Monday, November 22, 2021

Black Hills, South Dakota

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174 Responses to Monday, November 22, 2021

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Sad anniversary, 58 years.

    • Dora says:

      Such a sad day.

    • lateblum says:

      It was one of the most difficult days in my life. It precedes the anniversary of my father’s death by (several years and) one day. So this week in November is always unusually hard.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        💓 you are not alone.
        I was at Arlington cemetery that Thanksgiving weekend right after the funeral. My dad and brothers all went to pay their respects. I was only four so I was up at the old house on the hill on a quilt with my books and toys. Mom sat on the bench but we would get up to look down at the line winding its way. I only understood someone had passed away but that scene has always stayed with me. And then losing mom , both my dad’s parents and one of my brothers in late November rather sealed this as the month of remembrance.

  2. Miranda says:

    Bringing up from below: I’m sorry you’re feeling depressed, Jadzia. There’s a lot of bad shit going on, and it sounds even worse where you are. I wish I had a solution, but I don’t. I’m sorry, though. and I understand.

    • jadzia1971 says:

      Thanks very much. I am feeling temporarily better thanks to a migraine medicine to which I have a weird idiosyncratic reaction (to wit, it revs my engine up). Just gotta power through today and tomorrow and then I’m going to kick back and spend the long weekend going to Costco and knitting an alien illusion scarf.

      The most frustrating thing is this feeling of “no escape.” You guys at least have free states. You can go to Texas, go to Florida, if only for a few days. Here, the walls are really closing in.

      I am having a disagreement with the H-man. Last week, Micron and his toadys were making a big show of announcing that we would NOT have more lockdowns (whether general or just of the plague rats) and naturally our reaction was, “Oh, shit.” Because they always announce they’re gonna do something by first announcing that they’re not going to do it. (See, e.g., vaccine passport.)

      But a funny thing happened. Suddenly, I haven’t heard a word on this topic from anybody in the government. Instead, the news is full of things like anti-school-bullying bills and hearings on media consolidation and a whole bunch of other stuff that is not-Covid. In addition, apropos of nothing I’m seeing policies at places like hotels quietly changing to NOT completely ban the plague rats (like, they don’t TELL you, but when you click on “covid safety” it is no longer saying you can’t come, just that you can’t eat).

      Also, the thing about banning us from the voting polls seems to have been memory-holed. I DISTINCTLY remember being told last summer that we would be banned from the polls without a vaccine passport. But I can’t find any evidence that this actually happened. Normally I’d chalk it up to my imperfect French, like maybe I misunderstood, but H’s French is fluent (he’s just got a little accent, but he’s been here for almost 25 years and learned French in school before he even got here) and he remembers it the same way I do.

      I’m wondering if there was an on-the-downlow poll or something that put the fear of God into Macron about the upcoming election? Because I am now thinking that maybe, just maybe, we are NOT going to go on house arrest, at least not imminently. That’s the disagreement with H, who I adore but who is something of a conspiracy theorist–he’s sure we’re going to be welded into the house by Christmas. He, too, is becoming depressed, which makes the whole situation harder, because we are both kind of compromised in our ability to support one another because we each have our individual struggle with feeling so very down and hopeless.

      • votermom says:

        Hugs and prayers, Jadzia

        What kind of migraine med is it? (Just curious)

        • jadzia1971 says:

          Ha ha it’s just a painkiller! Tramadol/paracetamol, which I think is pretty similar to Tylenol 3. Most people get sleepy, I get hyper. It lifts my mood far more effectively than a real antidepressant. I take it once a month or so because these headaches are cyclical. Weird, huh?

      • Anthony says:

        ❤ Stay strong, Jadzia. Dealing with a little of that myself. Setting small goals and accomplishing them (like getting out of bed and actually dressing) seems to help a bit. We’re all here with you

        • jadzia1971 says:

          You too, Anthony. Living in NYC you are in an environment, in terms of the discrimination and whatnot, that is pretty similar to where I’m at. It’s demoralizing. We will get through it.

          • Anthony says:

            I’m rebelling. I quit my job yesterday to tell a nasty Karen to stfu because I couldn’t do that if I was working there. Then told her to get the fuck out and take her woke ass bullshit with her. She left in a hurry. The owner immediately offered me my job back with a 30% increase in salary.

