Tuesday Open Thread

Denver Botanic Garden, Colorado

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  1. swanspirit says:

    Brilliant blues and purples. Just gorgeous!

    • lateblum says:

      Simply stunning!!!

      • elliesmom says:

        We saw Chihuly Glass on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The Chihuly Glass is how I talked ED into spending a few days in Seattle on our way to Alaska. I also could get him to travel to see a Josh Simpson exhibit until he found out his studio is in western MA.

        ED could get me to spring for glass if I could put food or flowers in it or have it turned into a lamp. When we went to a glass blowing studio in a botanic garden in Alaska, I got to talking to one the young artists, and he told me he worked in Alaska in the summer and at Simon Pearce in VT in the winter. I have several pieces of Simon Pearce, and we speculated about whether I had any he had blown. I mentioned there was one vase I wished I had bought there the last time I visited. It wasn’t in their online catalog, and I didn’t know when I’d get back. He knew exactly which one I meant, and while we had lunch and toured the gardens, he blew me a bootleg vase. ED disowned us.

  2. jadzia1971 says:

    Looks like our only local dance store did not survive the 8-month-long closure of every dance studio in town. And now the local dance studios, which happily collected subsidies to not teach, are like oh nooooooo however could this have happened? Truly it is a mystery!

    • elliesmom says:

      Around here the panic is over having no one to drive the school buses. It’s a part-time job with split shifts that doesn’t pay all that well, and there are help wanted signs out all over the place for short haul truck drivers with great pay and good benefits. Unless you’re a granny who can’t lift 20 lbs, why not take advantage of the explosion in the need for drivers? Parents demand all of the drivers to be vaccinated. They think towns should pay the drivers more, but don’t want to have to pay a service fee. In my town they’re griping because the town is opting for drivers driving two routes. They don’t think the kids should have to wait around for the bus to make its first route and then come back for them. We had early and late bus routes when I was a kid. I was a “late bus” so I just walked home most days.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        I read yesterday that Chicago has lost 30% of its school bus drivers, who quit because of the upcoming vaccination requirement, and Chicago is looking to hire UBER drivers.

        That sounds safe and secure.

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  4. Helen Kenney says:


    between checking his watch every time a hero came off the plane In a coffin, and now this. bid-on threw salt on the wounds of gold star families at Dover. he has no redeeming value to this country or the world

    • elliesmom says:

      When you spend time with people who have dementia, you can see how the deterioration in their brains removes the social filters they’ve built up over the years. Our friends had never seen how funny Elliesdad was before. When they had commented in the past about how serious he was all the time, I’d laugh. My girlfriend’s mom became brutally honest. One day when we were visiting her, she said to me, “I have never been able to figure out how someone who is so nasty in her soul as my daughter has been able to keep a nice friend like you for over 20 years.” I wanted to say I sometimes wondered the same thing, but my social filter was still working. 😉 My mom had always been manipulative, but she covered it up well outside the family. When the lung cancer metasticized to her brain, she let the whole world see.

      Joe Biden cultivated a get along guy image over his years in DC. Elliesdad called him the “used car salesman of the Senate”. But he’s always been a mean, nasty man, corrupt to the core who has used people to get sympathy for himself. I don’t know if some people’s surprise at his coldness is more of a tribute to how successful he was at hiding it from them or a testament to the gullibilty of so many Americans. But his dementia is putting it out there everytime he opens his mouth.

      • Mothy67 says:

        My grandfather became mean and violent. My dad was my dad until the end. I hadn’t understood how growing up he sometimes he exploded almost always at me. I was sickly represented his own vulnerability I thought. My dad was a good man, but there were spurts when he lashed out. I don’t buy into the bullshit that a broken bone means you live forever as victim. I loved my dad and seeing his father dissolve into a cruel monster only made me appreciate how he had to live. My dad never cared I was gay. The night I told them my mom cried hysterically. I went to the liquor store, bought and yes I did ask for the worst thing the worst person on Earth should drink. Guy didn’t miss a beat. Mad Dog 20/20. I said give me 4. I was sitting in the basement bathroom chain smoking, listenning to Led Zep and drink grape flavored wine. My dad knocked. He said no child should ever have to go through all the horrors I went through with surgeries ( there was the epic fun night when the experimental wires they put my sternum together with burst. So fun). He wanted me to not be unhappy. Then he said aren’t you people supposed to be neat. Your room is disgusting. Good man. Speak with a lib I’m supposed to hate him without considering who he is and what he want through. I got a nose and a collar bone. Not ever justifiable, but I also got more than some limp dish towel teaching at an arts school about toxic masculinity. I loved my dad.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    I think Amy’s taken over as the leader of the continuing, self-destructive TDS movement, but somehow her salivating followers have dropped off. What’s with her promoting Australian propganda b.s. ? We get it, Fox Lies and Trump grabbed a pussy, or something?

