Love At First Sight *Weekend Open Thread*


And no, I am not referring to the revelation this past week to many of us that for Heidi and Ted Cruz, it was love at first sight. Rather I am referring to the love affair between two others.

But I am getting ahead of myself.

As some of you may know, April is National Autistic Awareness Month. Now that diagnostic tools have gotten better, no doubt many of us either know someone who is autistic, or have friends or family who are autistic, often of varying degrees.

For instance, one of my oldest friends has three kids. The oldest one was always a bit of an odd duck, but very smart, and very sweet. It wasn’t until he was in college that he was diagnosed as being Autistic, though very high functioning, which was why it wasn’t diagnosed earlier. Had it, they could have done things differently with him, or understood better how to communicate with him.

Another friend has a grandchild who is Autistic, but much more severe than the child-now-adult above. He is a young child, and has to have all kinds of therapy, like you often see portrayed on television.

The bottom line is, we have learned so much more about Autism over the past 10 – 15 years, though there is still much to be learned. And sometimes, everything that is tried and true with some children just does not work with other children. Some kids you just cannot get through to no matter how hard you try.

And that is where the following love story comes into play. This is the story of Xena and Jonny, and oh, what a story it is. I Heart Pets has the story:

[…] Jonny began exhibiting symptoms of Autism early on in his life. Sometimes, when his father would bring him to the deli to pick up meat, Jonny’s dad would place his order, and Jonny would begin screaming at the top of his lungs. Among other things, food gave him a great deal of anxiety. Additionally, the little boy would have almost no interaction whatsoever with the family dogs the Hickeys had at the time. The family’s situation, as it is for so many other families, was stressful and challenging – they just wanted a way to help improve their son’s life. Then something amazing happened.

A terribly emaciated and near death Pit Bull had been found. She was near death. The rescue organization responsible for her care felt that she was in need of a fighter’s name to complement her fighting spirit, so that hopefully she would pull through. She was named Xena, and she would need that type of encouragement, because the situation was dire.

Jonny’s mother came across the dog’s story and Facebook page and followed her recover. She also applied to rescue the dog. Thankfully, the dog pulled through, and out of hundreds of applications, the Hickeys were selected to provide her with a forever home. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

There is much more to this story. But I would rather you be able to see it for yourselves. Check out this once-in-a-lifetime love story between Jonny and Xena:

Isn’t that just such a beautiful story? And I LOVE the sign that Xena has on: “Who Rescued Who?” Exactly.

I am sure many of us can relate to an animal in our lives who helped rescue us in one way or another, and many books that tell that tale (or is it tail?! Ahaha.). I know I can relate to that, and I encourage you to feel free to share your stories about that kind of love below.

But for April, for this National Autistic Awareness Month, the love story of Xena and Jonny, how it was love at first sight, and how they rescued each other, says it all.

And in keeping with the theme of this post, “Love At First Sight,” how about a little Michael Buble for a break from it all? Here you go:


His voice is such a throwback, isn’t it? And I mean that in the best way possible. It’s like Dean Martin or Bing Crosby or even Frank Sinatra was reincarnated in him. Hope you liked it and that it gave you a bit of a break.

That’s it for me. Feel free to discuss this story, or the politics of the day, or a peppy tune, or whatever else is on your minds. This is the Weekend Open Thread.


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72 Responses to “Love At First Sight *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Okay, just finished watching Johnny and Xena and I have tears in my eyes and a warm spot in my heart. Isn’t it wonderful when life provides two who need with one cure in each other? Just like a miracle. 😃

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Isn’t such a beautiful story?? Those two were just meant for each other. And yes, it is a miracle that they were able to find each other, thanks to angels intervening like Jonny’s mom in following Xena’s progress.

