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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Happy Independence Day to the G Crew!

It is hard for me to go out for long periods but made it to the beach for a bit with my little man (nephew)and BIL. The water is delicious.
Headed out soon for some good BBQ and fireworks with the family.

I live in a small beach town..so no parades. :(

Op, glad you did get to see some of the floats and horses! {{hugs}} Enjoy tonight’s fire works.

My nephew is 3..so this year it will be fun to see his reaction to the fireworks. If I didn’t tell y’all..my sister is prego and due in 3 weeks. I am excited to be an aunt again. I get the easy part..he he.

Luv u guys.

bazil9 on July 4, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Hi kids!…my email is gordon_van@Hotmail.com
Nice place!
I don’t use throw-away…I just block people if crazies get a hold of me.
Happy 4th of July!
Weird one for me…we celebrated with family yesterday…the bride spent all day at Greenfield Village with the nephew and sister and my daughter…and I worked all day on the neighbors property.
Wolvie or Fallon had butterfly bushes that didn’t make it through the winter…and probably thought they helped kill them by pruning too much!……….Nope!…all three of his were dead and the other two neighbors that had them…had ‘services’ for them two months ago!
Congrats ahead of time B9 on being an aunt again!
Tomorrow the Italians are having a big 4th of July party…and I’m taking the new neighbors… across the streets 3 year old with us. The parents are going to be in the hospital delivering a new one!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 5, 2014 at 12:07 AM

B9, Congrats on the family addition! Boy or girl?

KCB on July 5, 2014 at 1:09 AM

Thx Jugs :)

Oh.. Italians..thought outta be good!

KCB on July 5, 2014 at 1:09 AM

Thx Kenny B-
I thought I told you. It is another boy.
Still no name…they can’t decide.
My sis doesn’t like my suggestions. My BIL does..but my sis has the final word. :)

If anyone has any interesting names..lemme know.

bazil9 on July 5, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Wow. Sarah had her family reunion at my parade yesterday!!! Dang that I missed it/her/them. There was no news of them coming here. . .

You can see a hint of our incredible lake behind them – which is just eight blocks from my house.

Thanks for your info, Jugster – and good for you and B9 for taking 3 year olds under your wings :) Glad you were able to take a swim, B9, and congrats on your new nephewlet!

Mmmmm, Italian food with friends, Jugs. Please eat some for me today :)

If any of you ever come my way, please know you’re welcome to stay in my humble digs and I’ll feed you. . .

Opinionator on July 5, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Opinionator on July 5, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Wow Op, That is cool!! Too bad you didn’t know about it.

Thx Op, since I don’t have children my nephew is my world.
He is a total Fl baby..loves the water. Thx..looking forward to another baby!

You’re in Idaho right? I would love to make it out there…
I have always wanted to see Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.
Thx for the invite..if I had the resources I would take you up on that!

bazil9 on July 5, 2014 at 7:42 PM

OP, how fun that Sarah was seeking you out, lol. Don’t you wish she’d have called? :-)

Okay, sounds like we need a road trip or two. Too many fun places that I have not yet visited.

And, it sounds like we need to throw a couple of baby showers, or one big one. Love babies.

Well, I’ve been fighting the blahs, again. Grampa used to call it the blue gookus. I’m trying not to get so involved in politics that it overtakes my life. It’s hard to find the balance. The bad news seems so overwhelming at times. But, we have to fight on. We just have to…

This morning hubby and I road his Harley to a little restaurant out in the middle of nowhere. It was fun. I needed the sunshine, wind and eggs cooked in “bacon drippings” to reset my mind and soul. We were too early to partake of the Bloody Mar bar, which was probably a good thing, as we were on the bike.

(((Hugs))) to all.

Fallon on July 6, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Oh, and Jugs, how funny is it that you were a soccer goalie (or your dad was – I keep getting confused, lol), like my hubby. Another small world coincidence.

We’re still watching the World Cup, but a lot of interest seems to have fallen away now that the U.S. is out.

Fallon on July 6, 2014 at 2:17 PM

B9, Fallon and All -

Oh how I wish I could get all of you here by road trip or otherwise. I hate resource issues – have plenty of my own :) Spokane is the closest airport – only a half hour away.

