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


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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48 Responses to “It’s Another Debate; And Valentine’s Day *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    I am all for any Holiday that’s about love. But it seems that Valentines has become more about greed than love. I read the other day that in a survey 53% of women said they would break off a relationship if the man didn’t get them something for Valentine’s Day. That’s love? I don’t think so.

    I also don’t think it’s slinky lingerie or diamonds, being forever doncha know. I think it’s about two old farts like Lou and I still loving and caring and only needing someone to say the words. And if he doesn’t on Valentines Day that’s fine with me because he says it so often when it isn’t official.

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Global Warmists Angry Half The Earth Isn’t Covered In Ice

    A newly published study indicates human-caused global warming starting shortly after the Industrial Revolution may have helped the Earth narrowly avert a catastrophic ice age, and global warming advocates and their mainstream media allies are very angry about it. Yes, really.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Holy cow. What the hell is wrong with people that their ideologies are more important than reality?? Wow…

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      • piper Says:

        Another day, another money scam. Can’t wait to hear the screaming coming from the average middle class gorbel warmist when their energy bill goes sky high.

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Ending Coercive Unionism Trumps Dem Governor’s Veto

    Coercive unionism is no longer the law of the land for the majority of the country after West Virginia lawmakers overrode Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto to become the 26th right to work state on Friday.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Outstanding! Good for them for standing up the way they did. As you may know, SC is a right-to-work state, and it has brought in a bunch of manufacturers as a result from BMW to Boeing and a whole bunch more.

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  4. foxyladi14 Says:

    I don’t miss the flowers and candy,
    But I sure do miss the Man that brought them. ❤

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Things some of us codgers think about:

    Bathtub Test

    During a visit to my doctor, I asked him, “How do you
    determine whether or not an older person should be put in a Nursing Home?”

    “Well,” he said, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a
    teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub.”

    “Oh, I understand,” I said. “A normal person would use the
    bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”

    “No” he said. “A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I just saw an article at The Hill that Justice Scalia died today. Stunning that, and of course, there is already fighting abt electing a new Justice this year. Considering the last two Obama got on, I shudder to think who he might nominate THIS time around.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      The Constitution just lost one of it’s staunchest defenders. RIP Justice Scalia.

      Considering the damage done to the court with the addition of Hagen and Sotomayor if the GOP Senate allows Obama to have his way they will finally lose their party. McConnell says they should wait until new president in office. But as Ted Cruz told us, McConnell lies.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Yes, and sadly, Cruz is right.

        And yes, the Constitution absolutely lost a staunch defender in Scalia. I truly hope the Senate does its job should Obama nominate someone and not allow any mor lightweights like Sotomayor on to such a lofty and important branch of government.

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  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Did anyone else watch the debates? Trump’s unbelievably boorish behavior – interrupting, yelling, attacking, and name- calling – does not go over well with the audience, and I dare say, many South Carolinians. We are a polite people, with Charleston routinely coming in as the most polite city in the country. Trump’s behavior last night was off the charts rude.

    And Rubio more than overcame those three bad minutes from last week which the media played non-stop while ignoring the rest of the debate. Cruz came in second. IMO, that is. Bush did pretty well, too.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I didn’t see any clear winner. I thought Rubio lost points when he said Cruz didn’t speak Spanish. How stupid was that? And only Cruz, and despicable Trump, don’t seem all gung ho with attacking Russia. What’s with that bit of insanity?

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I would also think Trump lost points with the people of SC with his support of Planned Parenthood and Eminent Domain – aren’t conservatives and even moderate Republicans against those two things? Trumpkins don’t seem to be against anything the guppy-mouthed boor says. I just cannot understand it.

        Planned Parenthood and Eminent Domain are two issues very important to me. Even if I wasn’t already vehemently opposed to Trump his support of those things would make me against him.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Yes, I agree completely. The support of PP and eminent domain are big issues. I am pretty sure, judging from the response, that Trump really shot himself in the foot.

          A friend from Texas who is a Cruz supporter (she worked to get him elected as Senator and has met him) put up a photo of Cruz rally in SC. It was packed with people and was a huge venue. The media isn’t showing those photos. They make it seem like only Trump is getting huge crowds. WRONG!

