Wednesday Afternoon Open Thread: PUPPY!

Goldy over at Seattle’s Stranger has an excellent argument in favor of dogs over guns:

A few days after adopting our dog Feisty as an eight-week-old pup, I had to drive up to Bellingham to participate in a panel discussion. Feisty was too young to be left alone for the half-day I’d be gone, so I brought her along for the ride. But I didn’t trust leaving her alone in the car for the hour-long panel. So I grabbed the baby sling I’d kept as a cherished memento from my daughter’s babyhood, and conducted the panel with a puppy strapped to my chest.

If there’s anything more adorable than a baby in a baby sling, it’s a puppy.

As expected, an audience member eventually asked about the puppy sling, to which I claimed self defense: “My blog generates a lot of threatening comments and emails,” I quipped, “so I make it a point never to go out in public without a puppy.” I mean, what better way to diffuse a potential hate crime, I imagined…

Sercon argument and adorable puppy pictures at the link.
********
What’s on the agenda for this evening at the midpoint of a blessedly foreshortened work week?

Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Google Plus
Share On Pinterest
Share On Reddit






80 replies
  1. 1
    gogol's wife says:

    I hadn’t encountered the dog-gun comparison from the gun “rights” defenders until this morning, on the thread down below. They keep coming up with new distractions.

  2. 2
    lamh35 says:

    Boehner spox says he’s not resigning.

    and I see from TPM that Al Jazeera is buying Current TV?

  3. 3
    Ash Can says:

    What’s on the agenda for tonight? Besides enjoying the Chris Christie fallout, the Weeping Orange deathwatch, and the other GOP fratricide, not much.

  4. 4
    Ash Can says:

    @lamh35: I wonder if the caucus meeting that’s scheduled to begin right about now will change his mind (if his spox isn’t just blowing smoke).

  5. 5
    gogol's wife says:

    One of the comments on that article says, “I’m pretty sure that in the event of a home invasion, my two cats will rub up against the legs of the thief and shed deadly amounts of fur on his pant leg.” But I actually had two cats who scared off a burglar once. We lived on the first floor, but it was slightly elevated off the street so you couldn’t look in the windows without climbing on something. My then-husband and I couldn’t sleep and got up to read at 3:00 AM. Apparently a burglar thought we had just gone away and left lights on, and he brought a lawn chair up to the window to climb in. But Buddy and Freddy heard him and immediately jumped into the window — and he ran off before we were even aware he was there. We heard the pounding footsteps going off into the distance, and found the lawn chair under the window.

  6. 6
    Mnemosyne says:

    I’ve always heard that a dog that barks a lot is a much bigger deterrent than any suspicion a random burglar might have that a homeowner owns a gun. Maybe police departments can team up with the local animal shelters and let people exchange guns for puppies.

    I think I’m only half-joking about that. I need to give this some more thought.

  7. 7
    Violet says:

    @lamh35:

    and I see from TPM that Al Jazeera is buying Current TV?

    Replied to you on the other thread about this, but it fits better here. Quoting myself from there: Al Jazeera now has a great international sports network called BeInSports. A lot of the international sports that weren’t getting shown here. They’re growing.

  8. 8
    Roger Moore says:

    From the article:

    No, Feisty’s not likely to protect me from a determined killer, but then, I’m not ever likely to face a determined killer, so why arm myself against a paranoid fantasy? And whatever protection Feisty does provide, unlike keeping a gun in the house, at least I never have to worry about my daughter accidentally shooting herself with the dog.

    This. Most of the reasons gun nuts give for being afraid of being out of arms reach of a loaded gun are nothing but paranoid fantasies, and in exchange the vastly increase their chances of being injured or killed by their own gun. The problem, of course, is that’s difficult to impossible to convince somebody who’s genuinely paranoid that they’re worried about a fantasy.

    ETA: And I believe that the correct quote is Happiness is a warm puppy.

  9. 9
    SatanicPanic says:

    @gogol’s wife: I’m eager to hear their thoughts on how lightning and sharks are also dangerous and we need to publish maps on them too.

  10. 10
    PurpleGirl says:

    Love Goldy’s story. It reminds me of the reaction I got when I took the Dobermann for a walk — people would walk away from us to get clear of the big, mean dog. Hugo would do his protection routine if we were alone in the house or out walking, but really, I was one of his humans and he was like a marshmallow with me.

