Open Thread: Release!

(Jack Ohman via
Entertainment, for adults! Via Paul Constant at the Stranger, “Tucker Carlson’s vanity project/ conservative Huffington Post ripoff, The Daily Caller is touting a threat to Romney’s fellow Mormons’ favorite indoor entertainmnet:

Former Justice Department official Patrick Trueman, who proudly participated in federal pornography prosecutions during their “heyday” in the late 1980s and early 1990s, told The Daily Caller that Mitt Romney’s campaign assured him that Romney would “vigorously” prosecute pornographers if elected president.

Trueman, the president of Morality in Media, contacted the Romney campaign earlier this year about the “untreated pandemic” of Internet pornography. “They got back to us right away,” he said…“[Romney policy director Alex] Wong assured us that Romney is very concerned with this, and that if he’s elected these laws will be enforced,” Trueman told TheDC. ”They promised to vigorously enforce federal adult obscenity laws.”

In GOP-VP-candidate tracking news, reports that Rick Santorum just experienced a “happy ending.” Maybe Ann Romney will explain that this is just Mitt’s way of giving us little people, like the LA cops, a chance to meet celebrities up close and personal

Other than double entendres (“most of Nanny Ogg’s jokes were single intenders, and proud of it”), what’s on the agenda tonight?

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    khead says:

    Open Thread? Ok, then.

    Today’s kitteh pics.

    Be sure to check out Alien Cat in the third pic. I’m not sure what the hell happened there.

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    Getting my pr0n while it’s still available.

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    Thomas DeVito says:

    Posted this earlier, but it was in one of the quickly eaten threads. So, once again…

    I’ve been lurking at BJ forever, and just thought I’d pimp an article I wrote elsewhere. I’m new over there, and would appreciate if I got a couple clicks from my favorite online community, and possibly some “likes”, if you are so inclined.

    It’s history related, so some of you may even enjoy it!

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    Baud says:

    @Thomas DeVito:

    I hate overachievers. Makes me feel inadequate.

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    the Conster says:

    @Thomas DeVito:

    Wow – what a story! I “liked” the site too. This is why I love this blog – I learn something awesome every day.

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    Martin says:

    There goes the Utah vote – highest per capita consumer of online porn.

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    FuriousPhil says:

    I read somewhere that Utah has a really high rate of online pornography consumption. So maybe that has something to do with this. So repressed with their diet caffeine free Cokes and short sleeve button downs, I guess it’s sort of understandable they’d want some kind of ‘release’ once in a while.

    If we go back to the days of the morality police, I’m marching on the capitol.

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    Robin G. says:

    Writing. Lots.

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    WereBear says:

    I climbed half a mountain today; discovered I’m in better shape than I thought.

    Will post pics once I have them in linkable form.

    Worn out. This was considered a “child’s hike” but of of course our local children often hike as soon as they can walk, and have legs like mountain goats. My legs… more like Betty Grable :)

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    Ejoiner says:

    12:10 – hitting the theaters with family and friends for the Dark Knight Rises. I’ve got to say, having kids has really trained me to enjoy the midnight extravaganza/event openings – we did it for LOTR, Harry Potter and the Dark Knight. Hoping for lots of costumed fanboys and oddles of fun!

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    FuriousPhil says:


    Beat me to it.

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    jeffreyw says:

    Hey man, wassup? Kittehs ponder upon a tree.

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    khead says:


    Lovely outdoor kittehs….

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    Karen in GA says:

    The hedgehog can never be buggered at all.

    Early night for me, because my life is just that exciting.

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    shortstop says:

    Love the strained smile on Ann’s face…and the animatronic children’s bug eyes.

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    poguemahone says:

    Well, trying to take away their porn is one way to get young people to vote.

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    Thomas DeVito says:

    @the Conster: Hey, thanks! It’s really appreciated. And this is why I love this site so much, we got a truly supportive little thing going here.

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    Anne Laurie says:


    ….and the LA cops have nothing better to do?

    In the spirit of this thread, Cole beat you to it.

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    khead says:


    USC @ 3/1

    Just sayin’.

