The Widdershins

We made it to another weekend, Widdershins.  This week was particularly fascinating – tumultuous elections abroad, variable weights in footballs, FEMA camps and invasions of Texas, and multiple more announced Republican candidates for 2016.  It’s time to take the weekend off and honor our mothers.

I lost my Mom was I was twenty-three, but at least she got to meet my daughter.  Said daughter is now the mother of my three wonderful grandmonsters, one of whom just married and may make me a great-grandmother before check-out time.  Plus I still have my step-mother. So to all of the above, and all of the Moms out there, this weekend is for us.  If your Mom is still with you, call her.  If not, remember the good times that you had along the way.

Please feel free to post songs for your Mom of any sort  The word “Mom” does not have to be present – it can just be a song that Mom liked or one that reminds you of her.  For that matter, post anything at all that you choose to discuss.  This is a wide open thread.

(1) The Mom Song – Sung at Northland Church

(2) California Dreaming – The Mamas and the Papas

(3) Mother’s Little Helper – The Rolling Stones

(4) Mama Told Me Not to Come – Three Dog Night

(5) Mama Said There’d be Days Like This –  The Shirelles

My Mom’s favorite song:

(6) Autumn Leaves – Nat King Cole

Dont mess Texasare upon you…and you, and you and YOU!

How else can you explain stories about transport trains for political enemies being taken to FEMA “reeducation camps” ?  Or the fact that Walmart, of all companies, is in cahoots with the Feds and has mysteriously closed some stores under strange circumstances and with phony stories about the closings? Or the fact that the citizens of Bastrop Texas told an Army Colonel to his face that he was lying.  This from a state that probably has more military bases than any other, employing thousands of Texans on those bases?

So what the hell is going on?  Why it’s simple:  Obama intends to put Texas under martial law!  Apparently the chatter from the right-wing wingnuts got so loud that the newly minted Texas governor responded to them (pandered perhaps?) and made an announcement that the Texas Guard would “monitor” Operation Jade Helm, or as Abbot said:  “It is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed upon,” .

You all know by now that this has begun to make a laughingstock of the “gret stet”, so much so that former state Rep. Todd Smith wrote to the guv and said:

“Your letter pandering to idiots … has left me livid,” former state Rep. Todd Smith wrote Abbott. “I am horrified that I have to choose between the possibility that my Governor actually believes this stuff and the possibility that my Governor doesn’t have the backbone to stand up to those who do.”

God or Goddess only knows that Texas politics, already well to the right of center took an even bigger move that way after the elections in 2014.  How huge a jump, we’re seeing now.

Things and thoughts and who knows what that used to be out there on the fringe orbiting around Pluto are now being accepted (by some) as totally legitimate and true.  Like this:

Texas Ranger Drops Jade Helm Bombshell: “There Are Trains With Shackles On Them”

And it comes from a website called and yes it stands for that abbreviation.  A letter from a “Texas Ranger” to a right-wing site and show.

A letter sent to Dave Hodges at The Common Sense Show by a concerned Texas Ranger indicates that the government is preparing for a scenario similar to what has been described in William Forstchen’s recent novella Day of Wrath in which ISIS terrorists cross the southern border of the United States and simultaneously attack soft targets across the nation.

and then here’s the money shot:

mess texas u n monitorsBut the letter doesn’t stop there. The Ranger, who has kept his identify private for obvious reasons and makes clear that the scope of Jade Helm is so secret that the intent is not completely clear, says that the JH15 mission objectives may go much farther than just preparing for terrorists. According to the law enforcement insider there are trains moving throughout Texas and some of them have been outfitted with shackles, presumably to “transport prisoners of some sort.” The claim adds further credence to a report about Jade Helm dissident roundups and arrests and widespread martial law declarations following an emergency.

And from the “actual letter”:

Texas idiot president

We have been warned!

