Open Hearts, Open Door, Graceless, And Graceful *Weekend Open Thread*


Thank God, it’s the weekend. Whew! I am particularly excited for it because my beloved New York Yankees are playing the final game Saturday night to determine if they can  return to the World Series. Friday night’s game was maddening, but hopefully Saturday night is the night. It’s about time we got back to the World Series already!

Beyond that, I am thankful to be taking a break from the insanity that seems to be roiling the DC media and media in general. I am so sick of the media parsing every little thing Trump said, to the extent that they are politicizing the deaths of four brave Green Berets. That is despicable, and they need to stop it already. Their constant focus on superficial minutiae while important matters are afoot, allowing Democrats to use smokescreens lest anyone notice the big things, is absurd. Enough already. Sheesh!

Hence the need for a little good news, and that would be the point of the weekend post. First up is a great story about a wedding crasher down in Brazil. From HuffPo:

When Marília married Matheus on Sept. 30 in Laranjal Paulista, Brazil, rainy weather forced the couple to move the ceremony into a tent. As guests took their seats, a stray dog with muddy paws wandered into the area but was escorted outside. He then made his way back in again.

“As the ceremony started, to everyone’s surprise, it was the dog who came in when the bridal chorus began to play,” Marília told The Dodo.

For the second time, the persistent pup was moved outside, and the ceremony carried on. But while the couple was exchanging their vows, the dog entered yet again and plopped down on the bride’s veil for a nap ― a moment captured in the photo above.

“I was really surprised and thought the little guy was really cute,” Marília told HuffPost in Portuguese. (Click here to read the rest.)

Can you believe the bride allowed this stray dog to lie own on her beautiful veil? I mean, he does look pretty comfy and all, but still – that is some major kindness going on there.

But the story doesn’t end there, oh no. This lovely young couple opened their hearts to this stray guy, tracked him down, and now he is a member of their family:

According to the HuffPo article, this couple hopes that their story will encourage more to adopt stray dogs.

Speaking of saving animals, a friend shared the following story with me about one woman’s solution to save all of her horses during the fires in CA. From the Sacramento Bee:

Lauren Mesaros lives across the train tracks from Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood, which was devastated by the Tubbs Fire.

Upon realizing she had to evacuate, the registered nurse at UC San Francisco knew what was most important to her: her three horses, according to The Press Democrat.

Her friend Carol Spears’ trailer could only fit two of the three horses, which left Mesaros to make a quick decision to save all three.

She decided to pack her pony, Stardust, into the back seat of her 2001 Honda Accord. Using a carrot, she and Spears – whom Mesaros calls “a horse whisperer” – got Stardust into the car, SFGate reports.

“He just went in like a big dog. As a horse owner we didn’t think twice about it. It’s like putting your dog or cat in the car,” Mesaros told The Press Democrat.


(Click here to read the rest.)

Ahahahaha. How stinking cute is that little pony?? Adorable!!

That was some fast thinking and a great solution to a crisis situation. Heck, if Jordan would fit in my car, I’d sure do it!

While we are on the subject of small horses, a friend shared this less than graceful compilation of young fillies and colts getting used to their legs. Totally cracked me up:

Aren’t they so cute learning how to use their legs? I love how their mothers just look back at them when their offspring run into them like, “what the heck?” Then they just turn back around and keep grazing like nothing happened. So cute, and just a tad graceless.

On the flip side, I want to finish up with something that is definitely graceFUL, and just beautiful. As many of you know, I am a fan of Dancing With the Stars. This past weekend was their Disney week. Violinist Lindsey Stirling did an absolutely beautiful Foxtrot with her partner, Mark Ballas. Check it out:

Wasn’t that just lovely?

A bit more about Stirling – she had a very close relationship to her father, who was a writer. When his little girl showed promise with the violin, he went into teaching to be able to pay for her violin lessons. Sadly, he passed last year, but not before being able to see what an amazing musician and performer his daughter became:

Stirling is one incredible, graceful, talented young woman. I’d say those lessons were well worth it!

Okay, folks, that’s it for me. I hope you have a great weekend, and Go, YANKEES!!!

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This is the Weekend Open Thread.


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42 Responses to “Open Hearts, Open Door, Graceless, And Graceful *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. piper Says:

    Good morning – another beautiful windy day here.

  2. piper Says:

    You’d never know the wolf and dog were really good friends until ……

  3. piper Says:

    Amy, Thank you for sharing these videos. My take on the media – they jumped the shark a while back and are still trying to use the same old same old practices to prove that they are still a reputable and viable source of information. They still haven’t figured out despite their supposed intellect and vaunted status that the average person is tired of their divisive and mud slinging actions.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      My pleasure, piper.

      I think you are right abt the media – they have jumped the shark and don’t know how much we thoroughly dislike them…

  4. piper Says:

    Yes, I’m on a roll but this is the last one for today.
    Why we have Trump as president, not the Madam as predicted / her turn.