          • jadzia1971 says:

            GOOD FOR YOU.

      • elliesmom says:

        I’m completely understanding why the current situation is making people depressed, but it’s been this way for months. If you’re suddenly getting more depressed, check out the symptoms for Seasonal Affective Disorder. When my doctor finally listened to what I was saying about what happens to me every year at this time and diagnosed SAD, it was a life changer for me. The cure was just buying different lightbulbs and getting outside for a little while midday from November until it’s no longer dark for so many hours. It’s why I always dreaded the switch off DST, but couldn’t explain why.

        • jadzia1971 says:

          I’m pretty sure that SAD is not THE cause but it certainly is a substantially contributing factor. Where I live it rains from September until June, and that is depressing during the best of times.

      • Mothy67 says:

        Arrest this now if you can. I went from a person who drank too much my entire adult life to someone who needed medical detox. I’m not excusing my behavior. It’s on me, but month after month of covid shit didn’t help. It was gradual. I wasn’t downing a bottle a few days into lockdown it just increased. I had nothing to do. How many people out there have reacted similarly?
        I just completed 4 weeks of intensive out patient therapy. It is expensive to go 9 to 4 four days a week. Court mandated is only from 9 to 11:45. Medicaid usually covers that. Afternoon crowd was professionals. Each expressed a similar experience. This is just a random group who got help. How many out there might have gone overboard throughout this shit show. Most people aren’t going to do anything until they have to. I was lucky. No financial, criminal, relationship issues. I was getting very physically ill if I didn’t imbibe.
        It has been a fascinating journey. I’m not a full fledged champion of 12 Steps, but it works for many. Lock downs shut down meetings for months. I have grown to like the meetings I agreed to do 90 in 90. It is a lifeline for millions taken away by an overreaching governor.
        The cost exceeds the hapless drunk/addict falling off the wagon. These people are spouses, parents, children. How much familial tragedy took place during this stretch. How many felt it was futile. I count my blessings each time I hear a story. I believe I would have continued being functional. I am kinda cheap – drinking what I was would have cost me a fortune in a bar. Cost me 12 at home would have cost me at least 150 plus tip in a bar. No way I would have done that daily. Also I poured a lot heavier than a barkeep. I should have seen it coming. I applied the breaks. How many won’t? All this for a disease with a high survival rate.
        Anyhow I pray you find some release during this hell. My response to this utter shit show was extreme, but the subtle reactions can take a disastrous toll as well. Be good to my favorite French lawyer.

        • Constance says:

          Glad you are doing well Mothy. A lot of petty officials have developed God complexes. n WA our dot gov, Inslee has stated he had to lock us down because there are so many lives and he is the only one who can save them! t s gong to take an assassination to open up out state.

        • jadzia1971 says:

          You are absolutely right. It is CRITICAL to stop the spiral now before it gets worse, and the longer you wait, the more difficult it is. I’m glad that you are doing all the stuff you need to do. I doubt we will ever have a true picture of the real and long-term costs, in terms of physical and emotional health, of the lockdowns and moving goalposts and restrictions and this sense that we can’t ever count on having the “right” to do anything again because the government can take everything away in the blink of an eye.

      • Miranda says:

        I’m glad you’re feeling better. Enjoy your knitting. I just completed section 9 of 13 on the Find Your Fade shawl.

        • jadzia1971 says:

          Ooh, pretty!

          I did not do any knitting, because an emergency brief landed on my desk literally 5 minutes before I was ready to pack it in for the day. Oh well.

      • lateblum says:

        I’m glad you’re feeling better, J. I hope you can find a small daily goal (like Anthony said) because I know it helps me. I routinely procrastinate tasks like dusting or paying bills and then always feel like a failure. At this time of year, that feeling gets magnified. I realized last evening, that after I paid the bills, the feeling lifted (sadly, my bank account was a bit depressed, though). Today, I have a couple of “soft” tasks and then going for a short walk. I’m hopeful this helps. No. I know this will help.
        Sending Hugs and Hope your way.