Let me drop a bombshell that I have not seen you address. There are trains moving throughout Texas that have shackles inside some of the cars. I have not personally seen them, but I know personnel that have seen this. This indicates that these trains will be used to transport prisoners of some sort. I know from reading your articles that your default belief will be that these are for American political prisoners and will be transported to FEMA detention camps of some sort. We have been told by Homeland that these trains are slated for transporting captured terrorists, non-domestic. We are not sure we can trust this explanation because Homeland is keeping a lot from us and we are growing increasingly uncomfortable with their presence in Texas.

Now the “captured terrorists” claptrap concerns notions that there are ISIS camps just across the border in Mexico and that said terrorists will be launching attacks on the good ole U.S. of A.  And I’m not going any further into that one.

And about those closed Walmarts…

Well, those are going to be guerrilla warfare training centers in preparation for the “invasion”.


Walmart conga line

There can be no doubt that the internal events at Walmart holds the key to the end game of Jade Helm operations. Jade Helm and Walmart are inextricably linked and the existing evidence suggests one of two possible end game probabilities for Jade Helm.

1. Converted Walmart stores will be processing centers for FEMA camp political prisoners.

2. Some Walmarts will be used as supply and staging centers for an internal conflict within the United States.

And if you go to the site above, you will see pictures of (GASP!) shipping containers stacked by the closed Walmarts!  8O   The note below the pics says:
I do not know what this may mean, but I thought I’d share it with you guys.


If you wish, you can go to this site to read more about the mysterious closed Walmart stores.

And if you want to read some stuff about the connection between Jade Helm, ISIS and who knows who else, you can go here.

 So I’ll close with some wunnerful wunnerful Texas music and paranoia clips.

About the Walmart stores closing.

Play three times daily to maintain paranoid state of mind.

Jaden Helm, Walmart and DUMBS (Deep Underground Military Bases)

Could this song possibly explain a great deal?

And lastly, one from the great Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys

Okay Widdershins, take this post wherever you would like it to go.  The thread is completely open.

Afternoon Widdershins.

As a genetically inferior Appalachian, my vocabulary is pretty good – a little above average, but I find myself searching for the words today.  You see, I don’t have the words to describe someone who, like Pamela Geller, represents an utter lack of ethics.  Absolute abhorrence, beneath contempt, plain old hatred — no words seem sufficient.  You’re asking, who is Pamela Geller and why is she someone about whom we should spend even one minute considering?  Allow me to once again digress.Pamela Geller

This weekend in Garland, Texas, there was the latest installment in an anti-Muslim campaign promoted by Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America.  Both groups have been labeled hate groups by various watchdog organizations.

Geller was quick to clad herself in the American flag, the Constitution, the Paris tragedy of Charlie Hebdo, and anything else to disguise the true intent of the event.  That intent had nothing to do with free speech and everything to do with the most perverse form of self-promotion.  Here’s what really happened Sunday night.

Called a Muhammad Art and Cartoon Contest where $10,000.00 was to be awarded for the most outrageous and vulgar cartoon of the Prophet, the couple of hundred attendees were greeted with a keynote harangue by Geert Wilders, the head of a far, far-right Dutch political party.  Wilders has called for banning the Koran, comparing it to Mein Kampf.  He’s called Islam an “ideology of a retarded culture”, called for taxing women who wear headscarves, and demanded a cleansing of the Netherlands from the Trojan Horse of Islam.

This cartoon contest was in response to a January event where a Muslim group had invited nearby families to discuss religious tolerance, pluralism, and anti-extremism (it was called “Stand with the Prophet against terror and hate”) and to raise money for a cultural center to promote tolerance.  Geller helped organize a large protest outside the January event, where hundreds of people waved anti-Muslim signs and American flags. Muslim-American families were forced to walk through a gauntlet of bile-spewing hate.

Honestly, was there any doubt...

Honestly, was there any doubt…

So much for free speech – since for demagogues the only permissible bullhorn is the one spewing self-delusional pap.