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    ‘Eye For An Eye’ Shows Donald Trump Needs The Gospel

    By Mollie Hemingway

    Even by political standards, Donald Trump’s discussions of his religious faith are curious. He was baptized as a Christian and identifies as Presbyterian. He was confirmed at First Presbyterian in Jamaica, New York. He attended a Presbyterian worship service in Iowa a few days before the caucuses there. He says, “I’m Protestant, I’m Presbyterian, and I go to church and I love God and I love my church.” Specifics about where he attends aren’t known, but he says he always at least goes to church on Christmas and Easter.

    I loved this piece. There is so much information here that many of us, and that means your truly, was not cognizant. I love that when Mollie Hemingway writes, we learn. Will this matter to people who’s understanding limited to talking points and sound bites? I doubt it. The world has become a shallow place with so many knowing so little about so much. And willing to show how little they know at the slightest opportunity. There are so many that should be so grateful that their identities remain hidden on the internet lest the whole world see them for dimwits. 😏

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      YES – that is one of the things I love abt Hemingway, too. She is such an insightful writer, and she teaches us things but not in a patronizing way.

      I saw that abt The Donald’s favorite verse, and just shook my head. I guess he missed the part of, “Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord…”

      Or how abt “turn the other cheek”?

      And I could go on…

      Great comment, Marge!

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

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  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Republicans Hate These 7 Things About Democrats. The Trump Campaign Is All Of Them.

    By Ben Shapiro

    When conservatives think about what they most hate about the left, several factors come to mind: their racist appeals, their whining social justice warrior nonsense, their distinct willingness to attack conservative women, their consistent stream of lies, their perversion of buzzwords.

    Those things do not become good just because a Republican does them. They are nasty in and of themselves. Yet the Trump campaign is almost purely a mash-up of these ugly traits.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Also from Shapiro:

      Trump is a personal totalitarian with only one centralizing principle, maximization of power. He acts like a leftist because he is one. He’s not using leftist tactics to defeat leftism. He’s using them to destroy conservatism itself. Once the earth has been salted, he hopes to build a new Trump Tower.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Ben Shapiro is another very smart cookie, and he is SO right in his analysis. Thanks so much for this, Marge!

  6. foxyladi14 Says:

    Thank you Amy.
    I love the Story and video. ❤

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Sen. Cruz takes Wyoming:

  8. Judy Says:

    Amy I am absolutely stunned that you are supporting Cruz. He is exactly what we all disliked about BHO 8 years ago.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I can’t speak for Amy but I see everything I despised in BHO, and his supporters, in Trump and his. Plus not even as competent.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Marge, you can speak for me on this! Judy, I started out as a Walker supporter, with Fiorina and Rubio in my top three. But one thing I have not been, and never will be, is a Trump supporter. I am with Marge on this – Trump supporters are the ones who are blindly following Trump no matter what he says or does, and no matter how liberal his positions have been, or that his positions now are a liberal caricature of conservative values (like his comments on abortion).

        When Trump said he could kill someone and his supporters wouldn’t care, that was NOT a compliment. That was a statement of the cult-like following he has, just like Obama had. Trump’s bullying, misogynistic, abusive, childish temper tantrum throwing behavior is much closer to Obama’s than not.

        At least Cruz is a Constitutionalist, and considering Trump doesn’t even understand how our system of governance works, I feel safe in saying he is not…

        But thanks for asking! 🙂

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          I hesitated to comment on Judy’s remark because it was addressed to you. But we’ve talked about this so often, and at length, that I know how you feel about this.

          I also would like to know how Ted Cruz is in anyway, shape or form like Obama?

          Obama was a member of the Illinois legislature who mostly voted “present” lest he offend someone and ruin a chance at higher office. Once he was elected Senator he did nothing until he ran for president. His list of accomplishments was pathetic. If not for his skin color, his father’s gens, his mother is mostly ignored, he would never have been elected.

          Ted Cruz has an amazing resume.

