For those who've somehow missed it - Family's lockdown adaptation of Les Misérables song goes viral - SO AWESOME! Gotta share.

I'm a fan - so needless to say this family from the UK (Kent) who spent some of their quarantined time making a fun rendition of the song  ---- OMGosh it's just awesome. Yay to them for such creativity!

Family's lockdown adaptation of 

Les Misérables song

Some love it, some hated it; but I am one of those who loved the 2012 version!  I cannot watch Anne Hathaway's rendition of I Dreamed a Dream without crying.  I loved this version (but then again, I love pretty much all versions!  Even high school drama versions....  but this one, oh this one... it makes me sob into multiple tissues.

Les Miserables (2012)

 The recordings... these songs will forever have a place in my heart.

  Les Misérables (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

The book.
Where it all begins and it comes alive in your own imagination!



British boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders is a punk-ass dick.

What a punk-ass dick!!!!

British boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders was indefinitely suspended Monday after a video appeared to show him giving instructions on how to deal with women during the lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak.

“If your old woman is giving you mouth and you try to be patient, you try to be calm, cool, but after the sixth day you're just about to explode," Saunders said, later showing how the viewers should hit women.

He then proceeded to throw a wicked right hand at the punching bag.



Puzzles During the CoronaVirus "Stay-In" - beer puzzles, candy puzzles and more

Starry Night Over The Rhone, Van Gogh
There are so many things I unknowingly did to prepare for this 'stay in' and I didn't even know it.  Well... some things I knew what I preparing for because I've talked about emergency 'prepping' for the past 8 years (off and on - never preaching, just prodding you all to do it) but things like this were happy accidents.

Right after Christmas I was running errands with one of my daughter's and we stopped to glance at the clearance/sale items at TJ Maxx.  I spied a 'beer' themed puzzle, and because brewing craft beers is something Mr. Coffee does once in a while and he has a 'beer' themed run on gifts from all of us, it caught my eye.  But it was still a little pricey ($12.99)  and I hesitated.  Because yes, I'm cheap like that.  I won 't even spend $2.99 without completely overthinking it.

Craft Beer Colorluxe 1000 Piece Puzzle
But in the end I did buy the puzzle because I decided a new 1000 piece puzzle would be great to bring to the beach with us later this summer.  It's one of those things a lot of people say "oh, I don't really like puzzles" but when a large puzzle is out on the table, I notice almost anyone and everyone (from ages 3 up to 92) will stop, and start placing pieces.  It's a gathering spot and at any given time, you'll find at least one if not 6 people sitting or standing around trying to put the puzzle together.

So I bought it.  Tossed it on the 'game shelf' in the family room and there it has sat, waiting for our vacation planned in July.

But... Coronavirus, y'all!  Self-distancing.  Staying home.  All those things.


I have a brand spanking new 1000 piece puzzle to set out on the formal dining room table today.  Bit by bit, piece by piece, sucking you in.

The only regret I have now is that I didn't buy the second 'candy' themed puzzle that was next to it in the store.

Or that I didn't also get a larger 2000+ or more puzzle.  Now that could be a good Coronavirus 'staying home' puzzle to get.

Products related to this post that you might be interested in, available through Amazon, who I believe is still taking orders and delivering during this pandemic;

White Mountain Puzzles Candy Wrappers - 1000 Piece Collage Jigsaw Puzzle

Guinness Official Wooden Barrel Puzzle Game with A Harp Design

Ceaco Disney Villains Jigsaw Puzzle, 2000 Pieces

Craft Beer Bottle Collection 300 Piece Colorluxe Premium Puzzle



When assholes drive 1300 hundred miles in 2 states with U-haul to buy up ALL the products you are now looking for......

He Has 17,700 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer and Nowhere to Sell Them

Jack Nicas
The New York Times
March 14, 2020, 11:21 AM CDT

On March 1, the day after the first coronavirus death in the United States, brothers Matt and Noah Colvin set out in a silver SUV to pick up some hand sanitizer. Driving around Chattanooga, Tennessee, they hit a Dollar Tree, then a Walmart, a Staples and a Home Depot. At each store, they cleaned out the shelves.

Over the next three days, Noah Colvin took a 1,300-mile road trip across Tennessee and into Kentucky, filling a U-Haul truck with thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer and thousands of packs of antibacterial wipes, mostly from “little hole-in-the-wall dollar stores in the backwoods,” his brother said. “The major metro areas were cleaned out.”

 They drove 1300 miles basically stealing all this from people who
would be NEEDING it.  Buying it for a buck... and guess what he was
doing with it?  You got it.  Read on.......

Matt Colvin stayed home near Chattanooga, preparing for pallets of even more wipes and sanitizer he had ordered, and starting to list them on Amazon. Colvin said he had posted 300 bottles of hand sanitizer and immediately sold them all for between $8 and $70 each, multiples higher than what he had bought them for. To him, “it was crazy money.” To many others, it was profiteering from a pandemic.

