Weekend, Winter, And Beyond *Open Thread*

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I hope this finds you all well, and just about ready for Christmas this coming Friday (and there will be a Christmas/Weekend Post). And I hope everyone is safe and warm as Winter is fully upon us (well, you know what I mean. Hey, if it makes you feel any better, we’re supposed to get rain this weekend…).

I am excited that today (Saturday) brings the arrival of one of my oldest friends, here to spend the week with us in Grand Cayman. It will be her first visit here, so naturally, I cannot wait to show her this beautiful island Suzy and I enjoy so much. Suzy and I have a few things on the agenda already, including a submarine night trip, and a visit to one of our favorite places, Stingray City, on the Dawn morning trip (no more than 7 people, including the dive master, will be there).

Below is some footage Suzy shot on one of our trips out to Stingray City:

Neat, right? Such graceful creatures these stingrays are, don’t you think? I love to watch them “fly” underwater, since that is what it looks like they are doing. Amazing animals, soft to the touch, beautiful to watch swim, and just plain magical, I think. Being able to go there is such an amazing experience. I cannot wait to see them again…

This Tuesday the 22nd brings us the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. So break out the Yule Log and get a fire blazing to provide the light to last until the night is past.

And to celebrate the official arrival of Winter, I have a lovely song from Mary Chapin Carpenter:

What a beautiful way to bring in this season. Carpenter has such a way with words, and she encapsulates well the meaning of the Winter Solstice. “Find the light in everyone” are good words to bear in mind, especially during this holy, and holiday, season.

I also have a great mashup for you from The Piano Guys:

How, um, cool is that?! These guys are so amazingly talented, but the setting along with the tunes – both of them – seem mighty appropriate to ring in the beginning of Winter.

I hope you have a good weekend, Winter Solstice, and week leading up to Christmas. May you be safe and warm, may you travel safely, and may you feel the warmth of love during this season.

This is an Open Thread.

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86 Responses to “Weekend, Winter, And Beyond *Open Thread*”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I wanted to kick this off with a funny Cruz ad courtesy of IJReview (http://www.ijreview.com/2015/12/496995-you-should-watch-the-parody-christmas-ad-ted-cruz-is-about-to-play-during-snl/):

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Judge Dismisses Parts of Soros-Backed Wisconsin Voter ID Lawsuit

    http://freebeacon.com/politics/judge-dismisses-soros-backed-wisconsin-voter-id-lawsuit/

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Six takeaways from the New Hampshire Democratic debate

    Clinton more focused on Trump than anyone

    During the early days of the Donald Trump campaign, the Democratic front-runner seemed amused by the billionaire’s White House bid. Now? Clinton clearly sees him as an ideal foil as she increasingly looks past the primaries to November.

    She blasted his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, calling him “ISIL’s best recruiter.” She claimed ISIS is “showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadist.”

    Clinton repeatedly turned the conversation away from any differences she had with Sanders and O’Malley to the fact that they would all be better than any of the Republican candidates, particularly Trump — which, incidentally, is a similar line GOP candidates have used about her in their debates.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2015/12/20/democratic-debate-takeaways-clinton-sanders-omalley/77654826/

    Why shouldn’t Granny Clinton be running a “general” campaign now since it’s obvious that short of indictment she’ll be the nominee? Sanders all but kisses her ring at every debate and no one even seems to know O’Malley is there.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yeah, I am not surprised that she is already focused on the general. It would take a miracle for her to not get the nomination, especially since she has fodder against Sanders with his campaign team hacking her database. He can apologize all he wants, and she can pretend like she accepts it, but you know damn well she will whip that little fact out anytime she needs to do so…

    • mcnorman Says:

      I heard Trump won the debate. LOL

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    AP Fact Checks the Dem Debate

    In the latest Democratic presidential debate, oversimplification struck again.

