So Over (Most) People, Walkabouts, And The Power of Love…*D-DAY UPDATE* *Weekend Open Thread*


UPDATE: I usually put updates at the bottom of the post, but this one is too important for that. I was terribly remiss in not mentioning in my post that this is the 76th Anniversary of D-Day. Thanks to KenoshaMarge for reminding me of this day that made such a tremendous difference to us, and to the world.

I want to honor all those who fought so hard to defeat fascism and ensure our way of life:

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. And now, back to the original post…

I know that is not the most ministerial thing to say, but in the midst of all of this lunacy, yeah, I’m over it. Truly.

And if you need an example of why, you can check out this Laura Ingraham monologue, which begins with George Floyd’s own brother telling people to stop what they are doing, that they aren’t going to bring his brother back. But the levels of violence have just been staggering. Add to that the reality that people are being paid to engage in these riots,  with pallets of bricks showing up in random places in cities, and so much more, as Ingragham notes below:


Until that time when we get this country back under control, with the provocateurs who are waging an insurrection in this country behind bars immediately, I’m gonna provide a little respite for a couple of days.

And that begins with the focus on “little.” Check out this adorable baby platypus:

Can you even believe that’s real?? How absolutely adorable! I can barely stand it. Wow!

And then there is this next little video. Last week I had one of penguins visiting a museum. Check out these small goats being introduced to river otters:


Aren’t they so cute? All of them – the goats, the otters, and their handlers. I love them all playing games  together. What fun!

And since the penguins were a hit (and I mean, really – how could they not be? The way they move and walk is just fun to watch!), here are a couple more videos of penguins meeting other animals in an aquarium.

First up is a Rockhopper penguin. My partner, Suzy, got to see some of these hopping penguins in person when we were on a South American cruise that took us to the Falkland Islands. Check out this cutie meeting some beluga whales:


Isn’t that just precious? Beluga whales are so cool – I love them, too.

To digress for a moment, who wouldn’t love these fun-loving creatures of the sea? A while ago, I included a video of a beluga whale out in the wild enjoying a game of Fetch with a guy on a boat near the Arctic Pole:


Isn’t that awesome? Love that…

Okay, back to those adorable little penguins bebopping around. Now, if you enjoy watching these little fellas walk around, you’re going to LOVE this one. Check out this flock’s daily constitutional:


Ahahaha – isn’t that just too good?? I love watching them walk, hop, and jump. They absolutely crack me up.

Well, my shoulder has about had it, but I did want to come full circle to what Laura Ingraham was discussing above, and the levels of violence we are seeing in our nation now. Since too many are twisting the words of The Rev. Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr., I want to leave you with some wise words from his niece, The Rev. Alveeda King. From Faithwire:

She recalled the now-famous words of her uncle.

“He dreamt of a world where people ‘will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.’”

“People are human beings with so much more uniting us than dividing us. People have human personalities. As Martin Luther King once said: ‘When we value the human personality we won’t kill anybody.’ He also said: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. I have decided to stick with love; hate is too great a burden to bear,’” King said.

She said she was saddened that a quote from her uncle about violence is being taken out of context by some people.

“The prophet said that ‘violence is the language of the unheard.’ Some people are calling this an endorsement of violence, but nothing could be further from the truth. MLK spoke those words in defense of non-violence; he refused to promote violence as a solution to the ills of society,” King explained. “Martin Luther King preached love, not hate; peace, not violence; and universal brotherhood, not racism. ‘Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend,’ he said in 1963.”

King said if her uncle were alive today he would be fighting nonviolently for justice and against all forms of hatred and racism. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Amen to that. People need to stop trying to justify violence by quoting a man of God who consistently advocated for the exact opposite of that.

And our nation needs to stand up to those who use violence as a means to get their way while destroying the lives of others.

At least that’s what I think.

But I don’t want to leave you on that note. Rather, i prefer to leave you on this note, a new song from Dolly Parton that is a real blessing, looking toward the future, being kind, and loving:


Preach it.

This is the Weekend Open Thread. What’s on your minds?

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52 Responses to “So Over (Most) People, Walkabouts, And The Power of Love…*D-DAY UPDATE* *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    I loved the entire post, as I always do. I always chuckle at the wonderful animals videos you share. I am addicted to baby goats and am fortunate that I once raised goats and can testify to the adorableness of baby goats. Mine were not miniatures but they were still so adorable.

