Oct 122017

I was happy to have my shower yesterday, but sad to see that Wendy is having a hard time.  As the responsible one in the family, she’s stuck with all the work that follows her sister’s passing and all the sorrow that attends that work.  She told me she appreciates your hugs, prayers, and greetings.  Please continue.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:19 (average 5:51).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Update:

I am unable to find a replacement for Pam in our fantasy football league, so on Monday Night, I’m going to go in as Manager and drop all her players.  They will be available to claim on waivers on Tuesday.  After this weekend, all teams playing her empty team will win.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Funny or Die Channel): What Your Political Bubble Looks Like From The Other Side

It’s cute, but the red is nowhere near as hateful as it is in reality. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: In an I.Q.-test tournament devised by Donald Trump to determine the smartest person in his Administration, Trump suffered a humiliating defeat on Tuesday, getting knocked out in the first round by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Trump had personally created the brackets for the tournament, which he had hoped would lead to an I.Q.-championship showdown between him and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

“He was determined to face Betsy in the first round,” a White House source said of Trump. “He thought it would be like a bye week.”

Trump was stung by DeVos’s upset win, however, and lashed out at the I.Q. test itself, calling it both “fake” and “rigged,” according to the source.

Dang, Andy! That sounds like straight reporting to me! RESIST!!

From NY Times: President Trump said on Wednesday that he intended to name Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide, to lead the Department of Homeland Security, elevating a former homeland security official in the George W. Bush administration who has lately worked to impose order in Mr. Trump’s chaotic West Wing.

Mr. Trump announced his choice in a statement that noted Ms. Nielsen’s “extensive professional experience in the areas of homeland security policy and strategy, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure and emergency management.” She is the first nominee for the homeland security post who had served in the department, according to the statement.

If confirmed, Ms. Nielsen would replace John F. Kelly, who was homeland security secretary until he left in July to serve as the White House chief of staff and bring discipline and direction to a West Wing plagued by disorganization and infighting. Mr. Kelly had drafted Ms. Nielsen to be his chief of staff at the Homeland Security department, and when the president plucked him for the White House, he brought her as his No. 2.

I understand that several long term Homeland Security employees are talking about quitting if Nielson is confirmed. In her previous posting to Homeland Security, during the Bush Reich, she helped Crawford Caligula botch his Katrina response. In spite of that high level of incompetence, she may be the piddle pervert’s most qualified appointee yet.  RESIST!!




  9 Responses to “Open Thread – 10/12/2017”

  1. 5:51  Too sweet for me!  Enough is enough!

    Roses to Wendy!  I have been there (with my mother).  At least I was an only child and didn’t have to deal with inheritance squabbles. but still no fun.

    FoD – Well, some of the hatefulness in the Red bubble is shown in the way the Blue bubble looks to them.  It’s reasonable that they wouldn’t see their own hatefulness


    NY Times – YOur comment says it better than I could.

    Cartoon – Really? Not the Sudan?  Link?

    • Yeah, WRT the cartoon – that’s the USS Cole, and it was attacked by Al-Qaeda.

      Maybe he was thinking of the USS Liberty which Israel did accidentally attack during the Six Days War back in the summer of 1967 killing some 30+ sailors.  But that’s not the USS Liberty.

  2. FoD: Yea….the R side in the video is not as agressive as I’ve seen some. lol

    NYer: He’s going n.u.t.s!! Every single day!

    NYT: UGH!.Yea, RESIST!!!

    Cartoon: I remember this day well. The USS Cole refueling in Yemen. My daughter was on deployment over there, the day this happened. 17 sailors died, and 39 injured. Sudan was liable for the attack, al-Qaeda claimed responsibility. My daughter was on an aircraft carrier at the time, and called home when it happened.

    I wish Wendy the best in all the paperwork. It tires a person out, but needs to be done, unfortunately, so sad in doing all that. I continue to pray for her and family. Hope that you have a good evening, Tom. Take care, and Thanks!

  3. New Yorker: I can say it once, and never again: You go Betsy!
    NYT: Sad, when a known looser is the best pick this putz can make.

  4. Even if Israel was not involved in that attack, we need to remember that Israel is not necessarily our friend.

  5. FOD: Funniest was when the Blue and the Red bubbles started to comment each other on the POTUS ratings.

    TNY: Of course the IQ test was rigged, they made them do the verbal one, which includes reading and writing. Something Betsy can do a little of, contrary to Drumpf. But even on a math test she would have won. Anything in decimals ends up in the millions with Drumpf.

    NYT: Ms. Nielsen was handpicked by Putin to replace Kelly on Homeland Security, I presume. He told her in the job interview that he wanted easier access to America’s cyberspace.

    And for Wendy:

  6. Do you remember the police officer who arrested and dragged a nurse from doing her job? The officer, Detective Jeff Payne has been fired from his job!

    Utah police officer who dragged screaming nurse is fired


    Video: http://wkrg.com/2017/10/10/breaking-utah-police-officer-fired-after-handcuffing-dragging-nurse-from-hospital/


  7. Thanks all.  Apologies about that cartoon.  It’s been that way since 2011, and the bogus info came from Google Images. 01

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