Pam Geller’s name struck a chord with me because she was behind the furor around the Park51 Mosque in New York or as she famously marketed it, “the ground zero mosque.”  60 Minutes improvidently did a piece on the issue giving her more publicity and legitimacy than she could ever covet.  Her regular propaganda outlets are her blog (I will not even mention its name), Fox News, and Breitbart.  Each promoted her fear-mongering hatred.  Prior to her glomming onto anti-Muslim hate, she tried other causes, but they didn’t hold the cachet of notoriety she craved or the fundraising potential.

Some of her more infamous theories:

  • Obama is a third-worlder and a coward.
  • Obama will do nothing but beat up on our friends to appease his Islamic overlords.
  • It is well-known that Obama allegedly was involved with a crack whore in his youth.
  • Back in the early 80’s there were only two reasons to travel to Pakistan. Jihad or drugs.  I think he went for the drugs and came back with jihad.
  • Jews refuse to get on Obama’s Trains.
  • The moochers and the looters, the crooks and degenerates voted at 1 a.m. this morning to rip the constitution to shreds, to rape the American people and to nationalize medicine.
  • Geller’s blog contains 267 posts tagged “Muslim in the White House.”

With that said, no matter how odious Geller and her hate is, there is zero – zero justification for violence like that contemplated by the two shooters on Sunday evening — especially if that violence was the product Geller so longed to provoke and for which she had so carefully planned.Garland TX

The Garland officials had required extra security for the event and the SWAT squad, turned out in their best Fallujah-wear, were already on site.  Geller’s plan worked.

Now, two days later, ISIS is claiming responsibility.  Of course they would claim responsibility even though hours before the killing of the two gunmen one of them pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda.  Free publicity, claiming something isn’t what is claimed, an unquenchable thirst for acclaim, and an unrequited hatred of a belief system different from one’s own – all the creed of those with dreams of despotic control and adulation — whether it is ISIS or Pamela Geller.

For those who don’t know, bait hunting is outlawed in all fifty states.  Sunday night, Pamela Geller laid the bait and facilitated the taking of two lives that easily could’ve been many, many more — all in the quest for notoriety and self-approbation.

When it comes to sin and an everlasting peace for one’s soul, I don’t know if the two who died Sunday night reached paradise, but personally, I’d give them a much better chance of reaching it than Pamela Geller will ever have.

Take the conversation in any direction you might like.


Good Monday, all! Remember how, before Barack Obama appeared on the scene, the media was always praising Republicans and lambasting Democrats – whether subtly or not? Well, I’d like to confirm with you all that the media is back to its old tricks.

A picture is worth 1000 words, isn’t it? Here is the story the Washington Post ran last week on Governor Rick Perry, a Texas Republican who’s as stupid as a stump and twice as wooden. You wouldn’t know it, would you?

Former Texas governor Rick Perry and former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell standing for the Pledge of Allegiance at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. (Ben Price/courtesy Rick PAC)

Let’s see: Guv + Military Hero, check. American flag, check. Pledging allegiance while looking seriously off to the side, check. I guess they couldn’t squeeze a bald eagle in the picture, although it’s probably not for lack of trying.

What was the title of the story? “How Rick Perry befriended the real ‘Lone Survivor’ Navy SEAL.” Really? Anyone other than myself find that, oh, I don’t know – not a story at all?! Oh, but the Washington Post needs us to understand what a swell guy Governor Goodhair is, just in case he does decide to run for President. Because after all – he IS a Republican!

Before he became immortalized as the “Lone Survivor,” a Navy SEAL­
who escaped a 2005 Taliban ambush on a mountain slope in Afghanistan, Marcus Luttrell was a broken man in search of a haven.

He found it one day in spring 2007 when, struggling to recover his body and mind and with the horrors of war still raw, he showed up unannounced at the Texas governor’s mansion and asked to see Rick Perry.

