Late Night Open Thread

I know some of you get sick and tired of my Lily stories, but you all can pound sand. About five mins ago I was getting read for bed, took off the bathrobe, removed the slippers, and was walking to the bathroom to brush the fangs before bed, and Lily jumped up from her perch on the bed and asked for a kiss. So I bent down, tried to give her a kiss, and apparently I had built up a static charge walking across the carpet in my socks, and Lily got blasted on the nose. She then just freaked out. Ran around the bed, threw herself on her back and burrowed into the comforter, and lay there with her paws running in the air while she was on her back.

It was seriously the most adorable thing ever.


90 replies
  1. 1
    The Fat Kate Middleton says:

    And she still loves you, right? Please say she does.

  2. 2
    Bill says:

    ASPCA time ?

  3. 3
    The Fat Kate Middleton says:

    Listening to James McMurtry, “We Can’t Make it Here Anymore.” Dang.

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    gbear says:

    @The Fat Kate Middleton: Wow! Me too! I just listened to his ‘Where’d You Hide The Body’ CD.

    Can’t Make It Here Any More is a great song.

    This is the time of year where it gets difficult to pet the cats without zapping them. Then they get upset because they think you’re doing it to them on purpose.

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    Oltrol says:

    Good God! It’s definitely more enjoyable, and worthy than flogging the Ol’dead Congress X10 shenanigans.

  6. 6
    JBL says:

    As a non-pet owner and reader-but-not-commenter-usually I’d like to note that the Lily posts are among my absolute favorite on this blog.

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    The Fat Kate Middleton says:


    I just listened to his ‘Where’d You Hide The Body’ CD.

    Love that ... all of it.

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    Lynn Dee says:

    Quote: “I know some of you get sick and tired of my Lily stories, but you all can pound sand.”

    Lol! Great line. Love the switcheroo in tone halfway through. :D

  9. 9
    Ash Can says:

    Whoever said they were tired of your Lily stories?? (Aside from the usual trolls, and who gives a fuck about them?) Keep the Lily (and Tunch and RosIe et al.) storIes comIng!

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    Violet says:

    Hilarious. Poor Lily. Is she looking at you with the sad why-do-you-hate-me eyes now?

    @The Fat Kate Middleton: Levelland.

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    mclaren says:

    It is impossible to get tired of Cole’s Lily stories.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    @The Fat Kate Middleton: @gbear: James McMurtry is a seriously underappreciated singer songwriter. You should check out all his albums, and see him live if you can.

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    Do people get sick and tired of stories that end with “I love that dog”? I don’t know any such people.

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    The Very Reverend Crimson Fire of Compassion says:

    Lily, Tunch & Rosie are why I come here. Okay, well maybe not the ONLY reason, but they’re a damned big part of it.

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    gbear says:

    I’m so sick and tired of John telling us to pound sand.

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    Suzanne says:

    Tired of Lily stories? Uh, you know that’s why we come here, right? It certainly isn’t for the blog owner’s sparkling personality….

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    Violet says:

    @arguingwithsignposts: He’s a very good live performer.

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    Or something like that.Suffern Ace says:

    @James E. Powell: I now know two people who like cats, but hate kittens and find them not merely “not cute” but actually vile. I will poll them about dog stories.

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    gbear says:


    You should check out all his albums

    Already there. Only missing a couple of live CDs.

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    Violet says:

    @Or something like that.Suffern Ace: How in the world can someone hate kittens?

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    @gbear: It’s also funny that Robert Earl Keen is more known as a performer of James McMurtry songs than JM is, i.e., Levelland.

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    Or something like that.Suffern Ace says:

    @Violet: I asked a few surface questions, but decided not to probe because I honestly didn’t think it wise to go places where I might not like ending up and be unable to leave.

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    Roger Moore says:


    How in the world can someone hate kittens?

    I can imagine someone who likes cats because they’re laid back and hates kittens because they have too much energy and are too demanding of attention. They can easily be major agents of entropy, which really pisses people off.

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    General Stuck says:


    If Tunch ever learns to read, you are done for.

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    some guy says:

    Tom Delay handed a 3 year jail sentence today.

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    freelancer says:

    @some guy:

    Hammer gets nailed.

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    Violet says:

    @Roger Moore: I can understand not liking that kittens are energetic and take your time and energy. But finding them “vile”? WTF? Not wanting one in your house and hating them are two very different things.

