Palin on a brokered convention: “I would do whatever I could to help”

posted at 1:25 pm on February 16, 2012 by Allahpundit

Quote: “I cannot predict what will happen in the future, but I know that I have got the fire in my belly to try to help, to try to make a difference. And if that involves running for public office at some point in the future, I’m game for that.” Now all that’s standing between us and the greatest blog story ever is Jeb idly wondering aloud in front of reporters whether the Bush brand might be in better shape these days than everyone thinks. Oh, and I guess we’d need a Gingrich comeback to happen at some point too to make sure the delegates split three ways. Don’t sweat the details, though. Dude, this is happening.

Well … no, it probably isn’t. And even if it did, wonders WaPo, would Palin stand a chance?

One, her clout is dubious. Her popularity peaked long ago, and the supporters she does have won’t necessarily follow her lead. When Palin praised former House speaker Newt Gingrich on her Facebook page, many of her fans balked. While Palin can amplify tea party concerns, she doesn’t speak for or carry that group.

Two, she isn’t what people are loooking for. The names that come up when talk of a brokered convention surfaces — as either candidates or potential dealmakers — are relatively moderate politicians with broad support: former Florida governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. A polarizing figure like Palin is hardly in the mix.

Fair enough, but go read Ben Domenech’s post posing the provocative question of who Republicans should support if they become convinced that Obama’s going to win in November regardless. I argued the other day that if we get to a brokered convention, the eventual nominee will be so weakened by party chaos that delegates will break for the most electable option simply to give the GOP a fighting chance against The One. But maybe that’s wrong. If the economy starts to hum and O jumps out to a big lead, the calculus for some party powerbrokers might shift towards choosing a sacrificial lamb as his opponent. If they opt for a tea partier and Obama goes on to win, then they can scapegoat the movement as being “too extreme” and unelectable. If they stick with Romney and Obama beats him, then they’ll have the same problem they had after 2008 but only more so — a conservative base convinced that it’s the RINO establishment that’s unelectable and that the party needs to move further right. Palin’s too savvy to offer herself up as a sacrificial lamb if the race looks like a lost cause, but maybe some other conservative isn’t: This would, after all, be a shot at the presidency, albeit a long shot. I wonder what grassroots righties would do in that case. Would you want a conservative candidate to emerge from the brokered convention, even if it appeared likely he/she would lose, or would the calculus shift to supporting Romney and letting him be thrown to the wolves? So much heart-ache in the fact that we’re even thinking about this.

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Okay, let’s do this, lol.

Fallon on December 31, 2014 at 5:58 PM


Clinks in all time zones, just to be safe.

YUMmmmmmmmmmm filet mignon and champagne, Prosecco. . . .beer. . . where’s the truck lol?

I come bearing little sliders of all kinds: french dip prime rib, burgers, carnitas with guac, BLT’s, grilled cheese, mini chili dawgs, lots of chips & crackers for the cheese spread, baby fruit kabobs. . .mini eclairs, truffles. . .

I’m getting hungry lol.

Opinionator on January 1, 2015 at 12:01 AM

Happy New Year #1 :)

Sending Big Love for a Better Year.

Opinionator on January 1, 2015 at 12:03 AM

And again. . .

Sorry that link got screwed up, Fallon. Gremlins? You knew where I was going, though, because you were already there ;)

My only resolution is to buck up so I don’t have to stay in the truck.

Thanks, Sarah.

Thanks, Refugees :))))

Big Prayers for All of you and yours.


Opinionator on January 1, 2015 at 1:09 AM

Y E A R…!!!

E V E R Y B O D Y …!!!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 1, 2015 at 3:05 AM

…the beer truck…turned out to be a Liquor Truck.
Turned out Baileys Salt Carmel Cream was on Special…so half the truck is loaded with that!…hope no one is lactose intolerant!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 1, 2015 at 3:08 AM

Happy New Year!

I guess I dozed off. Time to start warming up the leftovers, yum! And, I think, if people can have mimosas, a little Baileys will be delightful with a prime rib slider, just sayin’…

Fallon on January 1, 2015 at 9:04 AM

Happy New Year!!!! *clink!* Here is to 2015 being the best year ever! XOXO!

Bmore on January 1, 2015 at 12:17 PM

After we eat up all the leftovers, we’ll need to pack up the Beer & Baileys truck and head south. It looks like there will be a pilgrimage to B9’s new little place by the ocean.

Fallon on January 1, 2015 at 1:26 PM

Fallon on January 1, 2015 at 1:26 PM

It is a small snack bar/bar- beach side

…she’ll do fine!…she has the personality where people will gravitate back to the stand when they are in the area.
She just needs to have plenty of ‘lotion’ …and I better volunteer…before Spark Plug does!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 1, 2015 at 1:58 PM

Happy New Years (belated) everyone!!! Sorry I missed the New Years Eve festivities but I found myself flying to Seattle on Mon.!!! Daughter needs my moral support so I jumped on the first plane out of Detroit and here I am! It’s strange being 3 hrs. behind out here…by the time I sit down to check out QOTD everyone is headed for bed.

