New beginnings

In honor of brand new days in Iraq and North Korea (can they get any worse? we’ll find out!), a couple of pics from Max’s first week with us.

busy morning

Max sun

69 replies
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    gogol's wife says:

    Sweet baby.

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    Xecky Gilchrist says:

    zOMG puppy paws squeeeee

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Call me crazy, but Max is much cuter than Kim Jong Il.

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    wonkie says:

    That second pic–oh my god, so sweet.

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    suzanne says:

    What a little love-muffin.

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    LT says:

    Oh. You still love me too. ***

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    WaterGirl says:

    Sweet baby, is right. But I can’t believe you were able to leave your shoes down. With my pup, I have to practically suspend my shoes from the ceiling, out of reach, to keep them safe.

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    Yutsano says:

    MAXPUPPEH!! He certainly has grown into his paws!

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    MacKenna says:

    I am not easily manipulated but a dog can pretty much persuade me to do anything.

    When I babysat my sister-in-law’s poodle (a big doe-eyed guilt tripper) I caved to every demand that dog had. I even gave it my Starbuck’s muffins and cakes (on our morning walks). I mixed home-made soup and stew in with his kibble. My SIL said the dog really really missed me when I left.

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    Narcissus says:

    This blog gets a new thread like every thirty minutes.

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    Seitz says:

    When I was a kid, dobermans were THE breed we were scared to death of. But man, that’s one cute dog.

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    WaterGirl says:

    That bottom photo is adorable, and reminds me of JenJen’s photo of Strider as a puppy.

    JenJen, if you’re out there, it seems like it was nearly a year ago that you lost Strider. I’m sure it’s tough, even with the new pup, with christmas and the anniversary are coming up.

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    Paddy says:

    I’m having puppy fever over here. I know I’m getting a new one, but thought I wanted one older with more need for a home. Every damn time I see these type of pics I just get bowled over by that puppy smell, the charging thru the house after an invisible ball and the huge flop down pant at the end. I’m a goner.

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    Gustopher says:

    I think he’s cuter now than as a puppy.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    “We have determined that Michele Bachmann is Biblically qualified to be the president…”

    So says State Rep Danny Carroll. I know we’re all relieved that’s cleared up.

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    Tim F. says:

    @WaterGirl: I cannot say that each of those shoes survived the year, but Max did learn about what does and doesn’t go in the mouth eventually.

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    jl says:

    Max the dog looks much happier on the bed. Good dog.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Tim F.: My pup’s answer to what goes in the mouth? EVERYTHING that doesn’t move faster than he does.

    @Paddy: I got a new pup about 7 weeks ago, and it’s exhausting, but worth it.

    One of my kitties sits on the ottoman with very big eyes when Tucker races around the house like a crazyman. (Cole calls this the zooms, I think, I have always called it activation potential.) The other kitty eggs him on, by swiping with a paw as Tucker runs by, which just winds up the puppy up even further.

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    The Dangerman says:

    I see at least 3 pairs of shoes in the first photo, none of which look puppy-chewed (perhaps that explains his pensive look in that one; so many shoes, so little time).

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    Yutsano says:

    @The Dangerman: Well it was his first week. I’m certain the footwear was chewed properly post haste.

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    CaseyL says:

    I’m finding it kinda strange that Tim’s latest Max photos show him at younger and younger stages…

    OMG! He’s aging backwards! It’s “The Curious Case of Max (Cute-as-a) Button”!

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    MikeJ says:

    Gingrich drops to third, Ron Paul in solid first place.

    In honor of the GOP, a video.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @MikeJ: Booo! Bring back the Newt!

    Unless there’s some kind of path to the nomination for Paul. Once Bachmann and Santorum bail, their supporters gotta go somewhere. My hunch is it won’t be in Mitt’s direction.

    But Paul as the GOP nom? Nah. Now I’m really dreamin’.

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    Mister Papercut says:

    For me, there are fewer things in life better than a truly content, relaxed, happy sleeping dog.

    Of course, upon seeing said sleeping dog, my first inclination is to go snugglepounce it. (Good thing the dogs in my life have been considerably better-mannered than me, hehe.)

