A Lift In Louisiana And A Big Surprise For One WWII Veteran *Hump Day Open Thread*


Still recovering from the back surgery, but I saw two stories today that I just had to share with you as a mid-week respite from the on-going craziness of the Election season, like Trump “softening” his position on Immigration (shocking); the on-going revelations of Clinton’s emails; the continuing demise of Obamacare (we told you so and h/t to a friend for this); and so much more. Holy moly.

And this week brings us Louisiana continuing to reel from the massive flooding with areas I visited just a couple of months ago under water now. Dear friends in Baton Rouge continue to keep us updated on the impact this flooding is having on the community there, a reality replayed across the state.

But even in the midst of the cleanup in this state, as much as is possible given the massive amounts of water, people find a way to bring some beauty into the situation. Such was the case when a teenager helping in the clean up process as this People article highlights:

John White, a volunteer from The Holy Family Homeschoolers who has been helping to clean up the wreckage of the flood with a group of students, captured one such moment: A teen (Mark Chasuk) sitting at a ruined piano, playing Albert Pieczonka’s “Tarantella” during a break in the cleanup.

“The piano took on four feet of water, so needless to say it’s a goner. But Mark had a long day and wanted to blow off some steam so this happened,” White said on Facebook.

The video, capturing a moment of serenity in the aftermath of so much pain, has resonated far and wide, notching over 2.3 million views on Facebook. White has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for the 16 families in the Holy Family Homeschoolers of Baton Rouge who were affected by the funds (I believe the writer means “floods”).

And here is Mark Chasuk playing the flood-damaged piano:

Just for a moment, he was able to bring a much needed respite to those cleaning up in the aftermath of th flooding. Bless him for that!

And while this young man brought a moment of peace into a difficult situation, the next story i about a group of men bringing joy and delight to one WWII Navy veteran as this article recounts (h/t Facebook friend):

The veteran in the video, Ernest Thompson, served on the USS Missouri during the second world war, according to Jonathan Williams, the CEO of the Battleship Iowa Museum and the man’s grandson.

Williams recalled in a Facebook comment under the viral video that Thompson regularly visited the USS Iowa, which is the sister-ship to the USS Missouri and located approximately 15 minutes from the veteran’s house.

Due to health reasons, however, Thompson — now in his 90s — has been unable to visit the ship, according to the Battleship Iowa news release.

With the help of volunteer coordinators, the chief selects from the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center visited Thompson’s home and sang the Navy’s march song, “Anchors Aweigh” in the middle of his residential street.

While the singing went on, Thompson stood and saluted, “inspiring those around him,” the release stated.

The remarkable thing, according to a spokesman for the museum, is that Thompson had a fall earlier this year and had not been able to walk or stand since then.

After the singing concluded, the chief selects walked one-by-one up to Thompson on the veteran’s porch to shake his hand.

And here is the video:


Isn’t that wonderful? I highly recommend that you watch the video report done by KTLA-5 to hear more about this story, and what the CPOs presented to Ernest Thompson. It is truly heart warming.

Many thanks to Mr. Thompson and all those who served in WWII. Their service and sacrifice during that crucial time truly made a world of difference…

That’s it for me.  Once again, I want to thank my dear friend, KenoshaMarge, for keeping the home fires burning here while I continue to recover from my surgery. Thank you so much, Marge – I truly appreciate it!

What’s going on in your world today? This is an Open Thread.


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36 Responses to “A Lift In Louisiana And A Big Surprise For One WWII Veteran *Hump Day Open Thread*”

  1. piper Says:

    Waving to Amy – it’s a pleasure to come here and read the threads every day.

    I finally found a presidential candidate that I can vote for knowing that he will keep us safe and happy.


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Piper, you finally found us an “honest” politicians. He gets my vote too. He is also better looking than all the others.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Hey, Piper!

      Thanks for this story. When I saw it earlier, I had the exact same response you did! FINALLY a candidate I can totally support! 😀

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    What the Navy and those wonderful people did for Ernie Thompson warms my heart. God Bless Them!

    The fact that Ernie couldn’t stand before and then stood and saluted and then stood to shake their hands tells a lot about the human spirit. Bless him too.

    And in spite of the tears rolling down my cheeks and making it hard to see the screen Bless you too Amy for sharing this wonderful story. You sharing it shows why we miss you so much.

    Welcome back my friend – if only for today at least we know you are mending and will soon be back to us full time. One step at a time. We are grateful for what we get when we can get it of “Reverend Amy Time”.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Wasn’t that so wonderful that he was able to stand in that moment, and stand to shake the hands of those young men?? Absolutely, that is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

      So glad you liked the story, Marge. And I completely understand the tears – such a beautiful, moving story, and the patriotism it has revealed among the millions who have shared it brought joy to the grandson who organized the CFOs.

      And thank you! Nice to be back if only occasionally at this point. I do check in every day to see what great post you have up and the lively conversation as a result. Such a great group here!

  3. piper Says:

    Thank you for posting these videos showing the true loving nature of our citizens.

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Inundated By Floods, Overlooked By Media, Louisianans Help Themselves

    Let’s appreciate the amazing mettle of Louisianans, who pulled together to weather an apocalyptic storm while being overlooked by their fellow countrymen.