        • jadzia1971 says:

          Getting dressed is basically the goal at the moment, although given the huge expense and work involved in constructing a gym in the house you’d think that I could walk my ass downstairs and actually take advantage of it.

          Privileged lady alert: I did tell the housekeeping service yesterday that I STRONGLY prefer for them to come in the morning (right now it’s sometimes morning, sometimes afternoon) because that forces me to get up and get dressed every day, and out to walk the dog so she doesn’t pester them.

          • lateblum says:

            I hope they honor your request. It should be a help in getting you moving. It is one of the reasons that I try making appointments for the morning. It forces me to get up and get out early. gmta 💕

      • swanspirit says:

        I thought the same you did, Jadzia. Someone got the results of a poll, and got a little green around the gills.
        Glad you are feeling a bit better, every little bit helps.

        • jadzia1971 says:

          I hope so. Our Prime Minister just tested positive for Covid. He has no symptoms but off to quarantine he goes. I do not expect this experience to imbue him with any more empathy than he has shown for the past year.

      • lyn5 says:

        {{{Jadzia}}} ❤

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        It’s weather headache/migraine and SADD season so I empathize. That on top of all the Covid Cooties Crap makes you want to pull the covers up over the head hoping when you emerge it will have been a bad dream.

        And you are not the only one who is finding that they have been very busy scrubbing the net when the polls – opps – the wind changes direction.

        For the SADD I still keep with what I found helped with Mom and Auntie. In addition to the light bulbs Elliesmom mentioned, I place LED lights along the mantle and along the long table in the entry way (size up from the minis – I have small round globes). I also place small trees/baskets in dark corners and add mini lights. I often mix the bright white and warm white (my personal preference). The bright white offer more light but are brash so adding the warm white gives a silver and gold glow.

        • jadzia1971 says:

          Thank you! I like the idea of mixing the lights. We are one week away from Xmas decorating season and the house will be ablaze, so that will help temporarily.

      • Constance says:

        Daily routine helps, Try to get out while it’s light outside. I get up a few minutes before sunrise and try to plan something to look forward to in the evening. I hope the blues are short lved Jadzia.

        • jadzia1971 says:

          Thanks! The dog is a help in that regard, because she nocurr if I’m sad, she still needs to be walked.

      • DeniseVB says:

        {{{hugs}}} My vote is with the SAD crowd, plus your Super Mom schedule has to catch up with you now and then. More Naps !!

        • jadzia1971 says:

          Thanks! SAD is definitely a component–we are further north than Montreal and there is very little daylight at the moment. And my house is VERY poorly lit. I’ve been trying to plan a lighting scheme in here and it always ends up being deprioritized.

  3. swanspirit says:

    That’s some stunning scenery, Denise. Just gorgeous.

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  5. Angie says:

    This is video of the Christmas parade killer.

    He’s not a pedophile just a pimp.

    JFC jumps bail & is out on $1000 bond. Real Einsteins running things up in Milwaukee

  6. Dora says:

    Two Fox News contributors, Jonah Goldberg, 52, and Stephen Hayes, 51, have resigned from the network after 12 years following the release of a documentary by Tucker Carlson about the January 6 Capitol siege.

  7. Dora says:

    Burning down the house, Joe? Biden’s claims his Delaware home was razed to the ground ‘with my wife in it’ are greeted with skepticism after report from 2004 is uncovered saying ‘it was just a kitchen fire’

  8. jadzia1971 says:

    Well, this is weird: New Zealand ends confinement AND its “zero covid” policy.

    Why weird? Well, see my post above: there are hints here in France of a bit of relaxation. Maybe. It’s too soon to tell. But what I mean is that sometimes these things give the impression of coordination, and I don’t get it.

    • DandyTIger says:

      When the evil totalitarian types seem to be loosening their grip, the smart money is on something worse is coming. Then again, maybe they’re noticing the protests and the sentiment out there and realize there’s a limit. Who knows. Let’s hope, but be skeptical.