Over the ensuing months, a virtual father-son relationship blossomed, the two men said. The governor and his wife, Anita, helped bring Luttrell back to health. Perry used the power of his office to find Luttrell a spine surgeon to fix his back. The Perrys gave him a spare bedroom — “I was the creepy guy in the attic,” Luttrell recalled. The governor took him bass fishing, the first lady counseled him about his love life and, as Luttrell became ­famous — first with a best-selling memoir, “Lone Survivor” and ­later in the movie adaptation — they were his rock.

My goodness, I’m surprised the “reporter” who wrote this was able to breathe, with his nose so far up Perry’s posterior!

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Good morning Widdershins.  It looks to be a great weekend weather-wise for most of the country especially for the Derby.  Seventy-five degrees and sunny – big hats and bourbon will be plentiful.  In honor of the first Saturday in May, I thought I would begin with a story.

Wendell H. Ford

Wendell H. Ford

This story is one that comes from former U.S. Senator Wendell H. Ford.  Senator Ford recently died after a long and productive life.  I worked for Senator Ford early in my career and he was a progressive Democrat beloved by the voters back when the words “beloved” and “politician” could be in the same sentence.  In leadership, he rose to Majority Whip and consistently was voted by the Senate pages as the funniest, most entertaining senator.  Here’s one of his stories about the Derby:

On Derby day, a man walking in the Churchill Downs grandstand spied a box with a prominent empty seat. Next to the empty seat sat an older woman. “This is the first empty seat I’ve seen today,” he told her.

She explained, “Well, it belonged to my husband, but he died.”

The stranger asked, “Why didn’t you give it to one of your relatives?”

The woman replied, “I would have, but they’re all at the funeral.”


As always, I am indebted to the collectors of the Weird News for the rest of these stories.

Wait, What?

Paulo Silva, 51, facing bestiality charges in April in Framingham (Massachusetts) District Court, insisted that the charges be reduced to only attempted larceny. Yes, he was caught fondling a male purebred pit bull, but he had no sexual motivation, his lawyer explained. Actually, he said a friend of Silva’s owned a female pit bull and Silva had asked the male’s owner if the two dogs could mate, but when the owner declined, Silva said he was simply trying to collect the sperm himself. Judge Jennifer Stark was unmoved and set the case for trial.

The Armadillo “Dun went and dun it”

No charges were filed in the April incident in Lee County, Georgia, even though a 74-year-old woman was shot by her son-in-law. Deputies accepted the explanation that Larry McElroy shot at an armadillo with his 9mm handgun, killing it, but that the bullet ricocheted, traveled about 100 yards, first off of a fence and then through the woman’s mobile home, hitting her in the back. She was not seriously hurt.  No word yet about Larry McElroy.

Now you may touch the Charmin

The most recent fatwa, announced in April by the Directorate of Religious Affairs in Turkey, declared that “toilet paper” is now acceptable for pious Muslims. The directorate had previously decreed that only water could be used for such cleaning (or, if none was available, the left hand). (Toilet etiquette, called “Qadaa al-Haajah,” which obviously predates the invention of the actual “toilet,” requires entrance by the left foot, exit by the right, a post-ablution prayer and, most challengingly, “no reading.”)  This may indeed be the definitional beginning of the term, “too much information”.

Artist and Derby Festival Poster

Artist Karen Boone and her official Derby Festival Poster

Elfin Charm

There have been plenty of nights where the Glenfiddich has allowed me to see elves.  In Iceland, they truly believe or at least the road administrators do.  The Road Engineers in Iceland recently approved a new pathway near Reykjavik that had been delayed by a troublesome, 70-ton boulder in the right-of-way — which could not be dislodged because it is believed to be a “church” for the country’s legendary “hidden people.” The elves’ leading spokeswoman, Ragnhildur Jonsdottir, finally declared, to officials’ relief, that the elves had accepted the boulder’s relocation (to the side of the road), having “been preparing for this for a long time, moving their energy to the new location.”  I may have to relocate to Reykjavik.

Huh, again?

