Kindness Of Students To Seniors, And Some Peace *Weekend Open Thread*


With all the vitriol going on this past week, like the former Speaker of the House engaging in most inappropriate name calling of a sitting US Senator (highlighting why he is a FORMER Speaker, IMO) and Presidential candidate, or a Presidential candidate mocking how another candidate eats. That is where we seem to be in this country these days, childish, immature name-calling and ridicule.

Thankfully, though, there are some young people in Florida who are acting with a whole helluva lot more maturity and kindness than these “adults” are. These high school students took it upon themselves to engage in an act of kindness for senior citizens at a nursing home. From Good News Network:

[…] Students at TERRA Environmental Research Institute in Miami, Florida organized a prom for ‘senior’ residents of a nursing home.

They decorated the Palace Nursing and Rehab Center and supplied flowers, corsages, and tiaras. They even brought along their school’s mascot to urge residents to get on the dance floor.

There was a king and queen of the prom and the oldest resident, 101-year-old Eleanor Bessin, showed off the picture of the boy who took her to her first prom more than 80 years ago. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

For more, you can watch this lovely video:


The Student Government President was so poised, so thoughtful, and so caring in describing how the students came to put on this “prom” for these seniors.  I cannot help but feel some hope for the future when we have such loving, caring young people as they bring joy, happiness, and some dancing to the Seniors. Gives me some hope…

This election season has been so hard, along with other issues we all have going on in our lives. Some of us have lost people we thought were friends. And  I know that others of you, like me, are struggling with medical issues. Or maybe we have other struggles that are taking a toll on us. I hope this piece, “Stand,” performed by Leslie Odom and Katharine McPhee from “Smash” helps to give a bit of reassurance and hope:

Such a beautiful song, isn’t it? And powerful, too.

Speaking of a powerful, and beautiful song, one of my favorite opera singers is the Welshwoman, Katherine Jenkins. This piece, and her voice, are just stunning:


Speaking of prayer, and indicative of my eclectic taste in music, another one of my all-time favorite singers is Reba McEntire.  I have  seen the followingvideo before, but hearing this song again yesterday made me think how appropriate it is for this weekend, for us, for the nation, and for these times.


Yes, we could use some peace, some joy, some decency, common sense, and compassion, too. I hope and pray that that each and every one of you has a wonderful, peaceful, blessed, weekend.

It’s all yours now. This is the Weekend Open Thread.


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42 Responses to “Kindness Of Students To Seniors, And Some Peace *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. helenk3 Says:

    cruz on protesters against trump

    would trump have said the same thing if it was the other way around?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Um, I seriously doubt it! Thanks for this!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      The people who use violence to protest Donald Trump are thugs and bullies. Something Trump knows a lot about from the other side. They are wrong. So is he for advocating violence against those that disagree with him.

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    I never saw the movie “Smash” and I had never heard the song “Stand”. I wish I had. Because the words : “After you’ve done all you can – you just stand” are powerful and true. Those words could be an anthem for those who still believe that decency and honesty and integrity matter.

    After we do all we can, we can just stand against those who would destroy those things.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      So glad you like the song (“Smash” was a tv show abt a musical they were making on the life of Marilyn Monroe – it lasted for abt 2 yrs, but had a LOT of great songs in it, including this one).

      I agree – it is powerful, and would make a great anthem! Heck yes! Stand!

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, wow – that is so powerful. Such a short statement, but one that carries tremendous weight!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        And people need to be reminded that Martin Luther King was a Republican. What he would he have thought of Donald Trump? Maybe what the Lincoln statue thinks in this cartoon:

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend had this up at Facebook. It is a Townhall event with Cruz and Fiorina:

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Why Pro-Trump Conservative Media Should Worry

    Months of hearing Limbaugh, THE voice of conservatism, downplay, ignore or somehow spin Trump’s antics changed all that. Now, I turn the radio to a competitor. Or I don’t turn it on at all.

    Twenty-plus years of entrenched behavior? Gone, unlikely to return.

    See how that works? And I cannot be alone.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Excellent article, Marge. And no, Toto is NOT alone. I have watched Fox, and Fox only (maybe the Business Network) since 2008. Now? Nope. Don’t even turn it on. No more Fox and Friends, no more America’s Newsroom, no more Outnumbered, No more The Five, no more Special Report with Bret Baier. Nope. Don’t watch any of it any more at all. And I only watch FBN as long as they are discussing BUSINESS. As soon as they start with their Trump crap, I switch to CNN. I hadn’t watched CNN for years, didn’t think their reporters were as good, all of that. But now? I’d rather watch them – switching away when they begin too much Trump crap – and will not return to Fox. They have allowed themselves to become slaves to a man who threatened them. I have zero respect for them any more.

