Spring Has Sprung – Time For Snowflakes To Melt *Open Thread*


happyspringHappy Spring, everyone! It is official – Spring has sprung. Of course, in my neck of the woods (Lowcountry, South Carolina), our azaleas and Carolina Jessamine have been blooming for a few weeks now, so we have been having Spring already. Not that we didn’t get a bit of a cold snap when many of you were dealing with snow. But comparatively speaking, Spring is definitely here, at least as far as the Calendar is concerned. So, yeah, Happy Spring!

Perhaps with the onset of Spring the Snowflakes will finally start melting away. Now, I know I often pick on these young Snowflakes, but come on, they make it just SO easy to do.

Take for instance the following video from Hypelinenews of college students at Illinois State University being interviewed about Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and what they think of her. Then note how they scramble when they realize they have been spewing nothing but talking points and that they know JACK about what she has done or for what she stands (h/t Facebook Friend):

It is just too rich, isn’t it? Seeing them try to dance around how they just agreed with her positions but still wanting to hold the Liberal Party Line? It is laughable, and disconcerting, at the same time.

Their swooning support of Bernie Sanders continues to defy logic and reason, though neither one of those are in much evidence among many of these Snowflakes these days.

But Snowflakes don’t have to be college students or young people, as it turns out. Have you heard about all of these people who are literally losing sleep over Trump being President? I kid you not. Check out some of the incredible statements these folks are making. From Newsbusters:


(Yahoo News reporter Lisa) Belkin’s theme about these poor, sleep-deprived folks runs as follows (links are in original):

Blue America is having trouble with sleep — tossing and turning as they lie awake, then falling into nightmares. And those who are suffering tend to blame the 45th president of the United States.

To be sure, a state of heightened anxiety over whoever is in the White House is not new. Two presidents ago, columnist Charles Krauthammer coined Bush Derangement Syndrome, the symptoms of which were the “acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.”  Next came Obama Derangement Syndrome, memorialized by a conspiracy-spouting satirical character on the “Stephanie Miller Happy Hour” radio show.

And now there’s what Hollywood screenwriter Sam Friedlander has spoofed as Trump-Induced Anxiety Disorder.

There is no way to quantify whether there are more sufferers during this administration than previous ones. But for those going through it this time around, it certainly seems very new and very real. And it looms largest in the dead of night, say dozens across the country who described their pillow-punching wakefulness and fraught sleep to Yahoo News.

Oh, my. Two months later, these poor people cannot sleep as the histrionics around Trump are ratcheted up. They are feeding into their own insomnia, if you ask me.

The Newsbusters piece includes this summation that is helpful, I think:

What Belkin appears to have revealed is that she’s a willing participant in a post-Trump election feedback loop:

  • Prominent leftists — politicians, reporters, entertainers, and activists — declare the end of the world as we once knew it.

  • Such pronouncements, reported and played often, cause everyday left-leaning people to get emotionally overwrought and to start losing sleep.

  • Outfits like Yahoo solicit and publish stories of sleep deprivation.

  • Prominent leftists have their beliefs reinforced and announce “news” such as what Belkin has just reported as proof that we are on the way to the end of the world as we once knew it.

  • Rinse and repeat. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

That about sums it up, doesn’t it? And so it is for these Snowflakes, young and old, I offer you this little lifeline, “Friends in Safe Spaces” parody:

More to come with this hilarious parody. They are adding a new verse soon, according to Fox and Friends.

Yep, it is most definitely time for these Snowflakes to melt away. Spring is here, it’s a new Season, time to let go the angst of the November election already and suck it up. That is precisely what those of us who opposed Obama did for 8 years (and Bush for 8 years before that), so get the hell over it already.

Not saying you have to like Trump – heaven knows, I still don’t, though I gotta admit he has made some positive changes in the 60 days he has been in office – but really, grow up already.

Oh,, and before I leave this to you the same goes to those Senate Democrats who are acting like jackalopes about Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, making over-the-top extreme comments about him just to satisfy their crazed base. Come on, already – this is a Supreme Court nominee. Can we have just a little bit of decorum for someone who may well sit on the highest bench in the Land? Can we just – for a freakin’ second – grow up, act like adults, and stop with the constant barrage of partisan sniping??

Yeah, I didn’t think so, either – but it was worth a shot, wasn’t it?

That’s it for me. What’s on your minds today? This is an Open Thread.