      • lateblum says:

        You have just described the conflicting thoughts that have been flying around in my brain. The huge push for vaccinations, the cry that Covid is on another rampage, then saying Christmas parades and tree lightings are open for general attendance, and shopping is encouraged. Concerts are occurring albeit attendance requires proof of vaccination. But there are many confusing statements coming our way. Is it safe? (Reminds me of Marathon Man) is it not safe? So many are now openly protesting the limits arbitrarily set by government that maybe TPTB are questioning their use of mandates and emergency powers. (Except for Pritzker of IL.)
        And yet, I babble… sorry, Dandy..

        • Constance says:

          I have been going out even though we in WA have to have our vaccine cards checked to get in anywhere. They ask for my card, I get t out and they don’t even focus on it and wave me in. Any fake card could pass. So if I were unvaxed I would make a fake card. And I am through with the vax so when they start needing proof of booster I will be going fake.

          • jadzia1971 says:

            My (fully vaccinated!) ex-husband has a job where he is required to check those things and he told me that he does not give a shit. If something is put in front of him, he says OK and doesn’t even check. He is a pretty normal, go-along-get-along kind of guy, and I suspect he is far from the only minimum-wage worker who has adopted this practice.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        Yeah, that’s kind of where I am now.

    • elliesmom says:

      Some events cause people to react the same way with no coordination needed. I think the covid data that shows the vaccines, lockdowns, masking, and artificial limits for social distancing have done nothing to stop the spread of the disease and may have even exacerbated it are becoming hard to hide. There are more covid deaths in the US this year than last year when there were no vaccines. I think the “event” that might be on the horizon will be therapeutics that stop the virus from killing people that, unlike ivermectin, will bring the pharmaceutical companies enough of a windfall for them to abandon the push for their vaccines. Without vaccine status as a delineator, there’s no way to decide who gets the stasi treatment and who doesn’t. Even if governments have protected pharma from financial responsibility for harm done by their vaccines, the damage to their reputations will be irreparable if they harm children. Think about how all of the interest in HIV died down once there were drugs that keep people alive available.

      • elliesmom says:

        I just saw that the FDA is requesting a 55 year moratorium on responding to FOIA requests for data on the covid vaccines.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        I agree. That said, I am already seeing media reports (propaganda, if we want to be honest about it) describing all the reasons that the new antiviral TREATMENT pills (that supposedly have had really good results in the trials so far) are “no excuse not to get vaccinated.”

        Part of me is wondering, with the big push for boosters and the possibility that this truly is a subscription plan, you’ve gotta do it once or twice a year forever–if maybe our way out of this is the money. The economics are obviously different in the USA because of the different health care system, but how long can France continue to pay for 60 million (minus the holdouts) shots a year or twice a year? Eventually the money printers have to run out, right?

  9. Mothy67 says:

    I find it interesting that the powers that be don’t think the average person can make their own conclusions without Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow’s guidance. How Joe the Plumber can look at raw data and make his own decisions. India, Cuba and Brazil fatalities have plummeted. Most of Africa has been spared an outbreak. Japan? Bangladesh? Russia is the outlier. Trust the science? The science which changes weekly? Science with a blatant political bias?. They actually acknowledge illegals are not vaccinated, but want you to jab a toddler? Amazing how some blindly (my brother) swallow anything from talking heads as gospel. Wonder where we’d be if this had been allowed to run its course. What fresh hells were born because of the response.

    • jadzia1971 says:

      Yep. I’m heartily sick and tired of being told that I need an expert to tell me that what I am seeing with my perfectly healthy eyes is wrong and that I am bad and selfish for believing what those lying eyes are seeing.

  10. Mothy67 says:

    I wonder if the Nordstrom employees injured in the coordinated theft outside SF can sue social media for aiding and abetting the blights who burgled. 80 people at one time with road blocked. It was planned using Twitter or shitbook.

  11. lateblum says:

    • lyn5 says:

      That is an excellent piece.

    • John Denney says:

      Having read Ann Coulter’s book, “Treason”, I’m not impressed with the article.

      When McCarthy was asked, “Have you no decency?”, he was baffled, since he had merely repeated what was published in the NY Times.

      It was this book of hers that made me read Whittaker Chambers’ eye-opening autobiograph, “Witness”.

  12. lyn5 says:

    Is Jeff Obama’s John?