A few months back I highlighted a story about a London man’s agreement to pay the equivalent of $500 for surgery on a nondescript office-aquarium goldfish, to relieve its constipation. Subsequently, however, veterinarians in Scotland (charging the equivalent of $750) performed cancer surgery on two goldfish, and in September 2014, in Melbourne, Australia, a goldfish received “brain surgery” (for the apparent bargain of $200). No update on the conditions of the aquatic patients.

Home Unimprovement

Recent cases from the “Don’t DIY” Files:

Fred Horne of Columbus, Ohio, burned down his house in February trying to smoke the bedbugs out of his couch. Only that one piece of furniture caught fire, but carrying it out of the house, Horne got stuck in a doorway, and the blaze spread.  The bedbugs were eradicated.

Karen Boone's Derby Poster

Karen Boone’s Derby Poster

Near Darwin, Australia, in February, an unnamed woman living in an RV came face-to-face with a snake and decided to encourage the serpent to leave.  She promptly lit a fire beneath the RV’s floor. The vehicle was destroyed but, said the police superintendent, “We don’t know what happened to the snake.”

Dentist Leopold Weinstein, 63, was arrested in February in Camarillo, California, and charged with suspicion of setting fire to three competing dental offices (one for the fourth time). One victim said the arsonist even drilled holes in the roof and poured in gasoline to accelerate the blaze.  Dr. Weinstein obviously did what he knew, drilled and extracted.

Justice isn’t just blind, just backed-up

India is famous for its interminably slow justice system.  The backlog of cases is probably the largest in the world, but it has gotten worse. The open caseload grew to 31,367,915 by the end of 2013 — a quantity that, if all of the country’s judges, working around the clock, each resolved 100 cases an hour, it would still take 35 years to clear. Bloomberg Business Week reported in January that lawyers needlessly fatten the backlog with multiple filings, mainly to jack up their fees and thus encouraging “extortion threats,” in place of “law,” as the preferred method of resolving disputes.  And this method of dispute resolution is different how?


Have a great weekend and take the conversation in any direction you might like.



Good afternoon Widdershins!  Chat is having issues with Windows 8 on her computer so in order to prevent her from tossing the thing until help arrives I said I would do a post for today.

With the news this week consisting mainly of the situation in Baltimore and then the awful news of the earthquake and avalanche in Nepal, I thought we might take a light look at something we’re going to be seeing a lot of in the coming year, political commercials.

If we are already getting candidates to announce they are running for President, it cannot be much longer before the inevitable commercials start rolling.  I find political commercials to be odd ducks of a sort.  I’ve never to my knowledge had a commercial sway me into voting for a candidate, but I’ve sure had some that convinced me to go in another direction.

I’ve dug up some amusing examples and they aren’t all of a political nature.  Some of them are just funny commercials.  Feel free to add whatever you wish to the collection.

A funny commercial for Evian.

This gentleman is trying to quit smoking and not lose control.

I have no idea whether Gil Fulbright was running for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky but whoever this is, he made a funny (and truthful ?) commercial.

This next one for Huckabee (last Prez cycle?) would have had me running the other way.

If we thought “attack” ads now were bad, just take a look at what they might have been like in the 1800s.

I guess I’ll give this guy points for props.

Here’s a “threefer” for you.

Here’s the “the politicians don’t pay attention to us” meme.

This one has to be up there in the “bad” category.

This one is a parody but it is still funny.

Okay Widdershins, do you have any particularly bad or funny commercials you can recall?  They don’t have to necessarily be about politics, just anything that caught your eye.  I’ll close with this commercial within a skit done by the great Lucille Ball.

This is an open thread.

Good afternoon Widdershins.  I hope this Wednesday is but the midpoint on the way to a wonderful weekend.  If you haven’t laid in your bourbon stock for the weekend, remember it is Derby and those juleps don’t make themselves.  At least not until you have had at least six of them.

Just a quick couple of observations today courtesy of my scotch-ridden synapses being goosed by some chuckleheads on the I'm on my wayteevee.