      And I have turned away from some of the online sites as well, as I know others here have. Yeah, Toto is not alone…

      • piper Says:

        Same here – sad that so many media outlets have gone over to the dark side just to improve ratings. What they forget is that once the season is over, the newbies will drop them like a hot potato and us oldies will never return given their outlandish programming hype.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Me 3. First I dropped “The Five”, I never could stand Bolling, Ditto Tantaros and watched mostly for the occasional amusing bits by Gutfeld.

        I found “Outnumbered” boring from the gitgo more a leg show than anything other than a bunch of women parroting each other. With an occasional visit by Kristin to show some diversity. When they started having Geraldo as a guest I bailed for good.

        That left only “Special Report” which I had winnowed to just the panel. And then that became too much a Trump support group so I dropped them. Haven’t watch FOX in over 3 weeks. If there is a Cruz interview I want to see I wait until it’s posted at TRS.

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Art Laffer said that Cruz’s tax plan is better than Reagan’s (h/t Facebook friend):

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Surprising. I thought I had read somewhere that Laffer was a Trump supporter. And to say Cruz had a better plan is quite the endorsement from Art Laffer. I so hope he isn’t a Trumpanzee. I’ve lost so much respect for so many over Trump that every new one now hurts so much more.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I was glad to see him say that, too. Cruz is FAR More accomplished than many people know – primarily because the freakin’ MSM won’t REPORT on his many accomplishments, including ass head of the Federal Trade Commission’s Policy Planning division, as a friend noted on Facebook this morning. It is truly remarkable how horrible the media has become…

        And I hear you, Marge. I got an email last night from someone I know from NQ and who has a blog, too. It was a form letter, if you will, in her capacity as Admin., explaining how she has come to be a big Trump supporter.Good heavens. There truly is NOTHING this man can do or say that will preclude some folks from following him. Truly disturbing…

        Oh, I immediately unsubscribed from her blog.

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          I got the same email. Would that be the someone whose name starts with a p and ends with a t? She should go back to NQ. She left in outrage over something LJ said, or maybe it was because he banned Ferd I think. They should all go back now – they would feel right at home.

          I too unsubscribed plus replied that I wished to hear no more from her because I didn’t associate with Trumpanzees.

          I also got an email from a “friend” who wanted to kiss and make up now that Trump was inevitable because we all needed to work together to defeat Hillary. I simply emailed back the #NeverTrump image below. I wonder what part of “never” they don’t understand.

          And unlike politicians who can work together after calling each other vile names and accusing each other of vile things, I don’t forget. Forgiveness maybe but more in pity than anything else. Doesn’t mean I will ever associate with them again. I won’t. EVER!

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            I believe that was indeed the same person, Marge! In all honesty, I went to her site more for you than anyone else when I used to go more often. But since you are HERE, I didn’t need to any longer. AHAHAHA. Ahem. So yeah, no big loss for me, but just mind boggling to see the people who continue to flock to Trump.

            And no, Trump is NOT inevitable nor is he the presumptive nominee no matter HOW many times he says it! If Kasich had dropped out ages ago – like he SHOULD have – the race would be much tighter.

            Btw, speaking of Kasich, a friend worked with him in DC and had absolutely NOTHING good to say abt him. So it seems we were correct in our impressions of him – egotistical, liberal, and on and on…

            You know, that whole “kiss and make up” thing reminds me of the coordinated effort Obama’s minions made to be nice abt Hillary to bring her supporters over after all the mean, nasty, vile things they had said and done. I feel the same way abt the attempt from Trump people as I did the Obama people…

            • kenoshamarge Says:

              Now they want to work together, and yes just like the Obots, so I say the same thing. When hell freezes over.

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Trump’s Feast of Incoherence By Steve Chapman

    The reviews of Donald Trump’s grand foray into foreign policy agreed on one thing, which is that Trump can’t even agree with himself. His Wednesday speech was an exercise in self-contradiction, a feast of incoherence, a walk up the down escalator.

    Steve Chapman takes Trump to the woodshed but good. Not that it will make any difference to any members of the Trump cult but some on the edge and perhaps about to dive into the Trump swamp may take heed. May even listen to reason. Not likely but a woman can always hope. And speaking of hope…

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      And good on Chapman for highlighting how whackadoodle Trump really is. How in the hell ANYONE can support this man is beyond me, especially considering that his telepromptered speech was so idiotic.


  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    The Biggest Election Deception

    Why current polling tells us nothing about who will win the presidential race in November.

    In April 1980 Carter led Reagan 40% to 34%. In November, Reagan beat Carter by 50.7% to 41%

    In May 1988 Dukakis led Bush 54% to 38%. In November Bush beat Dukakis by 53.4% to 45.6%

    In April 1992, Bush led Clinton 44% to 25%. Clinton won in November 43% to 37.4%.

