Weekend of September 24-25, 2022

Autumn at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens , Boylston, Massachusetts
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151 Responses to Weekend of September 24-25, 2022

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Saw this on a thread about the Biden-Charlie Crist rally in Orlando on Tuesday. Yikes, God is definitely a DeSantis guy. Stay safe TCH Floridians !!

    • Miranda says:

      Ian’s making me nervous, even beyond Florida. If it hits NC at Wilmington, that’s a straight shot to Raleigh. Covid taught me how to hoard, so I’m pretty well stocked. Just a matter of filling up some buckets so we can flush the toilets (we’re on a well).

      • DeniseVB says:

        Even the NOAA page isn’t showing the track north of the FL-GA line. I’d just like a few days of tropical rains and enough wind to make the surfers happy. 😀

        • Miranda says:

          Oh, I’d love some rain, just no trees down or power outages 🙂

          • DeniseVB says:

            Still nothing projected north of the fl-ga line on NOAA. But it will only be a tropical storm, hopefully moving north with rain and gentle winds 🙂

    • taw46 says:

      We are living in nervous land here in KW. It wasn’t going to be much on Thursday, maybe a tropical storm passing over us. By Friday they were talking about a Cat 1 or 2 going over us, by last night a Cat 3 sitting about 50 miles to the left of us. I couldn’t sleep much last night, thinking about whether or not to leave and head to our friend’s house on the Space Coast. This morning the models are moving it more to the west of us, so today will be a wait and see. This is the time living in the Keys doesn’t sound like such a good idea, a little dot in the middle of the ocean. 🤦🏻‍♀️

      • lateblum says:

        I saw what I thought was a path and became nervous for you. You and your family have been on my mind since early this morning when I saw the map. I’m praying for your safety.

        • taw46 says:

          Thanks, it has been moving west since early this morning. Hope it stays that way, although being thankful means someone else will get the storm and be miserable. 😞 We are keeping an eye on it, hopefully it won’t come back to us. But we will definitely get some effects from the storm.

          • Mt.Laurel says:

            I noticed this morning it was showing further west and a decrease in intensity by the time it reaches your are and midland Florida. But still a strong hurricane. Not tropical storm. Stay safe.

          • taw46 says:

            Mt.Laurel, if it stays on track, the eye will be about 200 miles from us when it passes by to the West, expected to be a Cat 4. But Ian is 450 miles across, so we should get some tropical force winds and about 4-6” of rain Monday night through Tuesday. As long as it doesn’t do something crazy and try to come east again, we should be ok. They are still uncertain about its track. I dearly love KW, but at times like this, I won’t lie it is very stressful.

      • swanspirit says:

        Thinking of you immediately after seeing that storm path. Stay safe!! Hugs!🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

        • taw46 says:

          Thank you! Looks like we will be ok, it has moved west and we are almost out of the cone. As long as it doesn’t sneak back, eek! Last night I finally went to sleep with reports of a Cat 3 coming over KW. What a difference a day makes. But you know, living where you live. The waiting and worrying is awful! And if it was a 3 here, we would be leaving the Keys.

      • lyn5 says:

        Thinking of you and hoping the hurricane poops out or moves in another direction!

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  5. helenk3 says:


    this is a woman who let people die in Benghazi while smuggling guns to terrorists. Sold uranium to Russia How many have died due to her actions? She should be in jail.

  6. elliesmom says:

    Every once in awhile I bump into a court case online that catches my interest, and I keep following it. Sometimes it’s a criminal case, and sometimes it’s a civil one. The latest is a lawsuit between Yeshiva University and a group calling itself “the Pride Alliance”. The Alliance petitioned the University to become a recognized campus activity. At most schools being a recognized group would give them funds from the activity fees the school charges its students, access to a place to meet, and permission to publicize the group. Yeshiva is an orthodox Jewish university, and they refused based their right not to sponsor groups that are not in alignment with their religious beliefs. The Pride Alliance sued Yeshiva.

    The case is making its way through the New York courts. So far the rulings have gone against Yeshiva. The courts have said the university must recognize and finance the Alliance. Yeshiva tried to skip ahead and take its next appeal to the US Supreme Court. While the justices have indicated Yeshiva will get the results it wants there, they cannot or will not take up the case until it has made its way all through the NY courts. In the meantime, Yeshiva must follow the lower courts and recognize and fund the Alliance or pay fines.