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    MikeJ says:

    I’m tired of John Boehner stories, although I would like to hear about you giving him a massive electrical shock.

  30. 30
    NotMax says:

    Need a schadenfreude booster shot?

    Here ya go.

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    jacy says:


    Give Boehner a massive electrical shock and the fumes that no doubt emanate from his pores would likely cause him to spontaneously combust. Not that that would be a bad thing.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    But where is the picture of Lily burrowing into the comforter?

    Pictures please!

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    Pangloss says:

    ** gasping for air ** OK, I’ve pounded the sand. Now what?

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    MikeJ says:

    In case anyone hasn’t seen it yet, here’s AP’s story on the Oily Taint.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Roger Moore:

    major agents of entropy

    That is a great description of kittens (and puppehs, and little kids).

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    Or something like that.Suffern Ace says:

    @Pangloss: if you’re gasping, I think you might be doing it wrong. Not that end. The other one!

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    amk says:

    reported to the spca, you mofo.

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    It amazes me that this stuff is still getting attention. It’s On Beyond Racism at this point. It’s Area 51 stuff.

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    amk says:

    @MikeJ: Wonder which judge will finally have the balls to throw her sorry ass in the slammer.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @James E. Powell: It was always Area 51 stuff.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @The Fat Kate Middleton:
    Damn. I don’t know whether to thank you or curse you. After the service I was a machinist. I saw it go away and there wasn’t a damned thing I could do (And I did try) to stop it.
    I saw the bridges to something like a middle class life burned by pols of both parties.

    In my ambivalence I offer you Bob Dylan “Hollis Brown.”

    I am glad now to be so old that I don’t have to watch this amazingly sad circus for much longer.

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    BGinCHI says:

    I’m a freshman at a large midwestern university. Much to my surprise, here is what happened when I was house sitting for my Romance Languages professor:

    “About five mins ago I was getting read for bed, took off the bathrobe, removed the slippers, and was walking to the bathroom to brush the fangs before bed….”

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    Yutsano says:

    @NotMax: Schadenfreude you say? MikeJ will agree with me when Tim Eyman is throwing a hissy fit that means an angel gets its wings.

  44. 44
    Redshift says:

    Grrr. I’m having to deal with the selfish and self-centered wife of my selfish and self-centered brother-in-law, who has turned my acceptance of a request for a favor into… well, let’s just say no good deed goes unpunished.

    Having successfully restrained myself from sending the response her email is begging for, I am now trying to calm down enough to go to sleep.


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    TaMara (BHF) says:


    No, not tired of it yet.

  46. 46
    TaMara (BHF) says:

    For whatever reason, reading this electrifying post got this stuck in my head:

    It’s electrifying….

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    Thursday says:


    Took mine for a walk in the woods before going to work; three hours later she walked up to me, gave me a sad-eyed look, and vomited over five pounds of deer skin onto the floor.

    Somehow, it’s not quite as adorable as your story…

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    Violet says:

    @Redshift: Don’t let her win by affecting your sleep and health. Shake your head with wonder that someone has chosen to spend their life with her, thank your lucky stars that person isn’t you, and give yourself the gift of a good night’s sleep. You deserve it.

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    sharl says:

    @MikeJ: My favorite bit at that link is in the final sentence (the part bolded below):

    Taitz appeared to be upset after the hearing as supporters filed past her to thank her for pursuing the case, some calling her a “hero,” and others saying the judge’s decision was evidence of socialism.

    Hahaha, shine on, you crazy diamond Birther Teahadists!

  50. 50

    Earlier today I got one of the weirdest political spams I have ever seen, about Dianne Feinstein, titled “Sen. Dianne Goldman Feinstein Is A Loaded Gun Out to Destroy America”. Really bizarre, the first paragraph contained this:

    Feinstein’s first major attempt at gun control occurred when she ordained a citywide handgun ban as mayor of San Diego, Calif., in 1984, where an attempt at recall failed.

    San Diego? HA HA HA HA!

    The content of the email was apparently copied, verbatim, from some wingnut website.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: I double-checked with a quick Google… I thought DiFi had been mayor of San Francisco… Is Google too hard for RWNJ to use?

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    Redshift says:

    @Violet: Thanks. I think I’ve gotten it out of my system, mostly. I wrote an overly long comment about the exact situation, then decided it was too much detail to post publicly and deleted it, but just writing it out seemed to help.

