Thanks America

Me and mine, David, strolled to a local Italian restaurant Wednesday for a simple meal but a profound moment, our 3rd anniversary of marriage, which followed 25 years together. A good time to express our thanks to all those who worked so hard for so long to make us legal.


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73 thoughts on “Thanks America”

  1. and just for y’all, everybody kissed and made up

    Hillary Clinton: ‘I’ll take Bernie Sanders over Donald Trump or Ted Cruz any time’


    ROSE: Come November 2016, if Hillary Clinton is the nominee you will be supporting her?

    SANDERS: Sure, I will. Look, as I said a million times, I think the idea of a Donald Trump or a Ted Cruz presidency would be an unmitigated disaster for this country. I will do everything in my power and work as hard as I can to make sure that that does not happen. And if Secretary Clinton is the nominee, I will certainly support her.

  2. Congrats. Seems like just yesterday that we were dancing in DC, celebrating your nuptials.

  3. Still handsome as ever…the winos celebrated and are still waiting for you to honeymoon in New Mexico.

  4. Holy Income Inequality!  Jeff Weaver comic campaign manager and hero of the Sanders money machine –what a guy!  I see he is made himself a Trumpian Deal by taking advantage of an older couple…instead of showing them how to sell the stuff into seven figures as any conscientious social democrat would have, he acted like Trump.

    “It was an older couple who had to sell it—they had some financial problems,” he explains. Read more:



  5. Craig

    What a sweet post! Congrats. Yes, times like this reminds how hard the activists worked to get us equality in marriage.  Good to count are blessings..

  6. Congratulations to two of my favorite people on the planet.  May you have at least 25 more and then some.

  7. Thanks all, we had a nice evening, and I spent the day in epic battle against pigeons. I am almost winning, thanks to a lot of netting and nest barricades. Finally had enough of their shit, literally.

    Glad to see Bernie walk back the “not qualified” charge. My guess is somebody got him worked up overstating what Hillary said about him, giving him the benefit of the doubt anyway.

    Sanders Over the Edge
    by Paul Krugman

    “This is really bad, on two levels. Holding people accountable for their past is O.K., but imposing a standard of purity, in which any compromise or misstep makes you the moral equivalent of the bad guys, isn’t. Abraham Lincoln didn’t meet that standard; neither did F.D.R. Nor, for that matter, has Bernie Sanders (think guns).
    And the timing of the Sanders rant was truly astonishing. Given her large lead in delegates — based largely on the support of African-American voters, who respond to her pragmatism because history tells them to distrust extravagant promises — Mrs. Clinton is the strong favorite for the Democratic nomination.
    Is Mr. Sanders positioning himself to join the “Bernie or bust” crowd, walking away if he can’t pull off an extraordinary upset, and possibly helping put Donald Trump or Ted Cruz in the White House? If not, what does he think he’s doing?

  9. Thanks America


    My thoughts exactly. I think it’s Weaver his campaign manager. After listening to the guy multiple times it screams he’s the culprit.. The piece in the Washington Post several weeks ago and one of the reasons from insiders blamed his loses to Hillary in the Southern states on the fact he didn’t go negative..

  10. A likely suspect Tony. Bernie was so worked up about it I somebody had to have told him she said he wasn’t qualified, because we know she didn’t exactly say that.

  11. Here’s an example of a crazy Bernie supporter, H. A. Goodman, writer.. The stuff he writes is from outer space, lol

  12. Poobah, We sorta share an anniversary.  Mrs. P & I first got together in early April 23 years ago, although we didn’t get married until LP was about to pop onto the scene 3 1/2 years later (I had to make her an honest woman after our 3 years of living in sin became undeniable).  I believe we told you that we came to your wedding after celebrating our 20 year “anniversary” by returning to Baltimore for a short celebration of our own – the scene of the crime. So happy anniversary to us…..

  13. Of course the Bernie Sanders rehabilitation continued this morning.  On Morning Joe, Mika gave him a make up test on the Editorial Board questions.  Easy peasy once you’ve had time to learn the answers.  Then of course he said, “but I haven’t mentioned the emails or the foundation” … which of course he just did.




  14. Congrats, you two, on 28 lovely years and especially on your government recognized and sanctioned anniversary!

    Now Craig, this is how to deal with pigeons and other unwanted critters. Simply leave them a polite handwritten note such as,

    Dear Pigeons,

    You are lovely creatures, but please don’t roost on our porch.

