depart from downtown. Too far. Private halls could not guarantee full staff. I was like wait what. You will rent me a hall for 250 people but you can’t promise staff? Even the VFW shot me down. They didn’t have the inventory. I offered to pay in advance. They are running on empty. They don’t have enough toilet paper. A year and half of being mostly closed has left them bereft. I was an event planner a long time ago. I could put together a shot gun wedding on Long Island being skunk drunk. I can’t arrange a wake with money not being an issue. I doubt there would be 250 people but I was going to pay the max. Needed bartenders but was willing for a buffet or even ubereats. Nope.

    • elliesmom says:

      Elliesdad died pre-covid, but there were still a lot of logistics. He hadn’t established a connection to a church in RI, When we lived in MA, he went to church with our son and his wife, but they had moved to a different church in the interim, and the minister at the old church had changed. We had talked about what he wanted done in general terms, but never in specifics. He said if I was the one left behind, I should do whatever would bring me the most peace. If I went first, he was coming with me, but I shouldn’t throw myself onto the widow’s pyre.

      I knew he wanted to be cremated and his ashes kept waiting with Samantha’s to be co-mingled with mine at a far in the future date. Ellie could join, too. I decided what would bring me the most peace was to invite our family and friends into our home. I needed a couple of weeks to be up to that, but my last memories are happy ones. I had done the whole funeral home thing with my parents because it was what they wanted. My in-laws wanted to buried from church. The funeral home and burial in a national cemetery had done nothing to bring me peace, but I have no regrets. The services at the church were better because my in-laws had been integral members, and it was like they were being sent off by family. I hired a caterer to put on a “deadspread” that would make my mother-in-law proud, and then just let the church take over. Turned out I didn’t need the caterer.

      What Elliesdad and I realized from both experiences is bringing peace to those left behind can take many forms. It might be following someone’s instructions to the letter. It can mean letting yourself relinguish control to others you trust. Or it can mean doing what brings you joy in the middle of profound sadness. From what I’ve listened to from friends and family, there are lots of wrong ways to memorialize a loved one, but there are also lots of ways to do it right.

      I’m sorry for your loss. I’m glad your aunt has you to lean on. Even a very strong person needs a little extra strength now and then. Outdoors sounds lovely to me.

      • Mothy67 says:

        I am not spooked by death. I had to pull my mom off my dad. I love them both more after getting to understand the depth of her love for my dad. Pretty sure he was the only guy she “knew”. Yeah there was a time when they couldn’t process or accept me being gay. Life goes on. I have been afforded an interesting life. I got so so so much from flawed people. I recall the TV. It didn’t work. Payday was Friday. The night we actually ate and had full bellies. We made up stories about what was not on the tv. Those were brilliant memories. My mom got prego at 15 she became a nurse after having given birth to a royal reject. I stood almost no chance. My high school drop out mother never left Children’s Hospital. She was allowed to see me for 15 minutes on the hour. That was it. It was 1970. She never left. I had to face a lot at 3.5. Richie died in my arms as I screamed for a nurse. Eggy died next to me. Eggy was a gift he was downs. I was born with something like tetrology of Fallot. Mine was a wee bit worse. Most kids back in the then of 1970 died or suffered retardation. I did the stereotypical thing and did perish. It was what all the cool kids did in the day. My heart decided to return to a beat. Cruelly the teaches had me evade 2nd and 6th. I am not smart. I was advanced because I had seen more. I was hyper aware. I was 16 high on cocaine when I took my SATs. Got a scholarship. How?
        My point is yeah I struggled with my parents cause I was gay so what. I am incapable of leading my life resenting my parents who loved me in their way. I won’t be a resentful plug. I need to learn and forgive. One day I met Holly. I knew at a glance we could understand each other. She is dead but while she danced she was interesting to say the least. Her brother married Chelsea Clinton. I will never utter a negative word about Marjorie. Holly was adopted from Ho Chi Men. What are the odds we’d meet?

  10. helenk3 says:

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/08/637740/

    dump them all in her front yard.
    funny how this government is thinking about restricting citizen travel but ok illegals to travel and they don’t even have to vax

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  12. helenk3 says:

    https://johnkassnews.com/the-church-of-baseball/

    I loved this cartoon and the column is a good one

      • lateblum says:

        This was a magical 23 minutes. I could watch this over and over. Those fans were blessed with baseball magic.
        Thanks for posting it.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think that’s the plan 🙂

    • lateblum says:

      This morning the news reported that the “Field of Dreams” game on Thursday had the largest viewing audience of any baseball game since 2005. Coincidentally, 2005 was the year the Chicago White Sox won the World Series.

