Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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126 Responses to Tuesday, November 9, 2021

  1. Dora says:

    Good Morning…

    This is infuriating!

    Stop the Steal!

    • swanspirit says:

      I bet that makes judges happy. Who are these people?. Ignore the courts? This is too far out of control.

      • 1539days says:

        Unless a state explicitly bans mandates like this, any company can tell their employees to be vaccinated anyway. The OSHA rule is another suicide pact for businesses who want to force vaccinations, but don’t want to lose a competitive advantage against companies that don’t.
        In Lewis County, NY, they’re offering crazy money, bonuses and letting nursing students work in hospitals because so many people walked off the job due to mandates.

        • swanspirit says:


          His counterpart in Ohio, Attorney General Dave Yost, couldn’t agree more. “These [safety requirements that OSHA oversees] are typically part of the workplace. They’re not at your home, they’re not at the shopping mall, they’re at work – and they’re specific to work. This use of workplace regulation to control a conflict and infectious disease that’s everywhere on the planet, not just at work, is an incredible overreach. They’re stretching this law to the point where it’s going to break and shatter.” The bottom line, Yost insists, is “this mandate completely oversteps the power that the president is given under the Constitution. The president is not our nanny, not our doctor, and the president is not Congress. He doesn’t get to write laws.”

          But that hasn’t stopped Biden from trying – or from using his radical party to make the penalties even more painful for businesses. Under the OSHA rule, there’s a $14,000 fine “per violation” for businesses with more than 100 people who don’t comply by January 4th. In the multi-trillion dollar “infrastructure” bill, up for a vote today, Democratic leaders want to increase the punishment to $700,000 per violation. In other words, the Left would essentially bankrupt any employer or business that doesn’t comply. And, on top of that, they want to funnel almost a billion of your taxpayer dollars to the Department of Labor to enforce it!

          Equally outrageous, Rokita points out, is that even federal contractors will be subject to Biden’s tyranny. “They don’t even have a choice like [these] private employees… where it’s a vaccine or a test [every week]… Under the federal contractor suit, they don’t have a choice. If you work for the federal government in some kind of contractual relationship – or your business does – you don’t even get [to choose between a test]. You just have to be vaccinated as if you were, in fact, a federal employee

    • jadzia1971 says:

      “John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it.”

    • Constance says:

      Well nothing ever happens to anyone who breaks the law so….. One of Seattle’s City Council members wants to establish a fund from tax dollars to support people who “Homestead” the city parks. OK, well if that’s they way we are going I want in on that.

  2. swanspirit says:

    Gatlinburg is gorgeous!! Wow

    • lateblum says:

      It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited. DD#1 and I visited there after I finished my MSW. I also experienced one of the worst allergy attacks I’ve ever experienced. It was spring and everything was blooming. Dear Lord, I was flattened by it. Still, I loved the hills and blossoms and terrain and everything about it except the pollen.
      Thanks, Denise for these last several days of autumnal scenes. 💛🧡🤎

      • Constance says:

        They are beautiful and I need the beauty right now. I am moving to the condo I just bought and I haven’t moved in 35 years so I’m just going nuts with all the set ups and packing and tossing out etc. On top of it all, right as I got out of bed and walked to the coffee pot a tree blew down and now the power is out right when my Xfinity guy was supposed to hook up the TV and Internet. I’m really getting crabby here and my son’s girlfriend is getting sick of me dropping by to use his internet. So thanks Denise for the beauty.

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    This is what’s infuriating. Posted in the wrong place this morning.

    • jadzia1971 says:

      Here’s what I don’t understand. HOW THE FUCK DO YOU “LOSE” BALLOTS? We are literally in “You had one job!” territory. It seems like this has become routine. And mark me old, but I don’t remember “found ballots” ever being a thing (EVEN WHEN I LIVED IN CHICAGO) until a couple of election cycles ago. The 2000 presidential election if we’re going to be generous, and I’m not really in the mood for that.

      • Somebody says:

        I agree with you Jadzia, hubby and I were just talking about that. The first “found” ballots I recall were in the AL Franken senate race.