Jugs…How about those bowl games yesterday :) Way to go Spartans, and yes even the Buckeyes! I did root for them…Big Ten and all. I figure our days are coming with Harbough at the helm, just might take a year or so.

Well, flying home tomorrow so going to enjoy my last day in Seattle.

wolverinefan on January 2, 2015 at 1:19 PM

Well, flying home tomorrow so going to enjoy my last day in Seattle.

wolverinefan on January 2, 2015 at 1:19 PM

I hope you had a good time, Wolvie. I’m certain your daughter appreciated your visit. Safe travels home.

Fallon on January 2, 2015 at 5:11 PM

JugEarsButtHurt on January 1, 2015 at 1:58 PM

It would be fun to have a meet up there. Someday…

Fallon on January 2, 2015 at 5:12 PM

I think I’m going to take a break from HA for a little while. No worries. Just need a break.

Fallon on January 5, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Batten down the hatches, refugees. She’s back! :-)

Not me, Sarah! LOL

Fallon on January 24, 2015 at 3:57 PM

Hee hee, Fallon :) Happy to see you! I’m dealing with new upper dentures. . . otherwise, I got beyond the 6 week crud and am holding steady.

Sarah’s making her mark :) *I am cautiously optimistic :)*

Hope all goes very, very well for you Fallon, and All.

Please let us know how you’re doing, Refugees. I’ve been awful about keeping up but I’ll try harder.

Miss you guys!

Opinionator on January 26, 2015 at 3:43 PM

My prayers for you and your Mom, Fallon.


I thought about her earlier today.

May God hold her ever so gently.

Love you.

I am talking to my Mom and asking her to welcome her when the time is right…

Sweet Fallon, I am so very sorry.

Opinionator on January 28, 2015 at 3:14 AM

Sweet Fallon, I am so very sorry.

Opinionator on January 28, 2015 at 3:14 AM

Just got home tonight. She is still hanging on, OP. She is one tough cookie. Thank you.

I hope you continue to heal and feel better. These are such strange times, but they can’t keep us down. We have American pioneer blood in us.

Fallon on January 31, 2015 at 10:21 PM


I know for certain your mom (and dad) passed along their strengths to you, Dear One.

I’m grateful you made it safely through that white knuckle drive (uugghh) – and that at least some of your siblings are there to lend a bit of support.

As another of your sisters, I marvel at your words of support for me and incredible sense of humor at a time like this! You had me chuckling at our pioneer blood and I started thinking, ‘yeah, remember your great, great grandfather and also your Irish relatives who escaped the famine for a better life here. What you’ve dealt with is a piece of cake compared to that so just buck up! ;)’

My prayers continue. . .and huge hugs are being sent to you.

Anything I can do for you? Just name it.

At the very least, your cozy chair and Refuge are here to always offer a bit of solace and peace. . .along with those like me who love you dearly.

If I could tell your mom how grateful I am that she brought you into this world – and how many times and ways you’ve helped me here I would. I plan to speak to her directly when the time is right.

Opinionator on February 3, 2015 at 2:31 PM

Oh, and……….Psalm 23……….how perfect was all that?!

Opinionator on February 3, 2015 at 2:50 PM

I need a little refuge. Thanks for the comfy cozy chair. Today we made arrangements. The poor funeral director, he had no idea what to do with a bunch of goof offs. Though, he did ask if he could come to our house for the holidays.

He kept bringing “drafts” of my mom’s obituary to me to proof. I kept changing wording and things. After the third try he said, why don’t you take this home, write it and email it back to me. Yeah, I have control issues, lol.

Good heavens. Oh well lots of busy work to do between now and the funeral. Pictures to sort through and copy, songs to be learned by the young ones. Thank heavens the gift of music past me by. I love to hear my kids and nieces and nephews sing.

Thank you, OP.


Fallon on February 6, 2015 at 11:34 PM

Though, he did ask if he could come to our house for the holidays.

LOLOL! Ahh, Fallon. Sorry for my delay in getting here – I have been grieving with you and for you. So sorry you weren’t able to be there at the moment but I’m sure she understood. I wasn’t there either at the moment my mom left ‘here’. My plane touched down one hour too late. However, like you, too, I had been able to say goodby. I told her I was on my way and getting there (to a hospice in S.D.) as fast as possible but that if she needed to go, it was okay. . . At that point she was on a z pack for pain/cancer, but managed a little groan to let me know she understood.

I have been feeling your heart acutely. One time long ago we talked about this. As with my mom, I was sort of grateful yours was no longer suffering/unable to communicate as before. I picture her and my mom yukking it up together :), both of them more beautiful and vibrant than ever. I’m saying a special prayer that at some point (also like me), you’ll have the joy of a visit from your mom via a dream as I did. She was radiant, in her prime, and let me know she was by my side as always. I believe that’s true of your mom as well.

Like you (sort of), too, I was tasked by my sibs with writing something for her mini ceremony at hospice. [I think they felt guilty as I was the last to know her status – they all had plane tickets before I even knew she was close to leaving.] I ended up writing a letter to her rather than about her, as one would do with an obit. I was not able to attend her ‘real’ funeral in Atlanta some time later.

