Tuesday Open Thread

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Croton-on-Hudson, New York

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  1. Dora says:

    Good Morning.

    • elliesmom says:

      I’ve had an electric lawn mower for a long time. The battery operated one was heavy, and it wouldn’t cut through taller grass. The battery cost close to $100, and no matter how I stored it over the winter, even plugged into a trickle charger, I needed a new battery every year. Here the area that needs to be mowed isn’t very big, and I have outdoor electrical outlets all over the place so I went with one with a 30 ft cord. It’s a lot more powerful than the battery operated one, and once I got the hang of what pattern to mow in so I wasn’t constantly climbing over the cord, I like it. My garage is under my house, and it means I’m not storing gasoline inside where I live.

      The biggest drawback to an electric mower is how small an area it can cover whether it’s the length of cord or battery life. I’m assuming the elites who passed this law have their lawns mowed for them by people with small “tractors” that aren’t classified as “lawn mowers” so they’re exempt.

  2. swanspirit says:

    That’s so cool! I am feeling more Halloweener every day! The veil is thinning, as they say. 👻🎃🐈🍭🕯

    • DeniseVB says:

      Lots of nifty Halloween stuff in image searches, I’m going to try and use them til the 31st 🙂 We’ve had such a warmish fall so far, maybe we can find some peak colors in November, lol.

    • jadzia1971 says:

      Very cool! We are now and always the spookiest house on the block. I’ve actually been getting texts from the neighbors and tourists stopping to admire when they pass, although the decorations are quite modest by American standards.

  3. Dora says:

    ‘Donald Trump’s website HACKED’ by ‘Turkish and Muslim Hacktivist’ warning ‘do not be like those who forgot Allah’

    On Monday, Hacker RootAyyildiz took credit for the earlier hacking of the former president’s donaldjtrump.com website.


  4. elliesmom says:

    Today is my grandparents’ and my parents’ wedding anniversary. My parents thought it would be nice if it was our anniversary, too. My dad went as far as to call the minister to see if that Saturday was available at the church. Mom thought it would be nice if I moved home for the summer and found a “little job” while she and I planned the wedding. The problem was I already had a “big job” waiting in the same area as Elliesdad, and it was too far to commute from my parents’ house. I explained to Mom that we weren’t going to rent two apartments for the summer, but we could move in together in June and get married in October. She was very concerned about what “everyone would say”. I said since we would be a hundred miles away, none of her friends would know unless she told them. Our wedding anniversary is in June. 🙂

    • DeniseVB says:

      Would have loved a fall wedding, but no way in hell during football season said the groom 😀

    • lateblum says:

      I have a friend who, when she and her fiancé were planning their wedding, waited until they found out when the World Series would be that October so the wedding wouldn’t compete with the WS.They we’re huuuge Cubs fans. In fact, they met at a Cubs game. But she knew that if the Cubs made the WS that fall – and they were definitely a “maybe” that year – half her family and most of his would stay home to watch the games. (And that’s where they would rather be as well. 😉)

      • lateblum says:

        BTW, the Cubs *nearly* made the series, and the wedding went on beautifully.

        • DeniseVB says:

          The Break Up was a movie based on two people (Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn) meeting at a Cubs game, hook up, buy a luxury condo together then break up and both want the condo or something. LOL, your friend certainly had a happier ending. 😀

      • Woke Lola says:

        I’m a small time wedding officiant and once married some friends AT a Cubs game at Wrigley Stadium. They shared a hot dog and a kiss at the end. It was pretty awesome. 💞

  5. votermom says:

    My sister just messaged me that her grandson is back in critical condition. His BP crashed and they had to increase the ventilator settings and they put him back on steroids.
    Thus is after s few days of modest improvement.
    They want to test him for some kind of rare late onset metabolic disorder – dunno what they are looking for exactly

  6. elliesmom says:

    Hoping they’ll find out what’s wrong, and it’s treatable. ❤

  7. Dora says:

    Thousands Gather at California State Capitol to Protest Newsom’s School Covid Vaccine Mandate (VIDEO)


    • lateblum says:

      None of these protests mean anything. The Democrats are in power now and they will do what Democrats do. Power is mother’s milk to the Democrats. Protests only fuel their lust for more power.

