Autumn in Asheville, North Carolina

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  1. Dora says:

    Good Morning.

    That is such a beautiful picture. Wow!

    Fall is such a beautiful season.

    It’s what’s coming next that I dread. 🙂

  2. Dora says:

    • elliesmom says:

      I had a Halloween tee shirt for Ellie that said, “I’m a sweet treat” on it. It had pockets on it I could load up for the kids to get their candy from. The pockets were strategically placed so it was hard for Ellie to get her mouth in there to help herself. I filled the one she figured out how to get to with doggie treats for her. It was a lot of fun for her and the kids, but I can’t use it anymore because Hank chases Ellie around the house to empty her pockets. Our town cancelled Halloween last year. A couple of the churches had parking lot parties for the kids. I don’t know what the plans are this year.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    For the last morning in September……

    • lateblum says:

      Denise, the photo is spectacular! I can understand why my good friend moved there. She said it was the most beautiful place she had ever seen. After a trip the Carolinas one year, she said she would move there. And she did.

  4. lyn5 says:

    • DandyTIger says:

      Agree. But not surprised at the most backwards, brain damaged, VA GOP party. I’m only shocked they didn’t have Don Lemon do it.

      • Constance says:

        Still it shouldn’t be hard to make CT look like a raving Progressive fool. If any of the Republican candidates are worth while. You know he will cut in with some know it all Progressive BS and all they need to do is look at him with a contempt filled smirk and say “So is that the new consensus from the faculty lounge or is that straight from the Marxist playbook Chuck?” O some related remark.

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  6. votermom says:

    Lt Col Scheller’s defense fund is 3 quarters of the way to its $2M goal

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  8. lateblum says:

    I’m old enough to remember what happened in Tiananmen Square. The brick and mortar museum was closed last year and the online access to Hong Kong and China is now unavailable. The goal is to eradicate all remnants of the history that is unfavorable to China and the Chinese Communist Party. It seems the Democrat communists are doing the same here.

    Meanwhile, Hong Kong is dismantling other vestiges of its past freedoms. This week, public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong, previously known for its hard-hitting journalism, issued new editorial guidelines that require staff to support the government in “safeguarding national security and interests.” Kitty Choi, director of broadcasting, said RTHK journalists could continue to interview sources who are critical of the government as long as they are “genuine comments made by real people.”
    Chris Tang, Hong Kong’s secretary for security, has also said the government will work on legislation to define new national security offenses. He said the time is “ripe” to enact Article 23 — a long-shelved bill targeting sedition and subversion of the ruling Communist Party — in the next legislative term, with a focus on countering “espionage activities.”

  9. threewickets says:

    Mount Rushmore. Prussian Frederick the Great, Bourbon Louis XVI, German Karl Marx, Carlist-Bourbon Prince Albert Victor.

    • threewickets says:

      FDR’s grandson Joe Biden can’t get an infrastructure bill out the door. That would be against his gay cock-blocking artificial scarcity religion. Shameful.

    • DeniseVB says:

      September just flew by ! I don’t why, but it felt more like August 2.0 and a/c still running. There is hope, we had our first overnight in the 50’s 🙂

      • lateblum says:

        Some suburbs and exurbs have seen temps in the low 60’s but I haven’t seen anything lower than low-to-mid 60’s at my house. Speaking about “at my house”, someone backed into my car at a high rate of speed around 2am this morning. Great damage done to the front of the car. From my neighbor who witnessed the hit-and-run, it appeared either intentional, or a drunk driver. It’s going to be a sad October for me. My insurance won’t cover anything (it’s a long story) I am so screwed.

  10. Helen Kenney says:

    • Constance says:

      That’s an interesting article. I can’t say I’m sorry that Globalism is falling apart but I don’t want to see hyperinflation and people going cold in the winter. Progressives are such idiots as are the Media who bark their dogma.

