Aug 022016

Yesterday’s appointment with my Ocular Oncologist went well.  The eye is healing nicely,but has a propensity to wander.  She set me up with an double vision specialist in October.  In the meantime, I’m getting a magnifying headband.  By the time Wendy was done, I was exhausted and went to bed.  This morning I have spent most of it dealing with another bogus bill from my identity theft when I was in the hospital for three months last fall, scheduling appointments with four different doctors, arranging for my next volunteer session in the prison in October, helping to facilitate interaction with prisoners and victims, scheduling a meeting next with prison volunteer workers, figuring out why my cell phone stopped ringing and fixing it, and dealing with a site issue.  Dang!!  Talk about two pounds of poop in a one pound bag!  This is today’s only article, and I won’t be sending links messages, because I just half to get the Monthly Report done.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Jig Zone did not send a daily puzzle today, so I just picked one for you. It took me 3:49 (average 4:51).  To do it, click here. How did you do?

Short Takes:

From NY Times: Back in 1968, at the age of 22, Donald J. Trump seemed the picture of health.

He stood 6 feet 2 inches with an athletic build; had played football, tennis and squash; and was taking up golf. His medical history was unblemished, aside from a routine appendectomy when he was 10.

But after he graduated from college in the spring of 1968, making him eligible to be drafted and sent to Vietnam, he received a diagnosis that would change his path: bone spurs in his heels.

The diagnosis resulted in a coveted 1-Y medical deferment that fall, exempting him from military service as the United States was undertaking huge troop deployments to Southeast Asia, inducting about 300,000 men into the military that year.

The deferment was one of five Mr. Trump received during Vietnam. The others were for education.

Oh, the agony of da feet!

From The New Yorker: After stumbling badly on an interview question about Ukraine, the Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump attempted on Tuesday to reassure voters about his geopolitical expertise by adding the retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and the former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to his team of foreign-policy advisers.

“Donald Trump always said that, as President, he would surround himself with the best people,” Trump’s spokesperson, Hope Hicks, said. “In Governor Palin and Dr. Carson, Mr. Trump now has the Dream Team.”

Speaking to reporters, Palin dismissed the controversy over Ukraine as “much ado about a gotcha question.”

Dr. Carson said that, as President, Donald Trump would support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and “its magnificent network of underground grain tunnels.”

Andy, it’s getting really bad when your satire is less jaw-dropping that the truth.

From KP Daily Funnies: "3 a.m." The Simpsons, august 2, 2016


There it is, ladies!! If Hubby considers voting for Rump Dump, cut him off!!




  22 Responses to “Open Thread – 8/2/2016”

  1. NYT: He never made any sacrifices for anyone. Except for himself. He disgusts me.

    NYer: Could you even imagine this?? ugh. LOL, Andy.

    KP Funnies: Exactly! Good message!

    Did anyone see this? This is so Awesome, I love this President!
    Republican leaders should withdraw endorsement of Trump, Obama says

    Glad that you are getting a magnifying headband, and that your eye is healing good.  Sounds like you have a lot going on, with your chores/tasks.  I'll be gone tomorrow, as my DIL has an medical appointment that I'm sitting in on, and it may be late before I get back. (maybe). In the meantime, take good care, try and relax, enjoy your evening, and take good care. Thanks, Tom.

    • I can't help but think (or at least hope) that when republicans step into that voting booth the utter magnitude of their action will be sobering enough that many will decide to do the right thing for the country and vote for Hillary.

      Still, it's very depressing that some 40% of Americans currently favor Trump.  What is WRONG with those people?!?

  2. 5:17  No surprise when you are too fast for me.  I hope you don't plan on eating your cousin, though.

    NYT – Yeah.  So much for the "healthiest President ever."  There is a lot of reaction going around.  So far today is the article collecting reactions from veterans who served with Capt. Khan (hanky alert) and the article contrasting Trump with Hillary's reactions to the mother of the computer guy who died with Ambassador Stevens (who was featured at the RNC).

    And then there's this on a different topic.–Sorry-I-looked-away-for-a-time-But-now-you-can-deal-me-in

    TNY – Yes, when all one can do is shake one's head, reality has far outstripped satire.

    KPDF – Hey, it worked for Lysistrata.

  3. Of course Trump's "bone spur" medical deferment proves something we already knew …

    He's a heel!

  4. Good one! lol. Yup, Drumpf certainly is a "heel", 5 times deferred.

    Just like Darth Cheney had his 5 deferments. 

    • Odd to think that, although of course I wasn't drafted, it was the draft that started me on the path to the military.  If that makes me just the opposite of Drumpf – GOOD!

  5. Here is today's puzzle.

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  6. You do more in half a day than I do in two days!

    NY Times:  I shared this article with my Drumpf supporting friends, many of whom are veterans of Vietnam.  It shocked me to see that a veteran gave Trump his own purple heart, who can explain this phenomonen?  I suppose he has sacrificed money on his many divorces and bankruptcies.

    The New Yorker:  Those two would probably give Trump the advice he wanted to hear.

    KP Daily Funnies:  Thanks for this one, I needed the laugh.

    Cartoon:  Sad



  7. Puzzle — 3:05  Saved from that mangy, snaggle toothed Puddy Tat! (The proper one is up now plus tomorrow's. Gad, today's is ugly!)

    NY Times — He deferred 5 times while Capt Khan answered the call in Iraq and paid the ultimate price for his courage and bravery.  Who's the biggest loser? — Drumpf!!!!!

    The New Yorker — I read this earlier and couldn't stop laughing — Ben Carson and Sarah Palin!  OMG, what a buncg of losers.

    KP Daily Funnies — LOL!

    Cartoon — JFK Jr's boat from WWII.  JFK answered the call and was a good president.  Drumpf did not answer the call and cannot be let anywhere near the WH!

    You were busier than a one armed paper hanger!  I was the total opposite — I kept my leg up as the knee ballooned Sunday night.  It was a bit rainy and much cooler so the kids snuggled up.  I have to say that I visited my mother on Sunday afternoon/evening and it was great.  I had lots of smiles from her and she was definitely wanting her hair brushed.  She also enjoyed my brother's visit a few weeks ago.  She really was having a good day!

  8. Man, you are one busy cat!

    NYT: See Carrie's posting of a marvelous article about Donald's " Malignant Narcissism," at C2!

    New Yorker: Rump, Palin and Carson- It is amazing how our political system can pave the way for utter human failures to achieve some form of public notoriety!

  9. I must have been asleep last yar, because I never realized you were the victim of identity theft, TomCat, just that your helper friend had used your card once (?). I hope you get this sorted, because identity theft is a very nasty business indeed. As if you didn't have enough on your plate, right? But your ocular oncologist's news was good. The PP site looks very, very different from its usual appearance, is that the issue you were talking about?
    Good luck with all the chores, it sounds like you need it.

    NYT: Oh, how Drumpf suffered, and he sacrificed so much. His attack on the Khan family keeps on haunting him; even we get daily updates on how he goes from bad to worse and about the people who are now turning away from him. Sad that it took people so long to do that considering the long list of individuals and groups he has drawn through the mud. But then I read in the comments that 40% of Americans is in favor of Drumpf, putting all that in perspective, I guess.

    TNY: You've got that right, TomCat. Andy's having a hard time satirizing something that is already a 10 on the scale of ridiculously stupid.

    KDF: So funny, especially when it took several hours to reassemble Drumpf, including big phony hands to hide his little ones. LOL

    • See today'as Open thread.

      That was over six months ago.  I've got it covered now, and with one call to the collection agency, they apologized for dunning me,

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