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    Dave N. says:

    Because its all about freedom and liberty…unless you want to watch porn, have an abortion, or smoke weed. Then the government cannot be big enough to stop you from doing whatever offends my delicate fee-fees.

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    Baud says:


    Priorities, man. C’mon, we’re doing important stuff here.

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    Jeffro says:

    Whoo-hoo, Open Thread! Can we FINALLY talk about how “Dark Knight Rises” is Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” (even down to how Bane looks like the gang leader, instead of his usual cartoony self) + “No Man’s Land”?


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    Anya says:

    @Thomas DeVito: Bookmarking your site. Very interesting article!

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    Calouste says:

    Of course Romney is going to do something about internet porn. It is cutting into the profits that Marriott makes on pay-per-view porn.

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    Jeffro says:

    @efgoldman: Not even a little bit?

    Can we just talk about the fact that 2 hours and 45 minutes is too long (just like it was last time)?

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    pete says:

    Nice Pratchett reference there (Nanny Ogg).

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    Elizabelle says:


    I feel so badly for Fred Willard. He was not outside an elementary school.

    Disappointed PBS fired him so quickly.

    PeeWee Herman made a comeback …

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    khead says:


    USC has an easier schedule than Bama, LSU and Arkansas.

    So does FSU, but I just can’t buy into Florida St. like Phil Steele has done.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Thomas DeVito:

    Isabella Bird sounds like my kind of lady! Thank you for posting — very interesting AND very well-written! Please spend more time around these parts, mkay?

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    Raven says:

    @khead: The Dawgs have a really easy and stinky schedule, hence the #5 ranking.

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    I’d like to wait at least until I’ve had a chance to watch the damn thing before I compare it to anything else.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Thomas DeVito:
    Oh, BTW, I spent a wonderful few weeks at the University of St Andrews many years ago. Lived in Hamilton Hall, could lean out my window and see the North Sea. Only problem was the bloody golfers who played until close to midnight and started up again around 3:30 a.m. But apart from that, it was a magical wonderful time.

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    Thomas DeVito says:

    @Anya: Thanks! There are more coming, I’m pretty excited about the next one.

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    Joel says:

    @Jeffro: So, even the wingnuts are in on this Bain-smearing conspiracy. Rush was right!

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    tybee says:


    doesn’t USC = University of South Carolina?

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    Wazmo says:

    A Must See: Dawkins getting a ‘rebuke’ from Neil DeGrasse Tyson: the clincher is the last 15 seconds.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @jeffreyw: What a great photo! I wonder what they were looking at. My two kitties had a similar look, gazing outside the sliding doors this morning, but I could not see what they were looking at. Must be a kitty thing.

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    khead says:


    Mizzou in week #2 = L. Just guessing here but there may be 1000 yards O in that game.

    Then you’ll go on a monster run.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I saw it on Thursday — first day it hit theaters here in Kuala Lumpur. (I don’t usually do that, because I don’t fancy staring almost straight up at the screen from Row A. But I wanted to get this movie seen before Ramadan starts, which is on Friday night here.) Easily the best comic-book hero movie this year, and a fitting end to the trilogy.

    It’s interesting how some popular art that’s come out this year — Springsteen’s album, The Hunger Games movie, and now this one — are being looked at as having connections to the Occupy movement, even though the origins of all three predate it.

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    Thomas DeVito says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: You must have been there in the summer. It’s a really great time to be in St. Andrews. Undergraduates are gone and the sun is out until past midnight. There is nothing quite like watching the sun go down at 12:30-1:00, then come back up 2 hours later.

    Of course, winter is the exact opposite. One learns to appreciate the local affinity for single malts!