    ‘ “To be a normal American is to constantly be scolded, to be lectured, to be treated as a morally bankrupt simpleton in need of the guidance and direction provided by an urban elite ruling class notable for its empty academic credentials, its track record of incompetence, and its idolization of people who erotically abuse the foliage.

    If we are to have betters, is it so wrong for us to demand that they actually be better? Superiors should be distinguished by their superiority – if you presume to take charge shouldn’t you demonstrate tactical, technical, and moral mastery? So what has our ruling class mastered lately? What is the skill set that sets the smart set apart?

    Are they our betters because of the degrees they hang on the walls of their over-priced, open-floor plan townhouses? Going to college used to mean something more than you had nowhere else to go after high school. It was a training ground for the leadership class. A college student was an invitee to an intellectual banquet where he could sample the best of Western civilization, of art and literature, of civics and philosophy. But today, it’s all gender studies and grade inflation, with whiny social justice warriors drowning out any voice that won’t sing in tune. It is steam table trays heaped with gray, fatty meat and limp asparagus – the Golden Corral of the mind.

    Our aspiring leadership class leaves college with an anchor of debt and the itch of chlamydia, poisoned by a politically correct hook-up culture that amazingly manages to combine the most boring and annoying aspects of both leftism and debauchery. Out go these future leaders on their “slut-walks” and the rest of us look at them and think “Hard pass.” We’ve raised a generation of immoral puritans, living their lives in constant fear that somewhere, somehow, someone is having a normal sex life.

    Where are the elite’s achievements? Our betters have been running things and yet they are the ones crying loudest about how awful things are. It’s another scam, of course.”

    Good read by Kurt Schlicter

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      If the left wants Trump to have a second term they are sure doing all they can to make that happen.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I agree completely – the Left is making damn sure Trump gets re-elected, should he choose to run again. In fact, their attempts to make him look bad, like this recent attack on his call to a grieving widow is making them look even worse, is possible.

      Thanks for the link, piper! And hey, I love your links and cartoons, so keep ’em coming!

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  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    True that the Astros had a great season and thus quite a feat by the Yanks to take them to Game 7 in a rebuilding year as the article below highlights, but always hard to not see them go on to the World Series. Still, I have to tip my cap to the Astros. It was a well played and pitched game.Better luck next year, boys. Now to wait for Spring Training:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Sorry your Yanks didn’t go all the way Amy. There was a time, when I was a fervant Milwaukee Brewer fan, that I loathed the Yankees.

      Now I am just sorry when a friend who is a fan of some team is disappointed when their team doesn’t win. I just don’t care who wins.

      Not even my once beloved Green Bay Packers.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Thanks, Marge- I appreciate it. Yeah, I was pretty disappointed abt the outcome. Oh, well…

        That cartoon is hilarious! I know it is hard on the Pack faithful to have lost Rodgers. Terrible injury.

        I just hope the Pack front office doesn’t cave to the blackmail of the Left to try and force them to hire 3rd rate stringer Kaepernick. It is unbelievable that people think they can force a company to hire someone for social justice reasons. If they want a DECENT quarterback, they’ll seek out Tebow.

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          There are actually few Wisconsin voices calling for Kaepernick. And given the way the Packer fans responded to the knee taking crap I don’t think the Packer PTB will succumb to the demand.

          McCarthy seems determined to stick with his man Brett Hundley. And McCarthy is a stubborn man.

          Reports are that Rogers won’t be able to throw until December which means Hundley is given a chance to make his mark for the rest of the season.

          I don’t really follow the Packers anymore but you cannot live in Wisconsin and not hear about them. Not unless you stay home and don’t ever turn on the television to a Milwaukee station.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Glad to hear that isn’t likely. It would be wrong and stupid if they did.

            LOL – I bet it is impossible to live there and not hear abt the Packers all the time. And yeah, I guess Hundley will have his big chance. Not that I am following football at all this year…

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    An Unapologetic Bible Study: Abortion is Against God’s Will

    Human life is created at conception. When a baby is conceived, God intends the child to be born. For a baby to die between conception and birth is unnatural, aberrant, and a wrenching departure from God’s created order. This is what many conservatives in Congress are arguing as the Senate debates a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It makes me ILL that anyone thinks it is acceptable to abort a FIVE MONTH OLD fetus. Are you kidding me with that??? Insanity, sheer insanity.

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Good Morning friends. I hope you have a lovely Sunday.

    Here’s my favorite Psalm that I recite every morning.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Amen to that! Happy for another day on this Earth, thank God.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        The way I see it I could very well have died 3 years ago last January when I had triple bypass surgery. To me each day since has been a gift from some gifted surgeons and from God.

        I have had nearly four more years of love and laughs and friendship. I’ve seen 3 of the glorious autumn color shows that I love so much come and go.

        I’ve seen the first daffodil in spring and the last rose of summer. I’ve had all of this and now I appreciate it as I never did before.

        I thank God for every day I have. Even the crappy ones. After all, gotta have something to complain about don’t I? 😉

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I am so thankful that you have had more time here, Marge – to see the Fall, Spring, and everything in between, be there for your husband and mother in law, nourish friendships and family, and to just live your life. God knew you had more to do, I reckon

          I am thankful – very thankful indeed – for your days to continue here. Truly a blessing!