    It is nice to chuckle at the antics of the delightful little penguins. Such fun!

    But most of all I loved the Dolly Parton song. I hadn’t heard it. It more than anything else I’ve heard or read lately gave me some hope. And I needed that very much.

    Thanks for sharing and now rest that shoulder.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you so much, Marge!

      I love that y’all had goats – that’s so neat! You had them for their milk, right? Anyway – fun!

      These animals just crack me up. I am glad they brought you some joy.

      I am especially glad that you enjoyed the Dolly Parton song. I thought it was so poignant, and powerful. And that voice alone brings me joy…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        We had goats because my younger son was allergic to cow’s milk. And about the time we found out my brother-in-law had a Nubian nanny goat he want to get rid of.

        My first husband brought it home in the back of his old 55 Chevy. The goat was tearing out great tufts of stuffing from the back of the seat. My older son said it looked like a snow storm. That was my introduction to old “Milly” and she was a good milker for many years

        Milly was on the small side and we bred her to a small billy goat so our “kids” were on the small side too. Deliberately. It’s easier to persuade a smaller goat to get up on the milking stand than a large one.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I thought that was why you had them – for your son.

          Interesting abt Milly and smaller goats!

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yes, thank you I was remiss in not mentioning this historic day…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I confess I forgot too. I thought about it yesterday and then it went right out of my head. Actually most of the cartoonists seem to have forgotten too.

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Best dent repair ever!

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    We all know that Gen. Mattis came out talking smack abt Trump. But it went farther than that into outright lies, and a dangerous suggestion.

    Mike Ford, a former Army officer and West Point grad, had a few choice words for the General:

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Gentle Belgian Malinois Takes Back Toys From The New Puppy

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  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A co-worker of Suzy’s sent me this, knowing how much I love sloths:

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:


      • kenoshamarge Says:

        This one cracked me up. I sent it to Lou and a few minutes later I heard a great shout of laughter and knew he got it. He immediately sent it to all his pals.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          My niece and her family are here. I read it to them and they all cracked up, too! 😀

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

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  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Didya Know?

    Christian Atheism exists, in which followers believe in the teachings of Christ but not that they were divinely inspired. They see Jesus as a humanitarian and philosopher rather than the son of God.

    In the 7th century, Mohammed wrote an open letter to Christians that declared their right to self-governance, protection for churches and monasteries, and freedom to practice their religion openly in Muslim controlled areas. Muslims are commanded to follow this until the end of time.

    Historians believe the fate of Christianity hinged on the Battle of Tours (732 A.D.) where an Arab invasion force was defeated by a Frankish force in present-day France, preventing the spread of Islam to all of Western Europe and preserving, Christianity as the religion of Europe.

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    Didya know?

    While Italian diplomat Niccolò Machiavelli criticized Christianity and the Church, he also strongly believed in the use of religion as a political tool. He thought that fear of God kept society in order and that while a leader shouldn’t be too religious himself, he should make his people as religious as possible.

    A man named Clyde Lott in Nebraska is breeding red cows and sending them to Israel in hopes of a pure red heifer being born there. Such an event will allegedly prompt Jews to build a Third Temple, which fundamentalist Christians believe will usher in Jesus’ Second Coming.

    St. Augustine, in the 4th century, wrote that Christians should not interpret Genesis literally because if science proved it otherwise, Christian witness would be gone.

    The bible mentions unicorns 9 times.

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    An elderly woman walked into the local country church. The friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps.

    “Where would you like to sit?” he asked politely.

    “The front row please,” she answered.

    “You really don’t want to do that,” the usher said. “The pastor is really boring.”

    “Do you happen to know who I am?” the woman inquired.

    “No,” he said.

    “I’m the pastor’s mother,” she replied indignantly.

    “Do you know who I am?” he asked.

    “No,” she said.

    “Good,” he answered, “Let me show you the front pew.”

  16. kenoshamarge Says:

  17. kenoshamarge Says:

    Trump gets a boost from an unexpected Catholic church ally

    By Monica Showalter

    It’s almost like a Hobbit or a Star Wars movie or something, at least if you are non-Catholic, and actually, even if you are.

    Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the titular archbishop of the mythical-sounding Ulpiana (which is some place in Ruritania, err, Kosovo), has sent President Trump an unexpected letter of support, speaking deeply of good and evil.

    For the first time, the United States has in you a President who courageously defends the right to life, who is not ashamed to denounce the persecution of Christians throughout the world, who speaks of Jesus Christ and the right of citizens to freedom of worship. Your participation in the March for Life, and more recently your proclamation of the month of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, are actions that confirm which side you wish to fight on. And I dare to believe that both of us are on the same side in this battle, albeit with different weapons.

    For this reason, I believe that the attack to which you were subjected after your visit to the National Shrine of Saint John Paul II is part of the orchestrated media narrative which seeks not to fight racism and bring social order, but to aggravate dispositions; not to bring justice, but to legitimize violence and crime; not to serve the truth, but to favor one political faction.

    and in the end, he offers President Trump a blessing:

    United against the Invisible Enemy of all humanity, I bless you and the First Lady, the beloved American nation, and all men and women of good will.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good on him for standing up against the politicization that is infesting the Church, too.

  18. fyreglass Says:

    My husband found the following tidbit on Facebook:

    During the recent Covid-19 lock down, the Government in Egypt decided to ask the city’s taxi drivers to drive around Cairo sounding their car horns. It is hoped that the familiar sounds of the city will induce a return to tranquillity and normality following the recent pandemic.

    Operation “Toot ‘n Calm ‘Em” will last for the rest of the week.

  19. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    given so much abt him, like his holding up an Antifa poster, Sharia law support, etc., as this article below indicates. But it is what he just did that may cause real trouble (to the Left):

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Isn’t that something? I’ve always known he wasn’t nearly as smart as he thought he was. But in his arrogance he’s causing problems that a good lawyer could drive a truck through. And if the cop gets off expect the riots to start all over again.

  20. kenoshamarge Says:

    This is where the leftist thinking, or lack of thinking, confuses me. They want to get rid of Law Enforcement but yet they say…

  21. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I just got this email from PETSMART with the subject line: “Black Lives Matter: Let’s Make A Difference”

    Here’s the letter:

    Dear PetSmart Family,

    This is a pivotal moment in our country. It is a time to come together in support of basic human and civil rights and to love one another unconditionally.

    The belief in unconditional love, that very important lesson we learn every day from our pets, is the heart of PetSmart. We promote belonging and inclusiveness in an environment where individuals with diverse backgrounds and talents can excel.

    But we can ‐ and must ‐ do better.

    It isn’t enough to say that we value diversity or to speak about inclusion in general terms. Now is the time to listen attentively and to be clear in our words and our actions. Now is the time to state plainly and unequivocally that Black Lives Matter and to do our part to ensure that this is our truth.

    Right now, we are working on actions including:
    $1 Million scholarship fund to support all associates of color to advance their educational aspirations.
    Grants from PetSmart Charities support pets and pet parents in under-represented communities.
    Enhanced development and recruiting to improve black representation at PetSmart.
    At PetSmart, we believe pets make us better people, but we know that conscious actions lead to real progress. That is why we must all commit to standing with our Black communities, to taking meaningful action, to being held accountable, and to saying what we must until it is no longer necessary: Black Lives Matter.
    J.K. Symancyk
    CEO, PetSmart

    Suffice it to say, I don’t them to stick it where the sun don’t shine, that I do not support violent organizations that are anti-American, anti-Capitalist, anti-family (the last two are in the Foundation mission statement).

    WTH WITH THESE CORPORATIONS JUMPING ON THIS BANDWAGON???? I am sorry for how Floyd died, but like everyone else they have championed, he was a criminal. Only 9 blacks who are unarmed died last year at the hands of the police – NINE!!!!! The stats are so small as to be inconsequential. This is all just NUTS. WTH is going on?!?!?!!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      The giant corporations ate the only ones that haven’t lost a lot of money during the shut down’/house arrest.

      I daresay some, take Amazon for instance and all the tech groups in Silicon Valley have really made a killing. So to speak.

      So they pander.

      It will backfire as average Joe/Joan gets tired, if he and she isn’t all ready of all the drama.

  22. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    DANG – this Civil Rights attorey, a black liberal, is calling out the Dem. Party, claiming that they have been “hijacked by extremists.”

    I concur:

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