Weekend Open Thread

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  1. DeniseVB says:

    Today’s Silvina……

    • elliesmom says:

      How beautiful! I can’t imagine what it must be like not to be able to see colors.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        Mom loved the fall colors and even when, as most 90+ do, she was unable to distinguish between shades and most everything took on a bluish/gray cast (bought all her tops in strong shades such as Kelly green, rose and turquoise as those she cold still perceived) , the show Mother Nature put on with natural color and light she could still see and enjoy to the max. made sure she got a couple long rides each autumn while the colors were at their peak. the car I bought when my old little wagon was beyond repair happen to have a sun roof. Would never have thought much of it but She LOVED that window and would adjust the seat so she could watch the sky as well as the foliage.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Now that is something I really miss. We get some fall color here but only a few small spots are pretty. The color is much better heading toward home turf going up through western Maryland and into Pennsylvanian where you get really stunning colors. But also, closer to home turf you get area from the glare can actually see a star filled sky and enjoy fall colors in a very different light.

    • Somebody says:

      The letters have been fake from the beginning.

    • 1539days says:

      Back then, you had to wait to get your written letter answered. Someone trying to fake it would be playing a long con. Fake writers can now go on reddit the next day after their fake question is answered and gloat, because that’s what they really want.

    • I saw a letter to (I think it was) Dear Abby where some woman was complaining that her otherwise perfect husband had recently come out of the closet as a homophobe by stating that he thought gay marriage was wrong.

      Abby suggested having him see a therapist.

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    Well, that’s a shocker!

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    Transhumanist Techonocult Meets To Discuss World Domination

    • elliesmom says:

      When I took an engineering ethics course, (I checked and the university I attended doesn’t offer it anymore), we learned about G.K. Chesterson’s fence. The story goes like this if I remember correctly. Two men are out together looking over some property. They’re walking along a dirt road, and they come across a fence gate across the road. There’s no fence on either side of the road. Just the gate. As one man reaches to open the gate, the other one says, “If we buy this property, one of the first things we should do is take down this gate.”

      His partner says, “Before we do that, shouldn’t we try to figure out why the gate is here? Once we take it down, we might not be able to put it back.”

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        Business ethics has been removed from my own tract but ethics for my grad programs in psych and public health are still there. For now. Teaching, along my research and quantitative analysis courses, I would always offer to take the ethics class if they needed someone. I was usually in the summer and great class to take outside. I feel ethic is extremely important for those even administrative areas of health care and am sad most no longer see the need for such study and discussion.

        • elliesmom says:

          When scientists and engineers start playing with new technology, it’s important to have someone around to put the brakes on. The folks who invented the mRNA technology have been chomping at the bit for over 20 years waiting for an opportunity to try it out and trying to discredit anyone who asks the “should we” questions. There are videos that get posted and taken down of Fauci and friends in panel discussions from five years ago or so about what conditions there would need to be for the public to accept the risk of a new vaccine technology. Fauci said it would have to be a novel virus in a climate of distrust for government so people would turn to science to save them with enough fear for people to forego long term testing. Which makes how we got here suspicious.

          Should we start blending people with machines? This isn’t a new idea. Steve Austin was a popular TV hero in 1973. We’ve been creating better and better prostheses for people who are missing limbs, and I think we can all agree that’s a good thing. Should we begin adding technology to our brains? Maybe that needs some brakes.

          • The same people who oppose “Frankenfoods” (genetically modified organisms or GMO) are all-in on mRNA vaccines.

          • 1539days says:

            Original recipe SARS was around long enough to make a “traditional” vaccine, but it started destroying the immune systems of test animals, so it was scrapped. This kind of programmable vaccine is good for warp speed, but uses the smallest part of SARS-CoV2 to initiate an immune response. It seems to work really well on older people who don’t have aggressive immune systems and less effectively on the younger and fitter people who are likely to survive COVID. In any rational world, the old people would get it and everyone else would let it settle into the genome, which is already has. Instead, the government and “science” has declared that franken-cine is going to be mass deployed over and over until everyone is 15% spike protein.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    LOL, tens of people is not enthusiasm 😀

  6. Angie says:

    This made me smile

    • This video is from Matt Taibbi. It’s weird but interesting.

      • Constance says:

        I love the new name plate, thanks for the video.

      • lateblum says:

        It *is* weird. I had to stop watching it. I plan topic up where I left off. That’s not Matt Taibbi’s voice, is it?