Where I live is truly G-like heh. . .fabulous lakes, rivers, streams, camping, big trees, ETC. No wonder Sarah was here looking for me LOL. We can be in wilderness in 15 – 20 mins.

Your breakfast sounds fabulous, Fallon!

After reading all the horrible news (flash point?) I am truly concerned about what tomorrow might bring.

I’ve retreated to cooking videos for the last few hours to find balance and will work in the yard after this to change the channel further. . .

Found a dynamite Brazilian marinade for two pounds of large shrimp (marinate for about an hour) or anything else quite frankly (meat or chicken longer), including veggies – then grill on skewers (for the shrimp) or cook as you like:

1 C olive oil
1/4 C minced fresh parsley
juice of 1 lemon
2 T hot sauce (or less or more :)
3 cloves minced garlic (or more!)
1 T tomato paste
2 t dried oregano
1 t kosher salt and ground pepper

Easy, different and it will be good!

May the blahs be kept at bay for all of us. You’re right, Fallon, we just have to fight on!!

You’re also right, B9, I’m in Idaho :) Many lovely spots in Montana are also reachable in two to three hours. . .

Sending love and prayers for our mutual strength!!

Opinionator on July 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Jugster – I’ll give you a repair update on Tuesday. Big meeting then will determine which direction I head next. Thanks for your encouragement, Ch*mp :)))

Opinionator on July 6, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Fallon on July 6, 2014 at 2:14 PM

You’re a biker chick Fallon? Awesome. Never would have guessed. :)

I like your grampa’s word..blue gookus. Been feeling the same way.
You’re right..balance..its difficult but key to sanity. Right now I am tuning out..have to. I’m just saturated. I need to focus on me right now. Just need a mental break.
The border invasion kinda just tipped me over the edge.

Glad u had a nice mornin. I went to brunch and did have a couple killer bloody mary’s. ;)

bazil9 on July 6, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Opinionator on July 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Your area sounds just beautiful! That’s what I’m talkin about!
I miss the west…and Cali..before they destroyed it.

Yah..resources. :(

To top it off..I don’t fly. I love road trips but with the price of gas and the horrible MPG on my Jeep..not happening. Someone pick me up? lol

It would be a blast if we could all get together.
I’ve met a few people heer over the years I consider true friends.
I never ever imagined that happening when I joined HA! Wild. I wish everyone wasn’t spread across the country!

I did meet CMS..she is a sweet heart. She was in Cocoa Beach 5 mins from me so I went and had a few beers with her and her hubby.

Sending love and prayers for our mutual strength!!

You are just the sweetest thing Op. :) xo

bazil9 on July 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Ken, pick me up and lets road trip!! ;)

bazil9 on July 6, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Opinionator on July 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Brazilian marinade, yum! And in time for the World Cup final. Good luck tomorrow.

You’re a biker chick Fallon? Awesome. Never would have guessed. :)

bazil9 on July 6, 2014 at 6:29 PM

LOL I don’t think anyone IRL would refer to me as a “biker chick”, but thanks. It feeds my hidden wild side. I have the uncanny ability to look wholesome in almost every situation, including riding with my hubby, lol.

I’ve told this story before but since we’re getting to be better friends B9, I’ll repeat it. I was an art major in college. I know, right? One of my professors requested that I not sit in the front row on the day he was going to discuss erotic art, lol. He said it would make him too nervous and uncomfortable with Miss Pollyanna staring at him front and center. That still cracks me up.

I wish I could rent a van or camper and drive around collecting everyone and then heading up to OP’s for dinner. Wouldn’t that be something? Who knows? Stranger things have happened.

Well, I’m avoiding work. I better get to it.

It’s an ice tea day, again. I’ll cut up some fresh lemons before I go.

Fallon on July 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Happy July!!!

Had a wonderful 4th with family and friends…it was nice having Sat. & Sun. to relax after the craziness of the 4th!

