Tuesday Open Thread

October morning sunrise in Corwin, Ohio by Jim Crotty

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154 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread

  1. DeniseVB says:

    One of my favorite follows on Twitter, she finds the best stuff to share……..

  2. Dora says:

    Good Morning.

  3. Helen Kenney says:


    let the UN give them the money, we have already given them loads of cash and arms, thanks to bid-on

  4. Helen Kenney says:

  5. Anthony says:

    Good morning! Guess what I learned today? Superman just came out of the closet, admits to being bisexual… 🦸‍♂️


  6. DeniseVB says:

    Latest James McNaughton sketch explained 😀

  7. Helen Kenney says:


    I did not realize so many government depts were infected with the hate Donald Trump syndrome
    and hurt the US with it

  8. Dora says:

    She’s right!

    • elliesmom says:

      MTG is a pistol. I had so much fun watching her on TC Today. Her imitation of AOC is SNL worthy. And, “I was delighted to lose my committee assignments. Now I don’t have to listen to the gasbags.”

      • Mothy67 says:

        Just reflecting. Not indicative of my personal feelings.
        I find it hard to support Republican women because they get thrown to the wolves. Why champion these rock stars if in two weeks the likes of Mitch will not have their back. I voted for Palin not McStain. None of the establishment stood up for her. I say cunt and the world wants to end me. I’d only use c word on/against my mother. She’d be the first to say well maybe. Sharon and I get along but neither pulls a punch.
        I applaud the Congress women but will they be around in two years?

        • elliesmom says:

          MTG is a punching bag for the Democrats, but she’s apparently popular with the other Republican women both at work and socially. If the Republicans take the House in 2022, and she keeps her seat, I think we’ll hear more positive things about her. I know I’d vote for her.

        • Constance says:

          Democrats also throw women politicians under the bus. They put them on cabinets and committees to have scapegoats.

        • 1539days says:

          And Palin’s endorsement of Trump killed Cruz’s campaign.

  9. Mothy67 says:

    Why is it that comic book fans are obsessed with having a gay character? They are always trying to get Marvel to out someone. Probably won’t happen because China. An action flick can pull in 500 million from there and they frown upon such things.
    World is so different today than when I was a kid and saw John Tour jump on the trampoline in satin shorts.
    The lunch lady’s kid is perhaps the smartest kid I’ve ever met. She has/is questioning herself. Shay talks very openly about it. I think she intimidates boys. I don’t know that genius is a real thing, but I can see her isolation. We as a culture took great strides to embrace the intellectually limited but we have done nothing for the other end. Mainstreaming put the children once hidden in regular classrooms. I wasn’t convinced ten years ago. Shay has always known Connor. He is just Connor to her. No labels. Naomi sleeps here a lot. Pup gets up and goes to some sport thing leaving Nay here. Whatever may come and whatever may go that river flows. ( major abuse of Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel)
    It means a lot that Shaypup abandons her friend to my French toast. We speak. Shay is gonna Shay. I honestly don’t think Nay is a lesbian. I think boys are afraid of her. She is smart. Kids get lonely. If she is lesbian so what.

    • elliesmom says:

      When a girl is smart, and the pond she’s swimming in is small, finding boys who appreciate she’s smart is sometimes hard. Being just “OK” with it isn’t really enough. My senior year I went to high school in the morning and college in the afternoon. I became popular with the college boys, and to be honest it was worth the wait. I really wouldn’t have enjoyed having to apologize for being smart. I had lots of friends in high school who were boys and a lot us hung out, just not one who was a “boyfriend”. There’s no need to rush.

      • Mothy67 says:

        I know nothing about anything. I’d have given away my IQ in a heartbeat back then to not get kicked in the head. I registered at 146. That is clever. I was not 150. My mom referred to me as pathetic for being drunk I said fuck off. We need toothpaste. I have health savings account my mom wants to go to Walmart.
        We had issue, we always have issues, but I may go to rehab. She was arguing with me. Not sure what took place but my mom called me an obstinate asshole I said no you are an obstinate asshole. We both agreed Shay is an obstinate asshole. Shay holds her own with integrity. My mom and I argue about who gifted a brat with her own voice. That is fucked up..