When is your mom’s funeral? Will it be in your town? I would like to be with you in heart and spirit. . . I would also love to read her obit – which I’m sure is lovely – if you care to share it.

It’s weird. I’m shedding tears for you as I type – yet I’m also relieved and grateful she’s home.

Sending more love, Dear Fallon. What a fine tribute to you, all the outpouring of love and support you’ve received from HA and The Captain himself :) ! No one is more deserving of it than you, my Sis.

I’m sure your mom is ever so proud of you, too.

Opinionator on February 8, 2015 at 4:58 PM

Sarah was stellar; Mark was awesome.

These two, at least, give me hope for better days ahead.

Missing you, Refugees. Am I the only one left in our haven? I will not abandon it or you. With new controls ‘afoot’, a safe place is even more important. . .

If anyone reads this, please say a prayer for one of my brothers, who has to have that bone marrow transplant after all.

Sending love.

Opinionator on February 28, 2015 at 1:04 PM

Hi OP…no, you’re not the only one left :) I check this thread out occasionally also. Were you on another thread a while back? I think I saw you comment but never had the chance to read what the thread was about.

I will pray for a successful bone marrow transplant for your brother…keep us (me) posted.

What are these “new controls” you are referring to? I haven’t been spending as much time on HA lately to keep up with what’s going on.

Hope you are staying healthy and the situation with your house problems have been taken care of…leaky roof and all!

wolverinefan on March 2, 2015 at 5:48 PM

If anyone reads this, please say a prayer for one of my brothers, who has to have that bone marrow transplant after all.

Sending love.

Opinionator on February 28, 2015 at 1:04 PM

Praying for your brother and sending love back atcha. Sorry, I’ve been away. This place seems to bring out my very serious and my very playful side. I haven’ been feeling either way lately… :-(

I’m still in protective numb mode. I’ll be back, though. Can’t really stay away too long…

Hi Wolvie!

Fallon on March 3, 2015 at 1:01 PM

Hope all is well, OP. Still praying for you and your family.

Fallon on March 15, 2015 at 10:55 PM


Waiting for an echo…

Fallon on March 23, 2015 at 10:47 PM

Good Morning and Goodnight.

Fallon on March 28, 2015 at 10:05 AM

Hi Gang……….

Recovering. Will be here to catch up tomorrow or Monday.


Love you.

Opinionator on March 28, 2015 at 4:41 PM

Hope you are okay, OP. Prayers and positive thoughts continue in your direction.

Fallon on March 31, 2015 at 8:02 AM

Thanks for thoughts and prayers Wolvie and Fallon!

I will catch up – so I say on April’s Fools – !

Today I have to go back to the dentist and then to a church food bank to find some ham or something. To top it off I have to haul garbage out to the alley for pick-up (after three weeks!).

For now, here’s some wonderful potatoes:

Op’s Easter Potatoes

Thin slice 2.5 lbs. potatoes with a mandolin. Rub a 9 X 14 with cut garlic. Blanch potatoes for 5 min. and drain. Layer half the potatoes with salt and pepper (a little thyme is good), 1/2 C creme fraiche and 3/4 C shredded Gruyere. Repeat with all quantities. Bake at 425 uncovered 45 min. [I also (well) caramelize lots of onions to stick in both layers – makes it even more decadent.]

I’ll catch up later lol.

Opinionator on April 1, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Catching up. .

One of my brothers is entering the hospital in S.D. tomorrow for his bone marrow transplant – as a result aplastic anema. He’ll have several rounds of chemo and radiology to clear the ‘bad’ marrow. Then he’ll have multiple transfusions of marrow provided from a perfect match donor. The donor is a 32 year old male – location and ID not known. My bro should remained hospitalized for 4 – 6 weeks. After that, he’ll visit the hospital three days a week with round the clock monitoring. Think (almost) bubble boy as an adult. He must gradually fight to create new marrow, resist infection and resist the new, transplanted marrow.

There are a plethora pitfalls…….and a low 5 yr. survival rate.

I hope and pray he wins.

Opinionator on April 2, 2015 at 2:46 PM

Next. .

For several months I’ve been dealing with ‘immediate’ dentures. 10 teeth were pulled one day in early Jan. in the upper and it took about a month to get used to it. The upper isn’t so bad at this point.

Another 10 more teeth were pulled in the lower on 3/17 (St. Pat’s) and I’ve been through grueling pain – trying to talk – sores forming… The problem is the lower is too loose, so I’m not really able to eat much except mush. Trying to get sustenance and regain strength. Head to the denture clinic on Tues. to make adjustments and prevent the sores. If they can’t do anything to line the lower for 6 mo. (that’s how long it takes for the bone heal, etc.), I’m sort of SOL. Putting goop in there doesn’t work – it’s all still loose. This also means I have no bite as there is nothing to bite with. The lower is just floating and continues to move.

If all else fails, I might need pins for the lower…. Of course that costs several thousand dollars which I of course don’t have. With just a little family help, this deal has already cost $2,500 (with the clinic charging half what it normally would for the extractions). It took three years to save for these dentures.