JugEars…I’m going to e-mail you so you can contact me in case you “disappear” unexpectedly! Would hate to lose touch with your dad!

b9…congrats. on your soon to be new nephew! I spent the weekend with my 15month old grandson. He is the sweetest little boy and brings so much joy to my life! The border stuff is putting me over the edge,also, so spending time with him helps me to escape from all the horrors surrounding this Prez. (Do you know there isn’t one article in our local newspaper about the border crisis! Keep the public ignorant while the country goes to hell.)

Op…I will keep your invitation in mind if I have to drive back from Seattle with my daughter. Her hubby gets out of the Navy this Nov. and they are planning on moving to Atlanta.

Fallon…if/when the sh!t hits the fan it may be a good idea to rent that van, collect everyone and go “galt”! Reminds me…I should finish Atlas Shrugged.

wolverinefan on July 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Guys!!!!

Welcome back, wolvie :) You and yours are welcome Any Time!

All of you. . . some links to get you here! A couple at a time. . .

First, my town and immediate area. This slideshow has hundreds of shots, but after a few you’ll get the picture.

If miracles are with us, all could come to my place the weekend of September 6 & 7 (this year!). Room to park campers, tents in yard or sleep inside if we rent a few cots. . . I’ll feed you and we could see the local stuff. . .

Then I’d suggest a caravan trip 2.5 hours north to my very favorite lake: Priest Lake. It was the location all the native northwestern tribes converged upon every year because it was a Holy Place. . and trust me it is.

There is a nice resort, Elkins, which has nice cabins if anyone wanted to go that route.

Opinionator on July 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM

It also has a nice restaurant, bar and gift shop. . I think boat rentals. . . Click on the first small picture here to see the scenery. . The cool thing is it’s immediately adjacent to my favorite campground, Reeder Bay, which only has 24 sites and also has its own beach. It’s a couple hundred yard walk on the beach to the resort – where one can escape to hang out if rain passes through. . .

When you click on the above 41 slides of the scenery around the resort, number 20 shows the Reeder Bay campground beach. Sites allow up to 8 people each, room for multiple tents – or room for someone’s camper. . .

Opinionator on July 7, 2014 at 3:11 PM

A few decent shots of the campground are here.

September 8 and 9 (Monday and Tuesday) – sites 19 and 20 – are available for reservations – and are directly fronting the lake/beach.

I think I could do it if I had a little help putting up the tent (which could sleep two more people) – and I’d have to break down and use a walking stick of some kind. I have all cooking gear, lanterns, blah blah…

Years ago I hosted a reunion for a spiritual group I belonged to based in Scotland. 16 people from across the U.S. and Canada converged here and we did exactly what I describe above.

Let’s do this thing!!! Pick B9 up, Ken! This year or next summer?? Come on, y’all :))))

A girl can dream and pray a special prayer that we can somehow make this happen, can’t she???

Gotta go. Back later. . .

BTW, fire pits there allow for great bonfires! S’mores! Feasts! Livin’ the G Life!

XXOO

Opinionator on July 7, 2014 at 3:28 PM

I got carried away with my ‘nices’ up there – racing to type – hahaha – but it is!

Later..

Opinionator on July 7, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Top headline at Drudge: PALIN: IMPEACH HIM!

Standing ovation!

Opinionator on July 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

3…2…1 media attacks/smears Palin

She’s obviously a racist!!!

wolverinefan on July 8, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Top headline at Drudge: PALIN: IMPEACH HIM!

Standing ovation!

Opinionator on July 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Go get ‘em, Sarah!

Fallon on July 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Right on! I saw it on my FB feed this AM.

CUDA

bazil9 on July 8, 2014 at 4:13 PM

If anyone has any interesting names..lemme know.

bazil9 on July 5, 2014 at 9:49 AM

The name Ken is a striking name for a young man.

KCB on July 8, 2014 at 11:56 PM

The name Ken is a striking name for a young man.