  6. Dora says:

    Just a coincidence, I’m sure.

    • Mt.Laurel says:



      And they have those cheap theatrical red capes the pink hats added to their weird ensembles over kavanaugh. And they were often photographed stinging six feet apart . . .hmmmmmmmmmmm

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        Is someone missing part of a comment because mine started with the “And they have . . .”. No Idea where the random two words (grammar and thanks) above mine came from.

        Ghosts of WordPress Past?👻👻👻

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  8. Helen Kenney says:

    • lyn5 says:


      “The United States government awarded Dwight Eisenhower 10 medals for his entire career, Douglas MacArthur 20 medals, and awarded Austin and Milley 22 and 20, respectively. MacArthur fought valiantly in both Mexico and in the First World War and, as Supreme Commander South Pacific Forces during the Second World War, brought Japan to its knees. Eisenhower never personally engaged in combat, but it’s fair to say history will judge his accomplishments (at least, for the ones that benefitted our side) as somewhat more considerable than the current “white rage” witch hunts Forrest and Bubba are conducting in between their unconditional surrenders.”

  9. Helen Kenney says:

    read some of the many comments

    • lyn5 says:

      I wonder when the sociopaths in the DOJ will go after The Bee?

      • Mothy67 says:

        Shitbook has already instituted some new rule about misleading info aka sarcasm so just a matter of time. Our betters have been fooled before.
        For some reason it reminds me of a very sweet scene in Jim Sheridan’s In America. Illegal Irish girls in their bunkbeds. One asked if the other was asleep. The second girl responds no are you? I thought it was a precious scene which for me encapsulated the film. The innocence , the togetherness. The graduate film students I was with didn’t get it or didn’t see the significance. I wanted to hug the girl who said “no are you”. It was yet another reminder I will never be elite. Afterwards there was red wine and deep thoughts about symbolism. Wankers could go on for days reading into shit and miss the gist of the film. Wankets gotfa wank.

        • lateblum says:

          I loved that movie so much! Thank you for having a steel trap memory. I own that on dvd. I’ll have to watch it again.

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  11. lateblum says:

    • lyn5 says:

      Mollie is so much better than Amy.

    • lyn5 says:


      Lucas Kunce
      August 23, 2021·4 min read

      What we are seeing in Afghanistan right now shouldn’t shock you. It only seems that way because our institutions are steeped in systematic dishonesty. It doesn’t require a dissertation to explain what you’re seeing. Just two sentences.

      One: For 20 years, politicians, elites and D.C. military leaders lied to us about Afghanistan.

      Two: What happened last week was inevitable, and anyone saying differently is still lying to you.

    • lyn5 says:

      Ross is as dumb as Amy.

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  15. Helen Kenney says:


    this guy would screw up a one-car funeral

  16. lyn5 says:

    h/t Angie

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  18. Mothy67 says:

    I have been thinking about intelligence as it relates to my betters. I have been crippled in my life because I know I am limited when it comes to grey matter and yet I watch many of lesser talent skate by on next to nothing. And don’t you dare question. The betters have their own esteem club. First rule of esteem club is you don’t talk about esteem club. The responses I got for saying wait a minute why doesn’t Fauci’s shit stink. Maybe I think it does. You can’t question. Trust the science. I have billions of questions about the jab and no one has answers. I am just supposed to take a shot perhaps may be forced to have charge pricked and I am a conspiracy nut for having questions. How dare I. I have to bring up HIV. Fauci has been involved with that since forever. I have friends who have been positive since the early 90’s, but there is no cure they will probably outlive most, but there is no cure and no stoppinbratds. I am to believe that in less than two years they defeated a bug in the common cold family. My hesitation makes me the nut job? Why isn’t Africa on fire with plague? Who is actually dying? It is so warped how “elites” can be/are sheeple. It’s one thing for me to consider a shot a whole nother world to contemplate da brat. I run nightmare scenerios through my head. I have friends who just took kids as soon as they were eligible. Huh? I am bad guy because I have concerns for an idjit. This is where we are. I am not protesting jabs I am asking questions. I think it bothers some that they didn’t ask. Just went with the flow. So now I’m getting pressure because feelings.
    Huh? I have to get a vax which I have not needed for 20 months to keep you the vaxxed safe. I get dizzy when they start spinning.

    • John Denney says:

      Question authority.
      Good authorities give good answers.
      Baffling BS is not a good answer.

  19. Mothy67 says:

    Fluffernutter turns 15 tomorrow. 15! I Said go ahead 150 on amazon that’s it. I am spending no more. Why do we lie so often to ourselves?

    • lateblum says:

      Happy Birthday Shayla !!! 🎈🎉🎂🎉🎈
      (Tomorrow, of course)

      • Mothy67 says:

        A few friends over for the night. School got pushed back until next Tuesday. It’s pleasant to look back and see these lasting friendships. I am very proud of WHO she has become.

