Playing Under The Lights *Weekend Open Thread*


This being a Weekend Post, you might think the title refers to the gridiron perhaps, be it high school, college, or professional. Or maybe, for those of you (Marge!) who still have baseball teams in the Playoffs, you might think this post relates to the games on the diamond. That would be a reasonable guess.

Or perhaps one might think I refer to the revelation this week from the bright light shining on the Iran deal that, honestly, isn’t a huge surprise to some of us. That revelation would be this, as Fox News reported:

Some senior U.S. officials involved in the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal have privately concluded that a key sanctions relief provision – a concession to Iran that will open the doors to tens of billions of dollars in U.S.-backed commerce with the Islamic regime – conflicts with existing federal statutes and cannot be implemented without violating those laws, Fox News has learned.

At issue is a passage tucked away in ancillary paperwork attached to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, as the Iran nuclear deal is formally known. Specifically, Section 5.1.2 of Annex II provides that in exchange for Iranian compliance with the terms of the deal, the U.S. “shall…license non-U.S. entities that are owned or controlled by a U.S. person to engage in activities with Iran that are consistent with this JCPOA.”

In short, this means that foreign subsidiaries of U.S. parent companies will, under certain conditions, be allowed to do business with Iran. The problem is that the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act (ITRA), signed into law by President Obama in August 2012, was explicit in closing the so-called “foreign sub” loophole. […]

Oopsie daisy. Seriously, though – is anyone really surprised by this? Didn’t we already suspect this to be the case? Well, wonder no longer. It violates Federal Law. But wait – there is more:

[…] Administration sources told Fox News it is the intention of Secretary of State John Kerry, who negotiated the nuclear deal with Iran’s foreign minister and five other world powers, that the re-opening of the “foreign sub” loophole by the JCPOA is to be construed as broadly as possible by lawyers for the State Department, the Treasury Department and other agencies involved in the deal’s implementation.

But the apparent conflict between the re-opening of the loophole and existing U.S. law leaves the Obama administration with only two options going forward. The first option is to violate ITRA, and allow foreign subsidiaries to be treated differently than U.S. parent firms. The second option is to treat both categories the same, as ITRA mandated – but still violate the section of ITRA that required Iran’s removal from the State Department terror list as a pre-condition of any such licensing.

It would also renege on the many promises of senior U.S. officials to keep the broad array of American sanctions on Iran in place. Chris Backemeyer, who served as Iran director for the National Security Council from 2012 to 2014 and is now the State Department’s deputy coordinator for sanctions policy, told POLITICO last month “there will be no real sanctions relief of our primary embargo….We are still going to have sanctions on Iran that prevent most Americans from…engaging in most commercial activities.”

It only goes down hill from there leading Sen. Cruz to make this observation:

Good grief. This deal is just looking stupider and stupider as it sees the light of day. And now we can add unlawful to boot.

But that is not the “playing under the lights” to which I refer. No, the reference is to something that is sacred where the above revelation is profane. And it involves two of my favorite things: the Aurora Borealis and Humpback whales, both at the same time:

Isn’t that just AMAZING?! Honestly, the beauty of each individually would be enough. But the two together? Magical, just magical. I love that you can hear the whales and the water without any alteration. Just the sounds of this incredible planet on which we make our home.

Here is more on how this came about from HuffPo:

[…] The gorgeous footage was shot recently on the northern Norwegian island of Kvaløya, which translates to “Whale Island” and is no stranger to whale sightings. This time of year is considered ideal timing to catch the aurora borealis, which most frequently appear between September and March.

According to Harald Albrigtsen, the photographer, the encounter wasn’t even a once in a lifetime experience: he saw the whales playing under the lights two nights in a row.

“I suddenly came across a group of humpback whales that were playing in the Northern Lights,” Albrigtsen told NRK, a Norwegian broadcasting service. “I went back the next day to see if I could come closer. After a few hours I had almost given up, but then they showed up again.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Isn’t that just incredible? Oh, what I wouldn’t give to see that! I am hoping to see the Aurora Borealis when we are in Montana next week, but holy moley, whales and the Northern Lights at the same time. What a gift that would be!

While this has nothing to do with the Lights, I have to share this with you. A friend had the following video at Facebook. I thought it was so darn cute, and the lessons are good ones, too:

C’mon, how CUTE were those little pigs?! Cracked me up! And pigs are supposed to be quite intelligent, so learning the kinds of things they did isn’t a huge surprise. Still cute as the dickens, though!

