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  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 7 February 2016

    02/07/2016 1:33:25 PM PST · 209 of 234
    Fishtalk to Fishtalk

    Got a Two-Fer here with a wrap-up and analysis of the Republican debate last night with all the follow up on the Sunday Political Talk Shows Today. Lots of snark and gossip so come on in.

    https://aschooloffishblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/the-national-scene-the-sunday-political-talk-show-report-on-2716/

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 7 February 2016

    02/07/2016 12:06:13 PM PST · 206 of 234
    Fishtalk to All
    This is a pic of the choir loft. The lady bending over with the gray/white hair is the choir conductor. The chair near her with the brown sweater draped over is where I sit....the rest of the choir is to the back, I don't know why. we may to change this.

     photo photobucket2.7.16loftchoirmembers1_zpsf5ym01fj.jpg

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 7 February 2016

    02/07/2016 9:32:53 AM PST · 162 of 234
    Fishtalk to Seattle Conservative

    In 2003, when I first moved to Delaware, it was just the church, the rectory and a little house building used for the office. Now we have a huge Parish Life Center and a Religious Ed building, and, of course, the new organ.

    I got to mass about 9:15 cause Todd kept emailing us and begged us to all please come on time as we were going in choir loft...yada, yada. So I got early and they let me go up before the 8:30 am mass ended....odd.

    It was a bit of a climb for me to get up those steps, bearing in mind I got circulation problems in my legs but can mostly get around okay.

    So my friend, Diane Feinstein, was the Cantor and darn if they were only at communion when the choir started arriving. Diane Feinstein is having a hell of a time leading this early mass with no so enthusiastic singers. So what the hell, the choir was already there and about five of us but we began to sing with her. The congregation was a bit surprised and looked up, smiles. Todd was then playing the organ on the church altar but once the choir joined Diane Feinstein it was really pretty.

    Myself is NOT a solo singer but I got a pretty good voice so long as the song falls within my four-note range. But put me in a choir and I am a very important part. I am a choir singer is what I’m saying here.

    BTW me and Diane Feinstein drove up to Wilmington last week, insert smile here, and we spent much of the time singing. She is a soprano and she IS a solo singer, while I am alto, tenor and bass if need be.

    With those voices in the choir behind me I sang out loud and strong in my front row seat (it’s just me and the conductor in the front by how Todd has this arranged, this might have to change) and that is about as close as I will ever get to singing solo, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

    Heh.

    Exciting day here at St. Jude the Apostle on Tulip Drive in Lewes, Delaware pastored by Father Flowers.

    As for naming the organ, in the church bulletin this week, I’m thinking....well first, did y’all know that St. Jude is the patron saint of impossible causes? Of course you know of St. Jude’s children hospital, right? Same saint.

    And folks getting this organ was about as impossible as anything could get, taking two Pastors to finally obtain, took us eight years to finally get the thing.

    So here’s my name for our church organ....”Saint Jude’s Impossible Cause”.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 7 February 2016

    02/07/2016 8:57:53 AM PST · 152 of 234
    Fishtalk to Fishtalk
    Todd at the new church organ, which now needs a name. You ever heard of naming organs? Well I got one.....a perfect name. More on this later.

     photo photobucket2.7.16toddatneworgan_zpsbqfgolcm.jpg

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 7 February 2016

    02/07/2016 8:55:22 AM PST · 149 of 234
    Fishtalk to Fishtalk

    So, heh.....I got the FRONT row seat in the choir loft!

    Which means, well pretty much nothing. Except as I stand up there and sing....THE WHOLE CHURCH HEARS.....WHO?

    ME!

    The Choir director placed me there after eighty emails that we must sit where we were assigned and so I did.

    The choir conductor, however, stands to my left so I turn and face her so....well so I’ll know when to come in and stuff.

    “Please look at Birdie out of the corner of your eye and face the church when singing,” Todd, choir director calls out!

    Go to hell.....well I turned around and sang my heart out to this church.....I loved it!

    I saw everybody.....the ponytailed lover boy and his pit bull wife....the whole lot of them.

    And I sang and I sang and they looked up and waved so I sang some more.

    I got other pics....Todd posed with the new organ, God bless.

    And, since I’m missing some humility today.....three people told me I looked beautiful.

    I was going to take a selfie and post it but when I saw it, well I thought not so much.

    But I sang.....yes I did.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 7 February 2016

    02/07/2016 8:50:24 AM PST · 146 of 234
    Fishtalk to Fishtalk
    Okay, much more on this....with pictures! This is MY view from the choir loft. What a morning this has been but I survived!

     photo photobucket2.7.16churchfromloft_zpshszxhigd.jpg

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 7 February 2016

    02/07/2016 5:49:51 AM PST · 23 of 234
    Fishtalk to Seattle Conservative

    Morning SC.....

    ....indeed Rubio got some hits last night although he made some good points.

    Christie kept pointing out how Senators don’t make decisions like Governors do. Rubio kept repeating the same talking points. They were good ones true, but it was practiced and polished and rough and tough Christie kept pointing it out to the audience laughter.

    I think the best debater last night was Ted Cruz....more on this later.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 7 February 2016

    02/07/2016 5:20:53 AM PST · 14 of 234
    Fishtalk to Alas Babylon!