    • swanspirit says:

      Happy Birthday 🎂 Shayla!! What a great age, 15. 💓

    • votermom says:

      Happy birthday to Shayla!

    • Mothy67 says:

      She just gave me ten dollars she owed me!?!?!?! How the hell did that happen? Believe it or not her dad had insurance. Not much, but it’s set up so she gets a monthly check with 50% going to savings. It helps. It should last through college. She fills in at McD’s but it would be too much with sports. Keeping up her grades. I am kind of a pushover,but I want her to experience everything there is. Fifteen years of everything has taken it’s toll on my bank account. Shoes. Good Lord shoes. I think it was close to 2 grand this year. Still growing. Ugh. There were maybe two pair that were indulgent. The rest were for sports.
      Which is why the building affordable housing in the suburbs gives me pause. We spend a lot of money on extracurriculars and it’s not just the uniforms and fees. It’s going to a diner after a game. Shouldn’t matter but it does- the phone. The clothes. My neighborhood is working class and it would be tough keeping up here. The places they have discussed are far more affluent. I think it would suck as a parent and a child to repeatedly have to say no or be told no. I looked at moving when Shay was a tadpole. House is mostly paid for if I bought in a more upscale hood there wouldn’t be 2,000 for shoes. She is an amazing vball player. You have to have good shoes to compete. 300 is good. I hit the bargain bin for mine.
      It stupifies me how proggies think. Just build a tower and house people in it because suburbs are racist or something. How much would it suck to never have any money in high school. The girls often leave directly from school for games. We switch off two at a time buying food for the bus. It can be 150 a pop. How can you do that if you are on food stamps? How embarrassing for a child and parent if they can’t? Ours is a small school. We volunteer. I cover nemesis when need be. I am not some do gooder. No one knows. She is my mortal enemy but also my forever uber. I call she comes get me. Think the word is reciprocity. But we are a tight community. A big anonymous district will be/is have and have nots. Repeating myself but the two smartest spawn are the lunch lady’s daughter and the Vietnamese salon lady’s son. Both excel and are highly respected in a tiny school. Throw them into liberal fetish suburban ghettos in cramped schools do they disappear?
      I can’t see anything positive with the wreck the suburbs agenda. Do Washington elite not know there are persons not white who don’t want the schools to crash and property value to diminish? Most adults searching for a family home are more concerned about schools than an en suite.
      I can do nothing but shake my head in exasperation with the concept of creating suburban ghettos. Maybe it’s just me. I am missing something, but placing poor kids in a good school won’t solve the reason why they are poor. Shay will be 15 tomorrow. She is active. I’d say 70 to 100 a week during peak sports time for her to hangout after meets. Just so strange to me how the much better educated smarter than me almost never concieve that actions have consequences. It feels good so let’s do it on a yuuuuge government scale. Ugh

      • elliesmom says:

        When a school has kids whose parents can’t afford $150 to buy food for the whole bus, it doesn’t happen. The bus might pull into a Mickey D’s and let the kids each buy their own, but there will be enough kids who don’t want food from Mickey’s that has nothing to do with money there will be no stigma to brown bagging it. Schools set up swaps for sports equipment. Parents who can afford expensive equipment add it to the swap, but a lot of kids are into sustainability, and there’s some cache to finding what you need used. A high school fashionista doesn’t need a $1000 clothing allowance. If she has any fashion sense, she can find cool stuff at resale shops or stores like Target. Kids aren’t looking for clothes that will last. Some of the poorest girls I taught looked fabulous everyday, and some of wealthiest couldn’t put a outfit together with an unlimited credit card. One of the positive things I found working in big city high school was the kids got to meet everybody, and it changed the kids ideas about a lot of things.

        • Mothy67 says:

          Gonna disagree. Not saying you are wrong. Saying I see what I see. Especially with bus meals. Everyone agrees to take turns. The agreement would have to be voided to pull into McDonalds. Maybe it would be/is different in larger districts, but small school? There’d be shame.

          • elliesmom says:

            If your school district doesn’t take all of the kids’ circumstances into consideration, then what shallow parents you have. I’ve worked in 3 school systems, a wealthy one, a middle class one, and a huge school with all levels of income. All of them made sure all of the kids were included regardless of what their family circumstances were. What a horrible example to set for your kids. 😦

          • Mothy67 says:

            Feel like we are fighting and I have mad respect for you. I was, I am putting up situations. My nemesis is sometimes cash broke. I have hated Gina for 12 years. I will cover Kennywood for her kid(local amusement park) money is never discussed. I don’t throw brat’s shoes or equipment in the trash. Summer after 9th grade we lost our house. We were sitting on a bridge my shoes fell off. I had to wait three days til payday to get shoes. We went from relative to relative. It was late 70’s early 80’s. We were never evicted. Sold the house cause keeping up wasn’t possible. I had an outhouse in 10th grade. I know what it is like to feel less than. I’d get off the bus and walk up the block because I didn’t want people to see where I lived. The point I was attempting to make is that dumping poor kids in rich neighborhoods can hurt the kids.