    Yeshiva has instead chosen to shut down all student activities they recognize and fund. The students are currently off campus for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur so the impact of their decision has not been felt yet. The Alliance’s lawyers have just met with the university and signed an agreement allowing the other student activities to continue while the case litigation continues without the university recognizing the Alliance or paying fines. And that’s where the case sits now.

    If colleges and universities are allowed to operate according to their religious beliefs with a precedent setting ruling from the Supreme Court, the ripple effect could be huge, or the Court could make a very limited ruling. While not the hot potato that the Roe v. Wade/Dobbs decision was, this is another big one.

    • Mothy67 says:

      I had skimmed over some of that earlier in the week. Didn’t pay it much attention> Surprised to read they are signing the agreement. Makes the case much more interesting. I can disagree with their suit but still appreciate the claim if it is something they truly feel is unjust treatment. Are they standing on principle by suing? Is letting other groups continue a reflection of principle or fear of being campus pariahs. Either way they are far less offensive than those who attempted to ruin the livelihoods of bakers, florists, and pizza shop owners. It’s not like there aren’t other comparable welcoming universities in the area. I am okay with making your case if you feel oppressively marginalized, at least they aren’t saying I’m taking the ball and everyone has to go home.

      • elliesmom says:

        There are thousands of colleges and universities in the US. They make no secret of their religious affiliations if they have one. Students attending Brigham Young should expect the college to behave like it’s Mormon. Yeshiva is orthodox. One should expect the dining room to be kosher. There’s no reason the Pride Alliance can’t exist. They just need to be self-supporting and hold their meetings and other activities off-campus. Or since the campus is in NYC, find another school nearby with a chapter of the Pride Alliance and join there. If you feel marginalized on the Yeshiva campus, go somewhere else. It’s not like the school tried to dupe you.

    • CalSteno says:

      This appears to be a finely nuanced case which has arisen because of Yeshiva rewriting their charter 25 or so years ago. Even if it goes to the Supreme Court years from now and they win, I don’t think it will impact many schools.

      The best information I could find online was at casetext.com. Yeshiva’s original charter describes the school as a religious organization, however, when they updated their charter they left out the word religious. They referenced the original charter while expanding it to include the numerous newer schools (law, medicine, and others). They are a private university but the students have access to student loans which brings in fed money/laws. Finally, Yeshiva has offered to drop all suits IF Pride Alliance will drop the name of the university from their club name; they have refused. Apparently there have been numerous gay clubs on campus for years with no problems until now.

      • lateblum says:

        This is interesting info, Cal. I wondered why there was even a question about the right to ban groups (from campus) that seemingly go against the religious tenets or beliefs of a religious based school. Thanks.

      • elliesmom says:

        There have been numerous informal gay groups on campus, but none has been formally recognized before. There are numerous other suits that have been filed by other LGB groups at colleges and universities around the country. I mentioned BYU because it’s one of them. One of the lawsuits will make it to the Supreme Court sooner or later. The Pride Alliance group that is suing Yeshiva is doing it under a NYC law that denies religious groups the right to discriminate based on their religious beliefs. If Yeshiva prevails at the Supreme Court, that law could be struck down along with a lot of other similar laws. It’s a big deal because it would be the first real 1st Amendment case to come before the Court since the flip of judicial temperament.

        • lateblum says:

          It does indeed seem to challenge the 1st Amendment. But given the info about the revised charter that CalSteno added, I could see how the likelihood that a group like Pride Alliance would file a suit.

          • elliesmom says:

            Given the lawsuits against bakers, florists, wedding planners, and photographers, I’m surprised it’s taken this long for suits against religious based schools. There is no doubt Yeshiva is a Jewish institution and was a Jewish institution when its history began in the 1800s. If there is any legal doubt, their lawyers will fix it. There is no doubt Brigham Young University is Mormon. Neither school discriminates in accepting LGB students. That Yeshiva might not want a float with its name on it in a gay pride parade is understandable to anyone who supports the 1st Amendment.

      • CalSteno says:

        I need to make a correction: Yeshiva updated their charter in 1967, 55 years ago not 25. An internal memo dated 27 years ago indicated Yeshiva had several gay clubs with approximately 36 students; it is unclear to me whether these were informal groups or not.