      • DeniseVB says:

        We tuned in for the break from Politisports as usual and were not disappointed. We knew if Costner’s attached it would be cheesy but awesome and it was. I think a lot of people felt the same, thanks Kevin !

  13. helenk3 says:

    https://freebeacon.com/courts/an-infamous-florida-man-is-in-biden-dojs-crosshairs/

    whether you agree with him or not, he does stand up for himself and his freedom. More citizens should do the same.

  14. Dora says:

    Now we know what the deal was.

  15. Dora says:

    • elliesmom says:

      Have you seen the video of the doctor who puts on 6 surgical masks and breathes through them and fogs up his glasses he’s holding in front of his mouth? Or the one where a guy wraps his butt in masks and then farts in an elevator? Unfortunately, the time to catch things like this is short. They get taken down fast.

    • 1539days says:

      The only problem that (I’ve seen it since last year) is that the guy peeing has no good reason to wear pants. And the not peeing guy should be social distancing, because 6 feet is a long range for the average guy.

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  17. Mothy67 says:

    Thanks I barely new him. He married my Aunt Suzie late in life. I adore my Aunt Suzie. She is the baby just a scratch older than me. She was born in 59. I got hatched in 67. She is/was disco. I loved having her as aunt. She had a perm!!!!

    • Somebody says:

      Well even if you barely knew him, I’m sure you’re hurting for your Aunt. She needs lots of love and support right now. You already know this, but a reminder…..your aunt will need love and support after the funeral too. Maybe make a plan to visit or call her regularly. Maybe take her out for lunch.

    • Somebody says:

      China has been mining those minerals for years in certain parts of the country. They will expand their operations now, Afghanistan is a part of their belt and road initiative.

  18. Mt.Laurel says:

    Just got news blips that they are upping the number of troops headed to Afghanistan.

    White House increases US troops to help with Kabul evacuation by 5000
    https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/live-updates-taliban-gain-more-ground-in-afghanistan-as-they-close-in-on-kabul

  19. Mothy67 says:

    A little good news. Rudy’s made it through the plandemic.
    It’s a unique place. Hole in the wall. I could never get enough time off to fly home for Christmas so it was Rudy’s all day. The kind of place where a Broadway star could be on your right and someone who started drinking at 8 am on your left.
    https://patch.com/new-york/midtown-nyc/rudys-bar-hells-kitchen-staple-reopens-after-yearlong-closure

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    short thread

  22. lyn5 says:

    • elliesmom says:

      It’s the newest virtue signal.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        Seriously. Get vaccinated, don’t get vaccinated, I don’t fucking care, just stop telling me about it!!!!!

        The H Man is as guilty of this as everyone else. Keeps announcing that he didn’t get the shot. While I cringe next to him. Shut the fuck up!!!!

  23. lyn5 says:

    h/t Angie

  24. lateblum says:

    I realize this is an odd thing to post in this serious time… but Prime Video is having a rental special on “The Princess Bride” for $1.99 and “JoJo Rabbit” for $2.99.

    • votermom says:

      Those are both excellent movies

    • elliesmom says:

      I’ve seen “The Princess Bride” so many times I can “sing-along” with it. It came out when my daughter and her friends were 13. She bought the VHS tape the day it hit the shelves. The DVD is probably still here on a shelf. But I haven’t seen JoJo yet.

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    • elliesmom says:

      My son has friends whose son’s dream was to become an Army Ranger. A few weeks after graduating from Ranger School, he was shipped off to Afghanistan. A couple of weeks later he came home in a box. I can’t imagine how I would feel about this retreat if it was my son.

      • swanspirit says:

        I know what my son goes through when one of his buddies passes away. I know the agony I suffered while he was enlisted, and serving. I cannot imagine what the mothers of those in Afghanistan are going through. I know I wouldn’t like Joe Potato much.
        President Trump dropped an Moab in Afghanistan, on the Taliban. I know he would never have let this retreat happen this way.

        • 1539days says:

          Rush Limbaugh used the say the purpose of war was to kill people and break things. The most dangerous situation is when you’re in close quarters. In a ground assault, at least you are on your guard. When you have to rebuild the country, the locals either want you out or pretend to want you out because most of their neighbors do.

          I mostly blame the Powell doctrine BS for this. You break it in a war, you don’t buy it. If they don’t stop, you break some more. Japan was religiously and culturally motivated in WWII, and the allies destroyed two cities. They built back better with support from the US, not us going in and having to teach people not to be corrupt anarchists.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        So Sad all of our Men and Women Gone now.
        All for nothing. 😥

      • lyn5 says:

        We were trying to build a new nation in Afghanistan when we can’t even keep our own country right now.