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    Violet says:

    Can Ron Paul win in South Carolina? If he should win Iowa and then Romney wins NH, SC will be a real battleground. Isn’t Newt ahead there now?

    Max is adorable. That second picture — so cute my teeth ache!

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    MikeJ says:

    @Violet: At some point Republicans are going to have to start telling people why the guy leading in their polls isn’t really a Republican.

    I can’t imagine Ron Paul causing anything other than amusement for Dems, especially with as Roy points out, every rightblogger on the planet calling him racist.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @Jewish Steel: I still can’t believe that crazy Christianist party is willing to destroy their own in order to ensure a pathologically lying Mormon, whose only time in public office was a disaster, gets the nomination.

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    The Dangerman says:


    Gingrich drops to third…

    Early on, my gut feel was Gingrich didn’t have a chance…

    ….then I thought he actually had staying power.

    Always go with your gut, I guess ;-)

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @Hill Dweller: Mysteries abound! And not a vote has been cast yet.

    I fear the GOP’s horror of a black man in the White House will unite them in end.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @Jewish Steel: I have no doubt those hypocrites will fall in line and vote for a Mormon. But it won’t stop them from attacking Obama’s alleged lack of love for the baby Jesus.

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    pjcamp says:

    That’s one happy doggie right there.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Hill Dweller:

    I have no doubt those hypocrites will fall in line and vote for a Mormon.

    I’m personally looking forward to it. All those Baptist preachers who rail about the evilness of the Mormon cult will suddenly find themselves backing a clergyman in said cult. It’s gonna get good real fast.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Hill Dweller:

    But it won’t stop them from attacking Obama’s alleged lack of love for the baby Jesus.

    Indeed, if it is perceived as a weakness for Romney, they’ll attack Obama with it that much more.

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    The Dangerman says:

    One one of the talk shows the other afternoon (I think it was Hardball, but I could be wrong), all the Talking Heads agreed that if, after so many weeks of attention, Iowa caucused for Ron Paul, that Iowa as first in the nation would go away. I wonder how that factors into the equation 1/3.

    I can understand the disgust; I mean, RON PAUL? Damn. As last non-Mitt standing, that’s damn sad.

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    Violet says:

    @Jewish Steel:
    I saw the Des Moines Register endorsed Romney. What’s left of the GOP establishment is trying to impose order on the chaos.

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    Mark S. says:

    For anyone interested, here’s an entertaining story about a guy who played a chess tournament and beat a bunch of grandmasters he had no business beating. He had some other person relaying him moves from the computer program Fritz. What’s funny is how his play gave it away:

    If you switch on multiple-variation mode you will see that Fritz thinks 31.Qa7 is a tenth of a pawn better than the other alternatives. A computer program simply doesn’t understand the difference between cast-iron moves that cannot fail, and a tight-rope walk on the edge of the precipice. I venture no human would undertake the latter course in the given tournament situation.

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    Mark S. says:

    @The Dangerman:

    I remember a certain Pat Buchanan triumphing in New Hampshire in 1996. I don’t recall any debate that New Hampshire should lose its privileged position.

    I don’t think voting for Paul is any worse than voting for Pat. They’re both racist and isolationist.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Mark S.:

    I don’t think voting for Paul is any worse than voting for Pat. They’re both racist and isolationist.

    I don’t recall 1996 well, but, if what recollection I do have serves, Buchanon was more of a “mainstream” candidate than is Paul (I’ll have to use quotes since I’m only comparing Pat to Paul, who is a whack).

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @Violet: Yes. The consensus seems to be that all the negative advertising took Newt down. He’s still kicking ass in SC and Florida though.

    And since Iowa picked Huckabee last time I can imagine the powers
    that be would want to rein in the crazy and not pick a loser two cycles running. Tricky.

    ETA: And like I said above, when Bachmann and Santorum get knocked out, crazy’s gotta go somewhere. Why not Newt?

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @Violet: Did you read the endorsement? It was a complete snow job. Romney’s lies became “subtly nuanced statements”. His disastrous term as governor became a positive.