      • Constance says:

        Fecal transplant is a thing. But usually they give an enema of “healthy skinny people” poop. I have never heard of swallowing “healthy” poop pills. Because I worked in medical research for so long I actually ran into two PhDs who were doing fecal transplant in rats. Talk about weird conversations. But the previously fat rats were losing weight after the poop transplant. I would like to lose weight but I don’t think I’d go to that extent.

      • elliesmom says:

        The problem with his experiment is the right people weren’t going to be able to make money from it. It’s become an established treatment for several things.

  7. Helen Kenney says:


    yes the benedicts have declared war on America

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  10. This video is from 2008 and has lots of good stuff. Starting at 28:00 there is an explanation of why the Left uses personal attacks in lieu of arguing facts. (Right: “You’re wrong.” Left: “You’re racist!”)

  11. lateblum says:

    One of my favorite comments there is this:

    “I think Thomas Sowell is brilliant. In case you’re keeping score. Thomas Sowell has been invited to the Obama white house, 0 times. Al Sharpton…87 times. ”

  12. Helen Kenney says:


    WOW did not expect to see this. Wonder if it will happen and will it make a difference now or maybe the next election

    • The only rational argument against audits is that they would be a waste of time and money. But wasting time and money are two of the things government does best.

      No legitimate winner would fear an honest and proper audit, nor would an audit undermine a legitimate government.

  13. Helen Kenney says:

    yeah and I am 21 and look like Linda Darrnell

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    Did Klaus Schwab and World Economic Forum Admit The COVID Vaccine Injects Traceable Markers? Their Promoted “COVIDPass” Blood Test Requires Them


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  18. swanspirit says:

    If you love horses

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    • Constance says:

      If a woman cabinet member who gave birth to twins took two months off she would be ridiculed and her career would be over.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        Especially is she kept flaunting it in peoples faces.
        Go home and stay there. Do not annoy people with your sense of entitlement.
        I always feel sorry for kids from homes like this as they will have no peace in life until the parental units have kicked the proverbial bucket.

    • Anthony says:

      This guy….. 🤡

    • jadzia1971 says:

      Oh, FFS. As a mom of 5 I gave birth to (now with a 6th “bonus” kid living here full-time) and a professional woman, I have feelings about this. And my feeling is that Buttigieg is full of horse hockey. I am completely in favor of parental leave and think that companies and institutions that make parenthood unreasonably onerous run the risk of wasting the talents of a large chunk of their workforce. I have also had the fun experience of being overtly discriminated against in a variety of workplaces because of my pregnancies in a way that has completely changed my career.

      But being a Cabinet Secretary during a national crisis is DIFFERENT. When you take a position like that, you are agreeing to put the national interest above your own interest and very often, above the interest of your family. If you don’t understand the nature of that commitment, you shouldn’t be taking up space in the highest levels of government. (See also: DeSantis apparently ruling out a presidential run because of his wife’s health issue.)

      And I’m not going to get into the question of does his husband even have a job and it’s not like either of them are physically recovering from childbirth. And I’m not going to get into the question of whether these upper middle-class (at the very least) people have nannies. Nor am I going to say if you wanted to be a Cabinet Secretary AND you wanted to be an involved, bonded parent (which I totally support) AND you are adopting and the biological clock isn’t an issue, why in the world could you not have waited to adopt until your tenure in the Cabinet was over? But some people might make these observations.

  21. DeniseVB says:

    We’re going to lose Virginia, aren’t we? The sh*theads keep changing the rules while keeping a thumb on our guy to keep Trump out of Virginia because insurrection or something 😦

    • elliesmom says:

      My brother does PR and outreach for a non-profit that finds work for disabled people. Once a month he’s on a conference call with the White House with lots of other folks hoping to get money from the bigger tax money grab. While subsequent calls have been audio only, the first one was a zoom call and included Kamalalaladingdong. My brother said she spent a lot of time flirting with the people in the little boxes on the screen. He found it “charming” and was convinced she was flirting with him. Nothing is needed for my brother to vote for someone other than a (D) after a name so having our slutty VP there just makes him feel important. I expect that is true of a lot of the folks who will be sitting in those pews.

      But the parental telegraph line is strong, too. In my web wandering I’ve found a lot of folks who believe the parents in Loudoun County who are protesting at the school board are racist transphobes- until they hear about the two rapes and the father of one of the girls being dragged out of the meeting in handcuffs. The telegraph line just needs to get the part out there that MacAuliffe was governor when the climate that established CRT, transgender “rights”, and no pipeline from schools to prison was created.

