Open Thread: Mark of in the Beast

After Tunch’s Excellent Adventure (aka John Cole’s Very-Bad-No-Good-Terrible-Horrible Evening), possibly I was just primed to pick up this local news story…



It is, as they say, developing. But this much I know: All animal control officers and most veterinary facilities, here in Massachusetts, automatically scan “stray” animals for an RIFD chip. Even if the chip isn’t readable, or the registry’s address is out of date, an animal that has a chip is assumed to be (have been) somebody’s pet. In a high-turnover shelter, where unclaimed animals can be euthanized within as little as 24 hours, that may literally be a life-saver.

Here in the high-cost-of-living Boston area, vets charge $25 to $40 to inject the rice-grain-sized microchip between your pet’s shoulder and do the initial registration. Even for cats who never go outside, this seems like a reasonably affordable insurance policy.






67 replies
  1. 1
    JGabriel says:

    Question: Did Obama have his spokespeople state the obvious about Fox News — that it’s not a news organization — to distract at just the time Obama and Congress are getting down to serious business on health care reform?

    If so, all I can say is: pretty brilliant.

    .

  2. 2
    burnspbesq says:

    Can I just say, FTFY and the Phils can DIAF?

    Oh, and if there are any Maryland fans or alumni out there, get ready – you’re going to suffer the ultimate embarrassment on Saturday. Yes, you’re going to lose to Duke in football.

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    Brick Oven Bill says:

    Re: FRID Chips

    1. Dumb people don’t want this. They have no idea;

    2. Nobody really wants this, even the smart ones.

    There is nothing wrong with being chunky Anne Laurie. Please stay away from our political system though. America-2009 is a pretty good place.

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    smiley says:

    This is pretty cool. Any historians out there want to weigh in about first ladies running obstacle courses on the White House lawn in their bare feet? Surely it’s happened before.

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    General Winfield Stuck says:

    More wingnut free speech from Rep. Greg Harper R-MS.

    What in the world does the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus do?

    We hunt liberal, tree-hugging Democrats, although it does seem like a waste of good ammunition.

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    @Mark S.:

    Fucking ouch. That is awesome.

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    Brachiator says:

    @smiley:

    This is pretty cool. Any historians out there want to weigh in about first ladies running obstacle courses on the White House lawn in their bare feet? Surely it’s happened before.

    The UK Daily Mail has been having big, appreciative fun, with photos of the First Lady advocating for physical fitness.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....oping.html

    But as sure as the sun rises in the East, the GOP Permanent Outrage Machine will inevitably whine that a barefoot First Lady is yet another display of Michelle Obama’s lack of taste.

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    Fulcanelli says:

    Uh, Anne-Laurie you may want to do a little reading up on these RFID chips before you go injecting one into your pets…

    There is a possibility of a cancer link with the use of these chips.

    It doesn’t appear that there’s a concrete, proven link yet but with the abnormally high rate of cancer in pets (especially dogs) due to breeding practices and the toxic crap found in many cheap dog treats, for example, I personally wouldn’t risk it. I would put one on a collar, but I wouldn’t inject it.

    And yes, I know first hand what it’s like treating cancer in a beloved, four legged best friend having spent over $20,000 over a two year period fighting to prolong the life of one of the most awesome dogs I will ever have the privilege of sharing my life with. And I would do it all over again.

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    Quick comment on the vid: Good for her. If that had been one of my boys the stupid woman on the phone did that to, I would be at her place beating the shit out of her.

    Ugh. I’m tired. I will be retiring soon. Mebbe.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @burnspbesq:

    Can I just say, FTFY and the Phils can DIAF?

    Just getting ready to go to bed, but I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly. I can’t remember looking forward less to a World Series. I am reduced to hoping that the reviled Phillies defeat the even more reviled Yankees in some particularly painful way.

    Now, if the Angels were to rise up from their near-death coma . . . Uh, nah.

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    Andy K says:

    @Steeplejack:

    I can’t remember looking forward less to a World Series.