  11. 11
    PurpleGirl says:

    @Mnemosyne: Perhaps schools could get very high quality audio of dogs barking and play the sound on an endless loop by the main doors.

  12. 12
    Raven says:

    I didn’t know you were in Washington!

  13. 13
    kathy a. says:

    i’ve also heard (from cops, even) that a barky dog is a good deterrent. one of my dogs has a personal hobby of trying to kill the mailman by barking, and i can report that not once has the mailman tried to get into my house.

    the one time we really did have a felony at the homestead, of course, the dogs slept through it. somebody hotwired our ancient car in front of the house, waved at the police officers who had earlier chased him in a different stolen car, and crashed a while later. (i like to think the guy couldn’t drive stick. that car was so ancient that we could not even get the “donate your car” people to take it.)

    anyway, i vote for feisty over a gun.

  14. 14
    Punchy says:

    Not everyone prefers a dog over a gun

  15. 15
    General Stuck says:

    BREAKING BRAKING BRIEKING

    Dispatch from liberal blogs.

    OBAMA CAVE REPUBLICANS WIN!

    GONNA CAVE ON DEBT CEILING TOO!

    OBAMA LIES SOCIAL SECURITY DIES!

    CONCEDER, WIMPER, CAVER IN CHIEF!!

    PROGRESSIVES MUST SAVE THE DAY, AGAIN.!!

    flip it around from Redstate et al, and Mcconnell Boner is the same for republican bloggers. Just another day at the circus.

  16. 16
    joes527 says:

    @SatanicPanic: Dude. If they had permanent addresses, I would be _totally_ in favor of lightning and shark maps.

    Those would rock.

  17. 17
    beltane says:

    @General Stuck: The teabaggers are saying they want Alan West to be Speaker. What will they do when they realize he lost reelection?

  18. 18
    MikeJ says:

    @SatanicPanic:

    I’m eager to hear their thoughts on how lightning and sharks are also dangerous and we need to publish maps on them too.

    http://thunderstorm.vaisala.com/explorer.html

  19. 19
    Hal says:

    @General Stuck:

    Other than the 400k instead of 250k threshold, is there something else in the deal that’s so horrific? I keep thinking I’m missing something given some of the reactions on liberal blogs.

  20. 20
    The Dangerman says:

    @Ash Can:

    …the Chris Christie fallout…

    This is an excellent argument for better suspenders.

  21. 21
    General Stuck says:

    @beltane:

    They are waiting for the next Genghis Khan to arrive. Meanwhile, Sheriff Bart owns their ass.

  22. 22
    Face says:

    @The Dangerman: Or better jockstrap.

  23. 23
    Anoniminous says:

    @beltane:

    Surprisingly, nowhere is it writ the Speaker of the House has to be a member of the House.

  24. 24
    Roger Moore says:

    @beltane:

    The teabaggers are saying they want Alan West to be Speaker. What will they do when they realize he lost reelection?

    Assumes facts not in evidence. If they ever realize that he lost his reelection bid, they’ll blame it on his being abandoned by the Party Bigwigs(TM) and add it as yet another grievance. More likely, though, is that they’ll sweep him into the memory hole and develop a new crush.

  25. 25
    beltane says:

    @Hal: The usual suspects are very unhappy that the payroll tax cut will expire, which is very odd since these same people used to complain that the payroll tax cut was going to spell the end of Social Security and force us to end our days eating out of a dumpster. The gist of it is that Obama sold us out by instituting the payroll tax cut and then he threw us under the bus by agreeing to let this tax cut expire.

    Got it?

  26. 26
    Hal says:

    I’m starting to wonder if Christie isn’t going to run as an Independent. If keeps this up, he’ll have a hard time winning Republican primaries if he runs in 2016.

    Also, I’m quite amused by the bitching on Facebook of Conservative friends who want to know what happened to the 250k threshold and why are their taxes going up (in the form of social security contributions.)

    Hmm, let’s see, the fucktards you voted for think middle class is 400k or less? A holiday from social security payments is just that, a holiday? Your abilities of self analysis are so flawed you blame everything on Liberals even when it’s your own party squarely at faults? Take your pick.