Have you noticed the conversational flow on any news show featuring a panel consisting of a committed conservative, a begrudgingly lapsed librul, and an unaffiliated independent.  The independent will go all “Nancy Reagan-esque” and stare longingly at the conservative while at the same time bear his/her teeth at the lapsed librul.

Invariably, the lapsed librul looks and sounds like a cast extra for the Walking Dead, but on those rare occasions when a good point is about to be grunted, the conservative will interrupt.  I don’t care what panel it is or what network it is.  Without fail, the conservative will interrupt anyone who deviates from the conservative’s opinion in an effort to forestall any potential alternative consideration.

This must be the technique taught by the Roger Ailes Media School where Frank Luntz is the headmaster.  The next time you find yourself watching one of these panels, just keep track of who is interrupting who halfway through their answers.

This type of preemptive conversation snuffing isn’t the only way intractable minds secure their places.  What I have been seeing of late and expect to see much more often as we progress toward 2016 is how time has stopped for those suffering from Clinton Derangement Syndrome.

Those who rose to some semblance of power in the 1990’s based upon some fictitious Whitewater, Travelgate, Rose Law Firm, Vince Foster murder scandals or any number of other scandals arising out of the miasma – for those people it seems time has stopped.  Not slowed down, but just plain stopped.   It is as if the shamed politicians like Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey, and Tom Delay, among others, had piled into Doc Brown’s DeLorean and drove directly to Professor Peabody’s way-back machine and had all their sins washed cleanly away.

Matt DrudgeThere is no better example than Matt Drudge (I’m personally convinced the naming gods have a good sense of humor).  Regrettably, Drudge can’t be ignored.  Last year, his was the number one site of referral traffic to the Daily Mail, CNN, Fox News, Roll Call, Breitbart, The New York Times, National Journal, USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, and Politico.

Of late, Drudge has been championing Martin O’Malley as a viable contender against Hillary.  That might not continue given the Baltimore uprising since O’Malley’s day job and claim to fame was governor of Maryland, but the ABH (Anyone But Hillary) psychosis is thriving.  The reasoning is simple and central to the “trickle down crowd” – it is good for “bidness”.

How do I know this?  Let’s just go to the tape shall we?  In 2007, Drudge, when he was still occasionally talking to the media, acknowledged just how central Hillary was to his site’s success.  He told New York Magazine:

I need Hillary Clinton.  You don’t get it.  I need to be part of her world.  That’s my bank.  Like Leo DiCaprio has the environment and Al Gore has the environment and Jimmy Carter has anti-Americanism…I have Hillary.

Drudge isn’t unique – far from it.  You have all of the cuddlebums at Fox, the William Crystal types who revel in all their wrongness Karl Roveabout everything, Karl Rove who has an entire ABH cottage industry, and those like Joe Scarborough who find it necessary to remind viewers every 3 minutes that once upon a time he was in Congress.  Their level of sophistication and maturation is stuck in the nineties by virtue of what brought them to the party – sowing distrust and loathing of the Clintons.  Nothing and no amount of time will shake them from their glorious somnambulism of Clinton hating.

I mention this for those of us who need to prepare for the upcoming onslaught.  Not just this book, Clinton Cash, which is nothing more than spaghetti slinging “questions”, but the Brothers Koch have promised the business of Clinton bashing will be uncommonly lucrative in the next sixteen months – good to the tune of almost a billion dollars worth of propaganda.  There are lots of sniveling cockroaches who will want to get in on the bonanza.

Let us be forewarned, it shall be an uncommonly rocky ride my friends.

I’ll leave you on a lighter and infinitely more instructive note.  The reporter from Cosmopolitan, yes, that Cosmo, provided some good fodder for thought during an interview for the new Avengers movie.  She had the unspeakable audacity to ask the male actor the questions typically reserved for the female actor and vice versa.  It is truly illustrative of a larger societal ill.

Take this conversation in any direction you might like and have a great day.



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