Finally, I have to share with you this incredible Freestyle Reining performance our dear Helen shared with me. Talk about “playing under the lights,” this most definitely qualifies:

Yeah, I am not one bit surprised that this young woman took the competition with that performance. The connection between the horse and rider is just amazing…

Well, that is it for me. Whether it is playing or pondering, feel free to share. This is the Weekend Open Thread.


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58 Responses to “Playing Under The Lights *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. insanitybytes22 Says:

    Ahh, I love the whales playing under the northern lights and the piggies and the horses. It is so important to focus on some of the positive things in our world. Life is good and there is still much fun to be had. 😉

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yes indeed, insanity – life IS good; there is a lot of beauty in this land and planet; and what craziness there is will pass (at least I hope so)…

      Glad you liked it!

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    The pigs are adorable! I have an image of pigs that I found yesterday. Now I’m re-thinking it. It’s way too cute for those harpies!

  3. helenk3 Says:

    Just Because, sometimes we need to remember what a beautiful country we live in

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    ‘Saturday Night Live’ Donates to Hillary’s Campaign

    By Jonah Goldberg

    The headline on the Daily Beast’s review summed it up well: “‘Saturday Night Live’ Premiere Basically a Hillary Clinton Campaign Ad.” And, as the Daily Beast’s senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon notes, it wasn’t just the skit with Clinton’s walk-on that was a gift. It was almost the whole show.

    The ‘SNL’ news segment took shots at potential Clinton opponent Joe Biden and New Hampshire Democratic primary front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders. Even the inevitable potshots at Donald Trump were aimed, at least in part, at making Clinton seem like the only safe choice in the 2016 race.

    “Saturday Night Live” has the same First Amendment rights as The New York Times and The Washington Post But you know who else has the same free-speech rights as the mainstream media? You and me — and George Soros, Charles and David Koch, and every other citizen of the United States.

    It may be permissible to be so biased but it certainly isn’t honorable. I haven’t watched SNL in years. For the most part, they aren’t funny. Acting as campaign headquarters for Hillary makes them even less so.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That is what I heard, too, that it was basically a Clinton Campaign ad. Yes, they have the right to be biased and show it blatantly, but just because one can doesn’t always mean one SHOULD.

      I can’t remember who now, some pundit, said that NBC opened up a bunch of stations for Obama in 2008, and now they seem to be doing the same for Clinton. No kidding.

      I’m with you. I used to watch SNL, back when it was funny…

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Oh, Helen shared an incredible horse video on my Facebook page. It isn’t on Youtube, though, but you can see it here:

    Thanks, Helen!

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Republicans are at war — with themselves

    By Michael Goodwin

    Numbers-wise, these are the Golden Days of the GOP. They enjoy big margins in both houses of Congress, a huge advantage in statehouses and a broad, deep and diversified presidential pool. It’s the Democrats who are old and tired.

    Yet the Republicans couldn’t take yes for an answer and chose fratricide. Ignoring Ronald Reagan’s commandment to never speak ill of a partymate, his would-be heirs adopt the playground attitude of “he hit me first.”

    Children, children, grow up!

    Dems and their media handmaidens are enjoying the spectacle, as well they should — for as long as they can. Their turn is coming once Barack Obama leaves the stage and the patchwork quilt of special-interest groups start having at each other. Without Dear Leader to keep order, the fault lines of the government party will turn into chasms. And nobody spews vitriol and invective better than scorned leftists.

    I don’t think most Republicans are looking for purity, although far too many apply the “RINO” label to anyone that doesn’t agree with them.

    They, like the Dems, seem determined to purge any “moderates” from the party.

    As usual certain pinheaded members of the media are predicting the end of the party over a spat. Funny how the media never sees the end of the Democrat Party when they feud.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It does seem that way abt the moderates, Marge. But I do not know why people are freaking out so much. This is a big decision, and as I noted previously, it is not a Coronation, it is a VOTE. So, put your best people forward, let the House members decide, and if there needs to be re-vote after re-vote, so be it. You don’t see people freaking out like the media is now, trying to MAKE this look like a circus when a new Pope is chosen, right? You wait for the smoke to clear, as it were. So chill, people.

      And the Reps need to be going on the airwaves making it abundantly clear that they are NOT in disarray, just that they have SO many good people to choose from, now that McCarthy is out, they are weighing who would be best. Easy.

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    I don’t understand the determination by the Republicans to yank Paul Ryan from “Ways and Means” where he is comfortable and brilliant and try to make him “Speaker” which he doesn’t want and may not be the best choice.