    Are you sure you don’t want to rephrase that? Because, iirc, the fucking Tampa Bay Rays played in the Series just last year…And a few years ago, the Astros played the White Sox.

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    @burnspbesq: I like the Phillies, and I am hoping the Angels can pull off the miracle. Yeah, OK, I know, I know. I shut up now.

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    Yutsano says:

    @asiangrrlMN: Mebbe, mebbe not? (Can you tell which way I’m leaning towards?) :)

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    TenguPhule says:

    We hunt liberal, tree-hugging Democrats, although it does seem like a waste of good ammunition.

    For $75,000 a year + medical, dental and a pension I would gladly be the one to pull the switch on the electric chair/lethal injection/hangman’s trap for these winger idiots

    Throw in another $25,000 and I’d cheerfully shoot them in job lots.

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    Yutsano says:

    @asiangrrlMN: I am indifferent to the Phillies.

    The New York Yankees can go fuck themselves. Fuck the fucking Yankess. They can all DIAFF. Oh did I mention FUCK THE YANKEES?!?!?

    In other words, go Phils.

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    @Yutsano: Hiya, FH#2. I am guessing you’re leaning towards mebbe not. Phillies: I am just glad teh Dodgers did not win. Yes, it’s a matter of being against rather than being for in the playoffs.

    How’re you? How’s your Dawg?

    I haz a happy ‘coz I’ve been looking through the archives of the cat blogging category, which means pictures of TUNCH!

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    MikeJ says:

    LGM points to a disturbing essay on theodicy and the Yankees.

    http://alterdestiny.blogspot.c.....nasty.html

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    @MikeJ: What.the.fuck.was.that?

    I mebbe leaning towards bed again. That was fucked up, man.

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    gwangung says:

    @Andy K: Ah, man, I LOOOOOOVED the Rays…smart team, run well (though maybe ahead of schedule).

    I’m OK with the Phillies…mainly because it keeps peace in my theatre group…

    @asiangrrlMN:
    Hmm. Maybe I shouldn’t mention I spent last week in New York for the National Asian American Theatre Festival.

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    Martin says:

    Not quite a miracle for the Angels, but a pretty long road all the same.

    And I’m seriously not happy about the prospect of cheering for the Phillies.

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    @gwangung: Ack! I am GREEN with envy. And, you know, that color green does NOT look good against my sallow skin!

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    MikeJ says:

    @asiangrrlMN: An attempt to answer the question, “why would a loving god allow the Yankees?” The essayist posits that with a Democratic administration we’ve used up the supply of good in the world and must suffer a balancing evil, like the Yankees.

    It makes as much sense as anything Dobson or the Pope have ever said.

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    @MikeJ: Yeah, it might have helped if I didn’t accidentally skip over the first paragraph. Sheeeesh. I can be a real knucklehead sometimes.

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    gwangung says:

    @asiangrrlMN: Loads of fun all around, including the musical about Imelda Marcos. But the highlight for me was the vaudeville version of Chekhov’s THE SEA GULL. Piss in your pants funny yet turned on a dime to become very somber in the last act. And featuring a great group of actors who you’ve probably seen in dozens of TV shows (mostly in the special Chinatown episode)–and finally allowed to show their stuff.

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    Yutsano says:

    @asiangrrlMN: There are no easy choices in this series. And I’m sorry I don’t see the Angels coming back. So fuck the fucking Yankees.

    I’m working on a possible advancement career-wise (took two stabs in the dark, one I’m barely qualified for but would let me move and might be slightly exciting, the other I’m almost overqualified for but would mean staying put, but, well, staying put) so I’m on hold until I see how that all pans out. The Dawg went back on duty (sniff) and is back to getting his brain stuffed full of all kinds of cwap he didn’t think he needed to know. I’m back to randomly catching him when I can. Such is our life now I guess.

    TUNCH KITTEH!! (that one’s for you dear) :) Did I mention I have four cats?

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    Andy K says:

    @gwangung:

    …smart team, run well (though maybe ahead of schedule).

