Open Thread

This should make you happy:

I attribute this to my zen-like personality.

I kid.

62 replies
  1. 1
    Roger Moore says:

    Someone is missing from that picture.

  2. 2
    Baud says:

    Needs more Obama. /Obama loyalist

  3. 3
    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    John, yer upsettin’ the natural order of things. Next thing you know they will be having pet orgies and all hell will break loose.

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    JCJ says:

    Oh thank you! My wife recently got back from nearly three months visiting family in Thailand. She was concerned because she had not seen any pictures of Tunch since she got back. She was worried about the poor little thing. I told her not to worry – Tunch could go at least six months without eating.

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    cyntax says:

    Wow. I always thought ham-handed was metaphorical…

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Thank you. I needed that.

    I am THIS CLOSE to throwing my cheap Samsung out the window because I just watched a bit of The National on the CBC. Some chundering excuse for a reporter interviewed a DC real estate agent earning over $250,000 a year.

    Oh my gosh, people — she works hard! And she makes her employees work hard! And she already pays over 50% of her net income in taxes! And now Obama wants to make her pay more!

    Chunder the Neckbeard comes back on camera to say yup, Obama wants to make rich people pay a lot more. Fiscal cliff! Nobody wants to compromise! Real estate lady comes back to say that she thinks they will compromise. C the N tries to look wise as he wraps up the story.

    So the average person watching this comes away with the message that the federal tax rate on rich Americans is over 50% (it isn’t) and that Obama wants to raise it by A Whole Fucking Lot (nope).

    No mention of the current tax rate or the proposed raise. No mention of the concept of a marginal tax rate and what that really means. No discussion of gross income versus taxable income.

    And the beer store is closed. Fuck.

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    Narcissus says:

    The Mass Hysteria is in the thread downstairs

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    Keith says:

    I adopted a couple of cats via, and I swear one of them is Tunch’s double (OK, he’s a bit more orange). Big old belly, flab hanging from his chest, and he seems to complain a lot, but damn if he isn’t one of the most affectionate cats I’ve ever had. I wake up every morning to the big boy nuzzling my face while he takes up the edge of my pillow. If he’s not lounging out in the driveway or the back deck, he’s lounging on the bed wherever the blankets are bunched up. It still amazes me when I run into people who hate/fear cats, since they can be the sweetest, chilliest creatures in the world.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Narcissus: Fuck you. It says “Open Thread” at the top.

    Also: fuck you.

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    Gophers 5, Bemidji 1. Lee Stecklein scored shorthanded (she has yet to score an even strength goal), so the penalty kill is now +5 through 19 games: 9 shorties scored; 4 power play goals allowed. That’s something out of a video game.

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    Baud says:


    I guess he’s running for gov on the Dem ticket?

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    Comrade Mary says:

    wait a second: that comment may not have been directed at me.

    Sorry, Narcissus. Long fucking stressful week here.

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    steverino says:

    …more like a wide lap than any type of personality.

    When I go for my Quality Time at the Book Barn, I end up with a cat on my chest, for I have very little room on my lap these days. Nevertheless, this last time I had a little kitty squeeze on there, too. I had a hard time seeing my book over the mound of fur in my face, but it was worth it.

    I am glad to see you fully appreciate your animals: being petless, I have to take mine as I can find them, or vicariously through your photos.

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    redshirt says:

    Cats and dogs, living together! Total Anarchy!

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    Baud says:


    The harmful social effects of gay marriage are starting to reveal themselves.

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    Narcissus says:

    @Comrade Mary: yeah, it was about cats and dogs living together

    I do have strong opinions about beer stores though

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    Garbo says:

    Look how similar their coloring is? Nice to see them getting some lap time together. Where is the beloved, on your head?

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Narcissus: Please share your opinions. I’ll pretend I’m drinking a cold one with you.

    (Really, sorry. Just in a crappy mood today.)

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    redshirt says:

    Or is Cole cruelly holding Tunch hostage for a blog posting?

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    Yutsano says:

    I am out and about at the moment, but I shall alert the proper authorities when I return to the abode.

    ROSIEPUPPEH!! Also. Too.

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    Joseph Nobles says:

    @Comrade Mary: You mean Real Estate Lady didn’t mention that her 50% figure (if accurate) includes her payroll taxes? How about that?

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    amk says:

    @redshirt: Looks like cole is into animal porn too.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @J. Michael Neal:

    The men have given up a 2 goal lead in the second. 2-2 end of 2. Given they are over 6000 ft in Co Springs I may not watch the third period.

    My old kiteh has had another episode tonight. This didn’t seem so bad but it went on for a very long time, more than a minute I would guess. Whats odd is once its over she acts fine. Probably drag her back to tthe vet tomorrow even though he couldn’t tell us anything after the first one.

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    Little Boots says:

    discussing the fiscal cliff.

    ah, dogs and cats.

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    Little Boots says:


    that’s the thread killer?

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    Felonius Monk says:

    It really warms my heart to see a cat and dog get together and take in a down and out human.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Schlemizel: Sorry to hear that your kitteh is doing poorly. I hope the kitteh will be okay.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    Cole — nice picture of 2 of 3 animals. (Thank you for that.) Now where is Lily?

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    MikeJ says:

    @PurpleGirl: We need proof of life.

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    lamh35 says:

    Did Charlie Crist really JUST announce he’s switching to Dem party on twitter? Or did I miss an announcement? I’ve had a lot going on this week, but I woulda remembered this I think.

    yep he announced via twitter

    theres’s a pic with his paperwork I guess

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    MikeJ says:

    @lamh35: I’m interested in hearing Ms Cracker’s take on this.