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41 Responses to “Spring Has Sprung – Time For Snowflakes To Melt *Open Thread*”

  1. piper Says:

    Keeping voters in line with entitlements which can be considered a form of unbreakable addictions.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You said it, piper – that is so, so true…

      Thanks for the links!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I agree about the entitlements until people throw Social Security into the mix. Social Security is NOT an entitlement. It is, and has been all my working life, a requirement. When I got my first job, as a Carhop, at 15, I had to also get a Social Security Card and pay into it. I never had a choice.

      Now, at the end of my life the problem with me, and others like me, is that we just aren’t dying off soon enough. Sorry about that.

      Are there ways to make Social Security better? To make it available for those in the future? Of course there are ways. I’m just not sure that I trust politicians to go a good job of it.

      And therein lies the problem – Seniors don’t trust the government not to take away their Social Security, for many of us the only “retirement” income we have, and so the mere mention sends panic through our community.

      And so because of their fear of the large voting block of Seniors no one does a damn things. We do vote in large numbers and that’s frightening to politicians. Well that’s fair play because we’re afraid of them too.

      If they want to save a lot of money stop subsidizing illegals. Put that money into a real “lockbox” and use it to “fix” Social Security.” Let Ted Cruz and Mike Lee do the fixing – them I trust not to screw us. And I don’t trust many.

      Sorry, end of rant.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You can feel free to rant on ANY time, Marge!

        You are right that Social Security is NOT an “Entitlement.” Working people pay into this account, and the theory was originally that it would keep people from being destitute in their later years.

        That said, it was NEVER meant to be the sole means of income, but a safety net.

        There have got to be better ways to manage it and handle it. But yeah, politicians are not the ones to be doing that…

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          It was only at the end of my working life that I had a job that offered a 401K plan. I entered into that enthusiastically and when I left the job, I cashed it in and put it in an IRA. It hasn’t grown much, thanks to the Fed keeping interest rates so low but it’s still there as my security. I added what I could from time to time.

          It isn’t much all things considered but it’s a lot more than many of my acquaintances have.

          Women’s jobs did not usually have an pension plan when I/they were working, and some never worked outside the home so Social Security is all they have. And the minute someone mentions touching it they panic.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            I totally hear you. As noted, initially, it was designed to make sure that widows and orphans were not rendered destitute.

            That said, I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure that spouses receive the benefits of their spouse when that spouse passes on (whichever benefit is greatest), so there is that. As noted in the primer linked below, still, people were/are expected to put money away on their own, though a good number do not for a host of reasons, including lack of income.

            But I hear what you are saying, and yes, I can understand the panic that results when those who do not have any other kind of financial investment hear of potential impact to SS.

            Hear is the informative “primer” I found on Social Security: http://www.ncpssm.org/ss_primer/

      • piper Says:

        In total agreement with you about Social Security. It’s not an entitlement since all of working folks have contributed since we were teens, however I have concerns about SSI abuses. We in special ed. were asked by many parents to fill out SSI forms so they could collect money for their children’s disability which we did when the child had multiple issues but not for a single issue like a lisp or other speech problems which could be corrected. It amazed me how many parents couldn’t read or hold a job yet knew how to apply/get government cash.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, dang, piper – that is telling, isn’t it?

          I was thinking abt that whole abuse thing when Marge mentioned that things need to change with it. They definitely do, and stopping abuse (as much as possible) is way up there.

          Thanks for the input!

          • justine Says:

            I agree. The abuses of SS are overwhelming.

            When appointed guardian for my Down Syndrome sister, I was required by the court to apply for SSI. She was deemed ineligible. (I also have learned that the government pays family members to care for disabled relatives. I am so grateful that we were able to care for her, and rest in the knowledge that “the system” was uninvolved. I’m sure some cases are legit, but many are a “rip-off” of the government.)

            Little things mean a lot…

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            justine, thank you so much for your comment and sharing your family’s experience.

            It is amazing your sister was turned down considering some people who receive SSI. My cousin, who had Lupus, was turned down repeatedly. I couldn’t help but wonder if after her death, they finally got it…

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Social Security would have been fine if they would have just left it alone. First all the money collected was supposed to be put in a “lockbox” and only used to pay out to those who paid in.

          But no, the damned politicians had to get their greedy hands on it and to no one’s surprise it was soon gone. Empty lockbox.

          Then they started paying out to people that never paid in. I see no problem with a widow getting her husband’s check when he dies. Only seems fair to me. But it was never meant to fund the children of those that pass on. i know that sound cruel but it’s true.

  2. insanitybytes22 Says:

    I’m a bit envious of those who still have snow and small children. I think it would be great fun to not die any eggs,but to simply place the white ones out in the snow and say, good luck!