        • Mothy67 says:

          Also my 2,000 was on shoes not general clothes. I have no idea what she spends on clothing. that is mostly her money. Volleyball, softball, track, cheer, swim (yeah they have to wear water shoes, cheap though 20) she got two different pair of non sneakers. One expensive pair of kicks and two different dress shoes for Homecomings because of different dresses. It adds up.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Happy Birthday Shayla!

  20. lateblum says:

    Mike Richards is out. So is Ken Jennings for his bad tweets and comments from years ago. I’m still hoping that Mayim Bialik will be the new daytime host of Jeopardy.

    • swanspirit says:

      I think Mayim has the job, at least part of it. She may be splitting with one other person, one of the former champions

    • Mothy67 says:

      She is. They are going to work around her acting schedule. Proggies are mad cause they wanted LaVar Burton. I didn’t because they did and they were hell bent on him because of his race. He hadn’t even tried out and they were whining. Guess they are happy cause now they get to sing their favorite song. I am sure the producers spent thousands of hours pouring over the data. She must have reached the right demos. Do proggies even watch Jeopardy? For me it’s always been an inter generational thing. I watched it with my grandmother. Families are evil to leftists.

      • lateblum says:

        My mom and I watched it together whenever I visited her during the day. My dd#2 loved watching it with her. Now dd#2 watches it daily and lets me know how she does. She competes with the contestants. 👍🏻👍🏻

        • Myiq2xu says:

          I used to watch Jeopardy with Mom every night except Sundays. When she stopped watching the show is when her cognitive decline began to accelerate.

          • lateblum says:

            That is sad. It could be that she stopped watching when she could no longer keep up.

          • lateblum says:

            How is Mom doing these days?

          • Myiq2xu says:

            Not good. Her mind is basically gone. Her body remains. When my grandma reached this stage she lasted another 7-8 years.

          • lateblum says:

            I’m sorry. It is so hard to see when that happens. I hope you will ask for some kind of reprieve when you need it.

          • Myiq2xu says:

            It is what it is. She outlived most of her friends and the siblings/cousins she grew up with. She got to meet her great-grandchildren. She had 8+ decades of experiences, most of them good. The downside of living a long time is seeing so many people that you know die.

            Que sera, sera. Shit happens. Carpe diem.

          • elliesmom says:

            Hang in there. ❤

          • Miranda says:

            I’m very sorry.

          • lyn5 says:

            I’m so sorry. ❤

          • votermom says:

            so sorry, Klown

          • foxyladi14 says:

            Sending Prayers! 🙏

          • Helen Kenney says:

            I am so sorry. prayers for both of you through this hard time.Alzheimers is the cruelest of all diseases.

          • Mt.Laurel says:

            Think of you. I can be a very hard time but can also leave you with good memories.

            Two of my aunties started earlier (late 70s early 80) and were mean. Mom and the uncles not until 91/92 and it was a mix. I could take Mom anywhere between about 10 am and 3 pm and people would never guess she was so far along they just thought she was slowing down and she was sweet. Especially toward babies and children and I had numerous mom’s comment they wished their parents were as warm around kids.

            Around 3:30 pm sundowners would kick in and along with the Alzheimer I had rollercoaster rides. Sometimes horror films complete with lashing out with her cane but many times she relived her favorite days (her older brothers wedding, my parents wedding and 25 wedding anniversary, my baptisms – both Catholic and Presby where they did not tell the other half of the family about the other one). She also would relive peoples last days and wakes. The most common was for my paternal grandfather’s wake (her father in law). He was a favorite and a lot like my dad.

            The oddest thing was that although almost all the days she recalled were before I t was born . She would talk to me as two or three different people of that era (friends, siblings, cousins) and I got accustom to role playing. But she also talked to me, her daughter not yet born, as as if I had been there through it all with her .complete with Mom orders like make sure we have enough napkins (linen of course) and could you check the roast in the oven and complaining that there was no avoiding so in so but could I direct them out to the patio and not let them in her kitchen. The mind is truly an undiscovered country.

          • Myiq2xu says:

            Mom keeps mistaking my older sister (she is 63) for her mother. A few times Mom thought I was her husband. She often mistakes people for somebody from her youth.

          • lyn5 says:

            My Dad talked a lot about his father and paternal grandfather.

  21. Mothy67 says:

    I expected scathing reviews for American Crime Story: Impeachment. Hands off our own. The reviews are guarenteeing it will be a hit
    “Despite its lofty pedigree, Impeachment is a disaster: a schlocky, overheated melodrama that’s only a degree or two removed from a Saturday Night Live parody. It might as well be a quickie TV movie that aired on Fox in 1998 with a title like Intern Affairs.”

