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Hmmm. I’ll bet it’s a real mystery what I’m going to write about today!

That wonderful picture above is courtesy of our own Contrask, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where approximately 3500 people marched this past weekend both in support of women, and against Drumpf. Here are a few more of her pix.

Nice pantsuits!

They Persist

Grope ’em by the…

Not going to break US!

Two great signs

So think about that…in Tulsa, there were 3500 people marching, one year after the biggest single day of activism in the history of our country. If you went by most of the media last weekend, you might think nothing much happened. But the truth is, something huge happened, and it’s been happening ever since January 21, 2017. It’s #TheResistance, and it’s only getting bigger

Women’s March, Chicago: Credit Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune

and bigger

Sam Boyd stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, home of the Nevada Women’s March. Credit: The Twitter feed of Analise Ortiz from KTNV.

and BIGGER.

The 600,000-strong march in LA. Credit: The Twitter feed of the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti.

And even though the largely white, male and oblivious masters of the Teevee screens don’t get it; the bros in Silicon Valley don’t get it; and the leaders of the DNC don’t get it; it doesn’t matter. Because we’re women, and we’re people who support women’s rights, and we’re taking this country back. And believe me, they’ll notice in November.

This is an open thread.

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Good Weekend Widdershins!

Happy government shutdown and furlough to all of the “non-essential” federal employees!  If things go well the Senate will get its act together and possibly  pass something on Saturday to get the government back up and running.  If not then dear fed. employees you’ll have some time on your hands.

Speaking of time, with this little dealio and DYB’s excellent post Thursday, I thought we could look at some songs that have “time” somewhere in them, either in the title or somewhere in the lyrics.

Trust me, there are tons and tons of them out there and I’ll share my selections below.

(1) Time To Move On~Tom Petty

(2) Time Is On My Side~Irma Thomas (my preferred version)

(3) Too Much Time On My Hands~Styx

(4) Sign O’ The Times~Prince

(5) Old Time Rock n Roll~Bob Seger

(6) Time To Say Goodbye~Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman

(7) All This Time~Sting

Okay ‘shinners, there are seven songs for you.  Please add your own selections in the comments.

Open thread of course.

 

 

 

 

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hello Widdershins! It’s been almost a year since many of us marched, in the largest protest in American history, to show our solidarity with women across the nation. The inauguration of this cruel, bigoted and misogynistic President brought out people who had never marched before – even my 75-year-old father! Martin Luther King Jr. would have been proud of us.

That terrible, yet fortifying and loving day spawned the resilient, organized and powerful movement called #TheResistance. I don’t think any of us knew it would be as widespread and passionate as it is. On social media, in the streets, with calls and emails and signed petitions, we are now, and for the foreseeable future, making our voices heard. Hear us roar!

In these days, when we have “human error” causing Hawaiians to fear for their lives while the President golfs and tweets about his press coverage; when the racism of the leader of the free world causes more and more damage every day; when the Republicans lie shamelessly and continuously to protect their political futures and (I think) their dirty, dirty money; well…it’s hard to believe that we are living through it and somehow, hanging on to our sanity. So let’s take a look at the various ways #TheResistance is still alive, well, and thriving.

Here are a couple of photos from our very own Contrask, who protested last weekend. Amazing!

Yesterday, hundreds of Haitians protested near Mar-A-Lago, explaining to Drumpf (as he golfed on MLK Day) that Haiti “is not a Shithole.” (Still incredulous. I’ll never get over what he said.)

And oh my! What terrible reviews Trump properties are suddenly getting on Yelp!

It didn’t take long for people offended by President Trump’s remark that African nations were “shithole countries” to turn the insult back around on his family-owned company’s properties. The Yelp page for the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue has been swamped since Thursday afternoon with one-star reviews calling the 263-room luxury hotel a “shithole.”

“It’s a shithole. The owner is a racist senile old man. Don’t waste your money. #shithole,” reads one review. Another tells readers, “But I hear you can get incredible ‘service’ if you bring in your own Russian hookers to give you the ‘golden treatment.’”

Speaking of Shithole activism: I think this is my favorite.

There are Women’s March Anniversary protests set up for this weekend. Get out there and march if you can!

This is an open thread.