    Sorry, unh-uh, no. The universe aligned just so. They got career years from a few guys- Carlos Peña (and as a Tigers fan, I know from Carlos Peña) comes to mind immediately- who will never, EVER repeat their performances.

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    @gwangung: Damn it, Janet. It sounds like you had a blast. So green.

    @Yutsano: Yeah, the Angels are toast. Feh. You have four cats? PICTURES! I demand pictures of your kittehs! Good luck with the job thing–I hope you get the first one . As for your Dawg, I, um, misread which part of him was getting stuffed.

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    r€nato says:

    Any interwebz mechanics here? I have a question:

    Wouldn’t it be possible, using AJAX/jQuery, to hide a web page’s source from being viewed?

    1) store the ‘real’ page contents in a database.
    2) for the $(document).ready function, use an AJAX call to the database. Retrieve the ‘real’ page (everything between the body tags) and append it to the body tag (or use the html method to replace anything that is already there).

    I ask this for various reasons, but I think you code monkeys can intuitively understand why it might be good to not allow everybody to see your code using, ‘view source’.

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    Yutsano says:

    @asiangrrlMN: Yeah, the Angels are toast. Feh.

    I’d slide towards total indifference if I didn’t despise everything the modern Yankees represent. It compels me to therefore root for their demise.

    You have four cats? PICTURES! I demand pictures of your kittehs!

    I promise there will be picutres (all four look different, two are on my phone now just gotta get the other two) as soon as I figure out this stupid HTML thingie.

    Good luck with the job thing—I hope you get the first one .

    Truth be told I could live with either one. The first option suits my sense of adventure more, but both are more dinero (quite a bit more dinero!) and it’d be more of a matter of which one ends up making me more happy.

    As for your Dawg, I, um, misread which part of him was getting stuffed.

    I have zero responsibility for your dirty mind. Well maybe just a little. ;)

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    @burnspbesq: Dodger pitching gave up 27 walks in five games, hit at least 3 batters in tonight’s game alone, and had an ERA of 4.52.

    We hit three home runs tonight; the Phillies hit four. But they had guys on when they hit a couple of theirs; all ours were solo shots.

    All in all, it was embarrassing. Best record in the NL for the season and get swamped like that.

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    MikeJ says:

    Wouldn’t it be possible, using AJAX/jQuery, to hide a web page’s source from being viewed?

    Hidden from who? There’s no way to hide it from someone who really wants to see it. The browser has to read it to render it, and anything a browser can read, a programmer can read.

    And no, I don’t understand why letting people see the source is bad. Anything interesting enough to hide should be done on the server side anyway.

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    @Yutsano: I am with you on the Yanks. I want them to lose so badly.

    You put the pics on Flickr, then you link with the little link button. Easy-peasy! And no, I have not posted pics of my boys yet, why do you ask?

    More dinero? Ah, yes, that is a good thing. As for my dirty mind, not my fault if you worded the sentence so provocatively.

    Oh, and I am giving into the siren song of my bed. See y’all on the flip side. Night, bitchez.
    Heh.

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    r€nato says:

    @MikeJ: When a page with which I am using AJAX is dynamically altered, ‘View Source’ will not show the changes that have taken place since the page was loaded.

    Why do I want to hide my source code? Because sometimes I work with people who think they can take my code and use it for their own, cutting me out of the process. I don’t want them doing that. I’m pretty clever with problem-solving and I don’t like people stealing my problem-solving-ideas. It’s what makes me valuable.

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    mai naem says:

    After Bush 11 I have tended to be pretty negative relating to politics but one thing that I am thankful for is that Al Franken is the Senator from Minnesota. Just watch him own this woman from the AEI and what a name she has…..Diana Furchtgott-Roth. It’s like she’s Got Rot.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgqqSHr0wVA

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    MikeJ says:

    @r€nato: I understand updating with ajax, and even so, if you send it to the browser, and at some point you will, I can read it. There ain’t nothin’ you can do to stop it. You can slow down the unsophisticated and lazy, but anything interesting enough to steal isn’t going to be comprehensible in plain text to the unsophisticated and lazy.