    Hillary Clinton spoke of fixing “glitches” in President Barack Obama’s health care law to address rising costs, skimming over deeper issues on matters of affordability and the Affordable Care Act. And in education, fancy dorms and football stadiums aren’t the big reason for higher college costs, as Bernie Sanders suggested.

    http://townhall.com/news/politics-elections/2015/12/20/ap-fact-check-glossedover-realities-in-democratic-debate-n2095586

    I’d say there were worse problems than “oversimplification”. Still that the AP even bothers to use that term is more than they ever did with lap dog Obama relationship.

    Hillary will undoubtedly win the Dem nomination. But that doesn’t mean even the Left Stream Media “loves” her like they did Obama. They never did and never will. If Warren got in they’d abandon Hillary like garbage at the curb.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good point – “factchecking” was in very short supply with Obama. Still is, for that matter. So I guess it is SOMETHING, but you know they will all vote for her anyway…

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    UH, yeah – as if Obama had time for all of THAT: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/12/19/obama-under-fire-for-not-visiting-with-families-of-the-wounded-in-san-bernardino-285750?hvid=1GJred

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Doubtful Obama even knows he’s “under fire”. His aides seem to treat him like a mushroom and unless he changes the channel from ESPN he’ll never know what’s going on. And it’s not like he cares about these people other than as political fodder.

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This is exactly right: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/12/19/this-is-why-cops-cant-hesitate-guy-sucker-punches-cops-shoots-him-during-routine-stop-285668

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      A career criminal manages to get a gun in spite of gun laws against it. One might almost come to believe that gun laws are for the law abiding to follow and the criminal, and crazy, population to ignore.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        That is the way it seems to be, isn’t it? Not the way one side of the country wants to tell it, though!

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  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Just saw this at the Daily Signal abt Paul Ryan and the Omnibus Spending. Sen. Sessions is mad abt it, but Ryan said it came through committee:

    http://click.heritage.org/v0Xf0rUs0seTMralH03k000

  10. mcnorman Says:

    Have a wonderful and joyous Christmas ya’ll. We are going to have a warm one in the desert this year.

  11. mcnorman Says:

    I guess the citizens have had enough already.

    Germans Stock Up on Weapons for Self-Defense

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

  13. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And of course, once again, Branco nails it:

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2015/12/branco-cartoon-the-farce-is-with-us/

    This is particularly funny since we saw the new Star Wars movie today. It was excellent, btw…

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    Ever notice?

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    Dem Debate – Fact Checkers say Hillary claim about Trump and ISIS is FALSE

    Hillary says Trump being used in ISIS videos for recruitment

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2015/12/live-reactions-abc-news-democratic-presidential-debate/

    Hillary lied. Not news. If you liked having a liberal liar in the White House for the last 7 1/2 years then she’ll make you happy as she gives you more of the same.

    We all know that politicians lie. We also know that if they told the absolute truth they would never get elected. But for Heaven’s sake people, shouldn’t there be a limit?

    Just because I don’t like Trump doesn’t mean I think it’s all right to lie about him. Or about her for that matter. Both have enough real problems that there is no need to make any up. JMO

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It is amazing how cavalierly the adds dismiss Hillary’s lies. Then again, the WaPo fact checker named Trump the big liar of the year for all his many lies. Seems he and Hillary are on the same page there.

      But yeah, neither one of them should get away with making up crap abt each other…

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  16. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good one!

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      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Every cartoonist this year seems to be using the Grinch or Star Wars. Some, like this one IMO, are very good. Others, quite a stretch to fit.

        I went through the first “Star Wars” obsession and find this one as loony as it’s predecessor.

        Don’t get me wrong, I’ve love the first “Star Wars” – what followed? Not so much. From all accounts this one is as good as the first. I’ll let you know after I see it what I think. And that won’t be for some time. I don’t fight crowds to see ANY movie or to purchase any product.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I totally understand abt the crowds – fortunately, even though the theater was pretty full by the time the movie started, there were only a couple of people in line in front of us. We enjoy Star Wars, but we are not devotees, like my sister, for instance. Our friend who is here with us really wanted to see it this week, and we figured what better time? 🙂

          And yes, just abt everyone is using something from it, including our not-so-illustrious POTUS.