    It reminds me vaguely of a former friend of mine who recently got divorced. The Ms. and I decided that even though it was how we really felt, it probably wasn’t appropriate to say, “I’m sorry you’re getting divorced because you are both horrible people, and it’s better for you to be together so neither of you is inflicted on anyone else.”

    This couple isn’t that bad, but I won’t miss them when we see less of them.

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    piratedan says:

    still recovering from a holiday of life changing proportions here… son #1 left the nest and moved in with his fiance and good on them for doing so. Still a challenge because he hasn’t picked up all of his stuff so we’re still kind of watching that shoe drop in slow motion. Then son #2, through no fault of his own, brought his grades up to earn a new set of wheels (which we could actually afford to buy, damn you dual incomes!) which has made him deliriously happy even though he’s still working on his license. Intend to use it as a huge leverage source throughout the end of his teenage years because that’s what parents do. So the double whammy of one moving on and the other making the first steps into adulthood… makes me feel old.

    btw, anyone want a pair of purebred shelties that are skittish and bark anytime the doorbell is rung or knocked upon?

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    NotMax says:


    Is Google too hard for RWNJ to use?

    They do tend to trip up over words not in the English God Intended The U.S.A. To Speak®.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    I wonder what the perfect apology dog treat would be for “I shocked you up your nose”?

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    Liquid says:

    Total non-sequitur but does anyone here play Borderlands 2?

  57. 57
    Joel says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: Christ, it’s like the headline should just read, “Senator Jew Jew Jewenstein”. Dog whistle, indeed.

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    Just got back from social distortion show. Great times and people watching. crazy kids with the mosh pitting and such.

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    @ranchandsyrup: I haven’t managed to see them. I did get to see the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag and Suicidal Tendencies (before they went metal), though. Yeah, I’m dating myself.

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    @The prophet Nostradumbass: Mike Ness still has it. I think social d’s drummer used to be in suicidal tendencies. Never saw DK but would have loved to. Saw black flag. Used to catch 7 seconds shows quite a bit.

    There is a pennywise tour I’m gonna catch in march excited for that.

  61. 61
    MacKenna says:

    I know some of you get sick and tired of my Lily stories,


    I wish you would post more stories of Lily, Tunch and the Rose!

  62. 62
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @some guy:

    The story about Tom Delay is the one I was complaining about in an earlier thread when I said that some Facebook friends were posting supposedly “breaking news” stories that turned out to be two years old. I clicked on that and it turned out to be a January 2011 article. He is still out on bail and appealing the sentence as far as I can determine. Check the link of whatever you saw and have another look at the date. I’d love to be wrong about this. Wonder why it has suddenly popped up as a meme.

  63. 63
    Patricia Kayden says:

    “I know some of you get sick and tired of my Lily stories”

    Names? We’ll beat them down for you.

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    Montarvillois says:

    Never tire of your animal stories.

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    Schlemizel says:


    I don’t think its too hard for them but they know that google LIES!

    They google stuff like “where was Obama born” and “Define: soc” – well you know the word that may not be spoken here – and they get answers that do not match what they KNOW to be true. So google can’t be trusted!

  66. 66
    Linda Featheringill says:

    Feel good exercise for this morning:

    Krauthammer column today. He seems to think that we won the fiscal cliff thingy.


  67. 67

    Are you sure she was reacting to the static charge? Dogs do have a very highly evolved sense of smell. Brush your fangs BEFORE the kiss.

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    amk says:

    @Linda Featheringill: The butthurt of that morose punk is glenn beckesque delicious.

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    magurakurin says:

    So, Elizabeth Warren is now Senator Warren. A good thing to be sure. And the usual suspects are beaming with joy, as they should, but it’s funny to me how those same folks were all telling me that Obama caving on Warren’s appointment to the Consumer Protection Bureau was the worst cave evah. Oh what a spineless dick Obama was then…

    But consumer advocate and one-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader called bypassing Warren “an act of political cowardliness by President Obama.” “Elizabeth Warren apparently is just too good, too smart, too able to arouse the just concerns of millions of American families over the need to put the law-and-order wood to the corporate criminals, defrauders and reckless speculators,” Nader said.


    Yes, Ralph we hear you. And there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth by many.

    Robert Scheer let us know how it was an insight into the inner workings of the mind of that worthless sell out in the Whitehouse

    Obama’s refusal to take the fight to Senate Republicans by nominating Warren should be taken as the vital measure of the man. This gutless decision comes after the president populated his administration with the very people who created the financial meltdown.