Praying for solutions. Food is my world.

Yesterday the dentist said I now have a beautiful smile and speak perfectly – but I just can’t eat.

Sigh. Please, God, send help.

This Easter week I’m an really striving to find gratitude. I pray your families have a most beautiful Sunday!

Oh – and Wolvie – I was talking about the new FCC controls on the internet earlier.

Stay healthy and well, All.

Opinionator on April 2, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Sending love and prayers and wish I could do more.

Fallon on April 2, 2015 at 11:02 PM

Wow! So you got the band back together! Fallon gave me a map via e-mail.

Opinionator, I’m sorry to hear about your tough time. I’ll be praying for your brother and for you.

I’ve had an idea I’ve been toying with for a long time. I thought about gathering all the various recipes from the old place and now from here and putting them into a blog. WordPress lets you have both a free public blog or a free private blog that’s password protected. What do y’all think?

INC on April 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM

OP, I hope your brother is doing well. I also hope you are healing from your ordeal.

Still sending prayers and positive thoughts.

I met a lady online who was organizing the bringing supplies to the tornado victims near us. She had a list of what they needed, so we loaded up with diapers, formula, contractor bags and gloves. The emergency responders were turning cars of supplies away because they didn’t need any more clothes, blankets or water. When they heard what was in our cars, they waved us in. Thank God. I would have felt horrible to have been turned away.

Anyway, the lady was a hoot. She had COPD, so we had to stop and let her catch her breath every so often, but what a spitfire. She’s lived nine lives. I love meeting interesting people and we immediately bonded. Anyway…

Miss you, OP. Truly hoping you are feeling better.

Fallon on April 14, 2015 at 11:20 PM

Stay healthy and well, All.

Opinionator on April 2, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Good morning Op. I am very sad to hear of your brothers trails and tribulations. My best to him. May he recover and live a long and productive life. Very sorry to hear you are having difficulties as well. I only have one dentures story to tell. Hope it brings a smile to your face. A dear friend, a hillbilly man, Burrell is his name. Burrell had become so tired of eating nothing but soft foods he finally went to the Doc and had all his remaining teeth pulled. He and I would enjoy a coffee ever afternoon at the Junction. The day Burrell showed for coffee just a day or so after having them all pulled he was in kind of a contrary mood. Very unlike him. When I inquired as to the problem he explained that the temporary’s were just unbearable to wear. Caused much soreness and were of no help to eat anything other than soft food. He was as you I am sure can imagine very disappointed. Burrell being as manly a fellow as you would ever find took to trying to toughen up his gums with of all things sand paper. He figured if he could build some callouses on those gums of his it wouldn’t hurt as much and when he received his permanents he would have no or at least less of a break-in period. So ole Burrell and I and the Mayor Bradly would sit there everyday having coffee and such whilst Burrel sanded his gums. He made us all laugh with this technique. Sure enough his obscure technique did seem to work. When he finally did get the permanents, viola very little pain and they mostly fit well. Please though Op do not employ Burrells strategy on this. He…..well lets just say you would have to know him. A very unique gentleman. I will be sending all of my best energy your way in hopes that this will come to pass for you and that you might regain full pain free enjoyment of any cuisine you desire. Be well my dear. Love you. XOXO

Bmore on April 15, 2015 at 9:11 AM

As I catapault into my 10th life of course I have stories to tell.

I am going to try to be brief which is absolutely impossible :)

1. My ‘bubble bro’: His transfused transplant took place last Friday. He is continuing to suffer ill effects of chemo and feels like he has the flu times four. It will take about two weeks for blood counts to begin to build – there are the possibilities of graft host rejection and other bad things. He can’t touch my SIL or even leave the room for a stroll in the halls for several weeks. But he is holding steady. I told my SIL to continue with air hugs, and she told me the other night she was resting her head on the covers over his belly. . . .sweet, eh? So far, so pretty good.

2. Teeth/eating/. . . So I had a ‘soft liner’ put in the lower which did pretty much nothing. I am experimenting using various products throughout the day to keep things in place (upper and lower). I almost make it through a meal before things get all loosey goosey and then I get pi$$ed and begin trying to eat the lower. Anyway, I have resolved that I shall eat whatever the hell I want to – my fight is solidifying – and an 11 hour pork roast didn’t hurt. I will figure this out somehow. Food is my world and and I won’t let it slay me. No! Way! I can’t bite, and trying to chew tiny pieces of steak, etc., is a challenge. But there is no more pain – yay.

Burrell sounds like quite the guy :) The loose lower created it’s own hell of callouses and sores.. They are gone! And when my smile isn’t moving it really does look pretty good :)

Love you guys! There is more. . . SIGH. Next post. . .

Opinionator on April 15, 2015 at 1:26 PM

First – I want to thank all of you!!!! Fallon, for your sweet thoughts and prayers on QOTD – and those who answered. And for your tornado delivery! I came very close to calling you that night. INC, for finding us here and considering a way to post recipes from G days. . Bmore, you’re my Gem. I swear I’ll make rolly polly again for you some day, and Eat It with you and your bride :)

Okay. This next is difficult.

