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World Series Weekend at Wrigley (GO CUBS!)

So it's no big secret I've been a Cubs for as long as I can remember, so of course I'm stoked just to see my team in the World Series this year.   It's definitely been a fun ride to say the least.   First we had an amazing regular season, then beat up on the Giants and Madison Baumgartner in an instant classic of a Divisional Series after listening to the sports media talk about how unstoppable he was, only to then deal with the same sports media praise Clayton Kershaw and his LA Dodgers before beating them in the NLCS.  Now we're starting to hear the same glorious praise yet again in regards to Corey Kluber and the Indians.   Fortunately this team is not your typical Cubs team (i.e. "lovable losers') and continue to impress.

Watch them all... it'll be good for you...  and 'Merica!

Soooo... since the last time we briefly spoke, a lot has been happening, so I thought I'd try to take a little more time out of my busy life to post.  After all, last time I rushed it a certain somebody got all pissy about discrepancies.  God forbid I allow any of you to have to sit and listen to whine-tits all weekend (Lord knows I tune it out like it's nothing).

Let's start with my personal favorite...  the Project Veritas undercover stings on Democrat groups that were paying crazies to infiltrate Trump events and cause havoc.   Personally, I love havoc, and I've always loved getting into the political fray when it comes to crazy liberals, militant unions and argumentative (D)ipshits.   These videos have not only proven what I've witnessed (and many have assumed) happens regularly in election years (bussing people in, paid protestors, suppressing registrations, etc.) but now show HOW they, a despised right-wing group, became so trusted with such prevelant information...   MONEY:

Yup, a wire transfer by foreign donors to be exact...  Hillary would be proud.   Kudos to their crew for doing such an in-depth unearthing.   You would think journalists would consider their efforts admirable.   You would (of course) be wrong.  Surprised?

(Real, hard-hitting, investigative journalism died a long time ago)

Now if this wasn't bad enough, we're now up to Podesta email leak #19 and counting.  Some great American even went so far as to make a spreadsheet of all the incriminating stuff with links to each.   Somebody buy this individual a beer for me. 

What's even better...  Democrats keep deflecting this information (saying it was obtained criminally, could be doctored, or "RUSSIANS!!!") but not once have they attempted to prove that any of the emails contained in these leaks are untrue to releasing original emails/docs to contradict all our drooling assumptions:

   Yup, just tooooooo busy.

It's the same type of same type of "counter-argument" they make while trying to minimize the Project Veritas videos.  "Whaaa, he doctored footage...  how are we to trust these videos of people saying damning things we can't even begin to defend?"   So much deflection you'd think they were playing raquetball by themselves (because nobody else is buying it).

Yet despite all this news Turd Sandwhich is still leading Giant Douche (shout out to all any South Park fans) according to many polls out there, but Anthony Salvanto of CBS says wait... you may be missing something (and I agree with him):

First time voters and even voters that may not have voted in the past few elections are starting to poke their head and it's starting to make an impact on the polling numbers.  They might voter early, or they might wait until election day, which may make the Podesta leaks that have yet to be released (not to mention the promises of other damaging releases "they" claim to have) could put an even bigger twist on the final tallies.  

If you think Hillary has it in the bag you're either lying to me or you're lying to yourself.  Many of the polls heavily favor Hilllary are relying on percentages that related to voter turnout in Obama's election years.   Here's the problem, Democrats:   Hillary Clinton ain't no Barack Obama.  

I mean, just look at all those Clinton yard signs flooding your neighborhoods, or the massive crowds her campaign is attracting.  She has no momentum and all they are trying to do is drive their busted up DNC shuttle bus across the finish line, hoping not to blow another tire (or engine) before getting them and the voters their bussing to the polls there.

Gotta love it... otherwise you'll hate it.

Well, until next time... #FlyTheW Cubs fans, hope you have a great weekend. As for the rest of you, I hope you have a slightly-better-than-mediocre weekend, unless of course you're an Indians fan...  I kinda hope their weekend sucks, for my team's sake.  GO CUBS! 


A Quick Look at Hillary Clinton's Resume

I don't see any source info, so I can't credit anyone for this, but I'd like to. 

Actually, that resume is only the tip of the iceberg.  Feel free to add the scandal du jour. 



Weekend Hurricane Party

Matthew, go away.  Leave.  Vamoose.  Get outta here. 


