Sunday Night Open Thread: Holiday Wrap-Up


May you always be the bunny, and never the shocked baby.

Butter Lamb (Open Thread)

Well, this year’s butter lamb* was a bit more…bovine than I intended:

I considered some reconstructive surgery, but my husband said it’s FINE, and in a few hours, it’ll be hacked to bits and consumed on pieces of rye bread anyway, so quit obsessing! (He was right.)

This is our first Easter without the kiddo living at home, but I made an Easter basket anyway, which we delivered to her on the way to the in-laws’ Easter feast. (Poor kiddo had to work, so she couldn’t come with us.)

My husband scoffed at my insistence on doing an Easter basket for an adult child, but as he knows, my mom delivered Easter baskets to her kids until we were well into our 40s.

Happy Easter to all who celebrate it!

*If you’re wondering what the hell a “butter lamb” is, there’s a good primer here. I had no clue either until I married into a Polish-American family from Buffalo 20 years ago and started spending Easter with my snowbird in-laws.

My sister-in-law used to bring a store-bought butter lamb down to Florida in a cooler for Easter every year. Then one year, she couldn’t make it down, and since they don’t sell butter lambs in Florida, I made one so that year’s feast table wouldn’t be bereft of the traditional symbol. It’s been my job ever since.

Today’s Berkeley Beat Down: Planned Action by the Alt-Right

Earlier today in Berkeley things got violent. A dedicated group of folks on social media, with a significant amount being done by Caroline O.,  have been doing yeoman’s and yeowoman’s work to pull all the social media evidence together indicating who was really responsible: the alt-right. The violence was planned, orchestrated, and telegraphed on social media by a dedicated group of alt-righters. And it was done in such as way as to make it look like black bloc or antifa demonstrators, who are often associated with the extreme left even if they have nothing to really do with left of center politics in reality, were responsible. This allows the alt-right to have its cake (beat the daylights out of people it disagrees with) and eat it too (have it blamed on these same people).

Here’s some video of what went down:

Here’s just a smattering of the evidence that has been accumulated to demonstrate that the folks dressed all in black were alt-righters and were looking to instigate violence:

Based Stickman, real name Kyle Chapman, is this lovely fellow:

Historian Rick Perlstein wrote a bit about Chapman yesterday:

Behold Stick Man

I’ve seen the Berkeley footage Morgoth is referring to. That’s how I made the acquaintance of Stick Man.

Berkeley’s March 4 Trump was organized by a man named Richard Black, who announced that members of the alt-right, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists were banned. Among those who did not get the memo were Moshe Daniel, who goes by the nickname “Kilt Man.” Daniel depicts himself on Facebook with a giant serrated knife and a T-shirt featuring the face of the late Chilean fascist dictator Augusto Pinochet, the legend “PHYSICAL REMOVAL,” and another of those silhouettes of people being dropped from helicopters—a Pinochet-favored method for dealing with dissenters.

The march turned into a “small riot,” as gun-rights blogger Bob Owens, one of the most widely read on the web, and a cool and clear-thinking moderate, described it after reviewing the available documentation. “Both sides came to this incident prepared for a fight,” he wrote, concluding it was impossible to see “who threw the first punch.” In my mind, however, there were at least two moments where the person who threw the first punch was starkly evident. In both cases it was an individual who wore all black, from boots to baseball cap, and carried a distinctive black shield emblazoned with a “V” for victory, and an American flag. The man in black also wore a gas mask, surely in response to a widely disseminated urban legend that antifas are routinely attacking protesters with pepper spray. In one video he whacks a downed anti-Trump protester with the long wooden stick he carries (with two tiny American flags attached, thus he can call it a flagpole). In another, he can be seen smashing his stick down so hard on an unarmed protester’s head that the stick breaks in half.

He’s since become a right-wing folk hero, and, after Berkeley police arrested him on several felony charges, naturally, a right-wing martyr.

(much more at the link)

This is a serious problem. Dedicated, hard core alt-righters who push both Russian derived propaganda and are organizing themselves to conduct violence in a way as to lay the blame on left of center Americans who look to peacefully protest.


Swamp Thing

As I mentioned in the thread below, this morning I tried to talk my husband into observing a holiday of my own invention, Bad Saturday, which entails brunch, mimosas and Bloody Marys consumed while viewing an MST3K marathon. No chores allowed. Only fun and debauchery.

He doesn’t take to indolence as readily as I do, so we compromised: hiking first. Here’s a roadway canopy we saw on the way:

And here’s a lovely swampscape:

Now we’re off to a swampy boardwalk that is supposedly great for birdwatching. Hope it is snake-free.

Open thread!

For We Were Strangers in a Strange Land…

In the wake of today’s unfortunate remarks by the White House Press Secretary, let alone the sad pictures of this year’s White House Passover seder (and I’ll leave the Easter Egg thing to the non-Jewish front pagers as a professional courtesy) I thought it would be appropriate to post the Keane College of New Jersey Holocaust Resource Center video testimony of Mrs. Rae Kushner. Mrs Kushner is, of course, Jared Kushner’s late grandmother whose family survived the Holocaust by fleeing into the forest and connecting with the Bielski Partisans. Given the day’s events and the ongoing debate in the US about what to do in regard to refugees from Syria and elsewhere, it no longer makes sense to save this for a better time.

The full two hours of video can be found here at the US Holocaust Museum’s website. And the transcript found here. But here’s a taste:

Nailed It!

Well, kinda:

Sorry about the censorship; I’ve picked up a half-assed stalker or two over the years. 🙄

Now, my project done for the day, it’s time to kick back with a cocktail and read while the mister watches the Masters. I’ve just started “Housekeeping” by Marilynne Robinson. Maybe I’ll pick up a few tips. You?

Open thread!

Spring Saturday Open Thread

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz,
Look how pretty the flowers is!

It’s a beautiful day here in West Central Florida, but I’m spending most of it indoors because I’m attempting to accomplish a number of challenging tasks, including creation of a Shrek birthday cake for a party tomorrow. I’ll share pics later, whether I nail it or nah.

Open thread!