Final Jewel, And A Winner *Weekend Open Thread*


So much has happened this past week. After a three year long campaign (or so it seems), the Democrats have picked their nominee, the embattled former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Yes, despite all of the issues surrounding her, she is their pick.

Of course, the Republicans can’t really say too much about that considering Trump.Every day seems to bring yet another highlight of why he is such a horrible choice for the Republicans, but they are jumping on board anyway. Serves them right.

Should be an interesting election with Clinton possibly under Federal indictment for her emails (never mind the Report on Benghazi) and Trump possibly under indictment for fraud. Whee!

But enough of that insanity. It is the weekend, and time for a break from all of that!

Saturday marks the final jewel in the Triple Crown with the ponies running at Belmont. The Kentucky Derby winner, Nyquist, will not be running at Belmont. He developed a fever shortly after the Preakness, so his owners decided to leave him be for the next jewel. The Preakness winner, Exaggerator, is expected to do well, of course, but you never know on any given day.  Should be an exciting day regardless of the outcome!

While as of this writing that winner is yet to be decided, I can tell you about one winner. That would be eleven year old Olivia Bell, a very talented ballet dancer. Check out this beautiful dance she does to a song from the musical, “Hamilton” (h/t HuffPo):


I don’t know if she is a “hero,” but she is a lovely dancer and at such a young age. Here is a little more about her from HuffPo, including a photo from her Instagram account:

[…] Bell is, according to her Instagram, an 11-year-old dancer who’s participated in American Ballet Theater’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop, The Alvin Ailey School’s Summer Intensive, and is an ambassador for Brown Girls Do Ballet. […] (Click here to see more.)

What an amazing young dancer. You can see more photos of her at her Instagram account HERE. But there is no doubt that this young woman is already a winner…
13062137_10153351237197127_5688871017451130791_nOn a personal note, I am excited to have one of my nieces and her three kids visiting this weekend. She is my middle brother’s daughter, and the youngest of five children. This will be her first trip to the Charleston area, and we are excited to show the city, and our beach, off to her and her kids. Saturday in particular will be jam packed beginning with a trip to the barn for her and her kids to meet Jordan and the other horses. After a quick stop at our new property, we will go into Charleston where we will go for a carriage ride around Historic Charleston (the company we use is one that has been around for a long time, and they go way beyond what is required in their treatment of the mules they use. Hence why we use them.). After that, lunch at a restaurant on the Charleston Harbor, then the SC Aquarium, and topped off with a Charleston Battery soccer match. Yep, it is going to be one full day. I cannot wait! Sunday will be a beach day – though they may be on their own for part of that. (While I love being at the beach, with my back/knee problems, playing in the ocean isn’t as easy as it used to be. I am not a lay-on-the-beach kind of person, so it is either in the water boogie boarding, or bust.) I am delighted to be able to spend some time with them. Fun!
On another personal note, my upcoming back surgery is 2 1/2 weeks away. And my last hurrah will be a week in Baton Rouge June 18 – 25 to spend time with old friends and our 5 yr old godson (a trip we have been trying to make for several years. Schedules finally were in sync so we decided to keep this trip in place and have the surgery after I come back). In my absence, both on vacation and during my recovery time, the blog will keep humming along thanks to the efforts of KenoshaMarge, Helenk3, and Pumaforever. I am grateful indeed to these three for their efforts and time to keep things going. It means a great deal to me. Thank you so much!
Okay, friends – that’s it for me. And because it is Summer, at least in my neck of the woods, and we are spending time at the beach this weekend, I’ll leave you with this beach music classic:
Hope whatever you ave on tap is fun, or restful, or interesting, whatever you need it to be! This is your Weekend Open Thread.

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25 Responses to “Final Jewel, And A Winner *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Have a great weekend Rev!

    Your niece is a lovely young woman. What beautiful eyes!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you so much, Marge. What a lovely compliment!

      We have been having a great day so far. Hope everyone here has been having a good weekend.

      Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

  3. helenk3 Says:

    I love this story

  4. helenk3 Says:

    I am laughing so hard at this story

  5. helenk3 Says:

    so trump is not the first one

  6. helenk3 Says:

    this bothers me

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Baltimore Prosecutors Withheld Evidence To Railroad A Cop In Freddie Gray Case

    On Friday, Judge Barry Williams announced that Baltimore prosecutors in the Freddie Gray case had failed to hand over evidence to defense attorneys that would have helped exonerate their client. Gray, 25, died while in custody in the back of a police van; the driver, Oscar Goodman, is on trial for the inflated charge of depraved-heart


  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    The Democrat primary is the thrilling story of someone overcoming all her advantages to eventually beat the underdog.

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    Freddie Gray – Five of Six Officers Now Suing Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    Gallup: Satisfaction With Country Under Obama Is Lowest Since Carter

    And what does the dimwitted GOP do? They nominate the one fool that cannot defeat Hillary, aka Obama’s 3rd term.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Add to that THIS idiocy from McConnell. Does he really not understand how much we HATE Obamacare, and that this is EXACTLY why people are so POed at the GOP? WOW, what an idiot:

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        McConnell campaigned on getting rid of ObamaCare. Now he’s telling people to forget it? And yes, it is exactly this kind of crap that has given rise to the anger aimed at the GOP.

        People know they cannot trust their elected officials to keep their word. Why that makes them inclined to “believe” a liar like Trump I’ll be darned if I can understand.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Isn’t it incredible that he is now saying this? Obamacare is extraordinarily burdensome yet now we are supposed to just forget it? McConnell is a perfect example of what is wrong with government…

  13. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    As a friend noted (and I am paraphrasing), no doubt Obama will blame this on anything OTHER than the ISIS-ardor held by the Gunman:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Idiot Marc Lamont Hill is already tweeting about this incident giving rise to Islamaphobia. link:

      Since the guy was yelling “Allah Akbar” while he killed 50 people and injured 50+ more who is to blame – Quakers?

      ISIS took credit for it. But they are a religion of peace. I will not believe that until millions of Muslim stand up and denounce the violence, the brutality, the murder done in the name of their religion. Silence says they agree.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You ain’t only kidding, Marge. It is idiotic that these people are so quick to play apologist for the very people who wage these attacks. As we have said, most Muslims are not like this, but it is definitely Muslima carrying out these attacks. To deny it, or to try and shift blame, or downplay it, or justify it is inexcusable.

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