A HAPPY SUNDAY TO YOU WIDDERSHINS!

As I said in the comments yesterday we actually had a couple of days this week when it warmed up enough that I had to turn on the a/c because it was getting a bit on the stuffy side.  It didn’t last for long.  I went out to run to the bank Friday before MLK Day Monday and a front had already plunged through the area; it was drizzly and cold.  Ugh.  The wx guy said during this upcoming week we’ll get a reinforcing shot of the cold and several of the forecast models show snow one day this week.  We don’t do snow well in the south.

So I thought we might want to look at some songs about sunny weather or sunny places; just anything along those lines.

(1) Beachin’ ~ Jake Owen

(2) Soak Up The Sun~Sheryl Crow

(3) A Classic from The Beach Boys

(4) Warm Weather~Pieces of a Dream

(5) Sun is Shining~Bob Marley

(6) Boat Drinks~Jimmy Buffet

There ya go Widdershins, six songs to brighten up a dreary, winter day.

Open thread of course.

ETA: Please add some of your musical choices in the comments.

Happy Weekend Widdershins!

I have to give a big tip-o-the-hat to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for his year-end roundup of the strange and weird news in Florida.  I wanted to do one of these weird news posts for awhile and especially in Florida. Mr. Pittman has made that very easy to do.  I have to wonder if the tRump Clan being there contributes to any of the strange news in the Sunshine State.  At the least it cannot hurt.  So let’s take a look at a few of the choice strange things that happened in 2017 in Florida.

As Pittman says, some of these things became almost instant classics:

“Man accidentally shoots self in road rage incident,” and “Possum breaks into liquor store, gets skunky drunk” and “Polk City woman arrested for DUI on a horse.”

Of the ones above I have to wonder how the horse felt about the inebriated rider. Could the woman have ridden the horse any worse than Roy Moore did?

I seem to recall something similar to this happening in a drag queen contest but that one involved ripping wigs off of heads:

A woman in a bikini contest in Stuart was busted for bashing a competitor in the head with her high-heeled shoe (neither won Miss Congeniality).

We’ve probably all seen some videos from The Villages retirement community in Florida.  It’s big and the residents love them some golf carts.  Apparently they like some meth also.

When a SWAT team raided a home in the retirement mega-community of The Villages, police found more than just the meth lab they’d expected. They also discovered it was a chop shop for stolen golf carts.

And apparently these aren’t your run-of-the-mill golf carts but some seriously customized ones, so you can see why there might be a chop shop there:

Some of these weird news items just made me want to go “Huh?”

In December, a Lawtey woman who was charged with stealing statues, figurines and even concrete benches from a cemetery was dubbed “the Gravesite Grinch.”

I’m wondering if this woman was having a themed Thanksgiving dinner:

In November, a woman was charged with shoplifting while dressed as a turkey.

Apparently this guy had seen the warnings about not watching the eclipse without wearing some sort of eye protection

In August, a fleeing car thief got caught when he stopped at a hardware store in Kissimmee to buy a welder’s mask so he could watch the solar eclipse.

Sex and/or variations on that theme played a part in some of the more entertaining news bits from Florida:

A man who was stealing a trailer in Cooper City stopped long enough to have sex with his accomplice.

In Sarasota, a tennis match had to be halted because of the noise from a couple’s amorous exploits.

In Fort Walton Beach, a woman told police that she attacked her husband only because he threw her sex toys at her.

And then there were the ones involving critters of various and sundry types:

A Clearwater Beach man risked eviction from his condo because of his devotion to his emotional support squirrel.

An Englewood family heard a noise in their attic and soon learned the source was a 6-foot boa constrictor — and that the snake had apparently been living there for more than two years.

My favorite with the animal stories was this one:

A Lee County woman, 71, was attacked by a 10-foot alligator while she was working in her garden. She fought the gator off by stabbing it in the nose with her garden shears.

That’s a lady who takes her gardening seriously.

And then there were the ones involving weapons of many types:

A Micanopy school was placed on lockdown when a man threatened parents in the car line with a gun and a dead possum.

A Lehigh Acres man was asleep in a chair when his dog barked, startling him, so that he jumped up and knocked a .25-caliber pistol off an end table, and when it hit the floor it shot him in the thigh.