      • Constance says:

        Protests give encouragement to people who agree with the protesters. It’s also a language Democrats understand. They understand that it represents organizing. Same with the Trump rallies. they know they can’t draw a crowd like that even with a rock star and that represents a power they lust after.

        • lateblum says:

          Of course you’re right. I think I was just being lazy in my response. What I meant was the protests will likely change nothing. Newsom just defeated the recall and he can and will do whatever TPTB tell him to do. That was the real message in CA. And quite possibly the recall movement did encourage other protests to take place. My experience is that those protests in which I participated – and which seemed to be fruitless – were energizing to the masses who engaged, but ultimately a waste of time.

  8. elliesmom says:

    I’ve been asking the neighborhood kids what they’re hoping to find in their treat bags this year. Skittles, so far, have the most votes. Their moms are hoping everyone goes for chocolate, and so far Reese’s in the lead, but I try to avoid getting into the “peanut allergy” crowd. I woke up this morning craving an Almond Joy so I made myself a chocolate, coconut, and sliced almonds waffle. It wasn’t bad. I left one section of the waffle plain so Hank could still have his bite. It didn’t solve the craving, though, so maybe I’ll make some Magic Cookie Bars later.

  9. Dora says:

  10. jadzia1971 says:

    So as far as I can tell, Buttigieg’s husband is jobless. He was a junior high school teacher who upjumped to campaign spokesman during PB’s presidential campaign, but I don’t see anything about him getting certified to teach in DC or actually getting a J-O-B other than I think writing a memoir recently.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Hubby was only teaching (theatre arts?) part time (at an hourly rate). May never have bothered to get his certification/credentialing figuring he was going to have a big time appointment of some sort. He supposedly still has a part time gig at a community theatre. the subject came up at the office when, even the deep blue Ds at any cost, were wondering where the other parental unit might be that Pety Pete needed all this special time and was “taking charge” and “shinning a light of his own”. The organizations on our floor have very generous leave and even they were astonished at his presumption that whateverhood trumps everything (pun intended).

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Lots of money there! 😀

  11. votermom says:

    I need advice / input. Since paypal is being so slow with verifying my sister’s account, I was thinking she should try another fundraiser site that will work in Manila.
    There is a site SimplyGiving that is based in Singapore that should work there and here. It takes Visa & MC. I think it still uses paypal processing but the fundraiser does not need a paypal.account – just a bank account. Their cut seems higher though.
    What do you guys think?

    I’m trying to think of other ways to fundraise for Red and KTE suggested selling cheap digital art online (like for phone wallpapers etc).

  12. Helen Kenney says:

    bid-on bunch not happy with Irish Diplomacy

  13. lyn5 says:

  14. lyn5 says:

    From Surber’s highlights …

    ITEM 3: President Trump said, “Isn’t it terrible that all of Andrew McCabe’s benefits, pensions, salary, etc., were just fully reinstated by the Justice Department? This is yet another mockery to our Country. Among other things, McCabe’s wife received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Hillary Clinton and the Democrats while Crooked Hillary was under investigation, which was quickly dropped, of course. What a bad chapter this has been for the once storied FBI—I hate to see it happening, so many GREAT people work there. Next thing you know the two lovers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, will be getting awards for what they did, and Hunter Biden will be given a clean bill of health on everything done by him, with everyone to receive as payment a beautiful Hunter Biden inspired painting selling at your local art gallery for $500,000.

    “While I have never painted before, Hunter has inspired me to immediately begin painting because I’ve always felt I have a talent at that, and could surely get at least $2 million dollars per canvas—and probably a lot more. I will begin immediately. Our Country is crooked as hell!”

    Forget the Bentley.

    I want a Trump painting.

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    • Mt.Laurel says:

      I assume this itty bitty little Washington post person is too young to recall the 70s gas shortages, schools (including colleges) closing for days/weeks at a time in winter as they could not heat the buildings, steel industry collapsing, home loans at 18% (and that was low) and the ever popular Three Mile Island. But even then, we did not look like Soviet Russia nor have leadership that came across as despising the populace. Carter was at least mentally fit if a bit of a wuss and he had a wife with more poise and intelligence in her pinky than Pseudo Pres Jill could ever muster. Plus Rosalynn was not apparently attempting a coup or selling her shell of husband out to the highest bidder.

