Open Thread

For some reason today, I have just been exhausted all day. I slept well last night, woke up at around 6:30, and have just been dragging all day. You know the kind of day- every little task is an ordeal, and all you can think about is a nap. Just no energy whatsoever. Blerg. At any rate, it has been a few days, so, kitties:

I’m going to go make like Noah in the second picture there. Claim your pets, and I’ll be back later.






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    JGabriel says:

    John Cole @ Top:

    For some reason today, I have just been exhausted all day.

    Me too, today and yesterday. Maybe there’s a mild flu or cold going around. Or maybe something in the weather in the NE or Mid-Atlantic.

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    Incertus says:

    Now there’s an active duty officer in Iraq bleating about his "constitutional duty" to challenge President Obama’s citizenship. They’re like zombies, only shotgun blasts to the head won’t stop them.

    On the subject of tired–I got three hours of sleep last night because I was grading papers, but if I go to sleep now, I’ll wake up at ten and won’t be able to fall asleep again, so I’m stuck on miserable for the next few hours.

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    passerby says:

    I would like to report that I received my cat Furminator in the mail yesterday. Thanks for the tip John and to all others who testified to the wonders of this marvelous tool. Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.

    BTW, just finished watching the last episode of The Wire via netflix today. It’s a certifiable Masterpiece and I’m astounded that it did not win any Emmys during its run. My favorite characters were Bubbles and Omar and was pulling for them to make it thru to the last episode.

    Actually, I loved all teh characters and I didn’t want the story to end. The scariest one was that girl "Snoop". Damn she was cold.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    Now there’s an active duty officer in Iraq bleating about his "constitutional duty" to challenge President Obama’s citizenship.

    Insubordination and dishonorable discharge if he keeps that shit up. It’s a shame they don’t do firing squads anymore.

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    ImJohnGalt says:

    Speaking of advice proferred on this website.

    I was told by my doctor today to buy a device to flush my sinuses, to clean them out for good to stop this post-nasal drip and the flu-like symptoms that have resulted.

    I said "you mean like a neti pot"?

    She was blown away that I had ever heard of one.

    Thanks, balloon juice! Going to try it for the first time tonight.

    Now, to find that thread.

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    Zifnab says:

    @The Moar You Know: IOKIYAR.

    I can’t wait to hear about all the first amendment rights this guy has.

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    Paddy says:

    Dammit, now I get to be annoying. Really, it’s just too perfect. Yell at me after you watch it- Political Carnival Exclusive VIDEO: Sarah Palin filmmaker John Ziegler on dating show

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    J. says:

    Yet more proof that a little pussy can make one happy.

    And speaking of things we can learn from our animal friends

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    Incertus says:

    @The Moar You Know: Not having been in the military, I wasn’t sure about that, which is why I didn’t say that in my post, but I thought that was the case. I wonder how his "constitutional duty" defense will hold up?

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    JGabriel says:

    From the PJTV ads in the left-hand sidebar:

    America is on the brink of another revolution and protests about our government’s financial decisions have already begun.

    Jeepers. We’re only a month and 4 days into Obama’s first term. What are these guys gonna be like in two years?

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    Indylib says:

    Hilda Solis is finally confirmed. Yea!

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    valdivia says:

    @Paddy:

    I said this in the previous thread-that video is too funny. Ziegler is such a jerk. Pure gold. I am sure he was all starbursts for Palin.

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    Glyph_2112 says:

    Remember how the right wing was up in arms a decade or so ago about music, TV violence and how it affected our youth? I was watching 24 last night and a thought occurred to me. Maybe when it flashes it’s TV MA warning about violence and such, it should also have a rating like NoNeo-18. Like since older NeoCons can’t tell the difference between a fictional tv show and actual torture, they are just not responsible enough to watch the show.

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    colleeniem says:

    Paddy–
    Hilarious! Not surprising though. Thanks for sharing.

    That officer guy burns me up. I can’t think of what article to report him for in the UCMJ. There’s the always helpful "general" one that could fit the bill.

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    Incertus says:

    @JGabriel: Hopefully? Out of business.

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    Ash Can says:

    @Paddy: Listen, all, Paddy reposted this for a reason. It’s just that damned good. Highly recommended, especially to my fellow females. (OK, so that wasn’t the most graceful phrase I’ve ever turned…)

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    Paddy says:

    Thanks for the support, I was all hap slappy that John had an open thread, then the bastahd had to go and post another one. The video really needs to get around.

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    Laura W says:

    @Ash Can:

    Highly recommended, especially to my fellow females

    But don’t watch it over your dinner, fellow females, ‘cuz it’ll put you right offa your foods!

    Gosh, I’m flooded with commentary on so many aspects of that interaction. I’ll simply say that the woman was far too classy for him, obviously, as evidenced by her summation: "He was being a jerk", as if his jerkiness on that one date was temporary or some sort of anomaly and not a permanent character "feature". Wow. Just wow.

    Laura (A manageable degree of irrationality) W.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Jeepers. We’re only a month and 4 days into Obama’s first term. What are these guys gonna be like in two years?