    Good morning AB, All,

    As always, thank you AB for reliably posting this thread every week. Thank Bray and commenters for collective wisdom.

    Things going along fluidly here in the swamps for the most part. Will be singing at the 10 am mass and UP IN THE CHOIR LOFT for the first time.

    Getting into this choir loft is like climbing into a tree house. Did you all know this Wednesday is Ash Wednesday?

    THAT will be the first occasion of using the church’s new organ; today we are using the piano.

    Whew!

    Father Tom has changed all the hymns we sing and is causing a ruckus in this parish that has many older folk who don’t take to change kindly.

    Anyway, wish me luck and if I don’t come back later send out the Calvary to Tulip Drive, pastored by Father Flowers....you know you can’t make this up....and make sure the entire choir did not end up on the church floor and that I am still alive.

    I watched the debates last night and quite enjoyed them. I got some real big intrigue from some of the comment and am going to include a debate review of sorts on my Sunday morning Blog post.

    Meanwhile.....carry on and make me wise.

  • The Real Story Behind the Church’s Tradition of Blessing Throats (Catholic Caucus)

    02/04/2016 9:38:30 AM PST · 15 of 15
    Fishtalk to Seattle Conservative

    Interesting.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 31 January 2016

    01/31/2016 2:48:06 PM PST · 281 of 305
    Fishtalk to Fishtalk

    Hot off the Press….the REAL reason Trump backed out of the FOX debate. And this humble Blogger has video of Bernie Sanders singing and dancing, I ought to charge.
    https://aschooloffishblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/the-national-scene-the-sunday-political-talk-show-report-on-13116/

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 31 January 2016

    01/31/2016 1:02:36 PM PST · 259 of 305
    Fishtalk to Seattle Conservative

    I don’t know about being a dude-magnet but it’s a concept I could wrap my head around.

    I’m not sure how old you are but no matter, you’re not getting any younger.

    Now I had, after my husband died and I made a decision to buy my daughter a house across the street, planned that my retirement would be spent enjoying my daughter and granddaughter’s company.

    And that got blown all to hell.

    I had no plans to get involved with any man in any fashion, figuring I’m beyond all that.

    Of late I’m beginning to think differently about this.

    I’m thinking the lawyer for now. I’m not really sure he knows I’m alive but I’ll work on it.

    ;)

    And you too should look around. No matter what anyone tells you, being a fifth wheel is no fun.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 31 January 2016

    01/31/2016 10:27:15 AM PST · 234 of 305
    Fishtalk to Seattle Conservative

    OMG.....and to AB also.....wow....serious, I never heard of blessing of throats.

    WE DO, ahem, bless animals. Now our former Pastor, Father Jim, had a dog, and maybe that’s why we did the animal thing, I dunno. I don’t know why we never blessed the throats but on some level I’m smiling in muse about it.

    I man that whole thing threw me for a loop! First, we got two important people quit our choir and one of them was the really main singer of our males. So the males left were split between the sopranos and the altos and go to hell ain’t I sitting next to another very handsome man, which was okay with me. And we had to snuggle real close together cause the idea was that the women would carry the men because while these men sing quite well, they are very timid. And I’m giving DEnnis, that’s his name, a pep talk and we’re crouching together as I kind of sing in his ear....sheesh.....it was kind of cool.

    And the choir conductor was the Cantor so she goes up to the altar to cantor and leaves the choir stand in the pew and the ushers had to move it so I could get communion, me and Dennis.

    I’d heard about this blessing of the throat thing....my choir director told me about it before mass as we waited for the earlier mass to let out.

    But my goodness they had a priest and a deacon...maybe another priest it was so damn confusing....and people were trying to get out to go home but everybody was in line for blessing of the throat.

    Father Tom had on a really pretty vestment today...a dark, forest green with what was a golden bell embroidered on it with the bell’s “clapper” being what looked like human hands folded in prayer.

    He’s too much, huh?

    So there I am standing in some line or another, I have no idea, but Diane Feinstein comes rushing over and moves me bodily into another line, in which I get my throat blessed and still never done such a thing ever before.

    “It will not do for Father Tom to kiss you while blessing your throat,” she whispered as we finally got out of there, somehow managing to get four bulletins and three Dioscan newsletters between us.

    Which is not to say Father Tom would have done such a thing but....well I’m glad the deacon blessed my throat and even at that I was a very confused mess.

    Anyway....thanks for indulging me. It’s been just fifteen minutes since Diane Feinstein left as we had to stop at the WAWA and the Walmart, as is her wont.

    I’m trying to unwind and my mind still spins.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 31 January 2016

    01/31/2016 10:07:30 AM PST · 222 of 305
    Fishtalk to kabar

    Cousin Mike......

    My cousin wrote a book about the McLaughlins....link below.

    http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Mountain-McLaughlins-Valley-Joan/dp/078843280X/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1454263692&sr=1-5&keywords=joan+kay

    It’s the story of our family...who arrive here in 1693...how about that?

    And they’re NOT Irish....they’re English or some such.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 31 January 2016

    01/31/2016 10:01:35 AM PST · 216 of 305
    Fishtalk to Pravious

    I only know I heard the name MEgyn Kelly over and over.

    I still think my hunch is right; that this whole thing was part of the deal with the National people.

    We’ll find out soon enough if Trump wins the primary in Iowa.