Wake the Dead... They'll Need to Vote This November

Harrisonburg, VA caught 20 dead people registering to vote... wonder which nominee inspired them so much as to take time from their eternal nap to get to the polls?

Others weren’t convinced that the case represents a close brush with election fraud.

Del. Marcus B. Simon, D-Fairfax, said it’s “very disingenuous” to suggest the applications were part of a large-scale fraud, because votes would have to be cast either in person by elderly impostors or through absentee ballots sent to real home addresses.

“There’s no way any reasonable person could conclude that this was part of an effort to actually cast votes for people that aren’t able to cast votes,” Simon said.

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...basically he's saying there's no fraud because they didn't actually vote, despite it being voter registration fraud.   

Sheesh... Democrats these days.


Have a great weekend.


Hillary v Trump - Part 1

Will Monday's Presidential Debate cause Trump to lose momentum or will it send Hillary supporters running for their nearest safe spaces?    Only time will tell.   In the meantime, it's PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE DRINKING GAME TIME!

The rules are simple...

Politicians talk...

You drink...

Drink when a candidate says their cue words:

Watch away and get ready to pass out early...

...enjoy the show!


A Deplorable Weekend Open Thread

Well, not "deplorable" by most standards, but if you're the kind of person that overheats in mild, 70-some degree northeastern morning temperatures you may have slightly different sensitivies. 

As the Clinton campaign continues to blow off any questions about her health they're also left to defend attacks against her broad-brushed approach by attacking half of Trump supporters as racist, sexist, homophobic and every other "-ism" in the book.   They even have "Deporable" t-shirts now in couterprotest.

Meanwhile, liberals are trying to spin this as a positive for Hillary:

“One result of this conversation is that the country is actually debating how many of Donald Trump’s supporters are anti-Semitic, racist, sexist,” said Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress and one of the top outside supporters connected to the former secretary of state. “In a world where we wish that number was zero, this debate shines a light on the voice that Donald Trump has given to some attitudes that deeply trouble Americans in this election cycle.” 

But it's not zero... apparently it's half... and they're starting to get pretty pissed off about it.   Anybody recall when it was only 47%?   How'd that work out?

Hillary's likeability is also stumbling...   her poll numbers are as well.   Michigan is definitely in play for the Republican Party.   For starters, the state already polls right on immigration, but on top of that they're looking at this news from Ford Motor Company and their decision to move much of it's production to Mexico.

(Can you guess which candidate's base that might rile up?)

Oh yeah, and Iowa will probably go red this year.

That's not the only bad news for Democrats.   They're also facing another email scandal from this week stemming from even more leaked documents (courtesy of Guccifer 2.0) featuring some DNC strategies, analysis, many internal memos and email doozies like the one below, which hints at a possible pay-to-play scheme...  mostly because it uses the exact phrase "pay-to-play":

Well...  at least we kept it deplorable.

Have a great week (or however long it takes me to return)

BONUS:  Let's cap this off with another truly "deplorable" person...


Obvious Question: What Are They Hiding?


Sorry - I have no idea how to make that URL a live link in the lead post on a thread.  Copy and paste.  [but Skinny does... and he's awesome]

Taking the 5th and even failing to show up?  What are these doofusses afraid of?  Criminal prosecution or threats, in some form or another, from the Clintonistas? 


Grandparents' Day

Here's a topic with no political overtones at all.  Shocking, I know.  But tomorrow (Sunday) we're celebrating Grandparents' Day by taking the grandsons (Big Guy and Beelzebub) to Disney World. 

Yes, yes, I'm smugly throwing out the fact that we're only 60 miles away, with season passes.  

I think I'll wear my new shirt, the one with a picture of Grumpy on it, and the words:  "Grumpy - it's not just a mood; it's a lifestyle." 


Now, to see how long this thread lasts before politics takes over. 



Labor Day Weekend

OK, since no one has any ideas for a scintillating thread topic, and since Skinny is still AWOL, this will have to do. 

Skinny, if you see this, feel free to edit and add stuff.  You have a creative mind, and I have a pedestrian one. 


Relief Thread

No, that doesn't mean to relieve yourselves here.  It's just that the last thread was running over.  And Skinny, our Master Topic Maven, is still off mourning the U.S. Olympic soccer thing. 

So here.

