Monday, November 15, 2021

Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, New York City

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146 Responses to Monday, November 15, 2021

  1. Dora says:

    Good Morning.

    Beautiful picture of beautiful Central Park.

    Thank you.

  2. Dora says:

    This is hard to believe!


    White House Issues Sunday Night Statement โ€˜Defendingโ€™ Kamala Harris After CNN Reports on Exasperated White House Staffers Giving Up on Dealing with Dysfunctional Veep

    • DeniseVB says:

      I saw the original this morning and the responses were delicious with coffee ๐Ÿ˜€ Can’t believe she posted on a Sunday night, must’ve been a tough weekend, but this was pathetic, lol……..

      • taw46 says:

        • DeniseVB says:

          When Obama was running for POTUS, I heard similar descriptions of him. Which means our gut instincts are right about the crappy politicians. ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Constance says:

          Frankly I’m surprised anyone on Team Biden or CNN could recognize “entrenched dysfunction”.

    • elliesmom says:

      The White House has to defend her. She’s the only thing keeping Biden in office. She gets removed, and the Republicans get a huge say in who replaces her – if they take it. Then Biden’s next out the door.

    • driguana says:

      OK, here goes on a Monday….but this is my take and has been for almost two years. Some of you may remember that I proposed that Michelle Obama would be Biden’s running mate. Well, that didn’t happen for a variety of reasons that I have been assiduously researching now during that time. Most importantly because the Obamas and others, including the Clintons, are the shadow government and did not want to appear to be blatantly running the show. Biden would be easy to manipulate and Harris, well, a total incompetent. Here’s what I think is now unfolding. Biden will resign very soon. Harris will step up, momentarily, but there will be a huge furor and she, too, will resign. Pelosi will become President, but just for a short time. She will wrangle for Michelle Obama to be appointed VP, however that works. Pelosi will then resign and Michelle Obama will become President. This will set up the (r)evolution and subsequent secession of numerous States.

      Now, in the meantime, there is also the issue of Biden not having been duly elected at all, that still is unfolding but once proven, and it will be, anything he has signed will NOT be legal. This may account for all the “executive orders”. He is supposed to sign the Non-Infrastructure Bill today….we’ll see what happens. I’m thinking another major “diversion”, part of which may well be the Rittenhouse decision today and the unfolding realities of what really transpired at the Capitol on January 6th and who was behind it all, and, of course, more Durham.

      Never in my 75 years on this planet did I ever think I might witness such a time…literally nothing is as it seems…

      So I leave you with this from my last book Deeper Soul…

      Nothing Is As It Seems

      a walk in the garden
      always provides the never fading recognition
      that nothing
      is ever what it appears to be

      there are the โ€œweresโ€ that still linger
      the โ€œnowsโ€ that hope for the best
      and the โ€œwhensโ€ and their intractable wishful thinking
      that change into dirt
      right before your eyes

      it is through perception
      that we are able to realize
      our direction along the meanders of our ways
      making sense of the deception
      that always has to criticize
      what we do and say

      but take heart
      in the differences of opinion
      and the changes of mind
      at every seasonal junction


      there are also the โ€œthensโ€™
      loitering around the corners and on the edges
      somnambulant and lethargic
      or so it would seem

      watching with a calm certainty
      and hopefulness
      somewhere along the trodden path
      something will actually
      what it is
      Blessings to all of you!

      • elliesmom says:

        Your poetry is lovely.

        My only issue with your prediction of Michelle Obama becoming POTUS is I don’t think she wants it. She’s basically a lazy person, and while she might only be put up as a figurehead, there would still be ceremonial obligations. If both Harris and Pelosi got to be POTUS before she did, there would no historical “first” for the “boxes” she checks off. As First Lady she was known for taking lavish vacations with a large entourage, but not for going on state visits to represent the USA. She had no First Lady projects of any depth so I don’t think she’s very ideological. Certainly her senior these at Princeton was trite. She can vacation anywhere she wants whenever she wants now and get fussed over as a former First Lady. There’s really no upside to becoming POTUS for her. No money she can’t already access. No additional fame. No access to society she doesn’t already have. I’m not sure her husband has all that much control over her.

        • swanspirit says:

          EM, I think your take on Moosechelle is spot on. It matches what I think almost exactly. She’s lazy. She didn’t like the White House, when she was in it. And her patriotic fervor is conspicuous by it’s absence. I think she put up with Obanana’s political aspirations to get exactly where she is today, and she isn’t about to give up her cushy life, for one that obligates getting up off the couch.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Reminds me of the Clinton “partnership” when her eye was always on the throne,but too bad she couldn’t keep that dog on the porch. Or she didn’t care. Other than what Mooch told the press, I never saw a spark between her and BO. I still have her memoir, still haven’t read it, I figure it’s full of lies. Meh.

      • Somebody says:

        How does Pelosi supposedly buying a house in South Florida figure into your thesis?