    You mad bro?

  22. Myiq2xu says:

    I just removed a very stinky turd from the spam filter. The comment itself wasn’t so bad but the author was repugnant. He is using a swastika as his avatar.

    It has been my policy to let almost anyone comment here as long as they are reasonably polite, but we do have some standards. “No Nazis” is one of our standards.

    I flushed him and sprayed some air freshener.

  23. lyn5 says:

    Biden’s treason led to the murder of 13 American military personnel. His aid and comfort to the enemy, his adherence to the Taliban at the expense of American soldiers and civilians led to the massacre of Americans. And he can and should be impeached for his treasonous crimes.

    Joe Biden’s treasonous decision to entrust American lives and security to the enemy was not committed out of any pure motive, but to protect his own political career. After decades of appeasing Islamic terrorists, Biden was only doing what came naturally to him. And he had either learned nothing from Benghazi or he simply did not care about the risk to Americans.

    Like Blount and later Burr, Biden, the third ‘B’ in the bunch, committed treason out of self-interest, throwing in with America’s enemies because he thought it would profit him.


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  25. elliesmom says:

    This takes me back to middle school

  26. Mothy67 says:

    I wonder what is coming down the pike. I don’t see how some of my friends will ever accept how wrong they have been about nearly everything. I am mid fifties. I don’t know of anyone in my group who is not strung out on meds. It’s even worse with their kids. Tons of drugs for teens. Nothing is ever related to anything they do. They enjoyed blaming The Donald and love therapy. I had pup with a woman BEFORE there was an issue. I mean like 4. It was about letting her hear her on voice not to get her loaded up on behaviour modifications.
    There have been a lot of cruel digs coming my way. Former friends took an almost glee saying she was sexually active. People I have known since I was 19 making digs towards my child for not being beyond fucked up. They are like this on group chats. Not one on one. I thought it was so untoward to bring up activity in that manner to begin with. Seriously who says your teen is fucking. I have zero tact and I wouldn’t go there unless I was concerned. A few days later – I’m worried. Very worried. My friend can find no evidence that her almost 16 year old son has ever made happy time alone. He has no interest in girls or boys. So I get it you went after my brat cause you are scared. I can take that. Okay you attacked the single most significant thing I have ever done and now you want my help. Alright what we gonna do? I’d give everything to help, but she won’t look at meds. There is nothing that can be done regarding his libido if you don’t with a medical expert taper off. It’s not uncommon that difficult 8 year olds have been numbed with drugs. He was placated for all emotional responses. I don’t know if he has normal skills off meds. I find it frightening that a 16 year old boy might have to learn like he is 8. Who knows she may just up his dosage. It screams help when you attack my brat cause your kid seems sexually dead at 16. I can take it and will help, but thus far reducing meds are off the table. What have we done to our kids. I can name ten in brat’s class doped to the gills. Every parent is a democrat. Not just dimocrat they have yard signs declaring love.

    • elliesmom says:

      There are two groups of kids in high school (and always have been). The kids who are sexually active and the ones who are not. They tend to travel in very different circles. Parents know which kids are which unless they’re deaf, dumb, and blind. If a parent doesn’t want her child to become sexually active, the first line of defense is to police which group her child socializes with. (The same is true for drinking and doing drugs.) If a child is sexually active and the parent appears to condone it, both the parent and the child become “bad influences” on her child, and she’ll work at finding ways to distance her child. It’s her way of being a “mama bear”. A mama bear who is protecting her cub from experiences she doesn’t think her cub is ready for will often strike at out just like a real bear will. and they both need to be respected. If a parent approves of his child’s activities, then the other woman’s barbs should roll right off. If they’re striking a nerve, then maybe he isn’t as ok as he thinks he is. While a lot of kids may be doing some experimenting with sex (like “making out”) in middle school and early high school), most kids don’t experiemce full intercourse before 17. The idea that 13 year olds are having a lot of sex is just hype. The group of kids having sex in high school is considerably smaller than the ones who aren’t, and parents who disapprove dwarfs the parents who do.

      • Mothy67 says:

        I don’t know what has happened. He’s very Christian and very driven. She asked for the pill because of cramps. I know what it can mean. I’ve asked her. She says no. I try and emphasize how much is before her. Things changed between her and boy when he dad died. A few weeks before his eccentric neighbor exited. He was devastated. The goofy gay drank himself to death on purpose. I have watched how close they got. I’m only half moron. They are emotionally as intimate as you can get. I’d love to be able to dictate actions. Not realistic. As far as friends discussing me brat. I just thought it was wierd. Like oh so perfect kid is not so perfect. I never judge with said friends. I have never brought up the puppy that went missing. Even though I know and have discussed without discussing. Along the lines of this is major serious kids dont hurt pets.
        Anyhow pup is likely still a non active person. She will one day. I accepted the pill just in case. Should I have said no. I don’t know. Was it like giving her a pass? I don’t know. The alternative scared me more. I have asked and she says no.
        I honestly could care less about perception. Just can’t imagine talking about someone else’s kid like that! The only video/picture stuff I have shared are sports or dance. I don’t get it.

