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Good Saturday, Widdershins!  The Iowa caucus begins on Monday, thus beginning the dash to the nomination.   With any luck, we’ll get through the next four months or so and have a candidate we have waited for for eight long years.  We can hope, anyway.

With that I mind, I’ve created this post to honor songs of hope.  There are not a lot with “hope” in the title, but there are an abundance of great tunes that are hopeful in spirit, and I for one can use such a lift right now.  So post whichever songs fill you with hope, wonderment, or any other such feeling that will get you through the next three days, and onward to Iowa we go.

This is an otherwise open thread.

Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul.  Emily Dickinson.

This is an open thread.  Chatblu.

(1) Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

(2) Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow – Fleetwood Mac

(3) I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash

(4) Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

(5) Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows  – Leslie Gore


Looks like Winter Storm Jonas is a nasty one, dumping 2 feet or so of fluffy white material liberally down the Eastern Seaboard from New York through North Carolina, hugging the Appalachians through to Kentucky and Northern Georgia.  As for those of us down here Where America Ends, we are, have been, and will be treading water,  It had rained and rained, followed by brief cold fronts of 36 hours or so, then it warms up and rains and rains and rains, add cold front and repeat.  Rain is atypical at this time in SoFla – El Niño has a muy picante sense of humor.

I’m certain that those Widdershins who are covered with snow would gladly trade place with the wet Widdershins to your South, and I can somewhat see why, but ask yourself if you would enjoy three weeks worth of virtually unremitting rains interspersed with wildly fluctuating temperatures.  At any rate, the weather appears to be miserable for all in a variety of torments, so we make the best of it.

I’ve found a lot of songs about Winter, and any number about rain.  For the most part I’ve found them in Classic Rock, but I’m good with that.  Post your tunes as well as anything else that might strike your fancy in this absolutely open thread. 

Stay warm and dry, Widdershins.


(1) Rhythm of the Rain – The Cascades

(2) Who’ll Stop the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival

(3) Hazy Shade of Winter – Simon and Garfunkel

(4) A Winter’s Tale – Queen

(5) First Snow on Brooklyn – Jethro Tull




Dear, dear Debbie Wasserman-Schultz*

Thank you so very much for not scheduling this debate against a football game.  Perhaps someone pointed out that Democrats and leaning Indies watch football, too?  Anyhow, the grateful, Democratic, football-lovin’ portion of the nation salutes you, and we’ll back that up with a toast.

Just for variety, let’s play bingo tonight.  The rules are simple – you check off a box, you take a sip.  You get bingo, finish your drink.  Oh, and you might want to yell “bingo” first, depending on the size/contents of the aforementioned drink.  At the end, let’s all have a toast to DWS and the gift of better timing.

See you on the other side for an open comments thread.  Bottoms up, Widdershins!

*Full disclosure:  DWS is my Congressional Rep.

Good Saturday to you, Widdershins.  I don’t exactly know why I selected this topic, perhaps it was because I listened to repetitive questions during the debate – followed by non-answers and innumerable “Hillary Clintons”, of course.  Anyhow, I thought that this might be the perfect weekend to explore songs that pose a question.

Once I got started, I found that there are literally hundreds of them to be found, in practically every musical genre that one might consider.  The songs seem to be skewed more toward open questions, but there are plenty of closed questions to be found, and your ninth grade English teacher will be proud of you if you can remember the difference without the Googles.

So, let the questions begin forthwith.  Otherwise, this is a totally open thread.  Here’s hoping for a great weekend for all, but stop by for a bit and post.

(1) Who Let the Dogs Out? – Baha Men

(2) Do You Believe in Magic? – The Lovin’ Spoonful

(3) Who Wrote the Book of Love? – The Monotones

(4) Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? – The Shirelles

(5) Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? – Chicago

Good afternoon, Widdershins.  Tonight is the final SOTU of the Obama administration, and I have mixed feelings.  If you were to read the internet in a diligent fashion, you would find him to both be revered and reviled.  Oh, I suppose that all Presidents have their promoters and detractors, but this one has been a doozy.  On the average day, President Obama has either been playing eight dimensional chess on Jupiter or handing this country over to the United Nations in order to jumpstart the New World Order, your choice.

At any rate, this will be the final SOTU and by inference, the final SOTU drinking game of either the best or worst President ever, and that deserves a toast…or a sip, or a pound……to see it off.   This is, after all, the President who promised us change, then changed from hope to fear along the long and winding road.

At any rate, I have found a drinking game that’s simple and concise, courtesy of Cloture Club, and I’ll see you later this evening.

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