        By the by, Biden signed the “infrastructure” bill and assigned Mitch Landrieu to oversee it. We’ll call Mitch the grift Czar, a role he’s prepared for his entire life.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Why does the Landrieu name always trigger my Katrina sadness, such a chain of Democrat failure during that hurricane ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Oh yes, there will be grift, it’s in that family’s blood.

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      • lateblum says:

        This is a beautiful and thoughtful work, driguana. Thank you for sharing it here.

      • taw46 says:

        On Michelle becoming President โ€” {shudder}, itโ€™s enough to make me want to withdraw once again. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

      • swanspirit says:

        Lovely poem..โค๐ŸŒน

      • Constance says:

        I love that.

    • Constance says:

      Wow how incompetent and embarrassing does a Democrat woman have to be for CNN to comment on it!

  3. driguana says:

    Happy Monday! Get ready for an amazing week…lots unfolding…

  4. Dora says:



    Scientific Study โ€” Covid Spike Protein DRAMATICALLY Impairs Cell DNA Damage Repairโ€ฆ

    • elliesmom says:

      In a nutshell with no additional bias intended on my part- If the study pans out, then we’re going to be seeing dramatic increases in the number of women who get breast cancer over time, and cancerous tumors elsewhere in both men and women that don’t respond to current treatments. It’s not going to happen overnight, and it’s unlikely the government agencies who are responsible for tracking these things will officially connect it to these vaccines because the pharmaceutical companies who produced the vaccines didn’t test them to see if they might be carcinogens.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Probably why it was initially intended for Over-65, not to stop the spread as much as not dying from Covid. Even before the vaccine, weren’t people dying from other underlying causes and they blamed Covid? It’s why it sounded so lethal in Nursing Homes. They didn’t ALL die ?

        • elliesmom says:

          My college roommate’s sister was living in a nursing home. When we were in college, her predicted life span was around 40. She was 68. She was sent to the hospital with respiratory distress. They tested her for covid, and the test was negative. When she died, one of the nurses told my friend, ‘Your sister’s tests said she was negative, but I’m sure she had it.” My friend tells everyone her sister died from covid. Another friend’s husband was hospitalized with an aggressive brain tumor. That friend tells everyone he must have got the virus at the hospital because he died too quickly. Both women are terrified of getting “what killed the people they loved”.

          • Constance says:

            My kids grandfather, not my Dad, was 93 and in an Alzheimer ward for over a year. He fell and broke several ribs, He died a week later from pneumonia. Everyone in my ex’s family says he died of Covid, they just couldn’t pick it up on a lab test.

          • jadzia1971 says:

            Constance, I have a dearly beloved friend who is coping the same way. A (lovely) elderly person died in this person’s family after several years in a nursing home and at least four strokes the week before death. The deceased was Covid-positive. Textbook case of somebody sadly dying WITH Covid not OF it, but all I hear is how this person died OF it.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        exactly! ๐Ÿ˜ก

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  5. elliesmom says:

    One of our friends โค here has a post on Facebook with ideas of how to save money when things get tighter. It has some very good suggestions. One of the things my grandmother used to get upset about was folks who turned on the oven to make just one thing. My oven is huge, and I admit I often turn it on to bake just four muffins. So today I'm going to take her advice and fill it. One upside to it is if I decide the things going into it need to be peeled, it will also be worth getting out the attachment for my mixer that peels fruits and vegetables. So far on my list are Morning Glory muffins, apple cake, cranberry bread, scalloped potatoes, and a meatloaf. That fills two racks, and I still have another rack. Maybe some lasagne roll-ups. The obvious trick is to find things that will all bake at the same temperature. But I also need things that will freeze because eating a whole oven full of food is going to take me some time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • foxyladi14 says:

      I use my airfryer for baking small things. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • lateblum says:

        I bought a toaster oven for baking/heating small items when I was caring for the grandgirlies. Besides, it took more time to unload the oven and then preheat the oven than it took to heat the food.

      • elliesmom says:

        My air fryer is the barrel shaped style, and it won’t fit a baking pan of any size. Great for reheating a slice of pizza or a serving or two of fries. I don’t have a toaster oven. I’ve thought about exchanging the air fryer and four slice toaster I have for an air fryer/toaster oven combo. I would need to get rid of something to make room for it, and I’d have to make sure dumping those two things would be enough space. i haven’t ever had a toaster oven I liked, but it’s been awhile since I’ve had one so they might be “new and improved”. In the old house I had double ovens, and one was a lot smaller than the other. I bought the air fryer I have because it’s what fit in the space I had. It’s OK, but I probably wouldn’t miss it all that much. Now that I’ve used it a bit, I see it’s just a small convection oven.