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  12. elliesmom says:

    Ellie and I just got back from our morning walk. It’s the first time this season I’ve needed socks and a windbreaker. I have both oak trees and maple trees in my yard and on our walk. Not a hint of any color but green on any of them. I have two Rose of Sharons on the hill going down to the street. The one at the top of the hill is still green, but the one halfway down has some red leaves. The past couple of nights the temps have dropped down into the 40s. That might be enough to trigger the color change, but it’s going back up into the 50s and 60s at night for the next couple of weeks so we’ll see. This feels very late to me this year. There should be at least partial color in RI by the end of September.

  13. Miranda says:

    I like Boone better than Asheville, but all the NC mts are lovely in fall.

  14. elliesmom says:

    Do you remember that time awhile back when parents were paying people to kidnap their children from cults and deprogram them? I’ve been feeling like the left has become a giant cult lately, and we need to find a way to kidnap and deprogram the entire lot. Joy Pullman has an article at the Federalist about the “cult of covid” today, but I think it’s more than just covid. One thing I do agree with her about, though, is that people who used to be on the left or at least had a track record of voting for Democrats are more vilified than people who have always been more conservative. I know the thing that drives my brother nuts the most is that I went from supporting Hillary in 2008 to voting for Trump in 2016. I think it might also be one of the facets of Trump hate from the left. I think they believed if he ever ran for president, he’d run as a Democrat.

    • lateblum says:

      I see much of what Pullman writes about in my family and my dil’s family. When I think of how they tried to pressure me in the spring, I’m still offended that they called me selfish because I refused to get the vaccine “for the greater good”. I ought to have asked them if they got their vaccine for their own health or for the greater good. Because I KNOW that each of them – except my son – talked about how relieved they were to finally be able to get out of the house and to resume their lives. Doesn’t sound like the “greater good” to me. My son was annoyed that he had to get a shot to be able to go back to work.
      He has shown more independent thinking than dd#1 who boasts that she learned at a very early age, to “question authority”. But that’s another story.

      • Mothy67 says:

        What’s it like for KTY on campus? Ihaven’t been there since start of covid. The bar I owned a small slice of shuttered at the beginning of lockdown. It wasn’t worth it. My niece keeps getting out of state job offers. She is close to done with RN but she’s getting nurse practitioner. I think it’s 5.5 years. It’s less than getting a B.S. and going back but it’s very intensive. She’s pretty much in med school this year. She is in Johnstown and claims it’s not (covid) a big deal. People come in with a sniffle and test positive. The ICU is full but she says it’s the usual. Obese diabetic chain smokers. Who get sick regardless. My mom retired years ago. Let her license expire. She gets stuff in the mail all the time they will cover all costs and renew license. I wonder how it is at the main campus. There are so many world class hospitals within blocks. KTY must be doing clinicals. Is it panic mode there. Lex says at Johnstown it’s all media hype. Nothing you see on tv is real. She was a little liberal at start of college. She says Fuck Joe Biden these days. Nursing is not gender studies. She got a dose of reality. She chose to go away and live on campus. She is looking at 50,000 for five years. She got academic scholarships. Her debt is for room and board. Main campus is 20 minutes away. Her choice to go away. My brother had to do loans. She will will pay them back, but they pay for now. It’s not a bad deal. A nurse practicioner can see a signing bonus of at least half her debt. Starting salary hovers around 100. She has zero tolerance for liberal arts majors whining about debt. Getting in to the 5 year program took a lot of work. I am very impressed. I studied English Lit. I can’t do anything. I came down hard on Alexis about school. Be practical. She resented her uncle a few years back. I said minor in whatever you want, but you are asking my brother to coddle you as an adult for four more years. He only has one daughter. Ovarian cysts. Make college mean something. I got eat shit and die looks. Lex was going to join ACLU and fight. I said fight but be practical. Learn from my mistakes. Get a degree in something useful. I won. Her high school gift was one semester on me. I cover her car insurance and phone as long as she is in school. There was no way I’d pay for an arts degree. I told her you decide. She made good decisions. Her roommate in a townhouse is looking to manage a pizza restaurant. Nothing wrong with managing. I did it. I made bank as a planner. Do you need a degree to run a restaurant? I was abrupt with Alexis she is my kin. She is now 22 I went at her about her future at 18 when no one would be abrasive. Love my Lex she said perhaps I could have been a teacher then she said I have no filter I would be arrested if I taught. Things come to my mind I say what I think. Problem is I don’t think. Chubby kid moved a few houses away. I said chubby. Wanted to eat my words but I had said it. I did not call fat boy fat. I said to his momhe is chubby. He was but normal people do notcall kids fat. Herkid is fat. Boy has a white mom and a deaf black dad. Three doors down a woman bought a house. She is black deaf and a lesbian. She has love signs in her yard. I have had more abuse than I guess most. I did broken bones and urine. So much fun being pissed on. Guys with erections pissing on my face telling me they know what i want.
        I got up. I was drenched in piss but I could not give in.i was 16 I got up I kicked in basement window. There was a cushion on the porch. I kicked in basement window. I cried my self to sleep on cold cement. I was covered in piss. I am stil here. My brat achieves.