On Saturday in the middle of the night, I was awakened by a series of very loud and weird noises. At first I thought a coon was doing something. No. It was directly at my front doors – and the porch light was on. I peeked through the blind and someone’s chest was pressed directly against the glass of my storm door. The noises – scratching, pounding, etc. were horrific. In the dark I found my phone, called 911, closed the bedroom door and tried to lean against it, praying for a barrier. No lock – no way to walk well or ‘escape’. I could barely get my name and address out through panicked breathing.

The a$$hole was trying to break into my house and it sounded like he had already gotten through the storm door and was working on door number two.

There is more……… Three cop cars arrived. The guy was drunk or on drugs. Things were knocked around but no damage was done to the door – could have fooled me. Two other neighbors were waken up but no one came outside. The guy had been pounding a pole along the sidewalk before he hit my house.

They asked if I needed medical assistance. Breathing. Breathing. No. Eventually, to shorten the story, asked them to PLEASE take him away and get this: they arrested him for peeing in public. He had not gotten through the door so no breaking and entering. I refused to testify (I didn’t want to see him) for disturbing in the peace, etc.

Longer story short. I was in fact terrified. Still am.

There have been six incidents in four houses on my block in the last year. Two drunks and the rest were homeless. They are walking all through my nice neighborhood on their way to a shelter (which is about to be moved to St. Vinny’s). They’ve walked into houses or at back doors in winter, in daylight, with snow on the ground. . . At least two drunks/druggies were involved. The homeowners and I are going to have a little meeting and do what? I don’t know.

I will plan to save up to buy a gun and take lessons on how to use it. My major left hand still works. . .

Oboob’s America is disintegrating before my eyes.

I remain shaken but not stirred. My 12th life is proceeding apace.

LOVE YOU ALL. Be safe!!!!!

Opinionator on April 15, 2015 at 2:10 PM

Oh, OP, that is crazy. I’m glad you are okay but, that’s scary. I’m glad you will be getting a gun. Wow.

I miss our “place:-)” I happened to see a thread sometime back about OP. I hope she is ok by now & please tell her hello for me.

I bet sweetpea is growing too:-)

Take care!

bluefox on April 22, 2015 at 6:17 PM

This was on the Hot Air Primary Survey thread. I’ve been feeling pretty blue lately. I think I am missing my mom and frustrated with politics in general. QOTD has been almost unreadable. Icky has been showing up there and making people question both Cruz and Walker. I still believe her purpose is to divide the base and sink the Republican candidate, whoever it will be…

Anyway, I needed to pass along bluefox’s message and check in. Still praying for you, OP. Things will get better.

Fallon on April 22, 2015 at 10:07 PM

Fallon… and All,

Thank you!

[As you usual you cracked me up re Kathleen expecting a handsome ISIS dude to save her, HA!!!]

I’m so sorry you’re missing your Mom, Fallen. I’m quite sure she’s an angel on your shoulder, watching and protecting you and yours.

I have received new-found protection of my own lately – that lovely couple that hauled away 50 bags of leaves last spring are on my side, along with another couple that helped clean up my yard and cut up some fallen aspen trees, etc.

The protection prayer offered by my ‘leaf lady’ friend was poignant and struck me deeply. Two days after that, I met a wonderful woman who led me to The Trauma Prayer – the last 20 min. of which is important…

I am calm and sleeping well. Wonderful ‘events’ are taking place. I met a beautiful, light-filled young gal with a toddler in the grocery door line who came running after me in the parking lot – holding a gift card to pay for my groceries (I hadn’t peeped about needing help of any kind). A beautiful act of kindness…. When I was next at the store to cash in the card (and I had no idea of the amount), it was within pennies (56 cents) of what I had paid for in groceries the time she gave me the card! I told the checker the story and she said, “It’s a God thing.” LOL!!

God and His Son are filling me to overflowing. Construction problems are being solved – and multiple products are keeping my teeth in place throughout the day :)

If you listen to the preamble to The Trauma Prayer, it speaks to what I’ve experienced since I was about five. I am receiving some major spiritual help to change the channel and it’s working!

Oh, and my brother is home from the hospital. His blood counts are improving and only one transfusion so far.

I was able to drive two hours to visit my golf star nephew play at the Pac-12 Men’s Golf Tournament in Pullman, WA, with my first out of town trip since my stroke. I had not seen Ben for 10 years and never watched him play. I was the family member who could attend while his Dad – my bro – was recovering from the transplant along with my SIL.

All is well, my fine family of friends here. Your prayers have been instrumental. I will always remember and be grateful.

Love You to the Heavens and Back !!!

Divine Chills are rolling down my arms as I speak. Awesome!!!

Opinionator on May 9, 2015 at 3:34 PM

P.S. Thank you to Bluefox!!!! I am missing her…

Opinionator on May 9, 2015 at 3:35 PM

Tomorrow, may all Mothers be honored and loved, including those who who are watching over us with great care.

If I could make a feast for you. .

May you be surrounded by love.

Opinionator on May 9, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Hi OP!!!