    Whew....just got back from church today and where shall I begin?

    First, we got our throats blessed today../..what the hell is that all about?

    My friend, Diane Feinstein, does her best to keep me away from Father Tom Flowers because ....well I asked her to. So comes time to get the throat blessed there’s Father Tom sitting on the stool blessing throats (lookit, I never heard of blessing throats for God’s sake...it’s like we never knew nothing until Father Tom came along.)

    So comes time to bless the throats Diane Feinstein comes over and steer me away from Father Tom to the Deacon, whispering it would not due for Father Tom to kiss me while blessing my throat. Heh.

    Diane Feinstein has been witness to all this and we have a lot of fun with it. I assure her she will soon meet the county lawyer and my state Senator....who she knows but even though we live within spitting distance of each other, is NOT her state Senator.

    She needs to see how he can actually pick me up, right off the floor....which her piddly state senator could never do.

    Anyway.....the blessing of the throat....go to hell, what’s that all about?

    Anyway, watching the Sunday talk shows now....will be commenting soon enough.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 31 January 2016

    01/31/2016 6:02:14 AM PST · 31 of 305
    Fishtalk to pugmama

    Your husband is a Ve?

    How cool.

    Well you’re right about my Vet and his wandering hands....but again, I don’t mind.

    Here’s a cute story....this Vet clinic is owned by two brothers. MY Vet...Don Gauss......Georgetown Animal Hospital, is the handsome one.

    So I am at Republican meeting at Deltech....about CHRISTINE O’DONNELL for God’s sake...remember her? So the brother, John Gauss sits next to me nd making small talk, he tells me he is a Vet. I then, not knowing John was the brother of my Vet, Don....launch into a story about how very handsomemy Vet is and yada, yada. At some point John did tell me this was his brother....go to hell. This was what? Almost ten years ago?

    But that exercise in fleas on a dog’s back....heh, it’s not like he didn’t do this in front of people. In fact he had the entire clinic as a witness to all this and wow, I can only do tis once every five years.

    And let’s not forget that Don accidentally declawed my cat when she was in for spaying, and I wrote a story about it. He gave me the surgery for free but heh, yeah, there’s a funny kind of history there.

    And here’s another point....these men aren’t doing all this touchy-feely stuff IN PRIVATE....which is why I am even mentioning it. The Vet did the flea thing in front of his Assistant, who really did know what to make of all this.

    The state senator....this guy is HUGE, a football player...a kind of friend, an acquaintance....he helps me with the Blog. Whenever I meet the guy, usually at a Sussex county GOP meeting, he hugs me and PHYSICALLY PICKS ME UP! Again, this guy could be my son but e does this not in private....he does it very publicaly....as if..”look at me, picking up the influential Blogger.

    The county lawyer....well let’s just say I see a future with him...maybe more later.

    The priest....heh, he pulls me to him, even when I’m standing in line to shake hands....and kisses me on the cheek, very much in front of the whole congregation so it’s not like this is no secret.

    Way I figure, well I write about these people. They want to impress me. And in their zeal, they often do.

    But I’m figuring it out.....give me time.’

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 31 January 2016

    01/31/2016 5:12:44 AM PST · 11 of 305
    Fishtalk to JLAGRAYFOX

    Well we’re just as happy to see you JL.....join us and share you insights.

    And y’all contributed to the Freepathon, right?

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 31 January 2016

    01/31/2016 5:11:34 AM PST · 10 of 305
    Fishtalk to Alas Babylon!

    Morning AB....All....

    First let us thank AB for doing this thread every week and so reliably. Thank you Bray for weekly written wisdom, thank you all commenters for sharing of thoughts.

    And now let us thank RG for his insight into the Trump debacle.

    Going to be singing at the 10 am mass this morn but will be back and will be posting.

    As for MY insight into the FNC Trump issue....here’s what I think...y’all remember when Trump met with Reince Priebus at the RNC?

    Trump came out all smiles and said it will be just fine, the RNC will back him should he get the nomination.

    I think that Trump made a deal with the RNC that he should sit out one debate right before the Iowa primary just to allow all the other candidates a chance to shine.

    Then, as Priebus explained to Trump, if Trump should STILL win Iowa the national committee will back him full force.

    I’ve got no info on this save my gut because no way does a front-running candidate drop out of a debate because of ....Megyn Kelly?

    Nah....Trump made this deal, it’s my hunch.

    And later, as I promise, we shall discuss men putting their hands all over me, not that I’m complaining.

    But this past week I went to my Vet, and yeah this is a guy who, through the years, has been a bit flirtatious. Goodness he’s ten years younger than me but he’s handsome and he is active in local Republican politics and reads my Blog.

    Heh.

    so last week took two dogs for appointment and....you got to smile, he gives a demonstration of how a dog’s back feels when fleas walk on.

    And, indeed, he proceeds to use his hand with wiggly fingers to run his hand up and down my back and I just wonder ....what the hell?

    He proceeds to talk politics and, in general, acts real excited, had the whole vet clinic shut down to accommodate me.....can’t make this stuff up.

    Am I bragging? Well no. Cause if I walked into a room, just me, men would not be falling over me. But I write a Blog read by everybody who’s anybody in Delaware (and face it, that’s not very many people) and this is perceived as power.

    Men love power.

    Heh.