    • 1539days says:

      Interesting story. When I was in college, an organization called the Cult Awareness Network gave talks to students about cults and tactics they use to attract young people. The group was used by some parents to contact “deprogrammers” and lawsuits were filed to drive them into bankruptcy. Their name was bought by the Church of Scientology. This was one of CoS biggest wins before the tide turned and everyone started revealing how they operate.

  15. elliesmom says:

    The conversations about the bills currently being voted on in congress have largely been about the vast sums of money, but there are a lot of things in them that, wherever one sits on them, should be discussed and debated in front of the public. How many people know the senate defense budget requires women to register for the draft? Or that the OSHA fines for not requiring your employees to get vaccinated are $700,000, but the fines for an average safety violation are more like $700? These bills are full of things the public won’t know about unless the whole package is passed.

    • Mothy67 says:

      What is your take on women registering for draft? On principle I agree. In reality fuck no.

      • elliesmom says:

        From an evolutionary biology perspective, women are severely limited in the number of offspring they can produce while one man can populate a whole town. It makes little sense to send women of childbearing age into combat situations unless the barbarians are at the gates. From a combat readiness perspective, the average man is larger, stronger, and has more physical stamina than the average woman. The draft selects people randomly. Only people who are not physically sound are eliminated. Not all draftees are the most physically fit members of our society. If the number of men and women drafted is equal, the selection process will yield fewer people capable of becoming seals, rangers, and green berets. The physical strength of our fighting force would be diminished. From the point of view of having the best standing army possible, drafting women makes little sense.

        If this bill is part of a plan to make things more “equitable”, instead of drafting women into the military, what makes more sense is to require every American between the ages of 18-26 (draft age) to complete 3 years of government service. The government could skim off those people, both men and women, best suited for military service. The rest could be used in Peace Corps or VISTA type positions both at home and abroad. The 18-26 age spread would give young people the choice of doing their service either before or after going to college much like the student deferments offered when a draft is active. There are lots of things that could be done by these young people that would benefit society and provide them with valuable skills while getting them out of mom’s basement. And there would be no reason to discriminate based on sex. Likewise, lot of people rejected for the military would still be qualified to do government service. We could recognize the difference in risks by offering “combat pay”.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        Jesus, this requirement hits my kids! I just discovered that draft registration is required even if you live abroad. All my kids except the one born in France were just denied bank accounts because they are “US persons,” and I’m thinking this new development will make their relinquishment decisions that much easier. (They can’t relinquish until they are 18, so they are just shit out of luck with the bank accounts, since no American bank I know of will give them an account either because they don’t live in the USA and have no American IDs.)

