Monday Open Thread

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  1. swanspirit says:

    Cernunnos, the Horned God, and the horned serpent! You don’t see that every day! Wow!

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Little gems of Norm MacDonald keep popping up and amusing me. This is an old SNL clip, so it probably won’t play, lol………

  3. elliesmom says:

    It’s an “I’m getting old” morning at my house. Every once in awhile I have a morning when I wake up with stiff hands. It passes quickly, but this morning it interfered with my ability to open the can with Ellie’s food inside. The can has a pop-top, but if I open it that way, then I have to dig the food out with a utensil, and washing the can before it goes in the recycle bin becomes a chore. If I use my side cutter can opener, the food slides right out leaving little residue in the can. This morning my hands weren’t happy about using the can opener, and while I can ignore the pain, not having full strength was an issue. Ellie was more than a bit impatient. I got the can opened and her fed, but I knew there has to be another solution that doesn’t involve using counter space for a big electric can opener. I found this battery operated can opener on Amazon that gets thrown in a drawer like my manual one, cuts on the side so there are no sharp edges should Hank decide to dumpster dive in the recycle bin, and operates by sitting it on top of the can and pushing a button. A nice customer posted a video of it working, and it looks like it will solve my problem. It will even work when the power goes out. 🙂 To be honest I can’t believe I didn’t look for something like it before. It’s one thing to be fiercely independent and quite another to not take advantage of a cheap solution to a problem. Miss Amazon will deliver it tomorrow, and we’ll see if this makes the problem go away. “Knitting season” will help with the hands.

    • Somebody says:

      Doggone, I want one now too. I’ll have to check Amazon after I get home…….having my follow up PET scan, fingers crossed🤞🙏

    • lateblum says:

      Have you tried Voltaren for your arthritic moments? People in my building told me about it during the summer when I began noticing more and more stiffness in my fingers. I, stubbornly didn’t get it, but when the Orthopaedic doctor suggested I use it, I went out and bought it. It works! I haven’t needed it since I bought the cream. lol
      I hope your stiffness subsides on its own, or you get the Voltaren and it works for your fingers. Fingers crossed the can opener proves to be a godsend. ❤

      • Underwhelmed says:

        Voltaren is brilliant but must be used with care. If you’re taking the tablets you MUST do so with a lot of food. If not you will end up in hospital with your stomach lining ruined. If you’re using the gel, you MUST wash your hands thoroughly after application. I take 2 tablets a day 3 or 4 times a week, after consultation with dr, due to ongoing health issues. But I make sure to have a break every now and then. In Australia it used to be prescription only. They relaxed the rules but now people are hurting themselves by not taking the right precautions. Good luck with it!

        • lateblum says:

          Great tips. Thanks.

        • elliesmom says:

          This isn’t an everyday thing for me- at least not yet. One acetaminophen when I wake up works fine- just not fast enough to satisfy Ellie. I checked on the Voltaren, and the description says it takes 7 days to be effective. It’s likely I’ll be fine when I wake up tomorrow so something that doesn’t work right away isn’t really what I need right now. But I did find a house brand at Amazon, and I stored it for later if this becomes chronic instead of occasional. The last time I saw my doctor, we talked about it, and she suggested the acetaminophen and using my hands for things like knitting and get this- keyboarding. 🙂

    • votermom says:

      I think I have that battery operated can opener. Hubby got it for “me” although he’s the one who loves using it 😄

  4. Miranda says:

    I didn’t watch the Emmy’s but in this 10-best-dressed article, I love Yara Shahidi’s dress. Very 50’s and that green is one of my favorite shades.

    • elliesmom says:

      I like the green dress, too, but I have no idea who the lady is who is wearing it. I’ve seen “The Queen’s Gambit” and some, but not all, of “The Crown”. Since I heard the Queen described as a “classy Kardashian”, I can’t get that image out of my head. I’ve never heard of most of the shows that were nominated. Were any of them from network TV, or are the alphabet channels all but dead?

      • lateblum says:

        Agreed. And I watched most of “the Queens Gambit” and most of “the Crown” as well. I haven’t’ seen a n y of the other nominated shows (at least not to my knowledge). The only part of the Emmys I watched was the credits because I was waiting for the news. So I suppose I couldve seen something. I’m not much interested in the current programs on “regular” tv. And I don’t have cable so I cant see the rest of the programs.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I’ve been scanning for high and lo lights of the emmys and a few went #EmmysSoWhite because a lot of black actors lost. I guess in a year when the Royal Family flavored shows dominate the nominations, duh, also Brits, I think you might have an edge there.

