Aug 202017

It’s a very unusual Sunday, because normally, Wendy would be finishing up, and I’d be a perfumed Puddy Tat.  I expect she will leave her country music festival in Southern Oregon late this afternoon, and will not be coming, until after she finishes work tomorrow.  Therefore, I’m issuing an Air Quality Alert for a 500 mile radius.  We’re moving into another heat wave, and it was so muggy last night that I slept very poorly.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:50 (average 5:03).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:


In truth, I was not at all satisfied with the Bronco offence.  Their defense was outstanding, and the 49ers did not play up to their potential.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Funny or Die Channel): The Ballad Of General Robert E. Lee’s Statue


Amen! RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: Just a quick note here:  I never liked Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Didn’t care for his movies, his celebrity schtick, his time as California governor, but this video addressing Trump, racism, Nazism, white supremacy, etc. gave me chills.


Amen! RESIST!!

From Newsweek: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced Saturday morning that they would not be attending the Kennedy Center Honors celebrations scheduled for this December. The ceremonial weekend, due to include a State Department dinner and gala, honors performing arts figures that have changed American culture. Typically, the people being honored sit next to the president and first lady, according to Rolling Stone.

Not this year.

"The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a news release. "First Lady Melania Trump, along with her husband President Donald J. Trump, extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year’s award recipients for their many accomplishments."

If I was being honored, and he were attending, I would boycott. So would most artists, and the Fuhrer is too cowardly to face the rejection.  RESIST!!




  17 Responses to “Open Thread – 8/20/2017”

  1. 5:44  When I was a little girl, we used to get horsemeat to feed our cat, but it’s been illegal for a long time, I believe.

    Well, glad they won, even if it was (from what you say0 more by good luck than by good management.

    YT/FOD – “No one’s ever asked what I want.”  And there you have it!  Actually some on the left have bothered to look up Lee’s actual feelings – but no one on the right cares a tinker’s dam.

    DKos – Best thing Aahnold ever did.  I can’t claim chills, but i thoroughly approve.

    Newsweek – The Kennedy Center even sent him a letter of thanks for not attending.  Dare I say this is the VERY BEST decision that the present regime has made, in seven months?

    Cartoon – What’s in the teabag?  Oh, wait , I know – it’s insanitea!  Funny, we both had insects on our minds today:

  2. FOD: Yea, put up a bear there! lol

    DK: WTG, Arnie!! Here’s another one: Former Mexican President Vicente Fox’s latest one:

    Newsweek: Yea, the Kennedy Centers sent them back a letter. It was classic. And priceless!

    Cartoon: GREAT!!!!

    Hope that you get some rest, it’s hot here too. Enjoy your evening, take care, and Thanks, Tom.

    *Fire update: Royal Pines Fire 90 percent contained, cleanup underway. PTL !!!

  3. Be careful with your Air Quality Alert warnings, TomCat. They might take you on board on one of the many American and South Korean vessels in the Yellow Sea to test you as a new secret weapon in their joined exercise with the inane acronym SPY.

    FOD: Funny and true, as even Lee himself probably would agree with his statues being taken down as he didn’t want those statues erected in the first place; he thought it:

    wiser … not to keep open the sores of war but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, to commit to oblivion the feelings engendered.

    DK: This is a strong message, especially given Schwarzenegger’s Austrian background. Austria was not only the birthplace of Hitler, but also had the most avid Nazi followers of all countries occupied by the Third Reich.

    NW: As Nameless so astutely pointed out in Joanne’s Everyday Erinyes #88, Melania is the Honorary Chairman of the President’s Committee on the Art & Humanities Drumpf whose members resigned en mass a few days ago and have Drumpf disband that committee too. So it might have been Melania who thought it better not to attend, knowing how artists would react. Of course Drumpf readily agreed to avoid open rejection, just as he’s avoided the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this year. Poor Melania, she hardly ever gets out of the House these days, does she. 01

    Cartoon: Cockroaches apparently have enough self-awareness to recognize they are cockroaches. Teabaggers/Freedom Caucusers not so much. Sadly they both have incredible survival skills.

  4. Puzzle — 3:22  Well I guess it is horsie fricassée for you tomorrow Puddy Tat!  Just don’t eat it all at one sitting or you will bust apart!

    Funny or Die — AMEN!  If I remember correctly, the family of Robert E Lee has said that the statues should come down.

    Daily Kos — Excellent message from Arnold Schwarzenegger.  I have never been a fan of his but I can certainly get behind th his message — The Terminator says terminate hate!  There is only one problem — Arnie says Drumpf has a moral responsibility as pResident.  But Drumpf has no moral compass and knows nothing of moral responsibility.

    Newsweek — “”The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” ” — Their non attendance will likely be celebrated.  I know I would so celebrate.  But it should also be noted that Drumpf is the one that creates the political distraction, nobody else, not solely by his presence, but by opening his mouth!  Look what he did at the Boy Scout Jamboree!  He turned a fun event for Boy Scouts into a Drumpf political rally, totally inappropriate!

    Cartoon — The teabag — aka kochroch motel!


    • I’m marinating both horsies to make them tender, since I’m getting pizza for Wendy and I this evening.  I saved the horsie shit to remind me of Trump! 25

  5. When Schwarzenegger said “Tumor” did anyone else automatically think back to Kindergarten Cop (back when I had some hearing) exchange of “It might be a tumor” & his famous “It’s naht a toomah”

  6. Speaking of movies, w/ the impending eclipse today (KCMO is on the edge of the “Total” path – but it’s supposed to be cloudy here), did anyone else think of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” starring Bing Crosby?

    I watched it as a kid on TV and vividly remember the eclipse scene that saved Crosby’s life.  Enjoyed it so much I even got the book by Mark Twain from the library and enjoyed it, too.

    • I never saw the movie, but I did read the book. 19

      • Ditto TC, at least on that movie.  But I did see a different version with Whoopi Goldberg – and of course the Rodgers and Hart musical has many fine songs:  “Thou Swell,” “My Heart Stood Still,” and new for an early revival, “To Keep My Love Alive.”

  7. . Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017 LIVE Broadcast (CC) .

  8. Regarding the live broadcast of the Solar Eclipse, it was from 9 AM to 1 PM Pacific time.
    There may be some replays. Go to the site link above.

    I watched it all and it was most enjoyable and fascinating. There was one part where the entire crowd, in one of the towns, was watching it and they all disappeared when the eclipse was total, completely dark. It was an awesome morning for me.

    Here in Sonoma, it was a very overcast morning and I did noticed a bit of darkness during the eclipse. Otherwise, the live broadcast was well worth watching and I did not have to have the special eclipse watching glasses. lol.

  9. Thanks all!  Hugs! 17

  10. I saw the eclipse in Toccoa, GA. Nothing like seeing a total eclipse live and in person!

    As for the Kochroach – my grandmother would say “Quick, Henry, the Flit!” Or these days, the Raid or D-con. Or a shoe.

    • I knew that “Quick, Henry, the Flit!” was a cartoon, but I didn’t realize it was a whole series of cartoons, a big campaign by Dr. Seuss, before he became famous.  He was a real anti-Fascist (and apparently a genuinely good person) so I think this one will be the most appropriate with your comment:

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