        I’m not super excited about the $10,000 it will cost me to obtain their relinquishments, but what can ya do. The oldest affected kid doesn’t turn 18 until March 2024, so I’ve got a while to come up with the cash, at least if my ex-husband–who just informed me that he wants an amount of money that is equal to every penny I have ever saved or invested in my entire life, the house purchased and maintained with my money, my car (also purchased with my money), everything I own, and my income for the next 2-3 years–doesn’t get his way in his effort to send me to the poorhouse. Fortunately he doesn’t seem to want anything related to the kids, so I guess he wants me to remain responsible for school tuition and all their financial stuff and whatnot. And he does plan to keep, as is his entitlement, the large inheritance he will receive from his well-to-do parents.

        This is the guy to whom I just gave 6 grand to pay his taxes. That won’t be happening again. I’m rooting for the polyps now.

        Vent over.

        • jadzia1971 says:

          Did I forget the best part? The part where this demand came from his lawyer, who I also paid for?

          • jadzia1971 says:

            Who claims this amount is a “compromise” because really he should be entitled to three times that amount.

            I’m not upset (no, really) because this is just kind of comical at this point. Plus I’ve been poor before, and it is survivable. And we all know that asking ain’t getting.

        • votermom says:

          I’m rooting for the polyps now.

          Power to the polyps!

          • jadzia1971 says:

            HA HA HA.

          • lateblum says:

            When I was getting divorced, my now deceased and former husband demanded that I give him the family car that had been paid for for several years over. He was a senior VP of a major medical insurance company in Chicago. (Yes *that company) He had a company car that changed to a new model every year. He had season Bears and Bulls tickets, and more perks than anyone I knew. I had 3 part-time jobs, three kids, and had just been accepted into grad school. But he wanted the only material thing that would make our lives easier. The Volvo station wagon. So I said he could have it. And with it came the current list with the responsibilities of driving to/from after school activities, dentist and orthodontist appointments, emergency room trips, and all non-school related driving as well. Of course it all went through his lawyer and mine. But I was in my lawyer’s office when he “advised” the other lawyer of my terms. They both laughed because they both knew he was just being a jerk about the car. I wish it could be that easy for you.

          • jadzia1971 says:

            Ha ha ha!!!!! Plus you outlived him, so there’s that. I do about 80% of the driving (he does it when it’s convenient for him, I do it when it has to be done), so it WOULD be nice to offload that responsibility. She says as she works late because there were extra kid pickups today.

    • mcnorman says:

      Another you have to pass it to know what is in it ala Pelosi bill.

      • lateblum says:

        It sounds as though Joe Manchin holds the power – at least as far as the news is reporting. He has said that he is willing to support $1.5 trillion but is unwilling to support anything that does not include the Hyde amendment that will not permit federal funding for abortion. But I haven’t heard exactly what his proposed funding includes. He also said he won’t support funding that will turn the US into a “welfare state”. But I’m wary of believing anything any of them say anymore. . . Including Joe Manchin

  16. DeniseVB says:

    “Journalism”, they are getting worse………

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  20. threewickets says:

    Why was Frank Sinatra such an acting natural. He had no formal training. Did he do psych-hybrid warfare work in the US Army? And why the hell did I do my Yale senior thesis on medical hypnosis while consuming mushrooms naked with Fred. All very puzzling. 🙂

    • Somebody says:

      If you are paralyzed with fear then the anti-DeSantis commercial might be effective. If you value your freedom and the ability to make your own choices, not so much.

      The commercial conflates some things though. Florida ordering 300 more ventilators was from 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic. Florida btw, never had a shortage of ventilators or ICU beds, no matter how much hype the media wants to portray, facts are facts. Also, we have a high percentage of our population over 65 and at high risk, yet our death rate isn’t as high as many states. DeSantis and his administration put the priority from the beginning on those at highest risk.

      • 1539days says:

        Just to add to FL / NY animosity, Florida also has an intact tourism business, while NY has nearly killed theirs due to COVID restrictions. For example. a lot of New Yorkers got vaccinated, went to Florida and took off their masks. Some came back with COVID. Then they blamed Florida. But they also spread COVID in Florida.

