General Discussion, Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Lake Michigan, St. Joseph, MI

Lake Michigan, St. Joseph, MI

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165 Responses to General Discussion, Wednesday, January 11, 2017

  1. Cetera says:

    Went to dinner at Texas Roadhouse tonight with some of the wife’s extended family. Her real dad’s brother and wife were traveling through town, and we went with her mom and BF, and her brother and his family. It was nice, but super packed, and loud. Couldn’t hear a thing.

    We were seated at a bar/table, tall, narrow, long. There were nine of us, and I was on the end, with a hard divider under the table, so I couldn’t even scoot closer. However, a very nice older couple came in and sat down right next to me, on the other side. They were retired. We ended up chatting quite a bit. They loved our family, and my 7-year-old nephew.

    The gentleman was from Swiss, but had been in the States since he was basically old enough to do so. He said he had gone through the military in Switzerland, but fell in love with America because of John Wayne. He wanted to live where John Wayne lived, see what he saw, and be as free as he was. It was a big adventure, so he did it. Started out on the east coast, NY, NJ, and hated it. Lived in Omaha for 8-10 years, then made it to California. He’d been living in the San Fran bay area ever since.

    His wife had tremendous fake boobs, and a fake deep tan, and new teeth. She was also retired, very nice to talk to, and dressed in a VERY nice red and black dress. She was dressed the nicest of anyone in the place (and believe me, it was very strange and disconcerting feeling to think “oh, nice boobs – oh, wait, old enough to be my grandmother…Ugh).

    Anyway, I’m the most extraverted introvert anyone ever knows, and I was trying to spread the love, so we were talking a bit. I couldn’t resist tweaking (fake lady from CA has to hate Trump) so I asked her husband what he thought of Trump. He was super nice about it. He thought that were pros and cons, and had some serious concerns, but thinks that he also has some big plusses, and it was too early to say. He wanted to wait and see. He asked what I thought, and I told him I was cautiously optimistic. No need to barrel them over right at the start.

    Anyway, the wife was every single stereotype you can imagine. She related a story on how she had to go to her therapist on the day after the election, and her therapist told her they are all in mourning, and have to help each other through it. She has scheduled a 10-day retreat at her Buddhist camp to center herself next week, so she can try to make it through his inauguration. *eyeroll*

    Anyway, I infected them with my positivity. She kept remarking on how everyone in AZ is so nice (they were there just to get away from the rain in SF right now), and how much she was enjoying it. She couldn’t understand how I wasn’t worried, so I recommended Bridge of Spies to them, relating the story of the Russian who wasn’t worried, and when asked why not by Tom Hanks, he kept replying, “would it help?”

    I also told her she’s a CA gal, and she should know how to spread the love and positivity. LOL. She seemed to take it to heart. She wanted to friend me on facebook (I don’t do facebook).

    Anyway, that’s my story of doing my part to help break through the cloud and the fear for the anti-Trumpers and the ctrl-Lefties out there, while hijacking Stella’s blog yet again.

    Apologies to Stella and all! Cheers, and happy Wednesday!

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  2. joshua says:

    all immigrants wanting to come to America should be forced to listen to all of Obama’s speeches for the last 8 years and have to write an analysis of how he met his promises as an example of what must never happen again should they be allowed to stay here.

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  3. MaryfromMarin says:

    “Strengthen our weakness, we beseech Thee, that we may do valiantly in this spiritual war.”
    –St. Augustine–

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    • MaryfromMarin says:

      ^^^ Theme association with life. ^^^

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      • ImpeachEmAll says:

        This is not hollywood.
        This is the real world.

        The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live.

        The truck explodes. The camera goes blank.

        Two young men go to their God.

        Six seconds.

        Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty, into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight – for you.


  4. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  5. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Happy thought and
    KARMA moment…

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  6. ImpeachEmAll says:

    38.7 Β°F or 3.7 Β°C

    Heat wave returns.

    Time for another log or two…

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  7. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ Czarina! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Phlox! (aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Pastries for coffee!