        There weren’t any “found” ballots in the 2000 Presidential race that I recall, at least not in Florida. The ballots at issue were either over-votes where someone punched out two holes for two Presidential candidates or under-votes where no Presidential candidate was selected or punched out.

        The machine spit those ballots out and didn’t count them, but they weren’t found, each county knew how many in each category they had on election night.

        Another thing that has changed, we used to all manage to vote on one day and we typically knew the results by the time we went to bed. You’d think with the advances in technology, elections would become more secure and results faster and more accurate, but no🙄

      • helenk3 says:

        why is it they only lose the dem ballots and then suddenly find them?

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Click on the Vogue link for more photos……

    • elliesmom says:

      I have a couple of catty remarks. One is after reading the whole article and looking at all .the pictures, the one thing that really stuck out at me was they provided IV drips the morning after the welcome party for the guests who had partied too hardy the night before. I have never been to a party where people got that drunk. I need to put it on my bucket list. The second thing is her dress had four layers so she could look naked underneath all that bling. If you want to look naked, you don’t need any layers. While the city hall is beautiful all by itself, how long was it shut down the day before to prepare for the wedding? Did the taxpayers get compensated?

      Now, I love the gray and peach colors on her bridesmaids and flower girls and that every bridesmaid’s dress is different. I think the Barbarella theme for the party seems like fun.

      • votermom says:

        ugh, imagine how doomed a wedding officiated by Pelosi must be
        So was Gavin Newsome there?

      • Miranda says:

        That’s a lot of money for an ugly dress and trashy behavior. But what do you expect from people who want Pelosi to officiate their wedding?

        I think it’s hilarious that Newsome skipped the climate summit to attend an oil heiress’ wedding.

        • jadzia1971 says:

          And that’s why I don’t believe a word of this nonsense about why he suddenly disappeared. Say what you will about the climate summit, but it is a BIG FUCKING DEAL to Newsom and his fellow travelers, and I can’t imagine that the trip wasn’t planned months, if not years ago.

          No, I DON’T believe that he suddenly realized he “had” to go to his daughter’s soccer game and take the wife out for date night.

          And even if he did, I said it about Buttigieg and I’ll say it again: when you take on a position of powerful governmental authority and responsibility voluntarily, I’m sorry, but family doesn’t always come first. This isn’t like DeSantis’s wife being unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer, at least not as far as the Newsom camp is saying. What it is is a pile of horse hockey.

      • lateblum says:

        Hah! I thought the theme was A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’ve never seen such a sickly looking bunch of people. Don’t they have anything to smile about? Nothing?
        I loved the bridal party gowns. It took me a few moments to realize the top layer on the bride’s gown looked like it had pieces of mirror all over it. The groom looked smitten with the bride who appeared to have no thought about anyone but herself when she was with the groom. I suppose that’s because she’s the model and he’s merely the photographer.

        Was I catty enough?

  6. foxyladi14 says:

    Did the taxpayers get compensated?
    Probably not. 😡

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  8. elliesmom says:

    In thinking about Gavin Newsome’s apparent retreat from public view and reading the speculation he has Bells Palsy as a result of his booster shot, I have to admit I hope it’s true. Bells Palsy is not usually life threatening so I’m not wishing him dead, and people usually recover from it although not always right away. Long enough for him to have to resign would make me question if Nemesis, the slayer of those afflicted with hubris, is only a myth. But what has been missing from the dialogue about vaccine mandates is a high profile person pushing mandates to have an acute reaction to one of the vaccines. We’ve had notable people get vaccinated and still get covid-19 and even a few who have still died, and it hasn’t moved the needle. But maybe if a fascist like Newsome had to leave office because of getting the jab, the conversation might change a bit.

    • Dora says:

      As long as you said it first, I hope he has it too. 🙂

    • swanspirit says:

      The very first flu vaccine that came out years ago, gave me a reaction that put me in the hospital, after I got it. I could not move any part of my body, other than my head. I could lift my head up, and I could talk. I was completely functional otherwise. It lasted 48 hours. It was terrifying. I haven’t had a flu shot since, and I won’t get this “vaccination” either. What I had has been compared to Guillain-Barre.
      I even had the Swine flu, and suffered through it, rather than get a flu shot, and I was sick for a month. If someone as visible as Newsome has serious side effects, maybe, the push for mandates will ease up. Not everyone can safely get these shots.