    Yes, what a gutless coward.

    bobswern at the GOS got in his digs (as did hosts of others)
    and extolled us to stop making lame excuses about Obama’s failure.

    The list could go on and on.

    But, hey, bygones, eh?

    Maybe someday they will be right about something.

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    Josie says:

    @Linda Featheringill: Wow – a Lily story and an unhappy Krauthammer column. How much better could the morning read get?

  71. 71

    This is interesting:

    Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was wounded in a deadly mass shooting at an event in her Arizona district two years ago, will meet privately on Friday with the families of victims of last month’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

    According to the same report she met with NYC Mayor Bloomberg. Maybe I’m reading too much into this but she would be the perfect spokesperson for new gun control legislation.

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    WereBear says:

    I am still astonished that someone could find kittens vile.

    Beanheaded entropy distruptors and pains in the rear; absolutely. But geez… kittens.

    How can anyone not feel the tug of those goofball faces?

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    Linda Featheringill says:

    @The Ancient Randonneur:

    Gabby would be terrific for gun control spoxcritter!

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Linda Featheringill:

    I will take your word for it (re Krauthammer).

    Not taking him along with my morning coffee.

    @The Ancient Randonneur:

    Gabby Gifford would be an excellent advocate for gun safety.

    I hope it’s a coalition, though, with loved ones and survivors of Newtown, Aurora (the Dark Knight theatre shootings), Columbine, those who got shot (or lost family/friends) retail.

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    bemused says:

    @Or something like that.Suffern Ace:

    They like cats but think kittens are vile? Weirdest thing I’ve ever heard. What’s wrong with them?

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    Gindy51 says:

    @PurpleGirl: I second that. Every Lilly post must have a photo!

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    Mary G says:

    I get upset there aren’t MORE Lily stories, and MANY MORE Lily, Rosie and Tunch pictures.

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    BlueDWarrior says:

    what is with the constant Republican bleating about Obama not having any personal relationships or not putting together proposals for the Spending cuts that they [as Republicans] want so goddamn badly.

    Why is it that they and their hangers-on in the MSM want Democrats (especially Dem presidents) to do Republican jobs for them?

    My possible answer: the Republicans are gutless cowards and wont propose any real Spending cuts, just vague assertions that spending needs to be cut; or if they do pass spending cuts, they will pass them in such a way to where they don’t affect Seniors now (who vote heavily Republican)

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    Five years? RIP Andrew Olmstead.

    This is an entry I would have preferred not to have published, but there are limits to what we can control in life, and apparently I have passed one of those limits.

    The people we vote for have the power to start wars. Wars have consequences.

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    JPL says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Here is a recent article about DeLay and his best bud having lunch together. link Maybe he is ready to serve his time and wanted to ask Jack about the accommodations.

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    Raven says:

    Barney just said he would serve in the senate seat.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @WereBear: I am allergic to the little bastards. And the grownup ones too. I don’t find them vile, but I certainly don’t want to spend time with them.

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    Cassidy says:

    @WereBear: I love kittens, but you can’t just eat one. Next thing you know, a whole litter is missing, the neighbor’s kid is crying “where’s Mr. Fluffyzoodle” and you’ve got a terrible case of indigestion.

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    Chyron HR says:


    Those people are full of shit, sure, but I don’t see the contradiction. I think we have a couple of them on this site who sincerely claimed that electing Warren to the Senate would, in fact, stick it to the N-word.

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    Cassidy says:

    Let’s watch some more football!

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    Cassidy says:

    Help. I’m in moderation!

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    handsmile says:


    Tremendous news! I was watching “Morning Joe” specifically to hear from Frank when he made this declaration of interest in serving as the “placeholder” Senator from Massachusetts.

    Said his change of mind was due to to his belief of the enormous importance of the next two or three months for US fiscal affairs.

    Would be very surprised if Deval Patrick did not accept this offer (I have to think he was already alerted to it).

    To imagine Barney Frank and Elizabeth Warren serving as Massachusetts Senators in the weeks ahead is a great way to begin a day.

    (The story is already headlining at TPM and I’m sure it will be a front-thread here later today.)

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    Joy in FL says:

    It is not possible for me to read too many Lily or Tunch or Rosie or any other pet posts. Or see photos.

    Keep them coming

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    Sounds like a seizure of some kind.

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