    • Miranda says:

      “He has no interest in girls or boys.”
      Maybe he’s shy. Maybe he’s confused. Maybe he’s genuinely not interested. Some people are asexual either because that’s who they are or they’ve shut it down for some reason. No excuse to pick on someone else’s kid.

      • Mothy67 says:

        I’ve had a few hours to contemplate why life long friends would go any where near someone’s child’s private life. We have been friends since the 80’s. We text. I was zapping off a few proud pics because it was birthday time. We all do it. I am 54 approaching T-mobile senior discount. I didn’t set out to raise a kid. There was no one else. I thought it would be a few weeks. Nearly all my friends waited until 40’s to start families. There’s always a cost. We have kids starting high school while people our age are welcoming first grandkid. My life was so self indulgent before rugrat. Most people pushing sixty are done with all the noise we are just starting. My friends know teen pregnancy is aj issue for me. My mom was 15 when she had my older brother. My sister woke me up at barely 16 and said I tried to go to the bathroom and saw baby’s head. Boom Shay’s uncle was born at home. I pray my brat is more prepared than most women in my family. I don’t discuss the intricate details with college friends. It was out of the blue one said she’s having sex. Why? I have been very fortunate. I had the scratch to provide. I decided to use therapy at a very early age. Not because Shay had issues, but because I felt she needed an outlet not me or other family members. Just a space where she could vent. I am her great gay uncle. It is a unique situation. Her mom was unable to parent when she was wee. Kinda hard to do from a lockdown psych ward. They have a wonderful relationship now. She has three kids. They went to lunch yesterday. Went to Outer Banks on vacation. She loves her mom.
        Anyhow I was feeling proud. I have invested more in monster than anything I have ever done. She is no angel, but overall makes good decisions and she is never cruel. Things are going well. What are the odds that a changeling gets a gay great uncle who had multiple open heart surgeries as a child. I couldn’t walk to the end of the block without almost turning blue. She’s an athlete. Very good athlete. Then there’s boy. He’s ranked going into 11th grade unofficially #26 in the state. Being compared to Tom Brady. Highest QB.
        I got some pushback about how everything is easy for me. I admit I am blessed, but easy makes it sound like I just cracked an egg and there was a 15 year old.
        I have never judged mental health of friends kids. I openly disagree with meds, but that has always been my philosophy long before any of us had them.
        I can feel the resentment. I think it’s kinda natural. 35 plus years into friendships we are almost like siblings. They are going through hell with kids. I have straight A cheerleader dating the QB getting lots of attention all positive. An uncalled for utterance that my brat is having sex is rude and wierd but understandable.
        I have no idea why my friend is investigating if her son is spanking the monkey. That is strange. How would you even know? Does she have a spy cam in the shower?
        I think she’s scared for her child that she adores and lashing out at my kid was a way to get my attention. Pregnancy is my greatest fear and she went there. I don’t know how you can read sexually active from volley ball pics? I think Pinot Gris swilling Wisteria Lane can be pretty lonely. She’s living the I send my kids to private school life. My dearest friend who loves dive bars pretends she enjoys the Stepford Wives company. She is Beltway.

        • Mothy67 says:

          This is the type of friendship I have with my bff calling my child a trollop
          It was a Wednesday. I remember because in 1987 tv ratings were published on Wednesdays. I went into WaWa and bought a USA Today, chocolate covered donuts, and a cheese hoagie. I had been to Hepburn’s a bar with a lesbian. It was after 2. I walked out of WaWa and heard the shots. I didn’t decide to help. It just happened. This woman had been shot in the head. I put on my best tv white coat and put my useless hands on the holes. I had no idea what I was doing or why I didn’t just go home. I was 2 blocks away from abode. The police arrived. Picked us both up together as one and put us in a Paddy wagon. Don’t know why there was no wait for EMS. They just decided go and so we went. MaryAnn couldn’t shut up. ” I can’t die. I have three children.” Blah blah blah blood gurgling never stop talking lady. We had been in Center City filthydelphia. They rushed us to Hahnaman which if you don’t know Philly was just a few blocks on the north side of city hall. MaryAnn lived. I got taken home by cops. It was dawn. I was covered in blood. Walked into my best friend’s room and said I can’t talk and I can’t be alone. I stripped to boxers and went to sleep in her bed. We aren’t just friends. We shared a lot which was why it stung to get my brat criticized. I don’t ever criticize. I say what I think. Anyhow somehow the next morning I still had the newspaper and cheese hoagie.
          MaryAnn had been shot because a guy wanted to take a bottle of Stutter Home White Zinfendal to go from a RibIt ( cheap bbq chain). She had him thrown out. He waited hours until she got off work and shot her in the head. A 14 dollar bottle of wine. I tried to engage her on facebook years ago. She is a grandma. It was too wierd. Like you try and be polite, but one can only stomach so much gratitude. I never made a decision. It just happened. She ruined my favorite shirt. Anyhow that’s how thick my friendship is. To get my brat reduced with biting references hurts.