  27. 27
    General Stuck says:

    @Hal:

    Reading the liberal blogs right now, should be a lesson in seeing through bullshit. There is nothing bad in the deal, not even new spending cuts. So the left nutters are busy looking for a fail pony, and all they have is the fact all of our national ills weren’t solved in one clean swoop. They are not loyal democrats, they are not holding anyone’s feet to the fire. They are creating their own political party, when it suits them, and claiming to be concerned progs in the dem tent, when that suits them.

  28. 28
    lamh35 says:

    hmmm?

    “@ThePlumLineGS: Cantor taking them over? RT @thehill: Boehner tells GOP he’s through with one-on-one negotiations with Obama http://t.co/fAxHSyJy”

  29. 29
    Anoniminous says:

    @Hal:

    There’s some of the usual, some good (wind power extension) some bad (Goldman/Sachs subsidy.) If you don’t trust the MSM and/or teh blog-o-sphere you can read the Bill for yourself.

  30. 30
    Scamp Dog says:

    I’ve been out walking at all hours with my Border Collie, and never felt worried for my own safety. I had a neighbor who was kind of surprised about that, and started wondering if I was mis-judging my neighborhood (suburban Denver, Thornton if that helps anybody). The apartment complex next door is subsidized housing (I think), but I’ve never had an actual trouble with the people who live there. And a lot of the neighbors speak Spanish (gasp!).

    The lack of break-ins in the condo complex, and the fact that everything’s still in the garage when I come back home a few hours after forgetting to close the garage door makes me think that the place is fairly safe. The dog probably helps some, I guess.

    Of course, she thinks the biggest threat in the neighborhood is the bad dog on the other side of the fence. He barks at us! When we’re patrolling our territory! (The other side of the fence not being our territory is not a dog concept).

  31. 31
    Roger Moore says:

    @beltane:

    The gist of it is that Obama sold us out by instituting the payroll tax cut and then he threw us under the bus by agreeing to let this tax cut expire.

    Got it?

    Yep. They’re upset that he’s Presidenting While Blah.

  32. 32
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Hal: In all fairness, I think the angst is not about what is in the deal, but that this deal didn’t do more to resolve even bigger things like the debt ceiling and the sequester. Of course, to make a deal that DID those things would mean, presumably, A MUCH WORSE DEAL.

    So the complaint (if it’s at all on the merits and not just Haters Gotta Hate, Vol. XCVIII) is that (1) it was an OK deal that could have been better and, more importantly, (2) by leaving some big stuff unresolved it makes a future bad deal more likely.

  33. 33
    srv says:

    OK, I need advice on best pre-seasoned cast iron skillets that will last my lifetime for under $200 Alex/Annie/whomever

  34. 34
    Roger Moore says:

    @lamh35:
    Shorter Boehner: I’m tired of failing the same old way. Let’s fail a new and different way.

  35. 35

    Wait, is the dog at least packing?
    I’m still hungover, I think. But I’m ok with something like this happening:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.co.....n-gun.html

    Tonight I will have to deal with NYE fallout. My wife’s friend complained that my political views were offensive and that I don’t consider the poor Gopers’s feelings. I pointed her to a blawg post I wrote where I expressly considered their feelings. She told me that she wouldn’t read that crap and I had too much of a laugh at that. Her husband has been mad texting me saying that he’s going to repeatedly punch me in the face; that he is going to choke me out with my own foreskin and that he’s going to give me liposuction with his crotch. So strangely homoerotic. Anyhoo, the guy’s wife is playing the victim and calling my wife every hour crying because I’m a rude monster. Gotta love wingnuts.

  36. 36
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @General Stuck: Don’t forget their service as Minutemen against the ever-present threat of “Trial Balloons.”

  37. 37
    beltane says:

    @General Stuck: There is a pretty funny diary up at DKos right now titled “Let’s Play: Redstate or Daily Kos”.
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/.....r-DailyKos

    Maybe I’m a little dense but I fail to understand what some “progessives” were hoping to have happen.

  38. 38
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Homer Simpson: Kids: there’s three ways to do things; the right way, the wrong way and the Max Power way!
    Bart: Isn’t that the wrong way?
    Homer Simpson: Yeah, but faster!

  39. 39
    General Stuck says:

    @FlipYrWhig:

    You are wrong

    edit – though I might have misread what you were saying.

