Fat Boxer! (Open Thread)


She’s getting a bit portly. Time for the “healthy weight” kibble, I guess. Please talk about whatever.

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  1. 1
    Cassidy says:

    I’m gonna spam a little bit this week. This saturday, the 23rd, the first Women’s Title Fight, Main Event, and just plain UFC fight is taking place between a former Olympian (2008 Judo Bronze medalist) and the only (to my knowledge) openly gay profession fighter. She’s also a veteran (Marine). The first female, Ronda Rousey, is a media darling and current UFC Bantamweight champion. She’s got sponsors, main stream sprots media coverage, etc. The second, Liz Carmouche, lives paycheck to paycheck and works at the gym she trains at to make ends meet. She’s also the underdog, brough in to be the sacrificial lamb for Rousey’s rising star. Personally, I’m rooting for Carmouche. She seems like a cool chick.

    I know most of you don’t care [or loathe]combat sports, but if you can find yourself at a sports bar this weekend showing the fight, every little bit goes a long way. Most professional fighters live below poverty and their families are part of their “sacrifice”. Even if she loses, solid viewer numbers can help one fighter start to make a living and maybe elevate a lesbian fighter to national prominence. Anyway, I’m not trying to be preachy. I like women’s sports and I love combat sports. I really want to see WMMA be as successful as the men and now that the UFC is behind it, it can happen.

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    BGinCHI says:

    I thought that was a late-career Larry Holmes for a sec.

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    Raven says:


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    She is getting Tunchesque!

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    dan says:

    I was going to name my dog Benghazi. But I was afraid that if he got out and I ran up and down the street yelling BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI! people would think that I was John McCain.

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    General Stuck says:

    Now comes the second act to Citizens United, along with ripening cases on the VRA on their ways to the robed masters of the universe.

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to campaign finance laws limiting how much an individual can give to political campaigns.

    It will be interesting, and likely more devastation to our democracy, when they are through. But I suppose they could have softened up some after the dismal failure of the wingnuts to take advantage of CU last election.

    All that extra outside money did was paint more an better clown colors on the GOP and its candidates. But since they have already jumped the money = free speech shark, I don’t see how this can end but with elimination of all limits, completely and fully from political campaigns. My guess is they will open the spigots on candidate donations as well, with the theory that republican candidates won’t make as many insane ads as their outside boosters.

    And the VRA is toast.

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    Steeplejack says:

    On the subject of pet food, what do people recommend for wet cat food? The housecat is the first pet I’ve had in about 10 years, so I’m not up on the latest and greatest.

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    The Red Pen says:

    It looks like the my DOD employer(*) has shut off access to Free Republic! How am I going to get my fix of anti-government extremism?

    * It’s great when your wingnut coworkers start bitching about government spending and you can say, “Do your part, then, quit your job.” Shuts ’em up every time.

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    Cassidy says:

    @Steeplejack: Trial and error. We have two cats who will eat anything remotely food like. The third (or the first really) and older will only eat Whiskas dried food, no matter how much I’ve tried to add premium and healthier kibbleto her diet. And, she will only eat Whiskas wet food, sometimes the pate, but usually only the strips. I don’t understand it, I just comply.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:


    I give mine Nine Lives and they love it.

    In other news SCOTUS told Orly Taitz to GTFO of their court today. Good times. She is in denial right now but I can’t wait for the screeching to commence. Coming on the heels of the announcement from Israel yesterday it should be epic.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    @The Red Pen:

    Freep appears to be down for a lot of people, me included.

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    Cacti says:

    David Axelrod has joined NBC and MSNBC as a political analyst.

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    bemused says:

    Obama presser on sequester. He’s not holding back. There will be excessive whining from the right.

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    JPL says:

    @bemused: They whine all the time anyway.

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    burnspbesq says:


    SCOTUS told Orly Taitz to GTFO of their court today.

    Good to hear, but until the State Bar of California punches her ticket she will continue her antics.

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    japa21 says:

    My beagle is also a little portly, but she’s 14 and deaf and blind in one eye and full of arthritis. Eating is the only thing she gets much enjoyment out of (and being with me) so I tend to spoil her that way.

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    gbear says:

    @Steeplejack: My cat loves Purina Pro Plan, which is kind of pricey without the benefit of being super healty. I tried all of the highly recommended premium foods but she wouldn’t touch them so I just give her the stuff that she loves and just buy lots of it when it goes on sale every few months.

    I put out a side dish of Blue Buffalo indoor cat kibbles, and she eats about an eighth-cup of that daily too. I like having the combination of canned and dry food.

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    Punchy says:

    Y’all wont fucking believe this peach.

    That’s right– a bill in MO to outlaw bills that may outlaw guns. A felony to propose gun safety legy.

    Holy wow.

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    bemused says:


    The only question is how big of a tantrum will be thrown and how long will it last.

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    Cassidy says:

    @Punchy: There is nothing that shocks me about these fools anymore.

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    Yutsano says:


    @bemused: Their poor wittle delicate fee-fees! Why will Obummer never think of how they FEEL??

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    I don’t know why but that pooch’s expression reminds me of the Queen of England……

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    bemused says:


    I can’t decide which bunch are bigger babies, Republicans or beltway media.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @bemused: I think they have joint custody.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Ms. D. Ranged in AZ:

    I don’t know why but that pooch’s expression reminds me of the Queen of England…

    Sigh. Do we ALWAYS have to bring Sully into these things?