    Through the debris of a disaster, we can sometimes see glimpses of that compassionate, can-do spirit that has made America a great nation. Clearly, Louisiana still has that mettle. The rest of us might reflect on whether we could say the same.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Such a great story of the spirit of the good people of Louisiana. The willingness to roll up their sleeves and do what needs doing is the very essence of the American spirit. Good on them, and yet, they still need help. I was glad the author included several agencies to which people can donate.

      Thanks for this, Marge!

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Remember the media’s hissy fit when Bush said Michael Brown was doing a “heck of a job”? So does cartoonist Bob Gorrell

  6. helenk3 Says:


    67 e-mails from hillary to chelsea
    one during foreign relations meeting , another DURING the Benghazi attack

  7. piper Says:

    hmmmmmmm – Sen. Joe Manchin, (D. West Va.) daughter is the CEO of Mylan who has been upping the cost of epic-pen from $100 to $500 – guess she needed the extra paycheck now making upwards of $19 millions per year.


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      From what I read there is no reason for the price increase except to increase the company’s bottom line. In other words – greed.

  8. piper Says:

    Didn’t like this when Obama bought copies of his books charging his campaign and am equally appalled that Don the Con is doing same, making money on his book which was probably ghost written and trying to get on the NYT best seller list.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      He really is such a con man. WOW. In so many ways h shows what his character really is, and it ain’t pretty…

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This is an OUTSTANDING speech by Sen. Marco Rubio in response to Sen. Tom Harkin referring to Cuba as a “paradise.” It is powerful indeed(h/t Facebook friend): http://ijr.com/2014/02/117624-democrat-speaks-highly-cuba-marco-rubio-blasts-communism-way-u-s-politician-since-reagan/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Just finished listening to Rubio’s speech. It was fantastic and reminded me of the Rubio we liked so much when he was first elected.

      I don’t know if he can be re-elected in Florida after the flip-flopping he’s done, after supporting Trump and that seemingly never forgiven joining with the “gang of eight”.

      I suspect he never was the man we thought he was and wanted him to be. But perhaps getting slapped around may show him the direction he needs to go if he wants to ever regain some trust. I say some because he will never regain all of it.

      Steve Deace often calls Rubio the most talented politician on the right. I think so too. Now the question is can he combine that talent with a message that works. We will see come November.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I think Rubio’s mistake joining the Gang of 8 as a Freshman Senator was thinking that the other Senators had the best interest of the Nation at heart. Seems they were pretty mad at him for continuing to put forth Conservative views of Immigration: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/06/14/frustrated-gang-of-eight-senators-give-marco-rubio-an-earful/

        That will learn him for thinking the others were honest brokers! 🙂

        And of course, you are right. I reckon no politician is who we really think they are, not totally. I think we have all been sorely disappointed in how Gowdy has turned out, especially his feeling compelled to endorse someone like Trump. UGH.

        I do think he is very intelligent, competent, eloquent, and passionate with much more of a commitment to the Constitution than many others, which is telling in and of itself. So yeah, I hope he runs again, along with some of the others from this time around.

        Though I would have thought after the mess Obama and the Dems made of the country people would have wanted someone sober and hardworking with integrity to help get the country back on track THIS time around. Boy, was I ever wrong!!

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Gowdy endorsing Trump like to broke my heart. I respected him so much! I cannot have much respect for anyone that jumps on the Trump band wagon like Trey did.

          He still has a way with words that I like.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Yes, Gowdy does have a way with words. And we thought he actually had integrity and backbone. Sigh. Right there with you on it being a heartbreaker. So, so disappointed in him.

  10. piper Says:

    Fools on both sides – Rinse and Repeat thinking that Donald can surpass the Madam.


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      What are these people drinking?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      So Priebus thinks everyone else has as short a memory as he apparently does abt Conway? There is video evidence, after all, of the many foibles and pitfalls of Trump she enumerated. And Bannon, by all accounts, is a jackass of major proportions. Just because they got Trump to read from a teleprompter – an act they made fun of Obama for having to do – doesn’t mean much. Priebus is an idiot.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        He’s an idiot in more ways than one. He think he’ll be re-elected as head of the RNC after presiding over two losses that were winnable with the right candidate and the right message.

        He is also presiding over a split in the GOP that may very well never heal. I know that most Conservatives will NOT come home if he’s in charge. He alienated himself for all time with most Conservatives with his shenanigans at the Convention.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          You ain’t only kidding, Marge! Priebus is a DISASTER. He has so hooked the RNC to Trump now that there is no getting away from that. Unless they pick someone else to replace him. If they don’t, that says a whole lot, and none of it good.

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            Supposedly Carly wants the job. I think she would be great!

            Which is why I don’t think they’ll pick her.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            I had seen something a while back abt Carly wanting it. Wow, wouldn’t she just be TERRIFIC as the head of the RNC? She would help whip it back into shape.

            So yeah – no way will she get the job…

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

  12. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Helen, I just saw this article abt a new Space discovery and just had to share it with you. This is cool: http://www.aol.com/article/2016/08/24/scientists-discover-earth-like-planet-orbiting-star-closest-to-o/21458148/

  13. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And now Trump has adopted Obama’s AMNESTY position. Yep – we tried to tell everyone he is a Dem., and he proves it more and more each day: http://therightscoop.com/more-softening-trump-says-no-amnesty-but-legalization-with-back-taxes-which-is-amnesty

  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    On a much, much lighter note, check out this mini foal who thinks a dog is also a mini. ADORABLE: http://ihearthorses.com/mini-horse-thinks-dog-is-a-mini-too/

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