    We could go on about the state senator who physically picks me up....seriously, every time he sees me. Or perhaps the county lawyer who is actually coming to my house as a new fence rebuilt that it not be over the property line. Or we could delve into the priest who kisses me every time he sees me but again, I AM NOT COMPLAINING!

    My goodness there’s more and a again, while I don’t complain, I am learning a thing or two.

    About power and believe that the woman’s liberated 35 year old Pat would have sniffed and screamed at these men and their wandering hands but the 65 year old Pat does quite enjoy an exercise in how fleas feel on a dog’s back. The 65 year old Pat is going to reward that county lawyer, whose book I reviewed by the way, like he’s never been rewarded before....yes I will.

    Heh.

    And the priest? He can kiss me all day, he can kiss me even on the lips.

    In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost but I simply cannot make this stuff up.

    Insert wink and a smile here.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/25/2016 7:22:25 PM PST · 312 of 314
    Fishtalk to ROCKLOBSTER

    Why no I didn’t see it. Clever. Thanks for pointing out out.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/25/2016 2:23:10 PM PST · 310 of 314
    Fishtalk to onyx

    Exit82 came to my husband s funeral. Really sweet guy.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 1:26:57 PM PST · 286 of 314
    Fishtalk to Fishtalk

    Here’s the big question of the day …WHERE IS JEB BUSH’S BROTHER? Also Donald Trump welcomes the entry of former NY Mayor Bloomberg into the race. Much more in this weekly political show recap.

    https://aschooloffishblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/the-national-scene-the-sunday-political-talk-show-report-on-12416/

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 12:42:25 PM PST · 282 of 314
    Fishtalk to pugmama

    These dogs love the cold, eh?

    He looks like a cutie.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 12:00:47 PM PST · 272 of 314
    Fishtalk to rodguy911

    It’s quite simple really. I live in the swamps of Delaware and mosquitos are an obsession in these parts.

    You can believe, come the spring, that the mosquito trucks are out in full force....the airplanes too spray the bug killer from the sky over the big fields.

    We have no problem with mosquitos because no silly environmental agency said I would be better to allow the mosquitos to multiply and kill human kind than to offend the greenies.

    Here in America we simply would not tolerate sleeping under mosquito netting that some dictator can get money from a foreign government for the populace being killed by marlaria.

    A disease quite easy to eradicate.

    It’s a pathetic political tool and Rachel Carson was once my heroine until I found out she is a big fat liar.

    Bah, humbug.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 8:43:23 AM PST · 208 of 314
    Fishtalk to ROCKLOBSTER

    My nieces are celebrating birthdays next week.

    For their gift I want to take them out to dinner to an all-you-can-eat buffet. The catch is....I get a hankering for king crab legs that won’t leave me alone. Haven’t had any for five years.

    Down here by the ocean we have all kinds of buffets like this though if opened this time of year is questioned.

    Maybe it’s cause I’m from Merryland, where crabs rule the planet as they should, that I am a devotee of all things sea-worthy and wearing shells.

    Crabs....of course, steamed, lots of Old Bay. Shrimp....have at least one shrimp meal every two weeks. Lobster....never have lobster. Which is not to say I don’t want some....who doesn’t love lobster? Except my beloved deceased husband who lived both in Merryland and Massachusetts though he was born and bred in Indiana. Thus stuff with shells on it are not, and should not be considered, food.

    Also like rock lobster....had some of that in San Francisco once, in a galaxy far away.

    Anyway.....just thinking out loud.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 8:22:28 AM PST · 194 of 314
    Fishtalk to rodguy911

    I find your version of events very interesting.

    Hmmmmmm.

    I’m not sure that I buy it.

    It seems to complicated and assumes too many things will happen in a certain way.

    Which is not to suggest Hillary didn’t lie and sit back and allow those people t die.

    But murdering Ghaddify and taking his arms? What arms did he have?

    What I’d like to know is any of this presented in the movie “13 Hours” about Benghazi?

    As an aside, this is another reason I’d like to find a man cause I really want to see that movie but all my female friends are going with....who? MEN! So it’s go by myself or wait until it’s on TV. Never went to the movies by myself.

    Anyway, I wonder if this background is in the movie?

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 8:07:41 AM PST · 177 of 314
    Fishtalk to Fishtalk

    While Onyx is in the room and so I can impress her, allow me to mention that I gave my contribution to the Freepathon this past week.

    I get more and more convinced that it’s worth a contribution to keep FreeRepublic going. You don’t get a virus when you click in, you don’t get overwhelmed with ads, dropping down, forcing surveys, demanding we click to another page.....omg I don’t give a fortune to Free Republic but it’s worth every dime of it for what it provides....a collection of news ongoing, ongoing commentary of like minds....a simple layout.

    So throw some money in the bucket is what I’m saying here.

    Also think Onyx’s dog is adorable...I am in love with bull dogs after having Blanca. Love their soft mouths, man I muzzle up to Blanca and kiss that hallow spot over her nose.

    Who needs man?

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 7:58:26 AM PST · 172 of 314
    Fishtalk to onyx

    I say to myself...”Well obviously, Pat, he doesn’t want to come over but doesn’t want to turn you down.” Which seems to be the truth.

    But I look up to the sky and wonder why the hell not? He calls me every week and if I don’t answer he leaves a message but I rarely call him back. Which is no mind but he keeps calling me.