          • lateblum says:

            I’m old enough to remember when people were complaining about there being no or few pics nominated. Now if poc are “only” nominated but don’t win, they revert to #EmmysSoWhite as if it only counts when poc actually win. Remember the Oscars this year? I think Frances McDormand was one of a handful of White people to win. And because she’s so woke, no one seemed to mind.

    • Constance says:

      Love the green dress. Beautiful and playful.

    • taw46 says:

      That green dress is gorgeous.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    See kids, it was safer to smoke after all 😉

    • elliesmom says:

      Pfizer was sued over Chantix before. People who took it reported having suicidal thoughts. In the past Pfizer was charged with illegally using Nigerian children in drug trials that killed them. The parents settled. Judges dismissed cases against Pfizer from women who claimed Zoloft caused birth defects. The defects happened. There was just insufficient evidence the drug caused them. Pfizer is not alone among drug companies for having criminal charges and civil suits brought against them, but the company’s hands are far from clean. They hold the record for the largest health care fraud settlement for over $2 billion. They make Viagra, though, so there’s little chance of them going out of business. (Preparation-H, too.)

  6. Dora says:

    80% of Covid-19 deaths in August were vaccinated people

    By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Just say No! 😆

    • taw46 says:

      He is referencing an article that came from a site called “Natural News”which got the article from a site called “”. It is supposedly based on statistics from the UK. Whether or not the numbers are correct, or the interpretation is accurate, who knows? 🤷🏻‍♀️

  7. Dora says:

    Scary Thought!


    Pfizer says its COVID vaccine is safe and effective for kids ages 5-11

  8. Dora says:

    Starting your own garden might be a good idea!


    Vaccines in your salad? Scientists growing medicine-filled plants to replace injections

  9. lyn5 says:

    Illiberal mandates violate bodily autonomy and arguably worsen health outcomes. So, why are President Biden’s advisors pushing them? Do Biden and his advisors sincerely believe mandates will end the pandemic? If so, James Harrigan explains well the logical absurdity of mandates. Or are they consolidating power by exploiting human nature and borrowing a page from the totalitarian playbook to exacerbate tribal differences?

    To understand the psychological roots of tribal fractures, let’s begin with a story not about vaccine mandates.

    Larry David and Alan Dershowitz were close friends for 25 years until Dershowitz became one of Trump’s impeachment lawyers.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Didn’t Larry’s ex-wife have an affair with Al Gore? I know his tv ex-wife married RFKjr. Can’t get tighter with the Old Guard than that. 🙂

  10. taw46 says:

    Just saw this photo and thought of Michelle. She would have loved a boob belt like this.

  11. threewickets says:

    If the choice for the United States is between integrity and pathological lying, let’s not choose Tawana’s lying gay cults. Why is he still leading?

  12. lyn5 says:

    This week begins the Oregon Special Legislative Session to deliberate over the new redistricting of political boundaries of the various Congressional and State politicians districts.

    Under the draft plans proposed by the party in power, Portland voters would gain a super-vote representation status where their vote would be more represented than the average Oregon voter.

  13. taw46 says:

    New show on FBN starting tomorrow night. Looks like 2 shows, 8 & 8:30? Anyway, curious to see how they show the Florida Keys.

  14. lyn5 says:

    Contrary to the behavior and statements of public health officials and politicians, the news is out that the spike proteins produced by the vax’s mRNA genetic reprogramming are toxic agents that create disorder in the major organs and blood vessels. The news is also out, despite strenuous suppression, that early treatment of Covid-19 with a kit of cheap drugs defeats the disease. People must conclude that there is a malevolent purpose behind the suppression of early treatment. They may also conclude that the vaxes are poison.

    • lyn5 says:

      It looks an awful lot like the government is trying to harm people health-wise, while it destroys jobs and small business and ruins households financially, and that counter-story is spreading faster now than Covid-19. It’s fair to ask whether all that has destroyed the legitimacy of the people in charge — but that is only one of several issues converging to detonate the people’s faith in their own government.