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    r€nato says:

    @mai naem:

    I wish we had 99 more Al Franken’s in the Senate.

    I’m stuck with Kyl and McCain. What did I do in a past life to deserve THAT?

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    r€nato says:

    @MikeJ:

    good points, but I think that it’s enough to put some hurdles there such that an average person wouldn’t bother going to the trouble.

    If I really want to break into your house, I can find a way to do it. Ever heard of a ‘bump key’? It can easily open the common deadbolt lock, which is in use on the doors of many, many, many, many homes and other structures. I could also simply smash a window, grab as much as I can carry and take off.

    Even granted all of that, it doesn’t mean one should leave one’s house unlocked.

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    Mark S. says:

    I wish Fire Joe Morgan were still around, because they would undoubtedly have some fun with Buzz Bissenger.

    h/t

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    Starfish says:

    @Fulcanelli:

    We had our cat chipped when he was a kitten because he was constantly losing his safety collar. Collars would disappear within an hour after they were put on the cat. Having him chipped seemed like the right thing to do in that situation. We eventually did find a safety collar that was designed differently so it would stretch a little but not break off.

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    Ash Can says:

    @Linkmeister: “Best record in the NL for the season and get swamped like that.”

    I’m bawling my eyes out for you.

    Signed,

    A Cubs fan

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    linda says:

    good morning….

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney got an award Wednesday night, the Center for Security Policy’s “Keeper of the Flame Award.”

    heh… i wonder if any of those people ever saw the movie:

    Keeper of the Flame (1943) is a dramatic film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.[3][4] Hepburn plays the widow of a famous civic leader who, prior to his death, had secretly planned a coup d’état against the government of the United States.[5][6] Tracy plays a former war correspondent who intends to write a flattering biography of the dead man, only to unearth a plot to cover up his true plans.[

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    MikeJ says:

    Huh. Senator Vitter refuses to condemn the racist justice of the peace in Louisiana who refused to issue the marriage license to the interracial couple.

    Why is he acting like such a big baby? It’s like he’s so scared he might pee his pants.

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    Fulcanelli says:

    It seems voting for McCain/Palin on the 2008 GOP ticket stiffened more than just their spines, but alas, like a popular drug taken for similar reasons, it wore off… Right after they finished voting, in fact.

    Study Finds McCain Voters Lost Testosterone

    Republican men can take comfort in the fact that the testosterone drop was only temporary, and that the midterm elections are coming

    I wonder if this was Federally funded?

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    Ash Can says:

    @MikeJ: In the credit-where-credit-is-due department, Bobby Jindal didn’t waste any time denouncing the judge. I think Vitter is mum on the judge because he agrees with him.

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    PaulW says:

    If the World Series does come down to a Yanks/Phillies matchup, for those of you who don’t like either team, there’s a beautiful third alternative.

    Don’t watch the series, and don’t care who wins.

    Done and done.

    Go Gators.

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    Demo Woman says:

    Vote for Little Bitsy… She’s already up to 3566.

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    Violet says:

    @Demo Woman:
    But Rufus is 3855. :( Ask your friends and family to vote, if you think they’ll help.

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    cleek says:

    Twitter, Inc., shut down 33 fake Twitter accounts created by Republicans using the names of Democratic state representatives. The Republican scheme was to send out posts under the Democrats’ names mocking the liberal tax-and-spend bastards.

    “That’s unfortunate,” was state Republican Chairman Chris Healy’s response when told of Twitter, Inc.’s decision. “I’m not quite sure what the issue is, other than that the Democrats were successful in stopping free speech.”

    h/t

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    Dork says:

    Ken we puleez get a new thread pimping this kick-ass “opt-out” idea for health care? It’s sooooo perfect, it slays me. Allows the sane peeps to step up to the wingeratti and tell them to put up or shut up. Opt out or STFU about how this is socialisticalcommunism. And when they opt out, and their constituents are paying $3K a month w/ a $5K deductable, they can all thank the free market.