Let's begin with that wholesale jerk Kaepernick, who has benefitted in every way from the country he dishonors.  Rumors are that he is planning to convert to Islam for the sake of his Muslim/BLM girl friend.  If true, count me as completely unsurprised. 



Open Thread FC

Super busy this week and about to head to KC for a soccer tournament and Saturday night MLS match between Sporting KC & the Vancouver Whitecaps.   It's the closest thing I have to watching US Soccer alums Graham Zusi and Matt Besler play during the Olympics.

Don't have much time to cover all the stupid things going on in the USA/World so please leave you intellectual donation in the comment section and hope I have more time on my hands next week.

Enjoy the weekend...  Go Sporting!


W-Flag Flying Open Thread

Oh boy, it's time for another Cubs-Cardinals series, so I felt the need for another good ol' fashioned Cubs-ranting post...  besides, it sure beats talking about what a horrible person ______ is (again).


I liked Thurday's victory especially because a couple days ago my Cardinal-fan co-worker told me that my Cubbies, who haven't lost a game since the All-Star break, wouldn't get to a 10-game win streak because "they have to play the Cardinals".    And that's partially correct... they did indeed play them...

... guess he was wrong.

Then again, this co-worker's statement did kind of remind me of this:

(fyi... he's not a Cubs fan)

In other Cubs news (because I'm biased, even when it comes to baseball)...  where in the world is Tommy La Stella?   I'll give you a couple clues:  He's not hanging out with Steve Bartman and  he's most certainly not in Iowa.   Instead he's sitting at home working through his problems (i.e. not being in the majors and being sent to the AAA affiliate kind of problems) when he should be playing ball and staying sharp, so he's ready to come back up when the rosters expand.   When you take 13 days off (and counting...) it can affect your timing, which will affect our hitting, which then affects your future in the majors.  I'm pretty much torn on this, because although he's being a complete idiot, I'd also like to see him on that bench come the postseason.   

Speaking of Cubs fans wanting to see things... apparently some of the Cubs fans (i.e. the female ones, and possibly some who are homosexual in nature) are petitioning to have 3B sensation Kris Bryant wear, get this, tighter pants.   Yeah.  Really.  (h/t to the Heckler)

It reads:

“Chicago Cubs third baseman, Kris Bryant, is a God amongst feeble men. His piercing blue eyes can simultaneously cure cancer and female infertility, while his perfectly sculpted facial hair gives you a back massage and asks you about your day. That’s right, his beard can talk. With the help of a little bit of imagination, Kris Bryant may also be one of the world’s greatest marriage counselors.

Now, let’s get to what this petition is about; his butt. It’s his greatest asset. I want to bounce quarters off it into my $10 beer at Wrigley. The only problem is, the baseball pants he wears are just a little bit too baggy, and they don’t do justice to what his momma gave him.

By signing this petition, we can create a movement to call for Kris Bryant to wear much tighter baseball pants, and give half of the demographic that stumbles into Wrigley what they came to see.

So to the Cubs clubhouse crew, we are counting on you. Start drying Kris’ pants on extra high heat.”   

You can sign the petition here.  

Thread is open, so don't feel obliged to post nothing but Cubs/Cardinals jokes, however they are always welcomed.   If you do decide on a joke, make sure you tell them early and often in this weekend open thread...  hopefully that will allow Cardinals fans enough time to get them and laugh at them on Monday.

Have a great weekend.




A Weekend Open Thread of Olympic Proportions

(see what I did there?)

So this is happening... again, with the added excitement of watching althetes from around the globe trying to dodge Zika-carrying mosquitos.   Go 'Merica!  

I'll probably watch my fare share of events, except of the US Men's Soccer, since we didn't even qualifty for the Rio games.  This particularly saddens me just due to the fact that I'm a soccer nut.  Thankfully I can still check out Hope Sol.... oh... I mean, the US Women's team.  Yeah.  That's what I meant.  Uh huh:


But, obviosly there are other sports you can enjoy beyond the pitch.

Maybe you're more of a track & field fan:

Maybe volleyball is your thing:

No Olympics is complete with gymnastics and rythmic dancing:

Or, as mentioned previously...  simply watch more soccer:

Watch it Live at (need to login though).  

Have a great weekend... and... "USA! USA! USA!"



Overflow Thread

Fill-in until someone gets a good idea for a Friday topic.



Clinton Cash: The Director's Cut

Watch away:

Happy humpday