⛄ Open Thread December 1 ⛄



Today is the first day of December and so the beginning of the Christmas Season for me. All the Decorations go up and I am in complete Christmas mode for the next 25 days.

That doesn’t mean Christmas shopping for me. I hate Christmas shopping. The crowds, the noise, the sheer greed that is so much a part of our modern culture’s idea of the Season. I pick up a few things on Amazon, give the rest gift cards, since they know what they want far better than I do, and am content. I like giving, I just don’t like shopping.

I found a beautiful wooden Tea Chest on Amazon and am filling it with 100 varied tea bags for my wonderful Mother-In-Law Elaine. She will be 87 years young this year and she loves tea. It will also make buying her birthday gift easier come May as we will buy her a refill for her Tea Chest. She’s expressed her lack of interest in more stuff to clutter up her house as she’s lived there 55 years and is trying to get rid of stuff not add more. Tea seemed a good choice.

Much of my love for the season is the music. Therefore I’ll post some of my favorite Christmas music and hope you will do the same.

Most of all I remember the reason for the season. The birth of Jesus and the hope for peace on earth goodwill towards men. I’m still working on that last part.

This seems a good place to start with the music:

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 The South Is On Fire And National Media Couldn’t Care Less

Ravaged by months of drought, huge swaths of the southeast United States are on fire, but you wouldn’t know it judging by national media coverage.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), a federal agency tasked with coordinating interstate fire prevention and suppression efforts, 83 fires are currently raging across 6 southeastern states. Eighteen of those are classified by NIFC as large and uncontained.

If you get most of your news from national TV networks, this is probably the first you’ve heard of any of this. The conversation at Thanksgiving dinner tables in the South last week wasn’t about politics; it was about drought and burn bans and fire risk. Instead of studying up on how to talk to their uncles about Donald Trump, people were asking where they could find hay for their livestock and how the lack of water was slowly killing their farmland.


The media, meaning those in the New York or Washington bubble loathe the south anyway. To them the south is populated by those knuckle-dragging Christians and other forms of low life. They would rejoice to see it burn.

They don’t loathe those of us in the Midwest, aka flyover country, as much, they just mostly ignore us. The Midwest may be as hated as the South now that we’ve rejected the liberal candidate.

As for the fires in the South it’s not as if we actually expect “news” from the “news” people anymore.

I pray for the south in their time of trouble. May God give you rain and lots of it for Christmas.

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Ouch: Biggest Newspaper in Wisconsin Slams Stein, Hillary Over Hopeless Recount

By Guy Benson

 Trump won narrowly. Sen. Ron Johnson won fairly comfortably. It’s over. The editors of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel — no bastion of conservatism — aren’t the least bit entertained by Jill Stein’s recount misadventure.  Their unbridled scorn also transfers over to the Clinton campaign for playing footsie with this “vanity project.” Oof:

Jill Stein may actually believe that demanding a recount of presidential tallies in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania will ensure that “democracy” is served. More likely, she believes the Green Party will be served by her audacious PR stunt. Either way, the Stein recounts are a colossal waste of money and energy when there is not a shred of credible evidence of fraud or error and when the final vote in these three states likely will not change very much…Hillary Clinton’s campaign should have stayed far away from this nonsense. Instead, her campaign is participating in the recount. Clinton blasted Trump for refusing to say during an October debate whether he would accept the results of the election. Her campaign wrote on Twitter at the time: “Donald Trump refused to say that he’d respect the results of this election. By doing that, he’s threatening our democracy.” Does she still believe that? She should reaffirm that view.

Team Hillary is playing the role of reluctant backers of this dead-endism, supporting the recount (for no apparent solid reason), while whispering to reporters that they recognize that it’s going nowhere. Good plan, guys. Terrific work all around:


Seems the liberals and the Socialists and the Communists just can’t help embarrassing themselves this year. They’ve taken poor losers to a whole new level.

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David Harsanyi: Don’t Let Chip And Joanna Gaines Destroy Your Marriage

The number of couples they’ve broken up with their happiness and success is probably incalculable.