    Thank you,
    Flatus and KumCho Ohlfahrt


  15. cruzin’ cnn

    Ted Cruz said Thursday he will not apologize to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for accusing him of lying last year, despite suggestions from Senate colleagues it would help them unite behind his campaign.
    “That ain’t gonna happen,” Cruz told CNN’s Dana Bash in an interview that aired on “Erin Burnett OutFront.” “And if the Washington lobbyists want to see that happen, they can hold their breath a long, long time. My focus is on the American people and uniting Republicans behind shared values and a shared vision.”

    and speaking of myrtle, myrtle speaks:

    “Barack Obama calling this judge a moderate doesn’t make him a moderate,” McConnell said on “Fox News Sunday.” He went on to suggest that the Senate would refuse to confirm Garland because of objections to the nominee’s view of the 2nd Amendment.

    “I can’t imagine that a Republican majority in the United States Senate would want to confirm in a  lame-duck session a nominee opposed by the National Rifle Assn.” (McConnell also cited the opposition of the National Federation of Independent Business.)

  16. “…how to deal with pigeons and other unwanted critters. Simply leave them a polite handwritten note…”

    flatus, excellent suggestion but I would add “on lovely stationary long enough to cover the window sill, changing it daily”

  17. more on mitch the mighty by daily kos

    It’s Thursday, April 7, and day 54 since Mitch McConnell laid down his Supreme Court blockade: no meetings, no hearings, no votes. There have actually been a few meetings between Republican senators and President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, so the blockade has been slightly breached, but the majority of Republicans are still firmly determined to not do their job.

    So what are they spending their time on besides not filling a critical vacancy on the nation’s highest court? Once again they’re voting today. They’re working the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization, and today it’s amendments, including one that most people probably would have really appreciated. So of course, it failed.


    Mitch McConnell’s Senate, ensuring that you’ll be as uncomfortable on all your future flights as possible. And that your Supreme Court remains broken.


  18. I know this is totally out of character, but I think it is time for Obama to lay a little working class ethics on Mitch. Something that will resonate at all levels.

    “Mitch, We aren’t asking you to do this in the middle of election season It is 3 months  until the conventions start. If you can’t get this done in 3 months maybe it is time for you to resign and get somebody competent  to take over.  The American people are paying you good money ,  It is time for you to get off your butt and do your job. ”


    Barack H Obama”



  19. not just mitch. how bout chuck too as slate points out
    Chuck Grassley’s Supreme Court Coup
    The Senate judiciary chairman just took a torch to the high court for the sake of partisanship. 
    On Tuesday, Grassley gave a speech that went after the Supreme Court as a purely political institution, pantsing the entire high court, and Chief Justice John Roberts by name, on the floor of the United States Senate. In so doing, he not only damaged the Senate’s relationship with the court in a way he may not be able to repair, but also exposed his own hypocrisy as chairman of a judiciary committee tasked with ensuring that the court can function.

    Grassley went after Roberts specifically for having the temerity to give a speech before Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, where he noted that “the [nomination] process is not functioning very well” and that well-qualified nominees—including current Justices Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor—should have been confirmed along bipartisan lines.

    No way, said Grassley. If politics have overtaken the nomination process, it’s the court’s fault. “What’s troubling is that a large segment of the population views the justices as political,” Grassley said. And whose fault is that? “The justices themselves have gotten political,” he declared. “And because the justices’ decisions are often political and transgress their constitutional role the process becomes more political.” In fact, Grassley added, (apolitically) his own constituents believe that Roberts “is part of this problem.”

    “They believe that the number of his votes have reflected political considerations, not legal ones,” Grassley continued, adding with a flourish “so, physician, heal thyself.” To add a little mob flair, he then warned the chief not to insert himself into Garland’s nomination fight.

  20. Thank you everyone for your kind notes! Pogo, I hereby absolve you of your sins/time living together outside the holiness of matrimony…

  21. Pat


    Love it, chuckie has got his tail caught in a crack  and it is painful. couldn’t happen to a better guy.

    I think maybe the Democratic machine needs to start making Chuckie caracature of a politician.




  22. Thanks America

    BW, I think Weaver is a scum.  Even the guys at Pawn Stars wouldn’t take advantage of someone like that.  I’ve seen them tell a guy that his asking price for a collectible coin was way too low and they offered him a fair deal – and they are in the fricking pawn industry.  Besides, he comes across as an A-1 ASSOL (thanks to Koch and Scalia for the acronym) whenever he’s on tv.