    • Anthony says:

      Has anyone considered that perhaps the Afghan people WANT the Taliban in charge?

  27. helenk3 says:

    https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202108/1231544.shtml

    no surprise here. China stepping into Afghanistan

  28. helenk3 says:

    https://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/World+News/US
    this is a good up to date news site

  29. helenk3 says:

    the party is over

  30. helenk3 says:

    loved this video.

  31. lateblum says:

    I’m watching the news where I heard that by the end of the day – or at least the end of the fall of Kabul – that a flag will be raised over the “former US embassy” and it will be known as the “Taliban Emirate of Afghanistan”. Joe Biden makes Jimmy Carter look great.

  32. lyn5 says:

    Build Back Better went bad quickly.

  33. elliesmom says:

    The grandkids “called me”. It seems their mom is going to be selling her jewelry at a big craft show next weekend. It’s “away” so they’ve booked a nearby hotel with a pool. The kids don’t want to go. They’d rather come to my house, and if I say yes, then “the poor little dog who loves you so much she insists on sleeping with you won’t have to get locked up at the kennel”. I told them to tell their parents the New England Home for Little Wanderers has some empty beds. The kids wanted to know what that was. I explained it was a big orphanage in Boston when I was a little girl. Crash doesn’t know what an orphanage is. So this week’s “dinner and a movie” is going to be “Annie”. I can get the original for free on Prime. I love Carol Burnett in it. Any reason to pay to watch the 2014 version?

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  35. helenk3 says:

    https://www.oann.com/reports-bagram-air-base-falls-to-taliban/

    how do Americans and the Afghans that helped them get out now?

  36. helenk3 says:

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/08/taliban-seizes-6000000-us-blackhawk-helicopters

    the cost of “woke” defense dept and bid-on and the benedicts only God knows how man lives the will cost. may they rot in hell,

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    • Cisco says:

      A comment i read on CTH.
      “Like Hitler, biden didn’t want to be bothered & no one was willing to.

  40. helenk3 says:

    https://www.arabnews.com/node/1911161/world

    I thought this was interesting. how the Taliban evolved. many of us really do not know their history

  41. helenk3 says:

    this should never be forgotten or forgiven

  42. lyn5 says:

    excellent thread

    • lyn5 says:

      Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald

      Send Liz Cheney and Jonah Goldberg and the rest of the bloodthirsty neocon monsters and their kids to go fight for Kandahar and Kabul.

      The US military is a machine built to defend and destroy, not save and transform other people’s countries. Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya.

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    Trump won!

  47. helenk3 says:

    10PM Eastern on FOX woke inc. looks like it will be an interesting show

    • helenk3 says:

      watching now. all I can say is WOW a must-see. when the video becomes available please get it and book mark it

  48. swanspirit says:

    Sometimes I read Balloon Scrap, just to see what the latest vile prof spew is. I am usually not surprised to find continuing Obanana worship, and mindless circular logic, but this from John Cole, who takes his initials entirely too seriously, really takes the cake.

    https://www.balloon-juice.com/2021/08/14/yes-afghanistan-is-a-tragedy-please-learn-from-it/

    What is happening right now in Afghanistan is horrifying. It’s awful. Tens of thousands of people will be slaughtered, the women and children of the area will be sent backwards in history hundreds of years, chaos and brutality and backwards ass theology will rule the day, and it will be awful for a long time to come. And it was all entirely predictable and completely inevitable:

    It was INEVITABLE! See! You can’t blame President potato, or the Democrats. Or the generals that are more concerned with equity, and trans service people. No no. You can’t say Obanana fired all the good Generals. Nothing else could have been done. Oh well. Just throw up your arms, and go back to your West Virginia ivory tower and play video games.

  49. lyn5 says:

    Impeach the potato!

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    thread

  53. lyn5 says:

    Orange Man wasn’t bad at all!

    • lyn5 says:

      David Reaboi, @davereaboi

      You do the country no favors by pretending that we have serious people running the show; we plainly do not. Exposing this fraud is the only way that changes.

      The biggest obstacle to real change has been the illusion of credibility in some of America’s most important institutions—they’ve been living off the fat of prior generations. Let the bandaid come off, so people can see what’s been hidden.

      Normie patriots have a lot of waking up to do. This is helping.
      4:15 PM · Aug 15, 202

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  58. Mothy67 says:

    Terrorists will now be emboldened. The experts and talking heads will appear shocked. We have no idea what has come through our borders. Biden is weak and last summers “mostly peaceful riots” have given a blueplan on how easily a small city can be overwhelmed. But heh let’s lock up granny.

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