    If it wasn’t apparent before, the water carriers in the media will be exposed during this election.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Hill Dweller: I hope Willard left a nice tip after that. I don’t think his wife even blows him that well.

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    jl says:

    @Jewish Steel:

    Newt seems to be counting on rabid bashing of the federal courts to regain steam. At least that is my guess from Newt’s historical elucidations, hallucinations.

    Starting with the debate, and going through the news talkies today, Newt has been spinning that there is some kind of lost Executive Branch and Congressional nullification power against federal court decisions that are unpopular.

    He’s been stringing together Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, and I forget who else to make the case. Starting with Jefferson ‘getting rid of federal judges’ Uh, yeah, because Jefferson got his majority in Congress to change the law on organization of federal courts. Then Jefferson tried impeachment, and got rid of one insane crazy judge, and then tried to go after another who was spouting political smears from the bench, and Jefferson’s own party in the Senate would not go along. So, Jefferson after getting stymied by his own party not wanting to go that far in the Senate, backed off, kind of like FDR did when he went too far.

    Doesn’t sound all that different from today.

    If this is an example of Newt’s prowess at history, looks like he is crazy or a fraud.

    The only speck of truth that I see in Newt’s ravings is when he cites Jackson, who basically told the SCOTUS to go to hell when it said the removal of the Five Civilized Tribes was illegal (edit: unconstitutional). I learned that Jackson’s actions were a disgrace in HS, but then I was in HS after the 60s when everything was corrupted by PC and I guess I learned liberal propaganda.

    Guess Newt is trying to argue that we should think of Jackson’s approach to unpopular SCOTUS decisions as just part of long sensible and lost tradition of the founders.

    Goofie stuff. I notice the US press corps, particularly the gracious and courtly oaf Schieffer cannot call Newt on it, since apparently they know absolutely nothing and it is beyond their resources, or not good marketing to challenge Newt’s historical fantasies.

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    jl says:

    Also interesting that Newt is bashing federal courts on destroying our Christian national identity, supposedly contra the founders.

    Jefferson, who as I recall did not want to issue religious decrees of any kind, and Medison who definitely would not, and did want Congressional or military chaplains to be paid out of public funds, might not agree.

    But who can tell us more about the separation of church and state, those two losers, or Newt?

    TPM says Newt is raving about sending federal marshals DC capital police to haul in judges to make the ‘splain themselves in front of Congress.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @jl: yeah, I saw that Newt was giving that a whirl. I don’t know if that’s a winner. On the one hand Activist Judges! On t’other you’ve got your TPer’s native authoritarian personality and love of the courts dipensing law and order. In theory.

    Fascinating about Jefferson & Jackson though.

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    gracious and courtly oaf Schieffer cannot call Newt on it

    Well why would a GOP tool do such a thing?
    Newt knows who to let ask questions.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @jl: Yes. Because what the founders had in mind most clearly was having the executive compel the legislature to hold show trials of judges whenever he felt like it. A Simple Farmer in Federalist Paper 97 was so clear on that.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @The Dangerman:

    Buchanon was more of a “mainstream” candidate than is Paul (I’ll have to use quotes since I’m only comparing Pat to Paul, who is a whack).

    Going back at least to his days as a Nixon speechwriter, Patrick Buchanan has been a certified member of the Media Village, and his fellow courtiers will never take him out of their rolodexes for any crime short of serial pedophilia. As Sally Quinn would say, the Villagers can count on Loveable Old Crazy Uncle Pat not to “trash the place“, since it is very much “his place“. Ron Paul, on the other hand, is just some obsessive lunatic from the far reaches of flyover country — those people come & go, and are not to be taken seriously unless they marry into Georgetown society or really important money.

    When Buchanan won the NH primary and went nowhere, it’s because American voters are wacky & unpredictable, like little children. If Paul were to win Iowa, it would be treated as evidence that Iowans have moved from ‘adorable children’ to ‘destructive savages’, and the Very Serious People would immediately start talking about the dangerous anomaly in the force that would allow such a bizarre, republic-threatening outcome. (Also, needless to say, they would blame That Man in the White House… )

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @MikeJ: Reading that Voice roundup, I’m changing my feelings for Paul. It’s like they are clueless as to how a candidate whose distinction from the field is “very few foreign wars, please” might be more popular right now with their fellow conservatives than in the past. “But exceptionalism! At all costs exceptionalism”.