Up to $70 for one bottle.
People desperate for these because... assholes like him

The next day, Amazon pulled his items and thousands of other listings for sanitizer, wipes and face masks. The company suspended some of the sellers behind the listings and warned many others that if they kept running up prices, they’d lose their accounts. EBay soon followed with even stricter measures, prohibiting any U.S. sales of masks or sanitizer.

Now, while millions of people search in vain for hand sanitizer to protect themselves from the spread of the coronavirus, Colvin is sitting on 17,700 bottles of the stuff with little idea where to sell them.

“It’s been a huge amount of whiplash,” he said. “From being in a situation where what I’ve got coming and going could potentially put my family in a really good place financially to ‘What the heck am I going to do with all of this?’”


Colvin is one of probably thousands of sellers who have amassed stockpiles of hand sanitizer and crucial respirator masks that many hospitals are now rationing, according to interviews with eight Amazon sellers and posts in private Facebook and Telegram groups from dozens more. Amazon said it had recently removed hundreds of thousands of listings and suspended thousands of sellers’ accounts for price gouging related to the coronavirus.

Amazon, eBay, Walmart and other online-commerce platforms are trying to stop their sellers from making excessive profits from a public health crisis. While the companies aimed to discourage people from hoarding such products and jacking up their prices, many sellers had already cleared out their local stores and started selling the goods online.

Now both the physical and digital shelves are nearly empty.

Mikeala Kozlowski, a nurse in Dudley, Massachusetts, has been searching for hand sanitizer since before she gave birth to her first child, Nora, on March 5. When she searched stores, which were sold out, she skipped getting gas to avoid handling the pump. And when she checked Amazon, she couldn’t find it for less than $50.

“You’re being selfish, hoarding resources for your own personal gain,” she said of the sellers.

Now, I'm all for free enterprise but when you price gouge
by buying up EVERYTHING WITHIN 1300 MILES of you
and filling a fucking U-haul with it, and then
reselling it for up to $70 a bottle when you paid a buck and it's a
national health crisis... fuck you man. That's not free enterprise.
That's just being an asshole.

“Price gouging is a clear violation of our policies, unethical, and in some areas, illegal,” Amazon said in a statement. “In addition to terminating these third party accounts, we welcome the opportunity to work directly with states attorneys general to prosecute bad actors.”

Colvin, 36, a former Air Force technical sergeant, said he started selling on Amazon in 2015, developing it into a six-figure career by selling Nike shoes and pet toys, and by following trends.

In early February, as headlines announced the coronavirus’ spread in China, Colvin spotted a chance to capitalize. A nearby liquidation firm was selling 2,000 “pandemic packs,” leftovers from a defunct company. Each came with 50 face masks, four small bottles of hand sanitizer and a thermometer. The price was $5 a pack. Colvin haggled it to $3.50 and bought them all.

He quickly sold all 2,000 of the 50-packs of masks on eBay, pricing them from $40 to $50 each, and sometimes higher. He declined to disclose his profit on the record but said it was substantial.

This jerk-off made enough money from basically stealing
from those who need it most.  I watched pregnant women, new parents and the
elderly trying desperately to find hand soap and hand sanitizer last week.
This asshole as made "six figures" even BEFORE he bought up all the sanitizers and such.

The success stoked his appetite. When he saw the panicked public starting to pounce on sanitizer and wipes, he and his brother set out to stock up.

Elsewhere, other Amazon sellers were doing the same.

Chris Anderson, an Amazon seller in central Pennsylvania, said he and a friend had driven around Ohio, buying about 10,000 masks from stores. He used coupons to buy packs of 10 for around $15 each and resold them for $40 to $50. After Amazon’s cut and other costs, he estimates, he made a $25,000 profit.

Anderson is now holding 500 packs of antibacterial wipes after Amazon blocked him from selling them for $19 each, up from $16 weeks earlier. He bought the packs for $3 each.

Eric, a truck driver from Ohio who spoke on condition that his surname not be published because he feared Amazon would retaliate, said he had also collected about 10,000 masks at stores. He bought each 10-pack for about $20 and sold most for roughly $80 each, although some he priced at $125.

“Even at $125 a box, they were selling almost instantly,” he said. “It was mind-blowing as far as what you could charge.”

He estimates he made $35,000 to $40,000 in profit.

Every one of them.
Again... DONATE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now he has 1,000 more masks on order, but he’s not sure what to do with them. He said Amazon had been vague about what constituted price gouging, scaring away sellers who don’t want to risk losing their ability to sell on its site.

