Seasonal Sunday

Pat gave me the idea on the previous thread that I’ll move here, but this is my favorite time of the year and it is Sunday the day of rest. Feel free to kick back, put the feet up and just enjoy the day.


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35 Responses to Seasonal Sunday

  1. patd says:

    Spring and Fall
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1918)

    to a young child

    Margaret, are you grieving
    Over Goldengrove unleaving?
    Leaves, like the things of man, you
    With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
    Ah! as the heart grows older
    It will come to such sights colder
    By & by, nor spare a sigh
    Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
    And yet you wíll weep & know why.
    Now no matter, child, the name:
    Sorrow’s springs are the same.
    Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
    What héart héard of, ghóst guéssed:
    It is the blight man was born for,
    It is Margaret you mourn for.


  2. rebelliousrenee says:

    Ahhhhhhh…. after weeks of unseasonably high temperatures… we’ve awoken this morning to cool, crisp, and refreshing fall air… I LOVE it!


  3. tonyb39 says:

    Bernie Sanders Could Win Iowa And New Hampshire. Then Lose Everywhere Else.
    “Put another way, Iowa and New Hampshire aren’t representative of the more diverse electorates that Democrats will turn out elsewhere. It just so happens that the idiosyncrasies of the first two states match Sanders’s strengths and Clinton’s relative weaknesses.

    Clinton performed well among Hispanic voters in 2008, and while her failure to win African-American votes was a central reason her campaign failed, she now has excellent favorability ratings among black voters that are nearly as high as Barack Obama’s. If Clinton begins to see her support erode among those groups, her campaign will have some real reason for concern. Otherwise, just as was the case throughout the 2008 campaign, the media will misconstrue voting patterns that occur because of demographics and attribute them to “momentum” instead.”


  4. tonyb39 says:

    Robert Reich: 4 reasons the Wall Street Journal’s attack on Bernie Sanders is absurd
    “The Journal’s numbers [are] entirely bogus, designed to frighten the public,” argues the former secretary of labor


  5. patd says:

    “This is such a personal decision and the vice president has to sort this out,” Clinton said. “He’s been so open in talking about how difficult this time is for him and his family and he’s obviously considering what he wants to do including whether he wants to run.”
    “I just have the greatest respect and affection for him and I think everybody just ought to give him the space to decide what’s best for his family,” she added.
    During one of the lighter moments of the interview, moderator John Dickerson asked her to characterize herself using just three words.
    “Just three? I can’t possibly do that. I mean, look, I am a real person,” Clinton said.


  6. tonyb39 says:

    Why Hillary Clinton keeps racking up key endorsements even as Sanders surges and Biden weighs getting in
    Updated by Jonathan Allen
    “Hillary Clinton picked up the endorsement of New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan Friday, adding the state’s top Democrat to a list of backers that also includes Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the state chapter of the National Education Association, and a small army of current and former government and party officials.

    She’s also getting campaign-trail help from two top Democrats that come from rival Bernie Sanders’s neighboring home state of Vermont — Gov. Peter Shumlin and former Gov. Howard Dean.”
    Excellent piece! Very welcome after months of non stop neg press..


  7. patd says:

    This screen grab taken on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 of Cuba’s state-run website Cubadebate shows the main page. The site changed the logo on its homepage and Twitter account in honor of Pope Francis’ visit. The usual logo consisting of red and black semicircles and white arrows has been replaced by a graphic representation of the tall papal headgear known as the mitre, emblazoned with a cross. (Cubadebate via AP)


  8. Jamie says:

    Next up: Willie with a word or many:

    Sonnet 73: That time of year thou mayst in me behold

    That time of year thou mayst in me behold
    When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
    Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
    Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
    In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
    As after sunset fadeth in the west,
    Which by and by black night doth take away,
    Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
    In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire
    That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
    As the death-bed whereon it must expire,
    Consum’d with that which it was nourish’d by.
    This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
    To love that well which thou must leave ere long.


  9. patd says:

    are boehner, rubio and bush (being the good catholics they call themselves) listening to this?
    below from
    In his first Mass during apostolic trip to Cuba, Pope Francis centered his homily on the Christian call to service, which he said is never ideological, but involves putting our own interests aside for the sake of others.
    “Being a Christian entails promoting the dignity of our brothers and sisters, fighting for it, living for it,” the Pope said Sept. 20, addressing the tens of thousands of people gathered for Mass in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución – or Revolution Square.
    “That is why Christians are constantly called to set aside their own wishes and desires, their pursuit of power, and to look instead to those who are most vulnerable.”
    The pontiff warned against the temptation to serve only our own people, which is self-serving and gives rise to exclusion.
    Instead, service involves putting others at the center, and a closeness with our brothers and sisters to the point of sometimes suffering in order to help them.
    “Service is never ideological, for we do not serve ideas, we serve people,” he said


  10. tonyb39 says:

    Hillary Clinton: Full FTN interview, Sept. 20
    A terrific interview. Impressive Hillary.. The smartest person and most qualified..


