Happy Halloween, Wild Horses, And The Weekend Open Thread


A Happy Halloween and Weekend to everyone! This weekend we have a new Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI). It will be interesting to see how, or if, things change under a Speaker Ryan, but he has GOT to be better than Boehner, right? Time will tell, I reckon.

Of course, with some of the other things that have been going on this past week, like the Boehner Deal, which Sen. Cruz referred to as “utter surrender,” or the CNBC debate, many might feel as if they have already been tricked. So be prepared for some Halloween/Weekend treats!

Since it is Halloween on Saturday, I have to share this hilarious cartoon by Gary McCoy (often featured at Townhall.com) with you a friend highlighted on Facebook. It really sums up the Democrats well, I thought:


AHAHAHAHA – with Socialist Bernie Sanders and Socialist-wannabe Hillary Clinton running for the nomination of the Democratic Party, I think that sums up their mindset perfectly, don’t you?

Oh, my. Well, I want to move on to horses now. Or rather, one horse in particular and what he meant to one man. HuffPo has the moving story:

Frank Keat had dedicated 65 years of his life to horses. He started working in stables as a teenager, and he later bred the animals and served as a judge at equestrian competitions across England.

On his death bed, the 80-year-old, who had cancer, would regale nurses at Bodmin Hospital in Cornwall with stories about his equine career.

“Dad had been involved with horses since he was 15, and there’s nothing he didn’t know about them,” Keat’s son, Tim, told SWNS.

As his last days approached, Keat told hospital staff that he had just one final wish: He wanted to see his favorite horse, a handsome 5-year-old named Early Morn, one more time.

“Early Morn is a horse that Frank broke himself, and he so wanted to see him again,” staff nurse Samantha Russell told wire service SWNS. “Sadly he was not well enough to visit the stable.”

But staff at Bodmin Hospital had a plan up their sleeves. Since Keat couldn’t visit his horse himself, they would bring the animal to him. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

And so they did:

How wonderful is that? What a tremendous gift to give this man on his death bed by the hospital staff. Such kindness and compassion they demonstrated to their patient. Good on them!

And now, is the time to share some more photos from my most excellent Montana adventure. One of the cool things we did, and it was also COLD, was take a 4 1/2 hr small boat ride on Flathead Lake in Bigfork. We saw pictographs available only by boat, as well as some amazing wildlife. We went to Wild Horse Island State Park, a very primitive state park that is essentially wild. On this island are some wild horses, which, sadly, we did not see. But there were also bald eagles and bighorn sheep, which we did see. First up, the pictographs which represent a bison hunt:




According to our tour guide/boat captain, these pictographs were well preserved because they are not in the sun very much, and on the other side from where most of the bad weather comes. It is amazing to see them, isn’t it?

And then there is the symbol of our nation, the majestic eagle. Eagles mate for life, like this pair:


Aren’t they just beautiful? Here is an eaglet in flight:


While the bighorn sheep were not very close to us, hopefully you will be able to see them (and you can magnify them, too):


All in all, it was an amazing tour, albeit a bit chilly out on the water, but so worth it. Especially as the sun was setting upon our return:



I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to see such a beautiful place, to stand in the shadows of towering peaks with glaciers, to spend time with family and friends, and to travel across more of this amazing country. What a gift, what a treasure, what an amazing adventure. Thanks for letting me share just a bit of my Idaho/Montana vacation with you!

While they may not be wild, or completely so anyway, this weekend also brings the conclusion of a fantastic horse racing season with the Breeders’ Cup in Keeneland, KY on Saturday. This season brought us the first Triple Crown winner in almost four decades, American Pharoah, who hopes to take the Breeders’ Cup, too. It should be quite an event to see with a number of amazing horses participating in this storied event including another one of my favorites, Frosted. What a great field to conclude this historic year in horse racing.

Well, that is it for me. I get to spend the weekend with our wonderful godson, Michael, as well as being able to watch him play rugby for VMI. Michael is the one on the left, with his good buddy and future Army officer, Shawn, on the right:

Michael and Shawn

We will also be watching the World Cup Final in Rugby between New Zealand and Australia on Saturday, too. It is going to be a great weekend indeed. So, Happy Halloween, and this is your Weekend Open Thread.

One last note: This is the weekend we turn our clocks BACK. They say we do it at 2:00 a.m. Uh huh. The only time I am up at 2:00 a.m. is if one of my animals or my knees hurting have awakened me. Saturday night is a fine time to turn your clocks and watches back one hour.


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36 Responses to “Happy Halloween, Wild Horses, And The Weekend Open Thread”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Is it just me or does Shawn look an awful lot like a young Ben Affleck? Michael reminds me of someone too but I can’t remember who right now. It will come to me.

    Thanks again for sharing all the wonderful images.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Lol, he does, doesn’t he? And Shawn is Avery nice young man, too.

      I think I know exactly who you mean, David Keith who was in “An Officer And A Gentleman”?

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  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    I love Gary McCoy cartoons and had missed that one. Thanks for sharing. Here’s another one.

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    I love the pictures Amy. 🙂

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh my – that is just too feasible, isn’t it?

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I’m afraid it is. Just think of how many people, and I have seen this with my own granddaughters, who haven’t a clue how to change a channel on their television without a remote. Batteries go dead and a panic sets in lest there not be replacements in the right size. It’s pathetic how helpless we are making the next generation. They think because they “know” all about electronics they “know” everything. But a power outage shows them helpless and afraid.