          1.Graduated valedictorian in 1988 from Second Baptist High School
          2.Graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1992
          3.Graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1995
          4.1992 U.S. National Debate Champion representing Princeton
          5.1995 World Debating Championship semi-finalist representing Harvard
          6.Served a law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist, making him the first Hispanic ever to clerk for a Chief Justice of the United States
          7.Served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to 2008, making him the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, the youngest Solicitor General in the entire country and the longest tenure in Texas history
          8.Partner at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he led the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice
          9.Authored over 80 SCOTUS briefs and presented over 40 oral arguments before The Court
          10.In the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, Cruz assembled a coalition of 31 states in defense of the principle that the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms
          11.Presented oral arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
          12.Defended the Ten Commandments monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds,
          13.Defended the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools
          14.Defended the State of Texas against an attempt by the International Court of Justice to re-open the criminal convictions of 51 murderers on death row throughout the United States
          15.Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission
          16.Domestic Policy Advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign
          17.Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation
          18.Ted Cruz is currently junior US Senator from Texas, defeating Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst who was heavily favored and backed by the DC old-guard GOP
          19.Defeated Democrat Paul Sadler in the general election
          20.Endorsed by The Tea Party and the Republican Liberty Caucus
          21.AWARDS: “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business,” Chambers USA (2009 & 2010) “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America,” National Law Journal (2008) “25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century,” Texas Lawyer (2010) “20 Young Hispanic Americans on the Rise,” Newsweek (1999) Traphagen Distinguished Alumnus, Harvard Law School
          22.On November 14, 2012, Cruz was appointed vice-chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee
          23.Unlike Obama, Cruz didn’t seat in the U.S. Senate and vote “present.” He has sponsored 97 bills.

          Here are a few crucial pieces of legislation sponsored by Cruz:

          ◾ObamaCare Repeal Act
          ◾Prohibit use of drones from killing citizens of the United States within the United States
          ◾Disarm Criminals and Protect Communities Act
          ◾Firearm Straw Purchasing and Trafficking Prevention Act
          ◾Defund Obamacare Act of 2013
          ◾A bill to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to permit States to require proof of citizenship for registration to vote in elections for Federal office
          ◾A bill to designate the United States courthouse located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, as the Paul Brown United States Courthouse
          ◾A bill to require the Secretary of State to offer rewards of up to $5,000,000 for information regarding the attacks on the United States diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya that began on September 11, 2012
          ◾State Marriage Defense Act of 2014
          ◾A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the intentional discrimination of a person or organization by an employee of the Internal Revenue Service
          ◾A bill to prohibit the Department of the Treasury from assigning tax statuses to organizations based on their political beliefs and activities
          ◾American Energy Renaissance Act of 2014
          ◾A bill to deny admission to the United States to any representative to the United Nations who has been found to have been engaged in espionage activities or a terrorist activity against the United States and poses a threat to United States national security interests
          ◾SuperPAC Elimination Act of 2014
          ◾Free All Speech Act of 2014
          ◾Guantanamo Bay Detainee Transfer Suspension Act of 2014
          ◾A bill to require the Secretary of State to offer rewards totaling up to $5,000,000 for information on the kidnapping and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, a dual United States-Israeli citizen, that began on June 12, 2014
          ◾A bill to prevent the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unlawfully created by Executive memorandum on August 15, 2012
          ◾Sanction Iran, Safeguard America Act of 2014
          ◾Expatriate Terrorists Act
          ◾Operation United Assistance Tax Exclusion Act of 2014

          True conservatives who aren’t 100% backing Cruz at this point baffle me.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Exactly right, Marge. Cruz was not my first choice, but there is no denying his VAST list of accomplishments at a relatively young age. He is far, far more accomplished than Obama could even DREAM of being at the same time in their lives. I mean, really – there simply is no comparison.

        And Trump’s record? Well, it has been primarliy liberal up until abt a year or so ago…

    • helenk3 Says:

      I feel the same as Marge and Rev Amy.
      trump is the last person we need right now for a president

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Is “The System” Really Rigged?

    By Derek Hunter

    Donald Trump cries it every time he loses, every time he realizes he’s been outsmarted, every time it’s clear he’s in over his head and didn’t hire competent people who understand, or even read, clearly stated rules. But his refrain is hollow and damaging only to those to whom he’s lying.