    I’m not complaining, not at all. I consider him a friend and my invite to dinner was based on that. If he’s got a girlfriend now, so? HE CAN BRING HER!

    Let me shut up.....we’ll call this book “Exploits of an old lady looking for a man.”

    Cause I don’t have a clue and so far I am batting zero.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 7:49:34 AM PST · 161 of 314
    Fishtalk to ROCKLOBSTER

    Hey RL.....

    You made me laugh.

    Aren’t those dogs just the best? It was written in the stars that I should have a black and a white dog due to my magnificent brain which is perfectly divided.

    Jackie, the black dog, is a rescue dog, four years old and God sent her to me. Only Jackie was a bit needy and I just knew it would never do to have just Jackie.

    Daughter’s dog, an American bull dog, Onyx’s dog with long legs.....had puppies and Blanca was part of a litter of puppies daughter owned and she’s PERFECT for Jackie.

    They are both now in the middle of a fight to see who becomes alpha dog. Blanca, a mere year old, is challenging Jackie for the title.

    It’s interesting.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 7:21:50 AM PST · 119 of 314
    Fishtalk to onyx
    I understand that bit about the LIVE being, witness my two dogs....  photo AAdog1_zpsllqj7xgp.jpg But of late I have decided I need a man in my life, yes I do. Maybe because of my daughter, whatever my sudden revelation.....I would like to have a man in my life....yes, ME, liberated woman extraordinaire.

    Now I don't know how to go about getting this man because....hey, I just want somebody to care whether I live or die....I don't need to marry the guy. Maybe a dinner once in a while.

    So there's a fellow in my life...met him three years ago whe I began going to Sussex county council meetings because of the fence property dispute. He too had fence and other neighbor issues and he did, those three years ago, make some reference to taking me to some restaurant. I wrote a nice article about his issues.

    Only at that time I was newly widowed, not even considering such a thing. Anyway, over the years he began to call me every week and discuss politics and such with me. I always cut the conversation without a chance for asking for dates and such because....well again....I just was not there.

    Still and so he called me every week and how nice is that? So last week I sent him an email inviting him to my house for dinner. Oh, and his wife, from whom he is divorced, has Munchaussen and he could tell me some stories that made me want to shout for joy for how it was sooooo very true, how his wife would never take her medicine because why? BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO GET WELL!!

    So he didn't answer my email invite so I sent him a text message and asked if he got my email. He texted back that he did but was waiting to ascertain if he needs to go to a boat show (he slls boats).

    Anyway, fooey on him! It's been two weeks and for God' sakes the date I put I can change.

    So he's off my list.

    At any rate, so much for my foray into the world of romance....it appears I am not wanted.

    Moving on.....bah, humbug.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 7:09:10 AM PST · 99 of 314
    Fishtalk to onyx

    I like Trump and Cruz.....in fact would like any of the Repubs EXCEPT Jeb.

    Got any pics of you and Trump?

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 7:04:28 AM PST · 93 of 314
    Fishtalk to kabar

    Good morning cousin Mike!

    First, let me make very clear that I would love, love, love for Hilary to be indicted. You point out that the DOJ is not likely to prosecute but a recommendation for indictment will do much political harm to her.

    Which is why I don’t think they will do even that because she is Hillary, cousin Mike, Queen of the universe!

    But I’d love it and might even feel like there’s justice somewhere in this country if NOT in Sussex county, Delaware.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 6:52:26 AM PST · 80 of 314
    Fishtalk to Seattle Conservative

    We have a group locally here called the 9-12 Patriots.

    You might remember that this group was started by Glen Beck, the concept being that everything changed the day after 9-11-01.

    Everybody’s noticing how Beck has gone off the deep end; this sort of thing happens to one-trick ponies once their schtick becomes old.

    Now the 9-12 Patriots, very active around these parts, just recently protested at Dover legislative hall over Planned Parenthood, now they are very wary about being associated with Beck and are thinking of re-forming another group.

    Shame cause some really good people in that group but Beck’s now a nothing-burger embracing any stupid concept that will get him publicity.

    Bah , humbug.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 6:15:25 AM PST · 51 of 314
    Fishtalk to bert

    I don’t think I misunderstood a thing. We were taught that oil came from the bones of dead ancient creatures....even that dinosaur logo AB used is an example of how this is taught, a play on the concept.

    However you are correct about how oil was formed, witness my own revelation with the compost pile.

    Obviously I don’t buy that oil came from the rotting bones of dinosaurs but as a young person I pondered that there were only so many dinosaurs and sooner or later the oil will run out. Which is probably what they wanted us to believe.

    As I got older and began to garden with zeal is when I discovered, on a very small level, how oil is really made. And with this discovery, the knowledge that the production of oil is an ONGOING thing....which the liberals don’t want you to know.

    Didn’t know it was the same way coal is formed but I believe it.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 6:05:13 AM PST · 34 of 314
    Fishtalk to Alas Babylon!

    That’s not true, AB.

    As a child I was taught that oil came from the remains of the dinosaurs.

    Sounds like you understand what I’m saying with that compost pile but why do you think they call it “fossil fuels”? It’s not from the fossils of dead animals, it’s from that breakdown you and I understand as the gardeners we are.