        I cook on a gas stove. Have candles handy and almost enjoy the quiet unless it happens, which it usually does when it’s really cold. Now that I have no birds to worry about it isn’t that big of a concern. I light some candles and grab a book.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          So true, Marge. In some ways, young people have it better with the technological advancements at hand, but in a number of real-life ways, they are woefully uninformed and ill-prepared…

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  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    One last Halloween cartoon – unless I find another really, really good new one. 😉

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Ahahaha, good one! And hey, don’t stop with the Halloween cartoons if you find some good ones!

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  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    I thought this was a very good column by Michael Goodwin. Unfortunately I fear he’s preaching to the choir. Those who are guilty of biased and ugly “reporting” won’t even feel a twinge of conscience. If you have a conscience you don’t do it in the first place. Funny how Dems love the word “fair” and yet apply it so seldom.

    There’s no debate: The CNBC moderators were unfair

    By Michael Goodwin

    Back when I was a pup of a reporter, a wise old editor at The New York Times pulled me aside after I submitted a news story with too much attitude. His name was Shelly Binn, and I’ll never forget the bright red line he drew for me.

    “Nobody expects you to be objective,” he said. “That’s impossible because we all have feelings and opinions. But you have to be fair to both sides, no matter how you feel.”

    There it was, a golden rule of journalism: Objectivity is a myth, fairness is a must. Obviously, the CNBC debate moderators never got the lesson.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Goodwin likely is preChing to the choir, but good on him for highlighting the incredibly poor journalistic behavior that seems to be so prevalent today.

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  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    CNBC: Media Matter Less

    By Clarice Feldman

    This was a great week for those of us who consider the corporate media to be underinformed, partisan, and overly impressed with their own power to shape political affairs. This week CNBC’s wretched conduct of the Republican debate hurt the pocketbook of their parent company, Comcast, and gave the entire media a long-deserved black eye while upping the audience’s regard for the intended victims. If Watergate was the high water mark of the public esteem of journalists, the debate was its Waterloo.

    Like me, you have to admit that you never expected to hear Carl Bernstein admit the right was correct about the partisan bias of the mainstream press.


    Never expected Cark Bernstein to admit the right was correct about the partisan bias of the MSM is a giant understatement. He’s one of the worst of the partisan hacks. You know how blatantly bad the behavior of the CNBC “moderators” were if he’s willing to call them out. I am flabbergasted! : o

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Dang, even Carl Bernstein is acknowledging that? Perhaps some of the other networks will now start to look at their own behavior. Hey, I can hope, right?

      But yeah, abt damn time these biased networks started to get some comeuppance for their behavior.

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      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I know. Bernstein? One of the left’s constant hacks? 😮 Whodathunkit?

        Perhaps some are awakening to the fact that their dishonesty and bias are damaging not only their credibility, which is miniscule, but their ability to make a good living.

        The time is coming, because so many are working towards it, when we will NOT have to pay for channels on cable that we don’t want and never watch. When that happens the biased and dishonest channels like MSNBC and CNBC will lose a ton of income.

        Just for the record, CNBC had 14 million viewers for the GOP debate. Their best performance in 30 years. And all they managed to do was convince millions of viewers to never tune in again. The liberals seem to forget that large numbers of viewers are not liberals. Many, like me, are Independents. And we don’t like the blatant bias and the common dishonesty.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          It serves them right, doesn’t it? They get the most viewers they have had in ages, and they turn people off in a BIG way, even PROGRESSIVES, by their rude, mean-spirited, biased behavior. Talk abt some instant karma, huh??

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Meant this: 😮

  9. foxyladi14 Says:

    Happy November, Gobble Gobble!!!
    She is coming in like a Spring day. 😀

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    Fiorina smacks back at “The View” and their repulsive comments about her looks. Might know it would come from skank Behar. She has the chutzpah to disparage someone else’s looks? She ain’t exactly a great beauty. And when you factor in her dishonesty and nasty disposition, she’s ugly inside. Just rather mediocre out.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Oops forgot the youtube.

      • mcnorman Says:

        Does anyone actually watch that trash? Double standard, typical bad behavior. I hear that they are trying desperately to bring back Barbara Walters because the show has tanked without her. I have yet to watch it. The lefties are completely off the chart when it comes to reality.

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          I watched it once. Think “mean girls” with wrinkles and a lack of imagination. None are very bright yet they are as arrogant as if they were intellectual giants. Kind of your average skank liberal female.

          Bring back Walters? She’s what, 85 – 86? And these middle-aged cows cant’ do without her? Good grief.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yeah, the other woman, Michelle whoeverthehellsheis, started the attack on her. Behar jumped on in bashing Fiorina’s looks. It is just astonishing.

      And no, I don’t watch that crap. Ever.

      Fiorina was fantastic in her response. She is so smart, so solid, and does not back down.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        If voters are looking for a fighter, they found one.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          You ain’t only kidding, Marge. She is one tough cookie. She fought cancer and won, and she knows what it is like to fight for what she believes. What a concept, huh?

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            On the other hand if the vagina voters are looking for a female that spews lies like a blender with the top off – there’s Hillary.

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Branco does it again:

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    The idiot, arrogant, biased “moderators” at GOP debate #3 had no idea the gift they were giving the Republicans. They are even talking about it on “Morning Joe” and not in a good way for liberals or Dems.

    Scarborough Silences Morning Joe Panel: Name One Republican In Prominent Mainstream Media Position

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much for this. Scarborough doesn’t mince words!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        He didn’t did he? And he says he isn’t angry but I think he is. I think just below the surface there’s a 50 years anger hiding. He doesn’t dare completely unleash it or he will no longer have a job on that channel. He is probably all ready in trouble for revealing what that network exec said to him.

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