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  17. kenoshamarge Says:

    Planned Parenthood Says Hiding HIV From Sex Partners Is A ‘Right’

    The International Planned Parenthood Federation says HIV-positive people’s ‘right’ to have sex should trump their sexual partners’ right to live.

    http://thefederalist.com/2015/12/22/planned-parenthood-says-hiding-hiv-from-sex-partners-is-a-right/

    Well thank goodness the Ryan Omnibus bill didn’t defund these people. /s

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Are you KIDDING me with this??! Are they serious that someone’s life isn’t worth as much as someone’s desire to have sex? That is immoral and obscene. Wow!!

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  18. kenoshamarge Says:

    Suspect in Vegas car-ramming to face murder charge

    http://news.yahoo.com/suspect-vegas-car-ramming-face-murder-charge-184059507.html#

    Quick, someone please alert Mika Brzezinski that another “white” “man” with a “gun” is on a killing spree. Or maybe not.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, brother. I just read another story abt a 17 yr old white girl being set alive in her car after being robbed. She wasn’t killed by a white man with a gun either.

      Maybe that is why it isn’t big news…

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  19. kenoshamarge Says:

  20. kenoshamarge Says:

    00 12 21 Medusa Wasserman Schultz

  21. kenoshamarge Says:

    National Q-Poll: Trump 28, Cruz 24, Rubio 12, Carson 10

    Last week, the trend seemed clear: After an NBC/WSJ poll showed a pretty tight GOP race, several other nationwide surveys served up gigantic leads for Donald Trump — suggesting that NBC’s results must have been an anomaly. Not so fast. Fresh from Quinnipiac:

    A few top line notables: Trump is back in the mid-to-high 20’s with Ted Cruz hot on his heels. Marco Rubio has lost ground, slipping to a distant third (more on him on a moment). And Chris Christie has surged, displacing Bush in fifth place, where Jeb was just getting comfortable.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2015/12/22/q-poll-n2096257

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, wow – well, that is some good news, huh? Now maybe they will stop highlighting Trump 24/7. Right.

      Anyway, that is some good news for those of us who want a more serious candidate…

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  22. kenoshamarge Says:

    Good for him! Ted Cruz shames WaPo cartoonist for cruel attack on his daughters

    http://twitchy.com/2015/12/22/

    This isn’t some obscure cartoonist on some blog – this is a Washington Post cartoonist. Despicable!

  23. kenoshamarge Says:

    HA: Hilarious New “Protest Song” Mocks College Students Ridiculous Demands

  24. kenoshamarge Says:

    ‘This guy can’t catch a break’: WaPo makes US soldiers’ deaths all about Obama

    Why does Obama even need to bother making everything about him? His lapdogs are more than willing to do it for him.

    http://twitchy.com/2015/12/23/this-guy-cant-catch-a-break-wapo-makes-us-soldiers-deaths-all-about-Obama/

  25. kenoshamarge Says:

  26. kenoshamarge Says:

    Brilliant Branco strikes again!

  27. kenoshamarge Says:

    Tis the time of year when pundidiots far and wide are giving us their “end of year” perspective. So I thought I give you mine…

  28. kenoshamarge Says:

    Dave Barry’s 2015 Year in Review

    Sometimes we are accused — believe it or not — of being overly negative in our annual Year in Review. Critics say we ignore the many positive events in a given year and focus instead on the stupid, the tragic, the evil, the disgusting, the Kardashians.

    OK, critics: We have heard you. This year, instead of dwelling on the negatives, we’re going to start our annual review with a List of the Top 10 Good Things That Happened in 2015. Ready? Here we go:

    1. We didn’t hear that much about Honey Boo Boo.

    2.