  40. 40
    Roger Moore says:

    @srv:

    OK, I need advice on best pre-seasoned cast iron skillets that will last my lifetime for under $200 Alex/Annie/whomever

    The one you find at a second-hand store for $5. The best way of seasoning a cast iron skillet is to cook in it, so one from a second-hand store may be better than brand new. And it’s not as if cast iron wears out, so just about any piece you get will last a lifetime and more.

  41. 41
    Yutsano says:

    @srv: If you’re paying $200 for a cast iron skilet you’re doing it wrong. They shouldn’t be more than $30, and pre-seasoning is a joke anyway.

  42. 42
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @beltane: They wanted to “go over the cliff,” then have the Republicans come crawling back to beg for the madness to stop, and ask for nothing in return.

    Once again most of the goofiness arises from thinking that House Republicans, most of whom were just re-elected, live in quivering fear of “public pressure.”

  43. 43
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Punchy:

    Other rappers named Ice disagree.

    ETA: No, not the lame white dude.

  44. 44
    Violet says:

    @Roger Moore: Speaking of which, I recently discovered a cast iron skillet I got from someone. It has been sitting in a box in the garage (after multiple storage units) and is dirty. It was seasoned at some point, but not sure now.

    Any idea how I can clean it? How do I re-season it?

    And how do you wash a cast iron skillet after using it?

  45. 45
    Silver says:

    @srv: Just get a Lodge for 20 bucks. The pre-seasoning doesn’t really matter. I prefer to bake it off and reseason anyways.

  46. 46
    Redshift says:

    @Hal: It’s terrible because Obama could have gotten the debt ceiling threat and the sequester completely eliminated. He could, he could, he could!

    That’s about all I’m seeing, but I haven’t looked very hard.

  47. 47
    SatanicPanic says:

    @ranchandsyrup: jeez, what kind of parties are you going to?

  48. 48
    beltane says:

    I regularly use a cast-iron skillet that belonged to my great-grandmother. They are inexpensive and long-lasting, the giant sequoias of the cookware world.

  49. 49
    Anoniminous says:

    @srv:

    Seasoning a cast iron pan is really, really, easy.

    If you decide to “take the plunge” and go used both Herself and I like, and use, Griswold. I’ve seen the 10″ skillet, no lid, go for $5 at garage sales. Estate sales prices, for some reason, seem to hover about $25 for the 10″.

    We have a Lodge cast iron dutch oven bought new and it is OK but doesn’t come close to the heft of the Griswold.

  50. 50
    MikeJ says:

    @srv: Seasoning is trivial. I wouldn’t pay much more to get pre-seasoned.

    Regardless of that, you can’t go wrong with Lodge. Amazon has a 12″ for $18.97. The extra handle is a good thing to have in a heavy pan.

  51. 51
    srv says:

    @Roger Moore: Thx, nothing at goodwill, but I’ll check a used kitchen shop. I guess my perception of prices is out of date, I thought a good set was pricey.

  52. 52
    Jay C says:

    @beltane:

    The teabaggers are saying they want Alan West to be Speaker. What will they do when they realize he lost reelection?

    Shhhh! Don’t tell them! The sight of thirty or forty Congresscritters blithely voting for one of their former colleagues as Speaker would just be PRICELESS!!

  53. 53
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @General Stuck: I do think that’s the nature of the complaint. I doubt that the complaint is correct, though, because it seems to have embedded within it the idea that Obama had but didn’t properly use “leverage.” It seems to me that the next fight was always going to be fierce anyway, and that Republicans don’t get less dogmatic and more tractable just because they lose a round.

    IOW, the complaint (from smart and well-intentioned people) is that this deal makes it more likely for the next fight to be bigger, nastier, and fought without some key weapons that have already been used.

  54. 54
    trollhattan says:

    @ranchandsyrup:

    Your wife needs better friends. Seriously, these sound mentally challenged.

  55. 55
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Hal:

    The big thing I’ve seen is complaints that this somehow puts Democrats in a bad position for the upcoming debt ceiling negotiations because argle bargle line in the sand.

    I don’t really get it — it seems to be one of those “alpha male” things that white dudes find compelling but most of the rest of us scratch our heads over.

  56. 56

    @SatanicPanic: This one was chock full of galtian superheroes up in Capo Beach. Oh, the parroting I heard! They hit all of the high notes. I prodded them on some issues (and frequently had to go fetch an ipad to show some “proof” of my libtard “facts”. Things went great until my wife’s friend tried to lecture me on being insensitive and didn’t want to hear that it’s not that I’m insensitive, I considered their viewpoint. But I choose to mock anyways and am willing to be mocked as well.