Over the past few months, I’ve become addicted to house-flipping shows. For the uninitiated, these are reality shows that depict exceptionally handy people, typically a couple, turning dilapidated or antiquated homes into contemporary showrooms. If you’re interested, there’s an episode on right now. There’s always an episode on.

The most notorious of these programs, though, has to be “Fixer Upper” on HGTV, starring Chip and Joanna Gaines. This Waco couple, with their delightful family, well-adjusted marriage, and pleasant dispositions, are in the crushing-your-soul-with-wild-expectations business.

Chip, for example, does what he’s told. He does it correctly. He does it promptly. He does it with good cheer. And I hate him. The number of marriages ruined by those measuring themselves up to this unattainable standard is probably incalculable at this point.

If they were honest, they would add a disclaimer to every show that reads like so:

The events you are about to see are not real. The actions, prices, and incidents depicted in this show are a product of the producers’ imagination and omission. No one is this nice. Nothing is this easy. Do not try to do any of this in your own, or you may destroy your family and find yourself in debtors’ prison.


I enjoyed David Harsanyi’s humorous piece but I am not enjoying what the left is trying to do to Chip and Joanna Gaines. I expect, given the popularity of this couple that there may be some backlash the left deserves.

Thoughtfascists BuzzFeed, Cosmo Attack The Gaines Family: Their Pastor Thinks Homosexuality Is A Sin!

Now, here’s the wonderful thing about America: the Gaines family can go to a church where the pastor believes homosexual activity is a sin. They can even believe it. So long as they don’t mistreat anybody – and there is not one single solitary shred of evidence that they have – they’re free to do so.

They can hold beliefs! Yes, even Bible believers are allowed to believe things! In fact, that was the reason the Pilgrims came to the United States!


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 Why General Petraeus Is An Unacceptable Candidate For Any Cabinet Position

by Dana Loesch

When you don’t fully support gun rights, that’s a deal breaker, no matter who you are. From Stripes:

A group of former senior military officials and veterans, including Gens. David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal, have launched a veteran-focused gun law initiative.

The initiative, Veterans Coalition for Common Sense, is spearheaded by Capt. Mark Kelly, a former Navy combat pilot and astronaut whose wife, Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., was the target of an assassination attempt in 2011.

The couple jointly formed Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun control advocacy group in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut shootings in 2012 that left 27 dead, most of them children.

The new gun control initiative, which is a rip off of another veterans’ advocacy group, is from Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords’s other gun control group, Americans for Responsible Solutions.

Petraeus is currently being considered for Secretary of State. Why is his stance, a potential Secretary of State’s stance on gun control important? Perhaps you’ve heard of the UN arms treaty?


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To me Christiane Amanpour is a prime example of what is wrong with “journalism” and even the definition of journalism. She is NOT a journalist. She is an opinion writer. And as far as I’m concerned, just my opinion of course, she stinks at both. 

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 The left is applauding Fashion Designers for refusing to work with Melania Trump. Tell me again what their reaction was when the Bakers and Florists refused to work with certain people? Does anyone see a double standard here?


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We Looked at Cabinet Picks Over the Last 40 Years. Here’s How Trump Stacks Up So Far

A Daily Signal analysis of Cabinet nominations dating back 40 years reveals that President-elect Donald Trump is outpacing all of his predecessors, including George H.W. Bush, who was a sitting vice president at the time of his election.

Trump’s selection of Jeff Sessions as attorney general on Nov. 18 made him the second-fastest president-elect in recent history to pick a Cabinet nominee. He added another on Nov. 23 with Besty DeVos as education secretary.

However if you only watch, read or listen to the MSM you would believe Trump is way behind everyone else. But more and more people are too smart to pay any attention to the MSM.

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Mike Lester 

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 Why Is Newt So Angry? 

In case you missed it, Newt Gingrich has been viciously lashing out at Mitt Romney, who is in the running to be President-elect Trump’s pick for secretary of state. The former House speaker went on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Wednesday, sounding like he was unloading a decade’s worth of frustration, aimed squarely at Romney and his dinner with Trump:

There’s a scene in “Pretty Women” [sic] where Richard Gere goes up to the salesman on Rodeo Drive and says: “We need a little sucking up here.”

