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Happy Labor Day Weekend Widdershins!

Posted on: September 3, 2016

Closed Labor Day

(No, not really)

From the Dept. of Labor’s’ website:

Labor Day: What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

 

Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

web-page-separator-lineWith that information about the holiday, I’ve created a slideshow of images reflecting what many Americans do on their Labor Day Holiday weekend; whether it is enjoying some time at the beach, visiting an amusement park, or just a good old-fashioned cookout.  So enjoy the slideshow and also enjoy your holiday!  We’ll be back with a new post after the long weekend.

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112 Responses to "Happy Labor Day Weekend Widdershins!"

Now Widdershins just because it’s a laid back post and laid back weekend it does not mean you can’t add your comments and thoughts on whatever is on your mind.

HAHA. Dems troll Trump campaign…

Colorado Democrats are setting up a taco truck outside of Donald Trump’s campaign office in Denver to register voters after a Trump surrogate said that more Mexicans moving to the United States would lead to “taco trucks on every corner.”

http://time.com/4478235/donald-trump-taco-truck/

@2, hahaha! Good one! Trump protesters should hang out there and buy the tacos and film themselves eating them and raving about how great they are.

Who doesn’t like tacos?

The Dems have also had a “Donald Ducks’ riding the escalator in Trump Tower signifying Donald “ducking” releasing his taxes.

You know, I never did get exactly what that guy was talking about with his statement:

“My culture is a very dominant culture. It’s imposing and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner,”

Dominant? Imposing? Really??

Kevin Drum who has actually read the entire FBI report…

That said, this report is pretty much an almost complete exoneration of Hillary Clinton. She wasn’t prohibited from using a personal device or a personal email account, and others at state did it routinely. She’s told the truth all along about why she did it. Colin Powell did indeed advise her about using personal email shortly after she took office, but she chose to follow the rules rather than skirt them, as Powell did. She didn’t take her BlackBerry into her office. She communicated with only a very select group of 13 people. She took no part in deciding which emails were personal before handing them over to State. She had nothing to do with erasing information on the PRN server. That was a screw-up on PRN’s end. She and her staff all believed at the time that they were careful not to conduct sensitive conversations over unclassified email systems. And there’s no evidence that her server was ever hacked.

http://m.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/09/14-excerpts-fbis-report-hillary-clintons-email

I know Mexican food can be dominant and imposing on the digestive system, but I never thought tacos were the biggest culprits.

Man, LSU is stinking up the joint in Lambeau Field. The B adgers are ahead 13 zip and they have basically shut down Leonard Fournette. 😵

@ 7 > But none of that sounds sexy and doesn’t make for clickbait headlines.

DYB said: I know Mexican food can be dominant and imposing on the digestive system

LOL! If I’m going to enjoy Mexican food, it’s definitely a Nexium beforehand and most likely a zantac before going to bed.

@7, GAgal, I was going to post the exact same paragraph.

Now, let’s see just how much press time this exoneration of Hillary and email gets. I’m so sick of hearing about “in violation of State Department rules,” it just IS NOT true.

And I did not know this — she only communicated with 13 people within the State Department. It wasn’t like she was on mailing lists raining down classified documents.

Sheesh!

Fredster — thank you for doing this post. It is a great post for the long weekend. We appreciate you entertaining us with the slide show.

@14: No problem Prolix, happy to do it. In looking up the info on the day, I was surprised to see it went back so far, to the 1880s and 90s.

@13: Yes I found that interesting too about only 13 people she communicated with.

Oh, the indignity when a huckter’s luster has the same credibility as “Tales from the Gas Station,” by Ryan Lochte.

Burns’ church is two folding tables and a camera. His education — isn’t. His military service — wasn’t. His fraud — constant. His embarrassment — total.

Two defensive touchdowns and no offensive touchdowns. Brandon Harris seeing imaginary players to throw to and LSU loses their first game of the season.

Fredster, omg! Cannot believe that last play! 😦

What happened with the Dawgs? We were watching your game.

I’m making tacos and bean dip and salad for dinner while we watch the Trojans and the dreaded Red Tide. Hubs says they played each other a few decades ago and the Trojans beat them. That’s nice to know since it probably won’t happen today!

@20: They are at the half in the GA/NC game.

I’m making tacos and bean dip and salad for dinner

Wouldn’t you rather get those tacos from the corner food truck? 😂

@19: Annie, I have no idea who he thought he was throwing to. There was not a single LSU player in the area.