          • Mothy67 says:

            Middle aged is a funny place. I felt like I was bordering on an argument with Elliesmom over school stuff. I think we disagree. She was a teacher, I was a poor kid that skipped a grade or two. I am a far cry from intelligent, but I was never average. Nothing about me is average. I suck at a lot. So below average in sports. I was on my fourth high school. It was the day before Thanksgiving holiday. The physics teacher told me I couldn’t be in his class because I was months behind and my previous school used a different approach. All I had was an ability to sit in a class and regurgitate. I never studied. All I had in life was I wasn’t stoopid. I had 5 days for break. I completed the entire text. Every problem. The teach was why I went to college. I was 16 years old senior year going to after hours bars and snorting blow. I might have been drunk when I took my SAT’s. I scored well. I applied to Purdue because the application was free. I had physics teacher write recommendation. I had no designs on school. Came home one day and there was a scholarship. I didn’t do a thing other than finish a year’s physics in five days. I only did it because he, fairly, said I could not. My dad was a produce manager earning 22,000 with five kids. I hated being poor in an upper middle class neighborhood. I was frequently ashamed. When I went to Purdue I thought engineers ran trains. My great grandfather was a train engineer. I had no idea what I’d signed up for. I am so not a math person. I love and respect, but it’s not me. SAT was just me throwing up what I’d been exposed to. Physics book was me defiant. I was nothing but I could own my place by asserting myself. I hated being hungry. I hated not having an Izod shirt. When my sister gave birth to her first child at home there was no phone to call an ambulance. We survived. I’ve lived on Mykonos, in London, NY, Philly.
            I was stirred by discourse with Elliesmom. I have to wonder why. Her perspective is different than mine. I don’t feel like my take has changed, but I value how EM made me walk around a complex issue. I think I am angry about my childhood poverty. What could I have been if I had not made number 2 in a shed. My stanford-binet Is /was not earth shaking. 138. It’s a far cry from genius. I can get by. I was lost my first semester in college because of language. I didn’t know how to speak. It was crushing. I could out test anyone but I was white trash. I had to learn English as a second language. I err here often cause it’s The Crawdad Hole and well it’s The Crawdad Hole. I taught myself. I was my own Eliza Dolittle. Little things. I held myself in such disrespect. I don’t care about that stuff at 54, but I did at 18.
            Ebonics gets a pass but if you are poor and white and don’t know how to utilize auxillary verbs you are uneducated garbage. I had a small exchange with EM. I felt angry. Dumping a semi bright poor kid into wealthy hoods makes educators and proggies feel good but what about the kid? Feeling less than is cruel.

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    • lyn5 says:

      “Aping Trump” is all the half-dead guy can do.

    • Mothy67 says:

      It’s so wierd. My mom has a mad crush on Grenell. She loves him. Even gets icky about how hot he is. Still not much acceptive of having a gay son. What tangled webs we weave.

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    • lyn5 says:

      Election Wizard @ElectionWiz

      Biden is finished. The power players just haven’t found found a way to move Biden out without it looking like an obvious and and calamitous defeat.

      I would not be surprised if Biden receives some “unexpected and terrible health news” that will require him to “step down with dignity.” It’s not the best cover, but the power players are desperate. We’re only 8 months in and 2022 is on the horizon.

      Complicating the problem is VP Harris. As I’ve tweeted about before, she’s deeply unpopular within important factions of her party and fairs no better across party lines. Like I said, they haven’t figured a way out yet, but believe me, they’re plotting and scheming.
      7:33 AM · Aug 31, 2021·

  30. lyn5 says:

    h/t Angie

    • Myiq2xu says:

      Mike Reynolds of Fresno was the driving force behind California’s 3-strikes proposition. Rumor says that my Evidence instructor (a 5th DCA justice) was the ghost-writer of that law.

  31. lyn5 says:

    h/t Angie

  32. Helen Kenney says:

    tinfoil hat theory
    backtrack was raised and mentored by anti-Americans for most of his life. when the dems installed him they knew this and were fine with it. it was supposed to be Hillary to bring his agenda to a climax. Then Trump got elected and screwed up the timeline and the program. Hillary was nonelectable so election fraud had to happen to install bid-on who is a crooked as a hind leg also had become a senile old man who could be used to finish off the agenda of bringing down America in front of the whole world.