    The far right will not forget his stand on amnesty nor the fact the he is one of the 3 authors of “Young Guns”. The other two being Eric Cantor, since not re-elected and replaced by Dave Brat, and Kevin McCarthy who has all ready been rejected by enough members to keep him from being Speaker. Why does anyone think Ryan would fare better?

    He did show some signs of being able to get along with people by working with malignant dwarf Patty Murray but that was a one time thing.

    There are 247 Republicans in the House, find someone else. If you can’t find decent choices in the many Republicans then it would appear that the House is stocked with second rate people.

    I stand by my choice of Jim Jordon.

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Haunting Hillary: Why the email story is spinning out of control

    By Howard Kurtz

    As the first Democratic debate approaches, Hillary Clinton has lost control of her narrative.

    The email malignancy has metastasized into the worst possible diagnosis, one that will flare up repeatedly for many months to come. There are now so many inquiries and so many questions that it’s virtually impossible for Hillary to get off the defensive, no matter how many late-night shows she does.

    But the former first lady has also lost control of the policy debate. She has dragged her feet on two major issues—Keystone pipeline and Pacific trade deal—only to wind up siding with Bernie Sanders. So instead of getting credit for taking a stand, she is portrayed by the press as indecisive and calculating.

    And to top it off, she has no clue whether Joe Biden is going to totally upend the race.

    So what does she do, with the help of her cheating spouse? They return to those days of yesteryear and blame her problems on a vast right-wing conspiracy. Yawn.

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Study: Democrats Moving Left Faster than GOP Moving Right

    By Rick Moran

    Oh, that conventional wisdom. It’s a security blanket for pundits and the lazy man’s way to become an “expert” on just about anything.

    But sometimes, we discover that conventional wisdom is a load of hornswoggle. For instance, it’s been de rigueur for Democrats to claim unequivocally that Republicans have been moving farther and farther to the right, thus polarizing our politics and creating gridlock in Washington, while Democrats have become rational, reasonable, and centrist.

    In the immortal words of Independence Day‘s Defense secretary, Albert Nimziki: “That’s not entirely accurate.”

    Everytime I watch that movie, and I like it very much as escapism not as anything approaching reality, a feel good about human beings again movie, I wonder about that Nimziki scene. Would they really keep something like that secret from the President? With the corrupt and incompetent government, that grows larger, more corrupt and incompetent every day, it seems believable.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      ABSOLUTELY. When the head of the DNC cannot tell you what the difference is between SOCIALISM and the DNC, what more evidence does one NEED that the Dems have moved far to the Left? Hell, when an avowed Socialist presidential candidate is pulling in huge DEM crowds, what more evidence does one need?

      Right there with you abt those kinds of “escapism” movies. It’s a good one!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        We see enough bad things in reality. When I watch a movie I want the good guys to win. Always. Be nice if the real world worked that way but it doesn’t so I can at least “escape” from time to short time where it does.

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    Don’t do it, Paul Ryan

    By Kathleen Parker

    I agree, don’t do it Ryan!

  11. helenk3 Says:

    an interesting article about political correctness.

    this author looks interesting

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      FASCINATING article, Helen. Thanks for this. I think this CIA analyst is spot on.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I agree too. It’s always about control. They that control get the power. And the sheeple usually don’t even notice.

        Blacks and the poor have been voting for “their” party, the party that cares about the poor, for over 50 years and they’re still poor. Even the dimmest of wits should have noticed something wrong with that by now.

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      Some people never learn, Helen. :facepalm:

  12. helenk3 Says:

    Good Morning

  13. helenk3 Says:

    sheeeee’s back and just as bad as ever

    i will never forget her telling a young girl a first time voter who did not like backtrack “stay Home”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I cannot STAND Donna Brazille. Honest to pete, how in the WORLD has she been able to parlay a failed presidential campaign into such a lucrative career? UGH.

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    DEAR ANTI-GUN ZOMBIES: Yes, Dillweeds, Civilians Can Stop Potential Massacres

    By Doug Giles

    For those who need just one time a concealed-carry civilian stopped a potential massacre, howzabout I give you ten instead of just one?

    I’m guessing you never heard of these valiant acts because your “news sources” would never report on heroic acts that don’t fit into BHO’s anti-gun BS.

    Check out this wonderful bit of research from WaPo’s Eugune Volokh:

    1. In Chicago earlier this year, an Uber driver with a concealed-carry permit “shot and wounded a gunman [Everardo Custodio] who opened fire on a crowd of people.”