You have never, ever, in your career seen a wealthy adult who is independent, has been a presidential candidate, suck up at the rate that Mitt Romney is sucking up.

I am confident that he thinks now that he and Donald Trump are the best of friends, they have so many things in common. That they’re both such wise, brilliant people. And I’m sure last night at an elegant three-star restaurant, he was happy to share his version of populism, which involve a little foie gras, a certain amount of superb cooking, but put that in a populist happy manner.

You really have to listen to the audio to hear the dripping sarcasm in Newt’s voice and get a sense of his anger.


I will confess that I find Romney’s degree of sucking up to Trump repulsive. He is either a phony now or he was a phony when he called Trump a con-man. Either way, he should have shut up after Trump won and stayed home.

Gingrich, whom I loathe, is over the top but I make no excuses for Romney’s allowing Trump to humiliate him as he’s doing. Especially since the word is Bolton is the new fav.

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 Judicial tyranny on steroids: Court nullifies North Carolina legislative elections, demands special election 

By Daniel Horowitz

Yes, you read that correctly. In the ongoing judicial war against North Carolina Republicans, a federal court expanded the ruling that North Carolina must redraw its state legislative districts to now include holding a special off-year election by the end of 2017 instead of waiting for 2018.

In a society where a man can be a woman, it might not seem like such a stretch for a court to transmogrify into a legislature. But if the judicial power-grab against the states is not reined in quickly, we will cease to function as a democratic republic.

The three-judge panel on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, which included a Democrat Fourth Circuit Judge and Republican and Democrat-appointed district judges, became the ultimate super legislature yesterday. The federal courts have already thrown out the state’s congressional and legislative maps as well as a county school board map based on politically-motivated claims of racism. Yet, despite the maps being approved by Obama’s Justice Department and twice by the state’s supreme court, the unelected federal judiciary — which has absolutely no jurisdiction over state elections — is forcing the state to spend extra money, overturn the will of the people, and conduct an additional election.


It’s time for people to do what Nancy Reagan suggested all those years ago – just say no. And keep saying no. What are these activist judges gonna do, lock up and/or fine a whole state? The whole country?

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 Have a great day!

And you know I couldn’t leave without at least one more cartoon…

This cartoon from the ever brilliant Gary Varvel is in honor of the idiot Democrats that just re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their Minority Leader. Because since she’s done her level best since becoming  Majority Leader to send them back to the Minority position and see that they are always in the minority.

“I have a special spring in my step today because this opportunity is a special one, to lead the House Democrats, bring everyone together as we go forward,” Pelosi said after the vote, appearing elated in her victory.

She kept repeating that she won with 2/3 of the vote. That doesn’t seem great to me if 1/3 of her caucus didn’t want her to lead. Remember when she took the big gavel they were the Majority and under her leadership it’s been all down hill. Congrats Pelosi and Dims!


7 Responses to “⛄ Open Thread December 1 ⛄”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Isn’t it amazing that the media is willing to hold Chip and Joanna Gaines responsible for what their Pastor says but were never willing to do the same about Obama and the nasty Reverend Wright?

  2. helenk3 Says:


    beware the law of unintended consequences
    victor davis hanson

    this man always seems to get it right

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Hi Helen! Nice to see you.

      Yes, Victor Davis Hanson seems to always get it right. Thanks for the article – I had missed it.

      • helenk3 Says:

        I stole 2 of your links.
        the one about NC is kind of scary. if it can be done in one state it can be done in others. this screws up elections and the will of the people

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          It is scary indeed! What right do some judges have to overturn the will of the people? I’m sure the founders never had that in mind.

          But remember it was done in California too. The people voted for some proposition, I don’t remember the details and some court overturned it.

  3. helenk3 Says:


    Network at 40. the film that predicted the future

    I had forgotten about this movie. but it seems they got it right

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