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          • kenoshamarge Says:

            Thanks for that information. Like you say, media isn’t telling people that Trump isn’t the only one with large crowds. There should be some way to get the message out… Hmm, if anyone has images they could send them to Katie Pavlich or Guy Benson at Townhall. Both are anti-Trump and if I remember correctly Guy is pro-Cruz.

            • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

              Once I get home, I will put up that photo of the crowd to see Cruz. And yeah, the media is doing its best to push the Trump narrative…

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      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Well, Cruz had said before he didn’t speak Spanish, and he doesn’t speak it very well. Rubio is fluent, so I think that is why he said that Cruz wouldn’t know what he said. And from what I have seen abt that particular instance to which Cruz was referring, Rubio’s comments were misinterpreted.

        I didn’t get that the others wanted to attach Russia so much as make clear they were not doing what Trump was claiming Russia was doing, which was fight ISIS.

        Overall, Trump was SO BAD last night, I cannot help but think he hurt himself a lot…

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  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    The Craziest GOP Debate of The Cycle: Trump Defends Planned Parenthood, Cruz and Rubio Spar, Audience Boos

    We’re just one week away from the South Carolina primary and tonight the remaining six presidential candidates took the debate stage in Greenville to make a final push. Debate moderator John Dickerson opened the night with a moment of silence dedicated to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died earlier today after serving for three decades on the high court.

    The debate, hosted by CBS News, was certainly the most entertaining of the cycle with candidates repeatedly going after each other with an audience that loudly booed throughout the night.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks for this. I think the moderators lost total control of this debate and allowed Donald to run roughshod over people. He was out of control last night, just out of control.

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  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    There’s Ample Precedent For Rejecting Lame Duck Supreme Court Nominees

    Historically, many Supreme Court nominations made in a President’s final year in office are rejected by the Senate. That started with John Quincy Adams and last occurred to Lyndon B. Johnson.

    It is critically important that the Senate hold pro forma sessions, since President Barack Obama would be able to make a recess appointment to the Supreme Court if the Senate goes out of session. Currently, there is a five-day recess this week and a two-week recess scheduled for April. There have been twelve such recess appointments to the high court. A recess appointment would last until the end of the Senate’s next session.

    Historically, most presidents select a nominee within a week of a Supreme Court vacancy. However, there have been several lengthy vacancies when the Senate refused to play ball with controversial presidents or controversial nominees.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Indeed, and I hope the Senate stays strong, or better yet, rejects Obama’s sure to be terrible nominee.

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  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I just saw Bret Baier’s post on Facebook of Trump saying it was his best debate yet. Are you kidding me?? The comments so far have been SOLIDLY against Trump, especially him trying to blame Jihn Roberts on Cruz since Cruz wasn’t in the Senate then.

    There may be hope yet that people are coming to their senses!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I think Cruz, like many other conservatives, expressed approval of Roberts on the court. Lord knows the Dems whined and that usually means someone is conservative.

      Since then Roberts has proved that he’s not all that conservative. Once they are on the court, and that’s a lifetime position, they can do as they please. And for some reason it pleased Roberts to support ObamaCare.

      I know I was a Democrat back then and was programmed to hate both Roberts and Alito. Turns out I know support most of what Alito does and don’t trust Roberts one damn bit.

      Two that I never trust and find not so much “Justices” as liberal activists, and not real bright ones at that, are Sotomayor and Hagen. Hagen is the brighter of the two I think but more of an ideologue. I don’t think Sotomayor has the intellect to understand 1/2 of what’s argued.

      When you want someone on the court because of ethnicity or gender you get morons. And we did. These two are young and will influence the court for another generation. 😦

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I completely understand, Marge – me, too. But yeah, Roberts was sure not who ANYONE thought he was, huh? So yeah, Cruz can hardly be blamed for thinking Roberts was who he SAID he was, but he didn’t vote for him, so he isn’t exactly responsible for him. Just more lies, manipulations, and hogwash from Trump.