I’m overjoyed that life is again on the upswing for you. Love the gift card story. Perfect. Angels do surround us at the most interesting times.

A good friend of mine is going through her second bout with ovarian cancer. She has been a political mentor to me. After three failed attempts at chemo cocktails and other setbacks, she is still so optimistic. I don’t know where she gets her strength. She is now on a list for “test trials” or something like that and feels blessed. I need to practice more gratitude.

OP, I was happy to see you on QOTD yesterday and had to check in. Sending love and continued prayers…

Fallon on June 1, 2015 at 8:51 AM

For the official record. I will be taking down this blog today, forever.

Bmore on August 10, 2015 at 1:50 PM

Ding, dong the fish is…

Fallon on August 10, 2015 at 10:50 PM

Whoop! I have beer batter, panko mixed with parmesan & cayenne to go with the tartar, Fallon :)

The gig is up, eh, Bmore? LOL! Have a good trip.

Missing all the good times and you guys…..


Opinionator on August 11, 2015 at 1:15 PM

I wanna post tonight but I got nothin’…

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It's been that way awhile for me. I will reply to your earlier kind comment soon ………….

Meanwhile, still semi-speechless :)

Opinionator on August 17, 2015 at 2:47 AM

Happy Thanksgiving, OP and other Gulchers who might happen this way.

I lost the bookmark and had to sit an think where to find the thread. Thinking is getting a little fuzzier with each passing year, lol.

Anyway, two of four kids are here and I need to close up my computer. Just wanted to send prayers and positive thoughts out into the universe.


Fallon on November 26, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Hi Fallon,

I swing by the gulch occasionally…glad I did this time :)

Had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and all was peaceful around the table. (no politics!) I’m really looking forward to Christmas though… I’ll see my daughter for the first time since last New Years!!!

I’m sure with the election season gearing up after the holidays I’ll be posting on the threads again. It sure is getting nasty out there though!

Hope OP makes an appearance in the gulch again and lets us know all is well!

wolverinefan on November 29, 2015 at 10:07 PM

Hi Ladies/All,

Long time. I have been submerged in ‘stuff’. Many, extremely difficult construction issues in multiple areas (like, e.g., a tile floor in the upstairs bath which had to be installed twice (plus further screw ups) due to multi-colored tiles and the wrong grout (!)), and including contractor and city malfeasance – will I need to sue re faulty porch roof and structural support repair issues? – car problems – computer died and had to be replaced – stove problems – GFA heater problems twice – washing machine died and had to be replaced – a 70 MPH wind storm two weeks ago (three people died, many without power for 10 days – in the teens here – I lost heat – branches and lines down everywhere). A couple of neighbors helped with big branches, and a family (former neighbors) with four kids ‘appeared’ all carrying rakes, bags, etc. to clean up my yard. I told them they were like of flock of angels that descended. And they were.

Okay. That’s really only a partial list of difficulties. . .

I don’t know how your mentor finds optimism in the midst, Fallon. Truly. Prayers for her! Feel like I’ve been run over by a train. I have just been trying to solve problems and weather storms.

Sister and BIL are shipping me to NOLA for Christmas, my first trip in 10 years. Will take my cane to negotiate between plane changes, etc. Still only use if absolutely necessary to try to work on balance and muscles – four years later.

On November 5th – as construction is now (partially) winding down – I was gifted a light bulb moment and determined to finally write a cook book. God said, “It’s time. Get crackin’.” LOL The approach is a bit unique, I believe. I’m researching how to use speech recognition on this new, cheapo computer as typing remains very s l o w. A cousin in VA has offered to help me edit it. I have the title, concept, Contents and first 12 recipes somewhat finished. I expect it to include about 400 recipes and take 2 – 3 years.. .

So great to see you Wolvie and Fallon – and to hear that some of your kids are there or coming home soon!

Love and miss you guys so very much. Will try to be better at keeping in touch with you via my new, little Acer :)

Kisses, hugs and love!!!!

Opinionator on November 30, 2015 at 12:31 PM

P.S. I might have to include “Let’s Do This Thing” and give you credit of course, Fallon. LOL! What cook book should be without it? :)

Opinionator on November 30, 2015 at 1:57 PM


(((wolvie)))) (((((OP)))))

Glad you will soon see your daughter, wolvie.

OP, glad to hear you are still fighting the good fight. The wrong grout color!!! I couldn’t help but laugh. *smh*

I cannot wait to hear about the progress with your cookbook (no need to give me any credit, I gift it to you!) and I will be the first one in line to buy it!

Fallon on December 2, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Fallon –

I know. How many times did I think of your ‘Linen’ tile and our grout issue lol!

Thanks for the good wishes……… I was just working on a recipe :)

Still don’t have the microphone/speech recognition thing worked out but I will ha.

Later, m’Dear. Glad to hear you relieved yourself from the political post – for now at least!