  57. 57

    @trollhattan: The people who held the party are genuinely good people. He’s truly self made but is reasonable and we stayed up until 4 by the fire on the beach solving the world’s problems. Some of their friends are surely questionable. Also, many of them were from Sackatomatoes—your neck of the woods, right?

  58. 58
    General Stuck says:

    @FlipYrWhig:

    You are entitled to your take, but after 4 years of this same nonsense, there is no doubt in my mind of nothing but selfish interest being behind it, which is okay, whatever is behind it. But It looks like self centered white liberal privilege as an entity unto itself, and not remotely altruistic.

    you want to protest, fine.
    Just don’t come tell me you are simply being a good dem and keeping Obama’s feet to the fire. I don’t believe it, and will say so in direct and properly demeaning language.

  59. 59
    Anne Laurie says:

    @Hal:

    I’m starting to wonder if Christie isn’t going to run as an Independent.

    Said this right after Sandy, and I’m standing by it: Christie’s best chance at higher office, at this poplitical moment, would be as a Democrat. (Look at our blogmaster for an exemplar.) If he’s serious about 2016, look for teasers starting sometime next summer…

  60. 60
    SatanicPanic says:

    @ranchandsyrup: I almost never hear wingnut talk unless I visit the OC, must be something in the water up there.

  61. 61
    PurpleGirl says:

    @Violet: To clean the dirty skillet, fill with water (NO soap) and with a steel-wool (or similar) pad, swish the water around and rub the pad on the skillet as usual. The main thing is not to use soap or detergent. Rinse the water out. You could also wipe the skillet down with newspaper before washing with water. This is also how I cleaned cast iron pots after using them.

    To re-season, when the skillet is dry, pour in a little oil and heat it skillet on the stove. Wipe up with paper towels or newspaper.

    (I’m not a major cook for myself, but my friend in Peekskill had several cast iron pots/skillets and this is how he wanted me to handle them.)

  62. 62

    @SatanicPanic: Every time I drive back over the San Diego county line, I start smiling.

  63. 63
    Joel says:

    Are they having another one of those minor league football games today?

  64. 64
    Roger Moore says:

    @Violet:

    Any idea how I can clean it? How do I re-season it?

    And how do you wash a cast iron skillet after using it?

    If you’re planning on re-seasoning anyway, you can clean pretty much any way you like. Go ahead and use detergent, harsh abrasives- I like the green ScotchBrite pads, but steel wool and even sandpaper will work- and any other methods you’ve heard are terrible for cast iron. I like to scrub it until I can actually see some metal shining through the layers of cooked-on oil. Use a paper towel to wipe off any water that’s been left on the surface. Again, this doesn’t have to be perfect, since you’re going to be heating it to well above 212°F anyway.

    To season, oil the surface liberally with a neutral flavored, high smoke point oil. Leave a little puddle of oil in the bottom of the pan. Heat it up on the stove, which will drive off any residual water and open the metal’s pores so the oil can penetrate a short distance. If enough oil soaks into the metal that there isn’t a noticeable puddle in the bottom, add more. When the pan gets hot enough to smoke, remove it from the heat. When it’s cool enough to touch, wipe out any excess oil with a paper towel. Congratulations, you’ve now given your skillet a decent preliminary seasoning. To get a really good seasoning, keep cooking greasy food in it regularly.

    Cleaning cast iron is pretty easy. If the surface is only greasy, just wipe it out with a paper towel. If there is stuff sitting in the skillet, you can get them out with water and a non-abrasive tool like a brush, sponge, etc. that you aren’t afraid of getting greasy. If stuff has actually cooked onto the surface, you can scrape it out, but try to avoid really going after the surface with abrasive. After cleaning with water, you should wipe the surface dry and heat it on the stove to drive off any remaining water. Try to avoid using detergent or (gasp) the dishwasher. If you do, don’t freak out; just re-season as described above. The big thing is not to let the surface sit for an extended time while not covered with a protective layer of oil, which will lead to rust.

  65. 65
    Mike in NC says:

    New episode of “American Horror Story” tonight, in which the Monsignor confronts the Devil. It won’t end well for one of them.