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    Abort yourself with Kyle’s gun, bitch.

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    • lateblum says:

      I make the very best stuffing ever. Even my dil requests it (when I’m included). LoL

      • elliesmom says:

        I had never had green bean casserole until we were invited to a neighor’s house for Thanksgiving when we were living in the midwest. Years later after we had returned to the Boston area, we invited some newcomers from Nebraska to our house for Thanksgiving . By then green bean casserole had become a Thansgiving staple at our house. They were so tickled I had made it to “make them feel like home”. We’ve celebrated Thanksgiving in several different states, and the only constant has been turkey at other people’s homes. It hasn’t always been turkey at my house. My dad’s favorite Thanksgiving I’ve made for him featured a crown roast of pork. Elliesdad always wanted prime rib. My oldest brother always had a venison roast as well as the turkey.

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    Attorney Releases First Pages from Subpoenaed FDA Files – Shows Pfizer Documented 158,893 Adverse Events with 25,957 Nervous System Disorders in First Few Months of Distribution

  22. helenk3 says:

    my neighbor just gave me a great idea. when you send your Christmas cards, include a family recipe. With inflation getting higher every day, many old-time recipes could come in handy

    • elliesmom says:

      Several of my FB friends have requested Christmas cards with recipe cards in them. One of my young friends who doesn’t cook much said she’d like “samples” included. lol

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    • lyn5 says:

      Kylee has a good thread.

    • cynic says:

      My brother and SIL use to live in Waukesha, and their son & DIL still do. They have friends that have relatives that were injured.

      One good friend’s daughter’s, future father-in-law , suffered fractured ribs, a broken arm and lge bruise on his forehead. He was treated and released.

      And another was a granddaughter that suffered brain damage which required emergency surgery. The Drs. said she will need more surgeries.

      This is just awful. I’m reminded of the guy that drove a truck thru an outdoor Christmas Market in Germany.

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    I was wondering what happened to her.


    Sidney Powell Drops A BOMBSHELL: ‘Your Votes Have Been Stolen With Algorithms And Computers Since 2000’

    • DandyTIger says:

      She’s a con. She worked with the most evil lawyer ever, Lin Wood. Lin worked hard as Kyle’s initial lawyer to destroy him. Luckily Kyle got new representation after rotting in jail at Lin’s direction, for months.

      • lateblum says:

        Even though I said I wouldn’t watch the Tucker Carlson interview, I ended up half watching/listening to it after all. Yes. That was what I heard as well. I cannot fathom what that kid went through. And I hope Wood suffers greatly due to the info from this interview.

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    h/t Angie

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    I appreciate this.

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    FJB’s brain …,

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    • dm says:

      Speaking of Gore, I just read in gossip blog that he had a little get together (or several) with Elton John several years ago…you know, an “initmate” get together.

  34. Angie says:

    This needs to become a reality

  35. DeniseVB says:

    I enjoyed the Kyle interview, Tucker let him do all the talking and the media should STFU now with their social justice bullshit. I was especially shocked to learn of how disappointing Linn Wood was as first attorney…………

    • DandyTIger says:

      Great interview. Yep, Linn Wood turned out to be pure evil. What a horrible person he is.

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    • Shez ZK says:

      I recall this being brought up several times while watching the Rekieta Law stream, it was shocking to find out. They also talked about how Lin Wood basically abandoned Kyle to rush off to get involved with the election issues. What an opportunist SOB. And Kyle’s new media person after Lin Wood is a long time Dem so we don’t trust him as far as we can throw him either. I wouldn’t of known they had even hired a supposed “media person” if Rekieta hadn’t of pointed out his total incompetence too. Can’t remember his name at the sec but he’s worthless.

    • lateblum says:

      The Linn Wood piece of info was a shocker. What a jerk to take such advantage and cause harm to a kid who had suffered such trauma and who had done no wrong. We would never have known he was such a shyster lawyer if not for this interview. I wonder what other damage he has done to others.

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    • swanspirit says:

      Committees always take longer than individuals. Plus they have to spin, and run the numbers. It’s the Obanana style of administration. It takes three days to respond immediately. 😎

  44. Angie says:

    This is adorable

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