It’s Another Debate; And Valentine’s Day *Weekend Open Thread*

February 13, 2016 by

It’s the weekend and now that we are in the Primaries, that seems to mean another debate. This time, the debate is being held on CBS at 9:00 pm (EST.), coming to you from Greenville, and the Peace Center (where, interestingly, I have tickets to Riverdance this summer to take my niece and her daughter).

One thing is for sure: there will be a much smaller field on the debate stage this time around now that the field has narrowed further. Here is more from


The debate will be aired Feb. 13 on CBS starting at 8 p.m. CST from the Peace Center in South Carolina. “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson will be the lead moderator with Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent at CBS News, and Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal also asking questions to candidates. To qualify for the debates, candidates had to place among the top five finishers in New Hampshire, the top three in Iowa and top give in an average of national and South Carolina polls.

The debate is the first since the New Hampshire primaries where Trump came in first and Kasich a surprising second. After poor showings in the primary, contenders Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie dropped out of the race. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Should be interesting, especially with the smaller field. Maybe the moderators will actually press Trump a bit more, see if he can keep his “no more cussing” promise (not holding my breath on THAT one).

Of course, Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Yes, I know some folks think it is a manufactured holiday, but hey – it’s about love. And isn’t that a GOOD thing? Whether you have a sweetheart or not, love is an important part of living.  It doesn’t have to be romantic love, though that is the point of Valentine’s Day. Love, and loving, is an important thing in our lives.

It’s also a daily thing, as the Judds sing in “Love Is Alive”:

And since it is Valentine’s Day weekend, I have to share another one from another favorite, Alison Krauss and Union Station:

She just has the voice of an angel. I have been fortunate enough to see her a few times in person, and she is just incredible.

Come to think of it, I have President Clinton to thank for my love of Alison Krauss. He had her perform at Kennedy Center, or something like that, and I was hooked. Love her.

And since Valentine’s Day only comes once a year, I have one more for you. This one is from Trisha Yearwood. I have long been a fan of hers. She has an amazing voice, and also has a really fun cooking show these days. Anyway, this is a beautiful love song. I hope you like it:

Beautiful. Just beautiful. And clearly I am in a Country frame of mind today. In case you aren’t, though, here is one more for you. This is Eva Cassidy, an amazing artist and musician, taken too, too young by cancer:

Talk about the voice of an angel (she sang her own backup, too, so this is all her). Her voice just moves me to tears. Just beautiful.

Somewhat related, I will be out of town for Debate night. I will be seeing an aunt who was just diagnosed with Stage IV bone cancer (breast cancer that metastasized to her bones). It is the only opportunity we will have until April as a result of Suzy’s work travel, and our upcoming South American cruise in March (two weeks around Cape Horn. We get to see glaciers and PENGUINS!). But I am assuming we will be back in the hotel in time to watch the debate. This is also to say, if I don’t respond to comments promptly, that is why. I would like to ask for your prayers for my aunt, and her only child, my cousin, who is just beside himself with worry and grief, bless his heart. Yes, prayers would be most welcome, indeed…

That’s it for me. Feel free to discuss politics, share your favorite love song, or whatever else is on your minds. This is the Weekend Open Thread.



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