        • elliesmom says:

          I have the scalloped potatoes. the apple cake, the cranberry bread, and the meatloaf in the oven. I ran out of apples for the muffins so they’ll have to wait for the next groceries. I’ll make those with the lasagne. There was enough room to fit in some of the non-existent chicken stew for lunch. This was fun, but I wouldn’t want to marathon bake every time I turn the oven on so I ordered a toaster oven, The Test Kitchen’s top pick was out of stock everywhere so I bought their second choice. It has 4 positions for the rack and baking pans made to fit it for cookies, brownies, and muffins. My toaster can go into the summer deck stuff, and I’ll ask Crash if she’d like to take the air fryer home with her. She loves it. That should give me enough counter space for it.

          I wish you all could come to visit and help me eat this. โค

        • jadzia1971 says:

          I am intrigued by air fryers but am on a “no more appliances” diet until I can add some storage to my kitchen, which after 3 years in this house STILL doesn’t have upper cabinets.

    • swanspirit says:

      I wish I could help you out with that problem of eating a whole oven full of food. You would have more room in the freezer too! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    • jadzia1971 says:

      One of the many things about COVID that is a continued frustration to me is this sense (okay, spurred much more by the Internet than by my real-life observations) that a not-insignificant proportion of the population seems to WANT, even to ENJOY, being afraid. I am dying on the vine here, guys, because I’m losing hope. And I don’t understand why so many people (regular people, not people in power) seem to become angry at any sign of hope for an exit from this situation.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Melissa Bass is back on FB for now. LOL, her “Nancy Pelosi” schtick gets her suspended all the time, but it’s never as bad as Alec Baldwin’s Trump, which passed as “comedy” for a few years.

    • elliesmom says:

      Yes, more people need to learn how not to be enablers. It’s hard being the person who says, “Get your ass off the couch.” Not only does it make you feel heartless, other people tell you that you are. My own mother told me I was “Hard-hearted Hannah”. I remember the reaction I got the first time a student gave me a long sob story about why her major assignment was going to be late. I asked her if someone she loved had died, or if her dog had run away. When she said no, I said, “Then it doesn’t suck enough to be you for me to give you an extension.” She was absolutely shocked. Her guidance counselor called me to get me to reconsider because the girl had difficulty with long term assignments. Her mother called me a bitch. But I got the assignment on time. It does tire one out, though.

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  8. foxyladi14 says:

    Beautiful picture.Thank you. Denise. โค

  9. helenk3 says:

    will shifty schiff be questioned on Russia collusion?

  10. Dora says:

    It Begins!


    Hundreds of UK troops reportedly ready to deploy at Ukraine border

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  12. helenk3 says:

    when did Americans become so willing to give up rights?

    • jadzia1971 says:

      You want to hear something sad? France already banned the unvaccinated from voting stations. I suppose I could get a test and obtain a 2-day vax passport that way, if they are still allowing that come March when we have the first round of the presidential election. But I also suppose…. what’s the fucking point?

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Thrilled that Jon McNaughton joined Twitter last month, much easier to share his artwork from there ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Dora says:

    Another Version.

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  21. helenk3 says:

    this is the guy who is going to meet the Chinese leader. we are so screwed

  22. helenk3 says:

    hope this works

  23. John Denney says:

    The French are revolting.

    • jadzia1971 says:

      YAY! My daughter’s best friend moved there a few months ago, on the eve of their summer lockdown. I’ve been feeling bad for the girl ever since.

    • jadzia1971 says:

      Also: you know who else is from Martinique? The press secretary who has been pinch-hitting for Psaki.

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    I had to drive into town today. I saw two homes in one residential block with โ€œLetsโ€™s Go Brandonโ€ flags proudly flapping in the breeze. ๐Ÿ˜‚

  27. votermom says:

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  28. DeniseVB says:

    I’m a hopeless middle schooler who still ROFLMAOPIMP over fart jokes ๐Ÿ˜›

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    • lateblum says:

      Even before this, I had to walk away from the trial. I want to take Binger to the woodshed, lock him in, and throw away the key. Permanently.
      I could not watch this lying s.o.b. one more second. Not one. Heโ€™s been arrogant and patronizing and nasty throughout. At one time I was convinced that he was trying to have the judge call for a mistrial. His treatment of the truth was that bad.

  32. votermom says:

    Stolen from aoshq

    A crazed pedophile, a domestic abuser, and a felon walk into a bar.
    Kyle says, “Shots are on me.”

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    • Anthony says:

      Best line: “I hope y’all go to jail for doing this to me” ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

      • jadzia1971 says:

        I just read a court order in which a judge is all but demanding vaccinated jurors only, PLUS face masks for everybody in the courtroom. If the vaccines work so well, why are they demanding that lawyers work 8-10 hours a day in facemasks? Fuuuuuuuck that.

        So if you happen to be in California and called for jury duty, it looks like you might have an easy way to get out of it. Just leave that vaccine card at home, kids.

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  40. jadzia1971 says:

    Unexpected sanity from the Washington Monthly, earlier this year. The rest of its COVID coverage is a dumpster fire:

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