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Speaking of Seniors…

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Trump Threatens House Republicans: Pass Trumpcare, Or Else

    Meeting on the Hill with House members today, Trump said that his crowd size would dissipate if Republicans didn’t pass his bill. “We won’t have these crowds if we don’t get this done,” he said. He turned on the House Freedom Caucus – some of his biggest backers during the election cycle – and said that loss wasn’t “acceptable,” specifically targeting Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) for scrutiny. He added, “I honestly think many of you will lose your seats in 2018 if you don’t get this done.”


    This will not end well. Those of us who have tried to find something positive in a Trump presidency don’t like this kind of crap. He had better back off or he’ll lose a lot of “reluctant” support.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, brother. I just want the Republicans to do what we told them to do and they said they WOULD do: Repeal, and replace, not with OBAMACARE LITE, but with something that is not Socialized medicine, that allows us to have our premiums and deductibles back where they were before Obamacare exploded them (or close to it), to not force us to pay for things we will NEVER use and didn’t choose (like maternity care men have to pay for now, etc.), and on it goes.

      This is how gov’t is SUPPOSED to work. People work together to come up with a compromise, not to walk in lockstep depending on the letter after their names. And not to be threatened, a la Obama and Trump, if they act independently.


    • piper Says:

      Trump wants a ‘win’ to hype his ego. However another piece of garbage healthcare will damage his standing with supporters and increase the fervor from the democrats and ultra left.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Great points, piper – well said!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        You are so right. Pity he can’t seem to see it.

        Many of the Trump haters seem to think this will do him in and then Ted Cruz will run against him in 2020 and presto-chango Cruz will be POTUS.

        Not gonna happen

        If Trum loses in 2020 it will be to some damn Democrat. The Cruz cult just cannot stop living in fantasyland.

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    A leftist State Department official is publicly attacking President Trump on social media

    Alan Eyre, a high-ranking State Department official known for his pro-Tehran, anti-Israel biases — and a key component of the Iran nuclear deal’s negotiating team— has been using his verified Twitter account to repost articles attacking President Trump, the man who he ultimately answers to.

    The postings, shared below, are only a small snapshot of what Eyre has tweeted out over the past month and shared with his 100,000-plus followers. Some mock the president and question his intelligence and integrity (again, Eyre’s boss). Another post calls President Trump’s decisions “senseless” and “heartless.”


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      He should be fired ASAP. When one works for the Federal Gov’t, politically biased statements, not to mention attacks, are unacceptable.

      Heck, I remember a friend who who was a nuclear engineer for DOE saying you couldn’t even have a BUMPER STICKER on your vehicle that would in any way denote what one’s political leanings were.

      And this kind of thing above is beyond the pale.

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Actually no we haven’t seen Trump’s taxes. We’ve seen 2 pages from 12 years ago. But thanks to idiot Maddow that’s the new GOP talking point. And it will work with a whole lot of people.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Agreed – we have only seen a snippet of Trump’s tax return, and from back in the day.

      It astounds me, though, that Dems are so vocal in demanding to see his tax returns precisely because none of them cared abt Obama showing any documentation abt, well, ANYTHING. He claimed he had NO records from his time as a State Sen. in IL, and they shrugged their shoulders. Had a LAWSUIT to not have his records released from, well, ANYWHERE, and they said, “what difference, at this point, does it make?” (Couldn’t resist.)

      But NOW all of a sudden they care? Such hypocrites.

      That said, Trump absolutely SHOULD have released his tax returns, same as everyone else did. And the Reps who shrugged their shoulders and said, “Meh!” are hypocrites, too…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Unless he’s hiding something Trump should simply say, “fine, I’ll release my taxes just as soon as Obama released his school transcripts.” That should shut most of them up.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          YES!! That is EXACTLY what he should say. That would be something, wouldn’t it? 😀

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Is there no one with enough influence with Trump to stop his incessant Tweeting?

    I know it is a forlorn hope that he will ever stop but can’t they convince him that if he does it ALL the time it becomes less effective? And when he “Tweets” lies and nonsense it just makes him look like a fool?

    I don’t like Trump and I didn’t want him in the White House but he’s what we have. And I want him to do a good job because this is my country and I have to live here. If he screws it up and lets the Dems back in charge we are all screwed.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Unless one of his kids can get him to stop, I don’t know who could…

      But yeah – whether we like it or not, he is what we’ve got. But yeah, he damn sure better not screw up so much he lets the Dems back in there. You’re right – we would be screwed…

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Here is more on Ryan and the “Healthcare Bill”: http://thefederalist.com/2017/03/21/heres-the-deal-paul-ryan-wants-to-cut-on-obamacare/

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