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    El Cid says:


    North Carolina members of Congress helped lead the charge to block an effort to cut military spending on NASCAR.
    U.S. Reps. Larry Kissell, Patrick McHenry, and Sue Myrick were among the most vocal members advocating to continue the spending and reject – by a vote of 216-202 — an amendment by Reps. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., and Betty McCollum, D-Minn that would have cut $72.3 million in defense spending.
    NASCAR’s roots are embedded in North Carolina. The majority of teams are based in the Tar Heel state, which is also home to Charlotte Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is located in Charlotte.
    Kissell said the special relationship the sport has with the military would be tough to replicate elsewhere if cuts were made.
    I don’t think it’s any coincidence that when we look at our military forces, about 41 percent of our military is from what we describe as rural America, which is only 17 percent of our population,” Kissell said speaking from the floor. “And that relationship between the military and rural America is very important.”
    Much of the focus was on the $26.5 million the National Guard will spend to sponsor Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s most popular driver. And proponents to stop the spending argued that the Pentagon is spending billions on projects, including military bands that do not enhance national security.
    “We must come to the realization that not every defense program is necessary, not every defense dollar is sacred and well spent, and that more of everything is simply not sustainable,” she said. “Protecting every single defense dollar means shifting the burden and the pain for billions of additional budget cuts onto local communities, middle class families, seniors, the poor, and vulnerable children.
    But Myrick, a Charlotte Republican, said none of that matters if recruitment goals aren’t met. She said the military pays out nearly $1 billion a year in extra recruitment bonuses to maintain needed recruitment numbers.
    And McHenry, a Cherryville Republican who was the first Representative to rise in opposition, said the National Guard saw a nearly 300 percent return on their investment.
    “That comes from $68 million in media exposure,” he said. “It comes from 5.5 million pieces of merchandise and apparel that has “National Guard” on it, which has a value of roughly $70 million. This is a huge return for the buck. This is why Fortune 500 companies actually advertise through NASCAR –not because it feels good, but because it delivers results.”

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    Raven says:

    @khead: We’ll moider da bums!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I survived today’s root canal. I was definitely happy I drove an hour each way to see the guy I knew for sure would novocaine me to the gills. The work was done on my lower jaw and I was numb halfway up my ear.

    When I get a little more feeling back in my lower lip, I’m going to have some tortellini soup and a cupcake as my reward for getting a scary dental procedure done. And also take some ibuprofen as required (they want me to take 600mg with breakfast, lunch and dinner to keep the inflammation down).

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    muddy says:

    @pete: I recently was doing some casework (right word? fine carpentry) and I made a special bookcase just for Pratchett. I have them all, and have one empty shelf.

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    muddy says:

    @efgoldman: The nest few days are going to be absolutely superb weather, high 70’s to 80*, clear skies. Thank the gods she did not come last week.

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    Wazmo says:

    @Mnemosyne: The 600mg dosage for ibuprofen your dentist recommends is in line with prescription grade ibuprofen dosages.

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    jl says:


    ” Haleakalā Sunrise ”

    Thanks. It’s breathtakingly beautiful.
    I have gotten the vague sense that you are on vacation in Hawaii.
    (mutter mutter, that lucky %^&$#!!*)


    Send more if you have them, or as you take them.

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    Raven says:

    @jl: We’re back, I’ve been fiddling with the shots I took with my new dslr and finding some great stuff.

    Haleakalā Volcano

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Thomas DeVito:

    Tiny typo I found — it’s Jane Austen (you have it as Austin). Otherwise, an interesting article about an interesting woman!

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @jeffreyw: It’s conceptual art? The bird is in your mind.

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    muddy says:

    @WaterGirl: Invisible bugs, possibly tiny aliens. Or ghosts!

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    Felanius Kootea says:

    @Thomas DeVito: Great article – I can’t believe I’d never heard of her!

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Yeah, I think they just don’t want to have to give out a prescription for something you can buy OTC and make the same strength. I was prescribed 800mg ibuprofen years ago for my carpal tunnels and IIRC it was a frickin’ horse pill, so I don’t mind taking three tablets of the OTC version.

    Plus they gave me a little Tylenol 3 in case I have trouble sleeping tonight. I usually avoid opiates since I tend to get nasty side effects from them, but taking one pill tonight before bed isn’t going to hurt me much.

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    @Thomas DeVito: I cannot express how much St. Andrews meant to me when I spent time there. Not only the brilliant local sea life center (where the rays would literally come up to the top of the tank to get their nose scritched), to the wonderful art galleries, to the tea shops that had the most wonderful afternoon teas. I enjoyed every single second I spent there, and I have absolutely no interest in golf.

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    Raven says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: We got all addicted to Doc Martin and now want to go to Cornwall!