  17. Helen Kenney says:

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  19. lyn5 says:

    Julie Kelly @julie_kelly2

    LOL all the ignorant blue checks who automatically think Deripaska raid is related to Manafort and not Steele. 9:26 AM · Oct 19, 2021

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  21. Helen Kenney says:


    the labor shortage is all Trump’s fault.
    gov handouts that make it more economical to stay home instead of having a job have nothing to do with it.
    gov forcing people to take needles or lose their jobs has nothing to do with it
    gov shutdowns forcing businesses to close and workers losing jobs and making more money on unemployment has nothing to do with it
    all these things are just you imagination, it is all trump’s fault

  22. Dora says:

    Southwest Caves, Scraps Plan to Put Unvaccinated Workers on Unpaid Leave After Pilots Protest Covid Vax Mandate


  23. Helen Kenney says:

  24. Helen Kenney says:


    you really did not hear, what I said. it is just your imagination

  25. Helen Kenney says:


    look at her record. call me whatever you want, but the thought of her treating kids for 10 years bothers me

  26. Helen Kenney says:

  27. Helen Kenney says:


    is this pete ‘s new excuse to have a two-month leave of absence? after all kids need a puppy

  28. Helen Kenney says:

    this woman is beyond dense. concrete block head is about right

    • lyn5 says:

      She’s worse than a dumb bitch.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      That woman is an insult to idiots.

      Have you seen the wait time for appliances? I have been pricing as mine are at that age. most are a several month wait and the couple that are “available” the small print says within 30 days (maybe) and that is for the basic models and the smaller sizes that would work in my condo. One can wait out a gas range using a toaster oven/microwave as potential backups and a dishwasher is not a necessity but a refrigerator is harder to work around.

      • Shez ZK says:

        Ha! Try getting a washer delivered from Lowes. Over a month ago we were forced to go buy a new washing machine when ours broke down. Supposed to be delivered in “2 days”. It’s now been scheduled and rescheduled for delivery SEVEN frickin times and still no show over the last 5 weeks. Hubby stopped taking our back door off on “new delivery day”, lol. We’ve heard every excuse under the sun including one time they claimed that their records showed it had already been delivered. One of the 4-hr-delivery-window alerts the night before was: 8am to 8pm., nice pin pointing. But we did receive a $100 gift cert in the mail, and when the first payment came due on Oct 14th the customer service manager paid that payment for us. They claim they switched delivery companies recently but yet they had my hubby calling the warehouse over in Detroit, which claims they have plenty of this model and don’t understand why it’s not getting delivered. He was on the phone with them again a little while ago. We were going to cancel but we’re too far into it now to start over looking again.

        He’s tearing his hair out and I’m getting concerned for my poor tropical patio planters that I need to over winter in my basement but can’t move them in until the new washer is installed. I have lucked out with the unusual mild warm fall weather we’ve been having for Michigan this month but the last 2 nights have been very nippy. I’m going to have to spend a healthy day stacking up totes and catering equipment in the garage to make room for them temporarily, or, drag out my small pop up canopy and hang up some special order clear tarps I haven’t used yet and hook up an electric radiant oil heater in it.

      • votermom says:

        Try local independent appliance stores – they might have something in stock

        • Mt.Laurel says:

          I am only just starting so I have an idea what the options are so I am not caught totally off guard. I have been hearing comments from people that they are finding worse now than in 2020 and even the base items are limited.

          So far the locals that I know have decent reputations do not hold out a lot of hope. Some have a few models of various appliances available way over my budget but most items that look like they would be near the ball park both in terms of fit and price you need to call for availability, ordering details and a price quote or schedule an appointment . All the fees posted for delivery, removal, installation on almost all the items from microwaves to subzero but no prices on most of the actual appliances .so do they not have much in stock and not certain what the price will be until actually ordered Or they no longer offer prices up front because they can’t also offer matching deals.