    Ideally dead and rotting in their common grave for the last 18 months.

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    Laura W says:

    @Paddy:

    The video really needs to get around.

    Somehow I don’t think that’s going to be hard to accomplish.
    You’ve done your part!

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    John Cole says:

    I have no intention of front posting that video. I don’t like that it is even in the comments, but such it is with comments. I generally don’t touch comments unless there is racist or other similar crap.

    At any rate, I see no reason to post that other than mean-spiritedness. The guy is so stupid on so many issues, why stoop to attacks on his dating life? Just seems petty and seems to queer the debate.

    Maybe that is just me…

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    themis says:

    @Laura W:

    But don’t watch it over your dinner, fellow females, ‘cuz it’ll put you right offa your foods!

    You couldn’t have told me that before I watched it? Now I may never date nor eat again.

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    South of I-10 says:

    Hey y’all Happy Mardi Gras! Absolutely beautiful weather here, 70 degrees and sunny all day. Caught lots of beads. I was hoping for my Mardi Gras doggy pic I sent in. All my people just left and I am going to have to hibernate for about a month. I love having everyone over, but I am happy when Mardi Gras is over too. What a great day it has been.

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    Krista says:

    For some reason today, I have just been exhausted all day. I slept well last night, woke up at around 6:30, and have just been dragging all day.

    At least you’ve been sleeping well at night. I’m a lifelong back sleeper, and have since been told that in order to avoid reducing oxygen flow to Spawn of Krista, I have to become a side sleeper. So I’ve been sleeping more lightly than a caffeinated cat, terrified that if I fall into deep sleep, I’ll roll over onto my back out of habit and wind up depriving the kid of oxygen, resulting in a child with the mental acuity of Joe Scarborough.

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    Andre says:

    Here’s a nice story about a woman who lost her legs, so asked Weta Workshop to turn her into a mermaid. They obliged.

    (I particularly like this story because Richard Taylor, the main WW director mentioned, is a friend of the family and a fantastic guy, but that’s just a personal gloat.)

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    AhabTRuler says:

    @passerby: I got mine today. Momo has taken some convincing, but we have manged to get about a third of a cat out of her.

    Unfortunately, the air cleaner we purchased was crappy out of the box and has to be replaced. Shoddy construction, but it was "Made in the USA!"

    Edit: I would crack on the John-Coles-of-the-Left for his recommendation, but its not really his fault. When I was trying to fix the damn thing, I was wondering if the shoddiness was due to its Chinese-ness or American-ness and debating checking to see which it was. Then I realized that it doesn’t matter anymore, everything is crap.

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    Blue Raven says:

    Thanks for the kitty pics, John. Friend of mine just had to put down one of hers today, and I loved that cat, too. Sweet little slightly broken in the head kitty that he was. I got to spend a lot of time petting him Sunday during the Oscars, as he decided my lap was where he needed to be for a long time. I suspected it was something of a goodbye, if I may be so bold as to anthropomorphize.

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    Morgan says:

    That sexy feline in the first picture is Leon, named after the Ladies’ Man, Leon Phelps. I think the picture says it all.

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    copithorne says:

    John, drink three quarts of water and your energy will return.

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    gbear says:

    @JGabriel:

    We’re only a month and 4 days into Obama’s first term. What are these guys gonna be like in two years?.

    Lonely

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    Ash Can says:

    @John Cole: I understand where you’re coming from, but I’d consider it off limits if someone had videotaped the date in secret. Then it would be a case of him being a jerk on his own time, which would be unfortunate for the poor girl stuck with him, but nobody else’s business, and a violation of his privacy on top of it. However, the guy pulled a Blagojevich and then some. He volunteered for the gig, he knew the cameras were rolling, and he still acted like a putz. Maybe if it hadn’t been such a fuck-you in the face, we mean girls wouldn’t bother pointing and laughing.

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    AnneLaurie says:

    For some reason today, I have just been exhausted all day.

    Allergies, dude. The recent ‘false spring’ allowed all the microscopic pollen-producers to fire up the allergen production, and the various heating systems shutting down/coming back on blew another metric tonne of crud into everyone’s sinuses. (Also, the Furminator is no doubt a boon over the long term, but you’ve spent the last few days carefully raking all the excess dander out of Tunch’s skin & into your face.) Use your neti-pot, and if you’ve never tried the Breath-Rite strips, this might be a good time to do so.

    Krista: Sew a tennis ball, or equivalent, onto the back of whatever you wear to bed. The lump will keep you from rolling over "unconsciously" and will, after a few late-night startles, help re-train your body to stay in the… fetal position.

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    tim says:

    Listen to your body John: take a NAP!

    I believe the world would be a much better place if everyone would take a ninety minute nap with their favorite blankie right after lunch.

    I forgot. Adult naps are not allowed in Type-A, go-getter, get ahead, blah blah blah America. And we see how well that has worked out…

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I go to school for two hours and you start terrorizing the commenters, John. Shame on you.

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