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    Redshift says:

    @Mnemosyne: Good to hear. Hope your recuperation goes smoothly and easily.

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    gelfling545 says:

    My favorite plant nursery had a 30-70% off sale AND it rained here for about 4 hours and is now a lovely 65 degrees. What more could one ask for?

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Nice! It’s hard to believe that a place really looks like that until you go to Hawaii for yourself and see it. We went to Kauai a few years ago and have been scheming to return ever since.

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    Raven says:

    @Mnemosyne: True dat, notmax was a great help on our trip.

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    muddy says:

    @Raven: Did you catch anything?

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    ThresherK says:

    @efgoldman: I really enjoyed him as Phil’s dad on Modern Family. If ever one could wonder who could raise a “Phil Dunphy”, it’s someone played by Fred Willard.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Thomas DeVito:

    You must have been there in the summer.

    High summer. July-August 1975.

    One learns to appreciate the local affinity for single malts!

    Need no special training!

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    Redshift says:


    Haleakalā Volcano

    That’s an amazing scene and an amazing shot!

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    Raven says:

    @Redshift: Had to get up at 3am to get up there for sunrise.

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    Tehanu says:

    In GOP-VP-candidate tracking news, reports that Rick Santorum just experienced a “happy ending release.”

    Too obvious? Aw, what the heck, it’s been a long day.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @Mnemosyne: I had to have an emergency root canal last year, that was scary as hell. So I feel your pain.

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    Anne Laurie says:


    the brilliant local sea life center (where the rays would literally come up to the top of the tank to get their nose scritched)

    The New England Aquarium has a shark & ray touch tank, and since they advertise it as “the largest on the East Coast” I guess the concept must be quite a draw!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I cannot express how much St. Andrews meant to me when I spent time there. . . . I enjoyed every single second I spent there, and I have absolutely no interest in golf.

    Same here. Adored St. Andrews, not the slightest interest in golf.



    @Litlebritdifrnt: We . . . now want to go to Cornwall!

    I’m planning a trip to Cornwall (also Wales and IoM) next spring! Have never been, and can’t wait!!

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    Thomas DeVito says:

    @Mnemosyne: ah! Good catch! I’ll try to get that fixed…thanks!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    This was either my fourth or my fifth one — my first one was an emergency that had to be re-done because my twisty-turny roots can’t be plumbed by a regular dentist and require an endodontist with the microscopes that can follow their paths.

    I was pretty nervous but, as I said, the endodontist I saw today is the guy who did all of the previous root canals (except for that first one that had to be re-done by him) so that helped a lot. He’s very brisk and matter-of-fact, which I like in a dentist when it’s coupled with a willingness to give you as much novocaine as you can tolerate.

    ETA: Because I’m a recovering dental phobic, I like dentists who act like dental work is nothing to worry about because they’re going to make sure it doesn’t hurt. Too much empathy would freak me out further.

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    Heliopause says:

    Quick question, trying to put my mind at ease: Can you be a secret member of the Muslim Brotherhood if you eat pork two or three times a week, drink alcohol every night, and don’t believe in God? Just want to be on firm ground when Reichsminister for Fatherland Security Bachmann takes over next year.

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    muddy says:

    @Raven: Gorgeous! The only fishing I do is on the ice, and smelts are the big draw for me. Nowhere in the neighborhood of that! Good job. And of course pics are so much better than hands outstretched.

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @Raven and @SiubhanDuinne: I’ve spent a lot of time in Cornwall (and Wales and the IoM) – I excavate in all three places (though only Cornwall at the moment). My advice for Cornwall visits: avoid the tourist destinations (Newquay, St Ives) in favour of pretty much any other coastal village – there are b/b in all of them and they’re all stunning. The south coast doesn’t get as much love as the north coast but the towns are just as nice.

    if you want any more specific travel advice/places to visit feel free to email me sapphirecate AT yahoo DOT com – just be aware that my tastes in holidays run to ‘neat prehistoric site/museum’ rather than ‘lovely beach to sleep on before going to pricey boutiques’

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    muddy says:

    Nice people Rmoney hangs out with:

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Raven: Holy shit. That photo is amazing.

    Edit: okay, breathtakingly beautiful works too.