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  8. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  9. amwick says:

    For anyone interested, I found the rules for the Congressional Art Contest.. This is about that painting in Congress that is in the middle of a big controversy… anyway, here, take a look.
    As outlined in these guidelines, the final decision regarding the suitability of all artwork for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition exhibition in the Capitol will be made by a panel of qualified persons chaired by the Architect of the Capitol. While it is not the intent to censor any artwork, we do wish to avoid artwork that is potentially inappropriate for display in this highly traveled area leading to the Capitol. Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.

    So this painting should never have been selected in the first place.. It was a no brainer, seriously…. SMH

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  10. derk says:

    Good Morning Stella,crew,
    Clouds cleared for a bit this morning, beautiful full moon! Obama on his way out but California is still attached to y’all. Mary and I are pleased at least.

    Love the pic, you have quite the inventory. Have a great day you all!

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  11. derk says:

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  12. auscitizenmom says:

    Just heard on FOX and FRIENDS the liberals are now attacking LLBEAN. It is because someone on the board supports Trump. Linda Bean gave $60,000 to a pro Trump superpak. The money was private and had nothing to do with the business. SMH

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  13. stella says:

    Good morning all!

    Busy news day today. More Senate confirmation hearings, and votes, beginning at about 9:00 am (see post).

    At 11:00 am, PE Trump will hold a press conference at Trump Tower, and we will have a live link.

    I won’t post about that awful CNN/Buzzfeed “news”, but I thought you might like to watch Stefan Molyneux’s take on it:

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  14. stella says:

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      Iowahawk has been on fire on Twitter.

      I just scrolled back through his comments to the 9th of January.

      Amazing points about race, about the formerly “malicious” use of tertiary names, about the MSM depictions of The South, and some amazing revelations about Iowa.

      Great thing about his thread, timeline, whatever you call it:

      You don’t even have to read the conversation, or what he’s even responding to, because we’ve all heard the obvious lame openings he’s responding to for about 40-50 years!

      It’s like the joke about life prisoners telling jokes! “Number 26!” Brings down the house.

      That’s the same with us and what dave is only giving us replies to. He should just start numbering them, too.

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  15. stella says:

    I am crying.

    Exclusive Excerpt – β€˜Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer’

    … What they said and the pictures they showed changed me. I am not the same person I was.

    Abortion arguments from pro-abortion advocates tend to avoid any actual talk of how an abortion is done and what exactly it is that is being aborted. I know a lot about both now.

    I now know that what is aborted is a person, with little hands and nails and a face that from the earliest times has expression. The humanity in all the pictures is unmistakable, the pictures of the babies that were shown as evidence in the Gosnell trialβ€”first, second, and third trimester babies, in all their innocence and perfection …

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I know, right.

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    • lovely says:

      I cannot read about the Gosnell horrors right now. I can’t even imagine.

      One battle goes to the good guys.

      Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Vendor StemExpress Drops Lawsuit Against David Daleiden

      In a huge victory for the pro-life advocate responsible for uncovering the grisly business of selling body parts of aborted babies, StemExpress has dropped its lawsuit against David Daleiden.

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        Me neither, although I hope many who don’t know of these horrors will have their eyes opened. Hope it goes viral.

        Has the film been released?

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        I have a rule: if it makes Stella cry, I don’t need to watch it.

        Sound and imagery together with the written word, they go a lot further into the emotional side of our brains. And I’ve read reams about this. I’ve seen plenty of photos. I’ve heard plenty of testimonies. I’ve read plenty of research threads. I’ve cried from studying all four, separately.

        I guess I don’t need to see and hear them all together, layered, complete with an inevitably ominous orchestral soundtrack.

        Some people do, though. Those who need all that to make decisions. Leftists.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          And when I say Leftists are people who need all that to make decisions, I mean it.

          Common-folk leftists, non-activist leftists, they’re not readers, they’re not researchers.

          They are, though, avid, vociferous TV-watchers, MSM-listening sheep.

          They need that glass-and-mahogany anchor desk. Those well made-up, well-lit, well-coiffed personalities. They need that layering of file photos of generic documents over the little animated icon of a reel-to-reel recorder while the recorded interviewee speaks, with ominous music in the background.

          It’s like crack cocaine. They need that techno-digital gavel sound in every episode of Law and Order, they need that audio-visual surprise at the end of every episode of LOST. These crack dealers have been designing this stuff since B&W.