    • 1539days says:

      My coworker got the booster. No issues with the first two, but the booster laid him up for two days and he had to take off a day to sleep because the chills and the raging headache kept him up over the weekend.

  9. Dora says:

    Gov. Newsom Injured by Moderna Booster Shot, Source Tells The Defender

    A source close to California Gov. Gavin Newsom today told The Defender the governor experienced an adverse reaction to the Moderna COVID vaccine he received Oct. 27, the last day he was seen in public.


    • DeniseVB says:

      RFK, Jr’s organization. Kinda a rumor, not official, but I hope it’s true to help get rid of the mandate.

    • Constance says:

      Hhhmmm. I would have bet on a facelift. After all pretty boy Newsom is getting up in years and that CA sun accelerates the aging.

      • elliesmom says:

        Except he could have scheduled a facelift around the climate boondoggle. He cancelled last minute so the reason had to be something that came up suddenly.

    • elliesmom says:

      I realize I’m a bit slow today from lack of sleep, but if he walks, double jeopardy kicks in, right? One does not need to be a first year law student to know that. Just someone who watches Law & Order. Or Perry Mason. Or Matlock. . . .

    • lateblum says:

      The concerns I’ve heard and read are that if he walks, there will likely be some heavy duty protests. This thanks to the poor and one-sided reporting.
      I was gone all day so didn’t get to see any coverage today. I’m going over to Legal Insurrection to check out their report of today’s trial.

  10. Dora says:

    Good Grief!
    Architecture group features a ‘climate confession booth’ for attendees to cleanse their climate guilt
    Architects Climate Action Network @ArchitectsCAN – “ACAN. Architects taking action in light of climate and ecological collapse. Campaigning for urgent changes to regulatory, legislative & economic landscape”

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      A climate confessional? Did faux pope Frankie make this suggestion ?

      • lateblum says:

        It could also have come from Princess Sparkles and H. They seem to want to stick their ersatz Royal noses into this gathering.

        • Mt.Laurel says:

          Those two have been sticking their oversized noses just about everywhere and they do love to lecture people. I am sure they would be happy to work such a booth especially if they get dummies to tape their confessions and hand over all the potential “royalties” .

  11. helenk3 says:


    do not need to have much common sense to be in journalism now, do you?

    • jadzia1971 says:

      Well, doctors really shouldn’t be publicly diagnosing people they haven’t examined. (Remember how many so-called psychiatrists did that to Trump?)

      That said, THIS particular doctor is really only stating what anybody, MD or no MD, can see with their own eyes.

  12. lyn5 says:

    Are all sociopaths Democrats or are all Democrats sociopaths?

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      I don’t “get” adults who play video games. See also: adults who visit Disneyland without kids.

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    • Constance says:

      Since we are finding out that the Legal professions are a brotherhood with a pecking order that none of them will violate even if it means ignoring the law I think it is time to start appointing non lawyers to be judges like they did in the old days. There used to be the worry that non lawyers wouldn’t understand the law but the lawyers have been ignoring the law so that argument is dead.

      • lyn5 says:

        That’s common sense.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        The court system can be super frustrating. In civil suits, winning a lawsuit is only the beginning. Half the time (and this isn’t an exaggeration) when we win, the defendant turns around and declares bankruptcy the next day, and then we have to chase them through the bankruptcy courts for months or years at a time. If they don’t declare bankruptcy, we have to go through judgment debtor exams and the defendant makes all his assets disappear during the months that process takes. Then even if we get a court order to seize a bank account or something like that, either the account is suddenly empty or the bank throws up roadblocks. It’s like people think a court order is a friendly suggestion.