    Edit 2: Haleakalā Valley – wow. so stunning it almost doesn’t look real.

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    jl says:


    ” Had to get up at 3am to get up there for sunrise. ”

    Glad you got up early. Breathtaking pics. Thanks.

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    Citizen_X says:

    @Raven: What’s Hawaiian for “Awesome!”? Because that’s what I want to say.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @muddy: Or all three!

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    NotMax says:


    Kind of you to say. Thanks.

    Very pretty photos.

    Next time, think about a winter trip (maybe a February). Lots of opportunity to get shots of the whales (they migrate here from mid-Nov. to March), and from time to time it snows atop Haleakala.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Heh. The endodontist just called to check up on me, so I guess I was even more white-knuckled than I thought.

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    NotMax says:

    It never hurts to be an informed consumer when you have choices of similar products from which to pick.

    A Guide To Consumer Brands Helping Bankroll Right-Wing Attack Ads

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    Steeplejack says:


    Just seeing one picture and no navigation to other pics.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @muddy: Looks like he held the one woman for nearly a week. There are no words.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Steeplejack: Hi Steep. That almost caught me, too. He has 3 links – one for each word in his post.

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    WereBear says:

    @Mnemosyne: Those things are no fun at all. Quick recovery!

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    Raven says:

    Ok world travelers, I can’t sleep for shit now. How long does this last?

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    muddy says:

    @WaterGirl: Invisible insect aliens! I’m glad the cats are looking out for us, I would never have expected those.

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    muddy says:

    @WaterGirl: Well she was undocumented, so it’s not like it was a *real* person.

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    Raven says:

    @TheMightyTrowel: Ah, thanks. It will be quite some time for me. Are you familiar with Rick Rescorla?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @muddy: Thanks for the laugh after reading about the disgusting GOP rapist. Crazy kitties of the world, keeping us safe. Who knew?

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I was able to stop and get my favorite analgesic on the way home: cupcakes!

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    Steeplejack says:


    If you are able to stay home from work tomorrow–or even if not–there are four pre-Code Barbara Stanwyck movies on TCM starting at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Ah. Thanks.

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    muddy says:

    Watergirl, it occurs to me that if we got together, we could call the party Muddy Waters.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    Re: the muslim brotherhood slur: could it just be that Huma Abedin is a Villager and M. Bachmann most pointedly is not? One does not call out one’s betters. It simply is not done.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I’ll have to check and see which ones I don’t already have — I keep Tivoing things that it turns out I already Tivoed, and it’s driving poor G insane.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Another Halocene Human:

    Either that, or they’re trying to head off any attacks on Grover Norquist’s wife.

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    Ash Can says:

    In GOP-VP-candidate tracking news, reports that Rick Santorum just experienced a “happy ending.”

    A happy ending what?? Don’t leave us hanging!

    (How can you tell I’m fed the hell up with Internet typing fuck-ups?)

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    Ash Can says:

    @Raven: And BTW, awesome photos! :)

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    danielx says:


    My thought exactly – will Marriott stop showing in room porn? Not bloody likely; if there’s one thing Mormons understand it’s making a buck.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    The commercial Willard starting running this morning, with a small business man pretending Obama told him he didn’t build his business, has ultimately landed on Willard’s head. Turns out the man in the video, Brian Maloney, received an industrial revenue bond from the government. Oops.

    Willard’s campaign can’t even make shit up competently.

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    Violet says:

    @Another Halocene Human: Sully’s got a post where Glen Beck is “interviewing” Bachmann. Basically he’s just telling her she’s right and that they’re going to cover the story and that Huma Abedin is “compromised.” Beck is certifiable. Apparently he’s making a ton on his internet TV venture.

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    Steeplejack says:


    I keep Tivoing things that it turns out I already Tivoed [. . .].

    Odd detail in this line: One of the important criteria in my current apartment search has become “Who is the cable/Internet provider?” Definitely do not want Comcast, and I would really like Cox, which I have now, which would mean that I could tote my current cable/DVR box and the 1TB external hard drive I bought for it to the new place and keep my 300 hours of DVR’d stuff.