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    amk says:

    Brits move ahead on banking sector reform. Will legislate to separate retail banking from their other greedy looting.

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    amk says:

    @MikeJ: Is it the sharpest drop in the shortest time in the rethugs’ race?

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    harlana says:

    oh my, adorableness with my first cuppa coffee! thank you!

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    harlana says:

    “brand new days” is right

    i was reading (and looking at) some of our atrocities in Iraq yesterday

    it reminded me that it’s just not all that simple as leaving (especially when we’re not really “gone” anyway)

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    Raven says:

    I hope my bride likes “The Botanical Garden” Vol. 1 for her birthday today because she gets Vol. 2 for xmas!

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    Elizabelle says:

    Good morning.

    Wake up to learn that Kim Jong Il is dead.

    And to see some infant Max.

    Whoever upthread mentioned puppy smell. Am sensing that now. Happily.

    Waking up about 4:30 these mornings. Anxiety.

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    JPL says:

    What will the repub..candidates say about the despot’s death

    Paul..not our problem
    Newt..since I’m the all knowing historian, now is the time to take out the nukes
    Romney..I’m against the President’s actions because he doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Saab files for liquidation.

    Re Kim Jong Il — maybe he will be buried in an Elvis jumpsuit?

    Cannot decide if he’d prefer a crystal coffin with more restrained apparel, or Elvis and a really big updo in private.

    Hey, North Korea could use a tourist attraction. And some bling.

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    Elizabelle says:


    At least it’s not a winter coat.

    Fate of many Christmas babies.

    How special.

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    JPL says:

    @Raven: It’s a beautiful book. Amazon’s look inside feature is so easy to use and I could spend a lot of time just looking at the pictures. She’s a lucky lady.

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    Raven says:

    @Elizabelle: I am VERY aware of not combining gifts! Actually she found some jewelery at a holiday market at the beach and that is supposed to be the primary xmas thang. Our cell contract ends the 26th and the heartburn now is whether she gets a 4 or a 4s. It’s my fault for telling her there was a difference!

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    Raven says:

    @Elizabelle: Have you seen their tacky “cruise” ship?

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    Elizabelle says:


    I had not seen.

    Throwing leftover food overboard. Quite the extravagance in North Korea.

    Holidays in Hell. Step right up.

    PS: re the coat — had a coworker years ago who mourned always getting a coat for her “birthday present.” And then her brother and sister were sporting new ones for Christmas too.

    Have a BIL with Christmas birthday. We always try to make a big deal of him after dinner, with more presents, and have to say — he really hates it. Hates any fuss (except seeing kids tear through their presents and generally merrify) and we don’t do a birthday cake, since everyone’s on sugar overload by then.

    I always thought we should do a June 25 half birthday cookout for him.

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    ET says:

    That second picture is SOOOOOOO very, very SQUEEEEEEE. I can see why you couldn’t resist him.

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    wenchacha says:

    @MikeJ: I need some help on the Ron Paul front. I’ve just joined a theater group with some great people. One of the guys is in his early 20s, philosophy major, pretty bright, but thinks Ron Paul is THE ANSWER.

    I’m not gonna get into many political discussions with the group, but I want to be able to hold my own if the young philosopher starts in on Amazing Ron Paul. Shit, right off, I’m anti-Paul, or any other pol, who wants to eliminate a woman’s choices about her body. I have felt that way…forever, and I won’t change now. And I liked John Anderson, back in the day.

    Is there a reliable list of Ron Paul’s mis-truths and flawed assumptions? Top of the list should be spawning Rand Paul, although I don’t blame Mike Wallace for Chris.

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    Felinious Wench says:

    That puppy has a belly just begging to be rubbed.


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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    Max!!! Was adorable as a wee puppeh. Thanks.

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