  18. 1539days says:

    Here’s the latest chapter in my company’s COVID saga. After people didn’t report their vaccine status over two deadlines, a third deadline has been issued. They added an option that says “I refuse to report my vaccination status and the company will assume I am not vaccinated.” If you don’t self-report by 11/19, you will be put on unpaid leave.

    First, if I refuse to give my vaccine status, why would I REPORT that I REEFUSE on an HR form. This is why these things use the term “decline.” So, I think I’m going to explain to HR what a dumbass thing that is. The current theory is it’s a pretext to termination. Personally, I plan to report “not currently vaccinated” instead when the deadline hits. The legal maneuvering is less important than not getting that bioweapon in my arm.

    • elliesmom says:

      You have my sympathy. It’s truly amazing how dumb HR people can be. A dear friend of mine’s daughter is getting married in April. I was in the delivery room when she was born. My friend wants to know what I’m going to do if the venue decides to only let vaccinated people in. I told her send my regrets and a nice present. My friend is a VP in charge of HR and has an HR mind. She said the guest list is limited to just a few people, and they hope the people they invite would feel the wedding is important enough to get vaccinated for. I said it’s not for me. The bride and groom have been living together for five years. The wedding itself is a bit of an afterthought and not a big enough deal to ignore my doctor’s advice. Her response is “Maybe by April, the pandemic will be over” to which I replied, “It already is.”

      • 1539days says:

        I’m kind of over that place. I still have trying to get fired on the back burner. I’ve got some money to take it easy for 5-10 years and I’d rather do it now than drop dead after I decide to “retire.”

      • jadzia1971 says:

        My CHILDREN were just excluded from THEIR FATHER’s 50th birthday party (and that of his twin) because of the vaccine. I kid you not.

        I am not sending a nice present.

        • lateblum says:

          Maybe they should just show up in the middle of the party hours and let him explain to his guests why he . . . never mind.

          • lateblum says:

            I had a dream last night that I showed up at Thanksgiving dinner wearing a hazmat suit. lol

          • jadzia1971 says:

            They would need a ride to do that. Not that I’m opposed to enabling troublemaking in These Unprecedented Times, but I’d like to get the divorce finalized first so I’m not ‘splainin’ myself to a judge.

          • lateblum says:

            I completely understand. But the thought might give you comfort. 😘

  19. elliesmom says:

    I had so many plans for today, but the coyotes were very active last night, and their howling kept Ellie and Hank agitated all night so I didn’t get much sleep. I walked Ellie early this morning, and I needed a warm jacket and half-gloves. I went out around two to take down the old strings of lights, and put up some new ones when I realized the temperature had gone up dramatically. Like from 40 to 70 in just a couple of hours. So I fetched Ellie and headed for the beach. She stretched out in a pile of leaves and stared out across the lake. It really is her happy place. A neighbor saw me there and brought over a pot of tea and just out of the oven cranberry bread. We decided to live by the Serenity Prayer. To only worry about things we have any hope of changing and to accept the rest is out of our control. While that thought could have been depressing, it’s remarkably freeing. So my old lights are down, the new ones are tested, but not up yet, the laundry is sorted, but not done, none of the cooking I had groceries delivered this morning to do is even started. Ellie has dropped leaves all over the house. But “wisdom” says it will all still be here tomorrow, and it might be awhile before it’s warm enough to “take tea” at the picnic table at the beach again. And there’s nothing I can do about Joe Biden.

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    May they burn in hell one day.

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      Rosie Memos @almostjingo

      @TheDemocrats didn’t move an inch to help President Trump, they went out of their way to block everything. Until @GOP plays the same hardball they don’t deserve any support and everyone that voted to help should be voted out.

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    • Cisco says:

      I do, except it’s a sad funny.
      What a bunch occasion crybabies.

    • lateblum says:

      CNN, the network with which Lemon has had a longstanding relationship, stood by the host and implied that Hice has contempt for CNN and has said as much on his now-deleted social media platforms.

      Sadly, neither CNN nor Don Lemon has a long-standing (or *any) relationship with the truth. So it is difficult to feel anything but contempt for either.

  31. helenk3 says:


    I do not think schifff could do that even in a prison with a fist full of pardons

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