      • Miranda says:

        I didn’t pay attention to boys in high school. Mom thought/worried that I might be gay, because this was the 70’s and things were more difficult. But it wasn’t that. I had just sort of signed off on the whole thing. I didn’t date until college. It was fine.

      • Mothy67 says:

        EM have you ever listened to Don’t Give Up. I love original by Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel, but there is a later version by Sinead O’Connor and Willy Nelson. I am not suicidal. I get broken but stop before there
        Sinead O’Connor singing with Willie Nelson??????? I cry

        • elliesmom says:

          i hope you’re gaining a better understanding of what your future sister-in-law went through. Someone you care about talks about suicide. The mood passes, and he’s says he’s OK and not to worry. Then he brings it up again and again. You ask him to get some help, and he says he has, but nothing has changed..A whole group of his friends encourage him to get some help, and they promise to stick by him through it. Then he says he’s going that very day, but backs out. Eventually, the people who care about him realize all they can do is watch, wait, hope for the best, knowing the odds aren’t in their favor. They don’t stop caring or continuing to offer support, but they know the outcome is out of their hands. Will the phone number you left us be to a phone someone else can answer? Most of us have contact info for at least one other person here.

  10. jadzia1971 says:

    If any of you are interested in volcanos and/or hot, dirty men, check out Bushcraft Bear on YouTube; he’s been reporting the La Palma eruption for weeks now.

  11. elliesmom says:

    I had a nice time yesterday. There were 24 girls in my college freshman class. Yesterday we had 10 of us in person and two on Zoom. The only one who had an issue with unvaccinated people being there was someone who was supposed to be a Zoomer, but showed up in person. She said she was “uncomfortable’, and a person who I never would have expected to speak up told her to mask up and sit far away. The hostess was very nice because she had gone out two weeks ago to get a booster. I just listened to this part of the conversation because I wasn’t there to pick a fight.

    While only Pfizer has approved itself for boosters, you can go into any CVS and ask for a booster shot from any of the three companies, and they will give it to you. In at least 4 states. Six of the 9 of them had had Moderna boosters. One of them had had breakthrough covid last spring after having two Pfizer shots so she went and got a Moderna jab. She should be a test case for what might be an antibody overload. 🙂

    Mostly we talked about old times and caught up on our kids and grandkids. Our hostess surprised me by having bought my daughter’s latest book, which she proudly showed off. I think she might be trying to make some amends. While I’m willing to let her back into my circle of friends because I’m not the one who kicked her out, life is rather more pleasant with her at arm’s length so I think I’m going to keep it like that. But I won’t worry about needing duct tape.

    One of the salads had cucumber in the dressing so I spent last night dealing with some acid reflux. Maybe I’m an Upper Middle Bogan. 😉

    • DeniseVB says:

      Glad you had a nice time! Maybe it’s me, I never pre-made salad dressings, I always laid out a variety of small Kraft flavors and mixes. Cucumber Ranch was always one of them, so you could have chosen another 😉

      I loved the martyr lady who came to complain 🙂 Sounds like the reason I “outgrew” the Red Hat Ladies gatherings when I became the only one NOT complaining about something.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        My mother always had at least two choices, in little serving bowls with serving spoons, even for just family dinners. Plus vinegar and oil. She hated soggy over dressed salads and was aware some people prefer no dressing. . At an early age I was ordering any condiment on the side at restaurants.

    • Somebody says:

      So glad you had a good time and the only heartburn was the result of the salad dressing😉

      Hate to break it to your booster loving friends, but I chatted with a woman yesterday in the line at Target. This woman’s sister is fully vaccinated and had a booster as soon as it was approved and her sister just recovered from covid. Luckily her sister got monoclonal antibodies which helped her recover.