  66. 66
    Brachiator says:

    @Hal:

    Other than the 400k instead of 250k threshold, is there something else in the deal that’s so horrific? I keep thinking I’m missing something given some of the reactions on liberal blogs.

    I don’t care that much about the $400K vs $250K threshold, even though this seems like a fetish number for some people.

    Only 2% of filers have Adjusted Gross Incomes between $250,000 and $500,000 (about 3 million tax returns in 2009).

    People in this group may have to pick up an additional Medicare tax of .9 percent and an additional tax on investment income of 3.8 percent. Not a huge amount, but it’s not as though they are getting away free.

    However, I think they continuation of some tax breaks on capital gains and qualified dividends really stinks. The Dems agreed to continue to allow a ZERO tax rate on some capital gains for incomes around $72,500 for joint filers. Zero. This is not a break that any wage earner will ever see.

    I have some reservations with some of the estate tax breaks, not just the rates but some of the other areas. I haven’t finished reading the bill (yeah, I have to do it for a living).

    I even disagree with some of the lower income tax breaks that have been made permanent. I don’t disagree with some of the breaks for taxpayers with children, but I think that more economic stimulus needs to be thrown to single people and the childless as well.

    Overall, for what it’s worth, and to acknowledge some of the people here I have “debated” the fiscal cliff with, I officially do not think that this is the best deal possible that the Democrats could have got.

    And here, blame has to be doled out to Obama, Biden, Reid and Pelosi.

    Everybody knew that this battle was coming. I am not saying that they just have blithely pushed things into 2013, because they absolutely had to deal with the 2012 alternative minimum tax patch and some other issues that otherwise would have prevented people from being able to file their 2012 tax returns.

    But still. Bottom line is that they needed to get some more revenues and tighten some of the breaks for the wealthy.

  67. 67
    General Stuck says:

    @General Stuck:

    And after re reading my own comment, it is obvious that this nonsense is making me far too cranky. The little dears on the left probly can’t help themselves, any more than I can. So a wee period of Galt for me. Freebie for my personal trolls. Have at it.

  68. 68
    Poopyman says:

    @Roger Moore: Let’s talk about rust in cast iron pots/dutch ovens for a minute. I’ve got a couple/three pots from various sources – mostly farm auctions – that sat in a barn for a while and are pretty rusted. Nothing near rusted through, mind you, but enough to disfigure the surface. Should I just wire brush the hell out of them and follow up with sandpaper, decreasing the grits until semi-smooth?

    (I guess I probably should, as an experiment, seeing as these cost next to nothing.)

  69. 69
    General Stuck says:

    @Brachiator:

    I don’t really care about the play by play for fairness to this group or that. The bottom line is that it is a progressive tax bill in the meta, and the overall revenue to spending cuts is about all win, as per what the wingnuts claimed they would go to the mat for, they were pretty much skunked this round.

    I always wish a little more cash could be thrown at the poorest, and single people as well. But have never been one for sticking it to the rich, just because. Maybe a better deal could have been gotten, but it is a total crapshoot having all the Bush tax cuts expire at once, for the 99 percent, and how they would react, and if the wingnuts just bowed up and decided to take the longer strategy of turning the wurlitzer on dems have the WH and senate, and your taxes went up. Sooner or later, the people in charge get the blame.

  70. 70
    Violet says:

    @PurpleGirl: Thanks! I’ve just got it in the cabinet at the moment and haven’t tried to do anything with it. New Years project.

  71. 71
    Violet says:

    @Roger Moore: Thanks for the detailed info! There’s definitely some rust on the outside of it. I guess just scour that off with whatever I’m cleaning with? It’s currently both dirty and sticky, so the whole thing needs to be cleaned and reseasoned.

    The Real Simple link you (?) linked up thread says to season by putting it in the oven at 350 for an hour, but I’ve always heard to do it on the stove.

  72. 72
    Hal says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    Christie’s best chance at higher office, at this poplitical moment, would be as a Democrat.

    Unless he makes major changes to his personal beliefs, he can stay with the Republicans. Dems have enough wanna be Republicans as is. Still, I would love to see the heads explode over at Fox News. Might make it worth the fireworks, but I can honestly say I would not vote for Christie without a sea change in his beliefs. Of course all of this is theoretical, but still…

  73. 73
    Roger Moore says:

    @Poopyman:
    I think it’s going to depend on the nature of the rust. If they’re rusty all over but it’s just a surface rust, you’re probably fine. If the rust is deep enough that the surface is obviously pitted after you’ve cleaned it up, the pans may actually be beyond salvage. Note that you don’t need to have a sanded smooth surface for cast iron to cook well. Lodge leaves their cast iron with the natural, slightly rough texture it gets from sand casting. Some other brands machine the cooking surface, but that still leaves slightly raised concentric rings. None of those things makes a big difference. It’s only if you get a really pitted surface that you’ll have problems.