Oh well Miss. St. lost today to South Alabama and A&M is going to o.t. with UCLA.

Addendum: UCLA lost.

A taco truck on every corner! Yay!

@24, most excellent.

That’s why they call it “immigRATIONS.

IU won its first game of the season against the University of Phoenix earlier in the week. It was a close one but IU put everything on the line and got the “W”. We’re on our way to becoming a football powerhouse!

Go Hoosiers!!!

Beata, that’s great. Trojans are doing ok so far. Red Tide just fumbled and lost the ball! The look on Nick Satan’s face was priceless! Heh heh.

The look on Nick Satan’s face was priceless! Heh heh.

I think he peed his pants a little also.

@29: Ah, I forgot to do that. 😦

Saw my first Trump/Pence yard sign today. In the yard of one of the richest, if not THE richest guy around here. It was all bent out of shape.

The ironic thing is how this guy made his money. His family started a poultry processing business here years ago and has expanded it yooougely. 99% of his employees are Hispanic. If they removed immigrants who are not yet US citizens, he would have to close all his plants down. They also make money off all the farmers who have their poultry houses. They wouldn’t have any one to go “catch” the chickens and throw them in trucks either.

What a hypocrite.

@31, omg, what an idiot.

@31 and 32: And what the heck would they do in Cali for lawn people and housekeepers? 😉

annie, I hate to say it, but too many unanswered points in your game. 😦

@33, that’s true, but most of us appreciate our Mexicans! They’re part of Cali culture.

Trojans are getting slaughtered now. Ah well, we had a good first five minutes. The team doesn’t look good at all, doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season.

@34, we agree 100%

@35: I forget where I first heard that line about lawn guys and housekeepers but I did lmao at it when I heard it.

@35: Yeah, you let them get that far ahead and it’s almost impossible to recover when playing Bama.

The LSU fans are going cray-cray at nola.com on the loss. But Miss. State lost to South Alabama which is an FCS team, 2nd tier. South Alabama began playing football all the way back in 2009 !

@2 Love it!

I just saw a Taco Truck in a used car parking lot where one has never been before. Does this mean the election’s over and our girl’s in? I’m so happy !

I wish taco trucks could be like ice cream trucks that slowly drive through the neighborhood. Except it would be at dinner time with mariachi music blasting. Dang, now I want a taco.

Does anyone visit stiil4hill? She has the absolute best coverage of what’s going on with Hillary. I think she has a little inside information. (wink wink) I’ve been remiss, just checking in here and there. Give her some clicks and appreciation. She deserves it.

https://still4hill.com/

@42: You know, I haven’t been over there in ages. Just went at your suggestion. Loved the taco truck images.

@13> Same here. The 13 number really puts thing into a different perspective!

@42 Thanks for the reminder. She’s always had reliable up to date info on Hillary’s doings. With those pictures, now I’m hungry too. Oh, well, an extra couple of miles on the trails and I can guiltlessly hit that new taco truck on the way home tomorrow.

Pat and GAgal, I’ve meant to ask: Did either of you get much rain out of Hermine as it moved out of FL heading north?

Fredster, we got much needed rain here right before Hermine. A good hard rain, not a storm at all. A couple hours later my internet went down. It came back up, we had another downpour and our power went out. Weird. Today has been overcast skies, 80 degrees and it’s dipping below 70 right now. Hermine sucked all the heat and humidity away from here. It feels like fall.

This article about the choice of moderators for the debates made me laugh. By that, I mean MY bold…

Trump made it more challenging than ever. The last thing the Commission wanted was for the moderator to become part of the story leading up to a debate. Yet Trump’s aggressive attacks on the media and complaints about unfair treatment effectively guaranteed that the moderators would come under scrutiny from conservatives.

This made the Commission even more cautious than usual in researching potential moderators, sources said. The Commission feared that Trump would use even the slightest whiff of a pro-Clinton bias to attack a moderator and undermine his or her credibility.

Their efforts were complicated by the fact that Clinton has been a public figure for 30 years and has developed unique relationships with certain journalists.

LMAO. Which one’s would that be, pray tell?

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http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/02/media/presidential-debate-moderators/index.html

@47: Ah. I wasn’t sure how far out the bands extended.

We got none of it here but I think a front or trough, something like that moved through. It was cooler today – in the 80s and now the low 70s. By Tuesday we’ll be back in the 90s once again.