  11. patd says:

    today’s inquiry: are today’s republican candidates proof of regression to the mean theory?
    “mean” in this case not meaning average, but meaning really, really mean.


  12. patd says:

    and the winner is….


  13. Jamie says:

    Busy this week in case anyone wants to put up an article about anything.


  14. tonyb39 says:

    Don’t Coronate Carly Fiorina Just Yet
    Charles Blow
    “The media has a new darling in the Republican presidential disaster pageant: Carly Fiorina.

    She dominated, “dropped the mic,” “owned the stage” and of course she did it all while “standing in a pair of 3½-inch heels for three hours.”

    This amount of drooling should come with a year’s supply of bibs.

    It is true that she found a way to effectively engage and combat the Republican front-runner, something her male counterparts had struggled to do. Good for her.

    But before the fawning frenzy spins out of control, let’s take a breath and an honest look at whom it is that is being cheered.”
    Umm, speaking of “mean” she fits the bill…


  15. patd says:

    Jamie, tried to submit this for new thread but got messed up in the paste-ing of same. don’t know why it wouldn’t take it.
    draft was entitled
    Papa, Will They Hear You
    and musically accompanied by

    pertinent sections of the following were to be quoted and inserted


  16. Goopers in turmoil –love it. Their various bases are in revolt but the one thing they have in common is that they are a kind of quasi anarchists — their only use for government is to impose their religious values and have an army…..a really big one


  17. The gooper big tent looks like the Ugga Bugga –icky little things trying to get out


  18. tonyb39 says:

    New Hampshire Loves Bernie, Clinton Leads Nationally

    Clinton leads nationally by double digits, but Bernie attracts bigger crowds in New Hampshire.

    Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders drew an estimated 3,000 people to a boisterous rally here Sunday night at the University of New Hampshire, about five times as many people as Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton attracted to an event two days ago at the same campus. [Washington Post]
    THE LEAD Hillary Clinton has over Bernie Sanders nationally ticked up in the latest CNN/ORC poll, but she remains 16 points down from where she was in June. If there weren’t polling political writers would have very little to talk about. Except that those attending events have also found that regardless of Clinton’s establishment prowess, Bernie Sanders continues to drive young people and others to his events in numbers that Clinton hasn’t matched.

    Beyond Joe Biden, the Democratic battle has other layers, like the demand by activists that there should be more debates, which was loud and clear in New Hampshire over the weekend. From NPR

    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz came to New Hampshire to rally the party faithful and to bash the other guys. But a whole lot of people in the audience had something else they wanted her to address: the presidential debate schedule set out by the DNC, which comprised a total of six debates, and just one of them is the first in the nation primary state of New Hampshire.

    Twice, Schultz had to give up on her prepared remarks and address the hecklers, who shouted, “We want debates, we want debates.”
    That’s nothing compared to the rancor being unleashed on the right.

    A remark by Ben Carson on “Meet the Press” has been ricocheting across social media. Carson saying he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation” and that

    “I do not believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of this country,” Carson said. “Muslims feel that their religion is very much a part of your public life and what you do as a public official, and that’s inconsistent with our principles and our Constitution.”

    Carson said that the only exception he’d make would be if the Muslim running for office “publicly rejected all the tenants of Sharia and lived a life consistent with that.”

    “Then I wouldn’t have any problem,” he said.
    People said the same thing about Catholicism, so perhaps Carson should read John F. Kennedy’s speech on religion.

    Or he could listen to Hugh Hewitt who has been particularly eloquent on this issue.

    Ben Carson will continue to fall in the rankings until he’s down where Scott Walker rightly resides. At the bottom of the pack.”
    Taylor Marsh
    Poll: Hillary Clinton’s lead over Bernie Sanders grows
    Eric Bradner
    By Eric Bradner, CNN


  19. Jamie says:

    We have politicians who open mouth and insert foot. The latest apocryphal story out of Britain is about other insertions and is salacious, erudite, quippy, and has the Twitterati clamoring for more puns


  20. tonyb39 says:

    Why I Still Think Fiorina Was a Terrible CEO
    She can diss me all she wants on live TV, but personal attacks won’t take her from colossal business failure to leader of the free world.
    By Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

    Read more:


  21. tonyb39 says:

    Clinton proposing $250 monthly cap on prescription drug costs for patients
    By Anne Gearan and Amy Goldstein


  22. Jamie says:

    When it comes to misrepresentation, the latest GOP flavor of the month has no qualms about prevarication. Her Secretary to CEO is prime BS unless you consider summer jobs in college a major career choice.


  23. patd says:

    Jamie, may your fast be easy


  24. Jamie says:

    Patd I’ve posted the video and you can expand on it in comments with your articles of interest.



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