To regulators and many others, the sellers are sitting on a stockpile of medical supplies during a pandemic. The attorney general’s offices in California, Washington and New York are all investigating price gouging related to the coronavirus. California’s price-gouging law bars sellers from increasing prices by more than 10 percent after officials declare an emergency. New York’s law prohibits sellers from charging an “unconscionably excessive price” during emergencies.

An official at the Washington attorney general’s office said the agency believed it could apply the state’s consumer-protection law to sue platforms or sellers, even if they aren’t in Washington, as long as they were trying to sell to Washington residents.

Colvin does not believe he was price gouging. While he charged $20 on Amazon for two bottles of Purell that retail for $1 each, he said people forget that his price includes his labor, Amazon’s fees and about $10 in shipping. (Alcohol-based sanitizer is pricey to ship because officials consider it a hazardous material.)

Cry me a river, you asshole.

Current price-gouging laws “are not built for today’s day and age,” Colvin said. “They’re built for Billy Bob’s gas station doubling the amount he charges for gas during a hurricane.”

He added, “Just because it cost me $2 in the store doesn’t mean it’s not going to cost me $16 to get it to your door.”

But what about the morality of hoarding products that can prevent the spread of the virus, just to turn a profit?

Colvin said he was simply fixing “inefficiencies in the marketplace.” Some areas of the country need these products more than others, and he’s helping send the supply toward the demand.

“There’s a crushing overwhelming demand in certain cities right now,” he said. “The Dollar General in the middle of nowhere outside of Lexington, Kentucky, doesn’t have that.”

He thought about it more.

“I honestly feel like it’s a public service,” he added. “I’m being paid for my public service.”


As for his stockpile, Colvin said he would now probably try to sell it locally.

“If I can make a slight profit, that’s fine,” he said. “But I’m not looking to be in a situation where I make the front page of the news for being that guy who hoarded 20,000 bottles of sanitizer that I’m selling for 20 times what they cost me.”

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


I could never, ever inflict pain on someone - especially a child. To picture causing intense, horrific pain of stabbing or using scissors or needles to inflict pain on a baby is just so against every part of me as a human, as a woman, as a mother.

When do we humans start to feel pain?
The thought of babies feeling the pain of abortion in utero is one that bothers me more than I can put into words. 
It's just another part of the abortion issue, but I feel like it's almost a separate issue of its own.

I could never, ever inflict pain on someone - especially a child.  To picture causing intense, horrific pain of stabbing or using scissors or needles to inflict pain on a baby is just so against every part of me as a human, as a woman, as a mother.  And as a mother who has given birth to little ones, I can tell you I was always aware of protecting my stomach from bumps and kicks and jars because the babies didn't like it!  I literally CRIED when I was about 36 weeks pregnant and I was quickly getting into our mini-van in the parking lot of Toys R Us because it had started to pour down rain in buckets.  I got in so quickly that my stomach hit the steering wheel lock I had in place (remember those? The long, heavy metal bars that you put on your steering wheel so your car couldn't be stolen as it couldn't be driven with it in place?). It hit my stomach, and the baby and she shoved so hard that I was terrified she was harmed.  I had a scrape, bruise and even dots of blood on my stomach from where the lock gouged me.  She tried desperately to get away from that spot where she had been 'hit' and completely turned to position herself in a safer area the best she could.

I still feel bad about that and that 'baby' is now 24 years old!  Ha ha.  She and I JUST talked about this (again) about two weeks ago.  But that tells you just how much inflicting pain on babies bothers me on a very deep level.

Science is showing us babies feel pain - even before they are born.  This is not pro-life or pro-choice, it's the fact that babies in utero have been seen reacting to pain - and this well known so that if a little one has to have surgery in utero, the surgeons use anesthesia.  


March 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The question of fetal pain was first raised decades ago. During certain in utero surgeries, unborn children have been seen flinching, grimacing, and moving away from pain. Because of this observation, it has become normal to use anesthesia during these in utero surgeries.

A common debate centers on when exactly an unborn baby begins to feel pain. Abortions, which physically tear a baby apart, can be performed up until birth in every U.S. state and in some other countries, but some states restrict abortions in certain circumstances after 24 weeks since “the baby can feel pain,” according to previous standard thought. But a brand-new study now shows that it is possible for a fetus to feel pain as early as 12 or 13 weeks gestation, which calls into question the accepted thoughts and practices on the matter in the medical field and in society at large.

In today’s episode of The Van Maren Show, Jonathon van Maren speaks with John Bockmann, one of the authors of a new study who discovered that a fetus can feel pain much earlier than people think. This is a must-watch episode for any pro-life activist.

Watch the full interview: 


Rambling Over Coffee: How quickly people forget. Remember when Obama handed out positions to his buddies and donors like they were candy?

So many young {cough cough} journalists today were children and teens and not paying a bit of attention to politics at the time and seem to be completely clueless about more than a few things they should be aware of before shouting their own versions of news from the rooftops. 