Here in western NC, we’re finally getting whole days without at least one thunderstorm. But nice and cool like your weather, GAGal. Weird. It’s like we had a pre-hurricane all of August (during the Persiads, bah!), but when one finally came anywhere close, nada.

Not that I’m complaining at all, just enjoying the relief from the heat, rain and humidity.

@48: O.M.G. Well, unique relationships doesn’t necessarily mean good ones I guess.

@50: Well glad neither of you had any bad effects from the storm and it at least broke the heat for y’all.

@48 Maybe they meant uniquely awful? I’ve certainly never seen them go after anyone else like they have her.

That article was an excellent example of the worst of CNNs puffed up, self congratulatory, fact free “reporting”.

Think Progress had this piece up concerning Chris Wallace being selected.

The good part:

Wallace too has been fiercely loyal to Ailes. Here is what he told the New York Times shortly after the Ailes’ resignation.

Roger Ailes is the best boss I’ve had in almost a half a century in journalism. I admired him tremendously professionally, and loved him personally…

I’m sure he will be “fair and balanced”.

Welp, I’m heading off to grab some zzz_s. Later!

As there been any mention about which of the debates will be about domestic policy and which about foreign policy? Or has that been thrown out the window because Trump’s just not the usual “traditional” candidate and “everybody hates Hillary” so we get to do it different this time?

@56 Were the subjects of prior election debates announced in advance? I don’t remember noticing, but could have very easily missed it.

Honestly, I expect with the moderator line-up, there won’t be any need for a difference in debates: it’ll all be “emails, CGI and unlikeableness”. Can’t believe how open an admission that article was of the debate commission’s giving into a bully.

There used to be protocol. One debate domestic, the next foreign policy. I think I remember that, unless I’m crazy. That could be true too at this point. I’m just crazy and it never actually happened before.

@54, did not know that Chris Wallace’s boss before Roger Ailes was Caligula.

@17 – Prolix thank you for posting the interview with fake pastor Burns. Why isn’t this stuff getting more attention? Hillary has done nothing wrong and she is being wrongfully accused in the media and nothing changes. Trump is a farce and worse – everyone associated with him is a farce or a known and convicted creep, yet the media keeps treating him like an equal. I am so disturbed by this. I know there is a huge number of people that will go to the polls and vote based on headlines and media misrepresentation. Those of us who have researched and watched know better. But I’m very concerned. I hope Hillary & Mook have a game plan that can overcome this crap.Love your thoughtful posts and contributions.

@60, thank you Contrask and please stop by often and much. As to your point of “Why isn’t this stuff getting more attention?”

This morning I was out running errands and listening to Sirius CNN. Jake “Legged” Tapper was interviewing Labor Sec. Perez, supposedly about immigration, but his first 4 questions were about emails and the FBI notes.

What is astounding to me, and perhaps I’m just a big old nerd about facts, but what is astounding to me is that when these blowhard “let’s make a race out of it for ratings” charlatan reporters start on the “Confidential” emails being sent over a non-secure server, why don’t they answer just like this:

Let me stop you right here you lead paint eating cretin, you and the rest of your tree dwelling genus have harped on this for a year now. The facts are these:

1. There were three emails containing the marking of a capital “C” in parentheses;

2. Two of the three were incorrectly marked with the (C);

3. There were over 30,000 work-related emails produced; and

4. Hillary only emailed 13 State Department employees.

Now, you are asking me, and have spent a year harping on, one e-mail out of 30,000 that Hillary sent to one out of 13 people.

Is that what you are asking me? If it is — chew on a badger scrotum and hope for the best.

I could never be a press secretary, but then again, I’ve never been a big fan of reptile zoos.

@61: I couldn’t find this on youtube so I’ll just have to put the link here. David Brock on Clinton double standard.

https://mediamatters.org/video/2016/08/11/david-brock-when-you-look-objective-quantifiable-evidence-its-clear-clinton-gets-harder-time-donald/212351

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@56-58: I found this info on the Prez. Debates website.

First Debate:

The debate will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate.

The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

You can read the rest at the link.

I did a little change and broke the comments at 50 so they will be on two separate pages. It will be easier to load the page. If y’all don’t care for it just let me know.

I forgot about Soledad O’Brien

@65 Fredster, given my awful tendency to leap-frog comments, mine will make even less sense now. Although a constant lurker, I don’t participate often enough that my bad habits should make any difference.

It does look neater and load faster with the smaller set; OTOH, it looks like Widdershinns is falling behind in the comment sweepstakes. Optics, ya know.