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          • Wooly Phlox says:

            Heck, since my Grandfather’s generation was listening to The Shadow and The Lone Ranger on a crystal set.

            Since Shakespeare, even!

            Heck, since Gutenberg…

            I give up.

            Evil and lies have been around as, and those who want to listen to them, forever.


          • Wooly Phlox says:

            At least in the crystal set days, the propagandists were Pro-America.


      • stella says:

        Got it in my email today!

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    • Cetera says:

      God, it makes me so sad, and sick, and angry. !^&@W#@$@$!*

      Liked by 1 person

    • michellc says:

      My brother and I were talking about abortions the other night and I was telling him how I have always believed women should have to view an ultrasound before they kill their babies so they can see it’s not a lump of cells, but a little human baby.
      He said he’s never believed a woman couldn’t know that, so he’d go one step farther and say if they want to kill a baby and think it’s so easy and no big deal then they should have to watch the entire thing on ultrasound.

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  16. lovely says:

    Wait. Mccain gave the salacious documents to the FBI and the original document had “Disinformation” printed on it but by the time it made it to CNN the Disinformation marking had been removed? Curiouser and curiouser.

    Is anyone talking about the newly discovered Clinton email revelations discovered in the FBI files?


  17. jeans2nd says:

    Begging pardon, but need to vent –

    5 yo girl went missing Monday night. Locals wondered why no Amber alert issued.

    In short – 5 yo girl was beaten to death by her mother, body stashed in family restaurant, later found by local LEOs. Father is naturalized Chinese, mother is illegal.

    Public defender, translator, etc. etc. are now supporting these illegal child killers. Son and family live here, now supporting this detritus, and many more.

    “Autopsy scheduled for 5-year-old Ashley Zhao”
    “…Neither (parent) showing any emotion…”

    Apologies for being such a downer. Nights like this, wish I was a drinker.

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  18. amwick says:

    Just got this in an email.. pretty funny!


    • Wooly Phlox says:

      I just printed that. Then I folded it, and spindled it.

      Then I sold it for $10.00 to a Trump supporter.

      The spindles are cheap. Especially the wire ones.


  19. stella says:

    Very interesting …

    Trump conducts his own sting operation to ensnare intelligence briefers – and says he caught them leaking

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      I know! So amazing, this guy!

      How many skyscrapers, resorts, high-rises, golf courses, et al did he get built?

      You don’t do that by being ignorant of reality.

      You don’t do that by not knowing how to govern.

      You don’t do that by not knowing how to lead.

      You don’t do that by playing checkers when everyone else is playing chess, or, in Obama’s case, Candylandβ„’.

      Trump doesn’t have “handlers”. He probably hasn’t since he was about 10.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      Ten years before my Grandma on my Dad’s side passed, she was still writing me regular letters from FL. She had taken a college course on programming spreadsheets and databases back when the Apple IIc was new, and she had one, and did so.

      She was older than Trump even then. She was “just” an English teacher for most of her life. Quotes because I’m know that’s not really the case.


      Do you wonder if Trump knows how to actually program?

      I don’t.


    • michellc says:

      I don’t these lifers have ever seen anyone like Trump.

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  20. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  21. Wooly Phlox says:

    Peter Gabriel was in Genesis. Way back when.

    I say that as someone who listens to Bach and Rachmaninoff, a lot.

    And Nina Simone, and Ella… and Billie.

    And Willie. And Hank. And his kid. And even Johnny Horton.

    Those are anchors.

    This is new. Got to find new. Always.

    There are stronger, more recent anchors like Bobby.

    Tomorrow Mumford & Sons. The next day probably highasakite or Aurora. Or even Mozart.

    Sonny Joe Williamson? Which one? Dad or son?

    All up in my head, yo.

    Sage Francis? Yesses, many of ’em. So many Yesses.


  22. Wooly Phlox says:

    One more spin:

    I know it sounds corny, man, but I like to bring folks joy, and I like to have a good time. I know folks like to be with somebody who’s having a good time. You sure as hell don’t want to be with somebody who’s having a bad day. — Wolfman Jack, WLS-AM

    Aw yeah, here we go…


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