The Week Begins 🌟 Open Thread 🌟



A new week begins and let us hope a better one.  Bombs, stabbings, thugs trying to kill police officers – where will it end? Will it end?

With the bombings, the stabbings, and thugs trying to kill police officers the fact that two people running to “lead” this country only found those horrific acts as a way to promote themselves tells me not much will change. Not with either of these two people in the White House. Meanwhile the man currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue fans the flames when not busy fundraising or golfing.

Expecting two people of Hillary and Trump’s age to change is not realistic. Some people do manage to attain some wisdom, correct some of their faults and strive to be better as they grow old. Most simply become aged images of who they always were. It is doubtful that these two arrogant, entitled people even want to change. The need for power combined with a sense of entitlement or narcissism only expands.

I expect Hillary wishes she could make herself appear more likable. Not be more likeable just appear to be. Is this woman is as cold hearted as she often looks? I suspect she is. There are some things you cannot hide. There is a reason that even the spineless liberal media doesn’t like her.

Then there is Trump. What can you say about putting a man with no morals, no integrity, an extremely limited vocabulary and the temper of a spoiled toddler in the White House? I find this buffoon no more likeable than I find Hillary.

How did we get here? Couldn’t a nation of 360 million people find two better people to represent the major parties than two, old, corruptocrats? This is the best we’ve got? Then damn, turn out the lights the parties are over.

Everywhere you look you see evidence that neither the Democrat Candidate nor the GOP Candidate is worthy. The truth is not in them. Integrity is not in them. Only a lust for power and a sense of entitlement.

The Libertarians in their wisdom nominated a Dem retread who seems to be trying out for a part as the Hippy Dippy Mailman not POTUS. Rumor has it that his running mate wants to bow out because he doesn’t want to be Ralph Nader. WTH? Did he want to be Ralph Nader when he decided to be Dippy Johnson’s running mate? What changed his mind? Are they trying for the Stupider Than Trump award? Wouldn’t you like to print out a couple of thousand of those signs and mail them to most politicians, most media types and a whole lot of “activists”, left and right?

Everyone you talk to, except for the members of some cult or tribe worshipping at the alter of their candidate is tired of what seems like an endless campaign season. The sane people are tired of dishonesty from politicians and media. Tired of the mudslinging. Tired of campaigns with no substance.

Trump, Hillary and Johnson didn’t spring from no where. American voters built them election by election and choice by choice. Americans created them by  every vote for a candidate they knew was unworthy but got their vote because of the magic “R” or “D” after their name. Every tribal vote that never took character into account. Every ignorant vote that didn’t bother to find what the candidate did instead of what they said.

American voters built these two dishonorable people and now all those bad choices have come home to roost. All the lessor of two evil votes embodied in two contemptible choices.

The latest buzz words are binary choice.  What is binary choice? It simply means choosing between 2 alternatives. Those who would try to convince you that their choice is the better choice must convince you that you have to choose. Because if you don’t, gasp, you will be voting for the other. What claptrap. If you don’t vote for either you don’t vote for either.

I am adamantly #NeverTrump and just as adamantly #NeverHillary. Yet I know that over the years I voted for my tribe too many times. Just because I am not willing to continue to support undeserving people with my vote now doesn’t mean that I don’t hold myself accountable for where we are. If we ever voted for someone just because of the magic “R” or “D” then we own this too. The difference is that we came to our senses.



We have allowed our once great education system to become a joke. We have allowed some of our great cities to become cesspools of corruption and crime. We have allowed our government to trample on the Constitution.

I start this week hoping against hope that there will be some voices of reason and honesty raised. I have moments of optimism when I think that perhaps a majority of our people will realize that a nation that has nearly 1/2 of it’s citizens unable or unwilling to work cannot stand.

I was raised to believe that God takes care of those that help themselves. I start this week hoping that there are enough people that still believe that to rescue this great nation from those that don’t.

I start this week, as I start each day, with a shrinking hope that more people will come to their senses. I start this week in spite of my diminishing optimism telling me that the most exercise many people will get this week is shaking their head in disbelief at where we are and who we have become. Hope may spring eternal but in my case, starting this week, it isn’t springing as high as it once did.




19 Responses to “The Week Begins 🌟 Open Thread 🌟”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I gotta HOPE this will be a better week, but considering it is being kicked off with a Clinton/Trump debate, it seems like it is already going downhill!

    Oh, and I have a GAZILLION other things I would rather do than watch the debate.

    I have to comment on the absolutely IDIOTIC comment Bozo de Blasio made yesterday when he was QUICK to say terrorism wasn’t the cause of the “intentional” bombing. Um, if it was “INTENTIONAL,” it was TERRORISM!!! The only question was, domestic or international??

    And now we know the bomber is from Afghanistan and is a naturalized citizen. thank heavens police were able to stop a car filled with explosives (that may be connected). That’s something.

    Thank heavens the registration process was delayed at the Marine Charity race, as well as that two bombs didn’t detonate, otherwise things could have been – WOULD have been – a whole lot worse.

    I fear you are right that things will not change under either of these potential “leaders…”

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Cuomo and De Blasio at odds again?