        • Mt.Laurel says:

          Thanks for the suggestion. I did indeed start with the big box stores as I know I can go in and browse at Best Buy and Home Depot without too much annoyance and its been a while since I had to buy and it helps to see them in person. Short and short waisted – where the control knobs are located or how much you can customize shelves are important.

          I am doing this backwards since apparently I managed to erase the first part and only posted the second. Sometimes I use an external mouse and forget that just skimming the the built in mouse pad can be dangerous.

          • jadzia1971 says:

            Have you tried Costco? Obviously Paris is not where you are, but when I was at the Costco here this weekend, they had freezers out on the floor.

          • Mt.Laurel says:

            That is a good idea. I don’t have a Costco membership so I don’t tend to think of them. The one nearest is known as the worst zoo in the area but it might be worth looking in Virginia. The agency we sublet from has an organizational and a couple of their staff bought appliances using that membership and no harm in asking.

            . I started looking as I am noticing that the refrigerator is on a higher setting to keep things cold even with summer heat gone, range Is original and the oven is very temperamental with more and more cold spots and the display died but the burners still work fine, . . And so on. So I thought I would start looking so I have a clue.

          • jadzia1971 says:

            Even if you don’t have a membership, you can go there as a guest with somebody who does. You still can’t buy anything, but of course you can give your friend $ and have THEM buy your item.

  29. Helen Kenney says:


    how many kids have to get hurt before dems understand? I would say wake up but :woke: policies got the kids in to harms way to begin with

  30. Helen Kenney says:

    Trump created the Space Force for a reason, our national security.
    bid-on puts harris in charge of it along with being in charge of the border
    our national security is so screwed.

    China has space missiles. we do not
    Illegals swarm like flys over our southern border and bid-on and benedicts help them ;


  31. Helen Kenney says:


    California is one of the most beautiful states in the union, but the have the dumbest politicians ever elected

  32. elliesmom says:

    If you’re a science nerd, interested in crime, or a history buff, you might like “The Poisoner’s Handboook” documentary on Amazon Prime. It’s on the going away soon list. Not gory.

  33. Dora says:

    This is how out of whack our country is with the whole fake cry of racism echoing everywhere for every reason one can think up. Tesla needs to fight this outrageous award and then if there is real racism occurring in it’s company to rectify it.


  34. Helen Kenney says:

    field trip time

  35. Helen Kenney says:
    • Helen Kenney says:

      didn’t they used to use shock treatments on the mentally ill?

      • Mothy67 says:

        It’s still used. Not in the horrific manner of the past. I think it has been used successfully with severe depression. Recall Carrie Fisher praising it saying it was the only thing that worked for her

        • Constance says:

          I used to draw Lithium level bloods in a psych ward. People would be begging for shock treatments. Many said it was the only thing that ever gave them relief. This was in the 70’s when electric shock had fallen out of favor but people who had had it before were still begging for it.

      • Cisco says:

        Lobotomys were once used as treatment.
        I think one of Joe Kennedy Sr’s kids had one.
        And Randall P. McMurphy in “One Flew over The Cuckoos Nest.”
        Didn’t look pleasant.
        If I remember correctly the actual procedure was pushing a hooked stainless steel instrument on either side of the eye and yanking out the naughty parts of the brain.

        • elliesmom says:

          Rosemary Kennedy was developmentally delayed. When she reached adulthood, she became “difficult”. Read that as a bit promiscuous. Old Joe took her for a lobotomy without telling anyone, including her mother. The lobotomy didn’t go well, and Rosemary was left speech and motor impaired. The family stuck her in an institution for the rest of her life.

        • Miranda says:

          A friend’s child had a lobotomy to deal with the dozens of seizures he had daily as a child. It was that or die.

    • lyn5 says:

      I want Trump to be Speaker of the House if Republicans win it back.

      • Helen Kenney says:

        me too. and Ron DeSantis for president. can you imagine just how much these two could get done to help this country fix the mess the benedicts created.
        I do not want to see any benedict in any office in our states or federal government ever again. we do not need outside enemies, we have the benedicts

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