      • lyn5 says:

        It appears that the first results of the Arizona 2020 election will finally come out this week. Word is the results are not just eye-opening but devastating; they will show appalling mischief in the balloting that indicates “Joe Biden’s” victory was concocted nefariously — bad “optics,” a little bit, when “Joe Biden’s” government already has its heel on the neck of a hundred million people to get a dangerous vax or lose their jobs and incomes.

  15. taw46 says:

    Can you imagine if they said this about Trump? Oh he took a few questions last week….

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  19. Somebody says:

    So I was asked an interesting question today. You always have to answer a bunch of questions prior to testing or appointments. Today I was asked which arm I was given my covid vaccine in. Then the technician says you only listed this one date for your vaccine, that was your first shot, you never returned for the second? I explained I had the J&J which is only 1 shot, that’s when she asked me which arm and wrote it down.

    I found that odd. Is there some kind of covert study going on? Like the samples they’ve taken from blood specimens looking for antibodies. I had some more sinister thoughts too.

    • elliesmom says:

      The reason why they asked is the covid-19 vaccines can cause swelling in the lymph nodes in armpit of the arm where you received your shot. It was noticed when women went for mammograms after getting the vaccine.

    • lateblum says:

      Since I’m having my second cataract surgery on Monday, I, too, was at the doctor today for my pre-op evaluation. This was the first time they *didn’t* ask about my decision to abstain from the vaccine. Instead, the doctor reviewed the meds and supplements I’m taking – including the Quercetin, Zinc, D3, etc. I mentioned to him that due to Delta var. I decided to increase the D3 by 1000 units and he said he thought that was “okay”.

      Funnily enough, on my way home, I passed a pharmacy that advertised having both Moderna and J&J vaccines available. No one around here seems to have J&J so it was a surprise. Long ago I had decided that if I were to get a vaccine, I’d get the J&J.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        That sounds like good news. I’ve been avoiding my regular doctor because of all of this, but I had a post-surgery follow-up last week and similarly was not pestered. What’s Quercetin? I think I’m taking everything else–C, D3, zinc, elderberry, blah blah. And I’m also taking my Soolantra (ivermectin, which I’ve been taking for YEARS for my rosacea) like it’s my job.

        • lateblum says:

          I didn’t know there was another name for ivermectin.
          You’ll have to ask Somebody what Quercetin is. I just follow orders.

          • jadzia1971 says:

            Soolantra (an ivermectin cream) has been a rosacea treatment for quite a while. It’s a cream, not a pill, so who knows if it has any protective value, but i was taking it anyway and probably have not had covid yet, despite 5 kids spread across 3 schools exposing me to all their little friends’ germs.

        • westcoaster says:

          when I got the flu (that may have been COVID) I took quercetin (among other supplements), which is found in high amounts in green tea and apples. It’s also in red wine and onions. Green tea and apples instantly stopped the symptoms (temporarily). It was weird. So I had those in the house to “help”.

  20. Cisco says:

    Let be one of the first & imo, not the last to tell this punk-ass beotch, FU!
    Ok chumps, open up your pocket books, another swamp dweller wants your $$$$

  21. Somebody says:

    Thank you all for your well wishes for my PET scan. Normally the results are hidden from me until I see the doctor and he gives me the results. I happened to be online about an hour ago as my results were uploaded into my chart, I opened them and quickly printed them before they were blocked.

    It appears from what I read that I have residual cancer. I’ll find out Wednesday what if anything can be done. Hopefully I read the results wrong, but “consistent with residual cancer” is kind of hard to misinterpret.🥺

  22. DeniseVB says:

    This is a sweet few minutes and a fast 5 years. Whew, miss them…….

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    • taw46 says:

      They were so frightened for their lives that Nancy wanted the cafeteria opened. Priorities.
      These people are getting away with everything. Makes me ill.

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    • taw46 says:

      I think she is right. And every time I have to read about 1/6 and what lies have been told about it, my BP rises.

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      “The everlasting incompetence and mesmerizing self-delusion on display at his recent 9/11 remarks make that clear.

      “What kind of a person stands on the very spot where heroic, valiant Americans perished in a tragic last-ditch effort to save a symbol of their ruling class—either the Capitol or the White House, no one knows for certain—and dares to offer criticism of the American people? What kind of cretin could possibly stir himself to lecture the public while standing on the very spot where common, average, everyday people sacrificed themselves to save members of the elite?”

    • lateblum says:

      He should never have stopped drinking.

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