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    bd of mn says:

    Our female Great Pyrenees was at the vet a good portion of Sunday with a sore rear leg, we were worried about hip dysplasia. Turns out other than the arthritis, the x-rays showed she has at least a dozen pieces of shot embedded in her muscles and tendons. When we adopted the pair last April we suspected they were puppy mill dogs, (when she was spayed, the vet found c-section scarring) but wow, what a tough life she’s had. Makes us love them all the more…

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    Paddy says:

    @Cassidy: Back “in the day” my first cat was a wonderful Siamese named Ming Lee (before p.c.) who would starve himself rather than eat anything but Seven Seas meal #9 wet food. I remember well because my father (who had poor sight) accidentally ate a can thinking it was tuna. He went around mewing like a cat all day (he also had a weird sense of humor)chuckling to himself and waited hours to tell us what he had done.

    I have ALOT of weird stories about my dad. I was lucky.

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    bemused says:

    @bd of mn:

    OMG, that is sickening.

    Is there anything that can be done?

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    MissBarbie says:

    I also had dietary concerns about a couple of my feline overlords, so I have supplemented their wet (and dry) food with Life Extension cat mix powder for years, also comes in a dog formula. Their coats gleam.


    Any interest, I can order some for you when I place my next order. THX.

    Miss Barbie

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    The Red Pen says:


    Freep appears to be down for a lot of people, me included.

    Database server is dead. They have 15 years of accumulated wingnuttery in their DB. I hope they don’t lose any of it.

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    bd of mn says:

    @bemused: the vet didn’t recommend taking the shot out other than if she gets a possibly torn tendon repaired down the road, then the piece that’s closest to the knee would come out while they’re in there, otherwise they’ve been in there so long that removal could be more damaging…

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    ruemara says:

    Throwing this question out here again. I have enough to attend a career fair in LA this April, which I thought might be worthwhile. Now that I’ve put together the travel funds, I’m feeling nervous. Are career fairs worth it? My budget for 2 days is about $300 but it took a while to get that all together. I could hold onto it for living incidentals, but I know I don’t meet enough potential hirers up in NorCal. Unfortunately, I’m not convinced it’s not just a big waste of cash because I won’t get any interest down in LA either. Has anyone had any success with these things? Beyond looking neat, respectable and ready to work with resumes, anything else I should bring? I assumed I should have a freshly edited reel, but do people really do anything but shake your hand and lose your paperwork?

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    cckids says:


    I don’t understand it, I just comply.

    This. Mine will only eat Fancy Feast, salmon or tuna ONLY, and it has to be GRILLED, thank you very much. Not Classic, or Minced, or Xtra gravy or whatthehellever. GRILLED.

    I shouldn’t complain, they’ve been eating the same stuff, same 2 flavors for 9 years now, it makes shopping easier. But whenever I try anything “better” they treat it as though I scraped it out of the litterbox. Mysterious.

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    ruemara says:

    @cckids: mine will only eat pate style fish. No rice added, no beef or turkey. I also have to add water and make it soft and soupy. They are very odd at times.

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    The Pale Scot says:


    This explains a lot

    Large study links excessive TV in childhood to criminal behavior in adults

    “The study found that those who watched more television during childhood were at a significantly higher risk of having a criminal conviction and a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder. The link between television and antisocial behavior held even after factors such as sex, IQ score, antisocial behavior in early childhood, socioeconomic status and parenting were accounted for”

    Next study to be done on Seniors and Fox news.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Thanks to all of you for the input.

    The housecat also seems to prefer Fancy Feast, which is good because she’s a grazer and the three-ounce can size is convenient. That’s about the over/under for a day’s food for her, supplemented with the odd treat or taste of whatever meat I’m eating. I’ll spread the can over three feedings, and even then she rarely eats it all at one go. She’ll have a little, then come back periodically and hit it during the course of her daily rounds.

    She seems to prefer the beef and turkey flavors, and she likes the chunky textures more than the mousse-y ones. As cckids noted, it’s hard to keep all the Fancy Feast flavor titles straight, so occasionally she has to rough it with a bad pick. And occasionally I’ll splurge and give her a can of “human grade” tuna.

    She has a bowl of dry food available, but she seems to eat that sparingly, usually in the middle of the night when she’s trying to wake me up so I’ll feel bad because she has no wet food.

    And, yeah, I’ll give her a drop of heavy cream now and then. Good times.

    All that said, she’s pretty skinny. I can feel the bumps in her spine when I rub her.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @ruemara: Are you trying to line up some interviews during the time you’ll be there? I don’t know much about career fairs (been self-employed for ages), but if you were able to line up some interviews, the trip would be worthwhile even if the career fair was a bust, no?

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    AnnaN says:

    We had this issue with our golden and it was a quality of life problem: he has dysplasia and extra weight causes more pain. So we put him on a food that we can only get through the internet. It’s working perfectly – lost 5 pounds (5 to go!) in three months and still has his beautiful soft coat.


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    gbear says:

    @bd of mn: My older cats started getting a capsule of Cosequin mixed into their food when they started having trouble getting around. It’s a glucosamine chondroitin product for pets. It was first prescribed by my vet but it’s also an over the counter product that you can find pretty cheap on Amazon.

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    pat says:

    My cat had been on a kidney diet, mix of canned and dry food, until she totally lost her appetite for the stuff and almost starved herself to death before I got a clue.

    Now she eats a bit of a dry kidney diet (Royal Canin) and small cans of Fancy Feast (classic and the fish flavors exclusively) and seems to be doing fine. She also gets treats of Greenies (fish flavor only) that are supposed to be good for the teeth.

    If I accidently buy one of the “minced, in gravy” cans, she licks the gravy off and leaves the minced bits. Go figure.

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