  23. I think one of the reasons Bernie is having problems right now is NY city, financial services are the local industry  It is like going to Kansas and talking about wheat farming. You better know what you are talking about. He is stumbling badly.



  24. BTW, BiD,

    Jamie and xrep gave good answers to the “why would Republican women vote for HRC?”

    Let me add a few things.

    First she is not batshit crazy, neither left nor right.

    As Bernie has repeatedly pointed out, she is not a socialist

    and she has nothing to do with   all the unpleasantness at Trump rallies.

    Her strong issues are hearth and home which resonate well with center right Republican women.

    They will put up with her leftward tendencies  because she is the only sane alternative.



  25. Bernie’s claim that Clinton called him unqualified got 3 Pinocchios from WaPo’s Fact Checker.

    In this case, however, the Post headline did not quote Clinton as saying Sanders was unqualified, and neither did the article. 

    Sanders is putting words in Clinton’s mouth. She never said “quote unquote” that he was not qualified to be president. In fact, she diplomatically went out of her way to avoid saying that, without at the same time saying he was qualified. The Washington Post article appropriately noted that she raised questions about his qualifications, but certainly never said or suggested she said Sanders was unqualified.

    By the way, I don’t blame Bernie – I blame his staff.  Jeff Weaver is a curious choice for campaign manager – a Georgetown Law grad running a comic book store.  It boggles the mind.

    And Jonathan Capehart has a good piece on the mess Bernie’s (probably his campaign staff) has made for himself and the party.

    At every opportunity, Clinton has praised the senator, his passion and his supporters. “I don’t know why he’s saying that,” Clinton said outside Yankee Stadium before hopping the subway in the Bronx on Thursday, “but I will take Bernie Sanders over Donald Trump or Ted Cruz anytime.” She knows that she needs him and his supporters’ votes if she’s the nominee. Thanks to his Trump-like overreaction, Sanders now cannot say the same.


  26. Patd, Jack, don’t think for a minute that ‘assley gives a crap that he’s using circular logic or that he’s taking aim at who is now the RW leader of the Court.

  27. Now comes the possibility that Sanders invited himself:

    Monumental Discourtesy

    “Sanders made the first move, for the obvious reasons,” Margaret Archer, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, which is hosting the conference Sanders will attend, said in a telephone interview. “I think in a sense he may be going for the Catholic vote but this is not the Catholic vote and he should remember that and act accordingly — not that he will.”

  28. Bernie will be headed to the Vatican to discuss economic injustice. No, it’s not a “St. Bernie” thing, as some might sarcastically suggest. But if he now has enough mojo (or whatever) that folks are paying attention, I think it’s a good thing for the message.

  29. I had to drive around mamma and papa duck this morning. They must be nesting in the groundcover outside of the brick wall.   It was still dark outside and neither of them seem to be afraid of cars.

    Craig – Are you running off the turtle doves, too, this year?
    Maybe Jamie will let you borrow an owl.

  30. Yes blue, a sad consequence of driving out the pigeons is that the same techniques keep the dove away, which I’m sorry about. But I’m sick of pigeon crap everywhere, which we had cleaned up by professionals, and not letting it happen again.

  31. Two anniversaries -oh boy!

    Leather (3) and orchids(28)   Boy Howdy!

    The guilty party in the qualifications kerfuffle is a headline writer for the Washington Post

  32. Craig…  you might want to google “getting rid of pigeons”.  Getting rid of any kind of bird (without shooting them) can be frustrating as hell.   Good luck.

    Pogo…  congrats to you and Mrs. P too.

  33. “The guilty party in the qualifications kerfuffle is a headline writer for the Washington Post”

    kgc,  according to the fact checker link pogo posted above at 11:49 the Post headline did not quote Clinton as saying Sanders was unqualified, and neither did the article. 

    actually the headline was: “Clinton questions whether Sanders is qualified to be president.”  that wasn’t quite right either as she has only questioned and put down his (and his supporters) research and preparation at various times. but since one of her less than astute staff did spout such snide sentiments it’s all  kinda splitting hairs about laying the stupid stamp on the headline writer.

    imo, bern’s staff are the perps for stoking his fire and pushing him to act out of character, damaging the very thing that made him a strong opponent. as krugman  noted Bernie the candidate himself seemed to stay above the fray during most of the campaign but now what an ugly way to end a campaign that was supposed to be positive and idealistic.