        • lateblum says:

          I think that the crime in NYC has contributed to the decline in tourism as well.

        • Somebody says:

          Our economy is based on tourism. We have more than New Yorkers coming here with covid. I think a lot of people probably don’t even know they have covid they have such a mild case. A lot of people have come to Florida for the freedom they can enjoy here.

          The vaccines do not provide the protection promised, but let’s blame DeSantis🙄 Florida had a successful vaccine roll out, the vast majority of seniors are vaccinated. Before our last surge we were at 68% overall vaccinated across the population. Due to the surge people decided to get vaccinated, so we’re now over 70%. When you add the number of people that have had covid and recovered, about 16%, we should be at herd immunity but we’re not. No state is because the vaccine doesn’t prevent infection or spread, yet the dumbass in the WH is mandating an ineffective vaccine.

          • 1539days says:

            When something doesn’t work, do more of it.
            The reality is that the vaccine* was rolled out in December with less than 6 months of history on the trials. It took a large sample size and months to make it clear that the vaccine has an expiration date. Getting everyone in the world vaccinated in the same month might “fix” that issue, but vaccination rates in some countries are below 10%.

            Boosters are a temporary solution because nothing has changed while the viruses have. If you are over 70 (maybe 80) and / or wind up in the hospital a lot anyway, taking the boosters may be a necessary insurance policy. Otherwise, you are rolling the dice on a solution involving human beings with a limited understanding of genetic engineering exposing you to a concoction to avoid a disease with a fraction of a percent fatality rate.

            *The term vaccine has been expanded to account for this gene therapy serum. These drugs are programmed to attack your cells like a virus and make them produce spike proteins, thereby killing the cells. The immune system responds by attacking the spike protein, which is harmless and not the same as COVID. The immune system wasn’t designed to attack harmless proteins and the genetic virus is programmed to die off. However, other parts of the drug are settling in parts of the body it wasn’t expected to go.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      One of our board members must have helped them put this together. This is just how he comes across every single meeting. A combination of exhibiting demonic pleasure over people dying, obnoxious superiority that he and his ilk are so much better than everyone else, extreme greed and the high comes with gaining power to exert absolute control over others is almost within grasp.

  21. Mt.Laurel says:

    Oh heck
    They passed a bill to avoid shutdown and took away the entertainment in swamp town for October when the various msm outlets interview numerous federal workers who are all so surprised because it horrid and unfair and soooooooooo unexpected. I sometimes think that long term memories are wiped out every October 1st for a significant portion of the fed workforce.

  22. threewickets says:

    Dear Hillary. You are made of sociopath Uncle Sam two times at least. You are a political animal from start to finish, not a romantic. Fred is different. So what if you were in the room giggling when Fred was whispering sweet things in my ear. That’s not being romantic. 😉 Seriously, I don’t see you being Feminazi Monarch of the world. There is too much cynicism.

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  24. votermom says:

    KTE showed me this musical skit that made me LOL

  25. threewickets says:

    The Jesuit elitist tradition of deception, ‘bad education’, speaking in code (including many layered poetry), information asymmetry, pathological secrecy was the product and purpose of the 16th century Counter-reformation. A reaction against the growing mass of literate Protestants in Europe. Today we simply call it Uncle Sam Hollywood Scientology with its fake science, fake news, and gay jackasses. Grand Wizard Tawana Clinton.

  26. threewickets says:

    After Dalton and a year in CIA Africa, Anderson Cooper entered Yale with this favorite song in his heart. One hopes he wasn’t thinking about Tawana Clinton.

  27. votermom says:

    Check this out
    (ellliesmom, do you know this crafter btw?)

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  29. threewickets says:

    Fred, Lovett, and I had a close friend we ran with in college. Who else … Al Sharpton with a fancy face-lift since high school. Sharpton’s brothers are Tawana Clinton, Jules Hanks, Blackstone Schwarzman. All from the FAO Schwarz (Soros) family. Schwarz means ‘black’ in German. I didn’t know what a fucking Rothschild was until two years ago. I am currently in a Rothschild’s internet zoo cage. Life is strange, and occasionally sweet too.