        • elliesmom says:

          If you want another source to follow the case, try Legal Insurrection. They aren’t unbiased, but they usually get their predictions right.

          The battles on campus between who gets recognized and who doesn’t happens on nearly every campus. I got interested in this because when I was in college, it was between the Women on Campus and the Black Student Union. One got a “clubhouse, a bank account, and a campus car”. and the other “use the lounge in your dorm and get a bus pass”. The difference is we didn’t take it to court. We ended up with Friday night dinners at the campus religious center, access to one of the campus cop vans, which the cops fought for, and an endowment from the Faculty Wives.

          I’m 100% sure the Pride Alliance could raise a lot of money and find a place to hold a meeting . So this has to be about forcing the university to put its name on something that’s against their religious beliefs to demonstrate power.

          • Mothy67 says:

            I agree with you. I found the case more interesting once they agreed to allow the other groups to continue. I had just skimmed over it thinking here they go again. I keep expecting some backlash. I don’t think the average person agrees with most of this leftist shite, but silence is safe.

          • elliesmom says:

            The campus is pretty much deserted because of the High Holidays, but I imagine they would have been persona non grata when classes resume if they hadn’t signed on. I don’t know about Yeshiva, but where I went to college, shutting down student activities would have shut down all but the varsity sports. The campus radio station, the newspaper, the yearbook. Glee Club. Drama Club. Famous Authors lectures. Homecoming.

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    I made this public on FB in hopes it will show up here. It’s another one of Tower Hill’s cherubs, but this one is modeling some of my knitting.

  9. swanspirit says:

    Who is Ann Althouse?
    Just another TDS moron. I am sorry I ever read a word she wrote.


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  11. elliesmom says:

    Ann Althouse, although from Madison, Wisconsin, is obsessed with everything that comes out of New York City. She spends a lot of keystrokes linking to the NYT, the New Yorker, New York magazine, etc. Most of what she links to is behind paywalls, and few of her readers click on them. They just take the main topic and do their own thing. She would like to be a darling of the left, but somehow she has attracted a more conservative following. Most of the left considers her rightwing because of the people who follow her. When her followers get to her, she throws a hissy fit and stops allowing comments. Then her blog traffic goes way down, and she lets people reply to her posts again, but she sets it up so all comments need to be approved. She’s gone through that cycle more than once. She doesn’t really read the comments, though, because if she did, she’d catch a lot of duplicate comments. What it does is keep her commenters from building a conversation with each other.

    She says she didn’t vote in the 2020 election. The one post she does everyday that I try to catch is her overnight open thread. Her commenters share a lot about other things to read, and there are several really good historians in the group. Althouse often turns moderation off on those posts so people can see what gets said in real time. She’s not one of my favorite bloggers, and I wish some of her followers would be easy to find other places.

  12. helenk3 says:

    this man was just on Brian Kilmey

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    • 1539days says:

      Not to mention the people who both lost their jobs or were barred from jobs because of vaxx requirements.

      • lyn5 says:

        Still pisses me off.

        • lateblum says:

          Me, too. It nearly cost me any relationship with my grandgirlies for nearly a year (or not, depending on who you speak with). I haven’t been to my brothers’ homes since 2019. And I still haven’t met my grand nephews who will be 2 in January.
          Thanks CDC.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        I was kept from being with my hospitalized 11-year-old. Who had ALREADY tested positive for COVID (although that wasn’t why she was in the hospital).

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  15. DeniseVB says:

    A future First Family? I hope when the kids are a lot older, and the vicious left has been properly neutered 😀

  16. Mothy67 says:

    The FBI raid of the pro life activist is infuriating. What does anyone think they will do with 85,000 new irs agents. Scary shit. I can think of nothing that would justify such an arrest. The man faces 11 years in prison. Nothing is being done about the Ruth sent me arsonist.

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  20. elliesmom says:

    It’s Shel Silverstein’s birthday today. I have too many favorites. But there is definitely a polar bear in my Frigidaire, I refuse to take the garbage out, and I’m definitely too sick to go to school today.

    • John Denney says:

      I love that Shel Silverstein wrote lyrics for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show.

      “Cover Of The Rolling Stone” is one.

      • John Denney says:

        He collaborated on this one, one of my favorites.