  34. bid, bill maher  seems to agree with you about why some of the folks will vote for drumpf.  this from a phoenix new times piece yesterday titled Bill Maher: United States Just a Terrorist Attack Away from President Trump

    No, I don’t agree with Trump, but, what I keep saying is, if there is another attack, especially, and maybe even without it, and the American people have to choose between that and a party that won’t even say the term “Islamic terrorism,” yeah, I could see them voting for Trump. Which is a horrible thought for everybody, worst of all, for Muslims. 

  35. Jamie, more on the saintly mtg with pope francis from  cs monitor

    The Rev. Thomas Reese, an analyst with the National Catholic Reporter, said that while it was unusual for a US presidential candidate to be called away from campaigning to attend the conference, the invitation should not be seen as an endorsement from the pope.  

    “Certainly the last thing Pope Francis wants to do is get involved in American presidential politics. He’s made clear that he doesn’t even want to interfere in Italian politics,” Father Reese told AP.

  36. reuters oliphant & cassella  With Catholic votes in play, Sanders plans Vatican visit

    His scheduled April 15 visit to Vatican City, where he will give an economic address at a conference, will come just days before Democrats in New York vote in their state primary.

    The following week will bring contests in Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island, all states with large populations of Catholic voters.

    step away folks, nothing to see, no pandering here… 🙂

  37. don’t tell me he ain’t running….  he’s lacing up the shoes right now, doing stretches and making ads

    us news and world report
    Is This a ‘Paul Ryan for President’ Ad?
    The House speaker says he doesn’t want to be the GOP nominee, but he sounds like one in a new video.

  38. Congratulations!  Few can stand a week, but for 28 years, you two have something good.

    True story:

    In basic training I was in a new barracks.  There were many pigeons living in the nooks and crannies of the place.  And they roosted over us.  We often wore the badge of being bombed by a pigeon.  This went on week after week after week.  During one inspection the brass were bombed.  Shortly after that we went on a long march.  When we returned there were no more pigeons.  The next day we had all the squab we wanted for dinner. We really enjoyed the dinner.

  39. pogo & jack, you’ll enjoy this

    new yorker’s Jeffrey toobin: The Supreme Court Extremism of Clarence Thomas and Chuck Grassley

    There’s been so much dramatic news about the Supreme Court in recent days that it’s easy to miss some of it. Indeed, the action has been so intense that there are signs that some of the protagonists may be becoming almost unhinged.

  40. I am gradually winning this war. Kicked the s*** out of one pigeon with my house shoe today and injured another with my broom. They  are getting the message. Ten ppunds of cayenne pepper in their former nests also getting the job done.

  41. Pandering to economically marginalized people.  Shameful.

    I’ll bet Hillary’s troops are wishing they had pushed a different date for the debate.

    Still, if Clintonistas are sure that HRC will be the nominee, why begrudge the guy the chance to speak about something so important now that MAYBE some with power will listen?

  42. Blue, sorry, but no sympathy for these nasty pests. Would shoot the bastards if DC allowed it. Cost us $1,000 to clean up their toxic crap and I refuse to let them start all over again.

  43. Craig,

    We have a serious problem with pigeons. Like you we had to have our roof cleaned by professionals.

    My pigeon abatement program (PAP) now consists entirely of a single shot .410.

    Got Squab?

  44. Jamie, the tweeter above never mentioned  Margaret Archer, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, which is hosting the conference Sanders will attend who seemed to be incensed about Bernie doing this to get catholic votes nor her superior (boss? whatever) who disagreed with her.  so sounds like someone’s pulling someone’s chain… including Bernie’s…. his staff are whip-sawing him at a very vulnerable time.  poor man is going to really explode when the story lines start up (and they will with vigor)  about abandoning and dissing ny right before the primary….hurt feelings, high dudgeon rampant.

  45. So Mrs. P and I are having dinner with LP and he’s talking politics. He said his buddy from HS who he describes as the smartest 19 year old he ever met said Bernie is like the 6th grade kid running for class president on an all recess platform. From the mouth of babes…

    Hillary Clinton: Republican “Fantasy” For Me To Be Handcuffed, “Not Even The Remotest Chance That Is Going To Happen”
    Ian Schwartz Video

    Oh my, this is just to good!


  47. Stuff 4 or 6 pigeons in your Romerkopf. Marvelous.

    Happy Anniversary from Sweetie and me.

  48. ryan has been practicing in front of the mirrors. I hope he’s still avoiding practicing his sums. 

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