KCB on July 8, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Not trying to butt in, but – LOL! Perfect :)

I’ll get to the repair meeting I had today later. Thanks for your best wishes, Fallon. It helped :)

I have a little bedtime story. Remember those 49 bags of leaves I needed to get out of here? I searched high and low for help. Eventually I called a church – which is one of two food banks I go to. Within the day, a couple offered to haul them to the dump in their two suvs, not trucks. I thought they’d only be able to manage maybe 15 bags tops. The guy was an expert packer. . . he kept finding more and more space. . . until the very last space was filled with the very last bag! I really don’t know how he did it. They lined my entire side yard several bags deep and into the back yard..

It reminded me – and I shared it with her – of the Christmas I decided I wanted to give away food from my catering business – frozen meat, dried beans, rice, etc. So I put an ad in the paper along the lines of: “Caterer has free food for those who are hungry. Phone number.” I had enough to feed 28. The number of people (including family members) who responded to my ad totaled 28.

I was in tears and we hugged. Synchronicities pop up over and over again….

This lovely couple will remain in my life. They are on my/our page politically speaking. He has offered to help me with ‘self defense’ issues (ahem). I have offered my food stores if they ever need it. . . and a nice French dinner at my house soon.

How cool is that? God is oh-so-good.

Sarah was excellent on Hannity tonight, which just topped off my day………….

Sleep tight, G’ers and sweet dreams.

Opinionator on July 9, 2014 at 3:18 AM

Fallon on July 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Cute story Fallon. Our pollyanna-Hawg ridin babe. lol
No leather then? ;)

KCB on July 8, 2014 at 11:56 PM

:) It tis. I am partial to ‘K’ names. ;) xo

bazil9 on July 9, 2014 at 9:09 AM

b9…congrats. on your soon to be new nephew! I spent the weekend with my 15month old grandson. He is the sweetest little boy and brings so much joy to my life! The border stuff is putting me over the edge,also, so spending time with him helps me to escape from all the horrors surrounding this Prez. (Do you know there isn’t one article in our local newspaper about the border crisis! Keep the public ignorant while the country goes to hell.)

wolverinefan on July 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Thx Wolvie. :) Oooooh…congrats on your grandson!..is he your 1st then?
Yes, they do bring so much joy. :)

Keep the public ignorant while the country goes to hell.

Not surprised-
Looking at my Face Book news feeds and Drudge- all hell is breaking loose..they can no longer hide this. (As you know..my reply is late)

Hey, how is everything going? You using your inflatable boot? :)
I hope you are healing nicely and your radiation is going smoothly.

bazil9 on July 9, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Opinionator on July 9, 2014 at 3:18 AM

That is awesome Op. :D
I didn’t know about your bag of leaves..shoot..wish I could have helped ya.
God is good..glad you met that special couple.

bazil9 on July 9, 2014 at 9:50 AM

bazil9 on July 9, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Yep, he is my 1st grand baby so of course he receives a lot of loving! Kinda bummed thought cuz I was hoping to baby sit frequently this summer but obviously can’t :(

I get the cast off next Thurs. then will have a boot. Not sure how much I’ll be able to walk on it at first but anything beats this cast! Radiation is going smoothly…everyone I have contact with from the drivers that pick me up to the nurses at the HOP are wonderful.

I’m doing my part informing as many people as I can about the border crisis. Frustrating though because everyone says they don’t know what to do about it. Maybe a march on D.C??? My girlfriend’s daughter tried applying for food stamps and child care assistance but was denied. She just had a baby and her boyfriend doesn’t have a full time job. They only need temporary help until she gets back to work but can’t get it. Yet, 10′s of thousands , if not 100′s of thousands, illegal aliens are crossing our borders and receive food, healthcare, and shelter! Unbelievable!!!

wolverinefan on July 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Opinionator on July 9, 2014 at 3:18 AM

I just love your bedtime stories! It’s nice to hear about the good deeds people do…there are many truly caring Americans out there…important to remember that!

wolverinefan on July 9, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Just have to post this. It has pie and Palin. ; )

Sarah Palin ‏@SarahPalinUSA 57s

More Pie Eaters Than Pie Makers = Eventually Everyone Begs For Crumbs I love my commonsense conservative blue… http://fb.me/301m5AT29

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Just have to post this. It has pie and Palin. ; )

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Perfect.

Granddaughter queried, “Make muffins?” I asked her, do you really want to make muffins? “Uh-huh.”