@67: Well, I can change it back.

I know when we do the video – music/movie weekends when we get a lot of comments it can sometimes take those pages forever to load.

It was just a thought when I saw it as an option.

Also, although nesting is an option, I’ve yet to see it work really well.

@PDXPat, there ya go! 🙂

I’m calling on Trump to return the $5.7 million he took from the Saudis and Giuliani to publicly apologize to Hillary Clinton and the Foundation.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/exclusive-donald-trump-made-millions-saudi-government-article-1.2777211?cid=bitly

@70, hmmm, it looks as if Mort Zuckerman is on the Hillary Train. For the sad, little-fingered clamorous Yam, I fear this is the first dribbling drops from what will soon be a torrent of bad news. The dam is about to break.

@69 Ack, Fredster! I’m too infrequent and too inept a commenter to influence the course of this blog. Just arrange it however the stalwarts here feel it should be – including yourself, of course. (though I can’t resist adding that a situational split – like on the weekends – sounds like a good idea)

@72: Pat said I’m too infrequent and too inept a commenter to influence the course of this blog.

Hogwash and indeed not! You are an important part of our little group here and we value and appreciate your comments.

I had been looking at some things in wp support and found the option to split the comments. I changed it and asked for some feedback on it which you gave. I thank you for that and just changed it back.

I do like the suggestion of maybe doing the split on the music/movie clip weekends and I’ll keep that in mind.

@73 Aw, shucks, thankee kindly.

@66 & 70, those were great links, GAgal. They are a welcome relief from the rest of the yammering clams.

Without blogs like Widdershins, I would have no clue about journalists like Soledad Obrien – can’t tolerate the infuriating junk needed to wade through to find them.

@74: We’re definitely glad to have you around. Now, is it okay if I just type Pat instead of PDXPat? 😉

@75 Sure. The pun’s done by now, anyways.

In a four day period, the Clinton Foundation was mentioned by the media almost 700 times. The Trump Foundation – 23.

https://thinkprogress.org/a-tale-of-two-foundations-7035dc7cabd5#.kdx9i2woc

Ed Felten over at Gin and Tacos broke comments into a second page at 50 for a while, and it did not work at all for that site. Mainly text comments, not nested.

Nested comments are frustrating, too. If you’re a serial lurker like me and come back to catch up from where you left off, there’s no good way to find what was the end.

So another vote from another infrequenter to leave things as they are / were.

By the way, I laughed so much my stomach hurt over the “Trump sandwich. White bread, full of baloney, Russian dressing. And a small pickle.” 😆 😆 😆

@78: Okay then, we shall keep things as they are.

That’s also what I found irritating about the nested comments.

Chris Wallace says his job as a moderator is not to get to the truth. If other people want to do that later, they can. I think we already know he’s job has never been about “getting to the truth”. He should be disqualified as moderator right now for saying he will let lies stand and it’s someone else’s job.

http://mediamatters.org/video/2016/09/04/fox-s-chris-wallace-its-not-my-role-presidential-debate-moderator-be-truth-squad/212845

@80, there is something gratifying about someone who has lived their life unburdened by the truth finding a vocation where it is even less valued. Chris Wallace is the poster carbuncle for that truism.

I wonder if Chris Wallace talked to his dearly beloved former boss Roger Ailes before or after Ailes started attending Trump campaign meetings. Not that it mattered since Ailes trained his pony well.

@80, 81, imagine…a so called journalist that doesn’t think his job involves bringing out the truth. How revolting. Was his Dad a rethug stooge, I wonder?

Loved all the comments and vids posted here over the weekend!

Is Giuliani losing his mind? It’s just a natural progression.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/rudy-giuliani-donald-trump-2016-214207

@GAgal #80. If a moderator’s job is not to preserve what used to be called the decencies of debate — one of which is to follow the rules of logic, cite actual evidence, and all that good stuff — why bother with moderators?

Just have two people in Goofy suits hold up banners with the questions on them.

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.

Charles Blow doesn’t hold back.

Trump said, “I believe we need a civil rights agenda of our time, one that ensures the rights to a great education and the right to live in safety and in peace and to have a really, really great job, a good-paying job, and one that you love to go to every morning.”