      I assume Ellie and Hank were happy to see you when you returned home and stayed by your side throughout your reflux.

      Was your friend from Texas there? Did you two manage to have any quality time to catch up?

    • 1539days says:

      CVS is handing out Moderna boosters if you check the box for being immune compromised.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    This is really good.

  13. DeniseVB says:

    We knew this, but the story is getting more coverage. When Kamala’s team ordered up acting kids did they ask for one of each. Nice diverse little group. At least MO used real kids, my one nice thing to say today……….

    • swanspirit says:

      I find this absolutely hilarious. She, or her puppet masters, didn’t want to risk anything REAL happening. They trust her so much. Some people seem they can’t put a foot wrong. Seems she can’t put on right! What a cluster fuck she is. Dementia Joe is better. That’s pretty bad.

  14. votermom says:

    My sister’s grandson keeps getting worse. He’s now on a ventilator, unable to breathe on his own. Still no diagnosis.

  15. Lisaque says:

    Sorry to ask again, I’m looking for info on Hillary is 44 did move or what?

    • lateblum says:

      I’m not ignoring you, Lisaque. I have no idea. Someone here might, though. Have you asked at MOTUS? I think their numbers are a bit higher than here.

    • 1539days says:

      I think it was shut down with other conservatives on social media back in March.

  16. Dora says:

  17. Helen Kenney says:


    still running scared. these are not the people I would want for help

  18. lyn5 says:

  19. lateblum says:

    My son is using sick leave to go to the White Sox game today. He’s taking grandgirlie #1
    I am so excited for them both! Fingers crossed for another White .Sox win!
    Game starts in 37 minutes. But who’s counting?

  20. Helen Kenney says:


    check this out. one of the things mentioned was the wife was a teacher, wonder what she taught the kids?

    • swanspirit says:

      She was a teacher at a posh Friends School in Annapolis, where they teach “progressive education” to the select few who can afford their tuition. The teacher was a BLM supporter, among other radical affiliations.
      I had a friend who went there, years ago, and it was already dysfunctional, then, up to and including male teachers hitting on students. And yet, my friend sent her children there.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        I find the Friends schools in this area to teach from a very narrow minded point of view. many of parents who send their children to those schools are more than a bit off the beam and love using their perceived bragging rights to lord it over everyone.

  21. Helen Kenney says:

  22. Mothy67 says:

    I still plan on going to rehab if I get a ride.
    Sharon answered door as I ordered a lot of candy for Halloween.
    I’m in doubt if I have the strength to carry on, but absurdity fuels me to no end. I repeated my query. Mom who opened the case of chocolate covered pretzels? My 77 year old mom blames Shayla. Shayla blames my mother. One of them hid dozens in closet. What fun.

    Ugh. Love both of their eyes

    • elliesmom says:

      Call an uber. Send me the bill.

      • ginainmo says:

        You heard the lady, Tim! Call that Uber/Lyft/yellow cab!

        People here love you, and EM loves you, enough that she called out your BS excuses. I haven’t seen her do that for anyone else, and I suspect it’s a very good indicaton of just how at risk she feels you are.

        I mostly lurk but your recent posts hit me in a never_to_be_healed place, and I couldn’t just read and scroll..

        I know it’s hard, I know you really really REALLY don’t want to, but for Shayla’s sake and Sharon’s, please make a call.


  23. Anthony says:

    “SciFi thriller where the school teacher is a serial murderer” Wait for it

    • elliesmom says:

      Thank you for finding that!!

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      She actually would fit right in with numerous department heads in D.C., Baltimore, Northern Virginia, Suburban Maryland and the Federal Government. And quite a few of the local politicians as well. Right down to the bug eyes and bizarre arm flailing. In fact, the director of one of the organizations in our office building has a very similar look and demeanor. She is also one of those people who walks around taking phone calls with her top of the line apple Bluetooth ear buds prominently on display. . But she often forgets the phone in a meeting room or in the kitchen and its dead as a doornail but she is still jabbering away to herself. even in the restroom.