    2. In a Philadelphia barber shop earlier this year, Warren Edwards “opened fire on customers and barbers” after an argument. Another man with a concealed-carry permit then shot the shooter; of course, it’s impossible to tell whether the shooter would have kept killing if he hadn’t been stopped, but a police captain was quoted as saying that, “I guess he [the man who shot the shooter] saved a lot of people in there.”

    3. In a hospital near Philadelphia, in 2014, Richard Plotts shot and killed the psychiatric caseworker with whom he was meeting, and shot and wounded his psychiatrist, Lee Silverman. Silverman shot back, and took down Plotts. While again it’s not certain whether Plotts would have killed other people, Delaware County D.A. Jack Whelan stated that, “If the doctor did not have a firearm, (and) the doctor did not utilize the firearm, he’d be dead today, and I believe that other people in that facility would also be dead.”

    When the media doesn’t bother to “inform” people, people end up looking like ignorant boobs. Which they are.

    Few people actually “trust” the media anymore and those that are serious about being informed will try to find someplace where the “news” is reported regardless of whether it’s beneficial to either political party. Or they can just swallow the “JournOlist/VOX b.s.

    • helenk3 Says:

      stolen from the crawdad hole

      I guess I am getting old. I remember when being a journalist meant finding news stories and having them verified as true by several sources before printing them

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What a great article, Marge. Thanks so much for that. It is a great response to people who wish to squelch the 2nd Amendment.

      And Helen, true journalism and journalistic ethics seem to be a thing of the past. How many of the stories that have been so prominent were reported with a massive lack of facts? The ENTIRE Ferguson fiasco could have been avoided had the “reporters” actually fgone with facts and did some investigation. Same for Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, Garner, et al. But they don’t bother until everyone has already had a meltdown. Trying to introduce facts AFTER that is near impossible as we have seen with the continuing “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” mantra…

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    DNC Chair: Republicans Are Saying ‘Yeah, Let’s Kick Women… Out of this country

    Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told CNN’s Dana Bash Sunday that all of the remaining Republican presidential candidates are trying to “out-Trump Donald Trump” and are saying, “yeah, let’s kick women. Let’s kick them and immigrants out of this country.”

    I know there are some as stupid as DWS in congress but there certainly are none as stupid “and” as vile.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What the sam hill is WRONG with that woman?? And what is wrong with the DEMOCRATS that she still heads up the DNC?? That speaks volumes. WOW.

  16. helenk3 Says:

    interesting take on Ryan as leader

  17. helenk3 Says:

  18. kenoshamarge Says:

    The incredible chalk art/street art of David Zinn

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  20. kenoshamarge Says:

    Just because I think it’s so funny:

  21. helenk3 Says:

    hell of a choice the dems give the country
    a grumpy old woman, a grumpy old man, or a communist.
    way to go dems

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Never mind that HE has a major “foot in mouth” problem. Remember when he gave away the SECRET location of the VP bunker to a room full of reporters?? Oy vey:

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        But even with his “foot in mouth” problem Joe Biden can count on the media to either not report his gaffes, report them as a joke, or change the subject to something a Republican said that wasn’t 1/2 as stupid. With the media at your back you can get away with most anything.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Sad but true, Marge – that is how it seems to go these days. Biden gets the chuckle and the, “oh, that’s just Uncle Joe…” Meanwhile, someone like Palin got skewered if she used the wrong word and quickly changed it without being corrected or having someone point out it was wrong. Just crazy how the MSM is these days…

  22. kenoshamarge Says:

    Will Conservatives Be The Dog That Caught The Car?

    By Derek Hunter

    John Boehner is out (eventually). Kevin McCarthy is out. Conservatives in the House of Representatives are on a roll. But where is the roll going?

    I applaud the ouster of these insiders. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the career ambitions of politicians. But what comes next, what follows bold action, is just as important, if not more. On that front, it seems conservatives were wholly unprepared.

    Nothing against Daniel Webster or Jason Chaffetz, but are they really people who leap to mind when you think “leader?” Or even “articulate and quick-witted conservative”? Have you ever even heard of either of them before this week?

    If you watch Fox News you may have heard of Chaffetz, who is a committee chairman. But Webster? Ever?

    Again, nothing against either man, but they aren’t what would be considered inspirational leaders. Both are unknowns.

    So how it is that conservatives find themselves like the dog that caught the car? You got what you wanted. What are you going to do with it?

    I’ve been saying something like this. Just not as well.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You’ve been saying it mighty well, Marge – and Hunter makes some great points, too! 😀

  23. kenoshamarge Says:

    Packers win 24-10!

  24. foxyladi14 Says:

    Lots more do too. 😦

  25. kenoshamarge Says:

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