    I’m jus’ sayin’.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 5:58:22 AM PST · 27 of 314
    Fishtalk to Seattle Conservative

    Ah SC....thanks so much for such a nice, thoughtful response.

    As for daughter....like you I’d like to think she was worried about me and in a fashion, I think she was. But she could, just throwing it out there, drop the damn PFA and let us heal.

    Except she has not yet healed for it is summer that she yearns for the hospital so much that she fakes illness, lost custody of her daughter....it’s sad but as I learned in that class I took for relatives of mentally ill people, she has to admit her addiction, be at rock-bottom, before she can start to heal.

    As for church....heh....you remember that silent thing for those three days? I do remember the cloths over the statues but the no musical instrument thing is new to me. But I’m fine with adhering to tradition for Gods sake but some choir people quit the church because of it. Father Tom even came to choir practice last Thursday to explain why he was doing all this, God bless him, he’s really a great Pastor but at times the old folks down this way, they don’t like change.

    Am looking forward to Kaitlyn visit. Kaitlyn now lives with her father up in Baltimore. God bless he did bring her down here yesterday to stay with her mother, right at the beginning of the storm. He’s struggling to raise Kaitlyn and when I tak to him he always sounds tired. I try to help him as best I can, buying Kaitlyn bras and such.

    Anyway, thanks for assurances that I won’t go to hell for no church today. I love going to my church weekly and it’s not something I really want to do.

    But common sense takes over.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 5:48:57 AM PST · 25 of 314
    Fishtalk to rodguy911

    Well since you mention that bit about fossils making oil I will share my experience as a nature kind of guy.

    All my life I’ve had a compost pile. We begin with leaves blown into a big pile at autumn’s end. Then all year we put potato peels, vegetable cuttings, egg shells....that kind of thing....and toss. By spring if tossed all year, the leaves and scraps will have turned into an aromatic dirt. This is not anything most backyard gardeners don’t already know.

    After a few years of working the compost pile, I began to notice that all around the bottom of the pile, where the dirt has formed, an oily like substance began to fill the concrete pad I used to toss my pile.

    It wasn’t oil, exactly, but my curious self could see that it was an oily liquid, this after a few years at the bottom of my rather smallish pile of decaying material.

    Damn, there were times when one of thoe plastic bags that they use for groceries somehow got in my pile and after a few months even THAT would turn into that oil at the bottom of the pile.

    Way I figure, oil is formed by many thousands, even millions, of years of the decaying earth breaking down as done of a miniscule scale as in my compost pile, the oil forms and seeps down into the earth to become pockets of....well....oil.

    This ain’t rocket science but hey, I speculate and ruminate.

    Yeah, all my life I heard about dead dinosaurs becoming the oil we use today but that ain’t no more true than Hillary’s going to be indicted.

    I’m jus’ sayin’.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 5:35:59 AM PST · 18 of 314
    Fishtalk to Bernard

    I heard such speculation on Fox News this morning but I dismissed.

    First, Hilly is NOT going to be indicted. Now I know that many, as is rumored, in the FBI are furious if she gets away with the blatant flipping of the bird she did to our laws with her emails but come on guys, she is the queen of the universe and has billions of dollars at her disposal for Democratic campaigns in the coffers of the Clinton foundation.

    But none of those loyal FBI agents who believe that ignoring this country’s top secret classification should be punishable...none of them are the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

    Cause no way will Obama, or Valerie Jarret-the real power in the White House-allow Hillary to be indicted......not going to happen, write this down.

    However, Hillary is still doing badly and Biden salivates for a chance and Bloomberg? What a snakeylittle nothing-burger is this man with money to be stupid in public and support stupid stuff.

    I’d love to see Bloomberg run. Cause he’d only hurt Democratic candidates.

    I’m jus’ sayin’.

    ;)

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 4:57:52 AM PST · 8 of 314
    Fishtalk to onyx

    I agree, Onyx. John Dickerson is the best of the Sunday hosts but he’s the most low-profile.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 January 2016

    01/24/2016 4:56:48 AM PST · 7 of 314
    Fishtalk to Alas Babylon!

    Morning AB, All……

    So there was a snow storm yesterday in case y’all have not heard.

    Here in the swamps of Delaware, close to the ocean that I am, we got a total of….oh I’d say about 7 inches.

    Yesterday morning there were about five inches on ground. To my great surprise, my daughter, heh, before 7 am, came over and shoveled my front sidewalk and entire driveway!

    Girl’s never got up before 9 in her life but I exaggerate.

    Then she’s sending me text messages asking if I need anything else and if yon reader might know, she has a restraining order against me issues by the Sussex county family court of NO JUSTICE! She does this crap all the time….what, she wants me to respond to all this so she can throw me in jail?

    Anyway….moving on. Thank you AB for doing this thread so reliably, thank you Bray for weekly wisdom, thank yon commenters for astute thoughts and observations.

    I am NOT going to church this morning but I am not sure if this is a mortal sin. It’s not that here in the swamps we got a whole lot of snow but in Lewes, where my church is, there’s massive flooding, my garage door is sticking, I have no idea about the roads but this is lower and slower Delaware and I’m betting those roads are snow-covered still if not completely flooded.