And for many others?  How quickly some forget....  
Just sayin'.....


US diplomats cry foul as Obama donors take over top embassy jobs

Former ambassador likens practice to 'selling of public office' as figures show average amount of cash raised is $1.8m per post


Obama rewards big bundlers with jobs, commissions, stimulus money, government contracts, and more


White House Opens Door to Big Donors, and Lobbyists Slip In

Most donors, including Dr. Mohlenbrock and Mr. Kiani, declined to talk about their motivations for giving. But Patrick J. Kennedy, the former representative from Rhode Island, who donated $35,800 to an Obama re-election fund last fall while seeking administration support for a nonprofit venture, said contributions were simply a part of “how this business works.”

“If you want to call it ‘quid pro quo,’ fine,” he said. “At the end of the day, I want to make sure I do my part.”

From the News: Chilean crooks using visa waiver program to enter US, rob homes

In case you missed this one....

".... all five of these individuals entered through the southwest border, they came up through California, they committed crimes in Beverly Hills in California and came out here to the New York area," Ryder told a news conference Friday, according to Long Island News 12.

ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) visas allow travel to the U.S for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days without having to obtain a U.S. visa.


They were identifed as William Jesus Medel-Perez, 23; Amaro Valentino Rosas Rosas, 23; Juan Antonio Hernadez Rosas, 25; Bayron Felipe Cruz Palta, 26; and Fabian Lopez Catalan, 20.

At their court arraignment Friday, a prosecutor said the suspects admitted to arresting officers that their handler recruited them to burglarize New York homes and that the risk of jail was low because of the state’s new bail reform law, Newsday reported.

The law does away with bail for non-violent crimes.

Despite the law, the five suspects were detained as flight risks, the paper reported.

Ryder said they were in possession of false identification documents from Argentina.

Nassau police said they have arrested three Chilean burglary teams since December.


From the News: Too Young To Make Such a Huge Decision

A 23-year-old woman, who transitioned to transgender as a teenager, is taking legal action against an English National Health Service gender clinic, saying she "should have been challenged more" by medical staff concerning her decision to have surgery.

Keira Bell was prescribed puberty blockers at the age of 16 after she sat through three one-hour-long consultations at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, the UK's only gender-identity development service.

Although Bell admitted that her desire to change her gender gradually built as she discovered more about transitioning online, she felt she was not given enough therapy before being prescribed puberty blockers.
"I should have been challenged on the proposals or the claims that I was making for myself," she said. "And I think that would have made a big difference as well. If I was just challenged on the things I was saying."
Although Bell has recently stopped taking cross-sex hormones, she is still angry about how the process unfolded.
"I was allowed to run with this idea that I had, almost like a fantasy, as a teenager... and it has affected me in the long run as an adult. I'm very young," she said. "I've only just stepped into adulthood and I have to deal with this kind of burden or radical difference - in comparison to others at least."
A judge has agreed to a full hearing of the case against the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.

Shout out and thanks to TimeStep today who sent me a heads up to check out John Mulaney this afternoon. 

I totally needed to just sit and watch comedy on Youtube today and I didn't even know it.


Polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that more than half of people who support Medicare for all don’t realize it would eliminate private insurance.

Polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that more than half of people who support Medicare for all don’t realize it would eliminate private insurance. 

In a January survey, 59% of respondents who support Medicare for all said, incorrectly, that people with insurance through an employer would be able to keep it. That’s much larger than the 34% who said correctly there’d be no employer-provided insurance under Medicare for all.

By definition, Medicare for all would cover everybody, leaving no role for private insurers. Sanders wants a government plan to eliminate the profit motive in the private health insurance industry, so that the largest possible portion of funding goes toward care for patients rather than executive bonuses, stock buybacks, lobbying and frills. The whole point is to centralize health care under a single public agency and send private insurers packing.

Medicare for all immediately becomes less popular once people realize it would eliminate private insurance. 

Overall support for Medicare for all drops from 51% to 37% when pollsters tell respondents it would eliminate private insurance, while opposition jumps from 44% to 58%. The bottom line is that voters have a poor understanding of Medicare for all, and those who understand it best don’t like it.

For all the complaining about insurers and medical costs, most of the 150 million Americans who get coverage through an employer like what they have. 

 In a 2019 Kaiser survey, 68% of people with such coverage rated it as excellent or good. Overall, 72% said they’re “grateful” for such coverage. Those are the folks who worry that losing private insurance could lead to lower-quality care and longer wait times, even if the government covered everything.


A neat read: The Arctic honeymoon that led to an unexpected reunion

If you've got a hot cup of coffee and some free time and you want something kind of cool to read... this is it.   :)


The Arctic honeymoon that led to an unexpected reunion

A remote Arctic island makes an unusual honeymoon destination. But for one couple it was perfect, and led to a touching reunion with a long-lost childhood friend...