So, we made two pans of blueberry mini-muffins. Granddaughter put papers in each tin, stirred and poured the eggs into the batter and watched the muffins bake into delightful little treats. She ate three of them and then happily went upstairs to nap. I love days like this.

Fallon on July 10, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Fallon on July 10, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Bliss. ; )

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 5:58 PM

God is good..glad you met that special couple.

bazil9 on July 9, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Yessss, me too! And thanks for your offer of help :)

It’s nice to hear about the good deeds people do…there are many truly caring Americans out there…important to remember that!

wolverinefan on July 9, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Indeed :) Their response was truly wonderful. Glad to hear you’re almost to the walking boot! And, especially that R is going smoothly! Thank you, Dear God!!

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Why it’s almost as if she wrote that just for you :)) Hope all goes well in your world, ((Bmore)).

I love days like this.

Fallon on July 10, 2014 at 5:32 PM

How lovely :) We all need days that that. Sweetness!

Opinionator on July 10, 2014 at 7:32 PM

bazil9 on July 9, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Just trying to help.

KCB on July 10, 2014 at 11:05 PM

KCB on July 10, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Good luck on your job search. Will keep you in my prayers.

wolverinefan on July 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Yes, Ken, very sorry to hear. . . Prayers that you will find something you love as a replacement asap.

Opinionator on July 11, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Following a headline article she wrote for Fox News yesterday, in which her last words were, “Stay tuned,” regarding impeachment, today Sarah brings it home in another headline article:

The case for Obama’s impeachment: The Constitution’s remedy for a lawless, imperial president

Yes!

Opinionator on July 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

I just sent it to Drudge. Can’t hurt heh.

Opinionator on July 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Thanks guys. I’m hoping to find something better. Could turn out to be a good thing.

KCB on July 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

bazil9 on July 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

…I just ‘shared’ that…on my facebook.

JugEarsButtHurt on July 13, 2014 at 1:14 AM

bazil9 on July 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Not sure if you read QOTD but Coffee Lover was concerned about your absence. Jackie let her know you’re just taking a break. Wasn’t she in the G..ch? Anyway of letting her know where the new G..ch is (or whatever it’s called now) ?

wolverinefan on July 13, 2014 at 8:32 AM

I sure hope that sign is being held by an anti-amnesty guy, meant to show Americans what illegals are really asking for? If not we are in deep,deep trouble if the illegals are getting that bold!

wolverinefan on July 13, 2014 at 8:38 AM

bazil9 on July 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Not sure if you read QOTD but Coffee Lover was concerned about your absence. Jackie let her know you’re just taking a break. Wasn’t she in the G..ch? Anyway of letting her know where the new G..ch is (or whatever it’s called now) ?

wolverinefan on July 13, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Mornin wolvie!
No..haven’t been reading but Jackie sent me an email and told me. Coffee Lover is a big sweet heart..love her.
I don’t recall if she was in G1, since I wasn’t there a lot..
I don’t have any of her info-so I personally can’t clue her into this place.

bazil9 on July 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM

I sure hope that sign is being held by an anti-amnesty guy, meant to show Americans what illegals are really asking for? If not we are in deep,deep trouble if the illegals are getting that bold!

wolverinefan on July 13, 2014 at 8:38 AM

My cousin posted that pic..
My 1st inclination was- is that photo shopped? I dunno..
but that sign either way = the truth.
We are in deep deep trouble and have been for a long time. The border invasion has put a spot light on this on going oozing pus filled sore- imo.
I grew up in it-fast and hard- it makes me so angry I can barely talk about it.

bazil9 on July 13, 2014 at 10:06 AM

On a lighter note..I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

I’m off to build sand castles with my little man. :)

bazil9 on July 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM

On a lighter note..I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

I’m off to build sand castles with my little man. :)

bazil9 on July 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I want to see pics!

KCB on July 13, 2014 at 1:36 PM

bazil9 on July 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I want to see pics!

