What Might Have Been; What Is; And What Is Super *Open Thread*


I just finished watching the Netflix movie, “Mitt.” A friend had put it up at Facebook, and was I glad he did (allowed me to take it off the waiting list at Netflix).

But I was also sad he did. Watching this movie, seeing the man we could have had as President, was hard. It was painful. It was infuriating. To see this man, someone who has firm, core beliefs, who is smart, thoughtful, funny, and caring, whose family adores him and he his family, someone who could have made a real POSITIVE difference for this country, to see this man who we could have had instead of who we have, is just hard.

The infuriating part comes in with how Romney was treated by the media. We all know what happened there. All I have to say to sum it up are two words: Candy Crowley. She embodies all of the crap that was dumped on Romney, and his family, during the last election.

But then I think, is it really possible that the majority of Americans really do prefer someone who is smoke and mirrors, someone who is all talk and no action, someone who has so decimated this country with his policies, someone who has made our image even WORSE across the country, someone whose foreign policy has cost lives of Americans? How is that truly possible?

Because they didn’t know who Mitt Romney really was, nor did they know who Obama really was. And the media is to blame for both of those occurrences.

And now, you can see who Mitt Romney really is for yourselves:

What an incredible opportunity, to see into the life of this candidate, and his family. How different might things be in this country now had he won…

But that was not to be. Instead, we got Obama, who got in by hook and by crook. And since the SOTU, we have heard all kinds of pundits discussing the speech, as well as the policies of Obama thus far in his tenure. Their responses have been fairly predictable depending upon which side of the aisle in which they reside.

So, how about hearing what some folks who live in Chicago had to say about Obama’s SOTU, his presidency, and the impact of his policies on the black community, urban community, and young people (h/t a Facebook friend):

Holy smokes. I kinda like the suggestion that Obama should “cut (his) presidency off right now. Just quit!” I could support that 100%.

Anyway, this is a startling response, and unexpected considering how the media has framed Obama’s support.

scan0008As for what else is going on now, my oldest friend, and sister-in-law, is in town with her 23 year old daughter, for the weekend. It is timely that she is here now. The fourth anniversary of my mother’s passing was Thursday. She loved my friend, Liz, like a daughter. Heck, she’d known her since Liz was a kid – I met her in 5th grade. She watched her grow up, and be a part of our family, for years and years. So, she was a daughter to Mom, and a sister to me. I am grateful to have her in my life, and delighted she and her daughter, whose idea it was to visit, are going to be here. But it means I won’t be around much.

Still, there is a lot going on this weekend. One would have to have been living on the moon to not know the Super Bowl is happening Sunday night. In case anyone is wondering, I’m going with the Broncos and Peyton Manning.

And of course, one of the greatest aspects of the Super Bowl for many fans are the new ads that come out. One of the best producers of ads, IMHO, is Budweiser and their beautiful Clydesdales. Well, once again, they have knocked it out of the park with their newest, “Puppy Love”:

So, so cute!

And speaking of puppies, of course Super Bowl Sunday is also Puppy Bowl Sunday! The Bowl starts on Animal Planet at 3:00 pm., EST. For the lineup of puppies who will be playing, you can click here for the Bleacher Report which has the details. Lots of cute puppies, and they are available for adoption. You can go to Animal Planet online to see videos about these darling little pups!

But wait, there’s more! This year, the Hallmark Channel, in association with the North Shore Animal League, will have the Kitten Bowl! That’s right, not to be outdone by the cuteness of puppies, they will offer the cuteness of playful kittens. The Bowl starts at 2:00 pm on EST. Again, you can click here for the Bleacher Report and the lineup of adorable kittens. But you can go to the North Shore Animal League now to see videos of the kitten antics from their “training camp.”

In other words, this weekend has something for everyone, right? Whether you like football or not, having the opportunity to go watch some puppies and kitties play throughout the day will surely be a stress reliever after the week of politics we have had, right?

So, have a good weekend, everyone! Whatever you choose to do this weekend, I hope you have fun. This is an Open Thread, so let’s hear what’s on your minds!