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Clarence Thomas Trends on Twitter As Users Hope He Dies Next

    Earlier today, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away from natural causes at the age of 79. In response to this tragedy, fellow Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was trending on Twitter as users expressed a desire that he be the next justice to die.

    Thomas, like Scalia, is a member of the Supreme Court’s conservative wing.

    <Nice folks those left-wingers. Not.

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    Hillary Clinton: Leaving SCOTUS seat vacant ‘dishonors our Constitution’

    I thought she was supposed to be so smart? This is stupid. Oh, so are her supporters. Never mind.

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    The Illusions of Trump and Sanders

    Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are the antithesis of the conventional politician. But the victory speeches they gave in New Hampshire Tuesday night showed they have mastered the oldest political trick of all: promising things they can’t deliver.

    Trump showed the most chutzpah, conjuring gaudy images of the wonders he will bestow. You name the problem, and he will banish it. “We’re going to take care of our vets,” ^he said. “We’re going to have strong, incredible borders,” ^he said. Building a wall, he said, is “not even a difficult thing to do.” ^

    This 2,000-mile long barrier will stop not only illegal immigration but drug smuggling: “We’re going to end it at the southern border. It’s going to be over.” ^Noting the prevalence of heroin use in New Hampshire, he said, “We’re going to work with you people to help you solve that very big problem and we’ll get it done.”^

    The Islamic State? “We’re going to knock the hell out of them. And it’s going to be done the right way.” ^In every realm, Trump pledged, “we’re going to win so much, you are going to be so happy, we are going to make America so great again, maybe greater than ever before.”

    You may note that the absence of specifics in this shriek of ecstasy.

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    ‘Who signed off on this?’ Today’s ‘disgraceful’ WaPo headline about Scalia ‘tells you everything’

    The headline read:

    Supreme Court conservative dismayed liberals

    They have no shame whatsoever. A nation has lost a brilliant jurist. The judicial branch of the government has lost one of its leaders. Most importantly, a family has lost a loved one. And the Washington Post decides to run a headline motivated by politics and envy.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Are you kidding me with this?? It is dismaying to see the lack of decorum, respect, and manners that seems to be the norm now in this country. It is appalling that this is how they wrote abt the sudden death of a SCOUTS Justice. Wow!

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      • kenoshamarge Says:

        It is disgraceful! Couldn’t they hold the politics and bias off for just one day?

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          It seems that is impossible. There is no situation that they seem willing to let politics go, if only for a day. It is shocking in its callousness, and crassness.

    • mcnorman Says:

      Just said goodbye to the Justice. Very sad as there was no one to say anything. I took some flowers and a card. His body has been flown to Washington this evening.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        What a kind and loving act for you to commit, mcnorman. Good on you for doing so…

        • mcnorman Says:

          You know, I thought it very strange that there was no book, nothing at the home. The place was filled with state troopers, police and sheriff. I understand the secrecy part, but I thought it so odd that they didn’t have a register of any sort. I asked if I could purchase one, but they said no. After I left, he was transported to the airport. It just seems sad. A man gives his life to working for the greater good and no one is there to say goodbye. Just odd. I found this posted at TCH earlier today.


          I went to my kid’s law school graduation. Dodd spoke…I can’t remember anything because his speech was so awful.

  15. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Here is one of the photos from the Cruz Rally (from South Carolina For Ted Cruz – 2016 on Facebook):

    And then this one, from the same site:

  16. kenoshamarge Says:

    Scalia did anti-PC right — with powerful legal reasoning, wit and humor

    The unexpected news that Antonin Scalia died was a punch in the gut.

    It reminded me of when I first heard that Andrew Breitbart had died — my wife saw it on Twitter and asked whether it was true. Her comment about Breitbart applies equally to Scalia, A personal note on the death of Andrew Breitbart:

    Since my wife called this morning to let me know of Andrew’s death, it has been hard to focus on anything else. In her words, we don’t have that many bright media lights, and to lose him hurts.

    Scalia was more than just a Justice. He was the embodiment of resistance to liberal political correctness and social justice war perpetrated through the judiciary rather than the electorate.

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