KCB on July 13, 2014 at 1:36 PM

lol Ken..no pics.. sounds cool but isn’t.
Christian loves me to make small ones so he can then crush them,it is our little game. No pretty Castles LOL.
You saw the pic were my BIL buried us..he thought that was awesome.
We went back and swam in the pool..aunt b9 is worn out ;)
Whew..the heat here is just brutal..

bazil9 on July 13, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Had the little pie eater over the weekend. She is growing up so fast. We had fun, fun, fun! ; )

Bmore on July 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Love all the talk of wee ones :)

Will try to catch up here tomorrow or Thursday. Meanwhile, I really like this and this.

Hold steady, G’ers. .

Opinionator on July 15, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Opinionator on July 15, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Hopefully these protests will get the attention of the LIV! Our local paper had a small article on the bottom of the front page stating the GOP is calling the surge on the border a crisis. Yep, only those pesky Repub’s think its a major problem!

wolverinefan on July 16, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Had the little pie eater over the weekend. She is growing up so fast. We had fun, fun, fun! ; )

Bmore on July 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Aww..I remember your little buddy..she must be growing up fast now!
Glad u had fun B.

bazil9 on July 16, 2014 at 1:16 PM

HI :)

Just had a bit of a scare. All of my HA tabs were coming up with no comment boxes, the formatting was totally odd – and there was no way for me to comment at all. Thought I’d been banned. After 15 min. of that and refreshing repeatedly. . . it all was back to normal.

Weird!!

I’m beat. Will catch up tomorrow.

Tucking you all in on a wing and a prayer.

Sleep tight! Sending love. . .

Opinionator on July 18, 2014 at 2:20 AM

Little pie eaters, small sand castle makers, diminutive visiting neighbors and miniature muffin bakers are the best. They’re the reason we fight on.

Sorry, I’m trying to wean myself off of the internets every now and then. Local politics, granddaughter, wedding planning are taking their toll on me. Weirdly, I’m getting optimistic about the Republican party’s chances in Illinois. People are truly fed up. I’ve seen Mexican charter buses at the local Walmarts. Crazy days indeed.

Fallon on July 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Fallon – been missing you and Everyone!

I’ve been scarce due to several demands. . Since yesterday I’ve been under the weather. Loading up on C and working on bouncing back. Will give myself a day off and hope to catch up with y’all tomorrow.

Opinionator on July 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM

{{{hugs}}} _____> squeeze to u Op.

Sorry, been busy and not feeling great either…

Well….tomorrow is the big day! ‘Mason’ will be arriving. :-)

Any of you on Face Book I can friend?

xo ox

bazil9 on July 21, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Little pie eaters, small sand castle makers, diminutive visiting neighbors and miniature muffin bakers are the best. They’re the reason we fight on.

Fallon on July 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Yes Ma’am. :-)
TC biker babe, lol

bazil9 on July 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Fallon on July 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM

I’ve been doing the same weaning from the internet of late. I’m to exhausted by the afternoon to get upset over the chaos everywhere! Reading lots of good books and simply de-stressing. I figure things will get more interesting the closer we get to the elections in Nov. and I’ll be recuperated from all of this “stuff” I’m dealing with. Sounds like a few of us on here are in the same boat :(

OP & bazil9…take care of yourselves and get better soon

wolverinefan on July 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Hi Guys :)

Had to at least check in! Been sick – had a fever for four days which is finally gone – bad, bad cough and cold remain.

My horrible insurance company is again acting in bad faith and refusing any additional payment required by the permit process to repair my porch – even though I have ‘code enforcement coverage’…….grrrrrrr! More battles to come, waiting for permit acceptance and a final bid for the work. Just what I needed in the fog of a fever.

However, the good news is my nephew, Ben Doyle, was the number one qualifier from his area for the U.S. Amateur (Golf) Tournament – he made the cut!!! – and will be playing at the Atlanta Athletic Club August 11 – 17. Wow, for an 18 year old.

Bmore, maybe you could show up and give him a big hug for me? Hehe.

300 will compete; only the top 64 will make it to match play. That’s a heckuva lot to overcome but you never know. The final rounds for those who make it will be shown on NBC the 16th and 17th. Don’t you know if he makes it that far I’ll let you know.