    • threewickets says:

      Point is … Soros, Vidal, Kerry, Marilyn, Sinatra, Sheldon and their kids fucking with a Manchurian Kennedy lab mouse (me) for an entire lifetime with zero disclosures (for military purposes). I’m sure there are many others, but damn.

    • threewickets says:

      Integrity is the antithesis of acting, faking, pretending, wearing masks, having slippery souls. Actors, what you do is beautiful, creative, important. Please stay out of news and politics.

    • threewickets says:

      Best way to understand Fred is that she’s a rational romantic. Like her parents. This is mom singing about dad. They would go on and make Fred.

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    LOL.It probably was a goat.

  32. lyn5 says:

    Incest runs deep in DC.

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  36. Helen Kenney says:

    this is the marine who rescued the baby at Kabal airport. the marine who questioned the fiasco is in the bring. manny, moe and jack(the pep boys) are busy patting themselves on the back for getting away with the FUBAR

  37. Mothy67 says:

    I had a friend go through a similar divorce. She was able to do one and done. She gave him close to a 100 thousand in one shot but she got to be done with him. They had one child. He paid nothing and she didn’t ask.. She says it was worth it. He ran with the money. It would have cost her more over ten years. Their issue was her property. Her inherited property. She is an attorney who never practiced and he went to med school but never graduated. A 100 grand was like her stoop in a London flat. Fortunately for her most stuff is in a trust that he could not touch. I asked her about your situation with no personal info. She said offer him a lump sum. According to her men that latch on to women are all the same. Broke. A loan can get rid of him. She not knowing anything about you other than you are American living in another country. She thinks a second mortgage is worth getting rid of him forever. I don’t know your finances, but my friend avers that 100 thousand is worth it to have him gone— forever. He was idiot. She was paying him a thousand a month plus a beach house with a live in. He took 100 cash. The housekeeper made 55 and her kids went to private school in Palo Alto.
    I gave my nephew’s dad money to never come by my house again. I took his picture went to police for a restraining order. He was Allegheney County’s most wanted. He had met Shay once in 15 years. Her grandfather. Heroin. He was outside funeral home for his son talking about Shay’s chest. I had to stop brat’s boyfriend from killing him. He proceeded to call after funeral daily I said fuck the fuck off. How much to go away. Ten thousand. It was worth it. He might be the worst person I have ever met. He is almost 60. Manipulated my sister with suicide threats. He will never kill himself. My idjit aint ever gonna suffer his bullshit strife. I heard him playing the girl I believe in. He asked her for 50 dollars. She had just stood in front of her dad’s coffin. He askedher for 50 forwelfare checks Her dad was not even in the ground. He kept calling in the days after. He had never called in 15 years. My brat is achieving. She has meetings with state senators. Has given lectures at Carnegie Mellon University on STEM. Grades and sports. I built that because I cared. Iwas always there. I said how much to go away forever. Not spent my welfare check. I want you gone forever. Ten large. He is not even allowed in my boro. He’s awful. Beat my sister. Beat her Lifetime movie bad. Not going to ever happen with mykid. Not a chance. I spent ten thousand to banish Come at my kid. I will end you. I will bite out your throat and spit it in your face. I ain’t playing bullshit. I do not give a shit about plastic 1980’s mentality. Fucking bore me to tears. I am not with Shayla for social reward. is t
    picked her up in the worst place I had ever seen. Public welfare daycare. I picked her up from hell. I never set her down, metaphorically. She broke a collar bone. I read every word of Harry Potter. We stayed up all night reading and would watch movies in am. Perhaps JK Rowling is trite. I shared Harry, Hermione with my girl. My brat is kind. I believe in her. She is a good kid. Kind. I am an asshole. Swim– Pup is record breaking but immensely kind to poor swimmers.
    I spent ten thousand to say go away. Best money I ever spent.

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