    The more nefarious usage of the phrase comes from the recipient of Trump’s political donations – Hillary Clinton.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What is stunning, though, is how much his followers are all too ready to jump on the, “Rigged! Rigged! Rigged!” bandwagon every time Trump whines and stamps his feet abt having lost another state.

      Oh, and not for nothing, but Cruz is sneaking up on Trump. If he gets Rubio’s delegates, he is golden.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Jumping on a band wagon without being sure where it’s been and where it’s going is beyond stupid. Anyone that cares about this country and it’s future, which is after all our future, owes it to themselves if no one else to seek out and find the truth.

        Voters who cast their votes based on what the media chooses to tell them, on talking points, sound bites and “tweets” are an enemy to every thinking American IMO.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Amen, sister – you said it!!

          Oh, and did you see the Right Scoop article abt Ted Cruz’s speech the other night and the technical difficulties on Fox? Apparently, that did NOT happen on CNN:

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            I saw it and commented on it multiple times. Not hard for me to be critical of Limbaugh calling the nasty trick “brilliant” and “the best dirty trick” since I’ve always thought he was a big bag of hot air. Being Trump’s golfing buddy it’s not much of a surprise.

            What is a surprise is that an entire television network would do such a low “trick”. Are they so fearful of allowing Ted Cruz to speak that they use the power of their network to silence him? It was despicable. And even more so the loons for Trump who think it serves Cruz right. ????

            People might wonder who FOX will decide to silence next. Who will not meet with the favor of Rupert Murdock and Roger Aisles? Will that person be silenced?

            After all many of the candidates, whether you supported them or not, never got the coverage, and thus the introduction, to the America people that Trump, Rubio, and Cruz did. When media has their finger on the scale we all lose.

            Funny how Trumpanzees talk about not letting media choose our nominee when that is exactly what is happening.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, yeah – I didn’t think it was a “good” trick just that it was acknowledged that Cruz, and thinking Americans who cared what he had to say, were screwed by Fox if they wanted to hear him.

      And yes – the media has been hellbent on forcing Trump down our throats almost from the get -go – after they stopped laughing, that is. They NEVER allowed other candidates this much airtime, not even when they were the nominees, like Romney. I bet he would have loved to get the free ad time on one Fox show or another just abt every day.

      It is absurd – absolutely ABSURD – not to mention delusional for Trump supporters to claim they are against the media picking the candidates since they fell for it hook, line, and sinker…

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  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Before Grassroots Conservatives Take The Speck Out Of The Establishment’s Eye, We Should Take The Log Out Of Our Own

    By John Hawkins

    It’s easy to point the finger at “leaders,” but are the rest of us doing everything we should? Are we reacting so strongly to hypersensitive liberals, illegal aliens and idiots like Black Lives Matter that we’re saying things that are deliberately designed to offend people? It’s as if some people hate political correctness so much that they think anything that’s not politically correct is good.

    As annoying as the PC crowd is, the people who go out of their way to be as insensitive as humanly possible may be even worse and there are a lot of them on our side.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Excellent article, and Hawkins’ point is a good one, indeed. It does seem that way – that people are going way overboard in the anti-PC direction and just becoming abusive in the doing…

  12. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Seems the tax plan Cruz has proposed really will help (h/t Facebook friend):

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      He favors the “flat tax”. I’ve been in favor of it ever since I first heard of it some time ago.

      Can you imagine how the tax preparing industry is gearing up against Cruz?

  13. helenk3 Says:

    did you ever think it would come to this in this country?

  14. piper Says:

    Hoping this works otherwise will need help posting this cartoon.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      ROTFLMAO – that is hilarious!!!!

      • piper Says:

        I usually do not post anything mocking special ed. as I taught many wonderful children in special education classes for many years but this cartoon somehow caught my funny bone.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I fixed it for you Piper. When you get a cartoon from Go Comics the url will look like this:

      Just add .jpg after the last number or letter, no space between, and it will show up fine. Also, always leave a couple of spaces between any text and the url. Hope that helps. I had all kinds of problems and learned how to post cartoons through a lot of trial and error. The Rev also had to fix a lot of them for me.