        “til the day I laid my eye on you”

        The lead singer is missing an eye. 🙂

        On a business trip to our engineering branch in England, it came out that several of my co-workers there were amateur musician/singers like me, so we arranged to meet one night at one guy’s flat while his girlfriend was out working swing shift.
        He had a piano, someone brought me a guitar & amp, one guy had a programmable drum machine, & another couldn’t sing or play, but brought a full bottle of nice Scotch.
        Then it was, “what do you wanna play?”
        “I dunno; what do YOU wanna play?”
        So I said I’d teach them this really simple Dr. Hook song, & we spent the entire evening polishing it.
        Them: “You make my pahnts want to get up & dahnce…”
        Me: “No, no, no! Pants wanna get up & dance!”
        And the guy with the drum machine was putting in all sorts of fills on top of the main beat, and making up a dramatic spoken introduction to the song.
        Some were pretty good vocalists & were making up cool vocal fills.

        Then the girlfriend arrived home to find it invaded by a bunch of drunken guys with musical instruments, & she was NOT happy!

        We said we’d just sing one song to her, & then leave, which she permitted.

        She stood there all frowny & stone faced at first, but then as we played & sang her face started softening, then a little upward curve at the corners of her mouth, & by the end she was grinning & laughing. 🙂

        Good times!

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    Just another reason to avoid big cities.

  25. DeniseVB says:

    This made me smile ….

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  27. helenk3 says:


    I have despised this woman for years. I will never forgive her for telling a young girl who was voting for the first time, don’t vote because she was not voting for backtrack
    you never say to young person voting for the 1st time

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    • elliesmom says:

      The educational assessments most states give to kids to decide if they have earned a high school diploma are typically given in 10th grade. Many of my students questioned why they couldn’t request their diploma at that point if they successfully passed the test. I honestly didn’t have a good answer as to why they couldn’t. The kids who were unable to pass it until 12th grade got the same diploma they did. As someone who taught juniors and seniors, I see the value in what the kids learned after 10th grade, but I also see why the kids thought being there should be optional. They were legally able to leave at 16, but wouldn’t have been given a diploma even if they had passed the test.

  31. Mothy67 says:

    Heavy winds today. My porch railing just blew off. It’s only a few steps. Was cheap and the metal that held it to the cement rusted away. Something else to buy. There is always something else.
    Some of the Home Depot products say easy to install. Will have to remove the prior things that held it to the porch. How does one accomplish that. I have two types of screwdriver and a saw. Looks like I’ll be hiring someone. UGH.

    • Somebody says:

      My son bought a railing set with matching handrails for his back porch stairs from Lowes. If I remember correctly Lowes was cheaper than Home Depot. The original one was rotted away in places. He and hubby took out the old and put in the new in a day. They could have finished quicker, but they took a 3 hour lunch break🙄 I don’t recall that they had any issues, but then again between the two of them they have every power tool known to man.🙄

      You might check and see if they have the option of professional installation and how much that is. Home Depot and Lowes both have that in my area. Some of their prices are reasonable, but some are pricey. We’ve found the pro price at Lowes to be less than Home Depot for most things, doors being an exception.

      Hubby is doing stuff outside, when he comes in I’ll ask him if there were any unforseen issues with the railing job at my son’s house.

      • Mothy67 says:

        There is a lot that needs to be done with the house. Bunch of kids raised here. My dad went on the cheap for things. The railing is at least 25 years old. I don’t want to put any more money than I have to in most things. The railing I might drop a dime as it isn’t something that would be remodeled. When I had to get a fridge over the summer. I went cheap because kitchen has to be remodeled. I didn’t want to buy a good one that might not fit. Pup is a junior. Will sell when she graduates. Til then I’ll just take the next required repair on the chin. Redoing the kitchen is out of the question with my very bad doggies any who.

    • 1539days says:

      It’s probably for the best. I know DIY has led to some frustrating and humiliating situations for me.

  32. helenk3 says:

    As you all know, I was a reluctant Trump voter. I was pleased with his job and did not regret my vote. I read an article today about with all the lawsuits against him, he may have to sell his hotels at firesale prices. This a man who only took $1.00 in salary as president. I thought about the signers of the Declaration of Independence and how they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. He actually did what they pledged.

  33. lyn5 says:

    Watched this series when I had a free week of BritBox via Roku. Enjoyed it.

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