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Good Saturday, Widdershins.  It’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to type out a post, thanks to a nasty bout of tendonitis in my right rotator cuff.  Of course, that’s my dominant arm, and of course in occurred during the Christmas season.  My baking suffered, the grandchildren trimmed my tree, and I discovered that you can actually do a decent job wrapping gifts with your non-dominant hand.  At any rate, after weeks of wearing a sling, downing uncountable NSAIDs and a brief  (but productive) whirl with physical therapy, I can type well enough for long enough to do my weekend post.

My recovery comes at a good time, as your posters have had a rough few months experiencing a whole host of maladptions in health and harmony.  At any rate. I dedicate the weekend the health, healing, and harmony for all at TW for 2016.

This is an otherwise open thread.

(1) Breathe – Faith Hill

(2) Another One Bites the Dust – Queen

(3) Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd

(4) Fix You – Coldplay

(5) Healing Chants – The Neville Brothers

And for anyone else who enjoys “The Big Bang Theory”,

Soft Kitty

Good weekend, Widdershins.  This has been another in a long list of tough weeks, standing head and shoulders above many other tough weeks.  The situation in France is bad, the situation here is getting worse with regard to current attitudes toward refugees.  David Vitter managed to actually throw his spouse under the bus again with his hyperbolic statements toward Syrian refugees currently living in Louisiana.  Seems that the 14 of them are under the auspices of Catholic Charities, whose general counsel is none other that the long-suffering Mrs. V.  Further, all Syrians are not Moslem – they have a significant Christian population.  The Right-Wing noise machine would probably advise to screen them, and just deny admission to those of the Moslem persuasion, despite the fact that such an action is likely unconstitutional.  I actually believe that some Americans would just as soon send troops into the Middle East than take in refugees.

All things considered, this is a good time to take a deep breath and turn our thoughts to something a bit more pleasant.  Thanksgiving will be upon us Thursday, so we might as well get started in assembling tunes for the occasion.  Post plenty, please, as we need several hours of reminding that there is much to be grateful for on an ongoing basis.

Maybe, just maybe, our RWNJ friends will remember the spirit of the first Thanksgiving and take a step back.  Maybe we’ll all remember that money would be better spent feeding and sheltering the homesless, as opposed to destroying everything in sight.  Maybe some day all Americans will have reasons to be thankful.  Doubtful, but I can dream, can’t I?

This is an open thread.

 

(1)  Thankful – Josh Groban

(2) Alice’s Restaurant – Arlo Guthrie

(3) Homeward Bound – Paul Simon

(4) Mashed Potato Time – Dee Dee Sharp

(5) Sweet Potato Pie – Ray Charles and James Taylor

Boo, Widdershins!  It’s All Hallows Eve,  and am I ever ready to put the past week behind me.  This week’s detritus scored a considerable lift from the epic, excruciating Republican debate – which is, of course, being blamed squarely on the effete liberal commentators from CNBC.  The RNC has notified NBC that they have severed all ties, which leads me to believe that further debate moderators could be of the Sean Hannity ilk.  Remember that the usual suspects from Faux News were thought to be way too tough during debate numero uno.  Can’t wait for the next one, which should feature substantial questions such as “When did you first discover how much you love this country?” and perhaps “Name fifteen ways that the liberals are ruining America”.  This should be fascinating.

For the weekend, however, we will put all that behind us and enjoy the holiday.  I am particularly fond of Hallowe’en because my Fundie friends swear that it’s the devil’s holiday.  In a few hours, legions of costumed children will be banging at my door.  My candy is prepped and ready so that I might spend the rest of the day watching football, but as the darkness grows outside I’ll turn to scary movies.

Scary movies run the gamut from psychological thrillers to blood and gore.  My preference is closer to the former than the latter, but feel free to post any that curl your hair.  Otherwise, it’s a wide open thread.

(1) Psycho (1960) 

(2) Carrie (1976) 

(3) The Birds (1963) 

(4) Rosemary’s Baby (1968) –

(5) Wicker Man (1973) 

Happy Friday, Widdershins.  We’ve waded our way through another week, and need to unwind promptly and forthwith.  We’re going to try something a little different today in that we are feeding into the week rather than disassociating ourselves.  Therefore, we can harness some of the energy that has been so negative and create a playlist for the Benghazi Committee.  I’m certain that everyone would enjoy sending them a musical tribute or three.  Maybe, just maybe, we can turn these negatives into some mirthful positives, so let them rip, Widdershins.

Otherwise, we have a completely open thread here, so take the music and the conversation wherever you would like.

(1) Repetition – The Kinks

(2) There, I’ve Said It Again – Bobby Vinton

(3) The Same Old Song – The Four Tops

(4) Same Old Story, Same Old Song – BB King

(5) No, No, A Thousand Times No – Beatrice Kay

 

Happy Friday, Widdershins.  The week has come to an end, and this one has been entertaining, to say the least.  A second Repub has admitted that the Benghazi committee was purely motivated to destroy the Democratic front runner – truly a great use of public dollars.  Yep, a committee that has gone on longer than the Pearl Harbor investigation, longer than the Warren Commission, longer than Watergate, basically longer than any other committee that one may think of, has no purpose other than character assassination.  Good stuff, Congress.  Just disregard the fact that the economy is grinding, the debt limit is looming, and the infrastructure is crumbling.  Spend even more time and money on those bloody servers – that’s the ticket, y’all.

We also got to watch Hillary Clinton mop the floor with her fellow debaters, and to hear Bernie Sanders tell the world than the American people were tired of hearing about the damn emails.  It was great to read posts published in Huffington, Salon, and Politico which admitted that she was the clear winner.  Of course, there were other posts that claimed a Sanders victory (echoed by Frank Luntz and Fox), along with some other focus groups.  That said, there’s no getting around the fact that Hillary absolutely sparkled.  I haven’t seen her look that good in years.

My home state is also looking (again) at medical marijuana.  The last ballot initiative failed by a few points, and measures are in the works for the question to come up again.  I honestly believe that, if it does, it may well pass.  There are a lot of medical applications – chemotherapy tolerance, multiple sclerosis, neuropathies, Chron’s disease and seizure control to name only a few.  Colorado has blazed a trail that is easy to follow, and has clearly shown the positive financial implications of eventual progress to open sales.  Now, I personally think it will be quite some time before any state in the Dirty South follows suit, but medical marijuana would be excellent.

Therefore, I suggest that our week-end playlist pay homage to chemical enhancements, even if most (if not all) of us never indulge.  Personally, I’m still on a post-debate high thanks to the sheer joy of watching HRC in action. The tunes are out there in merry proliferation, so add yours to my playlist along with anything else that strikes your fancy.

(1) Let’s Go Get Stoned – Ray Charles

(2) Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd

(3) Rainy Day Women #12 and #35:  Bob Dylan

(4) One Toke Over the Line – Brewer and Shipley

(5) Puff the Magic Dragon – Peter, Paul, and Mary

 


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