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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


Let the Chaos Continue: DNC Edition

I have a feeling this week's DNC will turn an apparent all-clear of DEFCON level 4 into a significant DEFCON level 2... politically speaking.  

Clipped from to fit this page (because it's awesome)If you thought things looked bad last week in Cleveland, just wait until the protests begin inside/outside the Wells Fargo Center in Philly, where crowds are expected in the 30,000-50,000 range.  We'll see.  Occupy DNC claims to already have 20,000 committed protesters (and growing).  They are just one of more than 30 groups that are already planning to attend.


Tthe DNC is prepared.... they built a wall ↗

Hillary probably approves:

Friday I had mentioned they didn't even have a schedule locked down.   Now it appears a prime-time speaking slot just opened up.   Debbie Doberman Schultz has either removed herself or was told to sit down by the DNC, just a day before the convention is set to begin, over leaked emails that were highly critical of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.

In a May 5th email, under a subject line of “No s–t,” DNC CFO Brad Marshall was fishing for a way to label the Jewish Sanders as an atheist (people I thought the Democrat Party stood up for all this time):

Per the NY Post ("how Democrats screwed Sanders"):

“It might [make] no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief,” Marshall wrote, apparently referring to Sanders and upcoming Kentucky and West Virginia primaries.

“Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage,’’ Marshall asked.

“I think I read he is an atheist.”

“This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and atheist.”

The chief executive officer at the DNC, Amy Dacey, responded with a single word: “Amen.”

Marshall told The Intercept that he didn’t recall the sleazy e-mail.

But then he claimed it wasn’t an attempted hit job on Sanders.

“I can say it would not have been Sanders. It would probably be about a surrogate,” Marshall told the Web site.

He did not explain why the DNC would try to slime a Sanders surrogate.

I've heard some bad explanations, but the surrogate one is awful.   Can we please ask Mr Marshall which surrogate the DNC would be so anxious to label an atheist, and not a Jew?   Inquiring minds want to know.

There was also talk of collusion with the media in the leaked emails released by WikiLeaks... which is why this is funny:  



Check out that interview:

Russian-state actors, "helping Donald Trump", which made this Tweet even better:



DEFCON 3 is in effect.

It's gonna be a good week.    

Here's the link for the DNC live feed, if you're a glutton for punishment, as I am.



DNC Still Feeling the Bern

This will likely anger a lot of Bernie suporters leading up to the Democrats' convention:


Emails hinting at collusion between them, the Hillary camp and reporters... muddying the ethical waters to make Hillary appear less scandalous...  wobbley Dems and their uncertainty over the Occupier in Chief's plans...   but, you know, oh well, Melania Trump, or something.

Pass the popcorn please.

That is all (and have a great weekend).


GOP Convention ((LIVE STREAM))

I'll try to update these daily, but I forget stuff, so whatever:

For nitpicky folks:  Try C-Span (still the King)


Bernt Out

This week has been a tough week for Bernie Sanders supporters, as they had to sit back and watch him get on stage and officially endorse Hillary Clinton, the opponent he so adamently (and rightfully) spoke out against.   If only he would have jumped on that whole "email thing" early on... just sayin'.    Sounds like a careless strategy of his own.

But their loss is our gain, as the blowback has been harsh, but hilarious:

 "Okay, Hillary's talking...  and I can't stomach that right now... let's bolt"

And the memes...  OH, THE MEMES:

Even the Green Party is chiming in...

Yes, please.

Enjoy the weekend.


Must... Post... New... Topic...

But after the crazy past couple weeks...  Where would I even begin?

No joke... I was about to post a topic last week about Guccifer 2.0's most recent doc dump that came from the pit known as the DNC and the ridiculousness that was Comey's press conference when the Dallas shooting happened (caught it live while watching Fox News, as they discovered they were filming dead police officers) and my entire attention span went right towards the television screen. 

Until today I really haven't felt like posting anything to be honest.   I'd rather just sit back, watch, and discover just how rotten some people are on the inside.   It's easy to get lost in the cloud of rank divisive waters and ignore the political undertow happening underneath.   So let's drown, shall we?

Loretta Lynch is an eel, not a snake, circling these waters.   I don't trust anything that comes out of her mouth at this point, and fortunately for Hillary Clinton, she says a lot without really saying anything at all:

 Jim Jordan pretty much lays out her own bad judgement:

Rep Louis Gutierrez (D-IL) posted his own video, a version in which he completely cut the beginning 3-1/2 minutes out...  see if you can figure out why:

Here's a hint... via the Texas Congressman:

And then, as usual, Trey Gowdy with the money shot:

I'm not gay, but if I was, my preference would be that of a slim, South Carolinian senator with a law degree and multi-directional silver hair.

Here's the bonus video... just because it makes me aroused:


Independence Day

It was not an easy process, nor one entered into lightly.  It was no less than earthshaking.  We owe everything to our Founders.  

This clip from the film "1776" is one of my favorites.  It gets to the heart of the process, even while being a bit cloudy about dates (the vote was for the Lee Resolution, and taken on July 2nd, while the Declaration was approved on the 4th, and not fully signed for some time after.

John Adams, in a letter to his wife, said:

"I am apt to believe that it [July 2nd] will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."

Well stated, Sir. 



House Democrats Release Own Benghazi Report as Cover-Fire for Hillary; Mentions "Trump" 23 Times Throughout; Still Can't Confirm Cause

So anxious to counter the inquiries by "Republicans" (mentioned 200 times), Democrats do little in proving anything, and instead come off looking obsessed and outlandishly silly.

Hat tip to Gowdy's crew:

A quick Ctrl+F search of the Democrats’ 339-page “report” reveals these telling facts:  (link added by skinnydipinacid)

339 – Total pages
334 – Number of times “Clinton” appears
200 – Number of times “Republicans” appears
85 – Number of times “Stevens” appears
55 – Number of times “Blumenthal” appears
36 – Number of times “Smith” appears
23 – Number of times “Trump” appears - ?????
15 – Number of times “Doherty” appears
12 – Number of times “Brock” appears
8 – Number of times “Correct the Record” appears
6 – Number of times “Woods” appears

Soooo...  that means Donald Trump, who had literally nothing to do with what happened in Benghazi, was mentioned MORE TIMES in the Democrat's "report" than, not one, but TWO of the men who actually died there (Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty)...  

....COMBINED!     (psst... Lefties...  15 + 6  <  23   ...just FYI)

There are some crazy people out there... then there are the type of crazies that give psychologists nightmares.   The members of the Democrats' Select Committee on Benghazi appear to lurk somewhere in-between.   This so-called reports is just another session on America's big brown leather couch where they speak unthinkable things that only they can consider rational.  

It's another case of Trump Anxiety.

To further their case for a serious prescription they concluded that Hillary did a remarkable job handling the crisis in Benghazi (I assume by showing that YouTuber a thing or two) and that they still can't pinpoint what led to the attacks, or who caused them (apparently those "guys out for a walk one night who decided to kill some Americans" have been removed from the suspect list).


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