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    Little Boots says:


    bout friggin time.

    who the hell was he fooling, about anything?

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    Little Boots says:

    sooner or later, but sooner, it will occur to every Republican, I”m not crazy, why am I in the crazy party?

    as with johnny.

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    Santiago says:

    @MikeJ: Seconded.

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    1badbaba3 says:

    @Little Boots: Except, of course, for that pesky 27%.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Is there anyone here who has made coquito, aka puerto rican eggnog?

    Someone here raved about it a few weeks ago, but all the recipes I find are different:
    – Some use 2 cans of coconut cream, some say 1.
    – Some use white rum, some say dark.
    – Some use sweetened condensed milk, some say unsweetened.
    – Some use evaporated milk, others don’t.
    – Some use coconut milk, too, others leave it out.
    – And the amount of alcohol varies from 4 ounces to 3 cups, with the quantities of other items being roughly the same.

    The only things I know for certain at this point are the spices (vanilla, cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg) and that I plan to use a recipe with no egg, And probably dark rum.

    I use coconut cream for pina coladas, and a little bit goes a long way. So 2 cans seems crazy, but what do I know?

    Hoping to make this on Saturday for drinking with friends on Sunday.

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    Little Boots says:


    they’ll come around.

    okay, they won’t.

    but it doesn’t matter. we really, truly won.

  39. 39
    Humble Lurker says:

    My uncle passed away, and he’s survived by his mother, his wife, his five brothers and sisters, his two boys and his four grandchildren. He was 65 years old and it was cancer. Send your thoughts and prayers his family’s way. Thanks.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Humble Lurker: Cancer sucks. Peace be upon your family at this time.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @MikeJ: Yes, we do.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Humble Lurker: My condolences.

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    Ash Can says:

    @Humble Lurker: Condolences to all of you. Sixty-five is too young.

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    Little Boots says:

    sorry about your loss, humble.

    cancer sucks.

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    Rhubarb says:

    @Humble Lurker: Not doing so well on prayers these days, but thoughts are most cetainly with you.

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    That could be a pic of my foxie Patch, except that at 15 he is showing his age, Tunch and my kitten, Fry, have weight in common. He is on a diet needs to lose 1.8 kgs (4lbs).

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    Ash Can says:

    @Narcissus: Boy, you’re not kidding. Bunch of people running around with their hair on fire. It is fun to get Cole all worked up, though.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    At what point did Tunch wheel around and spike Rosie on the nose with his extended claws?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Debbie(Aussie): My kitties started getting chunky. I changed to 1/8 cup grain-free dry food once a day + wet food the rest of the time. The extra weight dropped in a heartbeat.

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    WaterGirl says:

    I can’t figure out why my comments suddenly started going into moderation — it’s happened several times, starting yesterday.

    Is this happening to anyone else?

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    TUUUUUUNCHIE! Thanks, Cole. I so needed a picture of my boy. Rosie is looking fat and happy, too. She’s come a long way since you first picked her up off the street.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @WaterGirl: You have the mark of the beast. Or cooties.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    It still sounds to me like it’s probably seizures, but I’ve never had a cat with seizures, so unfortunately I don’t have any advice or ideas.

    The best advice I got from a vet when our cat Natasha had cancer was that if she still had all of her bodily functions (eating, drinking, peeing, pooping) and still wanted to be around us (ie not hiding), she still had pretty good quality of life. If you can evaluate what’s going on by whether or not the cat seems to be in pain or disoriented, that’s probably the best measure to go by. Eighteen years is a long, honorable lifespan for a cat.

    ETA: You’re not in So Cal, are you? If so, see if your vet will give you a referral to Animal Specialty Group. They rarely give you good news, but they can usually figure out complicated cases.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I never got the cooties in grade school, so I probably didn’t have any immunity built up. That must be it. I hope cooties don’t last as long as my strep throat did a couple weeks ago!

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Schlemizel: I have a 17+ year old cat who’s had some violent seizures — thankfully, not for almost a year, but she had had 3 or 4 the year before. She would twitch and kick on her side, then slowly calm down, then walk in a circle like in a dizzy bat race, then shake it off and eat a ton of food. Just today she seemed to be super spaced out and fell down one or twice. We’ll see where we are in the morning.

    It’s alarming. I feel for you.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Schlemizel: oh, and the only thing the vet ever told us about dealing with the seizures was to keep her calm and keep her on the floor.

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    @efgoldman: If you’re still reading the thread:

    Screw Jerry York. I mean that on all sorts of levels (I didn’t like the guy back when he was the coach at Bowling Green), but you are talking about the wrong sport. I’m talking about the one where the Minnesota Golden Gophers are the defending national champions, are 19-0 this season, have the longest winning streak in NCAA history (now at 27 games) and tonight set the NCAA record for the longest road winning streak at 18 games.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:


    She would twitch and kick on her side, then slowly calm down, then walk in a circle like in a dizzy bat race, then shake it off and eat a ton of food.

    Back in the Sixties I paid good money for some shit that would make me do that.

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    Linnaeus says:

    We haven’t heard from The Ladyfriend in a while.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    @Comrade Mary: I watched that same report and wanted to smack the “smell a fart” look off her face. I wonder what her employees really think of her whiny ass, especially how SHE won’t be workin as hard so she makes just under 250,000. (Not how it works, you dumbshit.)

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    @Humble Lurker: Peace to you and your family. Too young to be lost and so many who loved him left behind. May you all find comfort in good memories and happier times. (When my uncles died back to back last year, there was lots of good whiskey, laughter and tears – it all helped).

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    Msskwesq says:

    Thank you, John. I needed a pet pic and you delivered. I don’t know why, but I just love your pet crew!

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