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I imagine that is exactly what the Indiana people feel like!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        It was almost that bad in Wisconsin. I’m glad that Indiana voters have a chance for their votes to matter. About time the rest of the country had a voice other than the early voting states. I wish it went down to California voters every time. We should all have a voice. I don’t believe the Trump nonsense about Cruz outsmarting him being cheating, Cruz hasn’t cheated he’s just play the game better.

        That isn’t the same as letting all the states vote. Maybe more people would be inclined to vote if they felt their vote mattered. Just a thought.

        Went to 6 o:clock mass this morning so I’m ready for a nap and maybe the brain isn’t working all that well.

        And FYI a fellow parishioner gives me a ride so that Lou can sleep in on Sunday when he works late on Saturday night and often well into Sunday morning.

        The church isn’t far, maybe 15 blocks and I used to walk it in nice weather. Now I go when Emily goes. She went early today because she’s going to visit her daughter in Milwaukee today. So I visited the Lord bright and early. Or at least early.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, I bet it was bad in Wisconsin, too. It has to be nice for these states to feel like they really do have a say since so often, the nomination is set before it gets to them.

          But yeah – it would help if people didn’t think their votes didn’t matter.

          Of course Cruz didn’t cheat. It is only Trump’s poor-sport, spoiled child victim mentality whenever he doesn’t WIN that was at play. Didn’t see Trump complaining when he got a higher percentage of delegates per capita than Cruz did. And you didn’t see Cruz complaining, either, because rules are rules.

          What a concept.

          And how bizarre that the rules just do not seem to matter anymore…

          WOW – early morning for you indeed! Yeah, I’d need a nap by now, too!

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    Gates Slams Trump’s Foreign Policy: ‘He Doesn’t Listen To People’

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good for Robert Gates for speaking the truth regardless of any potential political blowback. He has hit the nail on the head.

      And his comments again affirm why Fiorina would have made such an exceptional SofS. That said, I was glad to hear Cruz say the other night that she is NOT going to be relegated to ribbon cuttings and things, but will be an integral part of his Administration. That is crucial when it comes to dealing with so many different countries and issues.

      Anyway, this is very important, and I appreciate your putting it up here. Gates is spot on.

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    The Media Corruption that Helped Spawn The Donald

    By Andrew Klavan

    To some extent, the ideological corruption of our press is an outgrowth of the shattered American political consensus. As our politics has become more European and extreme, so our media has become more European and partisan. It is a shame, however, that news outlets should skew so entirely to one side, that fifty percent of the country should find itself insulted, coerced and lied to on a daily basis.

    We are indeed ” insulted, coerced and lied to on a daily basis “. And what do we do about it? Continue to sit in front of the television while they do that like a bunch of potted plants.

    Even FOX which we once believed the last bastion of conservative, or at least Republican news has gone completely biased in favor of one candidate. Fair and balanced? My Aunt Fanny!

    The media isn’t dying in this country – it’s dead. Infotainment and Propaganda rule.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Well said, Marge – by both Klavan and you! Couldn’t agree more…

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    Governor Mike Pence of Indiana cut a radio ad for Ted Cruz – I think it’s a good one. See what you think.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yes, excellent ad! I sure hope it sways any fence sitters (a position I cannot fathom, but hey – seems to happen). Good for Gov. Pence. Like Jonah Goldberg wrote the other day, Pence needed to come out for Cruz. He was really the only choice Pence had. 🙂

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    I read somewhere today that Trump is claiming, because Pence said some nice things about him, that he endorsed Trump. How does he get away with such lies and no one calls him on them?

    Ted Cruz did 4 interviews this morning and every single one of the talking heads was hostile. It is infuriating!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      They have all demonstrated what COWARDS they are. They won’t ask Trump the hard questions or hold him accountable (with the exception of Anderson Cooper and Megyn Kelly – until she started flipping of late). But Cruz?? They have NO problem being total jackasses with him.


  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Okay – Branco has gone over to the Trump side. As much as I do not want Clinton to be President, to claim she has NO qualifications is just idiotic. She was a two term US Senator as well as SoS. Most of us don’t think she did a good job as SoS, though I am sure OBAMA and the Dems do. But she did a fair amt for Veterans working across the aisle when she was Senator, so there is that at least.

    Here’s the cartoon with the Trump headline, “No Qualifications Necessary”:

    This is as silly a Trump claiming he was cheated, IMO. Disappointed in Branco, that’s for sure…

  15. helenk3 Says:

    that was then, this is now

    all I can say in WOW

  16. helenk3 Says:

    this says a lot about him

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It sure does, Helen. I don’t blame the folks who do NOT want to run with him. Nope, not one bit!

  17. helenk3 Says:

    hope this works. it is a must see

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