    I really like the (recently redesigned) Cox on-screen interface. When looking at your DVR trove, you can group everything by title, so you can easily plow through, say, the last season of Justified instead of picking the individual episodes out of the chronological order. And if you happen to record a movie twice, it’s easy to see, and you can delete one of them. Just had that happen recently with Zodiac.

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    A moocher says:

    @Karen in GA: pray, what made you think of that, withall?

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    Violet says:

    @Steeplejack: Be sure they let you do that. When moving two years ago, from a place where AT&T Uverse was the only option, to a place where the current residents had Uverse (so I knew it would work, and in fact was currently working), AT&T Uverse would NOT ALLOW me to carry the DVR from one place to the other (same general area, approximately three miles apart). I had to cancel the account and start a new one, thus giving up all the recordings on the DVR. No, I’m not making that up. It was beyond ridiculous.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    There is a way to pull content from your DVR, save it on a separate hard drive, and format it so it can be watched on any device you own. I do not know the details of how to do this because I want to maintain plausible deniability in case the FBI ever comes knocking, but it can be done.

    ETA: This is how the re-Tivoing happens — something is pulled off the Tivo, I forget it’s already done, and I Tivo it again.

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    Steeplejack says:


    That is ridiculous. I don’t think it’s a problem with Cox Cable.

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    Violet says:

    @Steeplejack: It never occurred to me that it would be a problem. Call them and ask them before you make a decision based on that. I only found out when I called them about “moving the account” and they told me I couldn’t.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    The tax return story is dying. As of 11:15 EDT this evening, the word “tax” did not appear on the NYTimes front page nor on the Google News page. Willard is going to tough it out, and it will work.

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    Steeplejack says:


    I’ll have to check into that.

    The only problem with my current setup is that when you attach an external hard drive to the cable box–and it has to be a specific kind of drive and a specific model of Scientific Atlanta cable box–you have to go through some incantations that basically allow the cable box to “recognize” the external drive and format it as part of its internal DVR drive. So you get the (greatly) increased capacity, but it’s not like stuff is stored discretely on the external drive and you can then manipulate it. Bits and pieces of one movie might be stored on the external drive and on the internal drive, depending on disk fragmentation, etc.

    I know you’re not talking about that. I just spiraled off into geek mode there for a moment. I’ll have to snoop around and see if there’s a way to suck all the stuff off the combined “drive” to another place and then decrypt it from Cox’s proprietary format.

    By the way, if anyone wants details on how to expand your DVR as above, let me know. It is really nice to go from 30-40 hours of space to 300-310 hours.

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @Raven: I’m not. Just looked him up on Wikipedia though. What’s the connection?

    ps: jet lag, cures for. In my experience it’s easiest to plan ahead – the second you are on the airplane (the world’s most artificial environment) change your watch and your schedule to the place you’re headed. That makes a huge difference. If you can’t/didn’t do that, you need to really focus on natural light and hydration. No drinking alcohol or caffeine. WATER WATER WATER (herbal tea, juice, etc). And get outside. Expose the backs of your knees and your wrists to the daylight. Don’t use LED screens after the sun has set (this means laptops and TV and smartphones!). Even if you sleep poorly, get up early and stay the hell awake during daylight hours – do not sleep in. you can take an up-to 1 hour nap after lunch. Within 3-4 days you should be fine (if a bit tired and grumpy from the lack of booze and caffeine).

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    Steeplejack says:


    Yeah, you’re probably right. It would suck if my current connection has some sort of unique ID that wouldn’t transfer to the new place. Yet another thing for the to-do list.

    Right now I’m still trying to find a Cox-worthy apartment. I found a place I really liked, but it was Comcast. And the kitchen was really, really small–like New York apartment small.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Ah, okay. We have an actual honest-to-God Tivo because my sainted father-in-law gave it to us after he couldn’t figure out how to hook it up, so our cable box is just a feeder with no storage on it. For some reason, Charter decided that some customers in our area could have cable DVR, but not us, and by the time they got around to graciously permitting us to buy their product, we were already firmly established with Tivo. Which sounds like it may have been a good thing, technically speaking.

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    NotMax says:

    Whatever floats yer boat, I guess.