I hope you’re all feeling better ! and able to handle the challenges before you with hearts that aren’t heavy like mine :(

Please write when you can. I click here a few times a day and am always thrilled to see you.

Miss you. . I’ll try to be better about keeping in touch. Tough week.

Love you loads!

Opinionator on July 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM

bazil9 on July 21, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Mason! Is he here? Is everyone ok??

Geez. . . sorry I didn’t ask sooner!

Also, I am on FB but never go there so I wouldn’t be much use in that department lol!

Opinionator on July 25, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Hiya Op!

Yes, Mason is here! :) healthy and precious. Mama is good-had a c-section but doing well. I’ll email u a pic.

whoa, sounds like you have had a rough time-{{big hugs}}

woo hoo! ^5 to Ben. congrats auntie! :) Very cool.

Blessings to the crew here.

bazil9 on July 26, 2014 at 8:55 AM

B9 – Mason is heart-meltingly adorable! He’s so beautiful, in fact, he brought a rush of happy tears. Perfection. You must be soooooooo very proud!

I’m very glad to hear your sister is recovering well and that Mason is healthy. It’s fabulous you are nearby to both enjoy your nephews and help your family.

High five back atcha, Auntie :) I think for those of us without children of our own, our nieces and nephews are an even greater source of joy. Proud Aunties unite! :)

I am awful about sending cards. This week I broke down and sent one to Ben, who is heading off to Berkeley (I know, I know) this Fall, and Sean (nephew from another brother), who will be off to NOLA and Tulane. I needed to tell them to have fun, go for their dreams – and remind them how proud I am of them, even though I live far away and rarely see them.

Opinionator on July 27, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Sarah hammers on the I word, again.

She knows it is time to spotlight. . and educate. .

Prayers for Sarah Palin and her family.

Opinionator on July 27, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Opinionator on July 27, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Thank you dear friend, I’m glad it brought you a little happiness!

Yes, I am lucky..my sis lives 3 blocks from me so I get to see both of my nephews a lot.

Very good point..without children of our own they do bring a greater source of joy. :) Yes, proud aunties unite! lol

To bad yours are far but it sounds like they are very good young men!
You must be proud as well.

XO

bazil9 on July 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM

You must be proud as well.

XO

bazil9 on July 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM

I am :) How are baby Mason and your sis coming along? How are you feeling health wise?

I’ve missed hearing from everyone here – it’s too dang quiet! So I decided to catch up. . .

First, I haven’t seen Bmore or Jugs out there anywhere for awhile now. How are you guys?!! Also, haven’t seen Ken on QOTD – are you doing ok?

Last night I saw 31 on QOTD – I am so very sorry to hear about your health challenges and that you are suffering from high heat as I have been. So glad you and your hubby – and dogs :) – will be able to camp along the coast soon. I so miss camping! Especially Big Sur – a favorite getaway for my ex hub and myself.

Fallon, how are you?? When is the wedding? How is the planning going, and how is your precious grandbaby doing, and how are the politicos treating you?

I’ve been hunkered down to escape the heat – upper 90′s and up to 102 – and trying to get rid of this cold. Day 13. The cough and congestion remain.

I’ve also been waiting to hear news of the permit – a new bid – and dreading another effort to find coverage from my insurer. If they don’t reverse their decision I will face more challenges in finding yet another contractor, spending the last of the grant money on the porch – and losing the ability to repair, e.g., the gaping hole in my bedroom ceiling. Uggh.

Lately I’ve felt like the battles for survival – along with all the horrendous news – are just a bit too much. I am fighting to remain hopeful – and trying to replace fear with faith.

Some days I’m more successful than others. Hearing from you guys helps !!!. . . We worked so hard to build our G – and find this safe place. You are my family and I need to know you’re ok.

Please at least let us know you’re alive and kickin’ :)

I have a little recipe for you below. Have done very little cooking lately but I’ve thought about combining a few classics to create something new for awhile now. Finally I made it – and it is good, albeit a bit rich. But we all deserve riches on occasion :)))

Love you loads.