      Then all they need is a 20% margin of victory.

    • Somebody says:

      I thought that kind of open politicking wasn’t allowed in churches, separation of church and state. If a group of evangelical churches did that they’d lose their tax exempt status pronto. The press on those in the swamp would immediately start screaming🙄

      Funny thing though, CRT isn’t popular with a lot of blacks and the trans stuff is definitely not.

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  24. Miranda says:

    On a shallow note, I like Gates’ daughter’s wedding and bridesmaid dresses. Nice to see something tasteful, even on the daughter of creatures of darkness 🙂

  25. DandyTIger says:

    Fun read: “I just checked. Jonah Goldberg is still stupid.” by Don Surber


  26. elliesmom says:

    I have neighbors who are young and have little boys. Amanda discovered she was pregnant after the plandemic started and before she had become eligible for the vaccine. Her doctor refused to vaccinate her while pregnant, and her mother refused to go near her because she was unvaccinated. Not because Mom was afraid of giving her pregnant daughter the virus, but because she was afraid of getting it from her. She wanted Amanda to go down to CVS and get jabbed without telling her doctor. Anyhow, a bunch of neighborhood ladies pitched in, and we’ve been taking turns taking care of her boys so she and her husband could do things like go to ultrasounds together. Each one of us has been on call one day a week to take the boys if she went into labor until her sister who lives a bit away could get here. My day has been Tuesday.

    They live behind part of the dam, and today her husband flagged me down as I was walking Ellie. I thought he had stopped me to give me news of the baby, and that was part of it. He was born yesterday, but what he really stopped me for was to show me the huuuuge Trump 2024 he had bought to replace their Trump 2020 flag, which he has never taken down. When it’s on the roof of their house it looks like it’s flying from the dam. Apparently, that upsets a lady who lives across the lake. 🙂

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    A post from my favorite former columnist from the Chicago Tribune which has hemorrhaged readers since summer when they purged writers for being sane.


  29. Helen Kenney says:

    if you don’t laugh, you will cry

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      So I better white out all those old crosswords and word puzzle books of Mom’s I keep finding tucked in the oddest places* and just replay those because these new ones don’t sound all that fun.

      If she knew we were going to take a trip she took packing seriously and she always wanted to make sure she had her activity books for the car ride. unfortunately she was no longer all that helpful so I had to triple check that everything needed was packed and get it into the car before she started to unpack before we even left. My aunt used a pencil so I can just erase those.

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    • jadzia1971 says:

      If I were that dad, I’d be sure to demand a jury trial and make sure that lots of parents got seated.

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      Dr. Ricardo Harambe @Richard_Harambe
      Weird that Mark Milley’s China phone pal didn’t give him a heads up about the space nukes. 10:26 AM · Oct 17, 202

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    • Mt.Laurel says:

      I grew up with standard collies (Lassie) and Shelties (often called mini collies) and although those breeds are much more low key than border collies the little rascals could even herd cats.

    • elliesmom says:

      I was a gifted a border collie for my 12th birthday by some close friends of my grandmother who lived in the city. Chief was a very unhappy dog with them and got in trouble for bolting out of the house to herd people riding on bicycles. When he arrived at our small farm, he was a joyful dog. He was the very first dog who was truly “mine”. I would have loved to have another border collie at sometime, but my experience with him made me realize a working dog needs a job to be happy. Some environments call for big fluffy dogs content to take long walks with little old ladies, and some call for couch potatoes.

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    I just caught a few minutes of Trey Gowdy’s Sunday night show. He was interviewing a prof from the University of Houston about the shipping bottleneck in CA. Besides that she wasn’t answering the questions he was asking her, her answers were ridiculous. The problem isn’t that the longshoremen aren’t vaccinated. While we might need to improve our infrastructure, that issue didn’t come up overnight, and this bottleneck did. One of my classmates at our party last week was a VP at UPS, and she was responsible for the logistics of getting packages shipped overseas. She says the biggest causes of the bottlenecks are two new regulations in CA. One is a new reg that won’t allow trucks made before 2011 on the road, and the other is a ban on owner/operators loading at the docks. The second regulation hasn’t taken effect yet, but a lot of truckers have left the state in anticipation.

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    h/t Angie

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