Opinionator on December 2, 2015 at 5:14 PM

I don’t believe it!…My fav’s are here!…and have been here previously!
I saw OP once on a QOTD…like half a day later!
I never see Wolvie anymore…and all I ever do is lurk…and ‘needle’ the trolls…until they finally snap…or I get banned. I try to cool it though since I don’t have a sock…I missed getting ‘pottyMouth’ registered at the last open reg! I missed that…I think I missed two!
Fallon is on still…I read…and let the others molest her! (:->)
God I hope you’re doing well OP!…You ever get in the Detroit area I’ll get you my phone number…and we have a spare room with your name on it!
Had all the kids home for Thanksgiving. My son has a semester left at MSU…and he has been out in Boulder, Colorado since June for an ‘internship for six months…he’ll be home in three weeks.
The oldest girl had to do her nurse thing Thursday, Friday and Saturday…but saw her brother and sis on Wednesday. The middle one passed her bar in Chicago and went from part time to full-time with their rail system people. Their mom treats them like adults…and they just hate it when I try to cuddle them and put them on my lap! I’ve never grown up!…I’m not going to let them… either!
I’ll have to start checking back here now.
Wolvie!…did the healing progress?…Hope so?…I know you felt setbacks…but that was eons ago…I hope it’s not like OC…I still think he’ll progress..but he’s been down lately.
Love you guys!

JugEarsButtHurt on December 2, 2015 at 11:32 PM

OP…So good to hear from you! How wonderful that you are going to NOLA for Christmas to be with your sister and BIL :) How is your brother, that had the bone marrow transplant, doing? Hope all is going well for him.
Hmmm… a new cookbook, I’m always looking for new recipes, get tired of making the same old same old! I’ll be second in line behind Fallon to buy it. lol

3 weeks until I see my daughter…I can’t’ wait!!!!

wolverinefan on December 5, 2015 at 8:57 PM

Hey Jugs,
I’m sure you’re watching your Spartans right now! Man the penalties are killing them!!!
Have to say though I’m still upset with the Wolverines for blowing that last play with you guys. If I see one more replay …ughhhh!

I’ve just been lurking for the most part. Have to say your post are always good for a few laughs,seems you have toned it down somewhat as not to get banned :)

Once your son graduates is he planning on staying in the area or returning to Colorado, or elsewhere? Keep on cuddling them, you know they actually love it.

I’ve recovered remarkably. I’m back working out at the gym, treadmill and all. Ankle isn’t bothering me thank God! I don’t really know what’s going on with OC. I was taking a break from Hotair and missed reading what happened to him. I just thought he was taking a break also???

You have a wonderful Christmas with your family and…GO SPARTANS!!!

wolverinefan on December 5, 2015 at 9:13 PM


Here are a few ‘preamble’ paragraphs in the second section. They need editing, but I am thinking of you.

These wonderful soups will warm the cockles of your heart on a cold day or cool you when the weather turns warm. They may be sipped in shot glasses for hors d’oeuvres; ensconced in a bread bowl or crusty, hollowed out rolls – or melons or oranges – for a first course; served alone or ladled over pasta or rice for an entree. In other words, they are not just soups. Indeed, they have many roles to play.

I have a very dear, creative friend (and excellent chef!) who offered after dinner shots of warm tomato soup – along with small grilled cheese sandwiches – following her daughter’s extremely elegant, country club wedding. Guests gathered around a bonfire while enjoying these later-in-the-evening, soul warming sips and bites. . . What an utterly fabulous way to conclude a wedding celebration!

Please consider the many ways you may present and enjoy a soup depending upon the seasons, and the way you prefer to dine or entertain. Are individual cocottes – ramekins – in order – or martini glasses, nice mugs or simple bowls the best choice? What pleases you the most? Presentation matters, as it strums your heartstrings and heightens your appetite. Dress your soup up or down as you pamper your guests and yourself – and depending upon the role you’ve chosen it to play in your meal. It may be the true entree star, or an integral, delicious course in your meal.

More to you in a minute :)

Opinionator on December 17, 2015 at 8:54 PM


So happy to see you! What great news about your recovery!!! I assume you were able to avoid more surgery? Is your daughter there yet? So happy she’ll be with you for Christmas!

I hope all goes well for you at school – that snow is available for snowmobiling – that you are able to enjoy other hobbies again – and that your recess over the holidays will last long and not be over too soon :)

More to you in a minute :)

Opinionator on December 17, 2015 at 9:11 PM


So glad you found us and me again! I congratulated you and your daughter on the bar one night on QOTD. So proud of you and her!!!
That is just awesome!

I will send you an email after the holidays. I don’t want to lose you……. Thanks for the room offer!!! Back atcha. You’re family :)

Here’s a bit on Ben, who is ‘red shirting’ this year as a sophomore. He is still managing to do well with grades and find some time for golf! scroll down…

More to you in a minute :)

Opinionator on December 17, 2015 at 9:23 PM

Fallon, Wolvie, Jugster, Bmore, B9, INC and whoever else peeks in here,

I am hopeful all of you will have an extremely Merry Christmas, surrounded by loved ones, sipping on toddies and creating tales to tell (shouldn’t be too hard).

Wish me luck with some of my liberal family next week in NOLA. I’m going to try to be nice instead of naughty, shut my mouth and go out for a smoke when I need to :) It is the first time in many years that I’ve even been with any family on Christmas so I am hoping for good memories…

May next year bring JOY.