  33. westcoaster says:

    Biden’s foreign policy- not calling our allies and advising them that we were leaving Afghanistan- reminds me of Leroy Jenkins… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLyOj_QD4a4

  34. Helen Kenney says:

    I am going to have to stop watching The Five this week or I will not have a TV. Of all the weeks to have geraldo on , this one is not it. listening to his bs is not good for my blood pressure

    • Helen Kenney says:

      I am proud of Pete for not just decking him for GP

      • lateblum says:

        Yesterday I thought they were actually going to come to blows. If you’re talking about today, something must’ve occurred when I was in the shower after working outside in the front “garden”.

    • lyn5 says:

      LOL. Wanna bet Chase lost some business?

    • jadzia1971 says:

      My bank seems to want to get rid of me, for reasons I don’t understand, and after ten years is demanding that I prove I’m not a US citizen. (Oddly, they are not demanding this of my children, who also were born in America and actually ARE American citizens.) This is the first time I’ve heard from my banker since June, when he told me he wouldn’t bother to open my (urgent) business bank account until late August because he was leaving for vacation.

      Fortunately, I was so pissed off about the June thing that I spent my summer getting all my accounts and projects moved over to a bank that is actually competent.

      Businesses that are allergic to money are something that I just will never understand.

  35. Constance says:

    I was wishing I had an account with them that I could cancel. I hope it was some woke asshole employee that got canned for that stunt.

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    I am livid. School is mandating masks.

    • jadzia1971 says:

      For my kids, too. I am beside myself. This is my youngest son’s second year in high school and he has never seen the faces of most of his classmates. Which is something that he sadly told me himself.

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      Mike Davis @mrddmia
      NOW: @UnsilencedOrg * @The_IAP * @Article3Project | FORMER: Chief Counsel for Nominations, Senate Judiciary Chairman @ChuckGrassley * Law Clerk, Justice Gorsuch

      @mrddmia : “For the last decade, they were harsh critics of plans to withdraw from the endless war in Afghanistan. While they’ve found time to tweet about the chaos in Afghanistan, they refuse to criticize President Biden’s decision-making.”

      :”In their endorsement of Biden, the @ProjectLincoln leaders claimed, ‘Biden is not an international embarrassment’ and they ‘have faith that Biden will surround himself by advisers of competence.’”

      “Even the left-wing media has enough spine to recognize the utter failure of Biden’s withdrawal management. These grifters are willing to sell out American citizens and our allies in Afghanistan just to keep their con afloat.”

      “Perhaps if they are offered enough money, they’ll finally grow a backbone. Or maybe it’s simply impossible to break that common bond of the Lincoln Project and the Taliban harboring pedophiles within their ranks?”

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    • jadzia1971 says:

      He’s Mr. Greta van Susteren, made a gazillion bucks in lawsuits against Big Tobacco. Interesting guy.

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  47. votermom says:

    Somebody, for you

  48. lyn5 says:

    Afghan Interpreter Who Helped Rescue @potus Biden in 2008 Left Behind After U.S. Exit
    Mohammed, stranded in Afghanistan and hiding from the Taliban, makes a White House appeal: ‘Don’t forget me here.’

  49. Helen Kenney says:

    bid-on is acting as the 5-star chef that cooked the greatest turkey dinner ever. the house caught on fire, and 13 dinner guests died and several hundred are stuck in the flames, but he cooked the greatest turkey dinner ever.
    how did we get to this place in this great country?

  50. swanspirit says:

    Happy birthday, Van Morrison.

  51. Mothy67 says:

    Something to think about twitter mob that doesn’t watch Jeopardy might decide who hosts Jeopardy. They are going after Blossom for vax statements.

    • jadzia1971 says:

      I think Blossom is one of those wacky, breastfeed ’em and co-sleep until they’re 5, no vaccinations ever kind of mama. Which of course doesn’t really have anything to do with her ability to host Jeopardy.

      Who watches Jeopardy, anyway? Why is this such a big deal?

      • Mothy67 says:

        For me it’s always been a family thing. A generational family thing. I watched with my grandmother and my father as they lay dying. It brought me joy to have my Nanny think I was smart because I knew a lot about nothing. She had colon cancer but you bet 7 o’clock she sat up to watch Alex with me, even hundreds of miles away. We’d do it over the telephone. A telephone is this thing from last century with which you do verbal things and people listen on the other end. Sounds crazy. I can remember telling Olive Nanetta Carrington Colby Joan Collins ( my grandmother married a lot) that final Jeopardy most often gives you the answer in the clue. She was in heaven. I watched with my dad.

  52. lyn5 says:

    If you want to donate to help Jan6 defendants, here’s the place:


  53. swanspirit says:

    Bunch of knee jerk vultures on twitville. They should change the logo.

  54. lyn5 says:

    No shit, Sherlock.

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    h/t Angie

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    🔥 🔥 🔥

  59. lyn5 says:

    Best one yet.

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