      Gov. Cuomo Finally Admits NYC Bombing Was Terrorism Contradicting Mayor de Blasio

      The day after the city was rocked by an explosion, New York city’s mayor and New York state’s governor were contradicting each other. On Saturday night, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that he was not ready to call the explosion in Manhattan a terrorist attack. The “intentional” attack did not appear be connected to terrorism, the mayor asserted. He repeated the same thing at a press conference on Sunday morning.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Isn’t t just astonishing that de Blasio WOULDN’T call it terrorism?! WTH did he think it was after determining it wasn’t some fluke event (gas leak, for example)??

        I swear – if New Yorkers re-elect this moron, they will deserve all the paternalistic, controlling crap that comes down from His Honor’s office (size of drinks, how much salt, etc.)…

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          If the left wants to help Trump win this kind of crap will do it. Their chronic hang wringing refusal to acknowledge that we are under attack helps him not her.

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    And about that “binary choice” thing? Deace punctures that nonsense better than I ever could.

    Steve Deace: Reality check: Elections aren’t really binary choices

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Elections are binary choices. You have to choose one or the other. Does that mean I have to choose between Burger King and McDonald’s, and Chick-fil-a isn’t an option?

    As the alternatives for various offices presented by the two major political parties become increasingly puke-worthy with each passing election cycle (just take a look at CR’s Liberty Scorecard for evidence of this), the binary choice claims are reaching a crescendo (as is the hyperbolic fear-mongering each side does regarding the other). However, just because something is said a lot — and said so emphatically — doesn’t make it true.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      He is so, so right. Thanks for this, Marge!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I felt pretty clever since I wrote my piece last night, edited this morning and then found this. He convinced me I was right.

        I am always suspicious when every one starts using the same sentences or phrases. To me they are a very good indicator of the PTB attempting to prod the sheeple.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          LOL – well, you ARE clever! Glad that Deace confirmed that for you.

          EXCELLENT point abt the catch phrases. That is something for which we can keep out an eye…

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            Glen Beck along with his sidekicks Pat and Stu have been making fun of Hillary’s catch phrase about trying to “power through” her pneumonia. They played a clip where about a dozen people used it and she used it many times. I guess that is supposed to convince people that she is strong and tough and just “powers through” things. IMO it didn’t work. And when the phrase is used too often even those that don’t pay much attention tend to notice. We ain’t all as dumb as they think we are.

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This was FAST – they have the suspect for the bombings in custody:

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    An old friend has this up on Facebook. Sums it up perfectly (and sorry – don’t know why images from Facebook come up this way):

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I don’t know why either. And it’s a shame because that’s a real good image. I do know when I post cagle cartoons that I have to remove everything after the “png” or the “jpg” for the image to show. I tried that with this one but it didn’t work. When I tried the url minus everything after the “jpg” it took me to pinterest which wouldn’t let me do anything unless I signed up.

      I’ve tried with pinterest images before and fought them tooth and nail and they always win.

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Why Teachers Drink

    The following questions were set in last year’s GED examination These are genuine answers (from 16 year olds)

    Q. Name the four seasons

    A.. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar

    Q. How is dew formed

    A.. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire

    Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on

    A.. If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed

    Q. In a democratic society, how important are elections

    A.. Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election

    Q. What are steroids

    A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs (Shoot yourself now , there is little hope)

    Q. What happens to your body as you age

    A. When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental

    Q. What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty

    A.. He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery (So true)

    Q. Name a major disease associated with cigarettes

    A.. Premature death

    Q. What is artificial insemination

    A… When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow

    Q. How can you delay milk turning sour

    A.. Keep it in the cow (Simple, but brilliant)

    Q. How are the main 20 parts of the body categorised (e.g. The abdomen)

    A.. The body is consisted into 3 parts – the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels: A,E,I,O,U

    Q. What is the fibula?

    A.. A small lie

    Q. What does ‘varicose’ mean?

    A.. Nearby

    Q. What is the most common form of birth control

    A.. Most people prevent contraception by wearing a condominium. (That would work)

    Q. Give the meaning of the term ‘Caesarean section’

    A.. The caesarean section is a district in Rome

    Q. What is a seizure?

    A.. A Roman Emperor. (Julius Seizure, I came, I saw, I had a fit)

    Q. What is a terminal illness

    A. When you are sick at the airport. (Irrefutable)

    Q. What does the word ‘benign’ mean?

    A.. Benign is what you will be after you be eight (brilliant)

    And last but not least:

    Q. What is a turbine?

    A.. Something an Arab or Shreik wears on his head. Once a Arab boy reaches puberty, he removes his diaper and wraps it around his head. (now we’re getting somewhere)

    Remember, these kids are 16 year old.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      ROTFLMAO – oh, my…THey are so disturbing in how unbelievably WRONG they are, but A for Creativity!!

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I read these to Suzy and she is crying she is laughing so hard. And then she added, “we are SO screwed!!”

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        My MIL Elaine sent it to me. What astounded her and me was that it sounded like the old Art Linkletter “Kids Say The Darndest Things” only they were 5 and 6 year olds.

        And you’re right many of them do deserve an A for creativity. Just imagine what they could do if those minds had been given an adequate education. Not even a good one – just adequate.

        I too laughed until I cried. I think that my favorite is the “benign” one.

        Lou was laughing so hard he couldn’t talk and just kept pointing at the one about wearing a “condominium” for contraception.

  7. piper Says:

    Interesting article about how the debates changed when they were moderated by the League to fWomen Voters to ‘Newsy’ folks. It’s all about money and ratings not about being informative and helpful in choosing our next prez.

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