Translation: I want to further weaken public education through more charters and vouchers. I want to flood your neighborhoods with more police because you can’t control yourselves. I want you to stop freeloading, get off welfare, and get a job.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/05/opinion/donald-trump-does-detroit.html?_r=0

@80 & 85, for that matter, why even bother with Hillary coming to the debate? Just let Trump stand up there, start tossing his word salad and working his crazy eyes, and call it good. I’m sure that would get some ratings for Les Moonves and Jeff Zucker because that is all that matters since their salaries are dependent upon those calculations.

Great Krugman piece and comments. We’re not alone in our outrage over false equivalency in the media.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/05/opinion/hillary-clinton-gets-gored.html?_r=0

Phyllis Schlafly has died. That’s all.

Oscar Wilde’s famous last words: “Either this wallpaper goes or I do.”

Did I mention I have a low co-pay for meds?

@92 Beata, yes, you did and I, for one, am jealous. 🙂

Beata, am very happy for you! You deserve it, and I hope it will help you get the care that will help you.

Louise-Marie-Thérèse de Saint Maurice, Comtesse de Vercellis let one rip while she was dying. She said, “Good. A woman who can fart is not dead.”

Phyllis?

Funny story. My sister has been having a “feud” with her lawn care guy. She fronted him a sum of money in May to go buy mulch, etc. for yard work and he never got it done.She finally told him to refund her money and she would find someone else and he’s still dragging it out.

Today he sent her a text saying he couldn’t get to his money because his bank account was being “closely audited”. I said, ‘WTH? Has he been listening to Donald Trump?’ She said, ‘Now that you mention it he was talking about Trump on his facebook page awhile back and I unfriended him’.

HAHAHA! Next stop is the magistrate. I can’t wait to hear what the judge thinks about his “closely audited” bank account!

Joy Reid is a gem. Watch Steve Cortes admit Trump does pay to play, but it’s alright because Hillary sold 20% of America’s uranium for $200 million.

@97, GAgal, since you think this lawn care guy is all up into the clamoring Yam, tell your sister to ask him if he read, “The Art of the Dirt?”

@99 Ha. She had to hammer him for months to send her a damn invoice. (good thing she did) He obviously went the office supply store and bought some. Then he filled in her first name at the top, his first name at the bottom and the amount due. He has some really nice, new equipment so my thinking is he over extended himself there. With fall coming on, he’ll lose a lot of work before spring arrives. But he’s had months to get this money together and he blew it. (literally probably)

I didn’t see CNN’s Hillary special because I wasn’t sure I wanted to watch it. All morning they showed their clip of her talking about her life dealing with the Monica thing. I’ll look for clips. I’m curious if their Donald special included him running around on his first two wives.

@101, I’ve watched both documentaries. Hillary’s was heavy on Bill. Honestly, the Starr/impeachment time was particularly sympathetic to Hillary. It did not dominate. All and all, I think it was a net positive. Chelsea was beautiful and articulate. Everyone, lifelong friends, talk about how smart, confident, unflappable, and hardworking she is. On her college photo the only thing written about her was, “First woman President.”

Trump’s on the other hand was remarkably hard hitting. Gloria Borger did it and it was not a flattering piece. She delved deeply into his shoddy business deals, his narcissism, his serial infidelity (I did not know he divorced Marla Maples just before the “sunset” of their prenup), and his ugly crudeness. Spent a lot of time on his children since Trump would not consent to an interview.

Two interesting things about the Trump show:

1. One of the heavy advertisers was Sean “Piddy” Combs’ vodka project, Ciroc. Hucksters of a feather and all that…

2. One of Trump’s high school or college friends on the soccer team recounted a story that during matches they would eat unpeeled oranges rind and all. That answers so many things.

@102 sigh of relief. Thank you. Now I look forward to watching them. Another thing that bugged me was they kept saying how surprised they were that she showed her human side.Just so sick of it.

To paraphrase Bette Davis: Only speak good of the dead. Phyllis Schlafly is dead – good.

@104, thanks DYB! My first smile of the day! LOL!

Hello folks! Just wanted to let y’all know I’ll be sort of in and out of here maybe for the next few days. I have a friend who is in the hospital and has been in there for about 12 days now. He is having some complications with his condition so I may not be around as much as normal.

@104: Similarly if you can’t say anything good don’t say anything at all.

For more laughs, the best of Ann Coulter jokes at Rob Lowe’s roast. These are brutal.

http://www.vulture.com/2016/09/best-ann-coulter-insults-robe-lowe-roast.html

@108: Wow! They play rough!

GAgal, check your email when you have a chance.

Fredster, so sorry about your friend.

@111: Thanks annie, much appreciated.

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