A Plantation police officer giving a gun safety lesson to schoolchildren warned them that his Taser was not a toy, then accidentally Tasered a 10-year-old.

A Jacksonville man sat down on a gun in the driver’s seat of his car, and it shot him in the penis.

A Vero Beach woman attacked a police officer with an electric toothbrush.

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In keeping with the odd/strange (stupid?) news, I saw one clip of this and it reminded me of how many times people ignore both speed limits and warnings about this bridge which has very low clearance.  The bridge is in Durham North Carolina and it is amazing how many drivers ignore flashing lights, big, huge yellow signs and other things that seem to shout out:  HEY BIG TRUCK!  DON’T TRY DRIVING UNDERNEATH THIS.  IT WON’T END WELL.

This Penske truck appears to pop a wheelie when it’s introduced to the bridge.

This one involves an All My Sons professional (?) moving truck.  Apparently the sons are Eric and Don Jr.

There are lots more of these videos at youtube.  Just put 11 foot 8 in the search box and you’ll find them.

Okay, that’s it for today.  Open thread of course.

 

 

Hello Widdershins! It’s the 2nd day of 2018, and already I’ve got my favorite prediction for the year right above the fold. It’s funny how cautious the press is being when every single indicator shows that Drumpf and the GOP are going to get crushed…then again, they don’t have the best record on the Mango Moron, do they?

In any case, here are some other predictions I’ve seen and liked in the past few days. Please feel free to add your own in the comments!

By Jack Goldsmith in Lawfare: The President Can’t Kill the Mueller Investigation

Not so happy, but important, from Eric Holthaus in Mother Jones: The Arctic will Never be Frozen Again

Here are some really interesting, wide-ranging predictions from the Washington Post.

Is Ivanka about to be arrested for fraud? Oh please, oh please….

Is Devin Nunes going to federal prison? Oh please, oh please

#MeToo becomes #TimesUp: I predict this new organization will change working culture, and relationships between men and women in the workplace.

And one more from me: I predict that Hillary’s organization, Onward Together, will grow exponentially, as the fortunes of all of the men and women who threw her under the bus decline in equal proportion.

This is an open thread.

Happy New Years Widdershins

Is everyone ready to put 2017 behind them?  Nevermind, I already know the answer to that one.  What will 2018 have in store for us?  Will the mid-term elections be a bloodbath for the Republicans?  Lordy, let’s hope so.  Will Mueller finish his investigation or will tRump and the Repubs shut it down?  Right now we don’t know the answers to any of these questions.  What I know the answer to is how I’ll spend my New Years Day:  Football!  There will be lots of college bowl games on and I’ll do my best to watch each and every one of them even if I get carpal tunnel from wearing out the clicker.

So for this post I decided to look for some New Years quotes and I went to Brainy Quotes to find some.  I have put some of what I thought were the better ones below.  Enjoy and if you have a fond New Years quote please include it in the comments.

 

 

 

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The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

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Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.
Hal Borland

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Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
Benjamin Franklin

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Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’
Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
Helen Keller

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Okay Widdershins, let us hope that 2018 will be a better year than what we experienced in 2017.

Open thread of course.

I’ll end this with a schmaltzy piece of music, Auld Lang Syne, Guy Lombardo edition.  Saxophones:  Warm up those vibratos.

 


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Kellyanne Conway’s new job

So similar

Take the kids to work? NO!

3 turds control fate of healthcare for millions

That moment when *your* pussy gets grabbed

You go gurl! h/t Adam Joseph

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Quick links for donations.

Donations for our furry, and other critter friends:

Texas SPCA Donate Page

Houston TX SPCA Donation Page

Red Rover Group

For the Virgin Islands (Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands)
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All Hands Disaster Relief:
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Puerto Rico’s First Lady’s organization:
http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/

Americares (provides medical/health support)
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“The” Book

Nice picture of our gal

Time till the Grifter in Chief is Gone

Hopefully soonerJanuary 21st, 2021
3 years to go.

Mueller Time!

Wise Words from Paul Ryan

Heroine of the Resistance

B-I-N-G-O!

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TELL PEREZ AND ELLISON HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT BRAZILE NUT!

Storify version of E. Rogers HVF explanation

Reason(s) to vote for Doug Jones

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