Opinionator on August 1, 2014 at 2:38 PM

A special note to {{{Wolvie}}}:

How are you coming along, m’Dear??? Are you beyond the boot yet? Is your ankle healing up nicely, I hope? Is the awful R behind you??

I pray that your health issues are behind you now – and that your life will return to normal.

You’ve had a particularly tough road. . . I am so proud of your strength and attitude throughout. You have been an inspiration and made me think twice when I succumb to my own pity parties. 31, too, is showing great fortitude with her illness! B9 as well!

More prayers for easier roads ahead!

Opinionator on August 1, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Op’s Combo Chicken Cordon Bleu & Country Chicken Kiev (HA!)

~ Make a long, deep pocket in each skinless, boneless (whole) breast.
~ Wrap a wedge of your favorite cheese (swiss for the classic – I used fontina) inside a piece of good deli ham and place inside the pocket. Use picks to close.
~ Dunk each breast in a good amount of melted butter, then roll in equal parts Italian bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, panko crumbs – and add a bit of Italian mixed seasonings or thyme to the mix.
~ Saute the chicken in a little olive oil on medium high heat until each side is golden. Transfer the skillet to a 350 oven for 30 – 35 min., uncovered.
~ Combine leftover melted butter with a splash of dry Sherry, some grated parmesan, minced garlic and lots of sliced chives or green onions. Drizzle over the breasts in the last 10 minutes in the oven.
~ One whole stuffed breast fed me for four meals (course my appetite hasn’t been normal). This is decadent and delish!
~ Don’t worry about using the leftover butter for the sauce. 10 min. at 350 deals with any ‘issues’. But if you’re so inclined, just use additional, fresh melted butter at the sauce stage.

Opinionator on August 1, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Greeting Opinionator,
I just wrote a long post and it went….away. This one will be short because I have to get some things done.
First thank you for your kind words and support for all of us I like the fact that we are supportive of each other and accepted for the way we are. What’s going on in this crazy world tends to not help heal the mind (stress) but we can’t let them get to us. Keep the faith!

I haven’t been posting all that much due to keeping busy. I’m making room for my liberal sister. She’s going through divorce #3. It’s a good thing, but scary for her at 63 years of age. Hubs and I offered her to stay here to help first grieve, get herself together, and then make a logical decision as to where she wants to go from here. Rather she does that, than feel pressured to make some hasty and possibly wrong decisions.
I think she’ll be heading to Yuba where her two sons w/families live, when she feels she’s in the right frame of mind.. She just doesn’t want to be in the condition she is in and stir things up in Yuba. She suffers with fibro.

So happy to hear news about the grandkids, nieces/nephews, and young ones. I have seven nieces and nephews who have presented a family tree with a total of 20 great nieces and nephews. There is no longer a baby in the bunch. Bummers. They are all growing way too fast!

I too hope we hear from our G group members. Once we get my sister moved in, I should have more time to post. She live in the Bay Area (100 miles away) and has been bring car loads over the past few weeks. He gets served this Weds. Depending how things go, she may be here sooner than later.

Now, if I just don’t strangle her if she pipes up about “the other/dark side” we’ll be okay…hehehe.

May you and all of our posters here feel healthier, happier, and all the love we give each other!

Hugs and blessings,

31

31giddyup on August 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Opinionator on August 1, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Hi Op! I finally finished my treatments last Fri. I was lucky and only have minor skin irritation in the area. So glad those daily trips are over! I did meet some very nice people though. Everyone I had to deal with was kind and compassionate…it sure made the experience less traumatic.

One down and one to go! The ankle is coming along although not as quick as I would like. Still in the boot, using one crutch. The swelling is what is causing me problems. I ice it 3 to 4 times a day. Going back to surg. Thurs. and will hopefully be able to chuck the boot :) I have therapy twice a week but still can’t imagine walking on it yet…ankle is still very tight even with doing my exercises. Two weeks until school starts so I’m kinda getting anxious…will have to do a lot of walking and climbing stairs!

Thank you again for your prayers and encouragement throughout this journey.

Been very quiet here lately…wondering if people are taking a break? Jugs seems to have disappeared…hoping he is ok!

wolverinefan on August 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

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