    A piece of toast, said to have come from Prince Charles’s breakfast on the day he married Princess Diana, has been sold at auction for £230.  Source

    £230 = ~$350.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Raven: When I flew 12 time zones in one shot it took me about a week.

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    JoyfulA says:

    @Thomas DeVito: I have been a big fan of Isabella Bird for decades and have read many of her books. She is fascinating!

    But I couldn’t find a like button.

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    Steeplejack says:


    TiVo is good. I was just fortunate that when I moved in here six years ago I could get a Cox HD cable box with built-in DVR, and then through the wonders of the Intertubes I found out how to hook up an external drive to the cable box’s SATA port and give my creature life! I bought the external 1TB drive for about $90, and the rest is history. Money very well spent. Really don’t want to see the whole thing disappear now.

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    Evolving Deep Southerner says:

    @Raven: God damn, who are you, Steve Spurrier?

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    Raven says:

    @Evolving Deep Southerner: You looked at the schedule?

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    burnspbesq says:


    USC has an easier schedule than Bama, LSU and Arkansas.

    The only true cupcakes on USC’s schedule are UCLA and Notre Dame.


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    handy says:


    I’m a Bruin and I cannot disagree with a word you wrote. That team is going to be a monster this fall.

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    NotMax says:


    Ah, Wally.

    A woman whose walk through the ocean of life barely got her feet wet.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Ash Can:

    A happy ending what?? Don’t leave us hanging!

    Just in case you really are that innocent, a “happy ending” is code for what professional masseuses are not supposed to offer but erotic masseuses are.

    I thought this was general useage, because apart from every cop novel in the last 20 years, the term was used on the local nightly newscasts when Mel Gibson was accused of asking this of more than one female masseuses… and Jon Travolta of accosting male masseuses under the same term.

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    burnspbesq says:


    doesn’t USC = University of South Carolina?

    To exactly the same extent that UNC = University of Northern Colorado.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    The tax return story is dying. As of 11:15 EDT this evening, the word “tax” did not appear on the NYTimes front page nor on the Google News page. Willard is going to tough it out, and it will work.

    Once Willard picks a VP, the Obama campaign and/or media will start asking him if he demanded to see said VP’s taxes. If so, why is he holding his VP to a standard he won’t meet?

    I also suspect the Obama campaign will continue to bring up Willard’s taxes in creative ways from now until November.

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    burnspbesq says:


    That team is going to be a monster this fall.

    And they’re starting to assemble a ridiculous 2013 recruiting class. I especially like that Kiffin got the best player in Tennessee (!) and beat out Vandy (!!) to get him.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Hill Dweller:

    Remember, Romeny promised to release his 2011 return when it’s filed, which will likely be on or shortly before October 15. And that return will have a Form 8938 attached to it, detailing his foreign bank and brokerage accounts.

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    Lojasmo says:

    +5 (or +6) and getting ready for bed. Wishing I was not required to be in charge of the lab at 0600, I would love to watch batman.

    Oh well.

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    NotMax says:


    Oct. 15 to election day is 22 days.

    Barely enough time for the scribes he’ll hire in Myanmar to make copies sufficient for distribution.

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    pattonbt says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Not being snarky to you in any way, but, the NYT is not your advocate. They have no interest in this story. They want the horserace and until theres more blood in the water from somewhere else on the tax returns, they’ll ignore it or frame it only in a horserace theme.

    The only way the tax story becomes an issue is if the polls shift because of it. And with the polls tightening (at least the last two days of them) and not widening it MUST mean that people don’t care about the tax return issue.

    My test on this story has been waiting for it to appear in the news section of any major national news outlet as it’s own stand alone story with reporting (not politics section or local newspaper). To date, I have not seen one “news” item about this story. Given it’s been almost a week with the Bain stuff out there and Rmoney flips on Bain (including lying to the SEC, fact not in dispute), my guess is Mitt has survived on the issue for now.

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    karen marie says:

    @WaterGirl: At his mother’s?

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    Yutsano says:

    @burnspbesq: Thanks for the vote of confidence. I personally think it will be interesting to see what kind of team Leach fields this fall.


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    karen marie says:

    @burnspbesq: But has he released his 2010 Massachusetts return? Or would that be New Hampshire?

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