    • piper Says:

      Beautiful – I also look at each day as a gift.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        When I was young, like many young people I didn’t appreciate the health or life that I had.

        Now with some perspective and with life slapping me around some I am grateful for every day. Each morning a gift.

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  11. piper Says:

    Democrats planning meeting on how to take down Trump. ‘Every week we’ll look for a booboo or make one up for one of our revered members to go and make a fool of himself/herself which will bring down Trump.’

    “Just when you thought liberals had sunk as low as they could, they break out the shovel and start digging.

    Nothing is sacred anymore. Nothing is off limits, and everything is political. This week showed us once again there is nothing Democrats won’t exploit, no grave they won’t dance on, if they think they can score political points. And there’s nothing “journalists” won’t spin, won’t lie about, and no hypocrisy too great to prevent them from smearing their political opponents.”


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      When two of the people working so hard to take Trump down are wackadoodles like Maxine Waters and Frederica Wilson it makes the left look like a bunch of fools.

      Rep. Frederica Wilson is a fraud, liar & national embarrassment

      Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., has shamelessly politicized the phone call President Trump made to Myeshia Johnson, the grieving widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was recently killed in Niger. She says that the president was incredibly insensitive on the call, reportedly telling Johnson her husband “knew what he was getting into.”

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      Crazy Maxine Waters Comes To Defense Of ‘Wacky’ Frederica Wilson

      Oh my, was some other lunatic getting more attention that Mad Maxine? Not to worry – off to twitter she goes to denigrate a great warrior and to call Trump a moron. Which coming from her is way beyond laughable.

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      Lawrence O’Donnell & Rep. Frederica Wilson Falsely Claim White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly Used ‘Racist’ Term

      On Thursday, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell delivered a lengthy monologue about White House Chief of Staff John Kelly using the term “empty barrel” in reference to Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL).

      During O’Donnell’s nearly 20-minute-long speech, he desperately tried to link Kelly’s “empty barrel” remark to racism.

      I cannot understand why anyone would pay any attention to either of these fools. Neither is worthy of respect or attention. They both certainly seek attention by their outrageous remarks. Wilson with her silly cowboy hats is a walking joke.

      As for claiming Kelly was using racist language against Wilson – that’s so silly no one but a Wilson voter of the leftist media would bother to repeat it.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good grief. That is not unexpected – they have done nothing but try to take out a lawfully elected president since the day he was elected. There really are no depths the Dems will not plumb. It is appalling.

      As for the whackadoodle Representatives, I have no idea how these women even got elected much less stay in office. But Wilson’s turning a death into political fodder is just beyond the pale of human decency.

      I have to say, while it is nice that flags were ordered to fly at half staff for Johnson as well as all of the time spent on his funeral, but WHAT ABT THE OTHER THREE MEN??? What abt THEIR families? Or the families of all the other fallen before them? Where has all the recognition for them and their families been?

      It is infuriating that only because some politician wants to put herself in the spotlight that we are focusing on this one Gold Star family. There are many others who deserve some recognition too, not for someone else’s fame, but because they made the ultimate sacrifice.

  12. piper Says:

    Sounding like a broken record – The truth is that Democrats never wanted Hillary to be president otherwise they would have backed her instead of obama in 2008 and wouldn’t have let sanders run under their banner. He could have run as the independent he claims to be like Perot or Nader. Wonder if she’ll get the message that no one really wanted(s) her. It’s pathetic watching her make a fool of herself on a daily basis.

    Also luv cartoons

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      So many on the left call Trump crazy, hell at one time I did too, but compared to Hillary, who will not accept defeat and lunatics like Maxine Waters and Frederica Wilson he looks almost normal.

      Love the squirrel!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Love the squirrel, too – adorable! Recently, it has been the swarm of blackbirds that empty out the feeder wanting more. The males knock it out of the feeder onto the ground below for their harems (literally, they have harems). The other birds are none too amused by their antics and hogging the feeder.

      And yeah, watching Clinton and the Dems’ behavior (have you seen the lunacy of Rachel Maddow trying to blame Trump for the Niger event even though it is all thanks to Obama our military is there? It s just insane:

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Maddow one of many on the left who simply cannot/will not/do not accept nearly one year later that Hillary lost.

        They are as crazy as she, in her never-ending sob-story about how she lost. (Hint: it wasn’t her fault y’all.)

        I suspect that because the left is so cozy within their little coastal bubbles that they don’t realize that day by day they are driving normal, sane people away. I cannot believe that they and their little coterie of crazies will prevail.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I sure hope they don’t. And you are right – they are just as whacky as Hillary. They deserve each other…

  13. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend had this on Facebook. I thought y’all would appreciate it:

  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Just what we have been saying abt this kneeling thing – this is not a free speech issue. This time, the person saying it is a Constitutional Law professor (h/t Right Scoop):

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