51 Responses to “What Might Have Been; What Is; And What Is Super *Open Thread*”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Lt. Col. West had a post today abt a new book that recounts the story of the helicopter crash that killed so many Navy Seals. Wonder if they’ll make a movie out of this, too (doubt it – indicts too many people): http://allenbwest.com/2014/01/betrayed-shocking-true-story-extortion-17/

  2. helenk3 Says:


    this is a football player with class

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    Lovely post Amy.
    I hope you are getting better by the day. 🙂

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks, Foxy – I appreciate that!

      And thanks, I am getting better all the time. Soon, I will be done wearing the brace, too, which makes me VERY happy. Yay!

  4. foxyladi14 Says:

    Amazing story!! 🙂


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Isn’t that cool? Good for them for going out there in that weather and making sure people had something to eat and drink.

  5. SSDD Says:

    I signed up for a free month of Neflix last week, just so I could watch the Mitt Romney documentary. It really is very good and it shows all the things that might have helped him during this last campaign for President. He addressed why they didn’t show it though…he thought that it would just give the media more fodder to attack him with. I don’t see it that way myself. I think all the evangicals and others would have seen that Mormons aren’t pagans or whatever they think they are. I never understood Christians who wouldn’t vote for him because he is Mormon. He certainly was better than the cultural Muslim we have in the White House now. Mitt is funny and a great dad and grandfather. I love when Ann messes his perfect hair up after an interview….lol.

    I came upon that Chicago video by accident yesterday….boy those people ain’t too happy. Blacks thought Barry was going to give them whatever they wanted. Well…that is what they get for voting for somebody based on skin color alone. I dare say…if Obama could run again, they would all vote for him again.

    How wonderful that your oldest friend will be with you for a visit with her daughter. I know you will enjoy that so much. What a blessing to make a friend in 5th grade and that friendship has lasted all these years…that is priceless.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I agree, SSDD, I think it would have been great for them to release it befoer the election. That moment when Ann was leading a prayer with the family was so poignant to me. Something abt it, especially when she said she was weeping tears of gratitude, not sorrow (after losing a primary).

      How very different would this nation have been had we had someone like this in the White House, someone who understood what needed to be done to get this nation back on its feet, a person of deep and abiding faith who had a defined center and core from which decisions were made. How very differnt than the Petulant Commander we have now, who seems to think only of himself and his big donors, not the health of the nation and its citizenry…

      That video was somethign else. A black friend of mine had it up at Facebook. I told him I hope it goes viral and somehow breaks through the denial and smugness of some odf these Dems out there.

      And I was reminded of the article from way back in 2008 when a journalist wrote abt who Obama really was, and abt Emil Jones, the State Senator who determined to play kingmaker. People in Chicago knew who he really was, but the MSM refused to discuss it. Here’s the link as a reminder: http://www.houstonpress.com/2008-02-28/news/barack-obama-screamed-at-me/full/

  6. Katherine B. Says:

    Seattle Seahawks fan here! However, I wouldn’t be devastated if Manning got another ring. Manning strikes me as a such a class guy. I saw him on the night he came back to play Indy and lost. The game had really been hyped. Manning was so gracious after the defeat. The cameras never left him as the “losing” quarterback. He didn’t race off the field but slowly exited so he could shake hands and share a word with all the trainers, equipment guys, etc from the COLTS who wanted to greet him. No one was too unimportant for him to stop and say hello to. I was so impressed with that. I think our own Richard Sherman, who made a terribly boorish mistake in the heat of the moment after the win over the 49ers with his rant, for which he later (much later) apologized, could learn a lesson in manners from Payton Manning. We all could. Here’s to a good game for both teams.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – I hear ya abt being a Seahawks fan. Old friends of mine just moved to the Seattle area this summer and said they HAD to root for them for fear they’d be hung from the Space Needle if they didn’t! 🙂

      And yes, I thought Sherman’s behavior was boorish, too, and while he did apologize, for him to claim that “thug” is now the new “N” word is just ridiculous in my opinion. But if he doesn’t like that, perhaps he would prefer being called a punk for his behavior after his team just won the Championship. Ahem.

      And Manning is definitely a class act. Apparently, he has stayed in touch with a lot of the staff there, and talks to them regularly. So, yeah, when he played there this season, I think they were delighted to see him.

      Bottom line, I hope it is a good game, that no one gets hurt, and that the refs don’t inject themselves into the outcome with bad calls.