  74. 74
    Brachiator says:

    @General Stuck:

    I don’t really care about the play by play for fairness to this group or that. The bottom line is that it is a progressive tax bill in the meta, and the overall revenue to spending cuts is about all win, as per what the wingnuts claimed they would go to the mat for, they were pretty much skunked this round.

    It’s not just about fairness to this group or that. It is that it is not good economic policy to exclude some tax groups from stimulus, or to heap more tax breaks and credits to people with children as opposed to singles and the childless. Especially when some of these breaks are made permanent.

    The extra breaks on capital gains and dividends, the freaking zero tax rate contradicts any notion of progressiveness.

    And some of the estate and gift tax giveaways just look flat out bad, on a couple of readings of the bill.

    That said, unlike others here, I am not tearing my hair out about the compromise, or declaring Obama to be a traitor.

    And note, by the way, that I think that some of the tax credits aimed at the poor are too generous, or need to be re-allocated more effectively.

    I always wish a little more cash could be thrown at the poorest, and single people as well. But have never been one for sticking it to the rich, just because. Maybe a better deal could have been gotten, but it is a total crapshoot having all the Bush tax cuts expire at once, for the 99 percent, and how they would react, and if the wingnuts just bowed up and decided to take the longer strategy of turning the wurlitzer on dems have the WH and senate, and your taxes went up. Sooner or later, the people in charge get the blame.

    I largely agree with much of what you say here. I am not for sticking it to the rich just for giggles.

    But when a couple get to wallow in capital gains and dividends and pay no tax at all, I easily see the rich throwing off income to their kids via a trust as part of a tax avoidance scheme. This stinks, and there is no freaking reason for it.

    But the other part of the bottom line is that the deal is done. Obama and the Democrats have to get ready to fight the next battle, not obsess over the gains and losses of the last one.

  75. 75
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Brachiator:

    The extra breaks on capital gains and dividends, the freaking zero tax rate contradicts any notion of progressiveness.

    Where are the “extra” breaks? From what I’ve seen, capital gains taxes go up for people with incomes over $400K, and the estate tax went up as well (from 35% to 40%, I think). They certainly weren’t zeroed out.

  76. 76
    Roger Moore says:

    @Violet:

    The Real Simple link you (?) linked up thread says to season by putting it in the oven at 350 for an hour, but I’ve always heard to do it on the stove.

    The Real Simple link was from somebody else. I think there are about as many ways of taking care of cast iron as there are people who cook with it. They’re all fine as long as they follow the real basics:

    1) Build up a layer of seasoning by heating the pan with oil
    2) Clean the surface gently to avoid removing the seasoning layer
    3) Don’t let the pan stay wet

    Beyond that, they’re mostly detail decisions dictated by people’s cooking habits, attitude toward cleanliness, willingness to put effort into re-seasoning, available tools, etc. Whether to season on the stove or in the oven is an example of this kind of thing. Doing it on the stove is fast and easy, while doing it in the oven gives you more control and is definitely going to be better if you want to do both inside and outside.

  77. 77
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Maybe someone else already posted this, but speaking of puppies, Patti “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?” Page has died. I loved her when I was a little girl. RIP.

  78. 78
    Allen says:

    I used to have a huge Black Lab (went 100 pounds after a summer of chasing the horses) that seemed, to strangers, to be quite vicious. We got a new letter carrier that hadn’t been introduced to her and so decided not to venture onto the front porch (Honey’s favorite spring, summer and fall haunt) and delivered the mail at the neighbors. So, I waited for the letter carrier on Saturday and introduced the two. The only danger the letter carrier faced after that would be an injured leg from a wagging tail.

  79. 79
    Rosie Outlook says:

    @ranchandsyrup: Man, what a weirdo. (Him, not you.)

  80. 80
    p says:

    simply hearing, reading, or thinking the word “puppy” (or kitten) brings joy to my heart…

Comments are closed.