    Last night they were scrolling every closed church on DELMARVA and not for the life of me do I see “St. Jude the Apostle”. Heh. Father Tom, he’d never shut down mass….I just know this. They had the 4:30 pm mass yesterday and I’m thinking they’ll have all three Sunday services this morning. Easy for him, he just has to get in his car and drive 200 feet to the church.

    Anyway, at a later point we shall ascertain just what kind of sin I commit and my appropriate penance.

    Speaking of Father Tom….indulge me. He is putting cloths over all the statues for Lent. Anybody remember this? Also there will be NO musical instruments played, although the choir will sing a capella, from Holy Thursday until the beginning of the Easter vigil.

    Heh.

    He’s got people so riled some of them left the church.

    I don’t really care and let’s not forget that little Latin-word singing group he’s got going on, called SCHOLA or some such.

    I think it’s cool and hand to God that church has been PACKED since Father Tom has been Pastor, many of the mass attendees NOT EVEN CATHOLIC!

    My granddaughter is visiting her mother, my daughter who lives across the street from me, and Kaitlyn will come over tonight and stay with me.

    For now I watch the Sunday talk shows and got all darn day to comment.

    Be patient with me.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 January 2016

    01/17/2016 2:56:38 PM PST · 333 of 367
    Fishtalk to Fishtalk

    https://aschooloffishblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/the-national-scene-the-sunday-political-talk-show-report-on-11716/
    Big Democrat goings on with Sanders gaining on Hillary and they are both out and about. George Clooney’s wife makes an appearance on behalf of….the Maldives? Lots of snark, gossip and political commentary.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 January 2016

    01/17/2016 12:13:48 PM PST · 315 of 367
    Fishtalk to Seattle Conservative

    Well I don’t think I was terrific, goodness that’s a stretch. But over the years, as you know (a ballerina....wow) you get better.

    At one point they all got on the floor and did the Electric Slide or whatever they call those dances nowadays. I wanted so bad to join ....but...I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO IT!!!

    How does one learn such a thing?

    They all looked great, too, including the DJ. They tried to get Father Flowers to join but in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost I’d have had to gone out there and stop that.

    So it’s not like I was in the spotlight all night, mostly the Mustang Sally thing. They say to dance like nobody’s watching and hey, so I did. And yeah, the people that were THERE last night mentioned my art of the dance but the church holds about 700 people and maybe five or so people mentioned it, lest I be guilty of excessive hyperbole.

    I wanted to dance so bad......

    Anyway, I don’t believe this Trump/Cruz feud though as it goes with Trump it amuses me.

    Here’s an interesting anecdote while we pretend to be a political talk show thread....my gut is that the Democrats are hurting.

    Yes it’s anecdotal but we got us a real liberal spot here in Delaware and my church is right in the middle of it.

    So my friends the Democrats (YES, some of my friends are Democrats, forgive me) really don’t, eh....like Hillary.

    They discuss this with me, heh, though I am well known as a right-wing-kill-everybody-with-a-gun type round these parts.

    But hey, I listen to the Democrats, finger on the pulse and all that.

    I listen, I cluck sympathy....MY slate has over ten choices on it while they get the awful Hillary and Bernie Sanders, a Communist coot, and O’Malley and isn’t Baltimore such a gem?

    After some silence I tell them that think in their deep thoughts that only ONE of these candidates and allowed four Americans die when they could have been saved.

    Trump, with his awful hair, Kasich with his bluster, Christie who shuts down bridges for revenge...NONE OF THEM STOOD BY AND ALLOWED AMERICANS TO DIE!

    The Democrats are silent and now, with the movie out....hey...that movie is going to do more damage to Hillary than anything any opponent could say.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 January 2016

    01/17/2016 9:22:10 AM PST · 253 of 367
    Fishtalk to Seattle Conservative

    BTW, pretending this is a political thread, you’re right about Rubio. I never thought about the used car salesman but that’s a big BINGO!

    And he’ll change that odometer as needed per finger in the wind measurement.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 January 2016

    01/17/2016 9:04:46 AM PST · 241 of 367
    Fishtalk to Seattle Conservative

    I dance around the house all the time. Man I’m not only a great dancer, I am a great CHOREOGRAPHER!

    Cause I compile dance steps in time to the beat and/or the lyrics, all in my head of course.

    So heh, man you people got to stop me. Cause evidently I am out of control!

    Entered the choir pew today and absolutely everyone comes over, telling me how pretty I look (hey, I did get my face waxed by my beloved niece the hairdresser as I was beginning to look like a goat) and how great a dancer I am!

    After the mass, same thing, people all over admiring me and telling me what a great dancer I am.

    Heh.....the LAST thing in the world I ever consider myself is any kind of dancer at all but go on guys....I LOVE Dancing With the Stars” and think I could dance those dances.

    Though really, dancing is great exercise and I feel so good when I’m doing it I dunno, maybe it shows to the people around me. Me and that DJ were, for a moment in time, the center of the universe to Mustang Sally and I loved every second of it. Let me not be modest here though little danger of that.

    I’m jus’ sayin’. (THAT is for Father Tom and he will know what I mean....I’m not even going there this morning).

    My choir friend wanted to videotape but she forgot her cell phone. She asked for mine but I said nonononono because, man I don’t want this stuff on tape. Although I was once Sister Pat, remember that? THAT’S on tape, I’ll find a link and send to y’all.

    Man.....a new life as a dancer....I got to wrap my head around that.