  7. foxyladi14 Says:

    I agree with Laura. 🙂


  8. foxyladi14 Says:

    And this.Just beautiful. 🙂

  9. foxyladi14 Says:

  10. foxyladi14 Says:

    Bless this Doctor. 🙂


  11. foxyladi14 Says:

    Did Ya see this? 🙂


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I heard that this morning. Ann Romney was on Fox this morning and said there was no way they would go through this again. I was disappointed hoping that maybe now, after people saw who he really was, and how he can help this nation. So, yeah – I was pretty bummed by her response. I understand it, though. It is a lot to go through, that’s for sure…

  12. helenk3 Says:


    now this should be interesting

  13. helenk3 Says:


    you have to admit Budweiser has the best ads

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You’ll get no argument from me! My friend’s daughter wanted her mom to see the most recent ad, and we showed her last year’s ad, too. Everyone was in tears. And we concluded with the 9/11 tribute. So powerful…

  14. helenk3 Says:

    Dinesh De’Souza will be on Hannity tonight discussing last night’s debate

  15. helenk3 Says:


    how long is congress going to allow the backtrack bunch to show such contempt and disrespect???

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It is astonishing that we have a Justice Department that is so hellbent on breaking laws or rules, ignoring the People’s representatives, and enabling partisanship in a department that is supposed to be devoid of politics. Congress better put a stop to this and now. This Administration has been allowed to get away with too much.

      It’s like a ref who doen’t call blatant fouls early in the game. By the end, the teams are running roughshod all over the refs and doing whatever they want without fear of reprisal.

      And it needs to stop.

  16. Cindyindie Says:

    CUZ—What a precious picture of your sweet mother…I know you miss her terribly!
    And how fitting to have Liz spend the weekend with you.
    Hope y’all have a great time.

    Thanks for the informative post! I TRIED to watch “Mitt” on Netflix, but couldn’t finish it—Too sad, as you say, to think of what might have been!
    Go Broncs and Peyton Manning….He’s from a wonderful Louisiana family, as you know! Might be another cousin of mine?! 🙂

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Hey, Cuz –

      Thanks so much – I appreciate that! And yes, it is fitting indeed. Mom just loved Liz to pieces. I am sure we’ll have fun. Her daughter is absolutely delightful, I might add. We have been able to watch her grow up, which is a cool thing indeed.

      Yeah, I know what you mean abt the movie. At the end, when teh Secret Service said good bye to the Romneys, they said how much they enjoyed their time with them, and seemed genuinely sad to have to say goodbye. I am sure…

      LOL – oh, but of COURSE – you know Peyton’s got to be a cousin somewhere in there! 😀

      • SSDD Says:

        That is a lovely pic Rev. Amy…you look like your mother to me.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Thanks so much, SSDD – I do look a lot like Mom, and her mother, too. Mom was born when Granny was 28, and I was born when Mom was 28. 🙂

  17. helenk3 Says:


    I do not play a guitar and I want one of these

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      They are great guitars, no doubt abt it. What this administration did to them is just incredible. Never seen anything like it, and hope not to again…

  18. helenk3 Says:

    another good ad

  19. helenk3 Says:


    yes she really said that

  20. helenk3 Says:

    very classy

  21. helenk3 Says:


    get tissues ready

  22. helenk3 Says:


    good to know

  23. foxyladi14 Says:

    We just cannot seem to catch a break. 😡

  24. helenk3 Says:


    more on the bomber billy ayres and Dineshd D’souza debate

  25. helenk3 Says:


    makes you think and George Carlin would agree

  26. helenk3 Says:

    my friend said this on facebook during the game

    At this point the only thing that could save Denver is President Obama pulling out his pen and ordering Seattle to redistribute some of its points.

  27. helenk3 Says:


    look who is in charge of the Dinesh D’Souza prosecution.

    WOW the SS had nothing on this bunch

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      But of course. Until Congress strands up to Obama, this kind of thing will just continue…

  28. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Well, that was the worst Super Bowl ever from the Broncos’ perspective. Would have been nice if someone other than Peyton had shown up to play, but unfortunately that was not the case.

    Congratulations to the Seahawks who came to win, and did so in a big fashion!

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