Have (candy)cane will travel :)

Love you All!

Opinionator on December 17, 2015 at 9:34 PM

P.S. Wolvie,

My brother has just gone back to work – had no difficulties with the transplant – and is faring well! Blessings!!

Opinionator on December 17, 2015 at 9:50 PM

P.P.S Wolvie,

Thanks for the book support :) Having a bit of fun with it.

P.P.S. Fallon,

I revised the last paragraph ^^ as follows:

Please consider the many ways you may present and enjoy a soup depending upon the seasons and the way you prefer to dine or entertain. Are individual cocottes (ramekins) appropriate for serving – or martini glasses, nice mugs or simple bowls? What pleases you the most? Presentation matters, as it strums your heartstrings and heightens your appetite. Dress your soup up or down as you pamper your guests and yourself – and depending upon the role you’ve chosen for it to play. It may be the true entree star, or an integral, delicious course in your meal.

As in the wedding described, a simple, comforting late night snack ‘finished’ an already extraordinary wedding and gourmet feast. Most importantly, it served to beautifully join the hearts of family and friends with the bride and groom. The celebration was now complete. I guarantee that everyone having fun around the bonfire will always remember the wedding, and that special late night toast – with a perfect shot of tomato soup.

Soup Matters! Now let’s make some. . .

So you see, my heart really was there with you guys that day :) Oh, and there will be a recipe for the rat. . .

Merry Happy, y’all!

Opinionator on December 18, 2015 at 2:38 PM

…hey!…I’ll post here to you guys tomorrow.
…kids all came home Thursday morning to a house that developed a plumbing/septic problem Wednesday night…where you couldn’t shit or shower…timing couldn’t have been better/

JugEarsButtHurt on December 26, 2015 at 12:56 AM

I didn’t make it here for Christmas, but I wanted to wish all my dear friends here a Happy New Year.

We’ve been in Charlotte with our son, daughter-in-law (remember me describing the wedding!) and their 7 month old baby girl. A Christmas to remember despite the plagues running through the house!

My daughter, the new mom, and the baby all came down with nasty colds. I held down the fort trying to put food on the table and keep the kitchen clean.

Meanwhile, last Sunday evening after Christmas one of my daughter-in-law’s cousins whom they had seen about a week before we flew in called to tell her that she had found lice (Ick, sorry to have to mention it, but part of the craziness) in her kids’ hair. One louse found on baby’s head (her parents think–pediatrician said don’t bring baby in and I didn’t see it). Nevertheless Monday was a mad day of laundry and vacuuming.

My daughter and husband had to fly back to Texas to work and I’m here until Sunday.

Baby is a happy little thing–when she’s not upset over her cold. This post has a couple of photos of her as a newborn. Her mom is an excellent amateur photographer. Baby already knows to smile for the camera. (They all learn that early!).

Fallon had sent me the link to this thread, and I meant to come by ages ago, but it has been a crazy year. More on that later. For now, I just wanted to catch up a little and say we’ve almost made it through the Zero years.

Happy New Year as we count down to January 20, 2017!

May the Lord be with each of you and bless and keep you through the coming year.

INC on December 31, 2015 at 10:58 PM


The last goodbye to our special times on Hot Air…

Op, if your email is still the same, we must keep in touch.

*Prayers and positive thoughts to all!*

Fallon on February 15, 2016 at 11:53 AM

Tears. Omg.

Fallon, I have your info. Will call you.

To all who I love here……….stay close. Stay in Touch.

Stay strong. Fight.

I will not say goodbye.


Opinionator on February 15, 2016 at 1:31 PM

I will not say goodbye.


Opinionator on February 15, 2016 at 1:31 PM

Glad to see you here. Someone mentioned the Gulch in the FB thread. So much fun, heartache and laughter over the years. So sad.

Jugs was looking for people this morning… I think I have his email. Talk to you soon!

Fallon on February 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Hi OP and Fallon,

I’m sick to my stomach!!! I just got on line and read the news! Although I haven’t posted much I’ve lurked, even checking here occasionally. This has been my family for so many years. I hope we can all meet up on another site. I’m bookmarking the ones like Axe’s, oscar’s etc.

I will always remember this special place, with all you, my special friends!

Things are getting really crazy so keep praying, we are in for some very rough times :(

I have jugs email so if either of you have his you can get mine from him.

wolverinefan on February 15, 2016 at 10:07 PM

Yes, Wolvie!

I sent an email to him but haven’t heard. Don’t know if it changed?


I will call Fallon tomorrow. Please, we must stay in touch!
At least group email until we can find a place. Sigh.

Rest easy and hold tight.

Opinionator on February 15, 2016 at 10:21 PM

Just dropping in to say goodbye. Love y’all. ; ) xoxo

Bmore on February 16, 2016 at 5:48 PM

Hey B,

Bad, bad 24 hrs. Pleeeaaassse stay touch. Jugs has my email.
All kind regards to you and your wife. Sorry, I won’t say goodbye.

Thinking of you and her.

Love you,


Opinionator on February 16, 2016 at 6:30 PM

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