    Best idea evah.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Steeplejack:

    I can’t remember looking forward less to a World Series

    Don’t know whether you were old enough at the time to appreciate it, but for me, 1985 remains the epitome of ICGAS. Royals-Cardinals.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Linkmeister:

    The outcome of the NLCS is explained by one statistic: BA with runners in scoring position. The Phillies hit four-something. The Dodgers hit one-something.

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    Punchy says:

    Please file this as the world’s biggest, more obvious DUH! I’ve ever read in my entire life. Seriously, it took them to fucking OCTOBER to figgy this out?

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    MikeJ says:

    @Punchy: Gah! Warning before linking to politico.

    If I ever read them I’d have to write a script to get rid of their annoying seo linking of every name to a topic page. I can’t believe people actually read sites that look like that. (I also can’t believe that google doesn’t ignore those for scoring purposes. If I’m smart enough to get rid of them I *know* they are.)

  55. 55

    @Brachiator:

    But as sure as the sun rises in the East, the GOP Permanent Outrage Machine will inevitably whine that a barefoot First Lady is yet another display of Michelle Obama’s lack of taste.

    If she were barefoot and pregnant, they would be OK with it.

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    geg6 says:

    @cleek:

    I saw that this morning. Unfreakinbelievable. So it’s free speech, somehow, to impersonate a congresscritter for the purpose of libeling/slandering other congresscritters.

    Oh, wait. It’s free speech if it’s a Gooper doing it. I’m sure if it was the other way around, it would be such an awful thing that the world would shake on its axis.

  57. 57
    Paul L. says:

    Funny Crooks and Liars praises Richard Lewis on Countdown
    I remember Lewis called George W, Bush a cokehead and made it fair game to mention that Obama was one too.

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    gwangung says:

    @Andy K: Pena maybe, but the Rays are a young, young team, stocked with talent and high draft picks. You don’t think players like Longoria can’t repeat?

    They’ll be back and challenging, particularly when the youth in the pitching staff mature.

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    They Live By Night says:

    Apparently, to write for Slate, you have to be a contrarian about everything, not just politics. There is an article claiming that late-90’s Jesus rockers Creed were underrated. I seem to recall a similar article written about Limp Bizkit within the last 12 months.

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    slag says:

    @JGabriel:

    Question: Did Obama have his spokespeople state the obvious about Fox News — that it’s not a news organization — to distract at just the time Obama and Congress are getting down to serious business on health care reform?

    Honestly, that thought has crossed my mind multiple times. But I have my doubts that it was intentional. Just a happy coincidence.

    To some extent, I get frustrated that the media don’t focus enough on issues of any importance. However, as we’ve seen recently, when they do try to focus on those things, they still can’t manage to bring any clarity to them and muck it all up anyway. So, I’m just riding the wave at this point. Calling and writing Congress in favor of the public option and letting the rest go. At some point, you just do what you can do and say to hell with the rest.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Fulcanelli:

    There’s a really, really big caveat in that article, though:

    There were several shortcomings to the studies reviewed by the cancer experts. For instance not one of them had a control group that had not been implanted with RFID chips to compare the rate of tumour development in non-chipped with chipped animals. (emphasis mine)

    I don’t think I’m going to panic about my cats’ RFID chips until there’s an actual study and not just observation.

  62. 62
    Joel says:

    John Cole’s Bogus Journey?

  63. 63
    brantl says:

    Hey, BoB, have I mentioned that you’re a dick today? Cause you’re a dick everyday. Sure am glad that lady got her dog back from that asshole that took it.

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    Little Macayla's Friend says:

    I haven’t read all of the recent BJ posts and comments, but the Houston Gardener’s post about Bitsy made the Daily Kos front page Recent Diaries list today. Post is dated 9:30 a.m. PDT 10-22-09.
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/.....imal-lover

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    mcc says:

    Er, here’s a clearer article: The Senate will be voting on the hate crimes legislation in 30 hours.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @burnspbesq:

    Thanks for reminding me. [shudder] Yes, that one was pretty bad. All I remember is vast seas of artificial turf.

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