      • piper Says:

        Thank you for the helpful lesson. One of these days I’ll get it. Maybe I’ll practice a bit before the hum of the neighbors’ lawn mowers moves me to action. Actually I prefer a bike ride while the sun is shinning and the rain is taking a rest.

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Glad to be of help when I can. A lot of people helped me along the way and I like to pass it along. Especially when it’s a cartoon. I am a cartoon addict as you know and love to see others enjoy them too.

          Isn’t it a beautiful day?

  15. helenk3 Says:

    hanger on

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      What a jerk. Does he ever say exactly what Ted Cruz did to earn this level of vitriol? Because it’s rather pathetic. Almost as pathetic as the idiots that follow a man who obviously has serious issues with growing up.

      This is exactly the kind of garbage so many of the Trumpanzees use to smear Ted Cruz.

  16. helenk3 Says:

    this should worry everyone

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      What is worrying is that so many Trumpanzees don’t bother to find out things like this. They parrot the slogan on a baseball cap and that’s the extent of their knowledge. Pathetic.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        And even when they hear abt them, they generally discount them as VICIOUS LIES, or some such thing…

  17. helenk3 Says:


  18. helenk3 Says:

    something to think about

  19. helenk3 Says:

    happy Sunday

  20. kenoshamarge Says:

    “Rigged system” debunked by a media guest who actually knows what she’s talking about and understands the system. How refreshing!

  21. kenoshamarge Says:

    Clooney Thinks Citizens United Is A Law; Calls For Repealing First Amendment

    I can’t help but wonder why anyone cares what George Clooney and his left-wing wife think? I certainly don’t.

    I have never been a Clooney fan – a pretty face and lacking any depth as an actor. Hell I was never even fond of his “pretty face.” I like more “character” in a face which Clooney lacks.

    I don’t pay any attention to the political opinions of the actors that I do like. Their job is to make good movies/programs and entertain. Their political opinion is no more important than the boring, loud, ignorant lout at the end of the bar in any tavern in America.

  22. foxyladi14 Says:

    This is the day the Lord has made.
    Rejoice and be glad in it. ❤

  23. kenoshamarge Says:

    Women Who Read:

    One morning a husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap.

    Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book.

    Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, ” Good morning, Ma’am. What are you doing?”
    “Reading a book,” she replies, (thinking, “Isn’t that obvious?”)
    “You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,” he informs her. “I’m sorry, officer, but I’m not fishing. I’m reading.”

    “Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I’ll have to take you in and write you up.” “For reading a book?” she replies.

    “You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,” he informs her again.
    “I’m sorry, officer, but I’m not fishing. I’m reading.” “Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know, you could start at any moment. I’ll have to take you in and write you up.”

    “If you do that, I’ll have to charge you with sexual assault,” says the woman. “But I haven’t even touched you,” says the game warden.

    “That’s true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment.”

    “Have a nice day ma’am,” and he left.

    MORAL: Never argue with a woman who reads. It’s likely she can also think.

    Sure God created man before woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece. ~Author Unknown

  24. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      NO KIDDING!!!!!! Ugh. I cannot believe this is where this country is these days…

  25. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend had this informative piece on Facebook from The Federalist Project. It details all the ways the law in NC DOES NOT IMPEDE companies and municipalities from doing what they damn well please on the issue of bathrooms and locker rooms:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      When did it become the job of government to regulate bathroom gender? This is asinine! The liberals say they want the government out of their bedrooms. Well I want the damn government out of bathrooms. This is insane!

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Well, THAT’S a good question, Marge! What business is it of theirs indeed?!

        And yeah, for people who claim they don’t want government interference, they sure seem to demand a lot of gov’t interference!!

  26. helenk3 Says:

    very interesting view of the donald

  27. helenk3 Says:

  28. helenk3 Says:

    something to think about

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