  24. driguana says:

    From my next book, A Circle of Tribes…
    The Great Divide

    the separations among us are common threads
    from one seem to another
    often folded along lines of obtuse diversity
    and reflected as schisms of the heart

    and then there are the deeper chasms of the soul
    that divide us into disconnected plateaus
    from which we gape at each other
    on other sides of the isle

    clinging to our philosophical meanders
    and derelict points of view
    while screaming about our righteousness
    and half raked knowledge

    we are at the great divide
    waiting for the temples on our side to collapse
    as we storm the gates of new possibilities
    with torches and pitchforks in hand

    yearning for a different fate
    ready to take a stand

  25. Mothy67N says:

    Elliesmom I never uttered a negative word other than here about my brother dating a woman whose husband killed himself. I spoke here cause to me I respect many of you. I don’t talk about suicide or teen sex in passing. I care some about my brat I needed you people as she aged. I declared I am a waste. I have learned by being here. I did write I need rehab or I will die. It is over for me if I keep going. It is cut and dry. So scary to realize I need to cry for help. I’m not suicidal. Never has been my thing. I have visited some dark places and I don’t know if I have anything left. Would make me sad to think you would think I thought of my brother’s girlfriend’s dead guy as trash. Not me. I have ideations every day. I live in Pittsburgh. There are hundreds of bridges. Yeah I fantasize about jumping. I don’t do it (obviously). I expressed a callous thought. Criminalize me. Daniel is my brother. He cannot have kids. I raise Shayla. My bro got angry cause his fag brother had a kid. I have been with her forever. I don’t get how Shay makes any sense. I love her.
    Others do not get to define. Not my watch.

    • elliesmom says:

      I didn’t think you thought your brother’s fiance’s husband was trash. You said she was a bad person because she didn’t stop him from committing suicide. I said it was wrong to blame her. And it is.

      If you don’t think you talk about suicide a lot here, you should go back and look at your comments over time, Perhaps, you’re drunk when you talk about it and don’t remember the next day. While you might not do it sober, you don’t know what you’d do when you’re drunk. In any event, your drinking is just a slower process than jumping off a bridge. I mean it. Read your own comments over the last 6 months or so. Then find a rehab with an open bed and get yourself checked in. Let us know where you’re going to be.

      • ginainmo says:

        After my first husband committed suicide, his brother commented that “I guess the alcohol just wasn’t killing him fast enough.”

        • Cisco says:

          Many ways of suicide, a permanent solution to a temporary problem, alcoholism is one way.
          “I work all day, and get half drunk at night.
          Walking at four to the soundless dark.
          I stare.
          In time the curtain edges will grow light.
          Till then I see what’s really always there
          Unresting death, whole day nearer now.
          Making all thought impossible but how and when I shall myself die.
          Arid interrogation, yet the dread Of dying and being dead Flashes afresh to hold and horrifying”
          Larkin nailed it, imho.

  26. lyn5 says:

  27. Somebody says:

    A new update, I went to Mayo today for a 3rd opinion. I saw the chair of the department, actually spent an hour and a half with him. He reviewed my PET and MRI and said he saw nothing alarming😁

    He reserved full judgment until their entire tumor board and radiology team reviews my case and my tests, but at this point he agrees with MD Anderson.

    He went through my films frame by frame with me. There is a flash on one frame near my lymphnodes. It’s just a flash, he said it could be something and if it is that’s bad, but he wouldn’t advise me to embark on a highly cytoxic chemo regimen based on a flash on one frame. My MRI picked up no such flash, so that cements his opinion more, watch and wait. Again he reserves final judgment until my case has had a full review

    So I’m feeling really good😁 I know I’m not totally out of the woods, but I think I see the edge of the forest ahead😉

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