    But I’m good, damn right I’m good.

    Insert wink here.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 January 2016

    01/17/2016 5:58:20 AM PST · 36 of 367
    Fishtalk to rodguy911

    I love to swim.

    I’m not that good at it but I dream of immersing myself in water and swimming all day.

    Here I live right next to the ocean and, at times, me and Kaitlyn go for a swim....one of my top four favorite activities.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 January 2016

    01/17/2016 5:40:28 AM PST · 23 of 367
    Fishtalk to fatnotlazy

    Lawyers own Delaware.

    I can’t stand them.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 January 2016

    01/17/2016 5:13:33 AM PST · 10 of 367
    Fishtalk to Alas Babylon!

    With the possible exception of the Sussex county lawyer who is helping me with my crime of building a fence on somebody else’s land, I HATE ALL LAWYERS.

    And I’m not real sure about the Sussex county guy until he solves my crime.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 January 2016

    01/17/2016 5:11:19 AM PST · 9 of 367
    Fishtalk to Alas Babylon!

    Morning AB, All,

    As always, thank you for doing this thread AB. Thank Bray for his weekly wisdom, thank yon commenters for thoughtful input and most of all, thank God that I am still alive.

    Or something.

    I went to something called the “Volunteer Appreciation Dinner” at my church. Since I sing in the choir (which I will be doing at the 10 am mass this morning) I am allowed a free meal.

    This sort of thing is generally boring but hey, I live alone and I have to socialize or I’ll go nuts. So I arranged for me to attend with another choir member.

    They had a DJ last night who was terrific. Both of the parish priests attended and stayed the entire evening. Father Tom Flowers even got up and danced with someone but not to worry, it was NOT me.

    I, ahem, danced and spent much of the night with THE DJ!

    Heh.

    Here’s the thing, I do dance, people, and am pretty damn good at it too. But seven years ago I had a quadruple bypass and my legs have questionable circulation. Dancing is the best thing for my legs but I am limited. Walking is my exercise of choice but oh how I love to dance.

    I have not danced, at least in any public setting, FOR TEN YEARS!

    Lack of opportunity and lack of a dance partner. My husband, God love, simply could NOT dance but you know….weddings and stuff.

    So I watched everybody dancing and you can bring your spouses to this thing only I have no spouse. I prayed, yeah I was in the church hall so why not pray? But I prayed that somebody would ask me to dance. I just wanted so bad to go out and dance and yes I have no problem with dancing with women, fast dances, that kind of thing. But what, I’m going to go out and just dance with some woman out there?

    I even felt sad for a little bit cause no one asked me to dance but smile here, why the hell should they?

    Anyway, the DJ sat at our table and he’s calling door prize numbers and spinning records and finally he reaches over the table, extends his arm…AND ASKS ME TO DANCE!

    So we went out on the dance floor, then filled with people. We dance a bit and yeah, I smile at the memory, but the entire choir cheered me on cause once I got started I was moving.

    If you like my dancing then good. Cause the entire time I am dancing the blood is being pumped through my legs (they took a big vein out of my leg and put it in my heart…hence leg issues but hey, my heart works!) and it feels good. It’s hard to dance for a long time because the legs start to hurt after a while but hey, I did it, me and the DJ!

    At some point the DJ goes over cause he’s on a roll, enjoying our dance and hey, that’s his job, getting people on the floor (his hair style was EXACTLY like Rod Stewart, heh), and puts on the song….get this…”MUSTANG SALLY”.

    He then comes back out on the floor and however it came to be yon readers but it always happens to me, everybody leaves the floor!

    So it’s me and the DJ, heh….AND I DANCED THROUGH THE ENTIRE SONG!

    Heh.

    I was exhausted after the dance but there I was, dancing on the dance floor with the DJ to Mustang Sally. Ah the memories.

    Lookit, the DJ was married, there was nothing there but fun, but Lord I had a good time.

    Now I want, desperately, to slow dance with a man.

    Someday I suppose.

  • Live Thread: 2016 State of the Union Address (9 p.m. EST 1/12/16) Followed by GOP at 10 p.m.

    01/12/2016 5:58:57 PM PST · 158 of 1,480
    Fishtalk to hoosiermama

    Michelle looks terrific...let me say something nice.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 10 January 2016

    01/10/2016 1:20:29 PM PST · 263 of 293
    Fishtalk to Fishtalk

    https://aschooloffishblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/the-national-scene-the-sunday-political-talk-show-report-on-11016/
    This Blogger takes on the most pressing campaign issue of the moment in this weekly Sunday political talk show post. Hillary still defending illegal emails and some Benghazi news. Click on in for the scoops.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 10 January 2016

    01/10/2016 12:05:48 PM PST · 240 of 293
    Fishtalk to All

    My tagline is my new Blog this year. It’s called the School of Fish, heh, and is linked to three other Blogs of mine.

    Anyway, check out if interested.

  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 10 January 2016

    01/10/2016 9:01:57 AM PST · 182 of 293
    Fishtalk to ROCKLOBSTER

    I just got in from church and am watching Meet the Press.

    I am looking at Donald’s hair and come on....he can do better than that.

    I’m serious people, this is ugly stuff. He’s got the money to have a custom toupee made....what’s going on on top of his head is not attractive at all.

    Those were my first thoughts upon tuning in.