    OK, we’ll have to get back to you on Good Things 2 through 10. We apologize, but 2015 had so many negatives that we’re having trouble seeing the positives. It’s like we’re on the Titanic, and it’s tilting at an 85-degree angle with its propellers way up in the air, and we’re dangling over the cold Atlantic trying to tell ourselves: “At least there’s no waiting for the shuffleboard courts!”

    http://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article51119880.html#storylink=cpy

    Once again Barry provides some much needed humor as we look back on 2015. He is one of the few who can actually make me laugh out loud

  29. foxyladi14 Says:

    https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/12310570_711411882292638_4192617675920555244_n.jpg?oh=7c72ec1c904876a5d48215b18b2944a4&oe=571B92BA

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Back at ya Foxy girl! And to all the rest of my friends here…

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Indeed, a very Merry Christmas to you all! There will be a new post up tomorrow to celebrate the occasion, just FYI, but until then, hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas Eve!

  30. kenoshamarge Says:

    Trump’s Invaluable Gift To Republicans

    By Derek Hunter

    In Saturday night’s Democratic debate, frontrunner Hillary Clinton lied. There is no other word for it. She said Trump is the No.1 recruitment tool for ISIS, that he’s being used in ISIS videos to attract new terrorists.

    The media pretty much gave Hillary a pass on that lie. They also gave her a pass on the bigotry behind assuming a large swath of the Muslim world is so fragile and easily swayed to murder by the words of a candidate for president.

    She seems to believe, or at least thinks Democrats believe, Muslims who otherwise lead normal lives, would, upon hearing statements from Donald Trump, give up their peaceful existence, pledge allegiance to a murderous cult that has slaughtered more of their religious brethren than any other force on Earth, kill innocent people and be willing to die. Talk about condescension.

    It’s time some in the GOP field step up and learn the lesson Trump is inadvertently teaching – or get out of the race. Because if you look at The Donald and see an oafish buffoon and nothing more, what’s it say about you that he’s beating you?

    http://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2015/12/24/trumps-invaluable-gift-to-republicans-n2096721/page/full

    Believe it or not, I agree with much of this.

    The first someone that should get out, IMO, is Jeb Bush. If he isn’t smart enough to see where all his complaining about Trump has gotten him, waaay down in the polls, he isn’t smart enough to be in charge of a 7/11 let alone the country.

    The Washington Post, and their idiot cartoonist handed Ted Cruz a perfect opportunity to go after, and keep after the left wing media. Let’s see if he’s smart enough to use it.

  31. kenoshamarge Says:

    Just because I think the GOP could learn from Trump doesn’t mean I think he’s any worthier of being POTUS than I have for months.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, I totally understand that, Marge. He may make some good points here and there, but they most definitely do not outweigh everything else.

      And yes, Jeb needs to drop out. I am glad Graham finally did…

  32. helenk3 Says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, ENJOY THE SEASON

    Comet in the sky tonight, full moon tomorrow night. great gifts from the universe.

    tomorrow night, take the kids to the backyard , turn the hose on to spray, let the moon light shine through it and create moonbows. the kids will love it

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      And the same to you, dear Helen! Cool abt the comet – hopefully we will be able to see it here.

  33. helenk3 Says:

  34. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I just learned something else new abt George Bush, and it is something Obama would have done well to emulate: http://www.westernjournalism.com/george-w-bush-never-left-d-c-until-the-day-after-christmas-the-reason-why-is-incredible/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      You have to wonder what kind of a president George W. Bush would have been had not Cheney chosen himself as VP. Because so much of what we learn about GWB shows him to be a good man. Yet I cannot forgive him for the debacle of Iraq. Such ambiguity makes my head hurt.

  35. kenoshamarge Says:

    Cruz has a cartoon for WaPo cartoonist who mocked his kids

    http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/12/24/cruz-has-a-cartoon-for-wapo-cartoonist-who-mocked-his-kids-287498?hvid=gb736

    The author of this piece had some good advice for Ann Telnaes:

    ” Think twice before taking cheap shots at someone with a greater intellect — it’s bound to kick you in the butt afterwards. ”

    Funny how he managed to hit back without resorting to school yards taunts. . He simply paid her back in her own coin. Well done, Senator Cruz, very well done!

  36. kenoshamarge Says:

    Merry Christmas from Wisconsin

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL, I so appreciate that, Marge. I had to mow last month. Craziness! Hope you have a Merry Christmas anyway!

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